HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Hawaiian Airlines announced that it will expand their interisland fleet by adding four Boeing 717-200 aircraft to their fleet. After the recent shutdown of Aloha Airlines on April 1, the number of passengers that fly on Hawaiian has increased 25% in the last month.
Two of the additions are expected to join the fleet in September, while the other two will later enter service in November and December. This will increase the fleet of Boeing 717-200 to 15.
Hawaiian also began recruiting flight crews and additional ground staff to support its expanded interisland operations immediately after Aloha's closure. Hawaiian has already hired 230 additional employees, a majority of whom are former Aloha employees, and is seeking to fill an additional 160 positions, including pilots, flight attendants, maintenance technicians, contract service and line service positions.
"The performance of Hawaiian's employees during our rapid expansion over the past two months has been nothing short of phenomenal, and a true inspiration to me," said Mark Dunkerley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Air.
To meet demand in the wake of Aloha's collapse, Hawaiian has added over 6,000 seats daily by flying a long-haul Boeing 767-300 wide body aircraft between Honolulu and Maui as well as by flying an additional 717 usually held in reserve as a spare to cover scheduled flying in the event of a delay.
"This substantial investment in more interisland aircrafts reaffirms Hawaiian's long-term commitment to serving the people of Hawaii, and will allow us to increase our flight schedules during periods of the day that our customers prefer to travel." Dunkerley said.
Currently, Hawaiian operates a total of 150 interisland flights daily between the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii and 16 daily flights to 14 destinations outside Hawai'i in their fleet of 18 wide-body twin-aisles Boeing 767-300.