A Boeing 767 is left on the ground

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A new addition to the Hawaiian airlines transpacific fleet has been grounded due to an uncertain economy. Complications in conforming a Boeing 767 to Hawaiian's operating certificate has made this aircraft an untimely purchase.

"I know many supporters of Hawaiian Airlines' growth will be disappointed by this decision, however, the prospect of not being able to use this aircraft until very late this year against the backdrop of the recent run-up in fuel prices made this a fairly straightforward decision," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's President and chief executive officer.

Hawaiian Airlines which is now in its 79th year of continuous service does still plan to purchase four additional narrow-body Boeing 717-200 aircraft for its interisland operations. They also are looking into new more energy efficient aircraft like the long haul Airbus which should take flight in 2012.