Hawaiian Airlines adds aircraft, flights to Interisland service

HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines welcomed a new aircraft Thursday, the first of four Boeing jets that are being added to its interisland fleet.

The other three jets will join the fleet, one per month, in November, December and January, giving Hawaiian a total of 15 aircrafts for its interisland service.

"We are committed to keeping passenger traffic moving between the islands as conveniently as possible and adding these four B717s will allow us to provide our customers with more flight choices," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO.

By the end of the year, Hawaiian will have added 110 interisland roundtrip flights per week to its current service schedule from Honolulu to the Neighbor Islands.

There will be 40 new roundtrip flights per week to Lihue, Kauai; 27 to Kahului, Maui; and on the Big Island, 25 to Kona and 18 to Hilo.

The new flights are being added primarily at high-demand times of the day, particularly during the morning and afternoon periods frequented by commuters.

Hawaiian's new aircraft seats up to 123 passengers.