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Changes Coming to Hawaiian Airlines

Due to an anticipated run-up in deliveries of the new A321neo, Hawaiian Airlines announced that its plan to retire its ageing fleet of six 767-300ER has been moved forward by a few months.

The carrier is already operating 8 of Airbus' new A321neo and is expecing three more of the type by year-end, with at least one already being spotted on the flightline at Hamburg Finkenwerder. Hawaiian Airlines is replacing the 767, which averages just above 17 years with the youngest build in the early-2000s, with the brand new A321neo due to the economical savings and improved reliability coming with the new type.

A Hawaiian A330 departing LAX – By Runway21 on Flickr

The suspension of Hawaiian's service to Beijing in early October is also a factor for the accelerated retirement, as one of its A330 aircraft is freed up until an all-new, five-weekly serivce to Boston is launched in early April 2019. This will become the longest domestic route in the US and the second longest in the world with a flight time of more than 10 hours to Boston and over 11 hours to Honolulu.

The A330 from the Beijing service will operate services of the 767 so that at least one aircraft can be send over to United Airlines, which has bought three of Hawaiian's 767-300ER last year. Until the new service to Boston is launched, the airline expects enough A321neo to cover for the 767-retirement, which is expected to be completed in January or early-February of 2019, so if you want to catch a ride on the carriers final Boeing widebody for a while, you have to hurry up. The next time Hawaiian Airlines will operate a large Boeing will be in 2021 when the first 787-9 is arriving into the fleet.