Hawaiian Airlines, the dominant carrier in the interisland market, will add three Boeing 717-200s to its fleet later this year that will provide about 20 more flights per day between Honolulu and other major airports in the state.

The company said today it expects to hire an additional 40 to 50 pilots, flight attendants and ground staff to support the increased operations.

“With our increasing service to Hawaii from Asia, demand for our interisland flights during peak hours of the day and during popular travel periods has never been higher,” Hawaiian President and CEO Mark Dunkerley said. “Adding these aircraft will give us the ability to serve more customers during these periods.”

Hawaiian said it expects to take delivery of the three leased aircraft in September, October and November, with the increased service beginning in October. The airline said service will be expanded to Kahului, Lihue, Hilo and Kona during peak travel periods. The 717s seat 123 passengers.

In addition, Hawaiian said it has purchased its existing fleet of 15 leased Boeing 717s from Boeing Capital Corp. in a refinancing transaction that reduces its fleet costs over the long term. The airline also signed multiyear leases with Boeing Capital for the three additional 717s. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Courtesy of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, June 30, 2011, by Dave Segal

The expansion of America’s #1 rated airline bodes well for the continued increasing interest in flying to Hawaii, and to the increasingly popular Neighbor Islands of Kauai, Maui, and Big Island.  Many visitors vacation here annually, and others look to invest in Kauai real estate, as well as other islands.


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About Donna Rice

Daughter of an Army Father Graduate of Killeen High School in Killeen, TX Graduate of University of San Francisco Graduate of REALTOR Institute Real estate salesperson from 1998-2001 Licensed Broker from 2001-present Member of the Centurion Honor Society for consistent high sales Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Former Broker in Charge for Century 21 All Islands 2004-2014 Joined Elite Pacific Properties, LLC 2015 to present President of the Kauai Board of Realtors 2013 and 2017 Board Member of the Kauai Board of Realtors 2011 to 2014, 2016 to 2018 Executive Board Member of Hawaii Association of Realtors 2017 Educator for Hawaii Real Estate Agents Currently represent buyers and sellers Sales include luxury resort properties, exquisite homes with ocean views, farm and ranch homes, top golf community homes, and highly desirable luxury condominiums and single-family homes across a variety of island communities Sold over $17 million Dollars in sales volume

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