Hawaiian Airlines announced the delay of its first Boeing 787 in its latest earnings call.
The 787 Dreamliner is expected to be a critical part of the long-term long-haul fleet at the Honolulu-based airline and was slated to arrive later this year. However, that timeline has been pushed back.
Hawaiian executives say that while they see robust demand and can accommodate the Dreamliner, they can not get it in on time.
Acquiring aircraft on time for airlines, just like Hawaiian, has continued to be a problem in recent times, especially with supply chain difficulties spurred on by the conflict in Ukraine, among a host of other reasons too.
For Hawaiian Airlines, the 787 delays, while not their own doing, is the second aircraft type they have on their books that’s made headlines, with Airbus A321neos facing difficulties with a global supply shortage of the P&W engines that power the variant.
Thankfully Hawaiian Airlines has been able to minimise the implication of the global engine shortage, as it could’ve been far worse. However, as for the 787, the delays shouldn’t be too impactful as the expectation was that when crew training was complete, the Dreamliner would only be flying in 2024, even with a 2023 delivery.