Hawaiian Airlines cancels two seasonal flights thanks delivery delays affect its new Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Earlier this month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive affecting the A320neo family of aircraft. The issue at hand stems from the Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1000G engines performance. As you’ll recall, the engines tend to shut down midflight and may cause a complete loss of power. Oddly, only the Airbus A320neo series is experiencing issue, as other aircraft like the Bombardier CSeries are not. Fortunately for Hawaiian, only one of their two new aircraft, N204HA, has experienced any issues. However, the issue is now affecting deliveries of the remaining A321neos in Hawaiian’s order.
Thanks to the delivery delays, Hawaiian doesn’t have sufficient aircraft to fly its aggressive seasonal schedule. As a result, the Airline has, thus far, decided to cancel two routes this summer. Those routes include the additional seasonal service between Honolulu and San Francisco, as well as the new seasonal route between Oakland and Kona. Further, a third seasonal flight, which would have commenced on April 11, between Oakland and Lihue, will be delayed until July 15.
According to the Pacific Business News, affected passengers will be provided accommodations on other Hawaiian Airlines flights. However, this means that those affected may have to fly out of a different airport and/or connect in Honolulu.
Hawaiian Airlines Cancels Two Seasonal Flights, Final Thoughts
This situation is disappointing and unfortunate. However, it could be worse. Thankfully, Hawaiian does not yet have a large fleet of A321neos that are affected by this incident. But, the backlog created by the incident will continue to affect Hawaiian for some time. Pratt & Whitney will need to delay new engine deliveries while providing fixes to aircraft already in service. Thus, we could, but hopefully will not see more delays down the line.
I can only imagine how anxious this issue is making Hawaiian Airlines management as well. The A321neo is crucial to their plans going forward. This is especially true as the market continues becomes more competitive. And remember, Southwest will be entering the Hawaii market in late 2018 to early 2019.