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Hawaiian plans to buy 16 new Airbus planes

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaiian Airlines plans to further expand its fleet by buying 16 new Airbus planes.

The airline said in a statement Monday the A321neo will seat about 190 passengers. The planes will allow Hawaiian to open new markets and complement existing aircraft used on routes between the islands and West Coast.

Hawaiian says its pilot and flight attendant unions must sign agreements covering operation of the new planes to complete the deal. Hawaiian plans to add 1,000 jobs to accommodate the aircraft if they do.

The single-aisle plane will carry fewer passengers than the 294-seat Airbus A330 and 264-seat Boeing 767 jets Hawaiian current flies between Hawaii and the West Coast.

But it will carry more than the 123-seat Boeing 717 the airline uses on interisland routes.

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