Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Hawaiian Airlines) (Honolulu) has completed the purchase of its first ATR 42-500 twin-turboprop aircraft, and has a purchase agreement in place to acquire a second plane to be delivered in November 2012.
The previously-owned aircraft are being acquired from ASL Aviation Group Limited (Dublin, Ireland). Purchase terms are not being disclosed.
According to the airline, the aircraft will be used to inaugurate new passenger service to Moloka‘i and Läna‘i in 2013. When configured for neighbor island use, the planes will seat 44 to 50 passengers.
The new turboprop service will operate separately from Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaiian Holdings is currently developing the name and brand identity of the new entity.
According to HNL RareBirds, Hawaiian’s first ATR 42-500 will be registered as N801HC (msn 629). The aircraft was originally delivered to Czech Airlines-CSA as OK-JFL in July 2004.