Hawaii Hawaiian expands interisland fleet, Tokyo capacity By Shane Nelson / July 11, 2011 Share 1 -- Hoping to capitalize on increasing consumer demand, Hawaiian Airlines officials said on June 30 that the carrier had leased three additional Boeing 712-200 aircraft. Delivery of the three planes is expected in September, October and November. “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,” Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Adding these aircraft will give us the ability to serve more customers during these periods. At the same time, we are restructuring the ownership of our existing fleet to reduce our aircraft costs. With other costs rising quickly, this will help us keep fares affordable.”Hawaiian officials also announced June 30 that the company had purchased 15 712-200 aircraft from Boeing that had previously been under long-term lease with the manufacturer. Beginning in October, the airline said it plans to add an additional 20 flights per day between Honolulu and the state’s other major airports — Lihue, Kahului, Kona and Hilo — while hiring 40 to 50 pilots, flight attendants and ground staff. In related news, Hawaiian last week began operating its daily nonstop service between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport onboard one of its new 294-seat Airbus A330 aircraft. The company had been using 264-seat Boeing 767-300 planes for the Honolulu-Haneda route. According to Hawaiian, the aircraft upgrade will result in 11,000 more available air seats annually from Japan.