Hawaiian Airlines chooses Dreamliner over Airbus as it looks to expand

Hawaiian Airlines has chosen Boeing's Dreamliner as the aircraft to take its business forward and expand its list of destinations.

The airline chose to order 10 of the Dreamliner aircraft over Airbus' A330 at a cost estimated to be around NZ$3.8 billion, at list prices.

The Honolulu-based airline has been looking to launch new routes and increase frequency to destinations it's already established.

Late last year, Hawaiian Airlines announced it was expanding its Auckland service to five flights a week to Honolulu.

The 787-9 can carry up to 290 passengers and Boeing says it can do that using 20 percent less fuel and emitting 20 percent fewer emissions than the older aircraft it will be replacing.

The Dreamliner series 9 has a range of up to 14,140km. This makes direct flights from Hawaii to India, South America and all of Asia well within reach.

Boeing began production of the 787s in 2007 and Air New Zealand was the launch customer for the 787-9 in 2014.

Air New Zealand's fleet of 787-9s have been undergoing urgent maintenance after issues with their Rolls Royce Trent engines. Hawaiian Airlines have chosen to go with General Electric's GEnx engine instead of Rolls Royce.

Hawaiian Airlines will receive its first of the 10 Dreamliner's from Boeing in 2021.