Island Air expansion will include up to six new aircraft

Island Air Q400 NextGen (Photo: Bombardier Aerospace)
Island Air Q400 NextGen (Photo: Bombardier Aerospace)

Island Air is expanding.

The airline has placed an order for two turboprop airliners with options for four additional dual-class, 71-seat aircraft, according to manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace.

The order is valued at approximately $60.9 million and could increase to $188 million should Island Air exercise all its options, the company says.

“As part of our ongoing restructuring and expansion strategy, the Island Air team considered a number of aircraft and we are pleased to announce the selection of the Q400 NextGen turboprop,” said Paul Casey, Island Air president and CEO said in a statement.

“We are pleased to partner with Bombardier as Island Air moves to redefine regional travel within the Hawaiian Islands and offer our passengers the premium product they expect,” said Island Air’s owner, Larry Ellison. “My experience with Bombardier over the years has been nothing but positive which has further led to our selection of the Q400 NextGen aircraft for the next chapter of Island Air.”

Island Air currently offers flights to and from Oahu, Maui, Lanai and Kauai.

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