Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. welcomed a record 11,505,324 guests in 2017, a 4.1 percent increase over the previous year, according to statistics released by the airline.
The record number of passengers in 2017 marks 13 straight years of growth as the company continues to expand its network and fleet, providing travelers with more options to fly to, and within, the Hawaiian Islands than any other carrier, according to a statement issued by the airline.
Hawaiian took delivery of its first of 18 A321neo aircraft in November, and its second in December. The carrier hopes the A321neo aircraft will help the airline to build upon its already strong U.S. West Coast presence, highlighted by recent announcements that included new daily non-stop service to Maui's Kahului Airport from San Diego and Portland international airports, as well as to Honolulu's Daniel K. Inouye Airport from Long Beach Airport.
Hawaiian will also expand its summer seasonal service with four additional daily summer flights in 2018, including its first international seasonal service between Narita and Honolulu international airports. Additionally, Hawaiian added its 24th A330-200 aircraft in October and its first of three expected ATR 72 turboprop aircraft in an all-cargo configuration in December.
"For the quarter ended December 31, 2017, the company expects to record a one-time reduction to income tax expense in the range of $90 - $140 million due to the expected effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017," according to the statement. "This reduction is a result of the difference between rates in effect when income tax expense was accrued, and the rates expected to be in effect when the income taxes will likely be paid. This estimated impact is a non-cash item and is expected to be treated as a special item."