There are several reasons Hawaiian chose the 767. These are some, but not all:
1. The DC-10's are old, average age of about 23 years, meaning increased maintenance requirements.
2. Better efficency than the DC-10 and lowest twin aisle operating costs.
3. Range would allow expansion past the West Coast when the time comes (Most HA
DC-10 were the 10 series).
4. The reduced capacity would better match year round demand rather than only peak demand.
5. Improved efficency and lower capacity would improve yields in a low yield market.
6. Allowed HA
to increase non-stop flights from OGG
wants to get out of DC-10 maintenance.
8. The first 3 (580-82) were available from Ansett Worldwide at a good lease rate at the time since they had no customer for them.
got the ex-LTU's mainly because they were available quickly and again, rather cheap at the time from ILFC. The leases for most of the DC-10's were going to expire in 2002 and HA
needed 767's to replace them. The first 767, 580, arrived in Oct 2001 while to first of last 9, 587, arrived in Sept 2002, almost a year apart.
Were they wined and dined? Of course, it is a common occurance in every industry. The mistake to lease the planes only came about after the planes were overhauled and other problems were found.