Hawaiian Airlines has placed a firm order for with Airbus five new A330-200 aircraft, with purchase rights for a further three. The new aircraft will be delivered to the Honolulu-based carrier between 2013 and 2015, meaning that Hawaiian will be adding 13 new A330s to its fleet in the next four years.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s President & CEO, said; “Adding these additional A330-200s to our fleet over the next four years will support the continued expansion of our network and replacement of our current 767-300s. Our guests have responded enthusiastically to the cabin comfort and amenities of the A330-200, which, together with the superior service of our front line employees, offer the best airline experience for travellers to Hawaii.”
Hawaiian’s A330 deliveries will provide, in part, replacements for 10 Boeing 767-300 aircraft as the company continues its transition to a new fleet of A330s and A350XWB aircraft. Hawaiian’s net fleet growth will be three aircraft.
All of Hawaiian’s new A330s will carry 294 passengers in a two-class configuration – 30 more than its existing B767s. They will be used on routes to North America and Asia. Hawaiian has been launched three new routes between Honolulu and Asia recently – Tokyo (November 2010), Seoul (January 2011) and Osaka (July 2011). It will add services to Fukuoka in April 2012, with further route announcements expected to follow in the coming months.