Hawaiian Airlines stated (09-Oct-2011) its newest A330-200 aircraft made its Hawaii debut on 09-Oct-2011 following its inaugural flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu. This is the fifth new A330 to join Hawaiian’s fleet since Jun-2010, coinciding with its expansion into Asia and enhanced service for the airline’s routes in North America. The carrier's A330s are configured with 294 seats - 30 more than its B767-300 aircraft – adding nearly 11,000 more air seats p/a with each new aircraft. Hawaiian is scheduled to take delivery of four more A330s in 2012 and will have 13 of the aircraft in its fleet by the end of 2015. Hawaiian plans to introduce up to 32 new Airbus aircraft into its fleet by the end of the decade. In addition to the five A330s already in the fleet, Hawaiian has confirmed agreements in place to acquire 12 more A330s and six A350XWB-800 aircraft (starting in 2017), along with purchase rights for an additional three A330s and six A350s. [more - original PR]
Hawaiian Airlines: “Demand for Hawaii is strong in the Asia-Pacific region, so that’s where most of our growth is focused. We recently launched three new Asia routes over an eight-month period. Our Sydney service is increasing to daily flights this December and we will be expanding into another new market with our Fukuoka service commencing in April. And there will be more good news to come as we introduce four more of these new aircraft next year," Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO. Source: Company Statement, 09-Oct-2011.