In a significant first step of its long-range fleet plan, Hawaiian Airlines
is to acquire two new wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft that will accelerate the start of
the company’s transition to a new Airbus fleet to 2011.
The two jets are in addition to the agreement that Hawaiian announced earlier this year to purchase
up to 24 new Airbus aircraft.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, said, “These additional aircraft underscore
Hawaiian’s commitment to future growth and to reaching new markets globally, which will be a huge plus
for Hawaii travelers and for the long-term health and diversity of Hawaii’s tourism
The two A330s are being leased from AWAS and are scheduled to join Hawaiian’s fleet in the
first and second quarters of 2011, respectively.
has also signed a separate agreement with AWAS to extend to 2011 the leases of two
Boeing 767-300ER jets currently in the fleet. The newly leased A330s will ultimately replace the
with the extended leases.
The wide-body, twin-aisle A330-200 seats 298 passengers in a two-class configuration and has an
operating range of 5,500 nautical miles, which is significantly further than Hawaiian’s current fleet of
Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. With the A330-200, Hawaiian will increase its seating capacity,
improve its fuel efficiency, and have the ability to provide nonstop service to all of North America and eastern Asia.
In February, Hawaiian signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire six A330-200 aircraft
and six A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide-Body) aircraft direct from the manufacturer,
with purchase rights for an additional six A330-200s and six A350XWB-800s.
The first deliveries of A330s under Hawaiian’s purchase agreement with Airbus will join the fleet
in 2012, with the A350s scheduled for delivery starting in 2017. The purchase agreement has a total
value of approximately $4.4 billion if the purchase rights to all 24 aircraft are
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