Hawaiian has partnered with Panasonic Avionics to
install state-of-the-art eX2 entertainment systems in each seatback of
10 new A330s that will initiate the next phase of Hawaiian’s service for
Glenn Taniguchi, Hawaiian’s senior vice
president of marketing and sales, said, “Hawaiian is making a
quantum leap forward in entertainment with this cutting-edge,
easy-to-use system. Our customers will be thrilled with the high
quality and range of offerings they can enjoy on our flights.”
Each seatback will be installed with a
high-definition LCD touch-screen monitor that will provide
customers with the ability to match their individual entertainment
tastes to a diverse selection featuring hundreds of video and
audio programs, and video games.
Each system will also include a USB port
allowing customers to utilize their own media players, while
Business Class seats will also be equipped with a larger monitor
and iPOD compatibility.
“Hawaiian Airlines is widely recognized for the
high quality of its service, and the introduction of our eX2
system in their new jets is going to deepen that reputation,” said
Paul Margis, CEO of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. “The advanced
functionality and extensive content options that come with the eX2
system will transform the way Hawaiian’s passengers stay
entertained in the air.”
The personalized, interactive system is the most
significant enhancement that Hawaiian has ever made in inflight
entertainment and complements the company’s long-term plan to
expand and improve its service for a new generation of travellers.
Hawaiian’s wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330
aircraft will have an operating range of 6,050 nautical miles,
giving Hawaiian the ability to fly nonstop to all of North America
and points in eastern Asia.
The A330 will seat 294 passengers in a two-class
configuration, offering the benefits of increased seating capacity
coupled with improved fuel efficiency.
Hawaiian is leasing three A330s, the first two
jets of which will join the fleet in 2010 with the third being
introduced in 2011.
In addition, Hawaiian has 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 this
purchase agreement will join the fleet in 2012, with the A350s
scheduled for delivery starting in 2017.
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