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Hawaiian Airlines Accelerates New A330-200 Delivery

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Hawaiian Airlines is accelerating the scheduled delivery of a new Airbus A330-200 aircraft by nearly two years to fourth quarter 2011 from its original delivery date in second quarter 2013.

Hawaiian’s A330s feature high-resolution, LCD touch screen monitors that are installed in each seatback, allowing passengers to choose from a wide selection of movies and videos, audio channels, and video games. Each system also comes with a USB port for personal media players. First Class passengers can enjoy a larger LCD screen and iPOD compatibility.

Hawaiian’s new A330s carry 294 passengers – 30 more passengers per aircraft than its fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft – in a two-class configuration (18 seats in First Class, 276 seats in Coach Class) and have an operating range that would allow Hawaiian to fly nonstop between Hawaii and points throughout all of North America and eastern Asia.

Hawaiian has firm commitments to acquire 10 new A330s (including two aircraft already in service) over the next four years and purchase rights for five additional aircraft. Hawaiian’s first two A330s joined the fleet this past June and are being used on the popular Honolulu-Los Angeles route. Delivery dates for the remaining A330s for which Hawaiian has firm commitments are as follows:

1. November 2010 Lease
2. 2nd Qtr 2011 Firm Order
3. 4th Qtr 2011 Firm Order
4. 1st Qtr 2012 Firm Order
5. 2nd Qtr 2012 Firm Order
6. 1st Qtr 2013 Firm Order
7. 2nd Qtr 2013 Firm Order
8. 1st Qtr 2014 Firm Order

Hawaiian is expanding its service into Asia in the coming months, introducing new nonstop flights between Honolulu and both Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. The company will initially operate both new international routes using its Boeing 767 aircraft seating up to 264 passengers before transitioning to its new A330 aircraft.

In 2017, Hawaiian will expand its fleet further by taking delivery of the first of six new A350-800 XWB aircraft from Airbus, with rights to purchase an additional six aircraft.

The next-generation fuel-efficient A350s will seat more than 300 passengers in a two-class configuration and have a range of 8,300 nautical miles that would allow Hawaiian to fly nonstop between Hawaii and virtually any viable tourism market around the world.

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