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
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
3. 4th Qtr 2011 Firm Order
4. 1st Qtr 2012 Firm Order
5. 2nd Qtr 2012 Firm Order
6. 1st Qtr 2013 Firm Order
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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