Hawaiian Airlines has taken delivery of its
fourth new Airbus A330-200.
This latest addition to Hawaiian’s
fleet is one of two new A330s to be delivered to the airline this
Hawaiian is scheduled to take delivery of three more of the
294-seat wide-body aircraft in 2012, three in 2013, three in 2014
and two more in 2015.
Hawaiian’s new A330s will continue to serve the
company’s busiest routes between Honolulu and Los Angeles and
Las Vegas in the coming months before being introduced to
international service later this year.
The new A330 is named
Hanaiakamalama, which is the Hawaiian name for the Southern Cross
constellation. Hawaii is the only state from which the Southern
Cross can be seen in the night sky and it is believed that
ancient Polynesians used the constellation in the southern hemisphere to navigate their way to the Hawaiian Islands. All
of Hawaiian’s new A330s are named for a constellation or star used
by Polynesian voyagers for celestial navigation.
Hanaiakamalama is the first A330
that Hawaiian has received in a purchase agreement from Airbus.
Financing is being provided by KfW IPEX-Bank, Landesbank
Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale, and Natixis Transport Finance. Hawaiian’s first three A330s were acquired through leases.
Hawaiian plans to introduce up to 32 new Airbus aircraft into its
fleet by the end of the decade. In addition to the four A330s
already in the fleet, Hawaiian has confirmed agreements in place
to acquire 13 more A330s and six A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide- body)
aircraft (starting in 2017), along with purchase rights for an
additional three A330s and six
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