On Monday, Hawaiian Airlines welcomed its
seventh new Airbus A330-200 to its fleet, continuing a strategic
growth plan that will have 22 of the new wide-body aircraft in
operation by 2015.
The new A330 was flown nonstop from the Airbus
factory in Toulouse, France, to Los Angeles this past Friday,
where it underwent final preparations over the weekend before
making its inaugural commercial flight to Honolulu as Hawaiian
Flight #3 carrying 245 passengers.
Hawaiian plans to use the 294-seat A330-200
primarily for its daily nonstop services between Sydney and
Honolulu, with the transition to the larger aircraft from the
264-seat Boeing 767-300ER adding nearly 11,000 more air seats
annually to the route.
Hawaiian has named its latest A330, Heiheionakeiki, the Hawaiian name to describe the “Belt and Sword
of Orion” constellation.
All of Hawaiian’s new A330s are named for a
constellation or star used by the ancient Polynesians for
celestial navigation when making their voyages across the Pacific
Heiheionakeiki is the second of four new A330s
to join Hawaiian’s fleet this year, with the remaining two A330s
being delivered in May and June, which will bring the company
total to nine.
Hawaiian is taking delivery of 13 new A330s
between 2013 and 2015.
The new A330s are more fuel-efficient and have a
longer operating range than the B767s, giving Hawaiian the option
to open new nonstop routes between Hawaii and points throughout
North America and eastern Asia.
In addition, all of Hawaiian’s wide-body,
twin-aisle A330s offer customer amenities that include a spacious
interior highlighted by increased legroom, and state-of-the-art,
on-demand entertainment system with high-resolution LCD
touch-screen monitor in each seatback.
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