Hawaiian Airlines has upgraded its service
between Hawaii and Australia, with the much-anticipated
introduction of Hawaiian’s newest and largest aircraft, the
294-seat Airbus A330-200, on daily flights between Honolulu and
The wide-body Airbus A330s have 30 more seats
that the current Boeing 767-300ERs, which have served the
Sydney-Honolulu route since May 2004, when Hawaiian entered this
market with four weekly nonstop flights. The new aircraft will add
nearly 11,000 seats annually.
Hawaiian’s first A330 to Australia is due to
leave Honolulu as flight HA 451 at 11:45 local time on Tuesday,
or 09:45 Sydney time on Wednesday. It is scheduled to arrive in
Sydney at 19:20 Wednesday, before returning to Hawaii as flight
“Travel from Australia to Hawaii is booming,”
said Sherilyn Robinson, General Manager Sales and Marketing for
Hawaiian Airlines in Australia. “Our new A330s can seat 30 more passengers
than the Boeing 767s, which means a capacity increase of 11% per
flight, or the equivalent of 41 additional 767 flights in a full
year. The Airbus also have more spacious cabins, and all
passengers have in-seat video and games entertainment.”
The A330 features high-resolution LCD
touch-screen monitors installed in each seatback, enabling
customers to choose from a wide range of movies, TV programs,
music, and video games, while also offering a USB port for the use
of their own personal media players.
From Honolulu, Hawaiian operates frequent
flights to the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island, as well
as to 10 US mainland cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las
Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego
The growth continues, with daily nonstop flights
between Honolulu and New York City commencing on 4 June.
Passengers arriving from Sydney can connect in Honolulu with the
new NYC services.
Through a partnership with Virgin Australia,
passengers from 18 destinations around Australia can connect with
Hawaiian’s nightly flights from Sydney.
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