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Hawaiian Airlines Orders Six More Long-Range Planes

November 29, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it has increased its commitments for new long-range Airbus A330-200 aircraft from 10 (including three already in service) to 16, with the additional six to be delivered between 2012 and 2015.

Hawaiian exercised six Airbus A330 purchase rights under the terms of its 2008 purchase agreement with Airbus and acquired additional purchase rights in this transaction, leaving it with a total of four purchase rights remaining. The airline took delivery of its third new A330 from aircraft leasing company AWAS earlier this month and will accept two deliveries in the coming year.

All of Hawaiian’s new A330 aircraft will carry 294 passengers in a two-class configuration—30 more per aircraft than its fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The A330 also has a longer operating range that enables nonstop service between Hawaii and points throughout all of North America, eastern Asia and Australasia.

Beginning in 2017, Hawaiian will take delivery of the first of six new A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide Body) 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 any viable tourism market around the world.

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