Hawaiian Airlines has announced the acquisition of two new wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft that will accelerate the start of the company’s transition to a new Airbus fleet— all part of the carrier’s long-range fleet plan. The first deliveries of A330s under Hawaiian’s purchase agreement with Airbus will join the fleet in 2012.
The wide-body, twin-aisle A330-200 seats 298 passengers in a two-class configuration and has an operating range of 5,500 nautical miles, which is significantly farther than Hawaiian’s current fleet of B767-300ER aircraft. With the A330-200, Hawaiian will increase its seating capacity, improve its fuel efficiency, and have the ability to provide nonstop service to all of North America and eastern Asia.
The two jets are in addition to the agreement that Hawaiian announced earlier this year to purchase up to 24 new Airbus aircraft.