In the wake of its major announcement of nonstop flights between New York and Honolulu last week, Hawaiian Airlines has taken the next step in its long-range fleet renewal and expansion plan with the signing of a new firm order with Airbus to purchase five new A330-200 aircraft for delivery between 2013 and 2015, with purchase rights for an additional three A330s.
With these five new A330s on order, Hawaiian will be adding 13 new A330s to its fleet between 2013 and 2015. (This is in addition to the five A330s Hawaiian currently has in service and four new A330s that will join the fleet in 2012.) The company has financing commitments in place for all of its 2012 deliveries and two of its 2013 orders.
Hawaiian’s A330 deliveries between 2013 and 2015 will provide, in part, for the retirement of 10 Boeing 767-300 aircraft over approximately the same period as the company continues its progressive transition to a new fleet of A330s and A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide-Body) aircraft for its North America and international service. Hawaiian’s net fleet growth during this period will be three aircraft.
All of Hawaiian’s new A330s will carry 294 passengers in a two-class configuration—30 more passengers per aircraft than its current fleet of 16 Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. The new A330s are more fuel-efficient than the B767s and have a longer operating range, giving Hawaiian the option to open new nonstop routes between Hawaii and points throughout all of North America and eastern Asia. Within the past year, Hawaiian has launched three new routes between Honolulu and Asia – Tokyo (November 2010), Seoul (January 2011), and Osaka, Japan (July 2011). The company has also announced service to Fukuoka, Japan beginning in April 2012.