A new U.S. operator of Airbus jetliners: Hawaiian Airlines receives its first A330

A new U.S. operator of Airbus jetliners: Hawaiian Airlines receives its first A330

Hawaiian Airlines’ first A330 aircraft – received during a delivery ceremony yesterday at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France – will begin service on this U.S. Pacific-based carrier’s Honolulu-Los Angeles route in early June.

29 April 2010 Feature story

Hawaiian Airlines has received its initial A330-200, joining U.S.-based carriers Delta Airlines and US Airways as operators of this fuel efficient, long-haul aircraft.

Emblazoned with the carrier’s colorful logo, this new jetliner was handed over during yesterday’s delivery ceremony at Airbus’ Toulouse, France headquarters. Airbus Chief Operating Officer - Customers John Leahy and Hawaiian Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Dunkerley donned traditional Hawaiian flower leis for the event, which was highlighted by the presentation of a special Hawaiian 'oli (chant) written for the occasion, a traditional blessing of the aircraft, and performances by Hawaiian dancers and musicians.

Hawaiian’s new long-range Airbus aircraft will replace the airline’s existing fleet of Boeing 767s and will offer greater capacity and range, as well as increased fuel efficiency and a state-of-the-art passenger entertainment system at each seat. The U.S. Pacific-based carrier is planning to build up a fleet of 10 A330s, composed of both leased jetliners (such as the one delivered yesterday) and aircraft ordered directly from Airbus. 

The new A330 – named "Makali'i" after a revered figure in Hawaiian legend – is scheduled to arrive at Honolulu International Airport on May 3, and will begin service on Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu-Los Angeles route in early June.

The airline is undertaking a long-range fleet renewal and expansion program, with plans to add 27 new, widebody Airbus aircraft to its fleet over the next decade.

In 2017, the carrier will undertake another major step its fleet expansion by receiving the first of six new A350 XWB-800s from Airbus, with options to purchase an additional six. 

Based in Honolulu, Hawaiian Airlines is now in its 81st year of continuous service, and is the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state's primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland.

More than 200 Hawaiian Airlines employees attended yesterday’s handover ceremony, making the 7,760-mile trip from Honolulu to Toulouse to witness the milestone A330 delivery.

Watch video highlights from the Hawaiian Airlines delivery ceremony, which featured cultural traditions of the Islands.

See the Hawaiian Airlines A330 take shape, from the arrival of components to final assembly and painting in Toulouse, France.