New contract will total 22 long-haul Airbus aircraft for airline
Hawaiian Airlines, which became a new Airbus operator this year, has placed a firm order for an additional six A330-200s. These long-haul, twin-engine, widebody aircraft will join Hawaiian’s fleet of three A330s and an existing backlog of another seven A330-200s and six A350 XWBs.
Hawaiian’s A330-200s transport 294 passengers in a comfortable two-class configuration outfitted with individual in-seat, in-flight entertainment systems. The six additional aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.
“These additional widebody A330s will give us more flexibility to pursue domestic and international expansion opportunities, replace our existing Boeing 767 fleet and improve our ability to compete profitably in the coming years,” said Mark Dunkerley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Airlines.
“The fact that Hawaiian has increased its order for Airbus aircraft within just months of flying their first A330 is a testament to the airline’s satisfaction with the economy, reliability and comfort of our long-haul family,” said John Leahy, Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers.
With a typical range capability of 6,850 nautical miles (for two-class configuration), the A330-200 has the versatility to cover all ranges from short-haul to true long haul – ideal for point-to-point operations. A330 cabins are widely recognized as among the best in the sky, offering a bright atmosphere with the quietest cabins in their class.
The A330 Family, which spans 250 to 300 seats, and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,100 orders. Orders for the A350 XWB stand at more than 570 from 35 customers.