Hawaiian Airlines Introduces A330 To Fleet

Oahu-based Hawaiian Airlines this week took delivery of its first Airbus A330-200 aircraft, marking the beginning of its fleet renewal programme, which will see 27 new Airbus wide-body aircraft to be integrated into the airline’s fleet over the next decade. In keeping with Hawaiian Airlines’ heritage, the aircraft, registered N380HA, was blessed in a traditional ceremony to the sounds of Hawaiian music and hula, as well as the presentation of a special “oli” (chant) written for the occasion, before being formally handed over.

 

More than 200 employees and guests of Hawaiian Airlines travelled from Honolulu to witness the historic ceremony at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, where they viewed the new 2-class aircraft which will offer up to 294 seats on each flight. All passengers will enjoy new interiors with 18 First Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration and 276 Economy Class seats in a 2-4-2 configuration, with audio-video on-demand in-flight entertainment delivered on high resolution personal LCD touchscreen monitors.

 

On the morning of 3 May 2010, the jet is expected to arrive at Honolulu International Airport where it will undergo training flights with the airline’s crew in preparation for its entry into service in early June, where Hawaiian Airlines will deploy it on its popular Honolulu – Los Angeles route. The A330 will also allow the airline to fly nonstop between Hawaii and all of North America, as well as destinations in East Asia.

 

Hawaiian Airlines is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, operating a fleet of 33 jets to more than 10 gateway US cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The airline also flies more than 150 daily inter-island flights and international services to American Samoa, Australia, the Philippines, South Korea and Tahiti.

 

For more information, visit www.hawaiianair.com.

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