Hawaiian Airlines, once an all-Boeing carrier, today moved farther into the Airbus camp ordering 6 additional wide-bodied Airbus A-330-200s.
The new order brings Hawaiians total orders for the twin-jets to 22. Hawaiian began service with the first of its A-330s this year. It now has three of the long-haul jets and an existing backorder of seven more. In addition to the A-330s, Hawaiian has also placed orders for six new technology A-350XWBs. The A-350 is Airbus’s answer to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner,
New contract will total 22 long-haul Airbus aircraft for airline
Hawaiian’s A330-200s transport 294 passengers in a 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.
Before acquiring its first A-330s, Hawaiian depended on Boeing 767s for its long-haul, over-water flights. The airline will phase out its 18 767s as it brings on the A-330s. The company also flies 15 Boeing 717s on short-haul flights among the islands.