HONOLULU – Aug. 12, 2010 - On the heels of its recent announcements of new international routes to Asia, Hawaiian Airlines announced today it is accelerating the scheduled delivery of a new Airbus A330-200 aircraft by nearly two years to fourth quarter 2011 from its original delivery date in second quarter 2013.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO, commented, “Having recently announced new service to Asia and recognizing that further opportunities for new flights may develop in the next year, we have been fortunate to be able to accelerate the delivery of one of our A330s on very short notice.”
Hawaiian’s A330s are the newest, best-equipped aircraft serving Hawaii from the West Coast. Along with the spacious interior of a wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft, their new seats offer more personal space and a state-of-the-art entertainment system for each passenger. Using high-resolution, LCD touch screen monitors installed in each seatback, passengers can choose from a wide selection of movies and videos, audio channels, and video games, and each system also comes with a USB port for personal media players. First Class passengers enjoy a larger LCD screen and iPOD compatibility.
Hawaiian’s new A330s comfortably carry 294 passengers – 30 more passengers per aircraft than its fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft – in a two-class configuration (18 seats in First Class, 276 seats in Coach Class) and have a longer operating range that would allow Hawaiian to fly nonstop between Hawaii and points throughout all of North America and eastern Asia.
Adding to the comfort and convenience of flying in a wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft is Hawaiian’s signature “Hawaii Starts Here” inflight service showcasing the culture, music, natural beauty, and people of the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian has firm commitments to acquire 10 new A330s (including two aircraft already in service) over the next four years and purchase rights for five additional aircraft. Hawaiian’s first two A330s joined the fleet this past June and are being used on the popular Honolulu-Los Angeles route.
Delivery dates for the remaining A330s for which Hawaiian has firm commitments are as follows:
1. November 2010 Lease
2. 2nd Qtr 2011 Firm Order
3. 4th Qtr 2011 Firm Order
4. 1st Qtr 2012 Firm Order
5. 2nd Qtr 2012 Firm Order
6. 1st Qtr 2013 Firm Order
7. 2nd Qtr 2013 Firm Order
8. 1st Qtr 2014 Firm Order
Hawaiian is expanding its service into Asia in the coming months, introducing new nonstop flights between Honolulu and both Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea. The company will initially operate both new international routes using its B767 aircraft seating up to 264 passengers before transitioning to its new A330 aircraft.
In 2017, Hawaiian will expand its fleet further by taking delivery of the first of six new A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide Body) aircraft from Airbus, with rights to purchase an additional six aircraft. The next-generation fuel-efficient A350s will seat more than 300 passengers in a two-class configuration and have a range of 8,300 nautical miles that would allow Hawaiian to fly nonstop between Hawaii and virtually any viable tourism market around the world.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian is the nation’s highest-ranked carrier for service quality and performance in 2009 in the 20th annual Airline Quality Rating study, having earned that distinction in three of the past four years. Hawaiian has also led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past six years (2004-2009) and has been an industry leader in fewest misplaced bags during that same period (#1 from 2005-2007, #2 in 2008 and 2009) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the top domestic airline offering flights to Hawaii.
Now in its 81st year of continuous service for Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service to Hawaii from the state’s primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities (10) than any other airline, as well as service to the Philippines, Australia, American Samoa, Tahiti, and, in the coming months, Japan and South Korea. Hawaiian also provides more than 150 daily jet flights between the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA). Additional information is available at www.HawaiianAirlines.com.