HONOLULU, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hawaiian Airlines today announced that it has acquired another new wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which joins two other A330s announced two weeks ago.
The company has also negotiated delivery of two of the new aircraft in the
second quarter of 2010 -- beginning Hawaiian's transition to a new long-range
fleet two years earlier than originally planned.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, said, "These commitments to
increasing the size of our fleet and to bringing the new aircraft to Hawaii
two years earlier than planned deepen Hawaiian's already substantial
investment in our home state and its economy. This is great news for the
future of our company, our employees, and Hawaii's visitor industry."
The three new A330s are in addition to the agreement that Hawaiian
announced this past February to purchase up to 24 new Airbus aircraft.
The most recent A330 acquisition is being leased from CIT; the other two
are being leased from AWAS. The CIT aircraft and one of the AWAS aircraft will
join the fleet in 2010, with the other AWAS aircraft joining the fleet in
The wide-body, twin-aisle Airbus A330-200 seats 298 passengers in a two-
class configuration and has an operating range of 6,050 nautical miles,
allowing Hawaiian to fly significantly farther nonstop than what is allowed by
its current fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
Hawaiian's A330 aircraft will have the ability to fly nonstop to all of
North America and points in eastern Asia, while offering increased seating
capacity and improved fuel efficiency at the same time.
In February, Hawaiian signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire
six A330-200 aircraft and six A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide-Body) aircraft direct
from the manufacturer, with purchase rights for an additional six A330-200s
and six A350XWB-800s.
The first deliveries of A330s under Hawaiian's purchase agreement with
Airbus will join the fleet in 2012, with the A350s scheduled for delivery
starting in 2017. The purchase agreement has a total list-price value of
approximately $4.4 billion if the purchase rights to all 24 aircraft are
About Hawaiian Airlines
The nation's top-ranked airline for service in the 2007 Airline Quality
Ratings, Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of
the past four straight years (2004-2007) and in fewest misplaced bags for the
past three years (2005-2007) as reported by the U.S. Department of
Transportation. Consumer surveys by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and
Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 80th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the
state's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the second largest
provider of passenger air service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.
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, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 155 daily jet
flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc.
(Nasdaq: HA). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
SOURCE Hawaiian Airlines, Inc.
CONTACT: Keoni Wagner of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., +1-808-838-6778,
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