Hawaiian Airlines seals order for new A330

The A330neos will be delivered from 2019
The A330neos will be delivered from 2019

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a firm order with Airbus for its newest long-haul jet, the A330neo.

Earlier this year the Honolulu-based carrier penned a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for six new A330-800neo aircraft, with deliveries starting in 2019. This deal has now been confirmed, replacing a previous order for six A350-800s.

The A330-800neo is the new fuel-efficient replacement for the A330-200 aircraft. If configured in a similar arrangement to Hawaiian’s existing A330-200s, the new aircraft will seat 294 passengers in a two-class configuration.

“The A330-800neo is an aircraft which meets all of our needs,” said Mark Dunkerley, president & CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. “It is the right size, with the right range and costs, and shares much commonality with our A330-200 fleet. Our customers and crew love the aircraft and we are thrilled that it will continue to be Hawaiian’s wide-body mainstay for far into the future.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the aircraft have a total list-price value of approximately US$2.9 billion.

Hawaiian currently operates a fleet of 50 aircraft, including 29 long-haul aircraft. It also has outstanding orders for three new A330-200s for delivery in 2015 and 16 single-aisle A321neo aircraft, which will arrive from 2017.

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