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Hawaiian to Add 6 New Airbus Aircraft to Fleet

July 22, 2014, 10:26 AM HST · Updated July 22, 10:52 AM
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By Maui Now Staff

Hawaiian Airlines today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to acquire six new A330-800neo aircraft starting in 2019.

Under the agreement, Hawaiian has the rights to purchase an additional six aircraft as part of its vision to serve farther non-stop destinations from the state.

Company officials say the order replaces its existing order for six A350XWB-800 aircraft, which were due for delivery from 2017.

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Hawaiian Airlines president and chief executive officer Mark Dunkerley described the aircraft as an “elegant solution” to the company’s need for growth toward the end of the decade.

“The A330-800neo will serve the Hawaiian network well as the airline continues to expand in Asia and grow its capacity in mature markets,” said John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer in a press release statement.

Airline executives say the new A330-800neo wide-body aircraft will have up to a 400-nautical mile increase in range and reduced fuel consumption by 14% per seat compared to the airline’s current A330-200 aircraft.

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The Hawaiian Airlines fleet currently includes 29 wide-body, long-haul aircraft that can seat between 252 and 294 passengers; 18 narrow-body aircraft that can seat between 118 to 123 passengers; and three 48-seat ATR42-500 for neighbor island flights.

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