Hawaiian commits to new A330
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Hawaiian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to acquire six new A330-800neo aircraft, with options to double the order to 12 jets.
The new fuel-efficient version of the twin-aisle A330 was formally launched at last week’s Farnborough Airshow, and Hawaiian has become the first North American airline to commit to the new model. Deliveries are expected to commence in 2019.
The order, which is worth approximately US$2.9 billion if all purchase rights are taken, replaces Hawaiian’s existing agreement for six A350-800 aircraft, which were due for delivery from 2017.
“The A330-800neo’s fuel efficiency, additional range and commonality with our existing A330 fleet makes the A330-800neo an elegant solution to our need for growth aircraft toward the end of this decade,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president & CEO.
The A330-800neo is similar in size to Hawaiian’s existing A330-200 aircraft, which seat 294 passengers in a two-class configuration. But with new Rolls-Royce engines and aerodynamic enhancements, the new version will be able to fly 400-nautical miles (741km) further and consume 14% less fuel.
Hawaiian Airlines currently operates a fleet of 50 aircraft, including 18 A330s. It also has outstanding orders for four more A330-200s and 16 single-aisle A321neos.
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