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Home Travel Western Travel Buzz Hawaiian’s First Airbus A330-200, Vanguard of New Fleet of the Future, Arrives in Honolulu

Hawaiian’s First Airbus A330-200, Vanguard of New Fleet of the Future, Arrives in Honolulu

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Hawaiian Airlines welcomed the first airship of its future fleet on May 4, its first new, long-range Airbus A330-200 aircraft that will set the company's course for growth and expansion.

The wide-body, 294-seat A330 touched down at Honolulu International Airport at 10:49 a.m. after departing from Seattle, Washington. Piloted by Captain Robert Mix and Captain Mark Dawson, the 13-member flight crew was greeted by Hawaiian Airlines employees with fresh flower lei, Hawaiian music, and hula.

"The A330 handled beautifully all the way here and it was an honor for me and Captain Dawson to bring Hawaiian's newest jet home to Hawaii," said Captain Mix. "I believe our customers are going to be very happy flying in this brand new aircraft."

"What a special moment for all of us at Hawaiian, to see more than three years' planning and coordination come to fruition," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO who was among a crowd of employees greeting the plane's arrival. "This first A330 heralds a new era for Hawaiian, one of growth and new services for our customers."

Hawaiian's new A330 is scheduled to begin service on Friday, June 4, as Flight #2, departing Honolulu at 1:15 p.m. for Los Angeles.

Hawaiian took possession of the A330 on April 28 in a Hawaii-themed acceptance ceremony at the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France attended by more than 200 Hawaiian Airlines employees and their guests. The aircraft was flown nonstop from Toulouse to Seattle on April 30 for scheduled modification work before making its flight into Honolulu.

Hawaiian plans to introduce up to 27 new Airbus aircraft into its fleet by the end of this decade. Hawaiian is leasing three A330s that are joining the fleet this year, and has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire seven A330s (starting in 2011) and six A350XWB-800 (Extra Wide-Body) aircraft (starting in 2017), as well as purchase rights for an additional five A330s and six A350s.

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.

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.