Hawaiian Airlines, once an all-Boeing carrier, on Tuesday moved further into the Airbus camp, ordering six additional wide-bodied Airbus A-330-200s.
The new order brings Hawaiian’s total orders for the twin-jets to 22. Hawaiian began service with the first of its A-330s this year. It now has three of the long-haul jets and an existing backorder of seven. In addition to the A-330s, Hawaiian has placed orders for six technology A-350XWBs. The A-350 is Airbus’ answer to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
Hawaiian’s A-330-200s transport 294 passengers in a two-class configuration outfitted with individual in-seat, in-flight entertainment systems. The six additional aircraft will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.
Before acquiring its first A-330s, Hawaiian depended on Boeing 767s for its long-haul, over-water flights.