Hawaiian Airlines has changed its earlier order for six Airbus A350-800s for a preliminary deal for six A330-800neo aircraft on 23 July 2014. The development and upcoming launch of the Airbus A330 version was announced this July by the European aircraft manufacturer.
Hawaiian Airlines already operates a fleet of 18 A330-200 aircraft, with additional orders for 16 A321neo aircraft on backlog. Adding not yet another type (A350) but yet a similar type (A330) to the fleet will certainly be positive for both maintenance costs, maintenance time and training of the aircraft’s crew and technicians.
The A330neo incorporates latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Airbus says the A330neo has a reduced fuel consumption by 14 percent per seat compared to similar medium-range widebody aircraft on the market, adding another 400 miles of range to airlines that will operate the type.
Hawaiian is the first US airline ordering the new A330neo.
Source: Airbus, with additional reporting by Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger