Hawaiian adding flights


POSTED: Friday, September 18, 2009

Hawaiian Airlines will fly into the future beginning next year when its new A330-200 aircraft debuts on some of the company's Los Angeles-Honolulu routes.

The carrier, which now flies Boeing 767-300s on its long-range trips, said yesterday it will expand service for the summer peak travel season with three additional flights, including its first-ever flight between Oakland, Calif., and Maui.

In addition, Hawaiian has added a San Diego-Maui flight, its first since the summer of 2008, as well as an additional flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu. The extra Los Angeles-Honolulu service will give Hawaiian three daily flights between Los Angeles and Honolulu during the summer, with two of those on A330s and the other one on a Boeing 767. The A330s seat 294 passengers, about 30 more seats than the Boeing 767, so the additional daily flight will mean Hawaiian would be transporting an additional 324 passengers daily between the two cities since one of the Boeing 767s currently being used will be subbed out for one of the A330s.

Hawaiian said the three new flights will begin June 17.

“;The arrival of the first of our new long-range Airbus aircraft gives us the opportunity to expand our service from Hawaii's largest visitor market when travel demand is at its highest,”; said Hawaiian President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Dunkerley.

In January 2008, Hawaiian made a big investment in its future when it signed a purchase agreement with Airbus to acquire six wide-body A330-200 aircraft and six A350XWB-800 (extra-wide-body) aircraft, as well as purchase rights for an additional six of each model. In October the company signed lease agreements to acquire an additional three A330s, which are all being put into service next year.

The agreement had a total list-price value of approximately $4.4 billion if all of the purchase rights are exercised.

The new aircraft will be phased in to replace Hawaiian's current wide-body fleet of 18 Boeing 767s and enable the company to open new routes to more distant markets on a nonstop basis from Honolulu. The first of the A330-200 aircraft it purchased will be delivered in phases from 2012 to 2014, while the A350XWB-800 aircraft will be delivered in phases from 2017 to 2020.

The Oakland-Maui flight will depart Oakland daily at 12:20 p.m. and arrive on Maui at 2:20 p.m. The return flight will depart Maui daily at 9:35 p.m. and arrive in Oakland the following morning at 5:30 a.m. The new flight runs through Sept. 6.

Hawaiian's San Diego-Maui flight will depart San Diego daily at 10:35 a.m. and arrive on Maui at 1:05 p.m. The return flight will depart Maui at 10:30 p.m. and arrive in San Diego at 6:35 a.m. the following morning.

The service will end Aug. 24.

Hawaiian's additional Los Angeles-Honolulu flight — which will use one of the A330s — will depart Los Angeles daily at 10:45 a.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 1:15 p.m. The return flight will depart Honolulu daily at 10:30 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles the following morning at 6:55 a.m. The extra flight runs through Sept. 6.