Hawaiian Airlines Buys Another A330-200 and Leases Two More A321neos

The newly purchased and leased aircraft will enable Hawaiian Airlines to retire its fleet of Boeing 767s by the end of 2018, earlier than it had originally planned to do so, according to the airline.

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The new Narita route will complement Hawaiian Airlines’ existing daily service from its Honolulu hub to Tokyo Haneda Airport, providing two daily flight options to travelers in the Greater Tokyo region, according to the carrier.

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The July 22 memorandum of understanding makes Hawaiian Airlines the sixth launch customer for the new Airbus A330neo family. However, it also represents another potential nail in the likely coffin of the Airbus A350-800, which as of June 30 had only accumulated firm orders for 34 aircraft.

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According to a new Harris Poll, most Americans who fly at least once a year would be willing to pay for extra legroom on a flight of three hours or more and over half would be willing to pay more to avoid sitting in a middle seat on a flight of the same length ‒ as long as the additional fee is $50 or less.

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Hawaiian Airlines plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and China’s capital Beijing in April 2014, pending approvals by U.S. and Chinese regulatory agencies. However, Hawaiian will discontinue its under-performing non-stop Manila service this summer, its last outbound flight on the route leaving Honolulu on July 31.

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Hawaiian Airlines has placed a firm order for 16 Airbus A321neos and secured purchase rights on nine more, finalizing a memorandum of understanding that Hawaiian reached with Airbus in January for its planned acquisition of up to 25 of the type.

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Hawaiian Airlines will add its fifth Japan gateway in June when it launches service three times a week to Sendai on June 25, pending approval from the Japanese government.

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Hawaiian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding to order 16 new Airbus A321neos for delivery between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase nine more. The A321neos will complement its existing widebody fleet on routes between Hawai’i and the U.S. West Coast.

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Hawaiian Airlines is planning to launch non-stop service between Taiwan’s capital Taipei and Honolulu in July 2013. Taipei will be the ninth new gateway that Hawaiian has introduced since November 2010.

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Hawaiian Airlines and Virgin America have signed cooperative marketing agreements with each other in order to expand the reach of their respective networks and provide a range of new travel benefits for their customers.

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Hawaiian Airlines is launching three-times-weekly, non-stop service between Honolulu and Auckland in New Zealand on March 13, 2013. According to Hawaiian, it will be the only U.S. carrier flying to Auckland, which is New Zealand’s largest city.

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Hawaiian Airlines has its share of hiccups, but in this writer’s experience, HA trumps its much larger main competitor on mainland-Hawaii routes, United Airlines, 10 times out of 10 when it comes to unfeigned warmth, superior food and beverage choices and all-around customer service.

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Hawaiian Airlines will begin three-times-weekly non-stop service between Honolulu and Brisbane on Tuesday, November 27.

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Members of both carriers’ frequent flyer programs will be able to earn and redeem loyalty points or miles for travel on either airline. Travelers will also be able to connect between the two carriers to points throughout the East Coast and Hawaii, with the signing of a new codeshare agreement.

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Effective this week, customers will be able to purchase single tickets combining travel on both Hawaiian Airlines and JetBlue Airways, allowing for seamless travel between the carriers’ networks. In the near future, Hawaiian intends to codeshare on JetBlue-operated flights.

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Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and Hawaiian Airlines have signed a codeshare agreement for passenger flights within Japan and Hawaii, as well as ANA-operated flights between Honolulu and Tokyo Haneda Airport.

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Hawaiian Airlines is boosting its service to Hawaii from its largest visitor market with the addition of a third daily flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu on a year-round basis, starting in June 2012. The carrier has previously offered this flight on a summer seasonal basis.

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Otherwise known for the excellence of its service, Virgin America ranks a distant last in a study released today which reveals how quickly the call centers of the 13 largest U.S. airlines have been responding to customer calls during one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.

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Hawaiian Airlines began operating Airbus aircraft in 2010 and now has agreed commitments for 22 A330-200s, including four which the airline is leasing from aircraft lessors. Hawaiian currently operates five A330-200s.

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