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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Kuwait-based lessor Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) has converted its 2007 firm order for 12 Airbus A350-800s into an order for the same number of the higher-capacity A350-900 model.

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