Hawaiian Airlines signed its first order for Airbus aircraft just over ten years ago, ordering 12 aircraft split evenly between the A330-200 and A350-800. Hawaiian went on to an A330-200 fleet which currently consists of 24 aircraft but in 2014, with the imminent cancellation of the A350-800, the smallest member of the A350 XWB family, Hawaiian changed the order to the A330-800neo. This aircraft is essentially the A330-200 which the airline already operates with new engines ("neo" stands for New Engine Option) and aerodynamic enhancements that together reduce fuel consumption and improve the aircraft's range.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Hawaiian would cancel the A330-800neo order and replace it with an order for six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. In parallel with the order, Boeing Capital Corp. agreed to an early termination on three Boeing 767-300ER leases. (These 767s will go to United.) An announcement of the Dreamliner order is expected within the next week.
Hawaiian currently uses the 767-300ER on routes which don't require the size and range of the A330-200. Although the new aircraft will replace the 767-300ER, part of the rationale for changing to the 787 Dreamliner is reportedly that Hawaiian wanted an aircraft with the range to serve Europe from Honolulu.
Today's Featured Map shows the routes on which Hawaiian currently flies the 767-300ER. In addition to routes from Honolulu to five airports in California and Arizona, drawn in dark purple, the San Josť trip includes a round-trip to Maui. There is also a trip between Lihue (Kauai) and Los Angeles, with a short flight from Honolulu to Lihue to connect this route with the rest of the 767-300ER network.
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