New airbus to add 11,000 seats annually

HAWAIIAN Airlines is upgrading its service between Hawaii and Australia, with the much-anticipated introduction of Hawaiian's newest and largest aircraft, the 294-seat Airbus A330-200, on daily flights between Honolulu and Sydney.

The wide-body Airbus A330s have 30 more seats that the current Boeing 767-300ERs, which have served the Sydney-Honolulu route since May 2004, when Hawaiian entered this market with four weekly nonstop flights. The new aircraft will add nearly 11,000 seats annually. 

Hawaiian Airlines in Australia general manager sales and marketing Sherilyn Robinson said travel from Australia to Hawaii is booming.

"Introducing our new A330 aircraft will help meet growing demand and will further improve the travel experience for our customers," Ms Robinson said.

"Our new A330s can seat 30 more passengers than the Boeing 767s, which means a capacity increase of 11 per cent per flight, or the equivalent of 41 additional 767 flights in a full year. The airbuses also have more spacious cabins, and all passengers have in-seat video and games entertainment."

The A330 features high-resolution LCD touch-screen monitors installed in each seatback, enabling customers to choose from a wide range of movies, TV programs, music, and video games, while also offering a USB port for the use of their own personal media players.

From Honolulu, Hawaiian operates frequent flights to the islands of Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island, as well as to 10 US mainland cities - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland, San Diego and Phoenix.

The growth continues, with daily nonstop flights between Honolulu and New York City commencing on June 4. Passengers arriving from Sydney can connect in Honolulu with the new NYC services.

Through a partnership with Virgin Australia, passengers from 18 destinations around Australia can connect with Hawaiian's nightly flights from Sydney.

Passengers can also enjoy Hawaiian's signature "Hawaii Flies With Us" onboard experience which engages customers with a showcase of the culture, people, natural beauty, and Aloha Spirit of the Hawaiian Islands.

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