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Hawaiian Airline's new Airbus A330 arrives on Oahu

Mark Dawson Mark Dawson
Mark Dunkerley Mark Dunkerley

By Holly Juscen – bio | email 

It was an historic moment for Hawaiian Airlines as its newest plane, the Airbus A330, touched down at the Honolulu International Airport Monday morning.

The wide-body, state of the art aircraft, arrived in grand fashion, first a fly over, then a water blessing as it pulled onto the tarmac. Hawaiian Airlines CEO, Mark Dunkerley, says it was a magical moment, "This is a very important day for us. The delivery of the Airbus A330 is really the turning of a new chapter."

Captains Robert Mix and Mark Dawson are the first to fly aircraft. The pilots were in Toulouse, France last week as the Airbus was unveiled. They stopped in Seattle for maintenance, before arriving in Oahu. They both agree, it worth every penny of the $180 million it cost to build.

"We have all of the latest safety equipment and all of the latest navigation equipment. It makes it a joy to work in. It's a very comfortable cockpit and a great plane to fly, said Captain Mix.

"On the 12 hour flight from Toulouse, France to Seattle I was able to ride in the back in coach and in first class and the passengers are going to love it," said Captain Dawson.

Hawaiian is still putting the finishes touches on the interior of the plane, so no one got a glance inside, but the aircraft is more ' passenger friendly.' Each seat has more leg room and a personal entertainment center. This is the first of 27 Airbuses that Hawaiian will add to its fleet over the next decade. They say it's an upgrade from the Boeing 767's.

"This is an aircraft is far better than our existing aircraft. It's more fuel efficient -- it flies further, carries more customers. It allows us to put bigger seats in it so our customers will be more comfortable....and we have more cargo space," said Dunkerley.

Hawaiian's Airbus A330 will remain on Oahu for a month while crews are trained. It will begin it's route from Honolulu to Los angeles in early June.

 

 

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