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Hawaiian Airlines welcomes fifth Airbus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines welcomed its fifth new Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the fleet Sunday afternoon, with its inaugural flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Hawaiian Airlines' new A330-200 has been named Hokupaa, or the North Star in Hawaiian in tribute to the star's significance for celestial navigation by ancient Polynesians during their voyages to Hawaii. The flight carried one passenger short of a full plane, carrying 293 passengers.

Since June 2010, Hawaiian Airlines has made a transition to a new fleet of long-range aircraft that can fly farther and carry more passengers with more prospective routes to Asia and North America.

Hawaiian Airlines is scheduled to add four more A330s in 2012 and will have 13 of the aircraft in its fleet by the end of 2015.

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