By Howard Dicus
HONOLULU and TOULOUSE, FRANCE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian Airlines, already flying five new Airbus jets with a dozen on order, has upped its order by five more.
The announcement Thursday morning from Toulouse, France, included a statement from Hawaiian CEO Mark Dunkerley: "Adding these additional A330-200s to our fleet over the next four years will support the continued expansion of our network and replacement of our current 767-300s."
At list prices the new order is a $1 billion deal, though Airbus and Boeing reduce their prices when jets are ordered in bulk.
Hawaiian put its first Airbus jets into service between Los Angeles and Honolulu, giving it the newest fleet in the LAX-HNL corridor, and then deployed more on flights to Japan and Korea.
The Airbus jets are more fuel efficient than older Boeing jets and can travel farther on a tank of fuel, which is how Hawaiian was able to announce Wednesday that it will launch nonstop service between Honolulu and New York JFK in June.