Hawaiian commits to up to 12 A330-800neos

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Hawaiian Airlines has committed to six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft, replacing its order for the Airbus A350-800.

The Honolulu-based carrier has signed a memorandum of understanding for six firm with purchase rights for another six A330-800neos with deliveries from 2019 with the European airframer, it says.

“The A330-800neo's fuel efficiency, additional range and commonality with our existing A330 fleet makes the A330-800neo an elegant solution to our need for growth aircraft toward the end of this decade," says Mark Dunkerley, president and chief executive of Hawaiian, in a statement.

Airbus launched the A330neo at the Farnborough air show earlier in July. The A330-800neo will be comparable in size to Hawaiian’s existing A330-200s yet able to fly 400nm further with a range of 7,450nm and will burn about 14% less fuel per seat using Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines.

The A330-800neo order is valued at roughly $2.9 billion at list prices, the airline says.

Hawaiian’s conversion to the A330neo leaves Airbus with just 28 firm orders for the A350-800, based on its most recent orders and deliveries. The airframer is widely expected to cancel the programme in favour of the larger A350-900 and -1000 variants.