Hawaiian maintains A350-800 order

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Hawaiian Airlines says that it does not “see a need” to change its order for six Airbus A350-800 aircraft, after the largest remaining order for the variant was converted to the larger -900 model.

“At present, we don’t see a need to alter our A350 order,” says the Honolulu-based carrier. It adds that it remains in close contact with the manufacturer regarding the aircraft programme.

Deliveries to Hawaiian are scheduled to begin in 2017.

American Airlines-subsidiary US Airways disclosed that it had converted its order for 18 A350-800s to the -900 on 27 December, reducing the number of outstanding firm orders for the smaller variant to 61 aircraft.

The A350-800 seats 276 passengers in a standard two-class configuration compared to 325 passengers on the -900, according to Airbus.

The smaller A350 could replace some of Hawaiian’s existing fleet of 294-seat Airbus A330-200s, while the larger variant would represent growth for the carrier.