Hawaiian secures financing on next six A330s

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Hawaiian Airlines has secured financing on its next six Airbus A330 deliveries, and plans to deploy the aircraft type on its flights to San Francisco in November.

The airline recently took delivery of its fifth A330, and expects four more to come in 2012. Financing is in place for these four deliveries and two aircraft in 2013, said Hawaiian's CEO Mark Dunkerley in an earnings call. The airline plans to operate 13 A330s by end-2015.

In November, the carrier will switch to the A330 on its flights to San Francisco, which are currently operated with the Boeing 767. The airline already operates the A330 to Tokyo Haneda, Seoul and some destinations on the US west coast. It has said it will operate the A330 on a new Honolulu-Fukuoka service to be launched in April 2012 with 767s initially.

Hawaiian's new A330s will replace some of its older 767s in the next four years. During the quarter ended 30 September, the airline returned one 767 to its lessor, leaving it with a combined widebody fleet of 16 767s and five A330s.