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Hawaiian seeking A330-800neo alternatives: CEO

Hawaiian Airlines confirms it is considering acquiring other aircraft types instead of the six Airbus A330-800neos it currently has on order.

"We think it is a good time now to be looking at alternatives," chief executive Mark Dunkerley says during the company's third quarter earnings call on 19 October.

"Both Airbus and Boeing have terrific products," he adds. "At some point in the next decade we have to start thinking about the next generation of aircraft in our fleet."

Dunkerley did not mention specific aircraft types that Hawaiian is considering.

He says Hawaiian's "business has evolved" since Hawaiian ordered six A330-800neos in 2014. That order actually replaced an earlier order by Hawaiian for A350-800s.

Hawaiian is the only A330-800neo customer, and is scheduled to take delivery of the aircraft between 2019 and 2021, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

Though Dunkerley has said Hawaiian seeks to grow its network to Asia, North America and, one day, possibly Europe, he insists the company will seek an aircraft that best fits Hawaiian's current bread-and-butter routes.

Hawaiian's current network connects Honolulu to large cities in Asia and to the US West Coast, as well as New York.

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