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Hawaiian to lease an additional A330-200

Story updated on 10 July to include additional engine information (see sixth paragraph).

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a deal to lease one additional Airbus A330-200 for six years beginning in summer of 2016, the Honolulu-based carrier confirms to Flightglobal.

The airline made the decision as part of a recent update to its fleet plan that also calls for it to accelerate retirements of its Boeing 767-300ERs, the carrier says in a statement.

It adds that the plan "smoothed its capacity growth over the next few years".

"The company's expectation for low single-digit capacity growth through the end of the decade remains unchanged and [Hawaiian] expects its 2016 capacity growth to be consistent with this expectation," Hawaiian says.

Though not confirmed by Hawaiian, sources tell Flightglobal the aircraft will be leased from Air Lease Corporation.

Hawaiian confirms the aircraft will have Rolls-Royce’s Trent 772B powerplants, the same engines that power its other A330s.

News broke just days ago that Airbus had updated its online order backlog data to include the sale of one additional A330-200 to Air Lease, bringing the leasing company's commitment for the type to 10.

Hawaiian did not provide additional details about its fleet plan or its new 767 retirement schedule.

The fleet currently includes 21 A330-200s, nine 767-300ERs and 18 717-200s, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Fleets database.

Hawaiian has orders for an additional seven A330-800neos through 2021 and 16 A321neos through 2020, Ascend shows.

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