Responding to strong demand, Hawaiian Airlines has decided to fly its largest aircraft, the 294-seat Airbus A330-200, on a new Honolulu-Auckland route scheduled to debut in March.
Use of the new A330, which features 30 more seats per flight and 25% more cargo space than the Boeing 767-300s Hawaiian initially planned for the service, will result in an additional 46,000 air seats to Hawaii from New Zealand annually.
“We’re thrilled with how travelers have embraced our New Zealand service and pleased to be increasing our commitment to the Honolulu-Auckland route by adding more capacity,” Peter Ingram, Hawaiian’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer, said in a statement. “The combination of Hawaiian’s nonstop flights and enjoyment of our onboard hospitality experience is resonating with our new customers in New Zealand, as well as travelers from Hawaii and the U.S. mainland who are eager to visit this beautiful country.”
Hawaiian will be the only U.S. carrier flying to Auckland when it begins service three times a week on March 13.