Hawaiian Airlines is shifting a new Airbus A330 aircraft onto its existing daily Honolulu-Portland, Ore., route three weeks early, thanks to the earlier-than-expected arrival of the new plane.

The carrier will transition from the 264-seat Boeing 767-300 currently servicing the nonstop route to a 294-seat Airbus A330 April 20.

Hawaiian’s change in aircraft on the Honolulu-Portland route will result in an additional 11,000 air seats to the Aloha State annually, according to airline officials.

The carrier is slated to welcome three additional Airbus A330 aircraft to its fleet in 2013.

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