The first of three new widebody Airbus A330-200 aircraft scheduled to join the Hawaiian Airlines fleet this year landed in Honolulu on May 3.
"What a special moment for all of us at Hawaiian, to see more than three years' planning and coordination come to fruition," said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian's president and CEO, before a group of about 100 employees at Honolulu Airport. "This first A330 heralds a new era for Hawaiian, one of growth and new services."
Hawaii took official possession of the aircraft April 28 at the Airbus plant in Toulouse, France. Before its first visit to the islands, however, the A330 made a nonstop trip to Seattle, where it underwent final modifications.
Hawaiian's newest plane will see its first official duty June 4 on Flight 2, departing Honolulu at 1:15 p.m. with passengers bound for Los Angeles.
Hawaiian officials say they plan to introduce up to 27 Airbus aircraft to the carrier's fleet over the next decade.