Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled a cabin redesign on its fleet of Airbus A330-200s featuring 18 lie-flat premium cabin seats.
The airline will also install 28 more “extra comfort” economy seats, bringing its total to 68 premium economy seats on A330-200s. Its A330-200s will go from 294 seats to 278 total seats. Hawaiian has 21 A330-200s in its fleet and will add one more by the end of 2015.
The cabin redesign will start in the second quarter of 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2017. “I think there will be a tendency to have [redesigned A330s] on our international routes first,” Hawaiian president and CEO Mark Dunkerley said Oct. 19 when announcing the cabin redesign to reporters during the carrier’s global media day at the company’s Honolulu headquarters.
Despite having fewer total seats on its A330s, “we think that yields as a whole will likely go up,” Dunkerley added. “We did extensive modeling to figure out what would be the optimum configuration for the markets we serve.”
The “extra comfort” seats have a 36-inch pitch while the economy seats will continue to have a 31-inch pitch.
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Airbus’ successful A330-200 has received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) certification for the new 242 tonne Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) version, following certification in April 2015 (*) of the 242t A330-300. Certification from the US authorities (FAA) will follow.
Eric Zanin, Airbus Head of the A330 Programme said: “With this new 242t A330-200 our customers will benefit from even more range plus a proven 99.4 percent reliability, while offering their passengers best-in-class comfort. It’s unbeatable operating costs and unique versatility make the A330 Family a highly competitive solution in the medium to long haul market.”
The range of the new A330-200 242t increases by up to 350 nautical miles/650 kilometres compared to today’s 238 tonne model, allowing customers to fly missions up to 7,250 nm/ 13,400 km. Thanks to aerodynamic refinements and engine enhancements, operators will reduce their fuel consumption by up two percent.
Launched in 2012 and already in service on the larger A330-300 model, the 242 tonne variant is the platform for the A330neo – yet another concrete example of Airbus’ incremental innovation strategy.
The A330 Family seats 250 to 300 passengers (in a typical 3 class configuration) and includes Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants. To date the A330 Family has attracted more than 1,500 orders and around 1,200 A330s are flying worldwide with over 100 operators. Ever since the original A330-300 entered service, its hallmarks are its very efficient operating economics, innovative cabin features, while offering passengers much wider economy-class seats than any competing aircraft. Moreover, with numerous product improvements and with an operational reliability of 99.4 percent, the A330 is the most cost-efficient and capable aircraft in its class.