4 Oct 2012

Hawaiian Airlines switches to larger plane for NZ route due to demand

7:28 am on 4 October 2012

Hawaiian Airlines says a strong demand for its New Zealand service next year has led it to switch to a larger aircraft, a 294 seat Airbus A330 instead of the 264 seat Boeing 767.

The airline launches its three times a weekly nonstop service between Honolulu and Auckland on the 13th of March.

The larger, wide-body A330 will provide an additional 30 seats per flight, along with a 25 percent increase in cargo space.

Hawaiian's executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Peter Ingram, says the airline is thrilled with how travelers have embraced the New Zealand service.

He says they are responding to that commitment by adding more capacity with the A330.

Hawaiian Airline will be the only U.S. carrier flying into Auckland.