Hawaiian's first Airbus A330 touches down in Honolulu
Hawaiian Airline's first Airbus A330-200 touched down at Honolulu International Airport this morning, completing the final leg of its 7,760-mile flight from France where it was built, and ushering in a new expansion phase at the state's largest airline.
Capt. Robert Mix and First Officer Mark Dawson performed a flyby over the runway at Honolulu International Airport before taxiing the plane through a water arch provided by two Honolulu Fire Department engines. A group of musicians and hula dancers, along with about 50 Hawaiian Airlines employees and media, greeted the A330 as it rolled to a stop on the tarmac.
"It really is an extraordinary moment for the company as a whole. It is the manifestation of all of the good things that have happened to the company over the last few years and our hopes for the future," said Mark Dunkerley, who was on hand for the plane's arrival.
The plane is scheduled to begin service June 4 on Hawaiian's Honolulu-to-Los Angeles route. It is one of 27 new Airbus A330s that Hawaiian plans to add to its fleet over the next decade.