Hawaiian inaugurates Airbus A330-200 service to Los Angeles

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. A push back shot of HA's inaugural A330 flight, HA 2 to LAX. HA assigned Airbus A330-243 N381HA (msn 1114) named "Hōkūle‘a" for the inaugural flight.

Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) yesterday (June 4) launched a new era in its storied 80-year history with the inaugural flight of its new, wide-body Airbus A330-200 aircraft, from Honolulu to Los Angeles.

Passengers on the inaugural flight were greeted at the boarding gate in Honolulu with Hawaiian music and hula by the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders, and presented with fresh orchid lei to commemorate the first commercial flight aboard Hawaiian’s new “fleet of the future.”

Named Hokule’a or “star of gladness,” for the star known as Arcturus that served as a guiding beacon for Polynesian voyagers in ancient times, the new, 294-seat A330 immediately adds 30 more seats per flight to Hawaiian’s popular twice-daily Los Angeles-Honolulu route as the peak summer travel season begins.