Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed that it is dropping its order for six A350-800 aircraft in favour of the A330neo.
Having stated last month that it was standing by its A350 order, Hawaiian has now signed a MoU for six A330-800s and the option to buy a further six.
The US carrier’s conversion leaves just 28 A350-800s on order and speculation is rife that the smallest version of the A350 will never be built. Just three A350-800 customers remain: Aerflot, Asiana and Awas Aviation Capita.
The new A330-800 offers 14% reduction in fuel consumption per seat on the existing model, according to Airbus, as well as 10 more seats and 400nm more range. However, that remains 24 fewer seats than the A350-800 and 1,000nm less range.