Hawaiian Airlines begins A330-300P2F service for Amazon Air

Source: Airbus

Hawaiian Airlines has commenced service of its A330-300P2F (passenger to freighter) contract business.

The Honolulu-headquartered airline confirmed the service for e-commerce giant Amazon started on October 2 in its third quarter results.

In July, Hawaiian Airlines received the first of 10 converted freighters that it will operate for Amazon Air.

The airline plans to introduce the 10 aircraft over the course of the next 1.5 years.

Air Cargo News reported last October that Amazon Air planned to add 10 A330-300 converted freighters from lessor Altavair, to be operated by Hawaiian.

The aircraft are being converted by Germany-headquartered Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW), a joint venture between Singapore-based ST Engineering and France-headquartered Airbus.

The deal with Hawaiian will last for eight years with options to extend for a further two and three years.

Operating revenue in the third quarter of 2023 was down 1.8% from the third quarter of 2022, on 4.1% higher capacity across Hawaiian’s network, said the airline.

The wildfires in Lahaina in West Maui on August 8 “caused a sharp decrease in traffic to Maui”, noted Hawaiian.

The airline was also affected by unexpected A321neo aircraft engine inspections. “This unanticipated time out of service resulted in, among other things, lower-than-expected capacity growth in the quarter.”

Amazon recently confirmed it is reducing its European flights after rapidly ramping up operations over the last few years.

Amazon has also been reducing its flying in North America. CargoFacts recently confirmed that the e-commerce firm had ended its operations with regional carrier Silver Airways.

The carrier had been operating five ATR-72 aircraft on behalf of Amazon.

Meanwhile, last year ATSG said that Amazon, along with DHL, was also scaling back its operations with them.

Hawaiian Airlines receives first of 10 freighters for Amazon operations

Amazon Air partners with Hawaiian and Altavair to add A330 freighters

 

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]