On May 17, 2012, Hawaiian Airlines took delivery of its newest aircraft in Austin, TX. Sounds weird, right? Well there is a reason. There is a conference going on in Austin through the weekend. At this conference are several airline CEO's, including JetBlue, Hawaiian, and Lufthansa. The plane stopped in Austin before its flight to JFK to drop off its high profile passengers. It then made its way to JFK. Since JetBlue will be handing the airport and ground operations when Hawaiian starts operations on June 5; the crews will need training on handling an A330.
Anyways, I got wind of the A330 heading into Austin on Thursday. I decided to hop a Southwest flight and try to catch the arrival and departure. I arranged with Austin Airport Operations and the JetBlue staff working the flight to escort me into position. Everyone was extremely accommodating. Below are some of the photos that I took of the aircraft as it arrived and departed Austin.
Greasing the landing on 17R-First photograph on American soil.
Roll out after touchdown
Waiting for the gate to clear
Pulling into gate 2
Me in front of engine
Standing under the fuselage
The new inflight entertainment system in economy class
Center console in the flight deck
The fuselage goes on forever
Hawaii state flag
Plane's name - The name is a small town in Maui along the Road to Hana.
Crazy wide angle shot
Sitting under the hot Texas Sun
Disconnecting from towbar
Giving surfs up sign as they taxi by