Hawaiian Airlines unveils new business class, economy cabins on Boeing 787

Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines has offered a sneak preview at its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner interior design, and introduced a new class of premium service: the Leihōkū Suites (Business class).

The airline’s new B787-9 aircraft will begin service in early 2023 on select routes and will feature an interior that evokes Hawaii’s natural world through bold textures, island-inspired sunrise and sunset lighting along with ocean and wind patterns.

There will be 34 seats on the airline’s newest business class product. The suites feature fully lie-flat seating, an 18-inch in-flight entertainment screen, personal outlets, wireless charging and direct aisle access. 

Set in a 1-2-1 configuration with doors, the suites offer privacy, with combined double seats allowing couples to have a shared experience.

Hawaiian Airlines partnered with Adient Aerospace, a joint venture between Boeing Company and Adient, a world leader in automotive seats, in developing the Leihōkū Suites design. 

“It was evident from the beginning that Hawaiian Airlines is very passionate about its culture and branding, and making sure that this came through in the design language and in the passenger experience,” said Adient Aerospace CEO Tony Guy in a press statement. 

“It is so rewarding to bring this vision collaboratively to life and see it realized in the delivered product,” Guy added. 

Economy and Extra Comfort seats

The Dreamliner’s main cabin (economy class) will consist of 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire seats with an ergonomically contoured back and arm rests. 

The seats feature a lightweight, modern design that maximizes space, offers more shoulder and hip room, and features a 12-inch seatback monitor with USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

There will be 79 Extra Comfort seats for those who prefer more legroom and access to AC outlets.

“The combination of our evocative cabin design and unparalleled service will make our 787 the most relaxing and enjoyable choice for travel to and from Hawaiʻi,” Avi Mannis, chief marketing and communications officer at Hawaiian Airlines said in a press statement. 

Mannis added: “We take pride in sharing our home with our guests, and the design and details of this product truly reflect what it means to be the flagship carrier of the Hawaiian Islands.”

The Boeing 787 offers enhanced cabin air filtration, and its carbon-fiber composite airframe permits travel at a lower cabin altitude, resulting in a more comfortable flight. With its acoustic-treated engine inlets, passengers will enjoy a quieter flying experience.

The aircraft is also known for its extra-large, dimmable windows, spacious overhead bins and lavatory toilets and faucets with touchless activation.

Hawaiian Airlines is scheduled to receive the first of 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in November 2023, with remaining deliveries planned through 2027. 

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