Hawaiian Airlines has welcomed home its first Airbus A330 aircraft featuring fully lie-flat seating in a spacious Premium Cabin.
The 18 lie-flat seats fold into 180-degree beds that are 20.5 inches wide by 76 inches long, maximizing living space and providing options for both privacy and a shared flight experience. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats offer intuitive seat controls and access to multiple power ports, including two USB connections and one A/C outlet.
An advanced in-flight entertainment system is powered by the next generation of large-format tablets resting on an adjustable telescoping arm for optimal viewing angle and comfort.
Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s president and CEO:
“Our custom-built fully lie-flat seats and our new Premium Cabin redefine the leisure travel experience to Hawaii. In details little and large we have crafted a new seat and a new cabin to look after our guests in unparalleled comfort accompanied by the authenticity and warmth of our in-flight Hawaiian hospitality.”
Hawaiian unveiled plans for its Premium Cabin last year. As part of the upgrade, Hawaiian is also adding 28 additional Extra Comfort seats to the A330 aircraft in response to growing demand for its popular premium economy service. The Extra Comfort option features 36 inches of seat pitch, priority boarding at the gate, complimentary on-demand in-seat entertainment, and a personal power outlet.
Today, Hawaiian’s wide-body, twin-aisle A330-200 aircraft seat 294 passengers, with 18 in Business/First Class, 40 in Extra Comfort and 236 in the Main Cabin. In the new configuration, the aircraft will seat 278 passengers, with 18 in the Premium Cabin, 68 in Extra Comfort and 192 in the Main Cabin. Seat pitch in the Main Cabin will remain a roomy 31 inches.
Hawaiian’s newly outfitted A330 aircraft’s Premium Cabin will enter the carrier’s U.S. West Coast network next month on occasional flights. Sales for the Premium Cabin are expected to commence in the fall, when the first dedicated routes will be revealed.
Hawaiian will phase installation of additional A330 Premium Cabins starting this fall through early 2018. It will have 23 A330s by this summer after taking delivery of its final aircraft type on order.
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