Hawaiian Airlines is transforming itself from leisure to luxe in terms of its premium cabin product with a new business class seat set to debut on its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets.
Hawaiian Airlines Unveils Adient Aerospace Ascent Business Class Seat For Boeing 787 Dreamliner
This November, Hawaiian Airlines will begin taking delivery of its Boeing 787-9 aircraft. The Honolulu-based carrier has ordered 12 Dreamliners, with delivery staggered over the next five years. The aircraft will enter service early next year and will eventually become the flagship longhaul aircraft of the fleet.
We’ve known for some time that Hawaiian chose the Adient Aerospace Ascent for business class (American Airlines eventually will too), but for the first time Hawaiian has unveiled cabin renderings and I must say the business class cabin looks quite nice. The business class cabin will feature 34 seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
I’ve flown this seat on Qatar Airways before and found it quite comfortable: with the right bedding, this seat will be well-loved by both solo travelers and couples traveling together (all seats have doors and in the center section, a partition can be lowered to create what Hawaiian calls “a living room” experience).
> Read More: Qatar Airways 787-9 Business Class Review
Hawaiian calls its new cabin Leihōkū, which means garland of stars.
Questionable Choices Onboard?
As lovely as I find this new cabin, Zach Griff notes that economy class passengers may be in for a less satisfying experience. This new aircraft will lack:
- Power outlets in economy class (extra-legroom economy class seats will feature outlets)
- Wi-Fi onboard (eventually, Hawaiian will use Starlink, but that may take a year to install)
- Bluetooth IFE connectivity (seems like a missed opportunity in 2023)
- Premium economy (Hawaiian does not see a market for it beyond a row or two, which is not economically feasible)
However, the aircraft will also offer other unique design elements like a night sky, Hawaiian-themed lavatory signs, and the use of Hawaiian-style woodgrain in the plane’s entryway. Furthermore, there will be mood lighting on display throughout the cabin.
The new Hawaiian Airlines Leihōkū business class cabin appears stunning in a series of new renderings. Its business class suite will debut early next year and over time become the backbone of the longhaul fleet.
Will the new Leihoku suite make you more likely to fly Hawaiian Airlines business class?
image: Hawaiian Airlines