Hawaiian Airlines Launches New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with Island-Inspired Design

Key Points:

  • Hawaiian Airlines has initiated ticket sales for its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, offering travelers a premium experience of Hawaii-inspired interiors and comfort, commencing service next spring between Hawaii and cities in California.

  • The new aircraft features Leihōkū Suites, a premium offering of 34 suites equipped with a range of luxurious amenities including lie-flat seats, 18-inch entertainment screens, and wireless phone charging, aiming to give guests a tranquil space.

  • Hawaiian collaborated with Adient Aerospace and design consultant Teague to craft the aircraft's interior which pays homage to Hawaii's environment and Pacific navigational history, offering passengers an immersive experience with elements such as sunrise and sunset lighting and interiors inspired by native Hawaiian flora and fauna.

Hawaiian to Initiate Daily Services Between Honolulu and San Francisco With its New Dreamliner


HONOLULU — As travelers from the Bay Area and Los Angeles pencil in their Hawaii vacations for the spring, they can look forward to a premium travel experience courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines' new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline has kick-started ticket sales for the Dreamliner, with the inaugural flight earmarked for April 15 to operate daily services between Honolulu and San Francisco until May 14. Subsequently, the services will extend to select flights between Honolulu and Los Angeles from May 14, and between Maui and Los Angeles from May 15.

In a first, the airline partnered with Adient Aerospace, a joint venture between Boeing and global leader in automotive seats, Adient, to create the premium Leihōkū Suites. This new premium space, which embodies the rich natural beauty of Hawaii through bold textures and lighting mimicking sunrise and sunset, will offer 34 suites set in a 1-2-1 configuration, assuring privacy or a shared experience with combinable double suites for couples. Among the myriad features are lie-flat seating, an expansive 18-inch in-flight entertainment screen, and the luxury of wireless phone charging.

Hawaiian worked closely with design consultant Teague to develop an aircraft interior that not only celebrates the Pacific's rich history of navigation but also pays tribute to Hawaii’s pristine environment. Inspired by the very constellations that guided the early Polynesian voyagers, each suite allows guests to lie under a starlit ceiling. Moreover, the interior embeds ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) in seat row numbers and other signs, while using laminates and fabrics that echo the forms of native Hawaiian plants, offering an immersive cultural experience.

At the heart of the 787 Main Cabin lies 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire lightweight seats designed for optimum comfort, boasting ergonomically contoured back and armrests that enhance seat space and offer more shoulder and hip room. This section also offers passengers a 12-inch seatback monitor coupled with USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

The aircraft, scheduled for its initial delivery in January, brings in a slew of innovations targeted at enhancing passenger comfort. The utilization of a carbon-fiber composite airframe enables travel at a lower cabin altitude, ensuring a more comfortable flight. Further augmenting the comfort are extra-large, dimmable windows, touchless activation for lavatory utilities, spacious overhead bins, and a cabin designed to minimize noise, thanks to acoustic-treated engine inlets. The enhancements extend to the lavatories, with floors representing shimmering black volcanic sand and wall panels illustrating native wood grains, enhancing the theme of Hawaii's unrivaled environment.

Hawaiian Airlines has charted out a plan to welcome a fleet of 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners through to 2027, aiming to offer travelers a unique blend of comfort and a vivid portrayal of Hawaii’s rich heritage and pristine beauty.

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