In May, Hawaiian Airlines inaugurated its first Airbus A330 aircraft with fully lie-flat seating. In keeping with the airline’s sense of place, the new Premium Cabin layout includes Island-inspired designs and even a twinkling constellation that pays tribute to Polynesian navigation.
The eighteen lie-flat seats, whose curved shells evoke gentle ocean waves, fold into 180-degree beds designed to maximize living space and provide options for both privacy and a shared flight experience. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are tailored to leisure guests — couples, families, honeymooners. At the same time, they are exceptionally functional, with intuitive seat controls and 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.
Hawaiian collaborated with California-based consultancy firm Paul Wylde to incorporate flowing curves that evoke the movement of wind and ocean. Optimares, an Italian seat manufacturer, created the customized seats using natural materials and earth, sand and sea color tones. The “constellation panel” mounted between the premium and main cabins renders Makali‘i in subtly twinkling fiber-optic lights. Also known as the Pleiades, or the Seven Sisters in western astronomy, the stars that make up Makali‘i were instrumental in guiding early Polynesian explorers on their Pacific journeys. They also hold special significance to Hawaiian Airlines: The constellation was high in the sky on the date of its first flight on November 11, 1929. In honor of this fact, Hawaiian’s first A330 aircraft was also christened Makali‘i.
For additional details about Hawaiian’s Premium Cabin and lie-flat seats, please visit www.hawaiianairlines.com/premiumcabin.
50 Years In Flight
Name any long-haul destination that Hawaiian Airlines has ever flown to and there is a good chance that Aircraft Scheduler Suzanne Chong Kee played a role in launching the service. Suzanne’s career at Hawaiian Airlines began as we entered the jet age: She spent her early years as an interisland flight attendant on our Douglas DC-3 and Convair 340 aircraft. Suzanne was with Hawaiian in 1985 when we began our first regularly-scheduled West Coast routes, with DC-10 service to Los Angeles. Today, she continues her important work as we plan for increased service to Japan and beyond.
Suzanne’s colleagues in our Revenue Management and Schedule Planning department recently honored her five decades of dedicated service. “Like the airline industry in general, Hawaiian Airlines has seen a lot of change,” noted Suzanne’s colleague Jamie Matsuda. “Suzanne has been a valuable constant in our department and company, and we are grateful for her contributions to our success.”
From the Archives
Seventy-five years ago, at 4:30 p.m. on August 27, 1941, the beaches of Waikīkī were crowded with people pointing at the sky as three shiny DC-3s rounded Diamond Head: In flying to Hawai‘i, Inter-Island Airways’ new fleet had broken distance, over-water and endurance records.
Less than fifteen minutes later, the fleet landed at what was then called John Rodgers’ Field (now Honolulu International Airport). As soon as the twenty-four passenger aircraft came to a stop over 1,000 people rushed out to inspect them.
The onlookers were no doubt surprised to see an unfamiliar name painted on the fuselage: It wasn’t until a few weeks later, on October 1, 1941, that the name of the company was permanently changed from Inter-Island Airways to Hawaiian Airlines.
The DC-3s were to serve Hawaiian well for the next twenty-five years: By the mid-1960s it was time to say aloha to the unpressurized “Gooney birds” as Hawaiian entered the jet age. —Captain Rick Rogers
On April 22, to celebrate Earth Day, a Hawaiian Airlines demonstration flight between Auckland and Honolulu proved that fuel use and carbon emissions can be greatly reduced by incorporating fuel-saving procedures on the ground and in flight. Hawaiian’s Flight 446, an Airbus A330 aircraft, adhered to seven environmental markers outlined by the Asia and Pacific Initiative to Reduce Emissions (ASPIRE), a group of worldwide aviation leaders dedicated to advancing environmental stewardship in the industry. Thanks to numerous pre-departure, in-flight, landing and taxiing procedures, the eight hour, fifty-four minute flight saved 3,260 pounds of fuel (more than three times the airlines’ 1,000 pound goal), and reduced carbon emissions by five metric tons.
“As an airline that introduces millions of guests from around the globe each year to Hawai‘i’s natural beauty, we are extremely pleased to do our part to protect our precious environment,” said Ken Rewick, Hawaiian’s vice president of flight operations. “The positive results are encouraging and reaffirm our commitment to continually optimizing our operations.”