Here’s some good news for those looking forward to the next generation of wide-body aircraft from pioneering Hawaiian Airlines. We are among those who are looking forward to this flight. Adding to Hawaiian’s fleet of 24 A330-200 aircraft, now nearly a decade old, the planes will add a new level of comfort and luxury, better fuel economy and the potential for longer-haul flights. Not to mention Free ultra-fast Starlink satellite Wi-Fi.
It was in 2018 that Hawaiian surprised everyone with this addition to the non-Airbus long-haul fleet. They announced that the arrival of the first planes would take place at the beginning of this decade. Then the world was turned upside down, including aircraft manufacturing. After two deadly Boeing 737 Max crashes, the FAA began withdrawing certifications from Boeing aircraft, including the 787. In addition, production flaws were discovered in the Dreamliner that potentially affected 1,000 planes. That has caused multiple delivery delays that are now expected to end this week.
Hawaiian has firm orders for 10 flatbed aircraft and purchase rights for 10 more. Earlier this year, the company’s CEO, Peter Ingram, said: “Our two 787s that were scheduled for delivery in 2022 were delayed and we are now looking forward to receiving them. not before the first half of 2023.
Beat of Hawaii: A plane, shown above at the Boeing plant in South Carolina, appears to have flown and should be available for delivery as soon as possible. We don’t know when subsequent aircraft will be delivered or how Hawaiian will field a more limited fleet than they had anticipated.
Here’s why the Hawaiian Airlines Dreamliner is so important.
The new Boeing Dreamliner offers significantly greater fuel efficiency and range. This new product is intended as an addition to the existing A330 widebody fleet on long-haul routes, including premium markets in the US, such as New York, and international destinations, such as Sydney, Australia. It’s unclear if dense West Coast markets like San Francisco and Los Angeles could also be added to the company’s plans for the Dreamliner.
Previously, Ingram said of Boeing’s new twin-aisle jets: “The 787 remains the most advanced generation of new aircraft, incredibly fuel efficient and environmentally efficient, and is destined to be the flagship of our network. We are still very excited to get it.” Hawaii COO Jon Snook said this is the plane for Japan, Australia and New York.
Could this also open a new route from Europe to Hawaii?
The company has repeatedly expressed interest in Southeast Asian routes, including Singapore. The Dreamliner will also be used for domestic premium markets, with JFK being a certainty.
We have thought for years that Hawaiian will use this ideal aircraft to enter and succeed in a new market from Europe to Hawaii via London. The airline said, however, that it was not on its immediate wish list of markets. The 787-9 variant, which Hawaiian will receive, can reach up to 7,635 miles from Hawaii. On the Dreamliner, you can expect these new routes to push flight times up to about 14 hours or more.
Honestly, 14 hours is manageable on that aircraft, and at even longer range, the Airbus A350-900 used by other airlines. You may recall that Hawaiian was targeting the acquisition of (shorter-range) Airbus A330neo aircraft prior to its surprise Dreamliner deal.
Hawaiian Airlines will offer a more luxurious premium configuration for visitors to Hawaii.
Hawaiian is committed to the importance of premium cabins in the airline’s leisure markets to the Hawaiian Islands. This is a dramatic change from their previous philosophy, which placed much less importance on premium offerings, and is a commitment to The New Paradigm of the Hawaiian Luxury Visitor. You may recall that when Hawaiian implemented its reclining seats on the current A330 fleet, they did not provide aisle access from all seats, as was becoming standard in the industry at the time.
The Dreamliner, first unveiled by former CEO Mark Dunkerley, will launch Hawaiian’s new premium reclining business class private suite/capsule. It was designed by Adient Aerospace, a joint venture partly owned by Boeing. Hawaiian was to be the go-to-market customer for these new Adient business class suites, very different from the comfortable but more basic flatbed product Hawaiian offers on Airbus A330s.
Cabin suites for two are available.
These follow a new industry-wide trending feature of a “cabin suite” in which the two center seats can be joined together for a meal or a movie and is ideal for honeymooners. Qatar Airways recently introduced them on its Business Class Dreamliners (pictured below).
Economy seats (the same ones used in both regular economy and premium economy) will be Ascent, with significant differences like extra legroom and an amenity kit. Details to be announced. Many US airlines don’t sell a separate true premium economy class to Hawaii, though that is becoming more popular and could later be adapted for the Dreamliner fleet.
Our version of the 787 Dreamliner.
We both enjoy the Dreamliner on long-haul flights for its nice, roomy cabin feel, larger but awkward electronic shutter-control windows, lower-altitude pressurization, and overall wide-body comfort. From a business perspective, it allows Hawaiian a competitive edge relative to international competitors, including United Airlines, Qantas, JAL and Nippon Airways.
See details of the new Interior of the Hawaiian Airlines Dreamliner here.
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Author of the photo: jetphotos. Hawaiian Airlines Dreamliner test flight in North Charleston, South Carolina.