Hawaiian Airlines Introduces Lie-Flat Seats on China Route

Elegant Premium Cabin with fully reclining seating and island-inspired amenities to debut on Hawaiian’s flights between Honolulu and Beijing

HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines, Hawai‘i’s flagship carrier, today began sales of its Premium Cabin offering fully lie-flat seating for travel starting May 31 between Beijing and Honolulu. Hawaiian’s Airbus A330 Premium Cabin blends island-inspired luxury and comfort with the airline’s signature in-flight hospitality.

“Three years after the inauguration of direct flights between Honolulu and Beijing, the number of Chinese visitors seeking to experience the beauty and wonder of Hawaii continues to grow at a healthy pace,” said President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Airlines Mark Dunkerley. “The introduction of lie-flat seats is part of Hawaiian’s overall drive to provide unparalleled levels of service and hospitality to all of our customers in this hugely important market.”

Incorporating flowing curves evocative of the winds and the ocean, Hawaiian’s spacious Premium Cabin features 18 lie-flat leather seats that fold into 180-degree beds at a roomy 20.5 inches wide and 76 inches long. Aligned in a 2-2-2 configuration, the seats are ideally tailored to leisure guests such as couples, families and honeymooners, while offering superior functionality to the business traveler.

Exclusive Amenities

Passengers flying the route will now be able to avail themselves of a number of exclusive Premium Cabin amenities developed in collaboration with local designer Sig Zane including complimentary amenity kits, a cotton quilt and a lounging pillow all fashionably adorned in a ‘Auli‘ilani lehua flower pattern. As they relax on their way to Hawai‘i, guests in the Premium Cabin receive a selection of soothing products, including a hand and body balm, lip balm and hydrating mist, dental kit, a bamboo comb, and socks with a playful slipper design that invites travelers to “E Hiamoe Maika‘i” (Sleep well). An eye mask, plush mattress pad and pillow are provided for added comfort and a restful sleep.

Hawaiian’s Executive Chef, Chai Chaowasaree, will delight guests with world-class cuisine presented on custom-crafted dinnerware, linens and trays, and showcasing delicious regional food by Hawai‘i’s top local chefs. A premier cocktail and full beverage bar service will offer specialty drinks such as a signature Mai Tai, wines selected by Hawaiian’s Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya, local craft beer and Hawai‘i-made spirits.

Guests will enjoy intuitive seat controls and access to multiple power ports, including two USB connections and one A/C outlet. An advanced in-flight entertainment system with over 100 hours of movies and TV is powered by a 13-inch wide-screen tablet resting on an adjustable telescoping arm for optimal viewing angle and comfort.

Hawaiian’s Premium Cabin debuted in summer 2016 and is now available on all flights between Honolulu and Auckland, Brisbane, Beijing, New York (JFK), Sydney, Tokyo (NRT) and Osaka. The Premium Cabin will be introduced in additional markets throughout 2017.

“We are delighted to be now able to offer passengers the unmatched comfort and sophistication of Premium Cabin and its signature lie-flat seats. With this latest addition, Hawaiian Airlines significantly enhances its ability to provide authentic Aloha hospitality to its customers throughout China,” said Liwei Kimura, Regional Director and Chief Representative for Greater China at Hawaiian Airlines. “We look forward to continuing to bring unique experiences to more Chinese passengers in the coming year.”

As part of the cabin retrofit, 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 seats 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.

Learn more about Hawaiian’s Premium Cabin at https://www.hawaiianairlines.com.cn/premiumcabin.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian®, the world’s most punctual airline as reported by OAG, has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 13 years (2004-2016) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 88th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

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