Hawaiian Airlines has released pictures of the cabin of its new Boeing 787-9. Eye-catcher is the 34 Leihoku suites, inspired by traditional Hawaiian themes.
The airline placed an order for ten Dreamliners at the 2018 Farnborough Airshow plus ten options. It converted two options last January to bring firm orders to twelve. The first aircraft was supposed to be delivered in 2021 but this was pushed back until late 2022 and then to November this year, with entry into service in early 2024. Deliveries are scheduled through 2027.
The 787-9 will have 34 Leihoku suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, each with a sliding door for more privacy and access to the aisle. Couples can use double suites, but they can be split by a dividing wall. Each suite comes with a lie-flat seat and an eighteen-inch touch screen. Hawaiian is the first airline to opt for the Adient Aerospace seats, produced by the joint venture of Boeing and automotive seat maker Adient.
While the premium suites are dominated by beige and brown, Economy Class is dominated by blue/turquoise. It features 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire seats, of which 79 offer extra legroom. Each seat has a twelve-inch monitor. The cabin was designed in partnership with Teague.
Both cabins include elements of the Polynesian culture and heritage, like bold textures, island-inspired sunrise and sunset lighting, and sinuous ocean and wind patterns. Cabin lighting uses different day and nighttime phases and includes starry themes to reflect the Hawaiian night sky. Hence the name Leihoku, which means ‘Garland of starts.’
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