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Hawaiian Airlines Adding Lie-Flat Seating to Airbus Fleet

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | October 20, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines Adding Lie-Flat Seating to Airbus Fleet

Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines

On Monday, Hawaiian Airlines announced that the company would be adding new luxury design elements to its fleet of Airbus A330 airplanes. One of the most noteworthy additions for passengers will be 180-degree lie-flat seats.

In association with Italian manufacturer Optimares, Hawaiian Airlines has helped develop the new 180-degree seats that will fold into 76-inch beds. The new layout will also offer passengers more personal space and added privacy.

Hawaiian Airlines flights will also be equipped with the latest in-flight entertainment experience, and passengers will have access to large-format tablets equipped with a telescoping arm to maximize viewing angle and comfort.

The Cranky Flier insider Brett Snyder released details from Hawaiian Airlines Global Media Day on Twitter:

Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Mark Dunkerley released a statement about all of the innovations his company will be adding moving forward:

“We have designed an experience that will usher in a new era in premium service to Hawai’i, one that resulted from a thorough review of guest feedback and intensive research to develop a best-in-class product for our long haul aircraft. Together with our partners at Optimares and PaulWylde, we have created a truly bespoke design that delivers world-class comfort and style, while staying true to our island roots. Whether traveling for business, with family or on a romantic retreat, the new premium cabin evokes an engaging bold, contemporary sense of Hawai‘i, complemented by the warm aloha spirit of our cabin crew.  We’re creating an environment of tranquility and comfort in the air.”

In terms of the cabins of Hawaiian Airlines’ planes, the company worked with design consultancy PaulWylde to make the interior of the aircraft more enjoyable, with flowing curves, vibrant colors and organic textures.

The first Airbus A330 to be delivered with all of the new customizations will come in the second quarter of 2016, and Hawaiian Airlines will begin installing the new lie-flat seats in the 22 remaining A330 aircraft in September of 2016.

In addition to the lie-flat seats, Hawaiian Airlines will also be adding 28 Extra Comfort seats on each A330 aircraft, which will be available in premium economy service.

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