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Hawaiian Airlines Unveils New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Cabin With Leihōkū Suites

Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin which features a new class of premium service, the Leihōkū Suites. The cabin design immerses guests in natural elements and celestial elements throughout their journey.


Hawaiian Airlines Unveils New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Cabin Design - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

On Monday (May 15, 2023), Hawaiian Airlines revealed their new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner cabin design, which is inspired by early Polynesian voyages and features natural and celestial elements throughout. The aircraft also includes a new class of premium service, the Leihōkū Suites. Starting in early 2024, guests on select routes operated with the new 787-9 will be immersed in cabin design elements that evoke Hawaiʻi’s rich natural history through bold textures, island inspired sunrise and sunset lighting, and bespoke ocean and wind patterns.


In Monday’s announcement, Hawaiian Airlines’ Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Avi Mannis, said,


“The combination of our evocative cabin design and unparalleled service will make our 787 the most relaxing and enjoyable choice for travel to and from Hawaiʻi. We take pride in sharing our home with our guests, and the design and details of this product truly reflect what it means to be the flagship carrier of the Hawaiian Islands.”


Introducing Hawaiian Airlines' New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Cabin Design - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines


Hawaiian Airlines’ new 300-seat 787-9 features the carrier’s newest premium product, the Leihōkū (garland of stars) Suites. The new product envelops guests in a tranquil, elegant space with fully lie-flat seats, and 18-inch IFE screen, personal outlets, wireless charging and direct aisle access. The suites are set in a 1-2-1 configuration with doors, offering a private or shred experience, with combined double seats allowing couple to fall asleep while gazing at a starlit ceiling. For the development of the Leihōkū seats, Hawaiian became the first airline to partner with Adient Aerospace, a joint venture between Boeing and Adient, a world leader in automotive seating.


The Leihōkū Suites, Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Premium Cabin – Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

Commenting on the design collaboration, Adient Aerospace’s CEO, Tony Guy, said,


“It was evident from the beginning that Hawaiian Airlines is very passionate about its culture and branding, and making sure that this came through in the design language and in the passenger experience. It is so rewarding to bring this vision collaboratively to life and see it realized in the delivered product.”


In the Main Cabin, Hawaiian’s new 787 features 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire seats with an ergonomically contoured back and armrest. The design maximizes seat space, offers more shoulder and hip room, and features a 12-inch IFE screen with both USB-A and USB-C charging parts. The aircraft also sports 79 Extra Comfort seats with more legroom and access to AC power outlets. Special design elements throughout the cabin were developed in partnership with design consultant Teague, with the goal of presenting the airline’s vision of honoring Pacific navigation in a modern state-of-the-art aircraft.


Also commenting on the design partnership, Teague’s Interior Design and Surface Textile Design Manager, Loreto Julian, said,


“Working alongside such an iconic brand in Hawaiian Airlines, we were able to create an experience that is true and authentic to what is Hawai’i. Along the journey, guests will be able to appreciate the culture of Hawai’i and be surprised with discoverable moments.”


Hawaiian's New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Exta Comfort & Main Cabin Seats, Plus Leihōkū Premium Cabin with Star-lit Ceiling - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines


The Boeing 787 Dreamliner Family offers enhanced cabin air filtration and a carbon-fiber composite airframe which permits travel at a lower cabin altitude, resulting in a more pleasant flight. Guests will also enjoy a quieter cabin, thanks to acoustic-treated engine inlets, large dimmable windows, spacious overhead bins, and lavatory toilets and sinks with touchless activation. Hawaiian’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be the carrier’s most fuel-efficient widebody aircraft due to its light weight build, innovative aerodynamics, and modern and efficient GEnx engines. Hawaiian’s 787 also features a simulated cabin sky, depicting soft daylight, sunrises and sunsets, or dramatic starry evening skies. Guest traveling in Leihōkū Suites will also enjoy gazing up at a luminous star compass ceiling, evoking the constellations that guided Polynesian voyagers at night. Hawaiian Airlines is scheduled to receive their first of 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in November 2023, with remaining deliveries expected through 2027.



Source: Hawaiian Airlines

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