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Hawaiian Airlines Welcomes Guests Onboard Their New Flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

Hawaiian Airlines welcomed guests onboard their brand new flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Monday.  The aircraft, registration N781HA, has been named Kapuahi, a star known in Western astronomy as Aldebaran.

Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

On Monday (April 15, 2024), Hawaiian Airlines announced the launch of their first passenger revenue flight with their new flagship Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  Hawaiian’s newest jet has been named Kapuahi, after a star known as Aldebaran in Western astrology, and carries the registration N781HA.  Guests traveling on the inaugural flight (HA12) to San Francisco on Monday were welcomed at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport with fresh lei and were treated to live music and hula by the Hawaiian Airlines Serenaders. 

In Monday’s announcement, Hawaiian Airlines’ President and CEO, Peter Ingram, said,

“Today marks an incredible achievement for all of us at Hawaiian Airlines and I’d like to thank all of our teammates, Boeing and our many partners for helping us make this moment possible.  Our 787-9 is a true flagship product that, when paired with the award-winning hospitality of our crew, will provide guests with an unforgettable Hawaiʻi travel experience.”

Hawaiian Airlines' New Inflight Safety Video - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

The new 787-9 Dreamliner, Kapuahi, was revealed last February during a formal blessing ceremony in Honolulu, and will operate the airline’s daily Honolulu-San Francisco route until May 14th.  Then, it will join Hawaiian’s second 787-9, N780HA, beginning dedicated service between Honolulu and Los Angeles (HA2/3) starting May 14th, and then Honolulu Phoenix on May 15, 2024. Guests traveling on Monday’s flight HA12 were also come of the first to view the airline’s new inflight safety video, featuring 57 Hawaiian Airlines employees and family members.

Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates Inaugural Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Flight on Monday, April 15, 2024 - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian’s new 787-9 features 34 Leihōkū (garland of stars) Suites with lie-flat seating, an 18-inch IFE screen, power outlets, wireless cell phone charging and direct aisle access.  The suites are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration with doors, offering a private experience, and are also combinable as double suites for a shared experience.  The Main Cabin has 266 ergonomically contoured Collins Aerospace seats featuring 12-inch seatback IFE screens, and USB-A and USB-C charging ports.  Main Cabin Extra Comfort guests also enjoy more legroom, as well as access to AC power outlets.  

Hawaiian Airlines' New Boeing 787-9 Leihōkū (Garland of Stars) Suites Feature Lie-Flat Seating, an 18-inch IFE Screen, Power Outlets, Wireless Cell Phone Charging and Direct Aisle Access - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines currently has 12 Boeing 787-9s on order, and the carrier took delivery of their second Dreamliner, registration N780HA last week.  Hawaiian is scheduled to have three 787-9s by the end of 2024, with the remaining deliveries scheduled through 2027.

Hawaiian® Airlines, Hawai’i’s hometown airline, has been in business for 95 years and is Hawaiʻi’s largest and longest-serving airline.  Hawaiian Airlines offers approximately 150 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands and daily nonstop service to 16 U.S. mainland gateways.  Additionally, the carrier connects Honolulu with American Samoa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Tahiti, and the Cook Islands.  Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).

Source: Hawaiian Airlines


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