A Look Inside Hawaiian’s New Airbus A321neo

Apr 3, 2017

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Hawaiian Airlines has shared interior renderings of its new Airbus A321neo aircraft that it’ll be receiving later this year. The brand-new aircraft will be replacing the carrier’s aging fleet of Boeing 767s that it uses primarily on flights between the West Coast of the continental US and the Hawaiian islands, though route specifics haven’t been announced yet. It also leaves the possibility to add capacity to existing destinations like Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO). The airline partnered with UK-based design firm JPA Design to create an interior design consistent with Hawaiian’s newly-retrofitted Airbus A330 and Boeing 717 aircraft.

The A321neo will feature 189 seats in three different cabin products — Premium Cabin (16), Extra Comfort (45) and economy (128). All seats come equipped with USB charging ports, while Extra Comfort and Premium Cabin seats will also feature additional AC power ports. Premium Cabin seats are standard, leather-clad recliners, which are certainly less appealing than the carrier’s new lie-flat first-class seats on the A330 which flies to New York (JFK) and several international destinations.

Extra Comfort seats will sport five additional inches of legroom and passengers will have priority boarding and ‘other perks’ according to Hawaiian’s press release.

Instead of equipping each seat with seatback IFE monitors, Hawaiian has decided to stream entertainment to passengers’ personal devices. While I’m not completely sold on the ‘bring-your-own-entertainment’ trend, the airline has said that these new planes will come with holders in the seatback for tablets, and the first rows of both the Premium Cabin and Extra Comfort seats will have holders incorporated into the tray tables.

It’s disappointing (though not exactly surprising) that Hawaiian decided to not install its awesome lie-flat seats on this new aircraft, but it will be a welcome update for flyers based on the West Coast. Many other domestic airlines fly a mix of old 757s and 737s from West Coast gateways and reserve wide-body planes featuring lie-flat seats for longer flights to cities like Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), New York (JFK and EWR) and others.

Would you choose Hawaiian’s A321neo over other flight options to/from the West Coast?

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