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Hawaiian confirms 787s to Australia on 15th anniversary

May 21, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Hawaiian Airlines will deploy its coming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on routes to Australia, the airline confirmed yesterday.

During a celebration of the 15th anniversary of Hawaiian Airlines’ Sydney-Honolulu service, Hawaiian’s regional director for Australia and New Zealand, Andrew Stanbury, reminded the industry that Boeing 787’s would start arriving in the airline’s fleet from 2021.

Will the fuel-efficient new-generation plane come to Australia?

“Yes, it will!” Stanbury confirmed.

As well as being the 15th anniversary of service between Sydney and Honolulu, 2019 is also the 90th year of Hawaiian Airlines existence. The airline started out operating Hawaii’s first scheduled inter-island air service as Inter-Island Airways on 11 November 1929.

Aboard Hawaiian’s 15th anniversary Honolulu-to-Sydney flight

Hawaiian, famous for its in-flight ambience and generous baggage allowance, announced last year it would purchase 10 B787-9 jets valued at USD 2.82 billion at list prices.

Hawaiian also has purchased rights for 10 additional 787s. Hawaiian Airlines selected the 787-9 as its flagship plane for medium- to long-haul flights, perfect for Australian routes.

Hawaiian Airlines B787-9 Dreamliner

The 787 Dreamliner is now the fastest selling twin-aisle airliner in Boeing’s history. The B787-9 can carry about 290 passengers on flights of about 7635 nautical miles (14,140 km), while using 20% less fuel and emitting 20% fewer emissions than the planes it replaces. The Honolulu-based airline has selected the General Electric GEnx engine to power the new planes.

Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants in 1943

Hawaiian’s 787-9 will feature a spacious wide-body cabin with extra-large windows. The innovative composite airframe will allow Hawaiian to pressurise Dreamliner cabins at far lower altitude, creating a more comfortable in-cabin atmosphere. Additional features include a quiet cabin, dimmable LED window shades, and larger overhead luggage bins.

Hawaiian Airlines team in Sydney yesterday

Hawaiian’s baggage allowance, as a reminder, is a generous 64kg free checked baggage allowance (2 x bags at 32kg per piece). Earlier this year, Hawaiian Airlines expanded its codeshare agreement with Virgin Australia to offer travellers in Australasian cities easier access to its popular home market.

Hawaiian’s first service in 1929

The enhanced partnership builds on popular codeshare flights operated by Hawaiian between Sydney and Honolulu and extends benefits such as one-stop check-in and baggage transfers.

Karen Macmillan of Hawaiian Airlines shows a Samsonite American Tourister suitcase, commemorating Hawaiian’s 15th anniversary of service between Honolulu and Sydney.


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Written by Peter Needham

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