Hawaiian Airlines Upgrades Business Class


Hawaiian Airlines is making the premium cabin aboard its A330 aircraft more luxurious. The carrier has teaming up with designers PaulWylde and Optimares to create a comfortable and modern business class cabin that includes lie-flat seats.

Lets start with the new seats, which will be a huge draw for travelers on long-haul flights to Singapore, Bali, Sydney and beyond. The seats were designed by Optimares, an Italian manufacturer known for creating designs with travelers’ needs in mind.

Hawaiian’s reclining seats are gone, replaced by fully lie-flat seats that fold into 76-inch beds. The seats are in a a 2-2-2 configuration, which is great if you’re traveling with someone.

Hawaiian Airlines’ new lie-flat business class seats
Hawaiian Airlines’ new lie-flat business class seats

You can expect to see the new seats on flights starting in the Spring of 2016, with all A330 aircraft in the fleet featuring the new design by the end of 2017.

Business Class Gets a Makeover

PaulWylde gave the cabin a retro refit inspired by Hawaii. Once the new planes are up and running, travelers will find that the cabin is curved in a way that suggests ocean waves and tropical breezes. It will also feature bright colors, organic textures and luxurious fabrics and materials, including leather upholstery by Poltrona Frau.

Business class will include upgraded entertainment options
Business class will include upgraded entertainment options

The new design includes a rethinking of personal space, letting passengers decide if they want private time or a more social environment to interact with others. Upgraded entertainment options will include next generation large-format tablets and a telescoping arm that lets passengers tweak its position.

More Extra Comfort Seats, Too

Along with the lie-flat business class seats, all A330 aircraft will feature 28 additional Extra Comfort seats. What sets these seats apart from the rest is that they offer 36 inches of seat pitch, which is airline speak for more leg room. You also get priority boarding, a personal power outlet at your seat, upgraded meals and free on-demand entertainment.