If you want to fly inter-island on a wide-body A330-200 instead of the traditional narrow-body B717, soon you can. Starting this December Hawaiian Airlines is creating a new route that will feature wide-body planes inter-island. It is also likely that this will include their new lie-flat seats in first class that are being rolled out this fall.
See flight details below. First class (and perhaps including the new beds), is being offered at a premium of just $49, which is excellent under the circumstances.
Hawaiian is in the process of retrofitting all of their Airbus wide-body aircraft. Changes include the introduction of lie-flat seating in first class plus additional premium economy seating.
Honolulu to Kona. Flight 551 operates 3 times per week starting on December 20, 2016. Depart Honolulu 215pm and arrive Kona at 305pm. Flight continues to Haneda.
Kona to Honolulu. Flight 552 operates 3 times per week starting on December 21, 2016. Depart Kona 215pm and arrive Honolulu at 305pm. Flight originates at Haneda.
Further note: Jump on this fast if you’re interested in trying first class. We don’t know how long Hawaiian Airlines will offer this special inter-island first class service, as it could prevent a passenger from Honolulu to Haneda from purchasing a through first class ticket. In addition, in order to provide for international clearance and passport control, there is a two hour layover in Kona en route to Haneda.