The FAA approved the resumption of 787 deliveries next week.
Hawaiian notified of delivery dates.
Next up, Boeing is communicating with airlines awaiting delivery, including Hawaiian Airlines, to integrate its first plane into its network planning.
Hawaiian recently upped its order for fleet-changing Dreamliners.
Tentative delivery schedule for Hawaiian Dreamliners.
Hawaiian last said that deliveries of their first Boeing 787-9 could start as soon as October or as late as December. The remaining planes will be arriving through 2027. Three more planes are set to be delivered next year. The latest schedule includes a delay of two-plus years from the original delivery plans they first announced.
The question remains whether any further delay could result from larger orders awaiting deliveries. See Will Hawaiian Dreamliners Get Trounced By Huge UAL Order?
Why Hawaiian Airlines Dreamliner will change things so much.
When the planes arrive, they will not replace Hawaiian’s ten-year-old Airbus A330-200 fleet of 24 aircraft. The Dreamliners can go greater distances while providing more luxury, overall comfort, and fuel economy than the current planes. We look forward to seeing those planes on a variety of existing and new routes since the plane can fly up to 14 or more hours and 7,635 miles distance. We suggest those may include:
- Honolulu to New York
- Honolulu to LA
- Honolulu to San Francisco
- Honolulu to Sydney
- Honolulu to Tokyo
- Honolulu to London (new)
- Honolulu to Southeast Asia (new)
Double suites are just one feature of Hawaiian Airlines’ Dreamliners.
With these planes, Hawaiian will be better equipped to target the premium Hawaii travel market paradigm. The new business class seats are a significant improvement compared with the A330 widebody fleet, which was the airline’s first foray into lie-flat seating and didn’t provide all passengers with direct aisle access as has become the industry standard. They are the first customer for a new suite from Adient Aerospace, pictured below. The center seat combination is referred to as a “Cabana Suite.”
Awaiting economy configuration and the possibility of premium economy.
There hasn’t been any announcement of their economy seating plans and configuration, although we know the hard product will emanate from Ascent. While Hawaiian had said there would be no premium economy cabin, we think that will change. They would be the only airline flying to Hawaii that does not have a premium economy offering. That, too, is becoming the industry standard on widebody aircraft.