Hawaiian Airlines' first Boeing 787-9 due in September 2022

The arrival of Hawaiian's new Boeing 787s, and its new business class, is now two years away...

By David Flynn, October 28 2020
Hawaiian Airlines' first Boeing 787-9 due in September 2022

Hawaiian Airlines expects to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 in September 2022, the airline confirmed today as part of its report on financial results for the third quarter of 2020.

The US carrier has ten Dreamliners on order, and previously intended deliveries to begin in early 2021 stretching through to 2025, but this month "reached an agreement with Boeing to push back the timing of 787-9 deliveries."

In this morning's update, Hawaiian Airlines said  it now "expects to take delivery of 787-9 aircraft from 2022 to 2026 with its first aircraft to be delivered in September 2022."

In July, airline president and CEO Peter Ingram flagged talks with Boeing to “re-pace” the delivery of those Dreamliners in light of reduced demand and cash constraints due to “the continued impact of COVID-19 and State of Hawai'i quarantines on our business.”

At the time, Ingram said that while the discussions were "not finalised, we do not expect to put the first two 787s into service until 2022 or 2023."

New seats, new routes

Once those Boeing 787-9s arrive they could also help Hawaiian forge new non-stop routes. “The Boeing 787 gives us many interesting possibilities such as London and Perth,” Ingram has previously remarked.

Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.
Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.

The fuel-efficient Dreamliner will serve as the launchpad for Hawaiian’s new lie-flat business class seat, designed by Adient Aerospace, which is part owned by Boeing.

Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.
Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.

The Ascent seat offers a fully-flat bed with a 1-2-1 layout for direct aisle accesss, plus a selection of storage nooks and tiered shelving.

Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.
Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.

This is an evolved version of Adient’s original Ascent business class seat concept, as shown below.

Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.
Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.

The customisable Ascent can come with or without privacy doors, as well as wireless device charging – Hawaiian hasn’t revealed if it ticked those boxes on the order form.

Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.
Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.

A panel between the middle seats can however be lowered, even if the beds run at angles to one another rather than snugly side by side.

Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.
Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787 business class seat will be based on Adient Aerospace's Ascent.

Hawaiian Airlines will also be styling the Ascent to suit its own more tropical palette.

While Hawaiian Airlines will be Adient’s launch customer for the Ascent, the seat maker is also shopping around its new Aspect business class design, which brings a fully flat bed and direct aisle access to single-aisle jets, which are expected to become more popular in the post-pandemic travel era.

“As the market returns we think it only accelerates that [shift] and points towards narrow-body aircraft becoming very prevalent in future,” Adient Aerospace CEO Andy Masson notes.

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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Its certainly a ways off but I do hope they add Melbourne to the roster once they re start Australia whenever that is :)

30 Jun 2020

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A new option to fly to the UK with a few days in Hawaii is a great option! Hopefully something that comes to fruition with the arrival of the new jets. 

It’s a nice destination to break up the journey with the Honolulu to London route less in distance than Syd-Lax. Although I have no experience with Honolulu’s airport, but I’m assuming much smoother than an US west coast airport. 


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