Hawaiian Airlines set to resume flights to Australia?

Sydney and Brisbane could see Hawaiian's return just in time for summer holidays.

By David Flynn, September 11 2021
Hawaiian Airlines set to resume flights to Australia?

Hawaiian Airlines looks set to join the growing list of airlines returning to Australian skies once borders reopen and travel restrictions are removed.

After an 18 month absence since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the US carrier's website now shows a restart flights to Sydney and Brisbane on December 15, with the airline yesterday saying on Twitter that flights from Sydney would resume on December 16.

Update: a Hawaiian Airlines spokesman tells Executive Traveller that while these flights are on sale, "we keep our published scheduled available for sale further out but we constantly adjust it based on the likelihood of our ability to serve the market. This has been true throughout the pandemic as conditions evolve in each of our markets. We look forward to returning to Australia soon but don’t have a definitive date to announce."

Hawaiian's flights to Sydney and Brisbane will both be served by the airline's Airbus A330, which features lie-flat business class seats that convert into a lie-flat bed for maximising your rest on the 10+ hour trans-Pacific trek.

Hawaiian Airlines' Airbus A330 business class.
Hawaiian Airlines' Airbus A330 business class.

That said, the 2-2-2 layout will make the middle seats preferred for direct access to the aisle and no seatmate stepping over you.

Hawaiian Airlines' Airbus A330 business class.
Hawaiian Airlines' Airbus A330 business class.

Further back are 68 'economy comfort' seats with 36-inch pitch compared to 31 inches in standard economy.

However, by December 2022 the airline hopes to have its newly-delivered Boeing 787-9 jets – and their advanced 1-2-1 business class seats from Adient Aerospace, which is part owned by Boeing – gracing the Hawaii-Australia corridor.

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.

As previously reported, Qantas will restart its Sydney-Honolulu flights on December 20, alongside popular routes such as Singapore, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Fiji and Tokyo.

While Australia's revised quarantine arrangements have yet to be detailed, it's expected that fully-vaccinated travellers returning from countries under a 'travel bubble' arrangement will be able to skip quarantine, while those arriving from 'low-risk' countries could spend as little as five days in home isolation.

Read more: NSW to phase out hotel quarantine as country moves to home isolation


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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02 Jan 2015

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Great News. I just hope all goes to plan 

01 Jul 2021

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Has there been any news on when Jetstar is restarting it's Hawaii flights?

20 Oct 2015

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I read online somewhere that Jetstar's first SYD-HNL flight is March 2022.

01 Jul 2021

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And I heard MEL-HNL isn't coming back until August 2022 I could be wrong but thats what i heard 

20 Oct 2015

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Jetstar's website is now showing SYD-HNL from March 3rd and MEL-HNL from April 3rd.

05 Oct 2017

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Good news, but will only happen if 1) the outbound travel ban is removed and 2) quarantine is lifted for returning Aussies. Thirdly and I think this is important too - foreigners need to be allowed to enter Australia by then for the flights to become viable.

This means US citizens need to be permitted to enter Australia just like in the past, otherwise I don't see there being demand for more than a once or twice weekly flight that will primarily carry freight.

outbound travel ban currently ends at 11.59pm AEST 17 December 2021. Seat pitch is not a good measure of legroom, when so many different seats used on commercial aircraft these days. Some of the low cost carriers, with new superslim back seats, might have 2, 3 or 4 more inches legroom, that other older seats, at same seat pitch.

09 Sep 2021

Total posts 10

Oh how I love Hawaii ! One of the most laid-back destinations on this planet.

I long to go back one day... Aloha!

15 Sep 2021

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Jetstar bookings start March 1st for Honolulu Sydney. And April 1st for Honolulu Melbourne. Qantas bookings start December 20th.

24 Jun 2020

Total posts 14

Sadly, as much as I miss Hawaii too, the Hawaii of old is nowhere like the Hawaii of now.

Think 25% capacity restaurants and bars that you have to make a reservation at least 3 days in advance and a 1-2 hour timeslot only and they close about 9pm and only for the fully vaccinated naturally.

Hawaii will never be the same in my opinion for at least another year or two sadly or until the USA can reign in their Covid cases (over 10,000 cases alone in the last 14 days in Hawaii and the highest it has ever been) though 65% of the Hawaii  population is fully vaccinated which is a better statistic than a few of the mainland states.

14 Nov 2018

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Great idea but zero demand.

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 194

LOL, obviously Simon you know much more about this than Hawaiian Airlines  /s

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