Greetings from Hawaii. Yesterday I flew in Hawaiian Airlines First Class aboard the A330-200 from Los Angeles to Honolulu and want to share my initial impressions of the flight here.
Hawaiian Airlines took delivery of its first A330 with new premium class seating in 2016. The seats are unique in that they are exclusive to Hawaiian and Hong Kong Airlines, but are fully lie-flat and quite comfortable.
I pulled an all-nighter before the flight and intended to use the six hour to journey to sleep. Thankfully, I was able to enjoy about three hours of sleep enroute, which fueled me through the rest of the day.
Unfortunately, Hawaiian offers pretty lackluster bedding: an economy class pillow and a comfortable but very small blanket.
Brunch began with macadamia nuts, followed by seasonal fruit and a warm croissant.
Although menus were distributed, there was no choice for the main course, but it was a very hearty, very tasty quiche with mushroom.
Dessert was totally unnecessary, but I picked at the chocolate cake.
The Mai Tai is fairly sweet…I recommend sticking to the guava cocktail.
I think what I appreciated most about Hawaiian was that it puts you in the Hawaiian spirit. The pre-boarding music, uniforms, and friendly service all make me think of Hawaii…I guess that is the point.
I’ve flown in far better business class seats, but found the seat comfortable, food tasty, and service excellent. What more can you ask for on a domestic U.S. flight in a leisure market?