May 16 2023  |  Seating

Hawaiian Airlines unveils cabin design for 787 Dreamliner

By Alex Preston

The Leihōkū Suites, Hawaiian Airlines' Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Premium Cabin

Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner interior and new class of premium service — the Leihōkū (garland of stars) Suites — due for introduction into service early next year on select routes.

“The combination of our evocative cabin design and unparalleled service will make our 787 the most relaxing and enjoyable choice for travel to and from Hawaiʻi,” said Avi Mannis, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Hawaiian Airlines in a May 15 release. “We take pride in sharing our home with our guests, and the design and details of this product truly reflect what it means to be the flagship carrier of the Hawaiian Islands.”

In developing its new premium product,Leihōkū Suite, Hawaiian became the first airline to partner with Adient Aerospace – a joint venture between the Boeing Company and Adient.

The 34-suite Leihōkū provides passengers a tranquil, elegant space with fully lie-flat seating, an 18-inch in-flight entertainment screen, personal outlets, wireless charging and direct aisle access. Set in a 1-2-1 configuration with doors, the suites can offer privacy or a shared experience, with combined double seats allowing couples to fall asleep while gazing at a starlit ceiling.

The Main Cabin consists of 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire seats with ergonomically contoured back and arm rests offering more shoulder and hip room and featuring a 12-inch seatback monitor with USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

Seventy-nine Extra Comfort seats offer more legroom and access to AC outlets.

The airline worked with design consultant Teague to realise Hawaiian’s vision of honouring Pacific navigation in a modern aircraft.

The wind and waves that have shaped the Hawaiian archipelago are expressed through curved forms throughout the entryway and cabin. Accents of deep aqua grace the carpets and privacy dividers in the Leihōkū Suites. The carpets and fabric of the 787-9 Dreamliner were inspired by the natural elements of the Hawaiian Islands.

The carpets and fabric of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner were inspired by the natural elements of the Hawaiian Islands

The simulated cabin sky depicts soft daylight, soothing sunrises and sunsets, or dramatic starry evening skies. Passengers in Leihōkū Suites will gaze up at a luminous star compass ceiling evoking the constellations that guided Polynesian voyagers at night.

Every detail of the interior pays homage to Hawaiʻi’s pristine environment, from wall panels depicting native wood grains to the lavatory floor inspired by shimmering black volcanic sand. 'Ōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) is also integrated into seat row numbers and other placards to guide guests through the cabin as they embark on their journey. Laminates and fabrics reflect the forms of native plants throughout the cabin.

Passenger will also notice a quiet cabin thanks to acoustic-treated engine inlets, as well as extra-large, dimmable windows, spacious overhead bins and lavatory toilets and faucets with touchless activation.

Hawaiian’s 787 will be the most fuel efficient widebody aircraft in its fleet due to its light-weight build, innovative aerodynamics and modern General Electric GEnx engines. The 787 is significantly more fuel efficient than prior-generation, similarly sized aircraft.

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