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Airline assessment: Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A332 top quality, Honolulu to New York

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THE ROUTE

Flight HA50 Honolulu—New York (JFK)

THE AIRCRAFT

Airbus A330-200. Each of the A330s within the fleet is called for a star or constellation that held significance for Polynesian navigators.

THE LOYALTY SCHEME

HawaiianMiles do not expire. Points will be earned with Virgin Australia, JetBlue and Korean Air.

CLASS

First Class, seat 1A, marketed as Business Class on worldwide flights and First Class on US home flights.

DURATION

Nine hours and 45 minutes, continuous.

CARBON EMISSIONS

2.5 tonnes for a Business/First class passenger. Pay to offset emissions at www.co2.myclimate.org.

Hawaiian Airlines just lately launched a carbon offset program with Conservation International. Donations will immediately fund initiatives that defend forests and assist native communities.

FREQUENCY

Hawaiian flies the red-eye from Honolulu to New York each day, departing at 3.40pm and arriving at 7.25am subsequent day.

HEALTH

No COVID testing necessities for journey between US cities. Masks are not required on planes or inside airports in Hawaii.

CHECKING IN

There’s a devoted check-in queue for First/Business Class passengers. Check-in and bag drop closes 45 minutes earlier than departure.

The Plumeria Business Class lounge presents post-mix tender drinks, drip espresso and little packets of snack combine.

THE SEAT

There are 18 lie-flat First Class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. Seats are 20 inches (50.8cm) extensive with 45-inch (114.3cm) pitch. A turn-down service is obtainable. I’m in a window seat within the first row behind the attendants’ galley. The seat configuration is such that if the passenger subsequent to me in 1B is reclining after I wish to rise up and transfer round, I’ve to awkwardly climb over him.

An elegant amenity package by Molokai-based Kealopiko incorporates self-care necessities.

BAGGAGE

Free checked baggage allowance is 2 luggage, every weighing not more than 50 kilos (22.7 kilograms). Cabin allowance is one carry-on bag and one private merchandise.

ENTERTAINMENT

A big-format pill is loaded with motion pictures, TV reveals, music, video games and flight info. There’s an emphasis on Hawaiian tradition.

The inflight journal, Hana Hou!, is a captivating memento of island life. There’s no inflight WiFi. Next yr Hawaiian plans to introduce Elon Musk’s Starlink high-speed satellite tv for pc broadband WiFi web — freed from cost — on choose transpacific flights.

SERVICE

Dressed in navy blue and aqua, the crew members look as Hawaiian because the hula. With flights now again to full capability, they’ve their arms full.

FOOD

Local merchandise embody Honolulu Cookie Company, Hawaiian Host macadamias and Maui Hard Seltzer.

Pre-departure, First Class passengers are provided a Mai Tai with macadamia nuts. Shortly after take-off, a three-course meal by chef Jason Yamaguchi is served together with the selection of Coq Au Vin or ravioli. I skip the espresso cake.

Drinks and snacks can be found on request. Prior to arrival, contemporary fruits and onion rosti with sausage is served. It’s scrumptious, although discombobulating to eat at 11pm Honolulu time. It’s referred to as a red-eye for a cause.

ONE MORE THING

Hawaiian is partnering with actor and activist Jason Momoa’s water firm Mananalu to switch plastic water bottles in premium cabins with aluminum bottles.

VERDICT

Lie-flat seats, Hawaiian hospitality and island delicacies assist the hours fly by on this red-eye in a single day flight.

OUR RATING OUT OF FIVE

★★★★

Kristie Kellahan flew courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines hawaiianairlines.com.au

Source: traveller.com.au

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