N202HA, Hawaiian Airlines' First Airbus A321neo. Image courtesy of Adam Moreira.
On December 4, 2017, Hawaiian Airlines moved up the Entry-Into-Service (EIS) date of their brand-new Airbus A321neo aircraft, scheduled now to debut later this month. On December 19, the airline will deploy the Airbus A321neo on three intra-island routes between Honolulu and Maui, Kona, and Lihue. This is intended to familiarize crews with the new aircraft, and initial service will run from December 19 to December 21, and from December 21 to December 31. Then, on January 8, 2018, the A321neo will operate its first flight from Maui to Oakland, California. 10 days later, on January 18, the A321neo will also operate the Maui-Portland route.
In addition, daily service between Kahului and San Diego was announced the same day, as reported by USA Today. This route will begin operating on May 1, and will complement the existing San Diego-Honolulu route. In recent years, Hawaiian has announced several routes, from various Hawaiian cities to secondary cities on the United States' West Coast. These routes were made possible by the addition of fuel-efficient, medium-range Airbus A321neo aircraft, which aren't quite as big as the Airbus A330-200 serving these routes, but have the range to accomplish them as well.
Hawaiian's Airbus A321neo aircraft feature recliner-type seats in First Class, as well as "extra comfort" extra legroom economy seats (that come with an additional power source), which are based off of the B/E Aerospace Pinnacle. Furthermore, this aircraft offers wireless streaming to portable devices for entertainment (and includes tablet holders built into the seats in both First Class and economy, as well as traditional Hawaiian patterns in the cabin. These aircraft are designed to fly the 5-hour hops between Hawaii and the United States' West Coast.
Hawaiian's new First Class cabin on the A321neo. Image courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.
Hawaiian Airlines' new economy class on the A321neo. Image courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.
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