Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled a cabin redesign on its fleet of Airbus A330-200s featuring 18 lie-flat premium cabin seats.
The airline will also install 28 more “extra comfort” economy seats, bringing its total to 68 premium economy seats on A330-200s. Its A330-200s will go from 294 seats to 278 total seats. Hawaiian has 21 A330-200s in its fleet and will add one more by the end of 2015.
The cabin redesign will start in the second quarter of 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2017. “I think there will be a tendency to have [redesigned A330s] on our international routes first,” Hawaiian president and CEO Mark Dunkerley said Oct. 19 when announcing the cabin redesign to reporters during the carrier’s global media day at the company’s Honolulu headquarters.
Despite having fewer total seats on its A330s, “we think that yields as a whole will likely go up,” Dunkerley added. “We did extensive modeling to figure out what would be the optimum configuration for the markets we serve.”
The “extra comfort” seats have a 36-inch pitch while the economy seats will continue to have a 31-inch pitch.
ATW – Air Transport World