Hawaiian Airlines—one of T+L's World's Best Airlines for food (and the only U.S. carrier to still serve complimentary meals in coach)—is the latest to invest in a new premium economy class, launching today. Installed on all A330 aircraft, the Extra Comfort seats have five more inches of legroom for a total 36 inches of pitch (on par with most other domestic carriers, though Virgin America and JetBlue both have 38 inches). Other benefits include priority boarding; free on-demand, in-seat entertainment; and personal power outlets. On international flights, travelers will also receive a souvenir pillow and blanket and premium meals.
In other Hawaiian Airlines updates: Earlier this year, it launched an interisland operation called ‘Ohana by Hawaiian, whose 48-passenger turboprop aircraft livery was designed by Hilo-based artist Sig Zane. It offers flights between Honolulu International Airport and Moloka’i (three daily; 25 minutes) and Lana’i (two daily; 30 minutes)—beefing up routes currently covered by Island Air (between Honolulu and Lana'i), Makani Kai Air (between Honolulu and Molokai), and Mokulele Airlines (from Honolulu to both Moloka'i and Lana'i).
Though not new, there's one other Hawaiian Airlines perk we love. Passengers flying to or from Japan, Korea, Auckland, and Brisbane can take advantage of free stop overs with unlimited days in Hawaii. If you stop on the way back to the U.S., it means going through customs in Hawaii, so when you finally do get home, that aggravating part of your airport experience is already behind you
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