Back in November Hawaiian Airlines announced that they would add “Extra Comfort” seats on their A330 aircraft for service starting later in 2014. Those seats are now on sale, effective for travel starting on 1 August 2014.
There are two pricing tiers for the service, depending on the route (and distance) being flown:
Domestic Routes Extra Comfort (USD)
- Los Angeles (LAX) $60
- Las Vegas (LAS) $60
- New York City (JFK) $100
- Portland (PDX) $60
- San Diego (SAN) $60
- San Francisco (SFO) $60
- Seattle (SEA) $60
International Routes Extra Comfort (USD)
- Auckland, New Zealand (AKL) $100
- Beijing, China (PEK)** $100
- Osaka, Kansai, Japan (KIX) $100
- Papeete, Tahiti (PPT) $60
- Sydney, Australia (SYD) $100
- Taipei, Taiwan (TPE) $100
- Tokyo, Haneda, Japan (HND) $100
These rates are comparable to what the carrier has previously charged for bulkhead row seating and the cost is reasonable given the distances/duration involved. I paid $40 for the bulkhead seat on JFK-HNL a couple years ago and wrote at the time that I was shocked it was so cheap (they raised the price not long after that). Now, for the same price as a bulkhead seat today passengers can get free access to the AVOD IFE system, meals & snacks and power at their seat. In the international markets the fee also includes an upgraded version of the pillow & blanket set to the “souvenir” model. Oh, and 36″ of pitch compared to the 31″ in the rest of the economy cabin.
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Seems like a no-brainer, and makes the notion of a coach seat from JFK-HNL much more palatable to us long-legged folks
Which slimline seats are these?
From the Fodor’s article:
“The airline accomplished the reconfiguration by adjusting the closets and bulkhead dividers on the plane rather than shifting the other seats around. This allowed them to keep the same total number of seats on each plane, increase the comfort for some passengers, increase their ancillary revenue and offer a better product overall.”
I don’t think they are slimline seats. They pulled out a closet and moved the other seats around; they didn’t refit the plane with new seats.
Wow. That makes Hawaiian genuinely competitive to Australia. $200 for that amount of pitch is much better value than an extra $2,000 for PE on QF or NZ. And far better service than UA.
Nowhere does it say if they are walk-ups only or available in GDS.
I believe they are only available via the Hawaiian website right now.
Booked an Extra Comfort seat SYD-HNL for travel in October and was surprised it was only $100 more. When announced last year Hawaiian’s website listed “premium meals” on international flights in Extra Comfort, anyone know why that changed?
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