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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