Hawaiian Airlines sees non-stop London flights with Boeing 787-9

Hawaiian Airlines sees non-stop London flights with Boeing 787-9

Hawaiian Airlines could launch its first European destination with non-stop flights to London from 2021 following the debut of the airline's new Boeing 787-9.

The Honolulu-based airline currently restricts its network to North America, Asia and the South Pacific, but CEO Peter Ingram sees the Dreamliners as vastly extending Hawaiian's reach.

“While delivery is three years away and we have not yet examined in detail the different markets the Boeing 787 gives us a many interesting possibilities such as London," Ingram told West Australian news outlet PerthNow.

Hawaiian Airlines already flies to Sydney and Brisbane but additional Australian destinations  “such as Perth were certainly options”.

But it's London which could the prize for Hawaiian Airlines, even if it'd be a long stretch for passengers aboard the Dreamliner.

They'd certainly want to be in the aircraft's business class cabin, which which airline spokesman tells Australian Business Traveller will feature "lie-flat product" along with "extra-comfort seat options" allowing for additional legroom.

However, he added that Hawaiian Airlines has "yet determined the seat layout or how many seats we will have."

Hawaiian plans to take 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with orders for ten more on table, with the factory-fresh jets replace some current Airbus A330-200 fleet "as needed, based on our future network and growth needs."

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

23 comments

  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    8 Mar, 2018 03:00 pm

    Thats like flying United from syd to iah...no thx
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  • Ryan O'Leary

    ryanoleary

    8 Mar, 2018 04:00 pm

    From a pure distance perspective, isn't it more like BNE-LAX? Not sure how winds etc effect the flight time. Would certainly make a brilliant and relaxing stopover to/from London! : )
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  • ZQN Fan

    ZQN Fan

    8 Mar, 2018 05:50 pm

    Correct. LHR-HNL is 75 miles less than BNE-LAX.

    From a winds perspective, it would be very similar to UA's PVG-EWR which is only 40 mins different between the two directions due to being polar. By contrast, QF's BNE-LAX is 75 mins different between the two directions.
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  • elchriss0

    elchriss0

    9 Mar, 2018 08:43 am

    Yea I didn't bother looking properly at distances etc...but my point was that their cabin product is too mediocre to pay good money for such a long flight
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  • Dean

    deany83

    8 Mar, 2018 04:33 pm

    The Pineapple Route haha great stop over option
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  • Dale

    Dale

    8 Mar, 2018 05:08 pm

    A stopover in Honolulu YES PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. And a stopover on return YES PLEASE.
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  • maabbot

    maabbot

    8 Mar, 2018 07:06 pm

    Why was my comment deleted?
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  • Chris Chamberlin

    ChrisCh

    8 Mar, 2018 07:11 pm

    Please refer to AusBT's published comment policy. If you have feedback for the editor, you are welcome to send it by email to the editor, but the comments area on articles is provided for readers to discuss the topic of articles among themselves.

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  • Fqtv

    Zac

    8 Mar, 2018 07:23 pm

    Would love this as another option to London - only in biz though.
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  • Morgan Judd

    Mjudd

    8 Mar, 2018 09:12 pm

    Apparently looking at flying to Perth as well, which would be great
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  • dm12

    dm12

    9 Mar, 2018 01:16 pm

    Not sure there would be demand for a direct PER-HNL, a quick change on the east coast isn't too bad as it is. Geoffrey Thomas had an article in The West with PER-HNL as its headline, and got everyone excited for an unlikely eventuality (but I guess that sells papers!)
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  • Dean

    deanr

    9 Mar, 2018 02:43 pm

    Geoffrey Thomas writes a lot of rubbish in my opinion. He always seems to be writing stories that try to put Perth aviation on the map, like his recent splash about flights between Perth and South America when in reality it was nothing more than a regulatory filing to seek the same approval that three other airlines already have (and don't actually use).

    Still, Ausbt recently ran an interview with Hawaiian which did mention Perth, so if that eventuates, then "yay for Perth": but I'd wait to read the news from somewhere other than The West.
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  • Flying Fish

    AWA2602

    9 Mar, 2018 12:52 am

    HNL-LHR would be a winning move for HA considering there aren't any other airlines operating non-stop services on this route. The "Aloha Route" to London with a tropical stopover would sell very well, I'm sure!
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  • wdeguara

    wdeguara

    9 Mar, 2018 10:58 am

    I've always wondered why Hawaiian has never really promoted itself more aggressively as a 'one-stop' option for travel between Australia and the US mainland.... Particularly given that they service 12 mainland USA destinations from Honululu.
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  • Adam T

    AT

    9 Mar, 2018 03:19 pm

    No real point. Their primary market is AU-Hawaii and that’s where all their marketing & sales efforts have to go. Also you have to remember that the Hawaii-US mainland flights are domestic USA so .... domestic US inflight service, selling seats & fares to primarily domestic US travellers so it’s not really a through international service as you would think.
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  • nige00160

    nige00160

    10 Mar, 2018 10:46 am

    Indeed their primary market is currently Hawaii. But if they are a business that wants to grow their customer base they also have opportunity to take an increasing share of travellers between Australia and mainland USA. For many mainland destinations Qantas/Virgin do not offer an end-to-end international service anyway. For example, when you travel to Seattle you still have to hop off at LAX and jump onto a domestic American airlines/Delta flight for the final leg.
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  • Adam T

    AT

    10 Mar, 2018 05:09 pm

    Yes but LAX to US domestic is a totally different propersition than HNL-mainland. The growth for HA is increasing share on the AU-Hawaii market and increasing flights between.
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  • JBL

    JBL

    9 Mar, 2018 12:48 pm

    I'm surprised Hawaiian don't try more aggressively to be the Emirates of the Pacific. HNL is well located, particularly for connecting one stop from Australia/SEA to the US and North Asia to South America
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  • Adam T

    AT

    9 Mar, 2018 03:21 pm

    No corporate business traveller would book 1 stop across the Pacific in this day and age. Maybe some cost conscious leisure but that’s about it.
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  • nige00160

    nige00160

    10 Mar, 2018 10:35 am

    Unless your destination is LAX, Dallas or SanFran you'd be looking at 1 stop anyway with Qantas/Virgin.
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  • Adam T

    AT

    10 Mar, 2018 05:10 pm

    Customer expection is that stop being on the mainland, not at the ½ way mark in the middle of the Pacific.
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  • dted

    dted

    11 Mar, 2018 01:40 pm

    Customer experience with transiting major mainland hubs such as LAX is that it is a frustrating confusing mess. Honululu is exactly half way between AU and east coast USA and my experience it is a much smoother and infinitely more pleasant transfer experience. The aircraft that takes you through to the east coast is often the same a330 that is used for the international legs from Australia.
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  • Rodney Teperman

    rodneyteperman

    12 Mar, 2018 09:33 pm

    Why don't they fly direct to melbourne? Bigger city than BNE and lots of people wanting to leave in cold winter
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