Hawaiian Airlines has developed a new cabin design for its on-order Airbus A321neos, which are scheduled to join the carrier’s fleet from the fourth quarter this year.
The US carrier says it picked London-based interior specialist JPA Design to create a style that “evokes the natural splendour” of the Pacific island group.
Textiles and other materials are used throughout the cabin to represent traditional Hawaiian crafts and symbols of the islands such as bark and fishing nets. The airline says the cabin will feature some “unexpected textures”. It adds that interior signs use the Hawaiian language in addition to English, and LED lighting has been programmed to mimic “Hawaii’s unmatched sunrises and sunsets”.
Hawaiian’s senior vice-president marketing Avi Mannis, and JPA design director Tim Manson unveiled the interior at the Passenger Experience Conference in Hamburg on 3 April. Mannis asserts the cabin will provide an “emotionally satisfying, aesthetically rich in-flight experience that will transport guests”.
“We crafted a cabin interior that draws inspiration from Hawaii’s rich past and contemporary present,” says Manson. “Symbolism from Hawaii’s story… subtly immerses guests in an environment that brings an elevated authentic premium leisure experience," he adds.
The A321neos will be fitted with 16 premium, 45 premium economy and 128 economy seats, with B/E Aerospace supplying the seating throughout the cabin. Hawaiian has opted to install wi-fi technology to stream inflight entertainment content to passengers’ personal digital devices, and seats will be fitted with device holders and USB power outlets, with premium and premium-economy passengers having an additional AC power outlet.
The airline has ordered 18 A321neos, to be delivered by 2020. They will join a fleet of A330s, Boeing 717s and 767s. The A321neos are to be deployed on routes to the US West Coast. The A330s fly to US cities further afield and to international destinations, while the 717s are used for inter-island services.
Source: Flight Daily News