Hawaiian Airlines unveils 787 Dreamliner cabin design

Render of a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight.
Image Credit: Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines has unveiled its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner interior including its new class of premium service – the Leihōkū Suites.

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliners will enter service at the beginning of 2024 on select routes, and passengers will be treated to any interior inspired by early Polynesian voyages.

The cabin design elements evoke Hawaiʻi’s rich natural world through bold textures, island-inspired sunrise and sunset lighting and sinuous ocean and wind patterns.

“The combination of our evocative cabin design and unparalleled service will make our 787 the most relaxing and enjoyable choice for travel to and from Hawaiʻi,” said Avi Mannis, chief marketing and communications officer at Hawaiian Airlines.

“We take pride in sharing our home with our guests, and the design and details of this product truly reflect what it means to be the flagship carrier of the Hawaiian Islands.”

Cabin features


Hawaiian’s 300-seat 787 features its newest premium product, Leihōkū (garland of stars). 34 suites envelop guests in a tranquil, elegant space with fully lie-flat seating, an 18-inch in-flight entertainment screen, personal outlets, wireless charging and direct aisle access.

Set in a 1-2-1 configuration with doors, the suites can offer privacy or a shared experience, with combined double seats allowing couples to fall asleep while gazing at a starlit ceiling.

In developing its Leihōkū Suite, Hawaiian became the first airline to partner with Adient Aerospace – a joint venture between the Boeing Company and Adient, a world leader in automotive seats.

The carrier’s 787 Dreamliner main cabin consists of 266 Collins Aerospace Aspire seats with ergonomically contoured back and arm rests.

Passengers will enjoy a lightweight, modern design that maximizes seat space, offers more shoulder and hip room, and features a 12-inch seatback monitor with USB-A and USB-C charging ports.

Seventy-nine Extra Comfort seats offer more legroom and access to AC outlets.

Each design element of Hawaiian’s 787 thoughtfully celebrates Polynesian navigators who sailed the Pacific by observing the stars, sun, winds, waves and wildlife.

The airline worked with design consultant Teague to realize Hawaiian’s vision of honoring Pacific navigation in a modern aircraft.

“Working alongside such an iconic brand in Hawaiian Airlines, we were able to create an experience that is true and authentic to what is Hawai’i,” said Loreto Julian, interior design and surface textile design manager at Teague. 

“Along the journey, guests will be able to appreciate the culture of Hawai’i and be surprised with discoverable moments.”

Photo Credits: Hawaiian Airlines

A Hawaiian voyage


Every detail of the interior pays homage to Hawaiʻi’s pristine environment, from wall panels depicting native wood grains to the lavatory floor inspired by shimmering black volcanic sand.

‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi’ (Hawaiian language) is also integrated into seat row numbers and other placards to guide guests through the cabin as they embark on their journey. Laminates and fabrics reflect the forms of native plants throughout the cabin.

About Hawaiian Airlines


Now in its 94th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawaiʻi’s biggest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian offers approximately 150 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands.

The airline also provides nonstop flights between Hawaiʻi and 15 U.S. gateway cities – more than any other airline – as well as service connecting Honolulu and American Samoa, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Tahiti.

Hawaiian is scheduled to receive the first of 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in November, with remaining deliveries planned through 2027. 

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