While it’s never been easier for Canadians to get to Hawaii, with more air service offered through Air Canada, Air Canada rouge and WestJet than ever before, a case can be made for sending your clients to Hawaii aboard a Hawaiian Airlines (HA) flight too. If another flight option is what you need to seal your clients’ Hawaiian vacation deal, here are five points for Hawaiian.
1) Clients can enjoy the Aloha Spirit before they get to Hawaii
One of many features that sets Hawaii apart from other sun and sand destinations is Hawaii’s famed hospitality. So how about giving your clients a taste of that sweet Hawaiian service before they even make it to their final destination?
Guests stepping aboard a Hawaiian Airlines (HA) flight will begin to experience the airlines signature mea ho’okipa (I am host) onboard hospitality service the moment they step into the aircraft. It’s a chance for your clients to hit the reset button on aircraft in an age when modern air travel can sometimes be anything but relaxing.
Guests flying Hawaiian Airlines in any class will also have the opportunity to experience true Hawaiian culture and begin sampling some of Hawaii’s local products with complimentary meal service throughout the entire cabin (the only U.S. domestic carrier to offer this) and complimentary Koloa Rum Mai Tai from Kauai (for over 21 guests) as well as Maui Style potato chips.
Travellers can also purchase Hawaiian snack offerings such as Primo Popcorn, Kona Chips with furikake seasoning and Hawaiian Host chocolate covered macadamia nuts. Even the Hawaiian Airlines onboard safety video features local talent and images of world-famous, Hawaiian destinations.
With Hawaiian amenities such as this, your clients can also leave their vacation with a little more Hawaii to enjoy on their journey home.
2) Gateways close to Canadian borders
With high Canadian airport taxes, even a fluctuating Canadian dollar isn’t always enough to deter travellers from flying in and out of U.S. gateways. Hawaiian Airlines offers direct flights to Honolulu from JFK as well as direct flights from SEA to both Honolulu and Kahalui on Maui (flights to other Hawaiian gateways from both JFK and SEA are also available of course but not with direct flight options). The choices for travellers don’t stop there though. Those who might want to split up their airtime with a short getaway stop along the way can first make the journey to destinations like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas before heading to Hawaii with HA.
3) Extra Comfort Class
Last year Hawaiian Airlines announced its new Extra Comfort premium economy seats, available on North American and international routes operated by its A330 fleet – adding yet another option for travel agents to book the perfect journey for their clients travelling to Hawaii.
For clients who may not have the budget for First Class, but are willing to pay a little extra to receive some added comfort and amenities, HA’s Extra Comfort seats may be just what they’re looking for. The new class of seats offers travellers five more inches of legroom, priority boarding at the gate, complimentary on-demand in-seat entertainment and a personal electrical power outlet.
Hawaiian Airlines has also recently announced it will be adding 28 additional Extra Comfort seats on each A330 aircraft in response to growing demand for its popular premium economy service.
4) New, state-of-the-art, lie-flat seating
Just announced earlier this month are Hawaiian Airlines plans to introduce new luxury design elements and enhanced service options in its A330 premium cabins – with the added bonus of 180-degree lie-flat seats. Developed in partnership with Optimares, an Italian manufacturer focused on traveller-centric design, the 180-degree seats will use an innovative seat platform to fold into 76” beds, maximizing living space for travellers while providing options for both privacy and a shared flight experience. They will also feature an advanced in-flight entertainment experience powered by the next generation of large-format tablets and equipped with telescoping tablet arm that adjusts to optimize viewing angle and comfort.
“We have created a truly bespoke design that delivers world-class comfort and style while staying true to our island roots,” said Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO, Hawaiian Airlines. “Whether travelling for business, with family or on a romantic retreat, the new premium cabin evokes an engaging bold, contemporary sense of Hawaii, complemented by the warm Aloha Spirit of our cabin crew.” The first newly outfitted aircraft is expected to enter Hawaiian’s long-haul network in the second quarter of 2016. The airline will begin installing lie-flat seats in the remaining 22 A330 aircraft in September 2016 through 2017.
5) The Plumeria Lounge Pass
Guests making the journey back home from HNL, flying to neighbour islands from this gateway (or even to one of HA’s 11 international destinations, including places like New Zealand, Tokyo Tahiti and Australia), can now take it up a notch with The Plumeria Lounge Pass. The pass grants HA guests access to the airline’s brand-new, 3,600-square foot, Plumeria Lounge for US$40 per visit. Lounge passes can be purchased in-person with The Plumeria Lounge agent, or during the check-in process via web/mobile/kiosk.
The new lounge, located on the third floor of Hawaiian Airlines’ HNL inter-island terminal, features a host of complimentary amenities including fresh food and self-serve snacks, craft beer from Maui Brewing Co., wines selected by Master Sommelier Chuck Furuya, high-speed wireless Internet and ample USB charging stations. Guests travelling Business Class with HA to an international destination will have complementary access to The Plumeria Lounge.