Hawaiian Airlines is now the second-largest operator of Boeing 717s in the world — with a fleet of 18 (tied with QantasLink — Delta is number one). Even though it is a smaller fleet, the airline operates five different configurations of the aircraft type, which they use to fly inter-island.
To simplify, the airline has decided to standardize each aircraft with 128 new seats and also update some of the design elements of the cabin.
“These new, modern design elements rejuvenate the interiors of our Boeing 717s while allowing us to deliver a consistent onboard experience for our guests,” said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines.
The new seats, designed and produced by Acro Aircraft, features a “tablet table” machined from solid aluminum, which will be a part of a new color scheme.
The airline states that the new colors, “connects travelers with the elements of the islands through earth tones, a deep aqua seat, and accents of fuchsia and sky blue. Contrast stitching in the upholstery brings out natural forms of the islands.”
The seats do not appear to be the most comfortable in the world – that is okay though, since most of the flights will only be 20 to 60 minutes. Hawaiian Airlines operates 160 inter-island flights per day, so durability and quick turn-around time will be important.