This photo is of the newly remodeled A330 First Class section on Hawaiian Airlines. Surprised me because I wasn't expecting it. Generally, it's one of the older models I hop aboard in Honolulu. The new remodel places pods, in groups of 2, three across. I probably would have noticed it on the seating chart if I had made my own reservation but I did not. Instead, because I called Hawaiian to extend my stay for another month, the customer service rep selected the seat.
Really loving this new set up. See that guy's toes next to me? He is resting on a foot stool that helps to support the seat when it's turned into a flatbed. Much easier to squeeze out into the aisle from the window seat without disturbing the person next to you as well. A lot more room.
And the iPads are 13-inch, not the tiny 9-inch screens, plus there is a mechanical arm that comes down in back of your tray so you can secure the iPad to it. An invention whose time was past due. We traveled at faster speeds, too, because you could watch the mileage, and that plane was soaring over 600 MPH. Took 4 hours to get to Sacramento from Honolulu.
For the first time, I heard the clerks make a pre-boarding announcement by offering to sell a first class upgrade for an additional $350 and they did not fill up first class. It was a very pleasant experience, much nicer than usual. I watched a movie and skipped dessert, opting for a nap instead.
Too bad I will be flying on Alaska Air from now on instead. Because Alaska flies direct to Kona from Sacramento, and Hawaiian does not. You can read more in my personal blog at this link: The Long Trip to Sacramento from Big Island.
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