Hawaiian Flight 444 BNE-HNL (Brisbane to Honolulu)
This is the continuation of my award flight from this post. I redeemed 125,000 American Airlines and paid $153.30 in taxes for this round-trip award ticket. As of August 2017, this award now requires 160,000 miles.
After a quick flight from Cairns to Brisbane, I checked in to my next flight at the international terminal, Hawaiian Airlines flight 444, from Brisbane to Honolulu. Thankfully, the business class check-in line was a lot shorter than the economy line.
After checking in and clearing security/immigration, I went to the Hawaiian lounge, which they shared with Air New Zealand at the time. There was a selection of free hot and cold food items.
It was too bad the lounge didn’t have any nice views of airplanes. Instead, all I saw was a parking lot.
I didn’t realize until after booking that Hawaiian’s business class did not have lie-flat seats. They didn’t even have angled-flat seats. As this was a 9-hour overnight flight, I was kind of disappointed. This route is flown on an A330-200, which is the same plane I had with recliner sets. But apparently, this aircraft will eventually get an upgrade to lie-flat seats.
Oddly enough, this was the one seat I couldn’t reserve online and had to phone the airline to book. I’m normally not a fan of the bulkhead due to its proximity to the galley, however, I selected seat 1J for the extra bit of leg room, knowing the seat did not lie flat.
Upon boarding, I received a pre-departure glass of champagne. A flight attendant asked passengers if they wanted breakfast in the morning. Slippers were tucked into the seat pocket and flight attendants handed out little amenity kits with toothbrush/toothpaste, an eye mask and ear plugs.
After take-off, passengers were given iPad minis (filled with movies, TV shows and music) and headphones. Soon after this, dinner service began.
I got to choose one appetizer and two entree items. I chose the cheese plate for my appetizer.
For dinner, I selected lamb chop and grilled snapper. I took a few bites of everything except the lamb chop. The mashed potatoes were pretty tasty. My drink of choice was a Mai Tai (it’s Hawaiian Airlines, how could I not?).
For dessert, I had the chocolate mousse cake, which was also tasty.
After dinner, I reclined my seat (as much as possible), let out the footrest and attempted to get some shut eye. I caught a few winks here and there, but it was not good, consistent sleep.
Breakfast was served a few hours before landing.
I enjoyed watching the sunrise and the beautiful views as we began our descent into Honolulu.
Ultimately, this wouldn’t be my first choice as a way to fly long-haul to/from Hawaii in business class. I had no complaints on the food or service from the flight attendants, but the seat definitely leaves something to be desired.