Hawai­ian Air­lines

Vacations & Travel - - Flight paths - By Avi Mel­niker

FLIGHT NUMBER: HA451

ROUTE: HONOLULU – SYD­NEY AIR­CRAFT: AIR­BUS A330-200 CLASS: EX­TRA COM­FORT ECON­OMY, SEAT 16J

DURATION: 10 HOURS 40 MIN­UTES

A long-haul flight with a child can be daunt­ing at the best of times, even when you’ve just had a ball frol­ick­ing un­der the Hawai­ian sun, drink­ing mai tais (me) and shaved ice (my daugh­ter). If Business Class is not an option, Hawai­ian has Ex­tra Com­fort seats at the front of the econ­omy sec­tion, which are great for peo­ple trav­el­ling with kids. There are 68 seats avail­able with a pitch of 36 and 18 inches of leg room. A bonus is that this sec­tion is served meals first, so ‘hangry’ kids don’t have to wait.

Plus there is pri­or­ity board­ing and pri­or­ity se­cu­rity at Honolulu Air­port – and the less time kids spend wait­ing in line the bet­ter, right?

We re­ceive our com­pli­men­tary wel­come pack, which al­ways goes down well, and once my daugh­ter had gone to sleep I was able to watch Big Lit­tle Lies to my heart’s con­tent on the cabin TV screen.

The flight was much more en­joy­able than it could have been, and that ex­tra space re­ally was worth the ex­tra money. Next time we go to Hawaii, we will try Hawai­ian’s re­cently in­tro­duced bid up­grade pro­gram, where you can bid, auc­tion style, on Hawai­ian’s web­site, sub­mit­ting the price you would be happy to pay for a business class seat. That is def­i­nitely worth a try.

The ver­dict: With my daugh­ter hyped from our hol­i­day, the ex­tra space came in re­ally handy. hawai­ianair­lines.com

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