Hawaiian Airlines Business Class BNE-HNL

Hawaiian Flight 444 BNE-HNL (Brisbane to Honolulu)

July 2014
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.

Economy check-in line was really long

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.

No more Qantas Club for me, I had to go to the Air Zealand Lounge this time
Lounge food
Lounge food
Lounge booze

It was too bad the lounge didn’t have any nice views of airplanes. Instead, all I saw was a parking lot.

View from the lounge

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.

My Hawaiian Airlines business class seat, 1J

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.

Bulkhead leg room (or lack thereof)
Seat controls

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.

Not much of an amenity kit, but I’ll take it

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.

Appetizer and an iPad mini

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?).

Lamb chop and grilled snapper main entrees

For dessert, I had the chocolate mousse cake, which was also tasty.

Chocolate mousse cake

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.

Watching the sun rise over the clouds
Hello, Hawaii!

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.

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