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A Flatbed Seat To HNL, Who & Which Way.  
User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3263 posts, RR: 2
Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5182 times:

Hi,
Travelling from the Uk to HNL in March 2013 and I want a Business Class flatbed seat all the way, who do I travel with?
I can start my journey heading East or West,no matter.
Can use one or two airlines to get the job done. Recommendations please.  


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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25392 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5177 times:

Well your options will certainly be greater via Asia then.

Domestically usage of premium aircraft to Hawaii is pretty limited. UA will be running a 3-class aircraft for a bit between IAH-HNL and sometimes you will find AA 763s with their premium product but schedule variations are quite frequent.

I personally would not venture the long way around the world simply to chase a flatbed. West Coast-Hawaii is a relative short 5-hours and domestic F class is fine for me especially as most flights are daytime.



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User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9642 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5131 times:

Quoting readytotaxi (Thread starter):
Travelling from the Uk to HNL in March 2013 and I want a Business Class flatbed seat all the way, who do I travel with?
I can start my journey heading East or West,no matter.
Can use one or two airlines to get the job done. Recommendations please.

If you are ok with a mediocre business class product, you can take UA via SFO, EWR or IAD. The 767 operated to HNL has an international business class seat, but they are recliners with 55-60 inch pitch. No fully flat seats. Also meals are domestic quality first class meals and not multi course international.

DL similarly can give you an older generation business class seat via HNL.

If you want the best comfort, go via NRT. You should be virtually guaranteed fully flat on DL's 747 or UA's 777 on the NRT-HNL segment and there are plenty of flat seats LHR-NRT with BA, VS or NH. It is a bit longer. ANA and JAL do not offer fully flat seats into HNL.



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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4990 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

AC LHR-YYC/YVR-HNL is a possibility ... but check the seat chart first.

Some mainland-HNL flights are flown with the "low yield" B767-300, which have a domestic style Business Class seat, but not all! If you check the seat chart before committing to the flight, you can see if it is 2x2x2 or 1x1x1.



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5057 times:

AA is not a true lie-flat but one of the angled lie-flats, but would be doable LHR-DFW-HNL. However, it would require an overnight in Dallas.

User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3263 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4919 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):

Thank you for the suggestion, I am concerned about my "bodyclock" flying west for almost 24hrs, hence the flat bed.

Quoting Roseflyer (Reply 2):
If you want the best comfort, go via NRT. You should be virtually guaranteed fully flat on DL's 747 or UA's 777 on the NRT-HNL segment

That's a good idea, thanks.

Quoting longhauler (Reply 3):
you can see if it is 2x2x2 or 1x1x1.

Thanks for that tip.

Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 4):
However, it would require an overnight in Dallas.

That might help the bodyclock, thanks.



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User currently offlinejonnyclark From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2011, 116 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

I do this flight quite regularly. Can I suggest the Virgin Atlantic or BA flights to Los Angeles and then Hawaiian. As they say here it's a short hop across to Hawaii from west coast usually not much more than 5 hours (slightly less from San Fran - bu worse connections) and then connec across in First on Hawaiian. It's a comfy arm chair, but
On the a330 you have some great entertainment options and the foo really is first class.

As for body clock get about 3 hours sleep on the LHR-LAX flight and you'll be fine as usually you arrive early late evening which means you'll be tired enough to get a decent enough sleep. As virgin and Hawaiian are partners they can book the whole thing for you and they depart from the same terminal at LAX too, which is V handy. They have decent return connections too.

Don't worry about body clock, really.. It's a long... but not painful trip. Feel free to email me if you want more info..,

jonny@thedesignair.net
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