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The gentle waft of sweet plumeria, the soothing strums of the ukulele, the warm smile of a friendly flight attendant – this is my experience every time I board a Hawaiian Airlines flight, well almost 🙂
It’s no wonder then that Travel + Leisure has recognized Hawaiian Airlines as the best domestic airline in the U.S. This is a commendable achievement for our beloved airline, which has consistently ranked in the top five for over a decade.
Yet, this is the first time it has claimed the prime position.
What Got Hawaiian Airlines The Top Spot
There’s something special about flying with Hawaiian Airlines. It’s more than just a means to reach our destination; it’s a ticket to experience the aloha spirit before we even touch down on the islands. The airline has always taken pride in extending authentic Hawaiian hospitality to its passengers, making them feel like they’re in Hawaii the moment they step on the plane.
Long-haul flights with Hawaiian Airlines are particularly praised by Travel + Leisure’s readers. The airline’s in-flight meals, a delightful array of both Hawaiian and international cuisines, are even served in economy class – a rare luxury in today’s aviation industry. The new terminal even includes a restaurant that is getting great reviews right out of the gate.
Yet, it’s not just the long-haul flights that stand out. Hawaiian Airlines has been lauded for its excellent service on inter-island hops too, showing that they don’t compromise on quality, regardless of the flight duration.
Hawaiian Airlines Awards
Hawaiian Airlines’ commitment to top-notch service hasn’t gone unnoticed. Its impressive track record includes consistently winning the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for Best U.S. Airlines and Best Customer Service from 2001, with a streak running from 2011 to 2023. The airline’s food has also received recognition, winning the Best Food award in 2015 and the Food & Wine Global Tastemaker Award for Best Domestic Airlines for Food in 2023.
Moreover, Hawaiian Airlines has been acknowledged as Hawaii’s Best Employer in 2022 by Forbes: America’s Best Employers. This speaks volumes about the airline’s commitment to its employees, which in turn reflects in its dedicated service to passengers. In the same year, the Sunset Travel Awards named Hawaiian Airlines as the Best Way to Travel the West.
In addition to these accolades, Hawaiian Airlines was also recognized as an industry leader with the Editor’s Choice Award from TripSavvy in 2022. The U.S. Department of Transportation has consistently ranked it as the #1 On-Time Performance airline from 2004 to 2021, further highlighting its reliability.
Hawaiian Airlines New Boeing 787 Coming Soon
If your curiosity has been piqued by this recent award, I invite you to delve deeper and explore an exciting change that is coming soon to Hawaiian Airlines’ Boeing, the 787-9 Dreamliner, including the premium Leihōkū Suites. Head over to my article where I have a short video of me sitting and testing out the new business class seats. Discover how the carrier has seamlessly blended comfort, luxury, and cultural homage to redefine your in-flight experience.
When you fly with Hawaiian Airlines, you’re not just choosing an airline with an impressive track record of awards. You’re choosing an airline that goes above and beyond to provide you with a unique, authentic, and memorable travel experience. That’s why, as a local, I couldn’t be prouder of Hawaiian Airlines’ recent achievement.