With international travel still highly restrictive, Americans are increasingly traveling domestically for their vacations. Hawaii, with its majestic islands and breath-taking beaches is undoubtedly one of the most popular vacation destinations, especially as COVID restrictions are beginning to relax. In this post, I review American Airlines 787-9 from Chicago to Hawaii in their Domestic "First" Class.
American Airlines has regularly flown its wide-body planes from its various domestic hubs to Hawaii. The 787-9 with its reverse-herringbone seats is one of the most comfortable flat-beds within America's fleet to travel domestically. I found my seat to have plenty of padding and plenty of legroom.
Since it wasn't an internationally flight, there was no amenity kit given. And given the covid restrictions, no welcome drinks were offered as we boarded the flight as well.
Lunch service began around an hour after we took-off as the flight attendant came around to hand out menus for us to pick our choices. American Airlines is usually not known for their service but let me tell you, these were some of the nicest, most polished flight attendants I've ever had on American. They were not only professional but also genuinely chatted with passengers. I ended up ordering the short ribs, which came with drinks and dessert all on one plate.
Again, American Airlines normally has unappetizing food on its flights but to my surprise, the short ribs were juicy and flavorful. I even heard another passenger tell the flight attendant that this was the best meal they've ever had on a flight! Now if only American can be this good on every flight...
Prior to arriving in Hawaii, there was a small, cold snack that was offered.
As we were approaching Honolulu, the views were breathtaking.
The Bottom Line
American Airlines flat-bed to Hawaii provides an excellent way to travel comfortably in one of the longest domestic flights available!