Hawaiian Airlines' A330 economy class.
Sydney to Honolulu.
THE LOYALTY SCHEME
HawaiianMiles (affiliated with Virgin Australia's Velocity program).
UP THE BACK OR POINTY END?
Economy seat 29A.
TIME IN THE AIR
Officially, it's nine hours and 50 minutes to Honolulu but my flight's a tad over nine hours.
THE SEAT STUFF
Economy seats have a pitch of 78cm to 81cm and a width of 46cm; the 276 seats are laid out in a 2-4-2 formation.
A generous allowance of two checked bags up to 32kg each, one carry-on bag up to 11.5kg and one personal item means you can pretty much go crazy shopping in Hawaii.
An excellent seat neighbour who proactively offers to let me out into the aisle as many times as needed during this overnight flight immediately cranks up the comfort factor. He also offers his unwanted snacks. It would be terrible to repay his kindnesses by sleeping on his shoulder; flexible head-rest wings help my head stay where it should. An amenity pack includes headphones, eye mask and earplugs, and pillow and blanket are provided.
A long-haul flight where the latest release movies aren't free? It's lucky I'm sitting down when I discover Hawaiian charges $US7.99 ($8.70) for recent releases such as Life of Pi, Hitchcock and Silver Linings Playbook. Disregard the supposed charges for the unlimited TV and more pack and the keiki (kids) pack: they're freely accessed. Don't expect much from the seven free movies (which remain unchanged on the return flight the following month); they stretch back to 1988's Die Hard. The most affecting (despite the bad acting) is The Ride; about an arrogant surf champ who travels back in time and becomes best buddies with Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku. TV series include Hawaii Five-O and hours can also be whiled away playing Sudoku and trivia on the seat-back screens.
For the first time in my flying life, I use the attendant call button; my tray needs retrieving as I was still eating when the trolley whizzed past. I wait. And I wait. I push it again. Ten minutes later, it dawns on me attendants are more focused on taking their break. I deliver the tray myself.
An hour after take-off, we're served a no-choice dinner of chicken with rice and vegetables, salad, cheese and crackers, and chocolates. Beverages include red and white wines, beer and juices. Before landing, we're handed breakfast in a bag: apple slices, yoghurt, sweet roll and croissant.
ONE MORE THING
Water is handed out only in cups, not bottles, so BYO bottle if you prefer to hydrate on demand.
If you like catching up on movies on long flights you'll be disappointed but if you just want to reach Hawaii to start the holiday, the 11.10am arrival time is perfect for catching an inter-island flight or for checking into your Oahu hotel.
Hawaiian Airlines flies daily between Sydney and Honolulu.
Tested by Katrina Lobley, who flew courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.