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It’s Hawaii Wine-0 on Hawaiian Airlines’ mainland-to-Hawaii routes, with free wine offered to passengers 21 and older. Not only is it free, but it’s a luxury that extends beyond first-class flyers. Hawaiian serves a complimentary glass of red or white wine to those in economy as well.
Hawaii master sommelier Chuck Furuya selects the list of wines, which comes with lunch or dinner. He first began working in restaurants while going to college before taking his passion for wine to the next level. In 1988, he became the tenth person in the nation (and the only person from Hawaii) to pass the rigorous Master Sommelier exam. So, trust that the inflight wine will be top-notch in taste and quality.
This new addition to flights is part of an effort by the airline to revamp its services – starting with a dash of island flavors to its inflight menu. Earlier this month, the airline added local foods, like kalua pig sandwiches and Hawaiian sweetbread with cream cheese and guava jelly. The Pau Hana Snack Bar, as their for-sale food items are called, include spam musubi, ramen and other snacks. Essentially, this could be the first time that visitors get to sample the infamous spam-rice-nori combo before landing at their Hawaii destination.
I travel as much as I can, and whenever I’m booking a flight I choose Hawaiian. Not only because of the free wine but because the service is always the best; not to mention, the seats are comfy. So comfy that I can actually sleep on a plane. Of course, you may have to pay a little extra when comparing flight prices to other airlines, but I’d say it’s definitely worth it. I have traveled on other airlines before, once on a direct flight to New York. The 10-hour flight seemed twice as long because of the hard seats and lack of free meals or snacks offered to passengers. The free wine is just an added bonus to the already awesome service when flying Hawaiian.