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Question About The United "Island Hopper"  
User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2088 posts, RR: 15
Posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5657 times:

Hi,

I am booked on UA 172 in October, flying from Guam to Honolulu via Truk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Kwajelein, and Majuro along the way, formerly known as the "Island Hopper" across the Marshall Islands and Micronesia.

I know that UA flies a PMCO bird on it, a 737-800 ETOPs, but I want to know what the in-flight service is like in Y and F. I heard a rumor that there are no PTVs in YCL, which would alter the nature of the trip dramatically. What are the hard products like? Is there a PTV in F?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks!

IrishAyes


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User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5654 times:

I Did it last June in first from hnl to gum and was very good and very long because i Did not had ptv fortunately it was day so we had light. We had breakfast and lunch. I was very satisfied

Alberto


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2088 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5654 times:

Quoting mxp (Reply 1):
I Did it last June in first from hnl to gum and was very good and very long because i Did not had ptv fortunately it was day so we had light. We had breakfast and lunch. I was very satisfied

So there is no PTV??? How is it a good flight then?



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User currently offlinebobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6347 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5628 times:

Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 2):
So there is no PTV??? How is it a good flight then?

I am sure that a good majorityof passengers would not consider having PTV available, would preclued having a good flight.


User currently offlinemxp From Italy, joined Aug 2003, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5609 times:

Simply because i was in first and leaving early i slept watched outside chat with people and had a good book

Alberto


User currently offlineIrishAyes From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2088 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 5514 times:

Quoting bobnwa (Reply 3):
I am sure that a good majorityof passengers would not consider having PTV available, would preclued having a good flight.

It is a very long journey. 14 hours to be exact. I am an avid reader and can spend a few hours reading a book but I'd like to have the option of being able to relax and watch TV if it is possible.



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User currently offlinecopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 997 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5370 times:

You could do the trip much faster by flying direct from GUM to HNL. There are only 2 reasons that I can think of to fly that filght.

1) To go to one of the islands along the route.

2) For the breathtaking scenery out the window.

Personally, I would bring a good book to read between the islands and enjoy the view out the window during approach and departure.

Been there, done it, and will do it again. NOt exactly the kind of trip one would want to make every day though! You should be able to--and may have to--get off the plane at all the stops except Kwajelein.


User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 6948 posts, RR: 18
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5341 times:

How much are the tickets on the island hopper? I may be in Hawaii this winter for a few weeks.


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User currently offlinecopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 997 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 2 days ago) and read 5291 times:

I haven't done it for a few years and was thinking maybe it's about time to try it again. I'm retired staff so it cost me very little.

I have no idea what the normal fares would be, but likely expensive since there is limited competition on the route. OK, just checked HNL-GUM r/t for Dec 10, returning Dec 13, and found a price of nearly $2000 for the direct flight. HNL-NRT was cheaper, particularly for a 1-stop.

The island-hopper only operates 2 or 3 days a week and I don't usually see it shown when I select "HNL-GUM" either on the employee website or the public one, so you might have to spend some time looking for it. Easiest way might be to start with HNL to one of the islands so you can find out what days it runs. I just spent a few minutes checking HNL-GUM and could not find it. Might be more reasonable to book HNL-NRT (or somewhere beyond GUM) and try to get the hopper as one of the segments.

And...be sure to get a window seat. Lots of uninteresting water, punctuated by moments of stunning beauty!


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5247 times:

To save you the expense!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jagPT9_C1KM


User currently offlinecopter808 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 997 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 5227 times:

Watching the video isn't even close to experiencing the real thing! Far more cost effective though!

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