WinAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 270 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3128 times:
I SAW AN ALOHA AIRLINES 737-700 AT SNA TODAY! IMMMMMMMM SO EXCITED!!! ITS HTE FIRST TIME ANY ALOHA AIRLINES JET HAS TOUCHED DOWN AT ORANGE COUNTY! I THINK IT WAS ON PROVING FLIGHTS FROM HAWAII OR OAKLAND!!! IF I WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THERE 5 MINUTES LATER I WOULD HAVE MISSED IT!! IT WAS PERFECT TIMING!!! WE WERE STOPPED AT A STOPLIGHT and I noticed a plane comming in for a landing. At first I thought it was a CO 737-700...then I thought it was HP THEN I SAW THE ALOHA AIRLINES TITLES!!! The plane was totally empty Didnt see anything in the windows and it looked brand new!
It landed, stopped for a few minutes on the taxiway...then went and took off. I didnt see it grab any fuel so I am pretty sure it wasnt on a proving flight from hawaii. Who knows though!!! I am so excited! I got like 20 shots of it alone!!! What PERFECT TIMING!! im sooooo excited!! It was a beautiful plane!
bTW, I think it was N738AL..I forgot the reg. number as soon as I drove away from the airport hehe
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3041 times:
Probably, the Boeing piilots are testing flight for short runway and weight evaluation for long haul flight. Maybe, if FAA permission for SNA serves to Hawaii in the future. I don't know for sure.. I just assumed this about it. Great news that you caught it in SNA.
John From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1374 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2965 times:
Nonstop SNA-HNL off a 5700' runway? Hmm, that should be interesting. I think the 757 is better suited for this type of short runway operation, in my opinion. Using a 73G, even though the engines are uprated for ETOPS, I can see weight restrictions occuring, a good percentage of the time. Any pilots out there care to add your expert opinions on the 737-700 performance limitations?
Iainhol From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2962 times:
Winair sorry to burst your little bubble it was doing that all day! We can confirm them doing it over 5 times. We think they are getting checked out in it out of SNA before they start service some time in the near future. Just to let you know if you probably saw me in a small 152 there! Maybe not as exciting!