Jawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3437 times:
Does anyone have a detailed history (timeline and types of aircraft used, anecdotes) for NWA's nonstop HNL-MSP and MSP-HNL flights? I saw that they recently changed the flight numbers from 808/809 to 624/625. Why did they do that? It's too bad... 808 is Honolulu's phone area code. As far as I know the route is currently using an Airbus 330, and used to be serviced with DC-10's. Does anyone have more past, present, and future info to share?
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 2021 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3212 times:
I've researched the flight from 1995 to now by using the BTS website. The flight numbers have changed quite a few times. For many years it was 920/921, then it was 98/99 for a while, then changed to 808/809 shortly after the A330 was placed into service, and now it's 624/625 like you mention. It also hasn't been operated continuously. 1997 appears to own an extended stretch of no service, and there's probably more stretches that haven't I found yet. Most of the time it was a DC-10-30, but there were stretches with a 747-200. My parents were fortunate to have caught the 747 in 1996. I also found a stretch where two daily flights were offered. I don't know what the exact time period, but in early 2004 I see there was a second DC-10, flight 929/930. So there's been plenty of changes over the years, and I'm sure others know much more about that.
The one thing that doesn't seem to have changed much since 1995 is the departure time--around noon from MSP and early evening for HNL.