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History Of NWA's Nonstop MSP-HNL Flight  
User currently offlineJawed From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 482 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3347 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?

[Edited 2009-06-15 09:29:24]

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User currently offlineContrails From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1833 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3304 times:

I can't tell you much, but in April of 1995 they used a DC-10, because I flew it. I believe they used a 747 for a while after 1995, but I'm not certain.


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User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6835 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3184 times:

When it started (middle 1980s?) pretty sure it was a 747. For years it was an on-again-off-again route.

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25338 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3155 times:



Quoting Timz (Reply 2):
When it started (middle 1980s?) pretty sure it was a 747. For years it was an on-again-off-again route.

In the February 15, 1985 OAG, it was a 747. Operated twice a week then, Saturday and Sunday only.


User currently offlineAf773atmsp From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2688 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3138 times:

The flight numbers used to be 98/99 when NW operated the DC-10 on MSP-HNL.


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User currently offlineMSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1947 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3122 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.


User currently offlineEvanbu From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

I remember my dad and I went DSM-MSP-HNL during the millennium celebration and the MSP-HNL portion was operated by a 747-200.

Awesome!


User currently offlineJetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7410 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2496 times:
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We used a 747 for MSP-HNL during the high season as recently as 2001-2003 alongside a DC10


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