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IAH-Hawaii, Why Did It Take So Long?  
User currently offlinethomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4280 posts, RR: 25
Posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7623 times:

I've been in Houston on and off for close to 20 years now and I am still learning so much about this city's aviation history. I was shocked to learn that no non-stop or even same plane service between IAH-HNL existed until the early 90s, yet DAL/DFW had services to our 50th state dating back to the early 70s (I know because I flew on Braniff's 'Fat Albert' in '72), with both BN and AA offering N/S flights. I recall seeing Braniff timetable maps of the period showing a nonstop flight from IAH-HNL, but the route was never started for whatever reason. I find it interesting that CO never started a HNL service in the 80s, after it's corporate move to Houston.

So, was there simply no market here at the time for a HNL run?


"Show me the Braniffs"
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User currently offlinetimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 7224 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7460 times:

Far as we can tell, BN did start it

Snapshot: US Interior To Hawaii, 1969 (by Timz Jan 22 2010 in Civil Aviation)

User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2539 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 6411 times:

In the 1980s, AA flew IAH-DFW-HNL, with DC-10-30s on both legs. At one point in the late 1980s or early 1990s, the IAH-DFW leg was flown with a 747SP, connecting to a DC-10-30 at DFW.

If AA was able to fly DC-10s and 747s out of a CO hub to HNL, this should have made it pretty clear to CO there was a market for the route.....

Seaholm Maples are #1!
User currently offlineMileHighOffice From Australia, joined Jun 2010, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5758 times:

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 2):

DL used to use L1011-500s on the same route (HNL-DFW-IAH).

User currently offline28L28L From Australia, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4693 times:

With respect to WA707atMSP, while AA did in fact operate DC-10s on the DFW-IAH segments of the HNL flights, the 747-SPs never were scheduled to do so. They only flew long haul, DFW-NRT and later JFK-LHR and BRU.

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