DL 604 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1479 times:
I'm not planning on making a trip to Micronesia within the next 4 years, but has anyone here ever been on Continental Micronesia?
I need just a little info on this airline and I've already been to the Continental website.
Also, a poll-
What is your FAVORITE tropical destination in THE WORLD?
Can be in the Pacific, Atlantic, USA, or the Antarctic. (If you think THAT'S warm!)
What airline did you fly on to get there?
CALPilot From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 999 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1372 times:
Yes, I flew the B727 for CMI. in 1994.
The island is a very interesting location
in the Pacific. The main source of revenue
for CMI (now it's just Continental Airlines)
is the Japanese tourist, and business person.
Our latest timetable shows approx. 24 destionatios
from GUM. Next year our fleet will include 9
B737-800s'. ETOPS, and 4 B727-200F used
in the DHL flying contract. We've brought the
B757's back to the states as of this month.
Air Mic has a great history in the Airline World,
and I'm very fortunate to have be able to fly
to places like Truk, Pohnpei,Kwajalein, done the
Checker Board Apph. into Hong Kong. etc.
If you ever go out, fly out of HNL and take
the "Island Hopper".
DL 604 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1357 times:
OK, but tell me, did you ever have a full plane on return flights? What was the average turnaround time at these airports? I would think it'd have to be a day because islands such as Truk have an average population of 50,000.
I live in a city with 50,000 people and we don't get so much as a DC-9 here, but I know why-
(1) Pocatello is not a big tourist destination
(2) Most of Pocatello's people drive to SLC, so our airport is virtually unused except for Horizon and Skywest.
(3) Pocatello is not warm in winter
So I'd imagine you'd have a close to full plane going to these islands, but on the return flight, even if it was the next day, it'd be more like half full or less. Am I correct?
Now, let's see, do all your Micronesian flights go through Guam or HNL?
If so that's a good technique for filling a plane, but what if you had DIRECT flights?
What would that do to your revenue?
BTW, 738, good choice of aircraft!
CO is now one of my favorite airlines, next to Southwest, perfect for a screwball like me!
So thanks for any info you give me!
MAC_Veteran From Taiwan, joined Jun 1999, 726 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1350 times:
I flew on Air Mike a few times while stationed at Guam in the USAF. This was from 1992-94. Flew to Saipan on the "Shuttle" if you can call it that, those were flown then with 727-200 and DC-10 aircraft..it's only 150 miles between Guam and SPN, one of the shortest airline trips I've ever been on. Also flew them From HNL to GUM aboard the DC-10-30 (they werent equipped with the "PubJet" interior like the -10 models...those are very much missed (GRIN)
Last time I flew them was March 1994 to Palau via Yap from Guam aboard the 727-200 (ex-Alaska Airlines models I believe). Outstanding is all I can say. On the way to ROR I passed around a copy of Airliners Magazine from 1992 featuring Air Mike to the cabin crew. When we landed at Yap, one of the senior stews' mentioned me to speak with the captain up front while we gassed up, he knew the pilot who wrote the article and then asked me what side of the airplane I was on and if I had a camera. Interested I asked why, he said we were ahead of schedule and he'd be more than happy to "do the tour" around the southern Palau Archipelago before arrival. Sure enough..we get to ROR ahead of sched, cameras get whipped out, one of the most beautfiul picture spreads I've ever been able to do..Palau is pristine seen from the air..I appreciated it immensely as did the passengers aboard who were also busy clicking away. (Grin) They scored tops in my book.
I suggest getting two books availabel at any Barnes and Noble or Border bookstore...one published by "Lonely Planet" and the other by "Moon Publications" I think..just look for the titles "Micronesia" they feature pictures, maps and all sorts of excellent tips and advice..it really gets you in the island mood..it really is paradise. And..if you plan ahead..it's not that expensive. I recommend it as a -must do-, also recommend the $50 flight to Peleliu Island on aptly named "Paradise Air"-bring a camera also..it's the most up-front-incredible photo-shoot one can ever imagine of Palau, If you are going to Pepelliu, let Paradise Air know you want the "tour of Peleliu" and specifically ask that tour of this island from Tangie Hesus; he's the historical curator for Peleliu and a friend of mine.
Another excellent travel and tour value is Sam's Dive Tours..Sam Scott is the owner..does excellent land and dive tours around Palau. Neat rustic place he has where he operates out of in Koror Harbor.
Jrlander From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1105 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1335 times:
I have flown on Air Mike twice from Honolulu to Guam. It is a very interesting airline. It has always been a strange combination of the fairly conservative culture of CAL with the more relaxed and laid-back culture of Micronesia. The service was fair enough, though the seats on both planes were awful. I've heard that the island hopper between HNL and Guam is really the trip to make. My father and I have never had the time to do it.
As for my favorite tropical destination, I would have to choose between Guam and Fiji. Both were so wonderful and friendly that I don't think that I can pick. Fiji is certainly far less developped than Guam. But the sky of a Guam summer is unbelievable.
Aa737 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 849 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
CALPilot: what happened to the dc-10s Continental Miocronesia used to fly. Have they and the 757s gone back to CO? I thought as Continental retired the DC-10s they were going to end up with Continental Miocronesia.
N777UA From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1316 times:
I have never flown Continental Micronesia, but the best tropical vacation spot, by far, is Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii Hawaii