TranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 525 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
I'm going to Hawaii via at least two, perhaps three carriers. Which is the better option if I am flying first class? This is for my return trip.
1. American Airlines from Honolulu to Chicago to Washington National.
2. United Airlines from Honolulu to Chicago to Washington Dulles.
3. Continental Airlines from Honolulu to Houston or Newark to Washington National.
4. Northwest Airlines from Honlulu through Minnneapolis to Washington National.
From what I understand, American and United's first class services to Hawaii are equal only to their normal domestic flights (e.g., no footrest, full reclining seat and limited video options). Aircraft I would fly on would be 767-300 on leg to Chicago. United would also likely be 767-300.
Continental, I understand or I believe, operates their BusinessFirst service as if the flights to Hawaii were international and offer full recline and personal video, good food etc. etc. Aircraft would definitely be 767-400
Northwest, I assume their Business World is offered on flights to Hawaii but I really don't know. I have no idea what aircraft they fly to HNL, but assume either DC-10-30/-40 or 747-200/-400. I know their BUsiness World is similar but not as good as Continental's BusinessFirst.
Seems to me that Continental is the best option in terms of comfort, luxery, and amenities. Is that correct? Does anyone know?
Tekelbery From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5091 times:
Either CO or NW. NW flys the DC-10-30 HNL-MSP. NW's first/business class is great on international aircraft. CO is also. Why are you wasting your money on first class? Just take CO in economy and you'll be fine. They have good food and they have PTV's in all their seats. You'll be fine whatever you take..
762er From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 542 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5073 times:
Definitely go with Continental. EWR-HNL will give you more time to enjoy the first class service than IAH-HNL, although IAH-HNL will probably get you there and home faster. By the way, United doesn't offer nonstop service to ORD from HNL. You'd have to make a stop in either LAX or SFO or possibly DEN if you went on the day that flight operates. No other airline compares to Continental's first class on Hawaii routes except for maybe the old TWA 763's that operate the STL-HNL/OGG nonstops. Or has AA already changed those 763's to have the domestic first seats too? CO all the way!
762er From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 542 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5065 times:
Although, I have to warn you, every once in a while on the EWR-HNL flight, when the head winds are strong and the loads are high, they make a tech stop in LAX or SFO for extra fuel before they continue over the pacific. This happened probably 1 out of 10 or more days during the winter. You probably won't have to worry about since winds are beginning to die down with the arrival of summer. Something to think about though.
I LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5041 times:
I would defiently go with CO. All the other airlines would be fine to Hawaii but CO BizFirst is a great service to HNL. Check Flyertalk.com for some trip reports on the flight from EWR and IAH to Hawaii.
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5036 times:
But CO has limited services to Hawaii, so if something goes wrong, you are in trouble... UA tends to own all of Hawaii with the most widebodies and flights, but I'd honestly be partial to UA's 757s into HNL :P Much larger F seats than on the 763s....
Bad part of UA F is if you aren't a Premier or higher, you may not get your meal choice as it's done by status (Million Milers, then 1Ks, 1Ps, then 2Ps).
Ual777contrail From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5000 times:
those sleeper seats are wonderful.i flew ORD-PEK in a sleeper and i didnt want to get off the plane.it's good to hear from other people how they feel on those awesome seats.
i have flown first on united long hauls and have always had my choice of meals.this may have happened to you before but i have never heard of this from anyone else.they always have plenty of first meals.
ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3141 posts, RR: 8 Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4976 times:
United by far offers the most connecting options. If DC is your final destination, then defiantly take United. United will allow for more connections as you will be passing through a hub to get to a hub.
The service on the 3 class 777s going to Dulles from the west coast will offer an appetiser, salad, 3 meal choices, ice cream sundaes, and a light snack prior to landing. I believe that it is the same service the other way as well.
In First class on the Hawaii bound flight, I believe that it is a single trayed meal service. There will be a side salad, your choice of 2 or 3 entrees, dinner rolls and of course Chicago's finest Eli's Cheesecake.
United also flies 777s to Hawaii. These 777s are in a two class configuration with the domestic F class seats. The seats however are much wider. The first class seats on the 767-300 to Hawaii are much narrower...but are as wide as AAs and DLs seats in first.
This should be the easiest decision to make in your life...take United.
United will offer you a safe, comfortable and a wonderfull trip on board brand new 777 or 767 jetliners. If you can ride on the 777 3 Class for your DC flights, you will enjoy United's premium product...the First Suite. So...how can you not take United?
SegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4964 times:
I'm a Premier Exec and I normally get my choice, it's the people BELOW me that normally don't get it. As you know, Revenue FIRST CLASS passengers aren't notated as a special passenger on the manifest, just as *Mileage Plus* or nothing, if they aren't a member. So most of the time, non Premier FULL FARE REVENUE First Class passengers are asked their preference last...
FTraveler From United States of America, joined May 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4945 times:
Take CO's BF. The seating configuration is 2-1-2 on the 764, recline is nowhere near flat but excellent nevertheless, great food, amenity kit, leg and footrests, plus you'll have a PTV to help occupy your time.
UA's F sleeper seats are heavenly, but you'll only get them along with a PTV on the transcon, and then from DEN, SFO or LAX to HNL you'll get a typical domestic F with minimum recline, no footrests, no PTVs and a decent chance that you won't get your meal choice.