HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1367 posts, RR: 15 Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6463 times:
It is not often that I work HA's charter flights between Anchorage, Alaska and Honolulu so since I worked this flight this past Tuesday, and I happened to have had my camera with me, I thought I would share with you what it would be like to take this trip. I normally work our flights between HNL and SYD so this was a very different experience for me.
This particular trip, HNL-ANC-HNL is scheduled as a diurnal turnaround flight for the HA flight crews and we add an additional flight attendant to allow for rest breaks due to the length of our duty period.
I checked in at our flight attendant crew lounge in the HNL terminal at 2:45pm as we are required to report to work 1hour and 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time. HA flight 938 departs HNL for ANC on Tuesdays and Fridays at 4:00pm.
Upon check in, I found out that I would be working with a very senior flight attendant crew with most of the flight attendants working this trip having about 40 years of seniority. (each, not between them!) We sign in for the positions that we would like to work by seniority and since I only have 22 years with HA, I was second to the last to sign in on this day. I ended up working in the First Class cabin.
After sign in and a quick briefing by our first flight attendant, we all headed out to gate 26 where aircraft NHA592 awaited us.
HA592 Preparing for flt#938 HNL-ANC 7-17-07 Honolulu International Airport
This particular aircraft has a configuration of 18F and 246Y seats. and we would have 18F and 222Y passengers on our flight this day.
After completing our pre-flight safety checks, we prepared for boarding.
Interior Shot Of HA592 Predeparture Flt #938 HNL-ANC 7-17-07
Our flight to Anchorage would take 5 hours and 13 minutes which was quicker than normal due to a strong tail wind. We pushed back from the gate at 3:54pm, which was 6 minutes early. I was kept very busy on this flight as there were several Hawaii residents heading to Alaska on a fishing trip in First Class and they were all in the party spirit. They had a good time, and kept the three of us working this cabin very busy with drink requests. About 4 hours and 40 minutes into the flight we approached Kodiak Island and soon after began our decent into ANC. What struck me first was that it was almost 11:00pm and the sun was still bright in the sky.
Approaching Anchorage International Airport 7-17-07. It's 11:15pm and still light outside.
Final approach to ANC
We touched down in ANC at 11:22pm and were at the gate at 11:27pm, 18 minutes ahead of schedule again due to the strong tail winds. After deplaning, I decided to have a look in the terminal building as it had been several years since I had been to ANC. Back in the late 80's and early 90's, I made frequent trips to ANC with HA as we had scheduled charter service from HNL-ANC-FRA-ZRH and infrequent US Military (MAC) charter flights from ANC to military installations in Japan and Korea. We would have several days layovers back then and I have always enjoyed my time in Alaska. I was impressed with the new terminal building at the B gates.
HA592 Getting re-fueled for return to HNL
HA592 parked at ANC 11:30pm 7-17-07
Inside the terminal at the Anchorage International Airport
Polar bear in the terminal at ANC
I wandered around the terminal, browsed the shops and then headed back to the aircraft to take a little nap before working the long flight back to HNL.
Our return flight to HNL would take 5 hours and 36 minutes as we would now be heading against the strong winds. Departure for flight 939 to HNL was scheduled at 2:15am but we were able to push back from the gate at 2:12am.
This flight would be much less eventful as everyone was sleeping and most passengers in First Class did not want to partake in the meal and beverage service. Those that did were fed a Club Sandwich, Clam Chowder, and Mango Sorbet.
In economy, passengers were offered a complimentary Turkey and Swiss Croissant Sandwich along with Lays Potato Chips and a Mauna Loa Chocolate Macadamia Candy for desert.
Economy class sandwich snack offered inflight on HA Flt#939 ANC-HNL
The service went quickly so I took the first rest break. We have the last two rows of economy seats on the right side of the aircraft blocked and curtained off for crew rest, but I have never been able to sleep on airplanes, even when I am flying as a regular passenger, so I just sat comfortably with my eyes closed for an hour and 30 minutes.
Time went by and before I knew it, we were approaching the island of O'ahu, along the windward (east) side.
Approaching the island of O'ahu early morning on 7-18-07. This is Kaneohe Bay and the Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the Windward Coast
Honolulu International Airport and Pearl Harbor 6:00am 7-18-07
Final preparations were made for landing and we then touched down at 6:12 am and we were at the gate at 6:17am, making for a total duty time of 15 hours and 32 minutes.
I then made my way to the parking lot and searched for my car and finally remembered where I had parked it the afternoon before , and made my way across the island to my home in Kailua. All in all a nice way to pick up alot of flight time in a short period, thus the reason for these flights to be staffed with such senior flight attendants. Hope you enjoyed reading about a day in the life of an HALFA.
HALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1367 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 6148 times:
Quoting TR1 (Reply 1): Did you get crew breaks going from HNL-ANC or only from ANC-HNL? Also, how many F/As were you staffed with?
Yes, we were able to take rest breaks in both directions. We staff all of our trips with a duty time of over 14 hours, or on flights with a flight time of greater than 8 hours (HNL-SYD), with 9 flight attendants. Normal staffing is 8. 2 work in F class and 6 work in Y class.
Jetboy757 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5113 times:
After reading your awesome report, I hate the fact that I have to go back up there in a month for college! I also hate the fact that the Hawaiian flight is a charter so I can't nonrev up there! I have to fly to LA or DFW and then on to ANC on American which is about 15 hours of flight time. Always wanted to know how the FA's did their turnarounds to ANC. Thanks!
Aloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2372 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4089 times:
Wow. Nice report....I never got to do ANC, but it seems like it was pretty much exactly like the HNL-PGG-HNL turn I did in February. Even had some of the same crew. Those people who do turns seem to do nothing else!! Coincidentally on my PPG I was also 2nd to last to sign in and I ended up in F/C as well....I was #8 and David was #9....was he #9 on your ANC as well??
AND, you had one of my favorite "Senior Mamas" on your flight (#47....initials LK). She was on my IOE and her kindness and thoroughness in showing me the ropes will not be forgotten!! I had the opportunity to fly with her on 2 other occasions as well, to me she is the classic example of a classy HA F/A. Nice report.
Happy and Safe flying HALFA!!
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