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Halfa Crew Report HA HNL-ANC-HNL (W/pics)  
User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 6370 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.

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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.
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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.
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Approaching Anchorage International Airport 7-17-07. It's 11:15pm and still light outside.

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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.
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HA592 Getting re-fueled for return to HNL

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HA592 parked at ANC 11:30pm 7-17-07

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Inside the terminal at the Anchorage International Airport

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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.
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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.
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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


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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  Smile, 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.

Aloha,
HALFA


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User currently offlineTR1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 271 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 6220 times:

Great report! Did you get crew breaks going from HNL-ANC or only from ANC-HNL? Also, how many F/As were you staffed with? I always enjoy reading trip reports by crewmembers--thanks for sharing.

User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6055 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.

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineGjunnar From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5971 times:

Wow, 15 hours and a half, that's really long.
Great TR with nice pictures. Definitely a good read. Thanks for sharing


User currently offlineHnlBoi From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5520 times:

Loved the trip report along with the photos. Its great to read a HA trip report as we dont get very many here. As always the service from HA is always been and is top notch.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5422 times:

Wow, do cockpit crew also do this long day? That coach meal looks quite good, hope to try HA sometday.
-A



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2245 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5157 times:

I never thought about it until I read your report...why didn't I get macadamia nuts on my HA flight?!? Big grin

Great report and pics...does N592HA have a name?

[Edited 2007-07-21 03:59:05]


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User currently offlineJetboy757 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5020 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.  Sad Always wanted to know how the FA's did their turnarounds to ANC. Thanks!

User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7305 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4872 times:
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Another fantastic trip report with excellent photos. Best one is the polar bear at ANC!

 yes 


User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 4668 times:

Quoting HALFA (Thread starter):
where aircraft NHA592

Sorry, I meant aircraft N592HA

Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 5):
Wow, do cockpit crew also do this long day?

Yes, they do! They are heavy crewed, which means that an extra pilot is added to the crew so that they each take sleep breaks. The pilots crew rest seat is in F class, unlike the flight attendants.

Quoting TR1 (Reply 1):
I always enjoy reading trip reports by crewmembers--thanks for sharing.



Quoting Gjunnar (Reply 3):
Thanks for sharing



Quoting HnlBoi (Reply 4):
Loved the trip report along with the photos. Its great to read a HA trip report as we dont get very many here.



Quoting Jetboy757 (Reply 7):
Always wanted to know how the FA's did their turnarounds to ANC. Thanks!



Quoting FXramper (Reply 8):
Another fantastic trip report with excellent photos.

Thanks everyone! I appreciate the nice words. I'll try and get some better pictures on the next report. Maybe a HNL-SYD next month?

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4524 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 8):
Best one is the polar bear at ANC!

There's a full mount Grizzly in the terminal also . . . record breaker.

HALFA . . . GREAT Report!

Trust me fellow Nutters. The >b>ONLY way to get from ANC to HNL is on HA's charters with Hawaiian Vacation.

The a/c are configured in their standard layout - unlike many charters where they cram seats in there. The service is - well - in a word - Stellar! It's Hawaii as soon as you step on board.

I'm off to Hawaii in Feb, and will fly this trip again . . . I'm going to Maui, but wouldn't miss the HA service to HNL. I don't mind connecting in HNL for a hop to OGG.

Thanks for sharing HALFA!


User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4454 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
There's a full mount Grizzly in the terminal also . . . record breaker.

Are you referring to him?  Smile I took his picture too, but didn't add it to the report because the reflexion off the glass was bad. But since you mentioned him..........
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Grizzly Bear Outside Our Gate In The ANC Terminal


Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
. The service is - well - in a word - Stellar! It's Hawaii as soon as you step on board



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
HALFA . . . GREAT Report!

Thanks for the nice words Pep! As February gets closer, you'll have to let me know the dates when you are flying with us, and I'll try to get on that flight and buy you that Mai Tai!

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineChugach From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1041 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 4392 times:

Great report! I think that's the first HNL-ANC trip report I've seen.


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4217 times:

Quoting HALFA (Reply 11):
Are you referring to him?

That's the guy!  rotfl 

Quoting HALFA (Reply 11):
As February gets closer, you'll have to let me know the dates when you are flying with us, and I'll try to get on that flight and buy you that Mai Tai!

No problem . . . . looking forward to another HA flight to the Islands.


User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7305 posts, RR: 85
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4139 times:
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Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 10):
Quoting FXramper (Reply 8):
Best one is the polar bear at ANC!

There's a full mount Grizzly in the terminal also . . . record breaker.

The only ANC flight I took was jumpseat back in the day on FX. .

Quoting HALFA (Reply 11):
Are you referring to him?

Haha, he's huge!  rotfl 


User currently offlineN353SK From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 824 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

ONLY 22 years seniority?!?!? If that puts you second from the bottom in seniority on that flight HA must be a great company to work for to keep all those FAs for so long!

User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3996 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!!

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3661 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3786 times:
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Quoting Homer71 (Reply 6):
does N592HA have a name?

Yes, Hunakai (Sanderling)



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