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Flying The Eskimo To Hawaii Part 1  
User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8623 times:

Sea-LIH
Alaska 875
737-890 N587AS
Seat:14F (Exit Row)
LF:75%
Depature;1630 PST
Arrival; 2155PST
Date: 03/31/10
Background:
I have been meaning to write this Trip Report for a while now but because of finals and the general craziness of my life I am just getting around to it now. This is also my first trip report so foregive me if I forget anything.The purpose for this trip was spring break with my family. I have been to Hawaii before years ago but I have never tried out Alaska's new Hawaii service. One thing in the past that has always affected my family's spring break is that because my brother, sister and I all go to different schools. This has meant that our we have never all had the same Spring break. However this year we decided that school would not stop us. I did however have to take a math test so while my mom, brother, and sister left on Wednesday my dad and I stayed in Seattle till Thursday afternoon.
Before the flight:
After I had finished my test at around 12:30 my dad picked me up from school.Since we already had our suitcases packed we were going to head straight to the airport however my mom called with a list of things they had forgotten so we had to go home to get them. After we stopped at our house it was off to the airport and so started my Hawiian trip.

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From Trip Report

I snapped this picture as we headed past Boeing Field however I was unable to get a shot of the 787's and 747's parked there.
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From Trip Report

This picture is a great shot at the Alaska side of SeaTac Airport.
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From Trip Report

The check in area was pretty empty at 4pm in. My dad is MVPG so we used all the perks inculding the checkin and security line. We didn't go to the lounge however because they do not allow outside food and drink and we wanted to go to our favorite pasta place at SeaTac.
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From Trip Report

This shot of one of Horizon's Confortably Greener planes was taken from SeaTac's food court which offers great views of the runways and the planes taxiing by. While I was taking pictures I noticed another guy taking pictures on his camera.
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From Trip Report

Horizons Crj and Q400
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From Trip Report

My ride to Hawaii N587AS. There was another guy sitting next to me at the gate taking pictures as well.
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From Trip Report

It's got ETOPS.
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From Trip Report

Our neighbor N319AS pushing back. I flew 319 to ORD over memorial day.By now almost everybody had boarded the plane so my dad and I got in line. We also found out that first class was full and we had been next in line to be upgraded.
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From Trip Report

However I looked over and saw Salmon-three-Salmon so while the gate agent was scaning our boarding passes I hoped out of line to grap this shot. After we boarded the plane we took our seats in 11 D and C however due to the flight not being full an exit row was open so me and my dad moved back to row 14 and were able to grab 14DEF for our selves. On their Hawaii service Alaska is all about its MVPG's, Bev the head FA came back and welcomed my dad and all the other MVPG's. She was just fine with my dad and I switching seats. It seemed everyone sitting in the Exit rows was MVPG.
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From Trip Report

Me trying to use all my leg room.
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From Trip Report

Safety card. I have never liked the orange though, green would have been better I think.
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From Trip Report

A nice head on shot as we head out to the runway.
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From Trip Report

While I was sitting eating lunch this was one of the planes I saw land. China Air Cargo I think is the only 747 service Seattle get besides British Airways.
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From Trip Report

Another shot.
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From Trip Report

Another Comfortably Greener plane.
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From Trip Report

FedEx A300 I think.
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From Trip Report

Pretty sure this is where SeaTacs firefighters train.
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From Trip Report

FedEX ATR42
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2URhfLnCWDs
Link for takeoff video
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From Trip Report

Climbing out over Puget Sound
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From Trip Report

A view of SeaTac as we start heading out west.
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From Trip Report

Seattle in the distance.
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From Trip Report

Ok this was something that really annoyed me. There was this thing (from the picture) that every time I brushed against it fell off and I had to stick it back on. I was really scared that I would have some how broken something.
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From Trip Report

Soon after take off we entered the clouds.
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From Trip Report

The thing that kept on falling off.
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From Trip Report

After about an hour and a half the skies cleared and I got my first view of the Pacific.
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From Trip Report

6 dollar Digeplayer. Can't remember the movies but I had seen about half of them.
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From Trip Report

6 dollar teriyaki. It was good but kinda small.
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From Trip Report

Another thing that annoyed me was for some reason the window shades went up instead of down. Because of this I could not close the window all the way to work on my laptop.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_HzeGT5aswdY/S7XcWhNIzfI/AAAAAAAAAHM/vlilNWG4QrY/s800/Trip%20Report%20095.JPG
From Trip Report

Back over the clouds.
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From Trip Report

Alaska's Hawaiian network.
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From Trip Report

Sun starting to set.
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From Trip Report

A little bit of missing paint.
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From Trip Report

Descending into Lihue.
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From Trip Report

Kinda stormy.
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From Trip Report

On our descent I had water dripping in on me through the emergency exit. I don't know how often this happens but it should never happen.
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From Trip Report

About to land.
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From Trip Report

Finally seeing land.
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From Trip Report

Sorry for not grabbing a landing video but by this point my camera was on its last legs. Also a Delta 757.
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From Trip Report

Me and my dad waited to get off the plane so I could go up to the cockpit. The Flight Attendant even took a picture of me. Every time I fly now I ask to see the cockpit it usually works out and once I even got a cookie.
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From Trip Report

Now off to Poipu for a week of vacation.
Part 2 is going to feature Island Air and Alaska F class and its coming as soon as I write it.

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User currently offlineluxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 508 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8541 times:

Awesome Tripreport
The best Hawaii TR I ve read so far
keep going writing

Johannes


User currently offlineflyguy89 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 1926 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 8413 times:

Excellent trip report! I have been wanting to see what Alaska's hawaii product is like for a while. Hope you had a great time on Kauai, I went there last summer and it was awesome.

Quoting coopdogyo (Thread starter):
Another thing that annoyed me was for some reason the window shades went up instead of down. Because of this I could not close the window all the way to work on my laptop.

In the exit rows of most aircraft the window shades go up because the opening mechanisms in the exit window panel don't permit the traditional up-down window-shade.


User currently offlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7981 times:

Quoting coopdogyo (Thread starter):
I snapped this picture as we headed past Boeing Field however I was unable to get a shot of the 787's and 747's parked there.

You wouldn't have seen them there - those birds are up at Everett. Good trip report nonetheless. Also the dripping water could have been condensation from the ac+heat/humidity collecting and dripping there. Happens from time to time here in Houston.



Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7839 times:

Quoting drerx7 (Reply 3):
You wouldn't have seen them there - those birds are up at Everett.

Actually both the 747-8 and 787 are often at KBFI. The first flight of the 787 was from KPAE to KBFI. Often times there is at least one 787 and one 747-8 sitting at the north end in front of Boeing's hangers.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lbn/4659845109/in/pool-747-8
This is a link to a photo of Boeing's operation at KBFI.

[Edited 2010-07-09 22:53:16]

User currently offlineAI151 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2009, 303 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7750 times:

Hey dude great TR and love the pics over the Pacific. That ramp shot of the airport was fab.

Quoting coopdogyo (Thread starter):
The Flight Attendant even took a picture of me. Every time I fly now I ask to see the cockpit it usually works out and once I even got a cookie.

Usually whenever I ask, I'm allowed into the cockpit but not allowed to take any pictures. That was mainly with BA. SQ were fantastic telling me to take as many pictures as I wanted until the cleaners came on board and told me to get lost! Lol!

Quoting coopdogyo (Thread starter):
Another thing that annoyed me was for some reason the window shades went up instead of down. Because of this I could not close the window all the way to work on my laptop.

Can't remember the last time i had a window blind that went up instead of down. Must have been a real pain.

I wouldn't have ever observed the missing paint off the wing. Were you bored?

Looking forward to part 2.

Sandeep (AI151)



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User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7702 times:

Quoting AI151 (Reply 5):
I wouldn't have ever observed the missing paint off the wing. Were you bored?

It was the 4th hour and I had run out of stuff to watch on the DigEplayer so I was pretty bored. I also took a bunch of artistic pictures of clouds. In fact this trip report became my final project for my computer art class. I made a book and once I get it I will put it up on here. I was able to do some pretty cool stuff with photo shop to some of the photos.
As for cockpit pics I have pictures of AS 737-800 and 737-900 also AA MD-83 and US A320. Soon I will also have AS's 737-800 simulator pictures. I won an auction on Alaska's website for a 90 minute session in Alaska 737-800 simulator. I have been thinking about doing a "trip report" about that.

[Edited 2010-07-10 00:00:09]

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5828 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 6588 times:

Greetings from a 737NG mechanic. I'll try to answer four of your statements.

First, that 'thing which kept falling off' is the cover for the handle on the exit hatch. This handle is used only when closing the very difficult hatch- it actually requires three hands, as it is spring loaded out and up, rather than the traditional overwing hatches which are simply plugs that fall into your face. Anyhow, the handle at the bottom of the door has a cover, which is held in place with hook and loop fabric (that's Velcro in name-brand speak). Looks like the velcro on your cover needed to be replaced!
Second, the window shades on 737 exit hatches aren't made of hard plastic, like other windows throughout the cabin. Because of the confines of the hatch, there isn't room to slide a sheet of rigid plastic up into the ceiling; instead, a sheet of soft plastic is rolled onto a cylinder below the window. Typically, they do go all the way up- not sure why your's didn't.
Third, that missing strip of paint is missing for a reason. The leading edge krueger flap extends down all the way to the thrust reverser cowl for aerodynamic effectiveness. As a consequence, the reverser cowl cannot translate aft without shredding the krueger. So, the tip of the krueger is a separate panel, which is spring loaded. During thrust reverser operation, that small 'fin' with the missing paint pushes the spring loaded panel out of the way, and rubs on the rubber edge seal as it goes by. This rubbing removes the paint after a small number of landings. I realize it's hard to get a good idea from a verbal explanation, but I don't have any pictures to show you, and the AMM is Boeing proprietary, so I won't be sending you that!
Fourth, dripping water comes in through the door because the flight is LONG, and because it was RAINY/HUMID in Seattle. For that reason, condensation froze during climbout/cruise, and then thawed on descent, which then showered you. It's not desirable, but it's perfectly normal, especially at lower altitudes where the door seals really aren't sealed much by differential pressure any more. The 737NG is also notorious for showering passengers in the last few rows, right out of the PSU's. Flight attendants always write it up, but it's condensation. The only remedy is to hand the flight attendants umbrellas to hold over the passengers' heads, which (oddly enough), they don't seem interested in.


User currently offlinecoopdogyo From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

Thanks for the explanation.

User currently offlinewedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5910 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5583 times:
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The small rice bowl with the teriyaki-tasting pork is Kalua Pork...one of main dishes at a luau. I had one from OGG-SEA. it was a nice touch.

Quoting flyguy89 (Reply 2):
Excellent trip report! I have been wanting to see what Alaska's hawaii product is like for a while.

A couple of other points regarding Alaska's Hawaii service...

1. Depending on the flight attendants, they may serve free Mai Tai's to those 21 and over.

2. There were beverage services on the flight.

3. For those non-alcoholic drinkers, POG juice was available...no cost.

I enjoyed Alaska's Hawaii service. I was skeptical at first on how comfortable AS 737-800's would be on a 6.5-hour flight. But I thought they were more comfortable than HA's 767-300's...at least, compared to my last experience with HA.

Keep the good stuff going on those Hawaii flights. We will see you on one of those flights sooner rather than later.


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