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Aloha! From SIN To HNL/ITO (and Back) On CI And YV  
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15031 times:

Hi all, my name is Wei Heng, and this is my first ever post and trip report here on A.net! Been silently reading countless of trip reports since 2005, but only got to sign up for a premium account now (I was 14 years old in 2005). I am currently serving my national service in Singapore, since February 2010, and being lazy, I only got about writing this report 15 months after it actually happened! I had only planned to write a general trip report, not a detailed one, so I didn't really take many photos of the airport/journey. So all the following accounts are based on my lousy memory, and pardon the poor quality of the photos, as I was quite an amateur photographer then and my DSLR was pretty pretty old. (The fact that I took so long to start writing is a testament to my efficiency) I haven't been doing any writing/reading in the past year, so its inevitable that grammatical mistakes will occur here and there (Plus I come from a Chinese speaking family). Did a search but there are only a handful of reports on China Airlines available, and only 1 about Honolulu. This is going to be a long TR covering 6 flights so, I hope you all will enjoy this trip report, and I will appreciate comments on how to improve this maiden TR!

(Won't post every picture-i have 1000 plus i think- will only post relevant ones/in the case of spotting pictures, will post only special/uncommon scheme/aircraft)

Introduction
It was during the “A” Levels, the biggest examinations that I have ever encountered in my 18 years existence, when I kept pestering my parents to go on a long overseas trip before my enlistment, like to Greece or New Zealand. However, they asked me to focus on my studies first and “worry” about the trip later, showing signs of rejection of my idea, which they later reasoned that those places were too far away from Singapore. However, they were “secretly” searching for probable destinations behind my back. One day, my father told me,” We saw SGD$880 return tickets to Hawaii on ANA”. ANA were apparently having their winter sales, with cheap return tickets to all around the world like Hawaii, Chicago etc. I immediately thought, wow, does my father not know where Hawaii is (it's further away than New Zealand). I quickly asked them if they considered going there. The reply was a yes, but however, all tickets were fully booked, much to my disappointment. There goes my chance of visiting paradise, I thought. I went online to search for cheap fares to paradise, but to no avail. However, one day before the end of my examinations, my parents told me that they were deciding on a trip to Hawaii, but on China Airlines. 7 Days total, 1 in Taipei, 4 in Honolulu. What can you do in 4 days there? I urged my parents to extend the stay. The result was positive. We will be going to Hawaii still! (At around SGD 1.1k/pax for 7D/5N-still dirt cheap)

I went online to book seats for all of us on all of our 4 flights. Needless to say, I assigned window seat on the port side of the plane for myself.

The big day finally arrived. We were scheduled to fly on China Airlines flight 752 to Taipei. Singapore is a stop-over for the Surabaya-Taipei Taoyuan route. We reached the airport (T1) at around 8am, with ample time to check-in for the 1025 flight.

Check-in
It was slightly more than 2 hours ahead of departure time, but people were already at the counters checking-in. One agent called out to us to check-in at the Group Check-in counter.

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Check in went well, we produced all our necessary documents. Then came the problem. The agent asked, “Do you all have the ESTA authorization letter printed out?” We were visiting the United States, and being from Singapore, we were eligible for the Visa Waiver Program, which means we do not need to acquire visas. However, my mum thought that since the information was already “secured” inside the website, she did not need to print it out. The agent then called out another agent to clarify some doubts. He (the second agent) told us that the authorization letter was required as (he thought) we were transiting in TPE immediately for Hawaii, and that since our connecting flight was not “ready” yet, he could not confirm our authorization. We told him that we were staying in Taipei for 1 night instead, and the problem was thus resolved. We contacted my sister (who sadly wasn't with us due to studies) who told us our authorization number just in case, and we received our boarding passes.

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We had plenty of time left, went to the Kopitiam to have breakfast. I chose to have the Mee Rebus, while my parents settled on bread toast. I was feeling full after finishing my meal, and did not have the energy to do what I had previously intended to do, which was to visit the FIFA store in Terminal 3. We then went to have a look around the transit area, before proceeding to our gate (D41). It was raining outside, with some rays of sunshine. I saw our aircraft through a window beside our boarding gate, near the transit information centre. I started snapping (what else) but when I wanted to take a photograph of a UPS B767 located at the remote gate using my longer zoom lens, I found out something. The lid was stuck and I could here glass shards inside. (Oops) I spent a couple of minutes trying to open the lid, without being successful.

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My flight today.

We then reached the boarding gate, where the passengers were all seated ready for boarding. I tried opening the lid again, and finally, the glass pieces flew out. Being the camera noob that I was at the point of time, I thought that I had spoilt my zoom lens, and did not dare to report this incident to my father till later on during the trip, when it was nearly too late. (Turned out later on that only the filter was gone) Soon, it was time to board the plane…..

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Boarding area


SECTOR 1

Date: 7th January 2010
Sector: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) –Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
Distance: 3226km
China Airlines Flight: CI 752
Gate: D41 (T1)
Aircraft: B-18352, A330-302
Delivered to CI: 08-02-2007
Seat: 29A

SDT (ADT): 1025 (1034)
SAT (AAT): 1500 (1510)
Flight Time: 4 hrs 36 mins

Boarding
Boarding was called out according to the rows, and the classes.

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It was pretty efficient, and I went to my chosen seat of 29A.Legroom was average.

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Soon everyone was on the plane. However due to the wet weather and the traffic, the plane remained stationary. At 1034, 9 minutes behind schedule, the gate finally closed.

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It was raining outside

As mentioned earlier, there was heavy traffic at SIN at that time. Our plane waited at the taxiway for at least 15 minutes. We were the 6th in the queue for takeoff from Rwy 20C.

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The queue at Rwy 20C

Takeoff at 1057 was smooth before we banked west to pass by Changi Airport again starting our journey to Taiwan.

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Overview of Changi Airport

In-flight
China Airlines has AVOD installed in all of its A340s and A330s. I began to use its IXplor, which shows the facts and figures about our flight and our position in the international airspace.

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The IXplor

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Cruising level

About 1 hour 15 minutes into this 4.5hour long journey, lunch was served. There were two choices, chicken and fish available, although by the time I was served, only the fish was left.

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The fish

The fish was fabulous to say the least, as well as their hot bread. 2 good looking Flight attendants served us. After the meal, I started playing some mahjong and other games on the IFE, and of course, looked at the scenery that was right before my own eyes in the cabin. :p

Landing
We slowly descended into a cold and windy Taipei. Landing on Rwy 5 at 1510 was 10 minutes behind schedule and we slowly taxied to Gate A6 in Terminal 1. Upon arriving, nearly all the passengers started to wear thick clothings in preparation for the cold weather and true enough, the weather didn’t “disappoint” us. Due to the lack of arrivals at that time, clearing immigration was a breeze, and we were waiting at the baggage claim within a few minutes. There was an airport police offer that brought her sniffer dog (or whatever it is called) to sniff out suspicious baggage.

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The sniffer dog (had to be discreet, so pardon the quality)

Indeed she found one (however I do not know what happened in the end as we have already collected our baggage). Walking out of the terminal, we found our driver (a local tour guide) waiting for us, who asked us to wait as he drove the van to the nearest exit to bring us to our accommodation for the night, City Suites Gateway Hotel, a 10 minute drive from the airport.

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Outside the terminal

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Hotel room


SECTOR 2

Date: 8th January 2010
Sector: Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) –Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT)
Distance: 2183km
China Airlines Flight: CI 018
Gate: D4 (T2)
Aircraft: B-18202, B747-409
Delivered to CI: 22-10-1997
Seat: 56A

SDT (ADT): 1405 (1429)
SAT (AAT): 1800 (1758)
Flight Time: 2 hrs 29 mins

Check-In
We arrived at the airport slightly more than 2 hours early, and check-in was completed very fast due to the lack of crowds. We soon cleared customs, before proceeding to have our lunch at some airside restaurant, where I had curry udon.

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We had lunch here

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My curry udon

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Control tower

We then wandered around the terminal, with me trying desperately to find an airport schedule, to no avail. Soon it was time for us to board our flight.

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FIDS

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B-18311, A330-302 in Taiwanese Fruits colour scheme

Boarding
There was bad weather outside, and boarding was called late, even though I’ve seen B-18202 at the gate since 2 hours ago.



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Our B744 to NRT and HNL

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Waiting for boarding

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Boarding proceeded smoothly, again from back to front for Economy class. The flight was pretty much full, with a Y load of around 95%, although most people on the plane were deplaning in Tokyo. Pushback was at 1429, 24 minutes behind schedule. We slowly taxied to Runway 5 in the bad weather, before we rolled down the runway.

In-flight
We got B-18202, an old plane unfortunately, as China Airlines do (or so I heard) operate their newer B747-400s to Tokyo. Therefore, there was a lack of a PTV, something that should have been installed in all their long-haul aircrafts by end 2009. The legroom was decent.

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No PTV!

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The mandatory shot

The seats were kind of old though, which was unsurprising. The flight was uneventful, due to it being a short international sector, with some snacks passed down.

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Around less than an hour into the flight, an early dinner was served. I chose to have Pork with rice, and I was not disappointed.

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Dinner on board

At around 1800 local time, we touched down on Rwy 34L on a cold and dark Tokyo evening, and slowly, we taxied to Gate 74.

Once inside the terminal, the transiting passengers (to HNL) were given a card for clarification.


SECTOR 3

Date: 8th January 2010
Sector: Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT) - Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
Distance: 6142km
China Airlines Flight: CI 018
Gate: 74 (T2)
Aircraft: B-18202, B747-409
Delivered to CI: 22-10-1997
Seat: 56A

SDT (ADT): 1930 (1946)
SAT (AAT): 0700 (0640)
Flight Time: 5 hrs 54 mins

Check-in
We were ushered to the baggage screening area, where we once again passed through security. Being left with a bit of time, we checked out some crowded stores post-security. We did not have any Japanese Yen with us at that time, so that was all that we did, besides emptying our bowels. Soon it was time to be at the boarding gate, where a huge number of passengers were waiting to board the jumbo jet to paradise.

Boarding
Boarding was quite chaotic to say the least, we, at a point of time, had absolutely no room to maneuver. An airport staff saw us holding on to the transit card, and called us. For a moment, I foolishly thought that she was going to bring us to an express lane, but no, she just pointed out to us that we were not queuing in the right place, and directed us to the right lane. A short while later, there was another round of baggage check, where all passengers were required to remove their shoes, as part of US regulations on flight in/out of the States. Soon, we were back at our seats where we had and will rest at for the next couple of hours for the journey across the Pacific Ocean. The aircraft was quite full, with a load of 95%. Push back was delayed for around 15 minutes, before It was another long journey back to Rwy 34L for take off. We were airborne after a long take off roll, we were off into the dark Japanese sky. One could really see what a developed city Tokyo is, with bright lights lighting up the night sky.

In flight
Soon, we left the Japanese (mainland) airspace, and there was no need to bother looking out of the window. We were not going to encounter any lights or land, it’s just the gigantic Pacific Ocean beneath us for the next 6 hours or so. Dinner was served around ½ an hour into the journey, and I had chicken with sauce. Not too bad, I thought. One thing to note was that I had my alarm clock with me all the time, and it was set to Hawaiian time, so as to allow me to acclimatize to the time. In other words, we had dinner at 2am (Hawaiian time).

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Our dinner

Pretty soon, the stewardesses came around to collect the tray, and the lighting was turned off to allow us passengers to rest. Initially, I was too excited to fall asleep. However, we soon encountered a few turbulences, and with wild thoughts ( A crash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean-will anyone find us?) running through my mind, I decided that it was best to fall asleep like my parents. This will also allow us to overcome jet lag.

I nearly slept through the whole journey, waking up only around 1 hour before landing. I witnessed (and captured) one of the most stunning sunrises I’ve ever seen (I have rarely seen any sunrise though), at 6am local time.

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Beautiful sunrise

Pretty excited at the fact that we were reaching paradise soon, I started to play FIFA 10 on my PSP. Around ½ an hour before landing, the stewardesses and stewards came around to distribute sandwiches to us.

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Approaching Hawaii

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Even closer!

Soon, the clouds disappeared and we were able to see land for the first time since we left Asia. Even at around 6.30am, it was pretty bright on the streets. We flew closer and closer to HNL, flew over the famous Reef Runway, and we finally touch down on Rwy 4. We taxied to Gate 26, right beside a Japan Airlines flight from the same place that we came from.

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The JO flight from Narita that delayed us

However, the doors remained closed for quite a while, with the Captain relaying to us the instructions passed down from the air traffic control.

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Waiting for instructions to disembark

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Due to the extreme crowd (generated by the JO B744) at the immigration counters, we were required to wait inside our aircraft until further notice. Welcome to Hawaii.

There is a distinctively Hawaiian feeling (what else) of the airport once we stepped out of the airplane and the aerobridge. Mountains formed the backdrop of the airport. We made our way to the immigration counters, at the same time admiring the traffic on the HNL tarmac. I sighted the B738s of Fiji’s Air Pacific, and also Alaska Airlines B738.

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Air Pacific and the mountains (This pic was taken in a rush)

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Last look at the 2 jumbo jets that have just arrived from Tokyo-Narita

We queued at the immigration line for more than half an hour, only to realize that we did not fill in all that was required in order to proceed. Nonetheless, the officers were very patient, and we finally got to the baggage collection point where our baggages were already waiting for us, not surprisingly. We left the area to be greeted by Hawaiians wearing leis and other Hawaiian clothing, while experiencing the cool Hawaiian breeze. We met up with our driver, and soon we were on our way to our hotel, the Marriott Waikiki to start my trip in the most isolated place that I’ve ever been at.

Welcome to PARADISE!!

(TBC in the next post.....)

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User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15026 times:

(....Continued....)


What’s a visit to Hawaii if you do not visit any other island other than Oahu? With so much on offer in Maui, The Big Island etc., it will be a waste if we do not include an island-hopping trip. Besides, how often do people go to Hawaii (especially my family)? Before we embarked on the trip, I’ve researched on various companies that do organize island-hopping trips to The Big Island. I had only 1 target in mine for the trip, I wanted to get close up with an active volcano! My father initially questioned my reason, but after my mum agreed with me, he relented. I’ve found a package deal that will include flights on a smaller airline (go!), which operates a small aircraft (the CRJ-200), with visits to a black sand beach, the rainbow falls and the highlight, the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (HAVO). We had our tour on the 3rd last day of our trip, as the trips on the earlier days were all fully booked.

I was very excited the night before the trip, and found it extremely hard to sleep. In the end, I caught only 3-4 hours of sleep, as we had to wake up at around 5am to catch the morning flight….
The tour bus came and picked up a couple and us from our hotel, before proceeding to other top hotels to pick up the rest of the passengers. At around 7.35am, we reached the open-air inter-island terminal.


SECTOR 4

Date: 12th January 2010
Sector: Honolulu International Airport (HNL)- Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Distance: 348km
go! (Mesa Airlines) Flight: YV 1048
Gate: 71
Aircraft: N591ML, CRJ-200ER
Delivered to YV: 04-11-2009
Seat: 10A

SDT (ADT): 0830 (0824)
SAT (AAT): 0919 (0915)
Flight Time: 51 mins

Check-in
When we checked the FIDS, we were all confused. We were told that we would be taking the 9.20 am flight (as YV 1002). Yet, the FIDS showed no sign of any aircraft (of go!) flying to Hilo at that time. The group of us (around 10 plus people) then started queuing at the go! Counter, not knowing what to do. However, a staff of the tour agency came and distributed our tickets at around 8am. I looked at the ticket, and the time. The flight was supposed to depart at 0830, and with less than half an hour till departure, we were not even checked in (or so I thought).

Not to worry though, the staff told us having seen our faces, as he said all of us have already been “checked in”, and we could just proceed to security. I’ve read from forums that security was very tight even on inter-island flights and we were advised to reach at least an hour early due to the security checks. There was indeed a stringent security check (which required us to remove our shoes again as usual) but all it took was less than a minute to clear. Post security, we all went to relieve our bowels and some of us took this chance to walk around the departure hall (which was very hot). My family walked around (not that there was anything to see), only to find that the familiar faces had gone. We realized that all of them were already walking to the single-aisle jet out on the tarmac. My parents and me then went to Gate 71 (Not that there was any difference between the gates at the inter-island terminal- they all lead to the tarmac where the planes were not parked according to the gates).

Boarding
Once we opened the door to the outside, I could not contain my excitement. We would be walking to the plane, which was located quite a distance away, and this will be my first time doing so. (My only other time on a tarmac was at the old Don Muang where we were bussed to our Thai AB6 at a remote gate in 2005) I took out my DSLR, preparing to snap all that were in front of me. I was afraid of getting rejected by the officials for some photography opportunities due to the 9/11 incident, but no such problem here, I was free to do whatever I want. A few YV CRJ-200ERs (including one that I took back later on), a couple of Hawaiian B717s and a company B763- I was all set to board.

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N583HA, B767-300ER

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N27318, which would be my flight back at night


A staff saw us wondering around (no thanks to me) and asked us our destination. After we answered, he pointed to a plane that was directly in front of me (although there were barriers that we had to maneuver around to get there). There was a blue board placed on the stairs leading on to the plane: “Hilo”.

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Our flight today to Hilo

We took some pictures of the plane in front of some ground staff (the rest of the tour group were already on the plane), and boarded.

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Boarding N591ML

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The single stewardess welcomed us on board, and told us to find any seat. I took 10 A (and had the whole row to myself), while my parents took the row in front of me. The seats were quite decent, but not my favourite yet.

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The 48-seater jet was at most half full, and soon the Captain (CPT John) and his flight officer (F/O Mark) addressed us, welcoming us on board flight YV 1048 to Hilo, He announced that we would be departing early as everyone was already on board, while the stewardess did the safety demonstration after that. We were all set to go 6 minutes early. We taxied past all the company aircraft, along with a couple of Hawaiian 717s and 763s.

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Company aircraft

Soon we arrived at Rwy 8L ready for departure.

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A Kalitta Air jumbo had just touched down. We slowly climbed into the clear blue Hawaiian sky.

In-flight
During the climb, we flew over many landmarks that we had visited the days before, like Diamond Head, Waikiki, and the beautiful Hanauma Bay Reserve (where we went there only to be denied entry due to jellyfish invasion the day before in the Pacific Ocean).

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Over Waikiki

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Diamond Head

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Hanauma Bay Reserve

We left the Honolulu coastline and soon we were flying over the stunning cliffs of Molokai, including Moanaloa and taking in the beauty of Lanai.

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Meanwhile, the very attentive stewardess came around and asked for our orders. We bought a few bottles of mineral at dirt-cheap (okay, maybe not) prices (cheaper than the supermarkets) and my father took this chance to talk about Hawaii with her.

Soon, we reached the Big Island (it was quite obvious as suddenly, dark clouds formed) and started our descent into Hilo International Airport. We flew over Hilo Bay and banked left and touched down onto Rwy 8. (I was quite worried about our trip due to the inclement weather). I had expected to de-plane the usual way for a small aircraft, but much to my disappointment, and unusually, we arrived at an aerobridge-fitted Gate 4, right beside a HA 717 that was soon leaving for Honolulu.

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N479HA being loaded and ready

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I had not taken note of the registration of the aircraft (was planning to (and expected to) do so on the tarmac at ITO). I waited till everyone alighted before speaking to the stewardess.

Me: “Hi, may I know what’s the registration of this aircraft?”
Stewardess: “Sorry, but what do you mean by the registration?”
M: “ Oh, you know, each plane has its own unique registration, much like what license plates are to cars.”
S:” OH! This is a Canadair CRJ-200!”
M:” But that’s the aircraft model, not the registration.”
S:” Oh is that so, well, I will ask the pilot for you.”
The stewardess went inside the cockpit (I was able to take a look inside the cockpit, something which I’ve never done before!) and the pilot smiled and told me, “Oh this is 591ML.” “591ML? Thank you very much!” I replied and thanked them for the service on-board. My parents (and other passengers) had long ago alighted and I ran out to find them.

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Last look at N591ML that brought us here from Honolulu

I was quite shocked at the terminal though, looks more like a warehouse to me than a terminal. I heard that just a couple of days ago, AIR FORCE ONE landed at this exact airport, which is the only “main” airport in Hawaii not to have any scheduled flights from the mainland. (This is set to change though at the time of this report (Apr 2011), as Continental had plans to connect Hilo to the mainland. (to LAX and SFO in June 11)

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FIDS

Being a day trip, we (obviously) did not have any luggages with us, and we were out of the terminal in moments. An interesting thing to note from the FIDS though, all but 1 of the flights are to/from Honolulu!


SECTOR 5

Date: 12th January 2010
Sector: Hilo International Airport (ITO) - Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
Distance: 348km
go! (Mesa Airlines) Flight: YV 1043
Gate: 4
Aircraft: N27318, CRJ-200ER
Delivered to YV: 13-10-2009
Seat: 7A

SDT (ADT): 2045 (2041)
SAT (AAT): 2138 (2125)
Flight Time: 44 mins

Check-in
After a long, tiring but fun day at rainy Hilo and the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (we did not catch the lava flow though, as it had stopped a few days before our arrival), it was time to head back to the airport. It was a long and dark journey back to Hilo, where our experienced guide bade farewell to us, marking the end of our day trip. He helped us to get our tickets, and we soon passed security (the ticketing counters and the security were all outside of the main building, near the drop-off point). Post security, I thought we went into the wrong place. It was like an old furniture shop, and does not resemble any airport or whatsoever.

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Looks like some furniture shop

It was only around 1950 hours, and we had around an hour to spend in the departure hall. There is only 1 shop there, a convenience stall selling some sweets, tidbits and stuff. We then went to the upper floor where the aerobridges were.

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FIDS showing last few flights of the day

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I was not quite surprised to see that part of this departure hall was open air, but frankly, it looked like some warehouses back in Singapore.

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Of course, what’s a Hawaiian airport without it’s ‘national’ carrier. A sole Hawaiian Airlines B717 had just arrived and passengers were disembarking.

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Neighbouring N475HA

Our CRJ-200 has not even arrived.

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Our flight information

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At around 8.24pm, our plane slowly taxied to its gate, having just arrived from Honolulu as flight YV 1040. We waited for the incoming passengers to disembark, before the airport staff announced through the PA system that flight YV 1043 was ready for boarding. A few passengers included queued up orderly, and within a minute, we were already inside the aircraft.

Boarding
Due to the light load that I encountered in the morning, I was expecting a similar load on board tonight. It appeared that I had the whole row to myself, until around 10 minutes before the scheduled departure time, a whole bunch of passengers started boarding, and a Japanese guy sat down beside me, much to my disappointment. There was to be a 100% load tonight back to Oahu. We pushed back 4 minutes early, and N27318 started taxing to Rwy 26, and we were airborne within a few minutes thanks to the traffic (or lack of).

In-flight
We took a northwesterly route back to Honolulu. The flight itself was uneventful. I spent the 40 minutes or so looking out of the window even though it was pitch black. Some flashes of lightning could be seen though, but no one really bothered about it. I was about to fall asleep when suddenly, the pilot announced that we were beginning our descent and were going to reach Oahu quite soon. We landed on HNL’s Rwy 8L at 9.15pm, a full 11 minutes ahead of schedule. We passed by many aircraft, and back to the domestic terminal. The engines stopped and everyone stood up, ready to leave. My parents and I were the last to leave, and I caught the registration of the plane located at the back. 2 security personnel were looking at us as I started taking some photos of the aircraft, but that was all that they did. With no hand-carry luggage, we were outside of the terminal in a jiffy and the group of us waited for the tour bus to send us back to our hotels in Waikiki, thus ending the island hopping day trip.


SECTOR 6

Date: 14th January 2010
Sector: Honolulu International Airport (HNL)- Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)
Distance: 8152km
China Airlines Flight: CI 001
Gate: 24
Aircraft: B-18802, A340-313X
Delivered to CI: 08-06-2001
Seat: 37A

SDT (ADT): 0715 (0704)
SAT (AAT): 1210+1 (1156+1)
Flight Time: 10 hr 52 mins

It was time to leave paradise after spending a week here. We woke up at 4am to prepare our stuff to leave the Marriott Waikiki. We had an early breakfast (we had bought some bread the day before, but it hardened through the night, and part of it was rendered inedible), and waited at the lobby where the driver had called earlier to say that he would be reaching at around 0520 hours. However, at around 0530, there was still no one in sight and we tried calling the agency, but to no avail. Just then, a driver walked up to us and asked us if we were the Yap family. So off we went, with a few others on board too.

Check-in
The terminal was very crowded when we arrived (at around late 5 plus), as there were many concurrent flights leaving Honolulu in the morning. However, 2 particular flights had long queues waiting to check in, one being ours, and the other being Philippine Airlines flight PR 101 to Manila, where many Filipinos were returning home with huge luggages.

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Queues for PAL and CAL flights

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FIDS

We waited for half an hour, before it was our turn. We also checked in for the TPE-SIN flight too. The queue waiting to get inside the departure hall was long too, but efficient, and we were airside in a moment. The first thing we did was to visit the Burger King outlet, where I bought some light snacks. My parents bought some coffee elsewhere. Having some time left before boarding, we wanted to walk around the whole terminal. However, something caught my eye. Just beside our designated gate (24), there was a covered walkway that included an open air “viewing gallery”! (No doubt limited to a few gates though). So, right in front of my eyes was B-18802, an A340-300 that was to bring us across the Pacific, past the International Date Line, back to Asia.

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B-18802, A340-313X

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Terminal with control tower

It was around 6.30am at this time, and I had to use the parapet as a makeshift tripod to capture some images, as it was still dark at the time. Some other movements include Delta Airline’s B757-200 (DL 1702 to Los Angeles), Alaska Airlines’ B737-800 (AS 860 to Seattle), Japan Airlines’ B747-400 (JO 75 to Narita) and Philippine Airlines’ A340-300.

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Delta 752 and Alaska 738

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JAL 744 and PAL 343

Amidst this excitement, I clearly had forgotten about the time. It was nearly 7am! My parents were quite angry, but we rushed to the gate, to find that most of the passengers had boarded the aircraft. We were not late though.

Boarding
Boarding was quite efficient, since there was practically no one in front of us. We found our seats in Row 37, and settled down. Of course, China Airline’s A340s had AVOD PTVs installed in front of every seat.

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Load for the flight was 80%, most of them being Asians. The seat pitch was great, I had lot’s of space of a person of my height. The pilots had told us that flight time today was 10 and a half hours. Pushback was early, and I looked out with a tinge (or more) of sadness, as I had fond memories of this place and I doubt I would return here (if ever) in the near future. B-18802 slowly taxied away from the PR, AS, DL aircraft, and we went further and further away from the terminal. We passed by some aircraft, while watching others (like a Jetstar A332 from Sydney as JQ 3) arriving.

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It was clear that we would be departing from Rwy 8R, more famously known as the Reef Runway. The sun was rising, blocked only by the clear outline of Diamond Head. It soon revealed itself, shining at the whole of Honolulu and our plane as we made the turn into Rwy 8R, getting ready for departure.

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Rolling down the runway, we lifted off into the bright orange sky as we banked right, we could see the sun’s reflection/rays down on the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

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Leaving Honolulu

In-flight
Breakfast was served at around an hour into the flight. I had the omelette with a sausage, 4 pieces of French toast with a hot bun and some of my favourite Orange Juice. The French toast did not taste like what people will find in Singapore, but it was nonetheless delicious as usual. The stewardesses were all very attentive and helpful, they were also very calm when a child cried non-stop but they were able to pacify her and soon normal service resumed. My father also went to the galley a number of times to get some plain water. The FAs soon remembered him and when they saw him walking towards them, they would "automatically" 3 cups of warm water to him, with a small and all that. Great service!

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Crossing the Int't Date Line

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Taiwan still experiencing darkness

After the breakfast serviced had concluded, I started using the IFE. Of course, the first thing I did was to check out the interactive map that took some time to get used to. After that, I started to enjoy the movies available, like Shorts, G Force, while playing games like Mahjong, Big 2 etc. Lunch service was conducted around an hour and a half before landing, and I chose the pork meal (Can’t remember the other choice). It included some rice and vegetables, along with the hot bun that is ever present. There’s nothing much to say, except for the fact that it’s once again delicious! (Can’t remember the last time when I enjoyed all the aircraft catering in a single trip)

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The IFE

Very soon, we reached the coastline of Taiwan, and it was time to land soon after. We touched down smoothly on a bright sunny noon on Rwy 23 of Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, and upon landing, we parked right beside a company A330, B-18302 at Terminal 2. We slowly walked into the terminal, knowing we have plenty of time to rest ahead of our journey back home.


SECTOR 7

Date: 15th January 2010
Sector: Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) – Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)
Distance: 3226km
China Airlines Flight: CI 751
Gate: A2
Aircraft: B-18309, A330-302
Delivered to CI: 08-12-2005
Seat: 29A

SDT (ADT): 1605 (1606)
SAT (AAT): 2045 (2030)
Flight Time: 4 hr 24 mins

Check-in
China Airline’s flight to Singapore was at the less crowded Terminal 1, so we spent our 4 hours of transit time in Terminal 2. We ate at the Casamila Café, which has tinted windows that “showcase” the runway and part of the action.

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We had some rice and OJ, and I began my spotting session (I managed to fix my long zoom lens) while my parents walked around Terminal 2. Managed to catch some interesting aircraft like a Dreamlifter performing touch-and-go, the majority of the China Airlines fleet, Spirit of Manila Airlines and other carriers.

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B-18210, B747-400, Boeing colour scheme

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N7188A, BOEING Dreamlifter

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Spirit of Manila Airlines RP-C7703 MD 83 from Clark

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EVA Airways B-17917 MD-90

4 hours is very short when you are having fun, and it was time for me to meet up with my parents. I paid a short visit to the China Airlines lounge, where I took one of their pocket timetables, something that I loved to collect. We then walked to the more deserted Terminal 1, where our gate A2 was located at the furthest end. A1-A3 is a combined gate, with many chairs available to accommodate 3 flights.

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Flight back home

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Outside, B-18309 was already being loaded up with the catering and baggages. Our flight today is currently code shared with Garuda Indonesia (GA 9994) and scheduled to leave on time for Surabaya, Indonesia via Singapore.

Boarding
Boarding was called 20 minutes before departure, and a queue formed up at the gate. Slowly, everyone got on board. Flight time was to be 4 hours and 20 minutes today. Pushback was 1 minute late, and we made our way to Rwy 5. Thundering down the runway, my vacation has just ended.

In-flight
Dinner was served midway through the flight, and I had the chicken with greens and rice and of course, a hot bun.

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The rest of the time was spent on the IFE where I checked on the moving map, and played some games. Very soon, we saw the bright lights on the Straits of Singapore caused by the ships and vessels, and East Coast Park was just ahead. Everything was in place, landing gear, flaps etc, and we landed on Rwy 02L, a landing so smooth that some of the passengers did not even know we had landed. It was 8.30pm, and we were back in Singapore, and back to reality (I was going to enlist in less than a month then).



In conclusion, this trip made me view foreign carriers with a different thinking now. Previously, I would (and my family too) only settle for Singapore Airlines, but China Airlines certainly exceeded my expectation, especially with their meals. Every meal was great, and the flight stewardess and stewards were courteous and helpful, especially to my father who would request a cup of water every now and then until to the extent that they recognized him and would pour a few cups every time they see him. The seats were quite comfortable, although they certainly looked old. I certainly would not mind flying with CI again, and would recommend others to fly this Taiwanese (with a confusing name) carrier.

P.S. As of now (Apr 2011), I think China Airlines flight (CI 1/2 TPE-HNL-TPE)no longer exists, can anyone confirm this?

Cheers,
Wei Heng


User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 14888 times:
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Awesome trip report! One can take a number of airlines from SIN to HNL, but I haven't tried CI, so it was nice to see your perspective. (I've even heard of some going through New Zealand!)

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
We got B-18202, an old plane unfortunately, as China Airlines do (or so I heard) operate their newer B747-400s to Tokyo.

The new B744s used to be common visitors to NRT, operating CI100/CI101 in the morning. That flight is now an A333 with an occasional B744 sub. Seems like CI is sending those B744s to KIX now, before turning them back around to TPE for the LAX runs.

CI18/CI17 (all the way from TPE) is always operated by the older B744s (the new B744s subbed two or three times before).

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
it was quite obvious as suddenly, dark clouds formed) and started our descent into Hilo International Airport

Typical morning weather in Hilo as you probably would know!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
included an open air “viewing gallery”! (No doubt limited to a few gates though)

That's probably my favorite spot at the HNL terminal. Later on in the morning, you can see all the 08L arrivals, as well as heavies taxiing to the Ewa concourse gates.

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
P.S. As of now (Apr 2011), I think China Airlines flight (CI 1/2 TPE-HNL-TPE)no longer exists, can anyone confirm this?

Correct. Without the direct TPE-HNL segment, one would always have to stop in NRT if flying to HNL from SIN on CI. Quite a big turnoff if you ask me.


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 14681 times:

Hi Wei Heng,

its great to see your first post on a.net! I must say its a wonderful report and I really enjoyed all the lovely pictures! This report really excites me as my family was supposed to travel with CI (to TPE) as well but my trip was cancelled so your report is really an awesome insight into CI's product!

I really appreciate all the details you put in to make the report such a pleasure to read! Its wonderful that after more than a year, you could still recollect the little details that makes the report so livid and interesting!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
We will be going to Hawaii still! (At around SGD 1.1k/pax for 7D/5N-still dirt cheap)

Yeah its great value! And though you didn't fly with ANA, you did get to transit in Tokyo regardless, such a delight for any aviation enthusiast!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
There were two choices, chicken and fish available, although by the time I was served, only the fish was left.

mmm the fish option looks nice! I heard that passengers tend to avoid fish on flights 'cos they think fish wouldn't be fresh, which is weird in my opinion, I'd choose fish over chicken anytime  
Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I began to use its IXplor, which shows the facts and figures about our flight and our position in the international airspace.

Very nice inflight map!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Our B744 to NRT and HNL

Awesome! It always exciting to see the aircraft that you will be flying on!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I chose to have Pork with rice, and I was not disappointed.

I am quite surprised they offer a full hot meal service on this short sector!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
I witnessed (and captured) one of the most stunning sunrises I’ve ever seen (I have rarely seen any sunrise though), at 6am local time.

Just beautiful!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
the stewardesses and stewards came around to distribute sandwiches to us.

I am surprised! My impression was that CI only hire female cabin crew!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
We left the area to be greeted by Hawaiians wearing leis and other Hawaiian clothing, while experiencing the cool Hawaiian breeze. We met up with our driver, and soon we were on our way to our hotel, the Marriott Waikiki to start my trip in the most isolated place that I’ve ever been at.

Such a wonderful start to your holiday!

Quoting yapple (Thread starter):
Boarding N591ML

I love the quote next to the door - We Support Our Troops in the Middle East

Quoting yapple (Reply 1):
The single stewardess welcomed us on board, and told us to find any seat

Not something you get on any flight!

Quoting yapple (Reply 1):
Of course, China Airline’s A340s had AVOD PTVs installed in front of every seat.

Thats very much appreciated on the 10 hour journey!  
Quoting yapple (Reply 1):
Rolling down the runway, we lifted off into the bright orange sky as we banked right, we could see the sun’s reflection/rays down on the surface of the Pacific Ocean.

Again, awesome window views and what a gorgeous Hawaiian sun!!

What a marvellous journey!
I really enjoyed your report! And I really appreciate your effort in making this report such a joy to read.

Cheers,
Gavin



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 14589 times:

Hi Wei Heng,

welcome aboard and thanks for sharing this trip report along with those pictures. Fully agree with your opinion of CI. I believe CI and KE are the 2 most underrated Asian airlines. Have flown them both between Brisbane and Europe and found the overall product (in business class) to be of very good quality especially if you consider the price you pay compared to the big boys such as SQ, CX, QF, etc. Tend to favour KE due to their world class hub ICN which simply can't beat. Found my transit in TPE back in 2008 to be very average but am not sure if anything has been done at TPE since then.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlinebps3458 From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 561 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 14524 times:

Hi Wei Heng,

welcome aboard and thanks for sharing this trip report along with those pictures. Fully agree with your opinion of CI. I believe CI and KE are the 2 most underrated Asian airlines. Have flown them both between Brisbane and Europe and found the overall product (in business class) to be of very good quality especially if you consider the price you pay compared to the big boys such as SQ, CX, QF, etc. Tend to favour KE due to their world class hub ICN which simply can't beat. Found my transit in TPE back in 2008 to be very average but am not sure if anything has been done at TPE since then.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 14431 times:

Quoting je89_w (Reply 2):
Awesome trip report! One can take a number of airlines from SIN to HNL, but I haven't tried CI, so it was nice to see your perspective. (I've even heard of some going through New Zealand!)

Thanks! What have you taken before?

Quoting je89_w (Reply 2):
The new B744s used to be common visitors to NRT, operating CI100/CI101 in the morning. That flight is now an A333 with an occasional B744 sub. Seems like CI is sending those B744s to KIX now, before turning them back around to TPE for the LAX runs.

CI18/CI17 (all the way from TPE) is always operated by the older B744s (the new B744s subbed two or three times before).

Thanks for the information, I've always wanted to know that!

Quoting je89_w (Reply 2):
Typical morning weather in Hilo as you probably would know!

Haha, yeah, 11 (if I did not remember wrongly) climatic zones inside the Big Island alone!

Quoting je89_w (Reply 2):

That's probably my favorite spot at the HNL terminal. Later on in the morning, you can see all the 08L arrivals, as well as heavies taxiing to the Ewa concourse gates.

Too bad I only had half an hour there, and no sunlight.

Quoting je89_w (Reply 2):
Correct. Without the direct TPE-HNL segment, one would always have to stop in NRT if flying to HNL from SIN on CI. Quite a big turnoff if you ask me.

Why did CI want to terminate the route? Since usually Flight 001/002 are the premier/flagship routes of each airline.... This will also mean no PTVs on the route?

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
its great to see your first post on a.net! I must say its a wonderful report and I really enjoyed all the lovely pictures! This report really excites me as my family was supposed to travel with CI (to TPE) as well but my trip was cancelled so your report is really an awesome insight into CI's product!

I really appreciate all the details you put in to make the report such a pleasure to read! Its wonderful that after more than a year, you could still recollect the little details that makes the report so livid and interesting!

Hi Gavin, cheers, why was your trip cancelled  . My father is quite impressed with CI's product too. I had a hard time remembering all those details   Thanks for "inspiring" me to create this account hahaha

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Yeah its great value! And though you didn't fly with ANA, you did get to transit in Tokyo regardless, such a delight for any aviation enthusiast!

And to make things better, a week after we booked the tickets, the agency increased the price of the same package to 1.3k! Haha, i didn't get to really enjoy Narita, only had like half an hour there! The only traffic I saw were two AA 777s. I
did get to take CX's first afternoon flight to Haneda in Oct'10 though, and it's quite a delight too at HND!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
mmm the fish option looks nice! I heard that passengers tend to avoid fish on flights 'cos they think fish wouldn't be fresh, which is weird in my opinion, I'd choose fish over chicken anytime

Really? I didn't know that, but I like both anyway!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Very nice inflight map!

It gets annoying sometimes though

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Awesome! It always exciting to see the aircraft that you will be flying on!

Yeah, I can't rest properly till I get the registration of the aircraft!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
I am quite surprised they offer a full hot meal service on this short sector!

I certainly did not expect it too! Genuinely impressed  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Just beautiful!

My photos spoiled it a little, it was much more beautiful when you are there!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
I am surprised! My impression was that CI only hire female cabin crew!

Not sure about this, I did not see many stewards around though

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Such a wonderful start to your holiday!

Yeah, but our driver spoiled the wonderful start by "cheating" us of USD 10  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
I love the quote next to the door - We Support Our Troops in the Middle East

Your eyesight is good, I didn't even notice that after 15 months !

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Not something you get on any flight!

Agreed!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Thats very much appreciated on the 10 hour journey!

No more PTVs now if you fly CI to HNL, since they withdrew the CI001/002 service. So I was quite lucky!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 3):
Again, awesome window views and what a gorgeous Hawaiian sun!!

Once again, my photos do not do justice to the real thing!

Quoting bps3458 (Reply 4):
Hi Wei Heng,

welcome aboard and thanks for sharing this trip report along with those pictures. Fully agree with your opinion of CI. I believe CI and KE are the 2 most underrated Asian airlines. Have flown them both between Brisbane and Europe and found the overall product (in business class) to be of very good quality especially if you consider the price you pay compared to the big boys such as SQ, CX, QF, etc. Tend to favour KE due to their world class hub ICN which simply can't beat. Found my transit in TPE back in 2008 to be very average but am not sure if anything has been done at TPE since then.

Cheers from Brisbane,

Peter

Hi Peter,

thanks for the comments. Not sure about KE as I have never flown them, and all the trips that I've taken are all in Economy class, only once in 2001 have I experienced the pleasures of Business class   (SQ SIN-SHA-SIN on 777). True, I think transiting in TPE is quite okay, not as good as HKG/SIN in my opinion but decent enough for spotters like me! Terminal 1 was a real bore though!


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 14407 times:

Hey Wei Heng,

A very nice debut on airliners.net!

Great to see that CI has some decent offerings on their long haul flights, despite not having PTVs for your TPE-NRT-HNL flight which was a shame. I guess it'd have been much better with a PTV? Hoped you had some form of entertainment with you! The $1100 ticket was dirt cheap for Singaporean standards! Last time I checked a ticket to TPE on SQ would cost me $1200, more than that of what you can get to HNL.

Hawaii is a place I always wanted to go but never had the chance yet, guess I shall take my chance on NH (as they are *A). Surprisingly I see Honolulu being named as 檀香山 in Chinese until I realised that 夏威夷 is actually Hawaii and not Honolulu. Guess you can learn something new everyday!

I was particularly interested in the inter island flights as normally I would think that only HA flies them. How much was the inter island flights?

I am also going into NS soon, not looking forward to it as it will be 2 years of no flying...

Regards,
Daniel



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14354 times:

Quoting initious (Reply 7):
A very nice debut on airliners.net!

Great to see that CI has some decent offerings on their long haul flights, despite not having PTVs for your TPE-NRT-HNL flight which was a shame. I guess it'd have been much better with a PTV? Hoped you had some form of entertainment with you! The $1100 ticket was dirt cheap for Singaporean standards! Last time I checked a ticket to TPE on SQ would cost me $1200, more than that of what you can get to HNL.

Hey Daniel,

Thanks! Yeah, I had my PSP and iPod with me, but even without them, being on a plane is a form of entertainment for me   But of course I would prefer PTV.

Quoting initious (Reply 7):
Hawaii is a place I always wanted to go but never had the chance yet, guess I shall take my chance on NH (as they are *A). Surprisingly I see Honolulu being named as 檀香山 in Chinese until I realised that 夏威夷 is actually Hawaii and not Honolulu. Guess you can learn something new everyday!

Yeah, NH do offer massive promotions to America and elsewhere, but of course tickets do get snapped up fast (We nearly grabbed that SGD$880 return tickets). No one will ever regret going Hawaii  Hawaii is the place that I like the most out of all the places that I've been, other than Cairns, another great holiday destination!

Quoting initious (Reply 7):
I was particularly interested in the inter island flights as normally I would think that only HA flies them. How much was the inter island flights?

There are a few airlines offering flights between the islands, but the most popular are HA and YV. From what I checked last time, 1 way ticket can cost around 70USD per pax.

Quoting initious (Reply 7):
I am also going into NS soon, not looking forward to it as it will be 2 years of no flying...

Received your enlistment letter? On the contrary, I've been overseas a few times ever since I enlisted, you never know :p


User currently offlineje89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 14252 times:
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Quoting yapple (Reply 6):

Thanks! What have you taken before?

I've taken JL, UA, BR, GA, and SQ. GA definitely offered the most interesting routing, which took me to Biak, Bali, and Jakarta where I would then transfer to Singapore. Ah the good old days of GA's B742s and A300s!

Quoting yapple (Reply 6):
Why did CI want to terminate the route? Since usually Flight 001/002 are the premier/flagship routes of each airline.... This will also mean no PTVs on the route?

Most likely poor loads. EVA Air once flew from TPE to HNL until the year 2000 or so with B767s. They restarted again in June 2005 and service lasted just a little over a year. Honestly, I thought they had the best schedule in terms of departure times and connections to SIN.

And yes, this means no PTVs for CI's HNL routes, unless they start retrofitting some B744s or using the A333s again (they did use the A333 for CI18/CI17 briefly).


User currently offlineinitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1053 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14238 times:

Quoting yapple (Reply 8):
Thanks! Yeah, I had my PSP and iPod with me, but even without them, being on a plane is a form of entertainment for me   But of course I would prefer PTV.

Being a plane is definitely a form of entertainment for me but I'd definitely need a PTV for a flight that long! I was almost bored to death on a 2 hr SIN-BKI / BKI-SIN flight on MI/AK and SZB-SIN on FY. Even with PTV I get bored easily.  
Quoting yapple (Reply 8):
Yeah, NH do offer massive promotions to America and elsewhere, but of course tickets do get snapped up fast (We nearly grabbed that SGD$880 return tickets). No one will ever regret going Hawaii  Hawaii is the place that I like the most out of all the places that I've been, other than Cairns, another great holiday destination!

Cool, I have never been out of Asia before despite flying several times these few years.. Gotta get my buttocks out of Asia as soon as I can or I'll break down! I guess I could go with Premium Economy on NH as Economy would be too small for me. J is out of the question because of the price!

Quoting yapple (Reply 8):
There are a few airlines offering flights between the islands, but the most popular are HA and YV. From what I checked last time, 1 way ticket can cost around 70USD per pax.

I guess I can consider doing one way on HA to try the 717 and another way on YV and try the CRJ 200.

Quoting yapple (Reply 8):
Received your enlistment letter? On the contrary, I've been overseas a few times ever since I enlisted, you never know :p

Not received yet and I hope it never comes! :P Are you allowed to go overseas during NS?



One way I will fly around the world!
User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14213 times:

Quoting je89_w (Reply 9):
I've taken JL, UA, BR, GA, and SQ. GA definitely offered the most interesting routing, which took me to Biak, Bali, and Jakarta where I would then transfer to Singapore. Ah the good old days of GA's B742s and A300s!

Ah, so are you from Singapore or the States? I'm confused.

Quoting je89_w (Reply 9):
Most likely poor loads. EVA Air once flew from TPE to HNL until the year 2000 or so with B767s. They restarted again in June 2005 and service lasted just a little over a year. Honestly, I thought they had the best schedule in terms of departure times and connections to SIN.

And yes, this means no PTVs for CI's HNL routes, unless they start retrofitting some B744s or using the A333s again (they did use the A333 for CI18/CI17 briefly).

That's not good to hear, to think that I actually thought the route was doing well (based on my flight alone)

Quoting initious (Reply 10):
Being a plane is definitely a form of entertainment for me but I'd definitely need a PTV for a flight that long! I was almost bored to death on a 2 hr SIN-BKI / BKI-SIN flight on MI/AK and SZB-SIN on FY. Even with PTV I get bored easily.

Haha true, i have not used a really good IFE system since 2001...the last time i took SQ 
Quoting initious (Reply 10):
Cool, I have never been out of Asia before despite flying several times these few years.. Gotta get my buttocks out of Asia as soon as I can or I'll break down! I guess I could go with Premium Economy on NH as Economy would be too small for me. J is out of the question because of the price!

Fly alone/with friends/family?

Quoting initious (Reply 10):
I guess I can consider doing one way on HA to try the 717 and another way on YV and try the CRJ 200.

Good choice, there are also some small prop jets too that you can try.

Quoting initious (Reply 10):
Not received yet and I hope it never comes! :P Are you allowed to go overseas during NS?

Haha, of course we are, 14 days leave per year (exc. weekends+public hols)

Cheers


User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1067 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 13207 times:

Thanks for the trip report.
China Airlines is one decent airlines! All the meals look so nice. Another great choice!!

What a trip you had! I still remember my time in Honolulu.
Nice clean island with many beaches. Even I'm from Phuket, I still like Hawaii a lot!

ALOHA and Sawasdee Krub.



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6491 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 12336 times:

Hi Yapple!

Very nice report and I especially love the picture with Diamond Head just over the wind as your plane is about to trun onto the runway at HNL.

Hope you continue writing reports as this is very good. Thanks for keeping track of the registrations,you will find that useful some day...

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineRJtraveller From Indonesia, joined Feb 2011, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 12227 times:

Hi Yapple !
Nice and interesting trip report,
I have flown CI once, on it's A333 and the service seems to be nice, but the didn't like the food much. Lack of IFE found on your second leg to Honolulu, and the B747 seems old, anyway nice trip report thanks for sharing really enjoy reading it, have fun in NS I guess !

Cheers,
Reggie


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 11408 times:

Quoting nethkt (Reply 12):
Thanks for the trip report.
China Airlines is one decent airlines! All the meals look so nice. Another great choice!!

What a trip you had! I still remember my time in Honolulu.
Nice clean island with many beaches. Even I'm from Phuket, I still like Hawaii a lot!

ALOHA and Sawasdee Krub.

Hi nethkt,

Yes, CI is a great choice. When did you visit Hawaii?  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Hi Yapple!

Very nice report and I especially love the picture with Diamond Head just over the wind as your plane is about to trun onto the runway at HNL.

Hope you continue writing reports as this is very good. Thanks for keeping track of the registrations,you will find that useful some day...

The777Man

Hi The777Man,

Thanks for these comments, flattered as you write great reports yourself  

I will definitely continue writing reports (have some in mind). I love keeping track of the registrations, I have a decent list (thus far) of registrations noted through spotting and travelling.

Quoting RJtraveller (Reply 14):
Hi Yapple !
Nice and interesting trip report,
I have flown CI once, on it's A333 and the service seems to be nice, but the didn't like the food much. Lack of IFE found on your second leg to Honolulu, and the B747 seems old, anyway nice trip report thanks for sharing really enjoy reading it, have fun in NS I guess !

Cheers,
Reggie

Hi Reggie,

Thanks! When did you fly on the 333? The B747 is indeed very old, the 2nd 744 delivered to CI that is still in their fleet?
NS is fun (and slack for me  )

Cheers

P.S Seems that there is some bandwidth problem, I've fixed it now.


User currently offlinecoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10765 times:

Too bad most of the photos are now "exceed bandwidth on photobucket."

Better to use flickr or imageshack or some others that doesn't always go over bandwidth!

I am sure the trip is pretty cheap by Singaporean standards, too bad you have to route so many stops.

A330-300 will return to this route starting this month (except Golden Week), and will continue throughout the summer due to low demand from/to Tokyo after the earthquake.


User currently offlineyapple From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 90 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10497 times:

Quoting coolfish1103 (Reply 16):
Too bad most of the photos are now "exceed bandwidth on photobucket."

Better to use flickr or imageshack or some others that doesn't always go over bandwidth!

Hmm, there's nothing wrong with me viewing though, weird. Maybe that explains the calmness here. Thanks for the recommendation, will try flickr ( i like posting pictures along with the report though, does it allow?) since imageshack does give the problem.

Quoting coolfish1103 (Reply 16):
I am sure the trip is pretty cheap by Singaporean standards, too bad you have to route so many stops.

I don't mind routing so many stops, in fact i would love even more stops.

Quoting coolfish1103 (Reply 16):
A330-300 will return to this route starting this month (except Golden Week), and will continue throughout the summer due to low demand from/to Tokyo after the earthquake.

Oh, glad that I managed to take the 744 and 343 then.

Cheers


User currently offlinecoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 402 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 10088 times:

They both allow, but you have to trick around to get it to work. Might be a bit more work than photobucket but to me it's better than getting bandwidth exceeded all the time.

Well, now the direct flight to HNL is gone, you can have many stops at TPE and NRT should you visit Hawaii again on CI.


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