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My Trip To Hawaii On Delta, Aloha, And Hawaiian  
User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8
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Well here it is. After much anticipation we are off to Hawaii. The we is myself someone who finished their first year of college (thank goodness) and my mother who just celebrated her retirement after 30 years of teaching. A well deserved trip. Just to warn you it is going to be long and detailed. Hope you enjoy.

Date: May 12, 2002
Origin Airport: EWR
Destination Airport: ATL
Airline: Delta
Flight Number: 2033
Aircraft Type: MD-88
Registration Number: N998DL (Old colors)

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Seat Assignment: 1D
Scheduled ETD: 12:55 PM
Actual TD: 1:05 PM
Scheduled ETA: 3:10 PM
Actual TA: 3:25 PM on ground, at gate 3:30 PM
Scheduled Flight Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Actual Flight Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Departing Gate: 46
Arriving Gate: B-14

Check-in/Security: We get to the airport around 12:00 as we were are suppose to be on flight 1277 to CVG then flight 1401 from CVG-LAX then flight 341 from LAX to HNL. However when we get to the airport we learn that 1277 has been canceled. O boy here we go. I ask the Delta red coat why the flight was canceled and she said that there was a security breach at CVG. I knew that the there was a flight to Atlanta leaving at 12:55 and that was are only other way to get to HNL that day on Delta. Anyway get in the First Class check-in line and in 5 minutes our turn to talk to the agent. Present our tickets and she says she there is no availability to get to HNL that day on other flights. I then asked if there is availability on the Continental Flight that leaves at 1:10 PM to HNL. She, without checking her computer, tells me with quite confidence that there is no non-stop for EWR to HNL on any airline. I was flabbergasted. I understand she does not work for Continental but she should have at least checked with her computer instead of saying something so confidently when she was wrong. Anyway I ask her to double-check. She then rolls her eyes at me and looks. She then said “O there is a non-stop CO flight but I am not going to put you on it.” Why is that ?!?! “One ticket is a frequent-flyer award ticket, the other ticket would I would be able to interline because it is a profit ticket.” Please correct me if I am wrong but I thought that agents can put FF award tickets on other carriers. The obvious reason why I was trying to get us on CO was the BusinessFirst Cabin but I guess it was not meant to be. O well. She then pecks away some more and out comes our tickets, “I got you on the flight to Atlanta then you are going non-stop from Atlanta to Honolulu.” Non-Stop from Atlanta to Honolulu I ask. ‘Yes’ is that a problem. It really was not a problem because she was able to get us our
F-Class seats on the flights but I asked are you sure it is non-stop she tells me again, “YES SIR IT IS” Getting a little aggravated at me how I am taking up her time. Well I am sure the Delta Medallions would be thrilled to know that Delta introduced a non-stop from Atlanta to Honolulu on this date according to this agent. Once again this agent did not bother to check her computer, she just blurted out answers without confirming it. I knew that the flight did not go non-stop from ATL-HNL it stopped in LAX but why this agent kept telling me different I have no idea. Anyway I am done with her about 12:15 and off it is to security. The security once again at EWR was a joke. Very little concern it seemed like on their part. It seemed like they had other important things to do. Anyway I noticed on my boarding pass from ATL-LAX-HNL that my mom and I were given the block of seats in the middle 7C and 7D. I like the window seat (the pilot in me) and went up to the gate agent to see if she could change it. No such luck as she said both flights were full up front and all the seats not assigned were the aisles. O well could be worse at least we were confirmed in F all the way to Honolulu. In a few moments our flight was called and the pre-boarding process started. To all of the frequent Delta flyers out there the first 5 or so people to board the F cabin were NOT ‘randomly’ selected to be security screened. We wanted to pack light on this trip so we each had a rollie and a bag to bring aboard. In the past the Delta agents are very generous about the carry on policy at Newark. But I guess the bag was a little too big in their standards for a ‘personal item’ (it was a Travelpro duffle bag). Anyway they said we need to check our bags to our final destination. I would not mind checking bags if they did not lose them like they did on our trip from ROC-LGA a few years back. Anyway I decide to check my duffle bag and my mom checks her rollie. Hope they make it to HNL.

Airport Observations: It was very rainy that day and not too much time for spotting due to the shortened time at EWR. Saw an SAS A340, an all white SAS 763 and a Delta Shuttle aircraft.

Seat Comfort: Pretty good. The seat had no adjustable headrest and was leather trimmed. Thought the Lumbar support was ample. The CO MD-80 F class seats are a lot better than Deltas but I really cannot complain about the comfort on the Delta Aircraft. I would also like to thank the gentleman that was suppose to be in 1C. He noticed my I was traveling with someone and gave up his seat and moved to 2D. Thank you sir were ever you are.

Predeparture Drink: FA came around and I opted for a Coke. Boarding music was very relaxing.

We pushed back at 1:05 PM and we taxied out to runway 22 R for takeoff. A relatively short wait for us at EWR as we were number 3 for take-off. Our gear was up at 1:30 PM for the 765 mile flight to ATL. Captain came on after take-off and announced our cruising altitude to ATL at 31,000 feet and a smooth ride all the way there. Noticed that the FA closed the first class curtain. On UAL they do not. Really does not bother me too much. Some coach passengers came up from to use the F class bathroom as it was full in the back. The FA then came on and made an announcement that due to security concerns Please do not enter a cabin you are not suppose to be in. Also noticed a very pretty lady in her 20s sitting in seat 4D. Made sure to smile at her!!

In-Flight Meal Service: Well after a few minutes after departure the FA came around with lemon-scented towels then drink orders. Asked for a sprite. After she did the drinks she started up front and asked if we wanted a snack that was a turkey salad. There is no way I would not turn down food. As a matter of fact no one turned down the request for it. She then placed a linen on the tray and soon we all were presented with the salad. It is suppose to be a snack but trust me if it can fill me up it can fill anyone up. The lettuce on the salad was very fresh and the portion was quite large. The turkey was chopped up and I did not need a magnifying glass to see the turkey on the salad. Included with the turkey was Blue Cheese Dressing, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Pecans. On the tray as well was a very warm and tasty wheat roll, and a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownie. I got a refill on my sprite as the FA came around asking if anyone wanted wine. The serving was very tasty, fresh, and an ample serving for a snack. In Coach they got a full beverage service.

After the meal was finished the FA came around numerous times with other drinks or anything else we wanted.

In-flight Entertainment: The window was fine for entertainment for myself

Capacity: Full in both classes. That is probably why they were tighter than usual about my carry-on items.

We started our decent at 2:45 PM and landed at 3:25 PM on runway 26R. We were at the gate at 3:30 PM. Hope the bags make it to the connecting flight that leaves at 4:10.

Ratings
Airport Facilities at EWR: 6/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: 3/10
Schedule: 7/10
Aircraft Condition: 7/10
Aircraft Comfort: 7/10
In-Flight Personnel: 7/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 8/10
In-Flight Meal Service 8/10
In-Flight Entertainment NA/10

Date: May 12, 2002
Origin Airport: ATL
Destination Airport: LAX
Airline: Delta
Flight Number: 341
Aircraft Type: 767-400
Registration Number: N837MH (new colors)

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Seat Assignment: 7D
Scheduled ETD: 4:10 PM
Actual TD: 4:10 PM
Scheduled ETA: 5:50 PM
Actual TA: 5:45 PM
Scheduled Flight Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Actual Flight Time: about 4 hours 5 minutes
Departing Gate: T7
Arriving Gate: 58A

Check-in/Security: Atlanta was a breeze to go threw even though we were in different terminals and by the time we deplaned around 3:30 PM we were at our new gate by 3:40 PM. The aircraft was already boarding so we just decided to get on-board. This time we were ‘randomly’ screened. What was a little annoying was that the gate agent did not pick us to be screened but the guard did it themselves. I asked why this was and she said that we just walked into the boarding area. Ok whatever. Anyway that they were pretty throughrough and somewhat pleasant. I checked the Delta Board to see if there was any availability in F to see if I can change the seats but it was showing F to be filled o well maybe when we get in LAX.

Airport Observations: Did not have too much time for sightseeing in ATL as we boarded right away. The tram at ATL was easy to use and I like the Information Boards Delta has installed there. Makes it easier to travel.

Seat Comfort: I have heard a lot about these seats so I wanted to sit in them myself and see what they were like. I am 6 feet 5 inches 285 pounds (I play football for the school I attend) and found them to be great. Granted they were not BizElite or BizFirst seats but I found them to give ample legroom. If you want a little extra however the A/B and E/F bank of seats offer more legroom. There was a footrest as well as the same BizElite entertainment system in every seat. The width was a little tight, but these seats were comfortable enough for me to be sitting in for the next 8 hours or so. It also had the complete 777 style interior.

Predeparture Drink: On board a bottle of water greeted us in every seat. After a minute I was greeted by an FA who offered a drink. I opted for coke as my mom opted for champagne. Also a FA came around with a basket of snack goodies. Dinner orders were also taken as the Purser started in the back of the cabin and worked his way forward. Choices were grilled chicken, Mahi Mahi, and steak. I opted for the steak.

We pushed back and headed for the runway. The pilot was going extremely fast during the taxi period as we made it to the runway in no time Gear was up at 4:30 PM after are long take-off roll on runway 26L. The Captain also came on saying our Cruising Altitude was 35,000 feet at mach .80. The FA came on saying there is a $5.00 charge for headset rental. But I did not notice them make any announcement about the alcohol charges.

In-Flight Meal Service: After takeoff lemon scented towels were offered with linen for our dinner. Above Little Rock our dinner was served. The Purser came around with our trays and drink orders that he asked. There was a Caesar Salad and a cold roll that accompanied the plate of steak. On the plate were potatoes, string beans with carrots and onions smothered over the steak with a sauce. It was very tasty, tender and was hot. My only complaint was the portion was a little small for me. Noticed there was no desert items on the tray so I knew a Sundae must be coming. I was right. After all of the trays were collected the Purser came around with a delicious Sundae. Vanilla ice-cream, caramel and chocolate syrup, along with nuts and whip cream made this a nice topping off to a great meal. It went great with the milk I asked for. I noticed that there were 3Flight Attendants serving the F-Class cabin which was good for there were 35 or so seats up there. I also peaked back and the coach meal was chicken or pasta with a small salad, roll, and brownie for desert.

In-flight Entertainment: No window to look out at so I decided to take a look at the Full Biz-Elite Entertainment options on this 764. The system was very easy to navigate and I opted for Bridget Jones Diary, a chick flick, then I played some Tetris and trivia games. Over Colorado I turned on Deltas Compass, their in-flight video magazine, and read my Flying magazine until we started our decent into LAX. Over the Grand Canyon they had a little note about the site, which was neat.

Capacity: Full both classes

I made sure to walk around the 764 and it was a long plane. I also was able to see the raked wingtips out the windows, which was neat. The F-galley was set up like a little snack shop with baskets out of pretzels, Biscoff, and nuts as the FA up there offered us what ever drink we would want. An hour out they did a full beverage service. We started our decent about 170 miles out. Finally we touched down at 5:43 at LAX runway 25L as a United UAL 757 did a parallel take-off. We taxied for about two minutes and we pulled into our gate at 5:45 PM. They offered us the option to stay on the plane, which a few people did. I got off at LAX though.

Ratings

Airport Facilities at ATL: 9/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: NA/10
Schedule: 10/10
Aircraft Condition: 10/10
Aircraft Comfort 9/10
In-Flight Personnel: 9/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 9/10
In-Flight Meal Service 9/10
In-Flight Entertainment 10/10

Date: May 12, 2002
Origin Airport: LAX
Destination Airport: HNL
Airline: Delta
Flight Number: the continuation of flight 341
Aircraft Type: 767-400
Registration Number: N837MH (New colors)

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Seat Assignment: 7D
Scheduled ETD: 8:05 PM
Actual TD: 8:10 PM
Scheduled ETA: 10:26 PM
Actual TA: 10:51 PM on ground, at gate 10:55 PM
Scheduled Flight Time: 5 hours 21 minutes
Actual Flight Time: 5 hours 50 minutes
Departing Gate: 58A
Arriving Gate: 21A

Check-in/Security: At LAX I immediately went to the Customer Service desk and asked if a window seat was available for me. None was available. O well.

Airport Observations: It was somewhat deserted at the LAX terminal at the time we arrived on a Sunday night. Went to McDonalds and got some a Chicken Nugget extra value meal. Then I did some exploring and noticed that the terminal was very nice and clean. Noticed that Delta had three evening flights to LAS, which to me is a little strange. I wonder what the loads are on those flights? Anyway I went by the window and did some viewing of the LAX runways. Saw a TWA 767 in old colors and an AA Hybrid 757. A lot of UAL jets as well as AA jet nothing too much to see. But like I said a great terminal. Supper clean and a great place to spend a few hours in.

Predeparture Drink: I had a tomato juice with lime. The purser came around depending of FF status and offered us meal choices. The three were the snapper, chicken, or steak. By the time they got to us the snapper option was gone. I went for the steak again as my mom asked for the chicken. They also had champagne aboard this flight.

I noticed that they completely cleaned the plane and restocked it with blankets pillows and headsets. There obviously as well was a complete crew change. I had the same seat so I knew everything would be in working order. On this flight there were only 9 Flight Attendants working it as there were 10 on our segment from ATL-LAX. But there were still 3 Flight Attendants working the F-Class cabin. Anyway we pushed back at 8:05 PM and taxied to 25R for takeoff. Noticed the beauty of the LAX airport architecture at night. The center building was so neat to see all colorful at night. The captain came on and said our cruising altitude would be 35,000 feet to Hawaii. He also said we will be delayed in getting in due to a strong headwind. He said the delay will probably be a half hour but he will try to make up for it. Not a big deal. Anyway our gears were up at 8:20 PM and we followed a gorgeous sunset to the right of the aircraft. I kept looking through the window as the beautiful colors of the sun presented them to the cabin. After take-off a video of the agriculture procedures and the Hawaiian airport were show. The Purser also got into the Hawaiian mood as she put on a Hawaiian style apron. Pretty neat.

In-Flight Meal Service: About an hour out the dinner arrived with my coke. For dinner there was a salad with Parmagean Peppercorn dressing with a roll. On the plate there was a grilled steak with BBQ Sauce, mashed potatoes and zucchini. It was really good as well. The chicken was quite tasty as well. Really can not complain at all about the meal. Once again sundaes were offered for desert. I had mine along with a hot tea. The Coach cabin had pasta and chicken again. I must also say that there were a lot of babies aboard this flight. As a matter of fact there was one in the first row of economy behind the F cabin. I must say though that the mothers of the babies kept all of them extremely quite and occupied for the flight and I did not hear any crying. I made sure to complement the woman on how great her child was on the flight before we landed.

In-Flight Beverage Service: The Flight Attendants once again set up a little snack shop up front were they encouraged us to take what ever we want when ever we want it and to ask for any drinks we may want. An hour before landing they came around with a full beverage service.

In-flight Entertainment: They showed Harts War, which I watched and thoroughly enjoyed. It was really good. I flipped through the channels once the first cycle was completed and then I opted for the Shipping New. An ok movie did not like the ending. I watched the sky map some more and played some games after the movie.

Capacity: Full both classes

We made landfall on the north shore of Oahu. We then vectored onto are assigned landing assignment of runway 8R. Our gear was down at 10:45 PM and we landed on 8R at 10:51 PM. We were at 21A at 10:55 PM. WE WERE IN HAWAII!!!! By the way great job by the Delta bagsmashers. Not only did our bags make it but also they were the first ones off the plane!!! Could it have been the new “Flyertalk.com” Luggage tags? J

Ratings:

Airport Facilities at LAX: 10/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: NA/10
Schedule: 10/10 (We were late but hey we were in Hawaii)
Aircraft Condition: 10/10
Aircraft Comfort: 9/10
In-Flight Personnel: 9/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 9/10
In-Flight Meal Service 9/10
In-Flight Entertainment 10/10

Date: May 17, 2002
Origin Airport: HNL
Destination Airport: LIH
Airline: Aloha
Flight Number: 217
Aircraft Type: 737-200C (ETOPS)

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Registration Number: N816AL
Seat Assignment: Open seating chose seat 16F
Scheduled ETD: 10:20 AM
Actual TD: 10:20 AM
Scheduled ETA: 10:55 AM
Actual TA: 10:53 AM on ground, at gate 10:56 AM
Scheduled Flight Time: 35 minutes
Actual Flight Time: 36minutes
Departing Gate: 53
Arriving Gate: 8
Check-in/Security: Took ten minutes when we got off our tour buss and then by the time we got to the gate. Not a problem they were very nice at the airport

Airport Observations: The inter-island terminal and all other areas of HNL also benefit from the openairness of the Hawaiian architecture and there were open areas, which was neat. Pretty simple airport terminal. I noticed by our departing gate that they had some photos about the history of the airline along with pictures to correspond with it. It was very interesting. Anyway I saw an Air Pacific 737-800 an ATA 753, 2 JAL 744s and one JAL DC-10.

Seat/Comfort: I can confidently say that the seat I was in was the worst seat that I have ever sat in ever. It was all leather but the leg room was non-existent. The seats were much higher than the window line so I had to duck down to look out. However I was so cramped that it was nearly impossible to look out. The only good thing about the seat is it was right behind the engine so I could really appreciate the power and thrust of the aircraft.

We pushed back at 10:20AM, all the FA announcements regarding the safety briefing were recorded. They also made an announcement to welcome our tour group. The captain then came on and said we were assigned to depart the reef runway 8R. The very talkative FA explained the history of the reef runway which was interesting as it was the first runway in the world to be built with landfill and it is an site for alternative shuttle landings. Anyway our gear was up at 10:30 for the short flight to LIH. We landed on time on runway 35.

In-Flight Beverage Service: I had the Meadow Gold Passion Orange Nectar. They asked to lower the tray if you wanted a drink to save time on the drink service.

Capacity: It was a completely full flight as there were two tour groups aboard.

Ratings:
Airport Facilities at HNL: 7/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: 7/10
Schedule: 10/10
Aircraft Condition: 4/10
Aircraft Comfort 1/10
In-Flight Personnel: 8/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 8/10
In-Flight Meal Service NA/10
In-Flight Entertainment 10/10 (Great Views)

Date: May 20, 2002
Origin Airport: LIH
Destination Airport: OGG (One stop in HNL
Airline: Aloha
Flight Number: 208
Aircraft Type: 737-200
Registration Number: N818AL

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Seat Assignment: Open seating chose 11A Emergency Exit Row
Scheduled ETD: 9:30 AM
Actual TD: 9:26 AM
Scheduled ETA: 11:00 AM
Actual TA: 10:54 AM on ground, at gate 11:00 AM
Scheduled Flight Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
Actual Flight Time: 1 hours 30 minutes
Departing Gate: 7
Arriving Gate: 13

Check-in/Security: Was a breeze 15 minutes and we had a large tour group.

Airport Observations: 10 gates at LIH they have Spartan mainland service only by UAL. Not much to see when we were at HNL we stayed on the plane and I did not get a good view of the runways. I did notice though when we were taking off at HNL a Pleasant Holidays/ATA L-1011, 5 that right 5 JAL 744s and an Air New Zealand 767.

Seat Comfort: The emergency Exit row was available and I grabbed that. It was SO much better and I was more than comfortable in that seat. It seemed that there was more legroom throughout the plane. I think it was probably due to the fact it was not a Cargo Configuration type aircraft. Anyway I was more than happy in that seat.

In-Flight Beverage Service: I had Passion Orange Nectar on both flight segments.

Well I am not going to go into to much detail about these two flight because they all were routine. The views were fabulous as I could comfortably see the sights. We landed on runway 8L at HNL and took off on that Runway to Maui. Our approach to HNL and Maui were awesome. We touched down on Maui on runway 2 on time. Also on Maui I saw a BBJ with winglets.

Ratings:
Airport Facilities at LIH: 7/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: 7/10
Schedule: 10/10
Aircraft Condition: 8/10
Aircraft Comfort 9/10
In-Flight Personnel: 7/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 8/10
In-Flight Meal Service NA/10
In-Flight Entertainment 10/10 (Great Views)
A little background on our tour. We booked a Globus Escorted Tour through a Travel Agency. This Travel Agency, Bravo Tours, was superb. Our travel agent Ruth was superb. I can not emphasize enough how great they were. If you are looking for an agent to do business with let me know and I could give you her contact info.

Our tour was fully escorted. It was our first time to Hawaii so we wanted an escorted tour to get the full experience. We were EXTREMEMLY happy with Globus and I would recommend them to anyone in the future. We stayed at 5 star hotels and our transfers, tours, and tour guide were exceptional. The meals that were included were excellent as well.

Our tour director, Kimo, as well was exceptional. He did so much to make it a first-class experience for all of us on the tour. He literally knew everyone where we went and worked hard to please which he did. Kimo does not just work for Globus. He also contracts himself out and he is in the process of buying a travel agency as well. If you are planning a convention or need to go to Hawaii with a group this guy is the person to contact if you need help planning it or you want to take the group on a tour. He is a native of the Big Island and his 30+ years working in the industry in Hawaii will make it a great experience for you. Once again if you need his contact info let me know and I will get it to you.

After a week and a half in paradise it was time to go back to reality. This I think was the first time I was sad to go on an airplane as I knew I had a great vacation and I did not want it to end L. O well.

Date: May 23, 2002
Origin Airport: OGG
Destination Airport: HNL
Airline: Hawaiian
Flight Number: 197
Aircraft Type: 717
Registration Number: N482HA

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Seat Assignment: Open seating chose 17A Emergency exit window seat
Scheduled ETD: 7:22 PM
Actual TD: 7:23 PM
Scheduled ETA: 7:56 PM
Actual TA: 7:50 PM on ground, at gate 7:56 PM
Scheduled Flight Time: 34 minutes
Actual Flight Time: 34 minutes
Departing Gate: 17
Arriving Gate: 58

I am going to briefly sum this one up. The 717 are a great aircraft to fly in. The seats are very very comfortable and it was very quite almost like an ERJ. To bad the plane has not gotten more attention. We checked are bags in with HAL and had them interlined to our Delta flights. We boarded and departed on time. Are departure was on Runway 2 and we landed on Runway 8L after flying the channel approach at HNL. Once airborne we were treated to a great sunset and some Jungle Rain Water. It was about 80% full in both classes.

Ratings:
Airport Facilities at OGG: 7/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: 8/10
Schedule: 10/10
Aircraft Condition: 10/10
Aircraft Comfort 10/10 (very comfortable seat)
In-Flight Personnel: 8/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 8/10
In-Flight Meal Service NA/10
In-Flight Entertainment 10/10 (Great Views)

Date: May 23, 2002
Origin Airport: HNL
Destination Airport: SFO
Airline: Delta
Flight Number: 233
Aircraft Type: 767-400
Registration Number: N839MH (New colors)

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Seat Assignment: 4F
Scheduled ETD: 10:45 PM
Actual TD: 10:43 PM
Scheduled ETA: 6:45 AM + one day
Actual TA: 6:32 PM on ground, at gate 6:35 PM
Scheduled Flight Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Actual Flight Time: about 4 hours 35 minutes
Departing Gate: 20
Arriving Gate: 46

Check-in/Security: After we got off our HAL flight we took the shuttle to the Delta concourse. It was great as we did not need to go through security again. We checked in at the Delta counter a little early and we had our boarding passes in hand all the way to EWR.

Airport Observations: I like HNL. If you are there make sure you check out there little museum that they have across the way from the food court. It has a lot of neat PANAM stuff there. I stood for a while by the open area and listened and watched the night movements at the airport. There were 5 767-400s there. Three from Delta and 2 from CO. Looks like the plane found its niche. I also noticed a CO 757-200 parked at a remote hanger. This plane was also there when we touched down on our first Flight into HNL at night. Does anyone know what it is doing there? Anyway just walked around a little bit and waited for our flight back.

Seat/Comfort: We finally boarded and the seat I thought had a little more leg room than the middle bank of seats other than that it was the same seat type etc.

Predeparture Drink: Coke, Biscoff cookies and Pretzels

We pushed back on-time and we took off on the reef runway 8R. The gears were up at 10:55 PM. This flight attendant thought that there was a new ‘Biz-Elite’ section of the aircraft which came as a surprise to me and all of us sitting up front. In one of her announcements she said that the “…BizElite cabin can look in the seat pocket in front for..”. Not only did she say this once but she said it another time before our final decent into SFO. I mean it really is not that big of a deal but the FA should understand the product being offered. Why say BizElite if it is not a true BizElite cabin with seat and service?

In-flight Meal Service: This flight was listed as a snack. The purser started from the front to back and offered us a 3 cheese pasta or soup and sandwich. I chose the soup and sandwich. For a snack both portions were generous and mine was tasty. It came with a salad, key lime tart pie for desert, a southwestern style soup and a roast beef sandwich with Swiss cheese. A very full and satisfying late night treat. The 3 cheese pasta was also a generous portion and was as well very good looking to eat. I had mine with a sprite.

Soon after the meal service I went to sleep for 2 hours.

In-Flight Entertainment: When I woke up we were still 2 hours out so I turned on the flight map and watched are progression and the stars in the sky followed by a nice sunrise.

Capacity: Full both classes.

We started our decent 150 miles out and made landfall north of Monterey Bay. We lined up very quickly after that for a smooth and routine touchdown on runway 28L.

Ratings:
Airport Facilities at HNL: 7/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: 8/10
Schedule: 10/10
Aircraft Condition: 8/10
Aircraft Comfort 9/10
In-Flight Personnel: 9/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 9/10
In-Flight Meal Service 9/10
In-Flight Entertainment 10/10 (Great Views)

Date: May 24, 2002
Origin Airport: SFO
Destination Airport: CVG
Airline: Delta
Flight Number: 1040
Aircraft Type: 757-200
Registration Number: N640DL (New colors)

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Seat Assignment: 3D
Scheduled ETD: 10:45 AM
Actual TD: 10:45 AM
Scheduled ETA: 6:03 PM
Actual TA: 5:55 PM on ground, at gate 6:00 PM
Scheduled Flight Time: 4 hours 18 minutes
Actual Flight Time: 4 hours 1 minute
Departing Gate: 48
Arriving Gate: B-26

Airport Observations: Well there was not too much to see at SFO and the windows were horrible for viewing so I got a Jamba Juice and waited for Hass, Airworthy , to stop by. I appreciate him taking the time out of his busy work day to trek on over to meet. I am happy for him that he will be going to Purdue and look forward to seeing him again.

Seat/Comfort: Older interior and older seats. They seemed a little worn. They remind me a lot of the CO 757 F-Class seats and were as comfortable as they were. Which was pretty comfy I thought.

On Board I saw N105DA a 762 with new Delta Colors neat airplane to see.

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Predeparture Drink: There was a water on every seat and I asked for a sprite. The FA did something though that counts in my book. My mom asked if there was Hot Decaf Tea. The FA said no there wasn’t but she would look in her own stash to see if there was some. So I noticed her go to the closet reach into her own bag and fish out a tea bag. That is another example of how you can show good customer service regardless of cuts. Thank you Ms. FA where ever you are.

We pushed back at 10:46 AM and taxied to Runway 1R for a takeoff at 10:56 AM. I love the take off climb rate of the 757 it is a very powerful aircraft. We flew directly over OAK and saw a lot of SWA 737s on the ground there. At 10,000 feet the Captain immediately turned off the fasten seatbelt sign as a smooth flight was expected. We then climbed and flew over Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. It was great to see it from the air.

In-Flight Meal Service: Our choices for this lunch were either a Chicken Quesodia or a Mediterranean Chicken Pasta. I chose the Quesodia which include a salad, roll, and a lemon tart pie. The salad dressing was a ranch and I got a packed of sour cream and salsa for the Quesodia. It once again was very tasty and I tried some of the Chicken Pasta which as well was quite tasty.

After the lunch I went to sleep to wake up before our arrival at CVG. We got bumped around on approach due to isolated thunderstorms. The flight was full and the movie offered was Harts War which I already saw. I was dead tired so the sleep helped. WE landed on time on runway

Ratings:
Airport Facilities at SFO: 6/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: 8/10
Schedule: 10/10
Aircraft Condition: 8/10
Aircraft Comfort 8/10
In-Flight Personnel: 10/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 9/10
In-Flight Meal Service 9/10
In-Flight Entertainment NA/10

Date: May 24, 2002
Origin Airport: CVG
Destination Airport: EWR
Airline: Delta
Flight Number: 1638
Aircraft Type: MD-88
Registration Number: N972DL (Old colors)

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Seat Assignment: 2D
Scheduled ETD: 6:50 PM
Actual TD: 6:50 PM
Scheduled ETA: 8:38 PM
Actual TA: 8:27 PM on ground, at gate 8:38 PM
Scheduled Flight Time: 1 hours 48 minutes
Actual Flight Time: 1 hours 48 minutes
Departing Gate: A11
Arriving Gate: 47

Airport Observations: CVG is an easy airport to connect through. I noticed a few 727-200s and a Delta Shuttle 737-800 there. Other than that a lot of CRJs. By the time we got to the gate the aircraft was boarding so we walked right on.

Seat/Comfort: This was the same style seat as my first MD-88 trip so not much difference.

Predeparture Drink: Tomato Juice and a bottle of water on the seat

Noticed a lot of cute girls my age on this flight J. We pushed back on time and we ran to runway 27 as the pilot told us he wanted to beat the rush due to the 6:50-7:00 push. We were number one for take off and we jetted into the air at 7:00 PM to Flight Level 33,000 feet. A smooth flight all the way to EWR.

In-flight Beverage Service: I asked for a tomato juice and a lime. After that the FA came around 2 times to refill the drink and another basket of goodies. A Snack Mix and Biscoff were fine for me. Before I knew it we were starting our decent. Another nice peace of Customer Service as the FA came around before our landing with more water and thanked each one of us for flying Delta. Good job by him.

Capacity: Full both classes

Routine flight and we landed on time on Runway 22L at EWR. Once again my bags made it and they were the first ones off the belt. Must be the Flyertalk.com tags J

Ratings
Airport Facilities at CVG: 8/10
Check-in/Gate Personnel: NA/10
Schedule: 8/10
Aircraft Condition: 7/10
Aircraft Comfort: 7/10
In-Flight Personnel: 7/10
In-Flight Beverage Service 10/10
In-Flight Meal Service NA/10
In-Flight Entertainment NA/10

Well I hope you liked the report. Thank you for taking the time to read it. If you have any questions about the trip or need me to send you the contact info for the travel agent or Kimo please let me know. I appreciate all of your comments. Safe flying to all!!


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User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6207 times:

Nice report... glad you enjoyed the islands!! A few comments... you probably landed on 8L on your flight from LAX to HNL. I assure you, the taxi from 8R to the terminal isn't 6 minutes!

I was on an America West free ticket from IAD-PHX a few years ago. The flight was canceled and I was going to be put on a nonstop on UA. I asked them if they could reroute me on NW via DTW, and it was no problem. I curiously got miles for those 2 flights too!! shhhhh!

I used to volunteer at that museum when I was in high school. It is a pretty neat place, but it's basically the same as when i worked there and that was in 1994/95. Time for some updates...


AZJ


User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6209 times:

AZJ, you are right we did land on 8L sorry about the typo. Yes I do not understand why the agent would not put me on the CO flight non-stop. O well. I would still highly recommend Delta.

I understand you are a native Hawaiian. It was great there. I was wondering how is the weather like in January? I would love to go back. My main concern is the water temperature whats it like? Thanks for the kind response.


User currently offlineAzjubilee From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 6203 times:

Yup, I am originally from the islands. I am mostly caucasion with 1/8th native Hawaiian in me! It's in my little toe I guess.

January and winter in general = RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN!!!!!!! I went home this past January for a week and it rained every single day. Temps are in the 70s/low 80s. It's very hot and humid and stifling this time of year. Water temps, I have no idea. Warm enough nobody ever wears wetsuits though!! year round too...

Glad you enjoyed DL... I have flown them twice this year from HNL to SFO and found them to be just fine. I still prefer my red tails, but it's nice to the the competition out there!!


AZJ



User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6188 times:

Mark, excellent recounting of your journey.

If only I could go on a first class vacation all the way like that!

I see you enjoy tomato juice in-flight as well; you have good taste.

All in all, amazingly thorough details... keep em comen!

Hass


User currently offlineCMK10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 6169 times:

You lucky lucky man. I will probably never have the chance to go back, im glad you thourougly enjoyed yourself. Next time you should try AA through ORD, i did that once and it was extremly smooth. When i used to go it was usually AA through LAX and sometimes we'd have to stay overnight, the best i think is AA through ORD.
Glad you had fun.

DC-10's Forever



"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

Nice report. I have a question though, was it all that bad getting into Hawaii that late? I asking because Delta has some of the most jacked up schedules to Hawaii (like a flight from LAX that gets in after midnight and the only SFO deparute being late night) and terrible connections.

User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 6096 times:

Adam84, nope I did not care at all I got into Hawaii that late I was being sarcastic in the report. Are you sure Delta has a flight getting into HNL after midnight? Looking at the Arrival board when I was there I did not see one. Thank you for the reply I appreciate it.

Please keep the replies and comments coming.


User currently offlineN202PA From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1562 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 4 hours ago) and read 6067 times:

Very nice report! I flew on a similar set of flights as yours back in 2000, when I went to Hawaii. We did IAD-CVG-LAX-HNL on the outbound, and I believe the flight into HNL was basically the same as yours, arriving at 10:50 pm or thereabouts. Of course, back then, they were flying the route with the L-1011, so the flight originated in LAX instead of coming from ATL.

Flew HNL-ATL nonstop on the L-10 on the way back...that ATL-HNL leg is quite the hump, isn't it? Of course, I'm sure the stop these days in LAX helps, but coming back nonstop was 8 hours of pure hell, especially since we went standby and got stuck with middle seats. After that flight, I vowed never to take a flight of that length again unless I'm in a premium cabin. In any case, I guess going to Hawaii from the east coast is always a time-consuming affair...no matter how you slice it, you're going to spend 10-12 hours getting there. Well worth it, given the splendor of Hawaii (the most perfect place on Earth, IMO), though.


User currently offlineCanarsie VOR From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 5990 times:

I printed out your trip report and read it during my lunch break outside earlier today and felt as if I was there with you in beautiful Hawaii. Excellent read!

User currently offlineI LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5927 times:

N202PA, you are right IMO Hawaii is the most perfect place on earth.

Canarsie VOR, thanks for the kind reply as well.


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