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USA Trip Pt. 7: Heading To Hawaii: SAN-LAX-HNL  
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15537 times:
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Introduction



Hello everyone and welcome to part 7 of this USA trip series!

For part 1 featuring my first 2 flights on SAS’ “new” A320 please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 1: Getting Started!: AMS-CPH-GVA (by adamspotter Apr 14 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 2 featuring a scenic early morning flight across the Alps on a Darwin Saab2000, an uncomfortable hop across the pond with Alitalia and my first US Domestic flight (of this trip) on DL please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 2: Crossing The Pond: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL (by adamspotter May 2 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 3 featuring a nice flight on Delta’s mighty 777-200LR between ATL-LAX please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 3: Riding The 777-200LR!: ATL-LAX (by adamspotter May 8 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 4 featuring my first experience with Virgin America from LAX-BOS please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 4: Tryin' Out The Virgin!: LAX-BOS (by adamspotter May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 5 featuring my first experience with Jetblue between BOS-EWR-MCO please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 5: Jetting With Blue: BOS-EWR-MCO (by adamspotter Jun 2 2013 in Trip Reports)

For part 6 featuring yet another first experience, this time on Alaska Airlines between MCO-SAN please see here:
USA Trip Pt. 6: A Morning With Alaska: MCO-SAN (by adamspotter Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)

This part will concentrate on my SAN-LAX-HNL flights.

As most of you know this series will be split into 13 different parts:

Part 1: AMS-CPH-GVA
Part 2: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL
Part 3: ATL-LAX
Part 4: LAX-BOS
Part 5: BOS-EWR-MCO
Part 6: MCO-SAN
Part 7: SAN-LAX-HNL
Part 8: HNL-KOA-OGG-HNL
Part 9: HNL-LAX-PDX
Part 10: PDX-SEA-BOI-SMF
Part 11: SMF-SFO-ATL
Part 12: ATL-JFK-VCE
Part 13: VCE-ZRH-AMS


Hawaii has been a place I have always wanted to visit since I was a little kid. After watching many documentaries and TV series showing Hawaii, it has always caught my eye and been on my “to visit” list. Knowing I was going to pass through SAN, I saw this as a great opportunity to make one of my dreams come true!
While looking up fares from SAN, there were many different options all around the price of 130EUR. There was the direct SAN-HNL AS flight, UA via LAX or SFO, AA via LAX or DL via LAX to name a few. In the end I chose for DL as the times suited me the best and I could log 2 more flight segments to my Flying Blue account.
The short flight up to LAX will be operated by a SkyWest CRJ-700 and the flight to HNL by one of their 757-300s, a type I haven’t flown all too often..

The idea is to stay in Hawaii for a whole day (27th January) before heading back to the mainland. For the one day I would be staying in Hawaii I booked a bunch of “domestic” flights within Hawaii. Unfortunately not everything went according to plan but more on that later.


Map



First, the map for this part thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

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And once again the map of this whole trip also thanks to the Great Circle Mapper:

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Saturday January 26



I am at the Delta check-in area at SAN airport. I just got off my Alaska Airlines flight from MCO (see part 6). It’s finally time to head to Hawaii! My bag is already tagged through to HNL and, as I had already checked in online the night before, all I need to do now is print my BP. I approach one of the many SSKs and a few minutes later the machine successfully spits out both BPs. I try to clear security here but am told that all flights departing to LAX leave from the commuter terminal.
After getting instructions on how to get there from the friendly TSA agent, I head outside and wait for the bus to take me to the commuter terminal. It arrives quickly and I am the only passenger onboard.
A 5 minute bus ride follows, so I thank the driver for the short ride and head inside the terminal. There is no line at security here so I am through in a couple of minutes without any problems.
Now this is something I really regret doing as there is absolutely nothing to do here and I still have 3 hours to go before boarding starts. I buy a quick snack and drink at the news stand and find a seat next to the window. Outside two UA Express EMB-120s await their next mission to LAX:

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An American Eagle CRJ-700 is also about to depart to LAX:

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I get some good views of all departures and arrivals from my window, so I grab my binoculars and get some spotting done. Soon enough, a TSA agent approaches me and asks what I am doing. He seems satisfied with my answer and wishes me good luck.
Time goes by quickly and the UA Express EMB-120 is now replaced by a SkyWest EMB-120 which will also be heading to, you guessed it, LAX!:

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A couple of words about the commuter terminal. It is used for all flights operated by American Eagle, UA Express and Delta Connection to LAX. I consists of 4 gates, a bathroom, a news stand and the SAN Gourmet & Bar:

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Boarding time is nearing and my name is announced on the PA to come to the gate. I had put myself on the upgrade list and it has apparently come through as I get handed my new BP with seat 1D. Always nice, even on such a short flight. The screen at the gate also shows a delay of 9 minutes as the new departure time is 14:39 instead of 14:30.


Boarding



BP for this flight:

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Our aircraft finally arrives at 14:15 and 5 minutes later boarding is called for Sky Priority passengers. The gate agent scans my BP and I head outside. We have to wait in a “holding pen” before being allowed to walk towards the aircraft as passengers are still de-boarding and walking towards the terminal.
Shortly after the pilot walks over to us and says something to the gate agent. Apparently there is something wrong with the plane and a mechanic is taking a look at it, so we are directed back inside. At this moment I am not all too worried yet as I have 1 hour and 35 minutes transfer time at LAX.

While waiting for more information I have a nice chat with a fellow passenger who is also flying in First class. After about 20 minutes of waiting the gate agent comes on the PA and gives us the bad news. Apparently a part is broken (completely forgot what it is called) and a spare has to be flown in on the next Delta flight from LAX due to arrive in 1,5 hours. The agent also asks for all passengers who have a connection at LAX to come to the desk as we will be rebooked.
A mad dash to the desk follows and a long line is formed, apparently almost everybody has a connection! It takes about half an hour before I am finally helped by one of the two gate agents. She checks every possible option of getting me to HNL tonight, but it is too late. There are no more direct flights and I won’t make the last flights heading to HNL at LAX. I’m afraid I am going to have to face defeat. No “domestic” flying in Hawaii, the 3 flights I was looking forward to the most.

Feeling very disappointed and mad I decide on heading to LAX tonight, staying at a hotel there and taking the midday flight to HNL (leaving LAX at 14:59, arriving HNL at 18:50). The gate agent gives me a voucher to hand over to an agent in LAX, who will then give me my new BP for the next day and meal/hotel vouchers for the night.
It now becomes clear that all passengers that are booked on my original flight will now take the 17:33 flight to LAX. This will be on the aircraft that is arriving from LAX with the spare part. All passengers that were originally booked on the 17:33 flight will have to wait until the other aircraft is fixed. To sum all things up, it is a total mess!

With everything taken care of I give my hotel in Hawaii a call, explain my situation and tell them I will only be staying one night instead of two. Luckily enough they decide to only charge me for the one night even though I was too late with cancelling.
I also send fellow a.netter the 777Man a Facebook message to see if he will be around the next day to get some spotting done before finally heading towards Hawaii.
With everything taken care of I wait for boarding to begin. To kill time I have a nice talk with my neighbor who will be heading to SEA tonight.

Boarding is finally called at 17:45, this due to the late arrival of our aircraft (yes, again!). Sky Priority passengers are asked to board first so I make my towards the gate. The agent scans my BP and I head outside towards the aircraft, so far so good!
It is dark outside by now but I am still able to spot the CRJ-700s registration. It is N641CA, delivered to Comair on 30/10/2003 and flying with SkyWest since 01/10/2012.


On Board



26/01/2013
SAN-LAX
DL4503 // 1D
CRJ-700 SkyWest (Delta Connection) // N641CA
18:10-??:??


I am one of the first ones to enter the aircraft and am greeted by a female FA who still seems to be in a good mood despite everything. I enter the aisle and the first seat on the left is mine, 1D. I put my belongings in the small overhead bin and get settled in:

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There isn’t much to say about this flight as I am in no mood to take pictures and barely note any details down.
The flight load is 100% in Y with 2 empty seats here in First, I have a neighbor in the aisle seat. Cabin crew consists of 2 females, they are very friendly and full with smiles and jokes despite the long delay. My own experience is that FAs on Delta Connection flights are much more relaxed and friendly then on Delta mainline.
The doors are closed at 18:05 and we commence taxi 5 minutes later. During taxi the pilot comes on the PA apologizing for the delay and some flight info. Cruising altitude will be just 10,000 feet.
We take off from the runway and head towards LAX. During most of the flight I keep my head glued to the window as there are some beautiful views down below of the clouds and illuminated coastline.
Service on this flight consists of the usual drinks and choice of snacks. I order a coke and grab a couple bags of chips and pretzels. The female FA does a good job at refilling my coke regularly.
In no time we commence descent and the cabin is prepared for arrival. Shortly after we arrive in LAX which is very foggy tonight, a short taxi to the gate follows.
Once we reach our gate, the front door is opened quickly and I thank the crew on my way out. A short wait in the jetway for my carry on follows before heading inside the terminal.

I join a short line at the nearest occupied gate and eventually explain my situation to the friendly gate agent. She quickly hands me my hotel voucher and three meal vouchers, she also apologizes for all the inconvenience.
Now the fun part starts. As some of you may remember my bag is tagged all the way through to HNL. While rebooking me, I told the gate agent at SAN about it and that I would like to retrieve it at LAX for the night. She said that was possible and, after a bit of typing on her computer, assured me my bag would be on the belt once I arrive at LAX.
To my big surprise (not!), once arriving at the belt all bags were already offloaded and mine wasn’t there.
I quickly head over to Delta’s baggage service. There I am met by a very unfriendly lady who simply tells me to wait by the claim as the bags still have to come out. I try explaining to her that all bags have arrived as everyone is gone. Nevertheless she is persistent, so I wait at the belt for another 10 minutes.
Still no bag (surprise, surprise!), so I head back to the DL baggage service. There I am helped by another and much friendlier lady. After handing over my baggage tag, she tracks it and tells me it is here at LAX but tagged through to HNL for tomorrow. I tell her that is correct and explain the whole situation. She feels very sorry for me and tells me she will make a call and my bag should be out on the belt soon, but has no idea how long it will take.
I head over to the belt and it appears I am not the only one. There are a couple other people in the same situation as mine, apparently some DL Connection flights were cancelled due to the fog.
45 minutes pass and still no sign of my bag. I head back over to the baggage service but they can’t give me an answer as to how long it will take, as it is complete chaos due to the cancelled flights.
To cut things short, I wait a total of 2 hours before my bag finally arrives. I have never been happier to see my bag come on the belt!


The Westin LAX



Hotel for tonight, courtesy of Delta, is the Westin hotel Los Angeles International airport. After finally retrieving my bag I head outside and wait for the hotel shuttle to arrive. It arrives quickly and we make our way towards the hotel. The shuttle is filled to the brim with mostly crew members heading to the hotel for the night. After about a 15 minute drive we arrive at the hotel, so I grab my belongings and head inside.
Once inside I am checked in by a friendly receptionist (after handing in my hotel voucher) and am handed my room key. I thank him and head upstairs to my room:

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As I am getting quite hungry, I quickly head outside to grab a bite to eat at the Taco Bell across the street. After that, I head back to my hotel room and watch some TV while making use of the provided WIFI until I fall asleep.


Sunday January 27



The next morning my alarm clock goes off at 10:00. My flight to HNL doesn’t leave until 14:59, so I decide to meet up with fellow a.netter Lars (The777Man) beforehand.

Nice view from my room:

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After some messaging on Facebook, Lars is on his way so I quickly get my morning rituals done.
With that all done, I grab my belonging and head downstairs to check out. Check out is done swiftly and I head outside where Lars is waiting in his car. We exchange greetings and head over to Imperial Hill to get some spotting done. While spotting we have several conversations aviation and non-aviation wise.
A couple hours later and it is about time to head back to the airport, but first we grab a quick bite to eat at the famous In-N-Out Burger. Like always the In-N-Out is busy but nevertheless we are helped pretty quickly and enjoy our burger while watching the planes land.
With just a little over an hour to go before STD it is about time to head over to the airport, terminal 5 to be exact. Once we arrive I bid Lars farewell and head into the terminal. Lars it was great to see you again, hope to see you again in September!


Check In



Once inside T5, I head over to the Sky Priority lane to check my bag in. There is nobody in line so I am quickly helped by a friendly agent who tags my bag to HNL. Next stop is security which is a breeze, although they want to put my bag through the x-ray again for some reason. With that all done it only took me 15 minutes to check me bag in and clear security.


Continued Below


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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
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Gate for this afternoons flight is 51B. Once there, it is crowded with people but no aircraft to be seen. So I head over to the McDonalds to grab a nice and cold milkshake. After a nice refreshment I head back to the gate where there is still no aircraft to be seen. I find an empty seat and wait for the aircraft to arrive.
15 minutes later it finally arrives, it is N591NW. This 757-300 is an ex Northwest bird delivered to NW on 30/06/2003. It is flying with Delta since 01/05/2009. It sure looked much better in its NWA livery!:

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Boarding



BP for this flight:

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Time slowly goes by and an announcement is made that we will begin boarding once the plane is quickly cleaned and getting prepared again. I decide to find a seat at gate 50 adjacent to 51 and wait for boarding to begin:

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Boarding is finally called at 14:52, 7 minutes ahead of STD. First the Sky Priority passengers and then zone 1. I wait until most zone 1 passengers have boarded until I head towards the gate. Once there, the agent scans my BP and I head into the jetway.


On Board



27/01/2013
LAX-HNL
DL1559 // 26A
B757-351 Delta // N591NW
15:58-20:01


At the entrance of the plane a male FA awaits. He isn’t looking all to happy and is more concentrated on checking what and how much everybody is bringing on board. He even gets the guy in front of me a hard time as he has 2 big carry-ons with him, even though one of them is for his wife who is standing next to him.
Once entering the aircraft I greet the FA, he gives me a look but doesn’t say anything back. Not feeling very welcome on board I head towards my seat, 29A which is in the exit row:

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Legroom is obviously good:

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Drop down screens are showing different adverts:

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The plane slowly but surely fills up, in the end it will be quite a healthy load at around 90% with the aisle occupied and the seat next to me remaining empty.
Cabin crew consists of a mix of elder males and females. They can best be described as business friendly, few to no smiles and not very motivated.
The door is eventually closed at 15:30 and the male FA comes on the PA welcoming us on board this 757-600 (yes those were his exact words) followed by the usual announcements. Shortly after the pilot also comes on welcoming us on board, apologizing for the delay (no reason given) and announcing a further delay due to ATC restrictions. Announced flying time is 5 hours and 34 minutes.

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While waiting for ATC clearance, the safety demonstration is being played:

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Shortly after, this beauty gets pulled into the gate and will be heading to JFK. Those who know me know how much I love this livery!:

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We finally commence pushback at 15:58, 1 hour behind schedule:

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Tail en detail:

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After being released, we taxi towards runway 25L:

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United 757-33N N57868:

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Terminal 4 on the left and terminal 5 on the right:

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Delta A330-223 N859NW:

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Alaska Airlines 737-490 N703AS:

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United 757-222 N571UA:

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Terminal 7 on the left and terminal 8 on the right:

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Terminal 8:

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American Eagle land:

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United’s maintenance area/remote stands:

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We have to cross runways 25L and R and join the line there, this is due to construction works going on on runway 25R:

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Cargo ramp:

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We reach 25L at 16:15:

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A bunch of RJs are waiting behind us:

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Take Off



Rolling onto 25L:

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What follows is a powerful take off towards the west:

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Sky West CRJ-700 N727SK:

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Rotate!:

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Bye bye LA, see you tomorrow afternoon!:

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Seatpocket Contents



Time to take a quick look at the seatpocket contents, first of all the WIFI info. There is unfortunately no WIFI available above the ocean:

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“Eats” menu:

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Sky Magazine:

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And of course the safety card:


Continued Below


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 15717 times:
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Cruising above the ocean:

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There is no IFE except for some stupid movie they are playing on the drop down screens (forgot the name). I keep myself entertained by watching a DVD on my laptop:

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Meanwhile the crew come about the cabin with the drinks/snacks & BOB service. I am feeling quite hungry by now so decide to try the Signature Sandwich Combo. But, for the second time on this trip they don’t have it. In fact they don’t have anything on the menu as they “forgot to load it”. Seriously Delta? No food for a flight that takes 5,5 hours? Very very poor IMHO!
So for the second time my meal consists of some pretzels and peanuts. Together with that I get a Ginger Ale, cheers PH!:

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Outside, the sun is slowly starting to set:

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To make things worse, my laptop battery is empty. I give the movie on the screens a go but for some reason the sound won’t work when plugging my earphones in:

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So for the next hour I watch the beautiful sunset outside:

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Landing



For the remainder of the flight I relax and listen to some music on my iPhone. The crew do a good job at keeping everybody hydrated as they regularly come about the cabin offering water/juice.
Soon enough we start our descent and the FO comes on the PA with the latest weather update and thanking us for choosing Delta.
The approach is quite a bumpy one and there is nothing to see outside but darkness, such a shame. The crew prepare the cabin for landing as we get closer to HNL.
The flaps are deployed and the gear is lowered meaning we are on final approach. Soon enough we smack down on the runway at 19:58, it is very rainy at HNL tonight so I can’t make out which runway it is.
The male FA welcomes us to HNL as we exit the runway and taxi to our gate. It is a short taxi and we reach our final parking position at 20:01, 1 hour and 11 minutes behind schedule. Next to us is a DL 767 getting prepared for the red eye to SLC tonight:

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The door is opened quickly and the plane slowly empties out. I grab my belongings and head towards the terminal, bidding the crew farewell on my way out. The captain is also there which is a nice touch.
Once inside the terminal I head straight towards baggage claim. This is my first time at HNL, the first impression is a very good one. Such a shame I am leaving the next morning again.
Once at baggage claim my bag arrives quickly and I give my hotel a call to come and pick me up.


Airport Honolulu Hotel



Hotel for tonight is the Airport Honolulu Hotel. I wanted a hotel close to the airport, although there are not many of them here at HNL. I chose this hotel as it was the cheapest and had the best reviews of them all.
The shuttle arrives about 10 minutes after calling the hotel. As I am the only passenger that needs to be picked up we are on our way quickly. It is about a 5 minute drive to the hotel. Once there, I tip the driver before heading inside to check in.
Check in is done by a friendly receptionist and after paying and signing a couple of forms I get handed my room key. I thank the receptionist and head over to my room which is on the ground floor:

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The room is quite OK for the price paid and in good condition. There is a little store here in the hotel so I head over there to get some food. I end up eating some instant noodles while watching TV in my room.
For the rest of the night I check in for my flight the next morning and watch some TV before falling asleep.


Conclusion



First of all my apologies for it taking so long to get this part out. Life has been busy and I haven’t had much time to write lately.
This is the first time something goes wrong on this trip. Of course I am not happy about it but I knew I was taking some big risks with this crazy itinerary. I am happy this is the only that has gone wrong so far. As already said in the introduction I had booked several “domestic” flights within Hawaii which I unfortunately had to cancel.
The flights that I booked were HNL-KOA on a Hawaiian Airlines 717, KOA-OGG on a Mokulele Cessna Caravan and OGG-HNL on a Go! CRJ-200. A nice list of airlines and aircraft types I unfortunately missed out on. A big shame, but another reason to visit Hawaii again soon!

As for Delta.. Delta is one of my favorite US legacy carriers but they sure disappointed me these 2 days. From the chaotic way they dealt with the big delay and rebooking of passengers in SAN, to the very average LAX-HNL flight. The crew were not motivated at all, and having no food in stock that was on the menu is very very poor for such a long flight!


This will conclude part 7 of this series. Thank you very much for taking the time to read this report and I sure hope you enjoyed it! Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question, I would really appreciate that!

Stay tuned for part 8 featuring my HNL-LAX-OAK-PDX flights!

Cheers and take care,

Amsterdamspotter or Brendan Berkhout as known on Facebook.


Previous Trip Reports



USA Trip Pt. 6: A Morning With Alaska: MCO-SAN (by adamspotter Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 5: Jetting With Blue: BOS-EWR-MCO (by adamspotter Jun 2 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 4: Tryin' Out The Virgin!: LAX-BOS (by adamspotter May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 3: Riding The 777-200LR!: ATL-LAX (by adamspotter May 8 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 2: Crossing The Pond: GVA-FCO-JFK-ATL (by adamspotter May 2 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA Trip Pt. 1: Getting Started!: AMS-CPH-GVA (by adamspotter Apr 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Southwest: MDW-BNA-HOU (by adamspotter Mar 17 2013 in Trip Reports)
Off To The Windy City On A KLM MD-11!: AMS-ORD (Y) (by adamspotter Jan 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa/Lounges & New FRA Pier A+: AMS-CDG-AMS (by adamspotter Dec 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa Inaugural: Rotterdam-Munich-Rotterdam (by adamspotter Nov 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
Catching The LAN A340: FRA-MAD-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 23 2012 in Trip Reports)
Air Baltic, Norwegian & KLM: RIX-ARN-HEL-AMS (by adamspotter Oct 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
KLM Business To HEL + A BT Dash 8: AMS-HEL-RIX (by adamspotter Sep 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 5: YYZ-AMS In A KLM Upper Deck! (by adamspotter Sep 16 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 4: Off To Canada!: PHL-LGA-YYZ (by adamspotter Sep 9 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 3: Big Delay + JFK-PHL On DL (by adamspotter Aug 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 2: Maine! + BOS-JFK On DL In Y (by adamspotter Aug 26 2012 in Trip Reports)
USA Vacation Part 1: Delta Long Haul: AMS-BOS In Y (by adamspotter Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
Spotting Pics + My Journey Back Home On Swiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 30 2012 in Trip Reports)
Weekend Spotting Trip To Zurich On Edelweiss In C (by adamspotter Jun 25 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Heathrow Via Munich + Lounges (by adamspotter Jun 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Business Class To Manchester On KLM (by adamspotter May 6 2012 in Trip Reports)
To LGW Via FRA + Spotting At FRA (by adamspotter May 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 2: YYZ-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Apr 19 2012 in Trip Reports)
To Toronto For The Weekend Pt. 1: AMS-FRA-YYZ (by adamspotter Apr 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
Another Great Day With LH: AMS-MUC-FCO-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 31 2012 in Trip Reports)
Delay & Plane Change: AMS-BCN-MAD-BCN-AMS On VY! (by adamspotter Mar 24 2012 in Trip Reports)
Lufthansa To Brussels!: AMS-FRA-BRU-FRA-AMS (by adamspotter Mar 12 2012 in Trip Reports)
First Trip Report!: AMS-CPH-FRA-AMS (SAS & ICE) (by adamspotter Mar 3 2012 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1934 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15026 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A couple of words about the commuter terminal. It is used for all flights operated by American Eagle, UA Express and Delta Connection to LAX. I consists of 4 gates, a bathroom, a news stand and the SAN Gourmet & Bar:

....and used to be the Headquarters/Hangar for PSA.

http://www.psa-history.org/memorabilia/usair_merger



This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offlinepdx From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 14921 times:

Love your trip reports! Glad you include your hotels. Can't wait for part 8 (or 9?) that includes PDX! Hope you found our airport worth your visiting? Happy travels!

User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 14688 times:

Wow, thanks for sharing! Sorry things didn't work out but at least Delta took care of you, that is the least they could do!

In my experience you are correct that the Delta regional FA's do tend to be more relaxed and more attentive to F-class in general. Some of the best Delta crews I've ever had have actually been on the regionals...who aren't really Delta crew!


User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 14518 times:

Wow man that sucked. Missed the EMB-120 and all the intra-Hawaiian flights. I would have been so pissed off.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I try to clear security here but am told that all flights departing to LAX leave from the commuter terminal.

Yeah, the one time I had to fly out of SAN (also heading to LAX) I almost made the mistake of heading to the main terminal instead of the commuter one. Fortunately the taxi driver told us about it and got to the right place. I wonder, can one walk between the two terminals?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Now this is something I really regret doing as there is absolutely nothing to do here and I still have 3 hours to go before boarding starts.

Yeah, not much there. There is hardly enough seating. But if you are into RJs then it's a fun place to do some spotting, as you did.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After that, I head back to my hotel room and watch some TV while making use of the provided WIFI until I fall asleep.

I didn't know you were into bowling  .

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
a male FA awaits. He isn’t looking all to happy and is more concentrated on checking what and how much everybody is bringing on board.

Actually I wish UA did exactly that. In a number of flights with them I've noticed how they tend to let people with as many as 3 carry-ons on the plane so by the time the last few people board the plane the crew makes them give away their bags (even of they only have one). Complete bullcrap. But I'm getting carried away here  .

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
In fact they don’t have anything on the menu as they “forgot to load it”. Seriously Delta? No food for a flight that takes 5,5 hours? Very very poor IMHO!

Lol. What? I would not have expected that from DL.

I'm sorry for all you had to endure in this segment of your trip. I hope the rest of it went smoothly and as planned  .

Stojan



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13947 times:

Hi Brendan!

Thanks for the 7th installment in this series and too bad to hear about your missed flight to HNL and the flights you could not catch there. Also you didn't get to spend much time there which is too bad. When you go all the way from AMS to HNL, it would be nice for you to see some the the sights there. Waikiki is pretty nice although touristy.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
After some messaging on Facebook, Lars is on his way so I quickly get my morning rituals done.
With that all done, I grab my belonging and head downstairs to check out. Check out is done swiftly and I head outside where Lars is waiting in his car. We exchange greetings and head over to Imperial Hill to get some spotting done. While spotting we have several conversations aviation and non-aviation wise.
A couple hours later and it is about time to head back to the airport, but first we grab a quick bite to eat at the famous In-N-Out Burger. Like always the In-N-Out is busy but nevertheless we are helped pretty quickly and enjoy our burger while watching the planes land.
With just a little over an hour to go before STD it is about time to head over to the airport, terminal 5 to be exact. Once we arrive I bid Lars farewell and head into the terminal. Lars it was great to see you again, hope to see you again in September!

It was great to see you and I'm glad it worked out so that we could meet up. When will you be here in September ? I have a trip to Asia in the second week. Let me know of the dates and hopefully things will work out.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
Meanwhile the crew come about the cabin with the drinks/snacks & BOB service. I am feeling quite hungry by now so decide to try the Signature Sandwich Combo. But, for the second time on this trip they don’t have it. In fact they don’t have anything on the menu as they “forgot to load it”. Seriously Delta? No food for a flight that takes 5,5 hours? Very very poor IMHO!

Very bad that they forgot to cater the BOB meals at LAX especially for such a long flight. Very nice to hear that other carriers screw up sometimes and not just United Airlines.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
So for the second time my meal consists of some pretzels and peanuts. Together with that I get a Ginger Ale, cheers PH!:

Nice to see peanuts on a flight in the US! I haven't seen that for a while because of all the people with peanuts allergy but I miss those peanuts.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
Hotel for tonight is the Airport Honolulu Hotel.

I have stayed there too one time when I went for an interview. I remember I had some views of the aircraft parked at the Diamond Head concourse which was neat.

Very much looking forward to the next part in this series.

The777Man



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6747 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 13898 times:

Hi Brendan,

great report about your journey from SAN to Hawaii! Always nice to see a report involving LAX which is my favorite airport. Good to hear you met Lars! Always a great pleasure to go spotting with him.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Hawaii has been a place I have always wanted to visit since I was a little kid.

I also need to go there one day...preferably on a Hawaiian A330.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I get some good views of all departures and arrivals from my window, so I grab my binoculars and get some spotting done. Soon enough, a TSA agent approaches me and asks what I am doing. He seems satisfied with my answer and wishes me good luck.

Ah, at least the agent understood what you were doing. Not always the case, unfortunately.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
A mad dash to the desk follows and a long line is formed, apparently almost everybody has a connection!

Sure, I guess there are only few people flying from SAN to LAX only.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
No “domestic” flying in Hawaii, the 3 flights I was looking forward to the most.

That'a really bad.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Luckily enough they decide to only charge me for the one night even though I was too late with cancelling.

Nice. I had to cancel a US trip two months ago and was glad that a Renaissance Hotel didn't charge my credit card - even though it had been an un-cancellable rate. In contrast, a Hilton hotel did charge my credit card and hasn't even sent a cancellation confirmation.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
To cut things short, I wait a total of 2 hours before my bag finally arrives. I have never been happier to see my bag come on the belt!

Not hard to imagine!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
15 minutes later it finally arrives, it is N591NW. This 757-300 is an ex Northwest bird delivered to NW on 30/06/2003. It is flying with Delta since 01/05/2009. It sure looked much better in its NWA livery!:

Nice. Exactly the one I had in 2004 between LAX and MSP. Painted in NWA's beautiful livery.  

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Together with that I get a Ginger Ale, cheers PH!:

Cheers!   

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The flights that I booked were HNL-KOA on a Hawaiian Airlines 717, KOA-OGG on a Mokulele Cessna Caravan and OGG-HNL on a Go! CRJ-200. A nice list of airlines and aircraft types I unfortunately missed out on. A big shame, but another reason to visit Hawaii again soon!

That's a shame indeed. But we know that things can go wrong and they do go wrong sometimes. I'm still a bit annoyed about missing Biman's A310 and 77W last year.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 13836 times:
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Nice to see some comments, thank you very much!

Quoting DL_Mech (Reply 3):
....and used to be the Headquarters/Hangar for PSA.

Interesting website

Quoting pdx (Reply 4):
Love your trip reports!

Thanks pdx!

Quoting pdx (Reply 4):
Can't wait for part 8 (or 9?) that includes PDX!

Both part 8 and 9 will include PDX

Quoting pdx (Reply 4):
Hope you found our airport worth your visiting?

I sure did, it's a nice airport compared to a lot of other US airports  
Quoting pdx (Reply 4):
Happy travels!

Thanks!

Quoting Burj (Reply 5):

Wow, thanks for sharing!

No problem, glad you liked it burj

Quoting Burj (Reply 5):
Sorry things didn't work out but at least Delta took care of you, that is the least they could do!

Very true, I honestly didn't expect to be put in a West-in which is quite a nice hotel IMO

Quoting Burj (Reply 5):
In my experience you are correct that the Delta regional FA's do tend to be more relaxed and more attentive to F-class in general.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one with that opinion

Quoting Burj (Reply 5):
Some of the best Delta crews I've ever had have actually been on the regionals...who aren't really Delta crew!

Quite poor if you ask me!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):

Wow man that sucked. Missed the EMB-120 and all the intra-Hawaiian flights. I would have been so pissed off.

It sure did, luckily enough there is an EMB-120 coming later on, SMF-SFO  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
I wonder, can one walk between the two terminals?

From what I recall, you couldn't according to the TSA agent  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Yeah, not much there. There is hardly enough seating. But if you are into RJs then it's a fun place to do some spotting, as you did.

True, at least I got some spotting done

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
I didn't know you were into bowling

Haha, I wondered if somebody was gonna see that! I practically watch every sport  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
Lol. What? I would not have expected that from DL.

Me neither, very poor!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 6):
I'm sorry for all you had to endure in this segment of your trip. I hope the rest of it went smoothly and as planned  .

Most of it did, just wait and see  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Hi Brendan!

Hello 777Man!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Thanks for the 7th installment in this series and too bad to hear about your missed flight to HNL and the flights you could not catch there

No problem, glad you liked it! A big shame indeed but a reason to head back soon  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Also you didn't get to spend much time there which is too bad. When you go all the way from AMS to HNL, it would be nice for you to see some the the sights there. Waikiki is pretty nice although touristy.

Yes, the plan was to explore Waikiki as well, next time I guess  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
When will you be here in September ?

I will be there on the evening of September 21st, hope you will be around!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Very bad that they forgot to cater the BOB meals at LAX especially for such a long flight. Very nice to hear that other carriers screw up sometimes and not just United Airlines.

Indeed, DL are actually ahead 1-0 with screwing things up against UA in my own experiences  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Nice to see peanuts on a flight in the US! I haven't seen that for a while because of all the people with peanuts allergy but I miss those peanuts.

Those peanuts are good stuff  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
I have stayed there too one time when I went for an interview. I remember I had some views of the aircraft parked at the Diamond Head concourse which was neat.

The only view I had was of a parking garage out back!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):

Hi Brendan

Hi PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
great report about your journey from SAN to Hawaii!

Thank you very much, appreciate it  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Always nice to see a report involving LAX which is my favorite airport.

Same here, one of my favorite at least  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Good to hear you met Lars! Always a great pleasure to go spotting with him.

Indeed!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
I also need to go there one day...preferably on a Hawaiian A330.

There is a hint for the next report  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Ah, at least the agent understood what you were doing. Not always the case, unfortunately.

Indeed, have had far more worse experiences

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Sure, I guess there are only few people flying from SAN to LAX only.

You might as well drive that or take the train, its very scenic!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
That'a really bad.

Never expected it from DL

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Nice. I had to cancel a US trip two months ago and was glad that a Renaissance Hotel didn't charge my credit card - even though it had been an un-cancellable rate. In contrast, a Hilton hotel did charge my credit card and hasn't even sent a cancellation confirmation.

Glad to hear tyhe Renaissance didn't charge you, somehow I'm not surprised the Hilton did that. One of the moest overrated hotel chains if you ask me  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
Exactly the one I had in 2004 between LAX and MSP. Painted in NWA's beautiful livery

Shame it didn't stay in that beautiful livery  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
That's a shame indeed. But we know that things can go wrong and they do go wrong sometimes. I'm still a bit annoyed about missing Biman's A310 and 77W last year.

Very true, unfortunately not everything can always go to plan!

Thanks for commenting everyone!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1926 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13459 times:
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Another great report, adamspotter!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Cruising altitude will be just 10,000 feet.

Wow, that's low even for a short range flight!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
But, for the second time on this trip they don’t have it. In fact they don’t have anything on the menu as they “forgot to load it”. Seriously Delta? No food for a flight that takes 5,5 hours? Very very poor IMHO!

Very poor. Come on, Delta!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 13272 times:
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Hi Matthew,

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Another great report, adamspotter!

Thank you very much!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Wow, that's low even for a short range flight!

Indeed, got some great views though

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Very poor. Come on, Delta

Indeed, not what I'm used to with Delta!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for commenting!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 766 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 2 days ago) and read 13102 times:

Excellent TR Brendan

i enjoyed reading it even if the situation was unpleasant for you. Indeed you took a big risk with this crazy itinerary and i feel sorry that you had to cancel a day in Hawai. The pictures at sundown are beautiful even if i was more expecting one or two pictures from the In and Out though  .

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I’m afraid I am going to have to face defeat. No “domestic” flying in Hawaii, the 3 flights I was looking forward to the most.

Too bad !

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I also send fellow a.netter the 777Man a Facebook message to see if he will be around the next day to get some spotting done before finally heading towards Hawaii.

The perfect idea for sure...   .

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
My own experience is that FAs on Delta Connection flights are much more relaxed and friendly then on Delta mainline.

Because of the flights duration?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I wait a total of 2 hours before my bag finally arrives.

What a waste of time...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
this beauty gets pulled into the gate and will be heading to JFK

How many ST liveries does DL own in its fleet?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There is unfortunately no WIFI available above the ocean:

LOL, it is probably where you need the most since there is no landscape to view beneath for a 4h (?) flight

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
“Eats” menu:

6.5 euro for a cold sandwich or wrap without crisps is not cheap...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
Once there, I tip the driver before heading inside to check in.

What did he do special?
I guess this was a complimentary shuttle

Thank you so much for sharing

[Edited 2013-07-14 12:08:00]


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13021 times:

Hi again!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
A big shame indeed but a reason to head back soon  

 
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
I will be there on the evening of September 21st, hope you will be around!

I should be there. I don't have my schedule yet beyond 8 September but I will be in town then.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
Those peanuts are good stuff

I love peanuts!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 9):
The only view I had was of a parking garage out back!

That's too bad. You should have asked for a room facing the airport and also high up.

Looking forward to the next report and to seeing you here again.

The777Man



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 12851 times:
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Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
Excellent TR Brendan

Thanks a lot Leonard!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
i enjoyed reading it even if the situation was unpleasant for you.

Thanks once again  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
Indeed you took a big risk with this crazy itinerary and i feel sorry that you had to cancel a day in Hawai.

Very true, oh well.. I will be back  
Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
The pictures at sundown are beautiful even if i was more expecting one or two pictures from the In and Out though

Thanks, the sunset was indeed beautiful.. I completely forgot to take some pictures of the In-N-Out as we were in a bit of a hurry

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
Too bad

Indeed!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
Because of the flights duration?

No not the duration.. They are just much friendlier, warmer and more motivated from my own experiences

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
What a waste of time...

Yeah, I needed some new clothes though

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
How many ST liveries does DL own in its fleet?

I would have no idea, I think 3/4 of them..

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
LOL, it is probably where you need the most since there is no landscape to view beneath for a 4h (?) flight

Indeed haha, WIFI would have helped a lot on this flight!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
6.5 euro for a cold sandwich or wrap without crisps is not cheap...

I think the prices are quite OK compared to other airlines!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
What did he do special?
I guess this was a complimentary shuttle

It was complimentary.. In the US they almost always tip the driver..

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 12):
Thank you so much for sharing

Thanks for commenting, appreciate it!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
I should be there. I don't have my schedule yet beyond 8 September but I will be in town then.

Sounds good, hope you have the evening off and we can grab a dinner!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
That's too bad. You should have asked for a room facing the airport and also high up.

I wanted to but as I was arriving in the dark and leaving in the dark the next morning I didn't really see the point!

Thanks for commenting guys!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 514 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 12339 times:

Hi,

Thanks for another great read. A shame about the ordeal you went through unfortunately delays are something we have to accept when flying.

Looking forward to the next installment!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3219 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 12207 times:

Another nice report Brendan! Shame things didn't work out.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Now this is something I really regret doing as there is absolutely nothing to do here and I still have 3 hours to go before boarding starts.

I know, it's a very boring place to wait. You'd have been better off landside in the main terminal.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The agent also asks for all passengers who have a connection at LAX to come to the desk as we will be rebooked.A mad dash to the desk follows and a long line is formed, apparently almost everybody has a connection!

When I flew AA up to LAX, I was the only person headed to LA rather than connecting

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Service on this flight consists of the usual drinks and choice of snacks. I order a coke and grab a couple bags of chips and pretzels. The female FA does a good job at refilling my coke regularly.

Not bad. There was no serice at all on my SAN-LAX flight.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
To cut things short, I wait a total of 2 hours before my bag finally arrives. I have never been happier to see my bag come on the belt!

Awful service, especially as they could have easily retagged it before loading in SAN.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
In fact they don’t have anything on the menu as they “forgot to load it”. Seriously Delta? No food for a flight that takes 5,5 hours? Very very poor IMHO!

Indeed, very poor, and nothing to do with "forgetting".

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
The flights that I booked were HNL-KOA on a Hawaiian Airlines 717, KOA-OGG on a Mokulele Cessna Caravan and OGG-HNL on a Go! CRJ-200. A nice list of airlines and aircraft types I unfortunately missed out on. A big shame, but another reason to visit Hawaii again soon!

Shame to miss out, but a great reason to go back to Hawai'i again soon!



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User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 926 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 12170 times:

Hi Brendan. What a shame! I know that you were so disappointed! Too bad that there was no nonstop SAN-HNL at that hour to place you on. AS or HA fly this but I guess it was too late. At least DL put you up in a nice airport hotel, the Westin. There are a few that are less than nice over there so that is good! Looking forward to the other parts. Cheers, Will


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12108 times:

Hello Brendan

Another great review from your sight!
Too bad to hear about the luck you got on this trip.
First of all missing the EMB-120 and having the CRJ instead   with all the havoc
Plus the addition of missing the intra-hawaiian flights and having that mediocre DL flight....


At least you got the 753 in the log now.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1798 posts, RR: 18
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 11866 times:

Hi Brendan

Thanks for another interesting report on your American excursion. It's been an interesting read so far. I'm sorry to hear things didn't quite work out the way you'd expected and it's a real shame you only had so little time available to explore Hawaii as a result of the irregularity. But then, all the more reason to return again some other day.

Other than that though, you can't complain. After all you logged the B757-300, which is quite an exotic ride to catch.

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 11791 times:
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Great to see more comments, thanks a lot!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):

Hi

Hi aflyingkiwiw, thanks for stopping by again!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
Thanks for another great read

Am glad you liked it!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 15):
A shame about the ordeal you went through unfortunately delays are something we have to accept when flying.

Indeed, it tough but nothing to do about it

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):

Another nice report Brendan!

Thanks a lot Gabriel!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Shame things didn't work out.

Indeed!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
I know, it's a very boring place to wait. You'd have been better off landside in the main terminal.

I wish I would have known that earlier! Although I did get some spotting done  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
When I flew AA up to LAX, I was the only person headed to LA rather than connecting

Why not take a train or take a car, much more scenis  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Not bad. There was no serice at all on my SAN-LAX flight.

That is quite poor, was it in Y or F?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Awful service, especially as they could have easily retagged it before loading in SAN.

Very true!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Indeed, very poor, and nothing to do with "forgetting".

Not what one would expect from Delta, at least not me

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 16):
Shame to miss out, but a great reason to go back to Hawai'i again soon!

Very true, can't wait!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 17):

Hi Brendan

Hi William!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 17):
What a shame! I know that you were so disappointed!

Indeed, but there's not much I could do about it unfortunately..

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 17):
Too bad that there was no nonstop SAN-HNL at that hour to place you on. AS or HA fly this but I guess it was too late

It was a bit to late for that.. Both direct flights had just left unfortunately..

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 17):
At least DL put you up in a nice airport hotel, the Westin.

The westin was a great hotel for sure!

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 17):
There are a few that are less than nice over there so that is good! Looking forward to the other parts

Also very true!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Hello Brendan

Hoi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Another great review from your sight!

Thank you very much

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
Too bad to hear about the luck you got on this trip.

You mean unlucky 
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
First of all missing the EMB-120 and having the CRJ instead   with all the havoc

Both flights were scheduled on the CRJ, so didn't miss out on the EMB-120.. it will fortunately come later in this trip

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 18):
At least you got the 753 in the log now.

Very true, have only logged a couple

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
Hi Brendan

Hi William, great to hear from you again!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
Thanks for another interesting report on your American excursion

No problem, thanks for commenting!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
It's been an interesting read so far.

I'm glad to hear that  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
I'm sorry to hear things didn't quite work out the way you'd expected and it's a real shame you only had so little time available to explore Hawaii as a result of the irregularity

Yeah, I guess I was taking a big risk  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
But then, all the more reason to return again some other day.

Very true, can't wait to get back there!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 19):
Other than that though, you can't complain. After all you logged the B757-300, which is quite an exotic ride to catch.

Also true, haven't logged many 753s

Thanks a lot for commenting guys, I really appreciate it!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently onlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1273 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 11516 times:

Hi there Brendan, interesting read as usual. Too bad about the delay meaning you got to miss out on most of Hawaii - had almost the same thing happen to me when I visited Phuket! A delay meant I saw none of it! Like you though, it's an excuse to go back.

Delta Skyways look pretty good actually, as do DL mainline compared to my experiences with AA. Interesting that there was a first class on such a short flight - American Eagle didn't when I flew them.

Good that they got you a decent hotel in LA though, and that you were able to meet up with Lars, so you didn't end up hanging around for a flight all day!

Looking forward to your next part... When you've got the time of course! And no I won't write it for you like you wanted me to with this one haha!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11143 times:
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Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
Hi there Brendan

Hello James  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
interesting read as usual

Thank you very much!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
Too bad about the delay meaning you got to miss out on most of Hawaii - had almost the same thing happen to me when I visited Phuket

Those things happen unfortunately.. Allthough I have to say you sure aren't very lucky when flying, or sometimes lucky with equipment changes  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
A delay meant I saw none of it! Like you though, it's an excuse to go back.

Looking forward to that report!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
Delta Skyways look pretty good actually

You mea Skywest  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
as do DL mainline compared to my experiences with AA.

There were not up to the usual standards I am used to with DL, forgetting to load the meals is unacceptable if you ask me.. But still better than AA indeed  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
Interesting that there was a first class on such a short flight - American Eagle didn't when I flew them.

They have first class on all their CRJ700s.. Not on their CRJ200s though

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
Good that they got you a decent hotel in LA though, and that you were able to meet up with Lars, so you didn't end up hanging around for a flight all day!

   It is always a joy meeting up with Lars in LAX  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 21):
Looking forward to your next part... When you've got the time of course! And no I won't write it for you like you wanted me to with this one haha!

Haha, it was worth a try   I just started writing part 8 but with my birthday coming up this weekend it will take a couple weeks before it is done I'm afraid  

Thanks for commenting James, really appreciate it  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10863 times:

HI Brendan,

What an incredibly poor airline DL is... amazing they loaded no food, etc. But they did put you up in a nice hotel which is a small bonus. Did they give you vouchers for food that night?

Really, I am totally uninspired by American aviation!

Luke



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26910 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 month 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 10801 times:

Hey Brendan  

Love your USA reports. Sorry it didnt go according to plan. Still what can you do. Lovely pics as usual .

Looking forward to the next part(s) .

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 1 month 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 10621 times:

Nice report Brendan, but such a shame that you missed your Hawaii flights. What a letdown by Delta, something I am not used from them either.

One thing I always wonder though when I read your reports: don't you sometimes want to spend some more time at your destination? Especially here you mention you wanted to visit Hawaii for a long time but in the end you would hardly have left the airport!


User currently offlineLPDAL From United States of America, joined Mar 2012, 518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 26, posted (1 year 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 10604 times:
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Excellent trip report! Although I've never been in the regional first class (something I've been meaning to do in the E175), it looks fairly good in your picture and writing. Were you on the upgrade list for LAX-HNL? Delta seems to be generously handing out upgrades to medallions more often, which keeps bringing me back to them  


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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 27, posted (1 year 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 10508 times:
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Great to see more comments!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 23):

HI Brendan

Hey Luke, thanks for stopping by!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 23):
What an incredibly poor airline DL is... amazing they loaded no food, etc

Well, in general they are pretty good, or at least better then their fellow legacy carriers

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 23):
But they did put you up in a nice hotel which is a small bonus.

The hotel was for sure very nice!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 23):
Did they give you vouchers for food that night?

Yes, they gave a bunch of them

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 23):
Really, I am totally uninspired by American aviation!

It is a whole different world then we are used too  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Hey Brendan

Hey Phillip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Love your USA reports

Thanks a lot!!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Sorry it didnt go according to plan

It was all in the risks  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Lovely pics as usua

Thanks once again!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
Nice report Brendan

Hey Robert, thank you very much!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
but such a shame that you missed your Hawaii flights

Indeed, hope to get back there soon!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
What a letdown by Delta, something I am not used from them either.

Oh well, hopefully the last time I have such an experience with them!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 25):
One thing I always wonder though when I read your reports: don't you sometimes want to spend some more time at your destination?

Haha, I get that question a lot. This trip was intended to fly as many new airlines and log as many new airports as possible in 1 weeks time, which eventually turned out to be very successfull despite missing out on these Hawaii flights. Since I was a kid I have visited the USA a couple times a year and have even lived there for a year so I seen a LOT of the places I visit. Nevertheless next time I will be sure to stay in Hawaii for 4/5 days next time  
Quoting LPDAL (Reply 26):
Excellent trip report

Thanks LPDAL!

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 26):
Although I've never been in the regional first class (something I've been meaning to do in the E175), it looks fairly good in your picture and writing.

I quite like DLs regional first class, the FAs have always been great in my own experiences!

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 26):
Were you on the upgrade list for LAX-HNL?

There was no possibility to be put on the upgrade list for that flight unfortunately

Quoting LPDAL (Reply 26):
Delta seems to be generously handing out upgrades to medallions more often, which keeps bringing me back to them

It is indeed a very nice feature that Delta has with those upgrades, during this trim I was only FB Silver and got a handful of upgrades which was very nice!

Thanks for commenting guys, as always I appreciate it!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5155 posts, RR: 55
Reply 28, posted (1 year 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 9741 times:

Hoi, B.,

this one got lost till now.
Finally a good read also with the bad thing around the delay and the missing connection for the real interesting domestic rides.
But as you show it, one reason more to go again.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2560 posts, RR: 53
Reply 29, posted (1 year 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 8733 times:

Nice report, Brendan. Sorry you had so much trouble getting out to our little corner of paradise. And even more sorry you didn't get a chance to try our (HA) service. If you can, plan a flight on one of our 330s to get there next time. Aloha!

HAL



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1683 posts, RR: 30
Reply 30, posted (1 year 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 8471 times:
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Haai B,

Nice story once again! On the plus side you got to meet the famous The777Man again and you got a flight on the (almost mighty) 757-300 (which I still find the   narrowbody around). On the minus side there's of course the badly dealt cancellation, the unwanted cancelletion of your domestics, the so-so crew on your DL flight and having no food (or not enough?) on a 5h30m flight is not acceptable at all. All in all not a positive balance but we all know things do go wrong at times unfortunately...

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
and the flight to HNL by one of their 757-300s

Such a mighty cool vessel and I echo your sentiments about the Skyteam livery.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
replaced by a SkyWest EMB-120

That's a cutie and that AA like livery suits her quite good.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
No food for a flight that takes 5,5 hours?

Outrageous.

Sultanils



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User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 31, posted (1 year 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8401 times:

Hi Brendan,

Sorry for my late reply on this one.

What a trip! Certainly a couple of flights that you won’t look back on with happy memories. It appeared to be a complete and utter mess, from the rebooking to the baggage scenario at LAX to the lack of food on the HNL leg. That in particular is very bad. A 5 hour flight is very long when you can’t buy anything to eat. I remember on an EZY flight once where they didn’t have any sandwiches and they made an announcement before boarding so we had to chance to purchase something at the airport – and that was a 90minute flight!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
While looking up fares from SAN, there were many different options all around the price of 130EUR

Very reasonable for such a long journey. Although maybe in light of what happened, it wasn’t such a bargain…..

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There are no more direct flights and I won’t make the last flights heading to HNL at LAX. I’m afraid I am going to have to face defeat. No “domestic” flying in Hawaii, the 3 flights I was looking forward to the most.

What a disappointment that must have been. Even the best made plans don’t work out somethimes. I’m optimistic you’ll make it to Hawaii again  
Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
There isn’t much to say about this flight as I am in no mood to take pictures and barely note any details down.

I don’t blame you at all. I’d be the same.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
So for the next hour I watch the beautiful sunset outside:

Mother Nature’s IFE is often the best.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
First of all my apologies for it taking so long to get this part out. Life has been busy and I haven’t had much time to write lately.

Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with a backlog!

Happy flying
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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 32, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 7690 times:
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Nice to see more comments!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 28):
Hoi, B.,

Hello Markus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 28):
Finally a good read also with the bad thing around the delay and the missing connection for the real interesting domestic rides.

Thanks you very much! Missing the domestic rides was indeed very unfortunate!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 28):
But as you show it, one reason more to go again.

Very true!

Quoting HAL (Reply 29):
Nice report, Brendan

Thanks HAL!

Quoting HAL (Reply 29):
If you can, plan a flight on one of our 330s to get there next time. Aloha!

I flew your A330 on the way back to the mainland which will be featured in the next report  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 30):
Haai B,

Hello Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 30):
Nice story once again!

Thank you very much!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 30):
On the plus side you got to meet the famous The777Man again and you got a flight on the (almost mighty) 757-300 (which I still find the   narrowbody around)

Tha only 2 plus sides of this part of the trip unfortunately..

Quoting sultanils (Reply 30):
All in all not a positive balance but we all know things do go wrong at times unfortunately...

Indeed, not much I could've done about it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 30):
Such a mighty cool vessel and I echo your sentiments about the Skyteam livery.

  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 30):
That's a cutie and that AA like livery suits her quite good.

  

Quoting sultanils (Reply 30):
Outrageous.

Indeed, very poor!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Hi Brendan

Hi Hannah!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Sorry for my late reply on this one.

No problem, take your time  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
What a trip

I guess you can say that 
Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
It appeared to be a complete and utter mess, from the rebooking to the baggage scenario at LAX to the lack of food on the HNL leg.

Indeed!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
I remember on an EZY flight once where they didn’t have any sandwiches and they made an announcement before boarding so we had to chance to purchase something at the airport – and that was a 90minute flight!

Yeah and EZY is even a LCC, Delta didn't even announce the fact there was no food on board!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Very reasonable for such a long journey. Although maybe in light of what happened, it wasn’t such a bargain…..

Oh well, it was good for the FB mileage  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
What a disappointment that must have been. Even the best made plans don’t work out somethimes. I’m optimistic you’ll make it to Hawaii again

I'm sure I'll get back to Hawaii as well!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
I don’t blame you at all. I’d be the same.

Glad to hear I'm not the only one!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Mother Nature’s IFE is often the best.

Very true!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 31):
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with a backlog!

The backlog only seems to get bigger unfortunately!

Thanks for commenting everyone!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2452 posts, RR: 53
Reply 33, posted (1 year 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6916 times:

Hoi hoi Brendan,

Geez! What a nerve cracking experience you had on your way to Hawaii! Too bad, you had to miss the inter-island flights you were looking forward to because of it!  


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
TV series showing Hawaii

Like Hawaii-Five-O or Jake and The Fatman?   


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Soon enough, a TSA agent approaches me and asks what I am doing. He seems satisfied with my answer and wishes me good luck.

   But would he have taken it that easy if you were taking pictures?

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Boarding time is nearing and my name is announced on the PA to come to the gate.

Congrats with the upgrade!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Luckily enough they decide to only charge me for the one night even though I was too late with cancelling.

How considerate of them!

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I am in no mood to take pictures and barely note any details down.

I can imagine it.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
Cruising altitude will be just 10,000 feet.

That’s quite low for a CRJ-700.

Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
I wait a total of 2 hours before my bag finally arrives.

Oh no!   


Quoting adamspotter (Thread starter):
my room:

It looks very comfortable to crash out.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
a nice and cold milkshake.

Goody! Which flavor?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
He even gets the guy in front of me a hard time as he has 2 big carry-ons with him, even though one of them is for his wife who is standing next to him.

Oh no, and the wife did not do anything?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
757-600 (yes those were his exact words)

Yikes!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
Those who know me know how much I love this livery!:

Hopefully, you will be able to see one next year on Garuda’s aircraft.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 1):
“Eats” menu:

No hot meal for BOB?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 2):
In fact they don’t have anything on the menu as they “forgot to load it”.

Bad move! Could they forget to load it on purpose because the aircraft was running late?


Thank you for sharing this Delta reviews and also some glimpse of LAX. Herman and I are considering a visit to The US West Coast for next year. So, I enjoyed this report of yours very much!  

Have a nice Sunday!

Groeten,
Suryo  



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1150 posts, RR: 3
Reply 34, posted (12 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5658 times:
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Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Hoi hoi Brendan

Hello Suryo, sorry for the late reply!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Geez! What a nerve cracking experience you had on your way to Hawaii!

It sure was!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Too bad, you had to miss the inter-island flights you were looking forward to because of it!

I will be back soon  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Like Hawaii-Five-O or Jake and The Fatman?

Love Hawaii-Five-O!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
But would he have taken it that easy if you were taking pictures?

I don't think so..

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Congrats with the upgrade!

Thank you!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
How considerate of them!

Yes, was very happy with that.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
It looks very comfortable to crash out.

It sure was  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Goody! Which flavor?

Chocolate!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Oh no, and the wife did not do anything?

No, she kept on walking.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Hopefully, you will be able to see one next year on Garuda’s aircraft.

I hope on the 77W  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
No hot meal for BOB?

No, that sure is missing

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Bad move! Could they forget to load it on purpose because the aircraft was running late?

That could be true!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 33):
Thank you for sharing this Delta reviews and also some glimpse of LAX. Herman and I are considering a visit to The US West Coast for next year.

Thanks for commenting and I can only recommend the US West Coast, it is beautiful  

Thanks once again Suryo!

cheers,

Brendan


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