Hawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3226 posts, RR: 7 Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3161 times:
During my month-long trip to Hawaii, my brother and I took a weekend trip to Lanai. He had been there once before, but I hadn't. Lanai was the last of the main Hawaiian islands I had yet to visit, having visited Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and the Big Island several times each. This would also be my first time flying Island Air.
Sunday, October 22, 2005
Island Air, flight 1638
Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL) to Lanai City, Hawaii (LNY)
Bombardier deHavilland Dash 8-103
We arrived at the airport, parked at the commuter terminal, and headed over to check in. There were a couple of people in front of us, so it took a few minutes before an agent was available and we checked in. Since we were going for just one night, we had just one backpack each; nothing to check.
Once we had our boarding passes, we headed over to the security checkpoint, and went through without trouble. We found a place near our departure gate 77 to wait for the flight, and I went over to get a photograph of another Island Air Dash 8.
An announcement was made regarding possible delays or cancellations because of weather at Lanai, but that announcement was the last we ever heard of that.
At 0847 we started boarding. Seating was open, and I told my brother that we should go for the back of the plane, as based on my experience with all my recent Brasilia and Saab 340 flights, there was usually less vibration as you aren't in line with the propellors. I suggested the last row, seats 9AB, but my brother didn't like having a seat next to him instead of an aisle, so we went for 8AB, which I had skipped originally since it had a section with a missing window.
Island Air doesn't waste time. Passengers were still boarding when the #2 engine was started. Once everyone was on board, the door was closed, #1 started, and the flight attendant did the safety demonstration. At 0857 we started our taxi, and headed to runway 8L, intersection L. We had to wait a few minutes for other aircraft using the runway, but at 0905 it was our turn and we were off.
It was a pretty rough climb out; I heard the flight attendant mention that it wasn't usually this bad. Despite the bumps, the flight attendant came through the cabin, offering water and juice.
We made our way past Molokai over to Lanai, and before long we began our descent, touching down on runway 3 at 0926. We turned onto the ramp, parked, and shut down at 0928. After disembarking we headed into the terminal and over to the baggage claim area to catch the shuttle bus to our hotel.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Island Air, flight 1655
Lanai City, Hawaii (LNY) to Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL)
Bombardier deHavilland Dash 8-103
After a couple days of sampling Lanai life (in other words, not a whole lot), it was time to go back to Oahu. We rode the shuttle bus from the hotel back to the airport, which got us there about an hour before the flight. In other words, more than early enough.
There was a line to check in, but it wasn't much longer than the line we had in Honolulu the day before. Once we had our boarding passes, we went over to find the security checkpoint hadn't opened yet, so we browsed the little store in the terminal for a few minutes. Once we were done, we went through security, sat down, and waited for the airplane to arrive.
When it did, the passengers disembarked and the bags unloaded, then boarding started through gate 1. Again the flight was open seating, this time we went for 7DE, which had a better window situation.
The door closed, the flight attendant did the safety demonstration, and at 1906 we pulled away from our parking spot. Lanai has no control tower, and the only taxiway is a very short one connecting the ramp to the middle of the runway. So we taxied out to the runway, made a right turn and taxied down the runway to the end, then did a 180 degree turn, and took off from runway 3 at 1910.
The climb out and most of the flight were smoother than the outbound flight, but there was still some turbulence. Again the flight attendant served juice and water. We took the channel approach to runway 8L, specifically the turboprop "dive bomber" version where we didn't seem to line up with the runway until we were over the threshold, touching down on 8L at 1930. We had a quick taxi to the terminal, parking at 1934. We didn't have any bags to claim, so as soon as we disembarked and were in the terminal we headed straight for the car, and then home.