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2004 Journey From DEN To HNL On AA Part 1 (pics)  
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8707 times:

Mina San, Konichiwa. Below is my report from a trip I took in October 2004 from the Mile High City (Denver) to Honolulu, Hawaii. Planning for this trip took place in July or August of that year when my father was looking to cash in his AAdvantage miles. After reading up and posting a question here on A.net, I encouraged my father to try and get a flight on HA from LAX to HNL. Even though I'm certain AA and HA have a miles swap agreement, the reservations agent from AA said it was impossible for us to switch our miles. confused  Oh well.

To most people, the chance to go to Hawaii was one not to miss up. However, I was not feeling that enthusiasm about this trip. As my screen name tells ya, I'm a huge baseball fan (especially Yankees fan) duck . At this time of year was none other than the American League Championship Series, and the team we happened to be facing was our arch rivals, the Boston Red Sox mad . So it was because of this, I throughout the trip seldom went out of our hotel room. I know you must be thinking I'm nuts, but you've got to understand even paradise can't draw me away from a Yankees game. Anyway, I did have the opportunity to visit the beaches of Oahu and the tourist attractions like the memorial to the USS Arizona. Overall, when I look back at it now, I wish I was a little more mature during that trip and saw more sights (especially since my beloved Yanks blew a 3 game lead against the sox  Angry  ashamed   banghead   bomb   brokenheart  Wink And now, for those of you still awake, here's my report:



Departure Airport: DEN
Arrival Airport: LAX
Flight Number: 1469
Departure Time: 9.30 AM (Mountain)
Arrival Time: 10.51 AM (Pacific)
Aircraft: McDonald-Douglas MD-80
Seat: forgot
Date: October 15, 2004


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After rushing to get everything in the car and drop-off our two german shepards, my family and I finally headed towards DIA. From what I remember, wasn't much traffic on the roads that morning with the occasional slow up. Once we dropped off the SUV at an off-airport parking lot, we took the shuttle for the terminal.

Unfortunately that morning, it was freezing like hell. And since I foolishly enough decided to wear only shorts and t-shirt, I was frozen like an icicle cold . So while I'm standing out on the curb of the terminal lifting our heavy bags from the shuttle, we get told we have to go inside to check-in.

When that is finally done and we have our boarding passes, we start for the gate and security area. Once through that, we reach Concourse C where I am finally able to take some pics:




After waiting for about 30-45 minutes, we're finally called for boarding. Process was smooth and the flight was pretty full that morning. If I had to guess, I'd say maybe 90% full.

Once getting to my seat, I sat down, tried to get comfortable, and peered out my window trying to spot any other aircraft on the Denver tarmac today. About 20 minutes later, we proceeded from the gate and headed for the runway.

Although I'm not certain, I'm guessing we took off from from 17L-35R. Again, don't quote me on it. Takeoff was nice and smooth and soon we were at level with the Rocky Mountains.

Flight overall from my perspective was nice with a few turbulence here and there. Having nothing more to do, I took out the Rocky Mountain News from which I bought back in Denver and proceeded to read it. Within 2 hours, we were in Los Angeles.


With an hour and half layover in LA, it gave me a chance to check out AA's terminal at LAX. Wanting to get some photos of the terminal and the activity at LAX, I found a nice little corner in the terminal with great views of arriving aircraft and of the Tom Bradley Int. Terminal. This little corner gave me the opportunity to see all sorts of aircraft coming in: JL 744, NH 744 / 777, Qantas 744, RG MD-11. cloudnine  smirk  As you can guess, I was amazed for over an hour in this little spot.




Wanting not to miss the flight to HNL, I proceeded back to our gate.



Departure Airport: LAX
Arrival Airport: HNL
Flight Number: 283
Departure Time: 12.45PM (Pacific)
Arrival Time: 3.21 PM (Hawaii)
Aircraft: Boeing 767-300
Seat: 33J
Date: October 15, 2004


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Due to a computer error or something, I would be separated from my family for the flight to HNL. Although I love my family (most of the time), I was more than happy to in a different seat and aisle from them.

For this flight, the load factor was pretty high. Again, I'd have to guess over 90%. Boarding took awhile to commence and finish. I don't know about the rest of you, but standing for a while kind makes me nervous and uncertain. Don't ask me why.

Anyway, I finally reached my seat and to my luck, I'd be stuck with a drunk drunk  for the entire 6 hour flight. Oye, sitting away from my family wasn't looking to good right now.

About, oh 10 minutes after boarding finished, we departed from the gate and headed for the runway. Unfortunately I could only see AA planes from my window seat as we taxied. Few minutes of taxing and then we lined up on the runway. Takeoff was somewhat easy, but I kind of got a little nervous as we lifted up. As you can see, I'm a pretty nervous type of person scared .

The flight was pretty easy overall. During the six hour or so flight, I tried watching Spider-man 2 and a little of Letterman without headphones (forgot them unfortunately and didn't feel like shelving out a few bucks for a pair.) and tried to sleep for awhile.



When the meal service came around, I refused any kind of food (It's a long story why I did) and just had a few Mountain Dews to quench my thirst.

Now as far as the guy next to me, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. To my amusement, this guy was pretty funny. Through-out the flight he and his buddies in the row in front of him were making wisecracks and short jokes that I couldn't help but chuckle at laughing . My favorite of his was as we were coming to Oahu, he blurted out, "I can see that whore (girl from Pearl Harbor) already cheating on her boyfriend (Ben Aflack's character)." The only problem I had against this guy was that he was impatient enough with the drink service that he went back himself to the galley and brought back 5 or 6 six miniature Jack Daniels bottles. Overall though, I had no problem with him.

The approach into HNL was something I will never forget. Seeing the green mountains of Hawaii and the beaches was something of beauty. I was mystified by the sight. After about 10 minutes from the Captain's announcement of our landing, we finally touched down on Hawaiian soil.

When I got off the jet bridge, I could feel the humidity of Hawaii hit me smack in the face. Although it wasn't as bad as the humidity I grew up in in lower NY, it was still pretty strong. splat  melting 

As we exited the Central Concourse of HNL, I went over the side to take a few pics of a NW DC-10 and some UA 777s.





After this, my family and I heading for the baggage area and once we got our bags, we headed for the shuttle to the rental car place.

As we drove to our hotel in Waikiki, I again was amazed by the sights of Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean.

Well this is the end of Part 1, for those of you want to read the end of my Hawaiian trip, please look out for Part 2 either tonight or tomorrow. I'll have pics of HNL terminal and off a few sights on Oahu.

Thanks everyone for reading this and please post any questions or comments if you have them. Shitsurei Shimasu for now.

Signed,
Matthew


2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
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User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 8583 times:

Quoting Yanksn4 (Thread starter):
Unfortunately that morning, it was freezing like hell. And since I foolishly enough decided to wear only shorts and t-shirt, I was frozen like an icicle

Nice report and pics especially of Hawaii. Just one question How does Hell freeze? Oh never mind that was the year that not only did the Yanks lose to the RedSox, The Sox went on to win thir first World series in like FOREVER.  Wow! Hope you can take a little ribbing about it now.



too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 8410 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 1):
The Sox went on to win thir first World series in like FOREVER.

Yup, 86 years. Even though I hated it, I suppose you've got to let them at least one once in a while.

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 1):
Hope you can take a little ribbing about it now.

Unfortunately, I have to take it everyday so I'm used to it. I'm basically the only Yankees fan at my high school and it's hell the day after the Yanks loose a game.

Anyway, thanks Oldman for commenting.



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 8279 times:

My pleasure. I guess neither the Yanks or the RedSox had anything to brag about last season.At least your not in the same state as the Phillies.  Angry Hope to see the rest of your Hawaii pix soon.


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8125 times:

After spending an hour or so, I've finally completed part 2 of my Hawaiian trip.

Link:http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/74070/

Anyone interested, check it out. Also, I've added some amazing pics of Hawaii and Oahu on to it.

signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineYanksn4 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1404 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7770 times:

Well for those interested, I've got more pics to add to this report. Went down to my old computer to see if I had any additional pics, and behold I've got quite a few more. I'll post new pics in this part and part 2.

DEN:

MD-80 taking me to LAX





LAX:
while taxiing to the gate:








from the spot in the terminal


















signed,
Matthew



2013 Airports: EWR, JFK, LGA, LIS, AGP, DEN, GIG, RGN, BKK, LHR, FRA, LAX, SYD, PER, MEL, MCO, MIA, PEK, IAH
User currently offlineCurticool From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6308 times:

excellent trip-report except this

Quoting Yanksn4 (Thread starter):
As my screen name tells ya, I'm a huge baseball fan (especially Yankees fan) . At this time of year was none other than the American League Championship Series, and the team we happened to be facing was our arch rivals, the Boston Red Sox . So it was because of this, I throughout the trip seldom went out of our hotel room. I know you must be thinking I'm nuts, but you've got to understand even paradise can't draw me away from a Yankees game. Anyway, I did have the opportunity to visit the beaches of Oahu and the tourist attractions like the memorial to the USS Arizona. Overall, when I look back at it now, I wish I was a little more mature during that trip and saw more sights (especially since my beloved Yanks blew a 3 game lead against the sox And now, for those of you still awake, here's my report:

Sorry I am a New-Englander and I am a die-hard Red Sox fan

-Curticool Big grin


User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 744 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6159 times:
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LAX is a wonderful place for spotting especially with the 777's and 747's and you did not disappoint on this report.


Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17067 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6153 times:

Great TR.

The pics was okey. ( not the best quality on the pics)

LAX is a really great airport to spot on. I always get great pics when I am in LAX.

Thank you for sharing.

B747forever.



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