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Hawaiian To Pago Pago (With Pictures)  
User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9216 times:

I am guessing that most of you on here have never been to Pago Pago in American Samoa. Yesterday, I worked a flight from HNL to PPG and back to HNL and I had my camera with me and I thought I would share the photos of the airport and scenery with you all. Hawaiian has 2 scheduled weekly flights from HNL to PPG departing HNL on Thursdays and Sundays at 5:05pm and arriving in PPG at 9:30pm. The return flight to HNL departs PPG at 11:20pm and arrives in HNL at 5:30am. However, during the summer, HA adds an additional day time departure on Wednesdays, leaving HNL at 7:35am and arriving in PPG at 1200pm with the departure back to HNL at 1:50pm and arriving in HNL at 8:00pm. It is rare that I get to see PPG in the day time and the airport is at a very beautiful location as you will see in these photos.
I'm not going to write a lengthy trip report here, I'll just say that the flights were heavy in both directions, (literally heavy, we used 16 seatbelt extensions on the way to PPG   ), and they were on time. Here are the photos, enjoy.

HA 767 Pago Pago, American Samoa July 5, 2006


Aloha,
HALFA
Big version: Width: 1280 Height: 960 File size: 333kb


[Edited 2006-07-06 19:56:47]


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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9212 times:

Quoting HALFA (Thread starter):
we used 16 seatbelt extensions

I guess all the passangers were American? Big grin  duck 


User currently offlineJmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9205 times:

Stunning pictures. What a beautiful part of the world. Thanks for sharing! I take it since it is America Soma, there are no immigration formalities. Does Hawaiian treat it as a domestic flight?

[Edited 2006-07-06 19:56:36]

[Edited 2006-07-06 19:57:01]


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User currently offlineFlyingDoctorWu From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 307 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9193 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 1):
I guess all the passangers were American?    

I guess you haven't met many Samoans...


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 9170 times:

Beautiful. I always wanted to visit Samoa. Now even more so. How many hours is the flight? I am guessing 6 hours.

I guess the majority of the passengers are Samoans? I flew from Honululu (I can't spell it) to Papeete many years ago and everybody seemed to be Tahitian.


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 4 weeks ago) and read 9091 times:

Quoting HALFA (Thread starter):
literally heavy, we used 16 seatbelt extensions on the way to PPG

I've always wondered how many extensions get carried on a plane. And what happens if you run out due to a large number of lard asses on a flight?

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 1):
I guess all the passangers were American?

Ha! I've seen a fair share of chubby Brits running around over here in the US and over on your side of the pond. Though we as Americans do seem to be a bit chubby, myself included.



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1943 posts, RR: 24
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8976 times:
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Nice pictures! Wow, I hope to get to Pago Pago sometime. What great views!

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2037 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8942 times:

Quoting FlyingDoctorWu (Reply 3):
I guess you haven't met many Samoans...

FlyingDoctor is right... Samoans are renowned throughout Polynesia for being especially large people. There are quite a few of them who put their mass to good use and became NFL players, like Mark Tuinei of the Dallas Cowboys.

Awesome pictures, by the way. I've always been fascinated by Hawaiian's South Pacific flights to PPT and PPG. Too bad they don't fly to Tonga or Fiji anymore!


User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8892 times:

If I win the lottery here this is one flight I will add to the list!! Big grin

User currently offlineMurrayusa From United States of America, joined May 2004, 19 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 8771 times:

Thanks for sharing. Please remember to bring your camera on more flights Smile

User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 8639 times:

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 1):
I guess all the passangers were American?

Very funny! Actually, the majority were American Samoan.

Quoting Jmy007 (Reply 2):
I take it since it is America Soma, there are no immigration formalities. Does Hawaiian treat it as a domestic flight?

It is treated as an international flight as all passengers clear customs and immigration in Pago Pago.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
How many hours is the flight? I am guessing 6 hours.

It's closer to 5 hours from HNL.

Quoting DeltaGator (Reply 5):
I've always wondered how many extensions get carried on a plane. And what happens if you run out due to a large number of lard asses on a flight?

We are stocked with 12 extensions and we had to order another set of 12 before leaving HNL!

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 7):
Too bad they don't fly to Tonga or Fiji anymore!

I agree, although we never did fly scheduled service flights to Fiji, I did enjoy working the flights to TBU.

Quoting Murrayusa (Reply 9):
Thanks for sharing. Please remember to bring your camera on more flights

Ok, deal!

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineIAHFLYR From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 4790 posts, RR: 22
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8634 times:

WOW awesome pics....gotta get there soon and retire there. Thanks


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User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2037 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8626 times:

Quoting HALFA (Reply 10):
I agree, although we never did fly scheduled service flights to Fiji,

Hmmm, I guess I have my Hawaiian Airlines history backward then. Didn't they pull out of another destination in the South Pacific besides Tonga? Was it the Cook Islands? I was pretty young when HA's South Pacific routes were being built up, but I thought I remembered 4-5 destinations before they cut it down the current two (PPG and PPT). I may be getting mixed up, however.


User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 8604 times:

Quoting Jsnww81 (Reply 12):
Didn't they pull out of another destination in the South Pacific besides Tonga? Was it the Cook Islands?

Back in the 1980's and early 90's, HA had scheduled service flights to Auckland, Sydney, Rarotonga, Tonga, Apia, Papeete, and Pago Pago from Honolulu. The Auckland and Sydney flights were made with a stop in PPG. All flights were discontinued with the exception of PPG and PPT routes, although nonstop flights from HNL to SYD were reinstated in May of 2004.
Also back in the 80's, Hawaiian had charter flights from Nadi, Fiji to Tel Aviv Israel. These were U.N. charter flights as Fijian soldiers were and I believe still are used as part of a multi-national peace keeping force in Lebanon. We would ferry an empty plane to Fiji, pick up the troops and fly them to Tel Aviv, making stops in Singapore, and usually Abu Dhabi or El Sharjah. I have also worked the Fiji troop flights with a northern routing from Fiji to Anchorage, then on to Frankfurt, Germany and then on to TLV. These flights were flown with our DC-8-62 Series aircraft. I miss those days!

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 8560 times:

Great Pics HALFA!!

Next time you should take some pics while inflight as well. It must be nice to see PPG in the day. Did you bid for it because its not a night flight, or are you just 'tired' of SYD  Wink

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 8503 times:

Quoting Aloha73G (Reply 14):
Did you bid for it because its not a night flight, or are you just 'tired' of SYD

I took it because it was a quick way to get 12 hours of flight pay as we are paid 10 hours and 45 minutes for the scheduled flight time and another hour of pay for going over 14 hours of duty time.
As for SYD, It's too cold there right now so I'm sticking closer to home this month and doing mostly LAX, LAS and PPG flights with one 5 day SYD trip at the end of the month. Are you back home yet?

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 8438 times:

Quoting HALFA (Reply 15):
Are you back home yet?

Yep.....I've been back since June 22. I start my job (at an insurance agency) on August 1st and wait/hope AQ (or HA) will hire F/As soon. Aloha's hiring manager lives about 600 feet from me and I saw her the other day...she seems to like me so I think they will hire me the next time they hire. It seems that most of their furloughs should be recalled soon (if they haven't been already).

I'll keep you posted HALFA!!

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 941 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8370 times:

HALFA - really fantastic pictures! Thank you so much for sharing them.


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User currently offlineJmy007 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 598 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 8125 times:

Quoting HALFA (Reply 10):
It is treated as an international flight as all passengers clear customs and immigration in Pago Pago

Then I take it you go through immigration back in HNL as well? Do you have or know where to find a passport stamp from America Soma?



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User currently offlineOznznut From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 153 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8108 times:

HALFA
Another Hawaiian flight I remember is the military charters from Honolulu to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Made the trip three times in 1988-1990. Stopped at Clark AFB and Singapore en-route. Used DC-8 combi aircraft. Series 62 I think. Cargo in front, pax in back. Short body, Pratt engines. Great flights, great crews. (ps this was back when I enjoyed flying )
Dave


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 7917 times:

Thanks for sharing the photos! Gotta love that HA livery and of course, the South Pacific!

User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1354 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7795 times:

Quoting Jmy007 (Reply 18):
Then I take it you go through immigration back in HNL as well? Do you have or know where to find a passport stamp from America Soma?

That is correct, all passengers and crew go through immigrations and customs in HNL on arrival from PPG, and yes, I have a passport stamp from American Samoa in my passport as I have been through that airport on several occasions on visits to Apia and Savai'i.

Quoting Oznznut (Reply 19):
HALFA
Another Hawaiian flight I remember is the military charters from Honolulu to Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. Made the trip three times in 1988-1990.

Oh yes, I remember those very well. I used to work those flights quite often, although most of my flights to Diego Garcia were from Athens, Greece with a stop in Bahrain. Diego Garcia is actually one of my favorite places!

Aloha,
HALFA



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8549 posts, RR: 55
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7620 times:
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Love the pictures, very nice!

Tx

Mark



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User currently offlineSocal From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7496 times:

Very beautiful island and I was there in Sept. 03 on a C-141, on the way to Christchurch, NZ


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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 56
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7458 times:

Great pictures!!!

Reminds me of when we flew to PPT. Brought back a flood of memories. Thanks.



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25 Delta732FF : Very nice pictures. Looks great there.
26 Post contains images HAL : So that's what PPG looks like... Actually, I still haven't been there yet, day or night. I was based in SEA the first four years here, so there weren'
27 HAL : Now that I've thought about it a bit, I have a couple questions for you HALFA. Do we (the crew) go into the terminal for customs processing? And what
28 Pualani : I can answer that for him. If we want to go out side the ramp area either to do some shopping or to visit with family and friends, we go through the
29 TheLUREnyc : How was this a Trip Report? It was 5 (five) pix of a 767. Gee, hope it wasnt too much trouble.
30 HALFA : It is not necessary for the crew to go through customs and immigration as we are not laying over. However, if we decide to get off the plane while th
31 Cory6188 : Isn't this the infamous service that is currently being targeted by the Governor of the American Samoa because of HA's "uncompetitive fares" and a sle
32 FXMD11 : Really beautiful! Always thought that Thailand is a nice place on earth but this seems to be nicer. Got to schedule a trip there. Does CO Micro serves
33 Tbear815 : My first flight out of the United States (except Canada) was HNL/PPG/PPT on a Pan Am 707. PPG airport reminded me of Keahole with the rustic look and
34 787KQ : What great pictures. American Samoa looks like a must go destination. What are the best hotels?
35 GregQuinn : Wonderful photos! Thanks so much! I did smile when I read about the seatbelt extensions. Not quite 2 weeks ago I arrived in Auckland at 6am from Perth
36 Post contains links HALFA : No. Hawaiian Airlines is the only passenger air carrier serving Pago Pago. HA has 2 flights per week from HNL to PPG (3 per week until August 23rd) T
37 HnlBoi : Wow amazing, i live in Hawaii and thought KOA, OGG were beautiful airports but didnt ever imagaine PPG to look like that. Those photos just so want to
38 B6pilot2b : Awesome pictures! Makes me want to pack up and head to hawaii right now (checking flights)...
39 Gemuser : Thanks for a great report! I went there in 1974 on a UTA DC-8 routed PPT-PPG-NAN-NOU-SYD and it looked just like that! In fact I think I have a shot i
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