zrs70
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Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Thu Aug 12, 2004 11:36 pm

For my father's 70th (a year ago now), I gave him the gift of being together...

We are now both booked on Air Mike's famed Island Hopper from HNL to GUM. I am on a paid ticket with an upgrade, and he is on a free ticket in C.

I'l write a report, but it won't be til early next year!
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TWFirst
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:21 am

Cool! That should be a blast. A friend of mine did that a couple years ago and loved it. Looking forward to your report.

Take care.
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JGPH1A
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:22 am

I'm jealous ! I'm dying to do that flight, thinking maybe next year. I would have loved to do it when it was still a 727, but still.

Have a great time !
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kl911
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:23 am

Sorry for asking, but what is Air Mike's famed Island Hopper ?


KL911
 
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:32 am

CO957 operates HNL-GUM as follows, 3 days a week...


SA)">CO 957. 50 FR 01OCT. . . . .
APT ARR. DY DEP. DY CLASS/MEAL. . . . . EQP. GRND. EFT. TTL. . . .
HNL. . . . . 0700. FR CDZYHKNBVUQ/B. . . 738. . . . 4:50. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . ISWTXL/B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
MAJ 0950. SA 1035. SA CDZYHKNBVUQ/-. . . . . . 0:45. 0:55. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . ISWTXL/-. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
KWA 1130. SA 1210. SA CDZYHKNBVUQ/S. . . . . . 0:40. 1:10. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . ISWTXL/S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
KSA 1220. SA 1300. SA CDZYHKNBVUQ/-. . . . . . 0:40. 1:00. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . ISWTXL/-. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
PNI 1400. SA 1445. SA CDZYHKNBVUQ/-. . . . . . 0:45. 1:15. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . ISWTXL/-. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
TKK 1500. SA 1545. SA CDZYHKNBVUQ/S. . . . . . 0:45. 1:30. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . ISWTXL/S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
GUM 1715. SA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14:15. . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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kl911
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 12:35 am

Does that mean 14+ hours in a 738? Wow! Any chance of leaving the plane?
That would kill me.... 1.94m tall.....  Laugh out loud
 
Ex_SQer
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 3:29 am

zrs70: I took the Island Hopper last year between HNL and PNI. You'll love it!

KI911: You can deplane at any stop except KWA.

 
JGPH1A
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 4:39 pm

Is KWA the stop where there's a weapons storage facility ? Is it true you have to keep the window shades down on that stop as well ?
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jc2354
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Fri Aug 13, 2004 4:57 pm

You are going to enjoy the day. At times, a bit boring and tiring, but the landings and takeoffs are spectacular. Especially the approach into Chuk/Truk over the bay, where most of the Japanese fleet was sunk.

I've done it twice, both times on the Air Mike 727. I don't remember having to lower the window shades at KWA, but it was the only stop where you couldn't deplane for a few minutes.

I'm jealous! Have a great trip! Guam is a great place, too. At one time, they had the world's largest MacDonald's. Duty Free shopping is available on the island as well. If you are careful, and know what you are looking for, you can get some great deals on electronics. If you don't know already, read up on the black snakes that inhabit the island!

Like everybody else, I look forward to seeing your photos and trip report!

Jack
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Ex_SQer
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:34 am

We didn't have to draw our window shades at KWA. We did have a missed approach there, though.

Shameless 'ol me is gonna plug his trip report from last year again: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/34514
 
JohnJ
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RE: Just Booked The Air Mike Island Hopper!

Sat Aug 14, 2004 3:47 am

My wife and I took this flight in 2000, shortly after it had transitioned from the 727 to the 737-800 aircraft. We flew from Guam to Chuuk, stayed in Chuuk for 5 days, then did the rest of the route over to Honolulu. For our departure from Chuuk, our incoming aircraft executed a missed approach on final and tried again before giving up and going back to Guam. The weather was iffy but not terrible. The plane came back about 4 hours later with a new crew. There was an Air Mike tech sitting across the aisle from me who was on the plane during the missed approach. His take was that the pilot chickened out. I dunno - better safe than sorry. However, perhaps the pilot on the plane wasn't familiar with the route and didn't push the limits as far as a more experience pilot might have. It sucked for us, though, as most of the flight was in darkness due to the delay.

"Especially the approach into Chuk/Truk over the bay, where most of the Japanese fleet was sunk."

The reason we went to Chuuk/Truk in the first place was to do wreck diving on some of these ships. Absolutely spectacular!! We saw Zeroes in cargo holds, tanks that had been lashed to the decks of some of the ships, a Betty bomber that had crashed on takeoff, and a lot of other stuff. The wrecks are deteriorating, though, so you should take advantage of this while there's time. Incidentally, it wasn't really the Japanese Naval fleet that was sunk, but rather a large portion of their merchant ship fleet. I don't know that any significant Naval vessel was sunk at Truk.

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