In eight years of flying for Hawaiian, I've made the 'Booke' arrival (west side of Oahu) about two or three times a year. It's usually because of traffic conditions; too many flights arriving at once and ATC has to spread out the traffic. When you're coming from the west coast, going around the west side of the island is actually longer than the normal approach which flies near Koko head then over downtown and past Ewa beach before making a right turn back to the airport. Making the Booke arrival means adding four or five minutes to the flight, which is one reason most airlines don't automatically put it into the flight plan. The biggest problem with doing the Booke arrival is that part of it goes through a warning area offshore, and if there is any military activity in it (which happens a lot of the time), they won't route arriving aircraft over the north shore for arrival. So essentially, the Booke arrival is a fairly rare occurance, but it does happen.
And in those years, I have never
made, or seen, an aircraft landing to the east on the reef runway (8R). Yes, I have landed there in Kona conditions (26L), but never to the east. Depending on where the parking spot is and how far the plane rolls out, you could take a very long time taxiing to your gate even from 8L
, so it may seem you landed on the reef runway. 8R is strictly a departure runway unless some emergency exists, or all the other runways are closed for some reason. Even if 8L
is closed, ATC will land you on 4R before attempting the reef runway.
[Edited 2007-07-23 07:33:39]
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.