Just a couple of things:
The DC-10 has several advantages for the HNL routes:
1.It hauls around 300+ Passengers in most configurations.
2.It does haul quite a bit of cargo.
3.It can make the run quite easily as far as range, the DC-10 is quite fuel efficient on a run of that time.
4.You know me always the business man, think about the market. Did you think (did it hurt?
) who goes to Hawaii, vacationers!!! On a New York to London there are MANY business travelers, on a HNL run you have vacationers; people on vacation DON'T CARE!!! As long as the plane gets them there -on time- and the service is okay they're happy!
5.You only mentioned the majors, every charter company that makes that run uses DC-10's, a few use L-1011's, but it has the perfect market for an old aircraft, it has 3 engines which increases percieved safety, it hauls MUCH people and cargo to an island, interiors don't matter (ever see what little old ladies going to Hawaii wear!!) and most people travel coach, perfect for the DC-10!