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Hawaiian SFO-LIH And Return (via HNL)

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:52 pm

09 February 2004

I woke up around 5am to get everything together, ready etc etc because a friend was driving my partner and myself to SFO at 6am to catch the flight to HNL. We got to the airport about 650am. Inside, there was a small post saying Hawaiian passengers were to check in at the Delta desk. A service agent told us that there was no line outside at the curb-side check in. So out we went, however the agent outside just stared at us and the next 10 people in line behind us. Go Delta…

Needless to say we did get checked in and off we went to the gate.

Hawaiian Airlines flight 11 SFO-HNL
Boeing 767-300ER / N588HA / ‘ IWA
Seats 14 H,J

First class upgrades were being offered at the gate for $250 per passenger. No, we kept our coach seats.  Sad Next time perhaps… This aircraft has the 777 style interiors. I was quite happy! Boarding was quite smooth, as is generally the case on the mainland to Hawai‘i flights. Takeoff took about 40 seconds to reach rotation. The weather was really clear, and you could see all the way from the city to Pt. Reyes and Sonoma county.
Flight time was a quick 4:50 if I remember correctly. We approached Oah‘u from the east side, over flying HNL. We then turned back and landed to the east on runway 8 (?)
We took the Wiki Wiki to the interisland terminal for our connection.

Hawaiian Airlines flight 169 HNL-LIH
Boeing 717-200 / N484HA / ‘Oma‘o
Seats 16A,B

This brief flight boarded around 115pm. Many people seemed to be unaware that HA (and AQ too) have open seating on the inter island flights. We were lucky enough to have the FA ask, “Do you want to take the exit row seats?” No brainer! Yippee, that’s always a treat. It took us about 18 minutes to cross the Kaua‘i channel. While approaching Lihu‘e, the pilot turned back to the east for another approach as there was another a/c still on the runway. We landed to the west, flight time was about 25 minutes.

18 February 2004

Hawaiian Airlines flight 528 LIH-HNL
Boeing 717-200 / N481HA / (Anyone know the name of this A/C???)
Seats 16A,B

We were booked for flight 140, scheduled to leave Lihu‘e at 1150am. At check in, the agent asked if we would like to take an earlier flight to Honolulu. We said that would be fine with us. HA528 departs LIH at 1045am, (this flight has continuing service to Kahalui.) We got near the front of the line at boarding to get the exit row seats again.
The actual flying time on this leg was only 17 minutes. We arrived at HNL, and transferred to gate 28 for the mainland flight.

Hawaiian Airlines flight 12 HNL-SFO
Boeing 767-300ER / N592HA / Hunakai
Seats 13H,J

Honolulu airport definitely has retro appeal. If you have ever watched the episodes when the Brady Bunch to Hawai‘i, it’s just like reliving that period. I hope they don’t have any plans to change the décor any time soon…
Near our gate, several flights were boarding for Kansai, Nagoya and Narita.
This flight also had the 777 style interiors, and was full in first class. I am pretty sure that coach was completely booked too. We took off a little late, around 225pm. This flight after landing in SFO, continues on to SMF. I thought Sacramento had its own flight. Perhaps the loads aren’t what HA expected? Anyways, this flight was fairly uneventful. There was some moderate to heavy turbulence half-way thru the flight. Bins and glassware rattling… you know. They showed “Under the Tuscan Sun.” I did not watch because I didn’t want to shell out $5 to rent the headset. Before landing, the FAs asked that all passengers with cell phones to please turn them on once the seatbelt signs came off at the gate in San Francisco. They asked us to try and call someone, then tell the FAs if your call connected. They said this was a test to find out if the phones interfered with the A/C’s communications equipment, or the other way around. Mine worked fine. We arrived to a cold and dark SFO around 8:55.

I had a very nice journey with Hawaiian, but writing this I do miss the islands quite a bit and can’t wait to get back.

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RE: Hawaiian SFO-LIH And Return (via HNL)

Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:36 am

You are lucky living where you do. You have several options for direct flights to Hawaii. I enjoyed reading your trip report.
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RE: Hawaiian SFO-LIH And Return (via HNL)

Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:12 am

Good report. Hawaii is a awsome place to visit and Lihue is a great place to relax. May I ask how was the load factor on the flight to HNL and in between islands? Thanks
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RE: Hawaiian SFO-LIH And Return (via HNL)

Sun Feb 22, 2004 8:36 am

N481HA's name is 'Alauahio.

HA 12 does not normally continue to SMF. My guess would be either that there was a problem with the SMF flight (HA 20) and was cancelled and the passengers moved to HA 12, or HA 20 was badly oversold so the additional passengers moved to HA 12. Then, HA 12 extended to SMF.

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RE: Hawaiian SFO-LIH And Return (via HNL)

Sun Feb 22, 2004 10:55 am

Thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings.

FullThrottle: The flight to HNL wasn't full. I know at least 3+ people in the forward coach cabin had their rows to themselves. The back however looked pretty full when I got up to use the lav. The inter-island flights are definitely not lacking for business! I would guesstimate 95% occupancy.

Hawaiian717: Thanks for the info! Yea, it did seem like this was a strange occurrence. The crew wasn't sure if the pax needed to deplane in SFO and reboard or not. (Turns out they did not.) And in HNL, several announcements were made that it was necessary for all SMF pax to have 2 boarding passes: HNL-SFO and SFO-SMF.

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