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MSY-IAH-HNL-IAH-MSY On CO (50+ Pics)

Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:08 am

Seeing how i've never been to Hawaii before, I took advantage of an excellent fare found on CO.com (less than $500 roundtrip) and flew from New Orleans to Honolulu via Houston. I would have about five hours in HNL...just enough time to explore the airport and take in some of that legendary Hawaiian air...and down some mixed drinks.

I have heard mixed things about HNL...very tousity, very crowded, overrated...but from what I saw (just from the air, really) it looks like a place that I could spend some time at and enjoy myself. I'll never forget the color of the ocean on approach. Stunningly beautiful.

MSY-IAH was flown on CO1439, Boeing 737-800 service. As usual, it was a full flight...every seat was occupied. This route actually does more business now than it did before Katrina. CO runs 13 flights every business day in the market, with a couple of 753's currently. Flight time was a brief 43 minutes from takeoff to touchdown. A full beverage service was served.

IAH-HNL was flown on CO73, Boeing 767-400ER service. I had previously flown on a couple of DL 764's, but it has been a while, so I was looking forward to trying out CO's version of this heavy. I was not dissapointed. In fact, i'll go as far and say that I like it just as much...perhaps even better... than the CO 777. 2x3x2 seating is excellent of course. I had seat 14L on this one...in front of the wing. Since this was ship 63, a Pacific configured 764, they have replaced a few rows of BusinessFirst seats with coach seats, creating a small coach mini cabin. It was a very enoyable place to spend 7h45m in the air. In flight service was adequate. A lunch was served about an hour after departure, followed by a few rounds of drinks, and then finally a pre arrival snack service about 1.5 hours out of HNL. I watched "DaVinci Code" on the PTV. When it ended we were just overflying downtown Los Angeles so I was pretty much glued to the windown the rest of the way to gaze in awe at the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. It was my first Pacific crossing, and I enjoyed it a lot.

My layover in HNL was excellent. I had a nice lunch at Stinger Ray's Tropical Bar and Grill at the airport (and enjoyed a few amazingly good and potent Mai Tai's there as well), spent at least a couple of hours sitting outide in the open air terminal watching the planes come and go, hung out in the beautiful garden on the lower level in between the terminals, and I also made my way to the top of one of the parking garages to check out the view. Also, I felt obliged to buy a few Hawaiian souvenirs for my family and a couple of good friends. I think HNL is an amazing airport.

HNL-IAH was on CO2 (routing GUM-HNL-IAH but today there was an aircraft swap in HNL) was the same aircraft (ship 63) that brought me to HNL some five hours prior. This flight, unlike the one over here, was packed. I had seat 38L (window). Upon departure we were served dinner...it was some sort of chicken wrap served with chips, potato salad, and some cookies....not that bad at all. After I watched "The Goonies" (a classic for anyone who grew up in the 80's such as myself) I decided to try to get some sleep...and I was successful. I probably slept for a good four hours, and woke up when we were 45 minutes outside of Houston. Our pre arrival snack consisted of a muffin. Very smooth and comfortable flight, and we ended up arriving back at IAH about 15 minutes ahead of schedule. I love the 764, especially CO's version.

Since we got to IAH early I had plenty of time to catch CO1823, Boeing 757-300 service to New Orleans. It was a full flight...I'd say at least 90%. I had seat 28A on this one. Flight time was an amazingly short 40 minutes, and we arrived MSY at least fifteen minutes ahead of schedule. It was impressive to note that all 180+ passengers received a full beverage service even though the flight was well under an hour. You just have to love short flights on big planes. I know I sure do. We toched down (after a smooth as silk flight) on runway 10 and we parked at gate D3.

Picture time!

1) en route MSY-IAH.

2) good legroom.
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3) touchdown!
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4) my B764 getting ready to take me to HNL.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0792.jpg
5) spacious, spotless cabin.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0793.jpg
6) 2x3x2 is the perfect seating arrangement.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0794.jpg
7) ready for puchback.

8) liftoff!
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0796.jpg
9) climbing away.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0797.jpg
10) cruising over Texas.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0798.jpg
11) lunch is served.
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12) at flight level over New Mexico somewhere.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0800.jpg
13) the desert of Arizona.
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14) downtown Los Angeles seen from 5 miles up.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0803.jpg
15) goodbye California.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0807.jpg
16) Channel Islands.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0809.jpg
17) no land in sight out here...
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0812.jpg
18) this view lasted for about five hours.
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19) pre arrival snack.
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20) approaching HNL.
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21) finally..land in sight.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0816.jpg
22) looks very nice down there.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0817.jpg
23) flying past HNL on our downwind leg.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0818.jpg
24) getting ready to turn to base and then final.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0819.jpg
25) stunning!

26) final approach.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0821.jpg
27) Aloha!
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0823.jpg
28) view from gate 24.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0824.jpg
29) I love this airport.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0825.jpg
30) from the parking garage...Diamond Head can be seen in the distance.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0826.jpg
31) another from the parking garage...
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0827.jpg
32) ah, palm trees.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0829.jpg
33) old control tower perhaps?
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0828.jpg
34) airport garden.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0830.jpg
35) airport garden...again.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0831.jpg
36) the first of several.  Smile

37) this old bird just pulled in from MSP.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0833.jpg
38) one more garden shot.
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39) a tribute to Juan Trippe.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0835.jpg
40) CO2 loading for IAH.
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41) view from seat 38L.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0838.jpg
42) on the taxi way.
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43) making a big turn just a few seconds after takeoff.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0841.jpg
44) not many white caps down there.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0842.jpg
45) sailing away...
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0843.jpg
46) sunset over the Pacific.
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47) about 30 minutes out of Houston.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0847.jpg
48) final approach into IAH.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0849.jpg
49) sort of a bumpy landing.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0852.jpg
50) view from 28A on the B753.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0853.jpg
51) MSY here we come...long takeoff roll...
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52) climbing...
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53) at cruise.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y34/Nolaguy79/IMG_0857.jpg

That's all for the pics. I'll have videos posted of the landings at HNL and MSY sometime this evening.
 
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:08 am

once again another great report, a great way to spend a day. Love the pictures. Keep 'em coming
 
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:54 am

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
33) old control tower perhaps?

That is the old control tower. It is now the ramp control tower.

How much of the Japanese/Hawaiian garden did you see? I ask because you can get a good close up look of the ramp from down there. Near the airport medical office on the Diamond Head side are restrooms and a chain link fence gate that looks out to the ramp. An identical gate is also on the Ewa side of the garden. Also, did you go to the Interisland Terminal? There is also a garden on that side with a gate that goes onto the ramp. That gate is actually marked as Gate 49B. Plus, that garden also has the offices for HA's Flight and Inflight departments and the lounges for the pilots and F/A's.
 
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 10:33 am

Great trip report & pictures!  Cool Nice to see a trip report with pics from Hawaii. I've been there twice before and hope to go there again.
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:09 am

What a phenominal report - and your pics are incredible too. Thanks for taking the effort to put this together!
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:25 am

wow, you only spent 5 hours in beautiful HNL? glad to hear you enjoyed it from the airport. Being from the Pacific, I gues I take these over water flights for granted. Imagine my excitement though when flying over land...as amazed as you are over water.

Thanks for sharing and great report.
 
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 11:30 am

Nice to see a trip report with pictures for once. Nice!
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:41 pm

Here's a video of the HNL landing....

 
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 6:23 pm

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
(and enjoyed a few amazingly good and potent Mai Tai's there as well),

MMMMMMmmmmm  yummy  Mai Tais!  laughing 

Quoting MSYtristar (Thread starter):
HNL-IAH was on CO2 (routing GUM-HNL-IAH but today there was an aircraft swap in HNL) was the same aircraft (ship 63) that brought me to HNL some five hours prior.

I seem to recall an aircraft change at HNL for CO1 (westbound) and CO2 (eastbound) is normal . . . or it used to be when I was making DCA-IAH-HNL-GUM trips. Those were DC-10s and the IAH-HNL bird always had a large B/F cabin, and although it was the same flight number each direction, there was a change of plane to/from a Continental Mike version of the -10 with a smaller B/F cabin.

Perhaps that's still routine today.

. . . .

I always found COs Pacific service, to HNL and/or GUM to be excellent . . .
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Fri Sep 22, 2006 8:51 pm

Thanks for the pictures of one of my favourite airports I've been to - HNL.
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Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:33 am

Excellent report and great quality pictures! I always like flying Continental, and when I passed through IAH, I found it to be a great airport. I'll be flying Continental again in November.

Looking forward to more reports!

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Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:11 am

Ah, another of the 'out-and-back's' that Steve is famous for!

Nice pics, by the way.....I especially appreciate you making me homesick with that view of downtown LA.....and doubly so since Dodger Stadium is in the upper right corner.....and triply so since Staples is in the lower left corner  wink  ...

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Sat Sep 23, 2006 2:26 am

Totally wonderful pics and report. Love the 764 and 762 as well.....and the downwind at HNL, tough to beat those pics in the USA!

Thanx much waiting for more.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 10):
I always like flying Continental, and when I passed through IAH, I found it to be a great airport. I'll be flying Continental again in November

Glad you like the airport and our hometown kids!!! Fly often too long to wait till Nov!  Smile
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Sun Sep 24, 2006 10:01 am

Very nice pics and great report!!! CO is a great airline, gotta love the 764. Its all about the 764
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Sun Sep 24, 2006 3:51 pm

Great report and pics. I think I would cry tho if I only had 5 hours to spend in HNL  Cool
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Tue Sep 26, 2006 6:14 am

Great trip report... I remember climbing Diamond Back and then feeling it in my legs for like 3 days afterwards... beautiful pics!!
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Mon Oct 02, 2006 4:40 am

Nice report & photo's, love that garden at HNL ,is that non airside?

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Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:33 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 16):
Nice report & photo's, love that garden at HNL ,is that non airside?

Not sure about that particular shot, but HNL is an open air terminal and is filled with all these beautiful Japanese gardens... while the airport itself may need some renovation, I'll take it over any other airport any day for the beauty of the gardens
 
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Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:35 am

Was 28A a EE row seat? If so, this seat has good leg room.

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