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Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Thu Mar 01, 2007 11:51 am

10 February 2007
Go! (Operated by Mesa Airlines) YV 1002
Honolulu (HNL) - Hilo (ITO)
CRJ-200ER N651BR
Seat 2A (select your own seat)
Flight time: 40mins approx
Load factor 68% (34 pax/50 seats)

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The all-important boarding pass

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Island Air Dash 8 parked in front of the Commuter terminal where Go! operates

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Time to board! I love walking out onto the apron to board the aircraft

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The classic T-tail view of N651BR


Cool blue leather seats on board. The CRJ is a reasonably comfortable aircraft for short sectors, though the windows are a little too low for passenger comfort!


The Go! cabin

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HNL airport on rotation Runway 8L

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We're airborne!

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Climb-out over Honolulu

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The harbour. One of the cruise ships is the new Queen Mary II which was about to head to Sydney for a historic meeting with the QE II.

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Great shot of the Waikiki beach area

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More of Oahu before heading out to the south-east

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Now we hit the coast of the next island - Molokai I think



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Interesting cloud formations over Maui's volcanoes



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Finally on the ground at Big Island - Hilo Airport

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Hilo departures area

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Taking advantage of the great climate in airport design!

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Now time for the Chopper trip!!

10 February 2007
Safari Helicopters
Hilo (ITO) - Hilo (ITO)
AS-350 N963SA
Flight time: 50mins approx
Load factor 100% (6 pax/6 seats)


Aha! Here we have some hot stuff. But where is the lava I've always wanted to see?

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Finally! A childhood dream come true. Real live view of the hot red stuff! The money paid is already worthwhile!

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A real estate agent's dream - Hawaii grows all the time like this without any human intervention. Though you'll have to wait a few years before this land is suited to housing!!!

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The power of nature at work

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A few pretty waterfalls on the way back to Hilo

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And back!!

The trip back to HNL was on Aloha Airlines, on the venerable 737-200 but given it was dark, I don't have any photos. For the record:

10 February 2007
Aloha Airlines AQ 49
Hilo (ITO) - Honolulu (HNL)
737-200 N821AL
Seat 17F (select your own seat)
Flight time: 40mins approx
Passengers: 47 (unsure of config, but a very light load)
 
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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:26 pm

Great report and pictures! I would like to visit HI soon.

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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Thu Mar 01, 2007 9:47 pm

Great report - you have wetted my apetite for my upcoming trip to HI in May. I will be splitting my time between Oahu and the Big Island and I can't wait!

How did you rate Aloha? I hear that islanders don't like them and that "friends don't let friends fly aloha!"

I'll be trying them out anyway, along with Hawaiian and Island Air.
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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Fri Mar 02, 2007 3:25 am

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 2):
I hear that islanders don't like them and that "friends don't let friends fly aloha!"

Believe me, for the last year the saying in the islands has been "Friends don't let friends fly Go!". Hawaiian and Aloha have had a friendly rivalry for years now, but in the end we do respect each other. Go! is the anthesis of everything we do and believe in. Yes, I'm biased because I work for Hawaiian, but the management of Go! (not the workers) have proven how little aloha spirit they have by their actions.

But back to the trip report - good job! I've done the helicopter tour over Maui, but not over the volcanos on the big island yet. After looking at your pictures I'll have to do that soon.

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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Fri Mar 02, 2007 6:28 am

Nice one. I visited the big island last August. The volcano was amazing. Hilo wasn't too impressive though? Kona is nice.
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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Sun Apr 08, 2007 10:30 am

NIce photos! Been to Hawaii twice and never did a volcano tour. THanks so much for the photos.

ALso, good to hear good things about GO! airlines.
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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Mon Apr 09, 2007 7:49 am

Quoting HAL (Reply 3):
Go! is the anthesis of everything we do and believe in. Yes, I'm biased because I work for Hawaiian, but the management of Go! (not the workers) have proven how little aloha spirit they have by their actions.

You are correct. It was so wonderful to see Hawaiian and Aloha on Oprah giving away 100 roundtrip inter-island tickets to families in need at the children's hospital in Honolulu.

Oh wait, it wasn't Hawaiian and Aloha...

and if go! is so aweful, why did United Vacations/Mark Travel just sign them on??
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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:13 pm

Quoting USXguy (Reply 6):
You are correct. It was so wonderful to see Hawaiian and Aloha on Oprah giving away 100 roundtrip inter-island tickets to families in need at the children's hospital in Honolulu.

Oh wait, it wasn't Hawaiian and Aloha...

Going on Oprah and making a spectacle of yourself in a PR move doesn't make you a good airline. Offering good service at sustainable fares that help keep thousands of locals employed does. How many other community projects has Mesa been involved with in the Hawaiian community compared to HA and AQ? Is Mesa really being kind hearted and offering the locals a good deal with low airfares? If Mesa can afford to continue offering seats at $19 a pop, why did they pull out of flights to Lake Havasu City, where they charged $200+ to fly to PHX and LAS? Apparently it is because, as Jonathan Ornstein said, "It's really pretty simple. We just could not operate profitably."

See this link: http://havasunews.com/articles/2007/04/04/news/news01.txt

If Mesa couldn't operate a much cheaper aircraft (Beech 1900) for 10x the fare, how do they expect to continue offering the people of Hawaii "a better alternative" on expensive-to-run RJs at fares the passengers can afford? Are they really being kind hearted to the people of Hawaii, or are they just trying to run one of the local airlines out of business so they can jack up their fares and finally make a few dollars?

Quoting USXguy (Reply 6):
and if go! is so aweful, why did United Vacations/Mark Travel just sign them on??

Because travel operators for the most part don't care about the quality of service. They are budget travel packagers and look only for the lowest cost. That is why you find most bulk travel operations on second-level and charter airlines like ATA, Omni, etc.

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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Tue Apr 10, 2007 1:12 am

Amazing pics of a (for us Europeans) exotic place. I really enjoyed this one!
 
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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:33 am

Great images, many thanks.

Quoting Aussie_ (Thread starter):
Cool blue leather seats on board

- Yikes, looks bright!

Quoting Aussie_ (Thread starter):
Real live view of the hot red stuff!

- Way cool!!

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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:47 am

Excellent Report!!!

THe Helo tour over the volcano is a great adventure. I've done it in a commercial chopper and in an OH-58 - with no doors. Even at 1000AGL leaning out of cabin one can feel the heat rising off the lava.

Another thrill - and a MUST do at Volcano Park - is a hike out onto the flow.
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RE: Photo Report HNL-ITO On Go! And Volcanoes (heli)

Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:17 pm

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 2):
I hear that islanders don't like them and that "friends don't let friends fly aloha!"

You have been reading FlyerTalk too much. HAL has it right, that should read "friends don't let friends fly go!"

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