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CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sat Sep 15, 2007 2:36 pm

07SEP2007
Continental Micronesia CMI957
Boeing 737-800W - N26232
Depart HNL: 655am
Arrive GUM: 520pm +1
via MAJ, KWA, KSA, PNI, & TKK

HNL-MAJ – 4 hours 35 minutes

The taxi ride to the airport was fairly quick yet amazingly expensive ($32). I arrived at the airport early so I could have a look around and relax in the Presidents Club for a few minutes. I was told not to check my bag because there is potential for it to be lost due to all the stops.

I checked in at the kiosk at around 445am. Security does not open until 500am, so I stood outside security for awhile. Once it opened I walked down to the gate to see the airplane we would be using for the flight

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I checked out the President's Club. It was okay, nothing spectacular. The woman at the front desk tried to put me on the First Class standby list but as unsuccessful since I was on a reward ticket. I knew CO does not upgrade reward tickets but the flight was oversold on one of the legs so I thought I might have a shot. So I turned on my laptop, surfed the net and waited for the flight.

We pushed out of Gate 14 on time and taxied to the runway. I was seated in 7C (aisle) so I did not get much of a look out the window. As we climbed out the crew briefed us on the flight to Majuro and the inflight movie, Talladega Nights, which was played on my PHX-EWR flight.

Breakfast service was provided. Their was a choice of eggs, hash browns and chorizo or pancakes. I had eggs. The food was okay. Not as salty as the breakfast on my PHX-EWR flight a few days before.

After breakfast, I slept through the flight and awoke as we began to approach Majuro. I deplaned in Majuro 4 and a half hours, and 1 day later. Everyone in seats ABC, rows 5-28 must deplane here for security sweeps. We were on ground for about 45 minutes.

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MAJ-KWA – 58 minutes

We took off from Majuro bound for Kwajalein. Lots of scattered CB clouds on the way. Oreo cookies and drinks were passed out.

Kwajalein is military base where much of the activity includes ICBM testing. Transit passengers are not allowed to deplane or take photographs while on ground. My seatmate just accepted a job on the island and deplaned so I took over 7A.

I grabbed some shots while we were taxiing out.

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KWA-KSA - 51 minutes

Departure out of KWA was brisk as the B738 was now fairly empty. Lunch was served, turkey breast sandwich, chocolate chip cookies, and fruit were on the tray. 51 minutes with a meal service makes the flight fly by (no pun intended).

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Right after cleanup we began descending.
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The airport here is very small. Seats DEF, rows 5-28 required to deplane in Kosare. I deplaned too and went for a walk around the “terminal.” There was no electricity in the bathroom, however they have a very nice EliteAccess sign and carpet.
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We were on the ground for only 30 minutes or so which was good because it was very humid. Unfortunately we had an “ATC” delay of about 25 minutes. Apparently the airspace over Kosare is busy, I'm presuming with military activity. As we taxied to the end of the runway, I noticed the fire engines follow us out to the runway. I guess because there really is not chance to abort with such short runways. The main gear lifted off just before the 1000 foot markers.

KSA-PNI – 51 minutes

Nothing major to report about the flight to Phonpei (pronounced Pawn-A-Pay) since it was so short. I deplaned here since again, seats ABC, rows 5-28 had to deplane for another security sweep.

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We picked up quite a few people here. Mostly Japanese tourists but a few Australians as well. Some of whom would be on my flight to CNS.

PNI-TKK – 58 minutes

After reboard we flew onto Chukk all the while deviating around clouds.

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While airborne a flight attendant came and grabbed the maintenance guy saying the captain had a writeup for Chukk. The view flying in to TKK was goregous.
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We landed and I chose not to deplane here as I was getting tired. Though I could see into the terminal that there were a ton of people getting ready to board. We were completely full out of Chukk.

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Once we were done boarding the captain came over the PA and let us know that we had a cabin pressurization issue and Guam dispatch gave us a 30 minute advise on what were were going to do. I was a little nervous because I didn't know what would happen if the canceled the flight. Especially after seeing the airport hotel:

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After sitting on the 100% full aircraft for over an hour in 90 degree heat the captain advised we could only climb to 15,000 feet. Which I knew was not going to cool us off very fast. Luckily I had to move back to my original seat, 7C, since the flight was so full. So at least I had the aisle.

TKK-GUM – 1 hours 35 minutes

A snack service was passed out. We arrived a little over an hour late. Customs was a quick process but they would not stamp my passport. I called the hotel shuttle, (which turned out to be a new Lincoln Town Car  Smile ) for a pickup and headed off to get some grub. I ended up at McDonalds since it was late and I did not want to have a sit down meal.

Hotel:
Westin Resort Guam

I wanted to check out Guam since the idea of flying for an airline on an island excites me, I wanted to see what it might be like to live there.

I initially had trouble with the Internet connection in the first room and had to be switched over to another room. Overall the hotel was really nice and on a beautiful stretch of beach. It was located on a busy street with lots of shopping and hoards of Japanese tourists. The room had the signature Westin Heavenly bed, which was, well, heavenly. Especially after spending 19 hours in a Continental 737 coach seat.

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sat Sep 15, 2007 5:09 pm

Thanks for posting that report. Great report and pics. Be sure to do a report on the rest of your trip.
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sat Sep 15, 2007 8:47 pm

Beautiful report - suffice to say, you visited some places that most a/c and pax will never see! Does CO-Mike still use the 764 on those routes? If so, which airports are they able/not able to squeeze into?


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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:20 pm

welcome to Guam and hope you enjoyed your journey on the famous island hopper. the west bound flight (957) will normally start filling up in PNI and TKK as you observed. i've tried both legs all the way through (956/957) and find 957 much easier on the body as you fly with the day, arriving GUM in the early evening. i haven't stayed at Westin in a while and it looks like they've done some nice renovating to the hotel. Pls share your onward flights ex-GUM if available.
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:03 am

Wow, that must be kind of an eerie feeling landing on an island in the middle of the world's biggest ocean! What a great trip report.
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 1:19 am

Awesome report and pics. Thats an awesome way to go HNL-GUM.
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:22 am

Quoting 777fan (Reply 2):
Beautiful report - suffice to say, you visited some places that most a/c and pax will never see! Does CO-Mike still use the 764 on those routes? If so, which airports are they able/not able to squeeze into?

They use the 738 on these routes - definitely not the 764. The runways are just long enough to be able to handle the 738, let alone the 764. Although admittedly, I'm not entirely sure why there were container cargo units next to the a/c in the pic from one of the airports given that the 738 is a narrowbody.
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:06 am

Wow what an interesting report, cool routing.
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:46 am

Quoting 777fan (Reply 2):
Beautiful report - suffice to say, you visited some places that most a/c and pax will never see! Does CO-Mike still use the 764 on those routes? If so, which airports are they able/not able to squeeze into?

The 738 is already having problems at some airports, like if the runway is wet. The CO micronesia 764 is used on GUM-HNL and GUM-NRT flights.

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:59 am

I hear that Palau is the nicest island in Micronesia. thanks for the interesting pictures.
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:22 pm

Hey, nice report. I took the Islandhopper from HNL to PNI and back in 2003 and I was giddy with excitement before, during and after. Heck, I think I still am giddy  Smile.

Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 8):
The 738 is already having problems at some airports, like if the runway is wet.

Yup, especially Kosrae. On my outward bound trip, there were announcements in the terminal at KSA requesting volunteers to take the next flight 2-3 days later. The flight left with about 20 empty seats, but I later learned that they left some paxs behind. On the return, there were no problems, but I heard that the next flight overflew KSA because of rain.
 
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Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:49 pm

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 1):
Thanks for posting that report. Great report and pics. Be sure to do a report on the rest of your trip.

Thanks! The first part of the trip is now up CO/NW PHX-EWR-MSP-HNL.

Quoting Cory6188 (Reply 6):
Although admittedly, I'm not entirely sure why there were container cargo units next to the a/c in the pic from one of the airports given that the 738 is a narrowbody.

They used the bins for storing passenger bags and cargo for the departing flight. I thought it was strange as well seeing as that bin is bigger than the cabin.
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Sep 16, 2007 8:17 pm

The woman with the cones in your TKK pic is my best friend's mom. She works for Air Mike on Chuuk. HAHA. I died laughing when I saw her.

Great report! I hope to take that flight someday.

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:30 pm

Excellent pictures, can't wait to hop onto the island hopper next year.

Thanks for posting.
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Fri Sep 21, 2007 10:45 pm

Great trip report - really enjoyed it. I've always wanted to take this route ever since reading about it in a magazine many years ago.

Does anyone know if it is usually possible to burn onepass miles on this route? When I check on continental.com it usually only offers the non-stop flight from HNL-GUM or a 1 stop flight somewhere in Micronesia but never as far as I can see the island hopper. I have loads of miles to use and see this as an interesting way to get to Australia next year (continuing on the CO flight to CNS).

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:06 am

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 14):
When I check on continental.com it usually only offers the non-stop flight from HNL-GUM or a 1 stop flight somewhere in Micronesia but never as far as I can see the island hopper

good question.....I'd call and ask for it, or pick the multi destination tab on the reservation page and put in each island to see if it will allow you do hop!
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sat Sep 22, 2007 3:20 pm

Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 14):
Great trip report - really enjoyed it. I've always wanted to take this route ever since reading about it in a magazine many years ago.

Does anyone know if it is usually possible to burn onepass miles on this route? When I check on continental.com it usually only offers the non-stop flight from HNL-GUM or a 1 stop flight somewhere in Micronesia but never as far as I can see the island hopper. I have loads of miles to use and see this as an interesting way to get to Australia next year (continuing on the CO flight to CNS).

Try going to CO.com and departing HNL-CNS on Friday. Should give you the option for the hopper including a 25hr layover in GUM.
 
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Sat Sep 22, 2007 10:12 pm

Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 16):
Try going to CO.com and departing HNL-CNS on Friday. Should give you the option for the hopper including a 25hr layover in GUM.

Hey it works! Even more surprising there are dates with standard availability!! Thanks.
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sat Sep 22, 2007 11:16 pm

This is my dream to take this flight one day.......
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:23 am

Nice report I plan on taking the hopper one of these days. One question, were all the passengers disallowed from deplaning while in Kwajalein? The reason I ask is because I have DoD ID card and hopped I'd be able to get off to stretch my legs.
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:10 am

THe company I work for used to operate a 733 for Palau Micronesia Airlines (ZK-PLU) based out of PTPN. Nice to see some photo's of our old stomping ground.
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:52 pm

Very nice report and photos! I wonder if Mobil Oil has a monopoly on much of the Pacific island petroleum market... Strange to see both MAJ and KSR with standardized signs sponsored by Mobil.

Quoting 777fan (Reply 2):
Does CO-Mike still use the 764 on those routes?

See below.

Quoting LX64A332 (Reply 8):
The CO micronesia 764 is used on GUM-HNL and GUM-NRT flights.

Also, before the 737-800 was added to the CO fleet, they used a 727-200 for the Island Hopper. There was a great article on this in one of the airplane hobby publications some six to eight years back. Also one of (probably) Continental's first female pilots wrote about the 722 Island Hopper trip in her autobiography. If I can backtrack the references on these, I will post them.

Historically, the flight also stopped at Johnston Atoll, which like KWA is a U.S. military base. However there's so few people stationed there anymore that it is either no longer served by CO, or it is a demand-only stop (not sure which.)

Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 18):
This is my dream to take this flight one day.......

Ditto here, ever since I first read about it.
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 9:59 pm

Quoting Redngold (Reply 21):
Also one of (probably) Continental's first female pilots wrote about the 722 Island Hopper trip in her autobiography.

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:41 pm

Wow... what an interesting trip report... and very well done too...  thumbsup 

That would certainly be a very nice trip to take.. I may look into it one day...

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:28 am

Great report on an awesome trip! I was wondering - is there a crew change at any point between HNL and GUM? I'd imagine that is a LONG day with many sets of take offs and landings for any one set of crew!
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Thu Oct 18, 2007 10:07 pm

Quoting Sq_ek_freak (Reply 24):
I was wondering - is there a crew change at any point between HNL and GUM? I'd imagine that is a LONG day with many sets of take offs and landings for any one set of crew!

I took the IslandHopper between HNL and PNI 4 years ago, and I got to chat with the flight crew while buying tangerines while on transit at Kosrae. No change of crew. They said it was a fairly easy mostly daylight run (MAJ-HNL eastbound was the only night sector) in skies fairly free of ATC. The only big challenge was the short runway at Kosrae.
 
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Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:10 am

Great TR. Really interesting read

The pics are really good.

Thank you for sharing.

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Sun Dec 16, 2007 8:53 pm

Great TR and awesome pics! Thanks for posting!

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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:05 pm

Great Trip Report

With all the empty seats it seems like CO wouldn't do too well on this route, yet I know that they charge a fortune for this flight, so it's probably a good money maker.

Seems like allot of food as well. How are they able to store it all on a 738? different configuration?

Also, clearing for security reasons seems reasonable, but every time you got off the airplane did you have to recheck through security? and why were only rows 5-28 required, why not First?

thanks for sharing
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:37 am

Customs was a quick process but they would not stamp my passport.

Why were you required to clear customs, when traveling HNL-GUM, isnt micronisia US territory?

I am traveling on CO HNL-GUM nonstop, will I be required to clear customs also???
 
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RE: CO Mike HNL-GUM Island Hopper [Pics]

Fri Feb 01, 2008 5:21 am

Great TR!

I also took the CO Island hopper last year on the reverse-----eastward----one of my most memorable flights. In Pohnpei, I saw Caroline Islands Air Britten Norman Islander----Did you see it too? Anybody knows what islands does it fly to?
Also, we circled the entire island of Kosrae before landing.

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