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AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 10:47 am

After a couple of excellent weeks relaxing in Hawaii, sadly it was time to head home.

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07.09.08 AA270 HNL-LAX N380AN – First, Seat 6A
1st Flight on this aircraft & 28th 767 Flight
SCH DEP 07:25 SCH ARR 15:50
ACT DEP 07:20 ACT ARR 15:44

The transfer to the airport was booked for 05:00, so we got up at 04:15, not a great time to get up, even more so when you don’t really want to go home.

Being a Sunday morning, traffic was light, some 15 to 20 minutes later we were kerb site outside HNL Intl airport.

Before proceeding to check-in, all hold bags have to go through an x-ray type machine, appears they are looking for fruits/vegetation being removed from the country?

Check-in area:
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Once done, we headed over to check-in, only one person ahead of us. The process was smooth, bags tagged through to LHR with priority tags. I noted our originally allocated seats of 1A & B had now been changed to 6A & B, we were also issued BP’s for the LAX-LHR flight.

Ticket Jacket:-
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Once free of bags, we headed for security. Being tired and not thinking I put my passport and boarding card in the tray rather than carry it through, as you may be aware, in the US you have to carry them through as you might have changed identity or something – how on earth you can do that when you ID and BP were checked already by someone some 2 meters before, if that! – I’ll never know, anyway, I got shouted at because of it – at times TSA have their stupid rules and this is one of them.

Once through, we decided to head to the AA lounge, the check-in agent had not advised of it’s location but we found it’s locality noted on a terminal map. It proved a bit of a walk and at times confusing in it’s locality but we finally arrived, hot and sweaty! – It was real humid that morning!

En route to the lounge:
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The lounge was actually the QF lounge which AA share use of, since QF no longer fly to HNL it’s interesting they still maintain it.

View’s of the lounge
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The bar and snack area was pretty well stocked, I’d not really expected that much so was nicely surprised.
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Breakfast
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View from the lounge:
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Whilst seated I noted our plane sat at gate 19, originally it had been a 757, however a 763 sat at the gate, I guess that’s why out seat allocations had changed. I was hoping for the new seat’s so I could finally see what they were like.

After our light breakfast we headed over to gate 19, the walk was slow so we could take in the terminal, in addition, Nicole had hurt a foot the previous day so it was slow walking anyway!

I loved the open walkways, fantastic view and the gardens, it’s a lovely airport.

Views
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Boarding started at 06:50, by the time we arrived the flight had pretty much fully boarded, we were the last F class pax to board.
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We were greeted at the door, no real smiles, and headed down to row 6 which is the last row in the cabin, we got lucky as the aircraft had the new seats.

The interior is a 2-2-2 layout, I prefer CO’s 2-1-2 layout, the cabin feels roomier.

Pre departure drinks were offered, OJ or water, both served in plastic cups, the menu was also passed out at this time.
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The load in First was full this morning, not sure about economy but from what I could see behind us, it looked pretty busy too.

Seating pictures:


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Be aware row 6 is not great window wise!
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Push occurred 5 minutes early and we headed out to the reef runway, 8R for departure.

Our early push and the late push on UA’s SFO bound flight meant we arrived 1st at the runway, however we had to taxi round and allow the UA machine to depart as the flight deck had yet to have final weight/balance approvals from HQ.
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We got clearance
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wheels up at 07:47 – bye bye Hawaii, we will return!








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Around 15 minutes after departure, the crew began a drinks service.
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For those interested, seat belt sign extinguished at 08:09.
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This aircraft lacked individual PTV units, passengers had to rely on the overhead TV units, Nicole was not impressed with this at all, as she told me frequently!

At some stage, I forget when, a light brunch was served which was actually pretty tasty, wish it had been a bigger portion! Presentation was good as was the meal quality, most impressed!

Menu:-
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During the meal service, a feature on gastric bypasses was being played, not the ideal thing to play when people are eating, not nice at all!

I’d say service on-board was efficient rather than friendly.

Regarding the seats, whist nice, they still lacked space and freedom to move. If sat in the window, you cannot exit your seat if the front the tray table is down, in addition, it’s a bit of a job to climb over the seat next to you to get to the isle. The blankets provided were pretty good, we liked them. The visual appearence is not good, really not well thought out visually, shame.

As you can see, no chance of getting out of here!
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Seat Instructions:-
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The remainder of the flight was a non event, I spent time reading, dozing etc.


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At some stage the crew came around offering a warm cookie and milk, I took the cookie but passed the milk. – not that impressed with the cookie, CO’s were much nicer.
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Mrs BA319131 looking happy
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I love flying into LAX, the view of the whole basin area are just amazing, the whole area goes on for miles and miles, just amazing!


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We touched down at 15:44, holding for a couple of departures
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before continuing onto our gate
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which was 29 today, we arrived on stand at 15:50.

That ends this flight, 1 more to go!

Hope you enjoyed the trip so far, thanks for reading and feel free to drop comments.

Regards

Mark
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:03 am

Hey Mark ,
Another great TR. I like the boarding screens with the picture of the beach in the background. Row 6 certainly would make me mad. I hate those rows with no window.

The photos were great. I have never seen any of that airport before. AA look quite nice shame about the IFE during the meal lol....

I didnt know you had an Eee pc also ... I think that makes 3 of us now ( You , Roni, Me ). How do you find the memory? Also if you want to watch a movie on it do you just plug in a memory stick with a pre loaded movie on it ? Thanks in advance for any advice.

Mrs A319-131 looks very pretty and well turned out as usual. Nice that she didnt get left at the airport drop off ( taxi service ) area like on your other trips.  Wink

Thanks again and best wishes

Philip
 
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:23 pm

Mark,

Good report. AA does not have IFE units at each seat in business? Do they have them on int'l routes in business?

Thanks,

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:15 pm

Hi, Mark,

one more great read around your Hawaian touring.

It seems I need to go there again.
Well, If i´ve told it not once more earlier  Wink

I´am not impressed about that service level on AA, but maybe thats it nowadays.

Best regards and also best wishes to Mrs.BA, here picture was the best
sign of an nice trip all around.

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:16 pm

Another great report! Really liked the picture of Diamond Head. I agree with you on the seats. They haven't been designed with aesthetics in mind and aren't really geared towards those who want to escape to the aisle at some point! Other than that I think they are great compared to other domestic products, but not so for international travel.

Looks like you missed out on the chocolate chip cookies. Those are far better than the others  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Being tired and not thinking I put my passport and boarding card in the tray rather than carry it through, as you may be aware, in the US you have to carry them through as you might have changed identity or something – how on earth you can do that when you ID and BP were checked already by someone some 2 meters before, if that! – I’ll never know, anyway, I got shouted at because of it – at times TSA have their stupid rules and this is one of them.

Another famous TSA inconsistency! I always have my boarding pass ready going through the WTMD but have been told off or given a roll of the eyes by the person on the other side if it hasn't been requested by command i.e. shouting!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once through, we decided to head to the AA lounge, the check-in agent had not advised of it’s location but we found it’s locality noted on a terminal map. It proved a bit of a walk and at times confusing in it’s locality but we finally arrived, hot and sweaty! – It was real humid that morning!

The lounge is in a rubbish location for the AA flights! I was told to take the Wiki-Wiki shuttle to get it...that was almost as stupid! I could have walked it in about half the time...and I think Qantas do still fly to Honolulu, with a 747-300 IIRC.

Quoting Qantas777 (Reply 2):
Good report. AA does not have IFE units at each seat in business? Do they have them on int'l routes in business?

Not for domestic flights. Personally I think having them on the ORD/DFW-HNL flights would be great, after all these are longer than some of the international flights AA use and I can't imagine the cost to provide them on these flights can be that high.
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:20 pm



Quoting Qantas777 (Reply 2):
Good report. AA does not have IFE units at each seat in business? Do they have them on int'l routes in business?

They are individual units that slide into the seats — not used on this route. If you look at the seat cards in the report, you will see references to them.

Rather cheap on AA's part, I have to say.

Good report!

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 5:36 pm

Very nice report as usual.
Not impressed at all with the food served in F on that flight.Only one choice and nuts for pre arrival snack????
Also if i pay a large amount to travel in F and no window in my window seat i will cancel my flight.

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I think that makes 3 of us now ( You , Roni, Me

Make that 4, got the 1000H
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:05 pm

Hey Mark! ..

Fantastic report mate!

I think your AA flight was better than your previous CO flight. Well at least the brunch on this flight looked delicious!

However i am not a huge fan of these seats. Not only does it obstruct your freedom to get up from your seat, but from the pics it seems to also cramp the hell out of the cabin, giving it a claustraphobic feel.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once free of bags, we headed for security. Being tired and not thinking I put my passport and boarding card in the tray rather than carry it through, as you may be aware, in the US you have to carry them through as you might have changed identity or something – how on earth you can do that when you ID and BP were checked already by someone some 2 meters before, if that! – I’ll never know, anyway, I got shouted at because of it – at times TSA have their stupid rules and this is one of them.

LOL!

That is a silly rule indeed!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The lounge was actually the QF lounge which AA share use of, since QF no longer fly to HNL it’s interesting they still maintain it.

Yea, how weird that they still maintain it although they dont fly there anymore! .. I wonder why.


Thanks again for sharing ! cool picture of Mrs. BA319-131 too!

Hope all is well!

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:17 pm

Thanks for the nice report. I work for Hawaiian, and it's nice to see the differences between airlines in the type of service they offer.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
since QF no longer fly to HNL it’s interesting they still maintain it.

There is a daily HNL-SYD flight on either Qantas (763) or Jetstar (332).

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:18 pm



Quoting Oa260 (Reply 1):
Hey Mark ,
Another great TR

- Thanks for reading Philip  Smile

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 1):
I hate those rows with no window

- Me too!

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 1):
shame about the IFE during the meal lol....

- Yes, no idea what they were thinking playing that!

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 1):
I didnt know you had an Eee pc also ... I think that makes 3 of us now ( You , Roni, Me ). How do you find the memory? Also if you want to watch a movie on it do you just plug in a memory stick with a pre loaded movie on it ?

- I really only use it for internet access and wrighting TR's, though I have to type very slowly since the keys are so small. Battery life is just rubbish, I'm not that happy with it to be honest.

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 1):
Mrs A319-131 looks very pretty and well turned out as usual. Nice that she didnt get left at the airport drop off ( taxi service ) area like on your other trips.

- Wast best to let her come on this one, though she is playing taxi on my Japan trip in Feb  Smile

Quoting Qantas777 (Reply 2):
Mark,

Good report. AA does not have IFE units at each seat in business? Do they have them on int'l routes in business?

- Thanks for reading, re the IFE, others have replied already  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Hi, Mark,

one more great read around your Hawaian touring.

- Hey Markus, thanks for reading.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
It seems I need to go there again.
Well, If i´ve told it not once more earlier

- Keep at it, I'm sure you will return one day  Smile

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
I´am not impressed about that service level on AA, but maybe thats it nowadays

- No, nor was I to be honest, they worked just fine but did nothing to make me want to take them over BA on a flight to/from the UK to the States.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 4):
Another great report! Really liked the picture of Diamond Head

- Thanks, one of the better pix, really like that one too.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 4):
Looks like you missed out on the chocolate chip cookies. Those are far better than the others

- I can imagine, CO gave us chocolate ones, much nicer.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 4):
I think Qantas do still fly to Honolulu, with a 747-300 IIRC

- Did a quick search, you are right though flights are now 763's.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 4):
Quoting Qantas777 (Reply 2):
Good report. AA does not have IFE units at each seat in business? Do they have them on int'l routes in business?

Not for domestic flights. Personally I think having them on the ORD/DFW-HNL flights would be great, after all these are longer than some of the international flights AA use and I can't imagine the cost to provide them on these flights can be that high.



Quoting Briboy (Reply 5):
Good report!

- Thanks Brian.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 6):
Very nice report as usual.

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 6):
Not impressed at all with the food served in F on that flight.Only one choice and nuts for pre arrival snack????

- That's pretty much it, welcome to domestic travel in the states.

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 6):
Also if i pay a large amount to travel in F and no window in my window seat i will cancel my flight.

- Not sure I'd cancel, but I'd be most upset not to have a window.

Regards

Mark
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:26 pm



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 7):
Fantastic report mate!

- Thanks Roni, good to hear from you.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 7):
I think your AA flight was better than your previous CO flight. Well at least the brunch on this flight looked delicious!

- Agreed, food was better and I have an overall feel that AA were more professional.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 7):
However i am not a huge fan of these seats. Not only does it obstruct your freedom to get up from your seat, but from the pics it seems to also cramp the hell out of the cabin, giving it a claustraphobic feel.

- The CO cabing in the 2-1-2 felt much nicer and open that AA's 2-2-2 layout. The AA cabin has been poorly designed and lacks any cosmetic values to make the canin look a nice place to be, shame really.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 7):
That is a silly rule indeed!

- Tell me about it!

Quoting HAL (Reply 8):
Thanks for the nice report

- Thanks for reading HAL.

Quoting HAL (Reply 8):
I work for Hawaiian, and it's nice to see the differences between airlines in the type of service they offer.

- I'm planning to return to Hawaii, the wife loves it there (as do I), hopefully we can try the HA 332 on that trip.

Quoting HAL (Reply 8):
There is a daily HNL-SYD flight on either Qantas (763) or Jetstar (332).

- I had thought is was just Jetstar but have now noted the QF 763 flight too.

Regards

Mark
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:32 pm

Great report and pictures. Did you happen to catch the registration for us geeks?  Smile

Always nice to see a swap from a narrowbody to a wide body anytime, for me IMO.

My favorite approach is always into LAX for some reason. I absolutely love it.

Thanks for the report!

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:35 pm



Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 11):
Great report and pictures

- Thanks Alex.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 11):
Did you happen to catch the registration for us geeks?

- What, this? "07.09.08 AA270 HNL-LAX N380AN – First, Seat 6A"

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 11):
Always nice to see a swap from a narrowbody to a wide body anytime, for me IMO.

- It was sure nice to see this upgraded from a 757.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 11):
My favorite approach is always into LAX for some reason. I absolutely love it.

- Agreed is pretty cool, love LAS at night too.

Regards

Mark
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:51 pm

Hi Mark,

fantastic report and lots of great pics - I especially liked those of your departure from HNL - great views of the City of Honolulu and the coastline.

Meals on your flight and in the lounge look pretty good indeed.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
During the meal service, a feature on gastric bypasses was being played, not the ideal thing to play when people are eating, not nice at all!

Really strange, and definitely not nice at all...

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:12 pm

That must have been wonderful to spend two weeks in Hawaii. Did you enjoy the service on AA?
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 8:19 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 12):

- What, this? "07.09.08 AA270 HNL-LAX N380AN – First, Seat 6A"

I SWEAR I read it! LOL. DOH! I mut have glazed right over the registeration!

Thanks!

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:12 pm

Great TR Mark, as usual.

The pics are really nice.

I also love the approach into LAX. L.A is just so big. Have you ever been in Los Angeles(not only the airport)??

Looking forward for the BA flight to LHR from LAX.


Thank you for sharing

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:14 pm

Thanks much. Always enjoy AA HNL/OGG reports. Great pics. Glad you got switched to the 767-3, even though row 6 is, imho the worst row -- and sorry you didn't care for the seats. We like them. And when traveling as a couple -- getting out from the window seat, if the aisle pax is reclined -- is not so bad if you know the person you are climbing over! lol.

Quoting Qantas777 (Reply 2):
AA does not have IFE units at each seat in business? Do they have them on int'l routes in business?

They don't load them on the 767-3's on "domestic" routes. Even DFW-HNL or OGG which is 8 hours. This has been complained about many times by AA flyers here, but still no change. My AA Captain buddy, says they don't load them because they consider HNL/OGG a low yield route overall. Saves/weight - $$.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 7):
Well at least the brunch on this flight looked delicious!

AA has stepped up the food service in F on HNL/OGG routes this past year. On the 8 hour routes from DFW - it is much better, imo - than a couple years ago. But, again - not as elaborate as their International Flagship or Biz service.
 
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 4:50 am

Lovely report. I have alwaya liked the "OPEN CONCEPT" of Honolulu International Airport. It is always a treat to hear the scream of the engine as the aircraft approaches a gate to dock.

Am I the only one? I seem to think the picture at the bottom looks like Don Muang in Bangkok...
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:26 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 9):
I really only use it for internet access and wrighting TR's, though I have to type very slowly since the keys are so small. Battery life is just rubbish, I'm not that happy with it to be honest.

Hi Mark,
Yes the keys need getting used to. At first I was typing the wrong letters. But I got used to it. The battery is rubbish but I was looking on ebay and you can get a super 6 hour replacement for around GBP30 so Im going to get one. I have to say appart from the battery issue I like it. Mainly as I can carry it in my mini backpack and its light.

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 11:23 am

Hi Mark,

It is always a pity if you have to travel back home after such a wonderfull holiday trip to Hawaii!
You both seem to have enjoyed it big time though! Big grin

The AA 767-300 seems to have provided you with a good service and aircraft, but reading your details the machine and service were not too good for F-class!

The approach into LAX is indeed very impressive, WOW that city is BIG!
You can watch for suburbs for minutes and minutes unlike many other big cities in the world!
Truly impressive!

Looking forward to the final leg of your great trip!
Thanks for sharing and brgds,

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:32 pm

Great TR! Thanks for posting!

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:54 pm

Hola Mark!

Again another great TR! Thanks for finding the time to post it.

I like HNL airport, those open corridors to connect terminals are a great idea for those areas were cold is unheard of. I wish we could see them more often, it is a great idea to be able to breath some fresh air instead of the 'canned' one offered at most locations.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The interior is a 2-2-2 layout, I prefer CO’s 2-1-2 layout, the cabin feels roomier. Pre departure drinks were offered, OJ or water, both served in plastic cups,

I like the CO layout of the cabin, I think it gets a lot more roomy feeling. The idea of seeing plastic cups or plastic silerware, as I have experienced in LH or KL, is really unacceptable for a legacy airline.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Be aware row 6 is not great window wise!

This is my worst nightmare.... Thanks for the advice.

Salut!

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:14 pm

Nice interior shots of HNL. Very good details on your trip report. Outstanding!
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:30 pm



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 13):
Hi Mark,

fantastic report and lots of great pics - I especially liked those of your departure from HNL - great views of the City of Honolulu and the coastline.

- Glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading.

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 13):
Meals on your flight and in the lounge look pretty good indeed

- They were pretty good, much better than I had been expecting.

Quoting Jeffrey1970 (Reply 14):
That must have been wonderful to spend two weeks in Hawaii

- Sure was, shame to have to come home  Sad

Quoting Jeffrey1970 (Reply 14):
Did you enjoy the service on AA?

- OK, nothing special, now wow or excellence, just A to B really.

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 15):
I SWEAR I read it! LOL. DOH! I mut have glazed right over the registeration!

- Ha! - No worries, do it myself!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 16):
Great TR Mark, as usual

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 16):
Have you ever been in Los Angeles(not only the airport)??

- Yep been down town and driven into the hills.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 16):
Looking forward for the BA flight to LHR from LAX

- I've started work, hopefully in the next week.

Quoting Mauiman31 (Reply 17):
sorry you didn't care for the seats. We like them. And when traveling as a couple -- getting out from the window seat, if the aisle pax is reclined -- is not so bad if you know the person you are climbing over! lol.

- True, but if the the person in the aisle is fully reclined and asleep, it's pretty hard to get over them without disturbing them.

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 18):
Am I the only one? I seem to think the picture at the bottom looks like Don Muang in Bangkok...

- I think you have a point!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 19):
The battery is rubbish but I was looking on ebay and you can get a super 6 hour replacement for around GBP30 so Im going to get one

- Thanks Philip, might look at getting one.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 20):
Hi Mark,

It is always a pity if you have to travel back home after such a wonderfull holiday trip to Hawaii!

- Hi Joost, thanks for reading  Smile

Quoting Davescj (Reply 21):
Great TR! Thanks for posting!

- Thanks Dave.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 22):
Hola Mark!

Again another great TR! Thanks for finding the time to post it.

- Hi Roger, glad you enjoyed, good to hear from you.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 22):
I like HNL airport, those open corridors to connect terminals are a great idea for those areas were cold is unheard of. I wish we could see them more often, it is a great idea to be able to breath some fresh air instead of the 'canned' one offered at most locations.

- It's great, I decree all hot airports should be the same!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 22):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Be aware row 6 is not great window wise!

This is my worst nightmare.... Thanks for the advice

- No problem  Smile

Quoting September11 (Reply 23):
Nice interior shots of HNL. Very good details on your trip report. Outstanding!

- Great, thanks for reading  Smile

Regards

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Tue Nov 04, 2008 3:04 am

Enjoyed the read and the pictures, as usual! I'm actually considering buying a ticket on this extremely early flight, so I'm glad I have this to reference.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
AA270 HNL-LAX N380AN

I've flown her before DFW-CDG! It's in a trip report as well. I flew with the masses in economy, however.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
times TSA have their stupid rules and this is one of them.

Very annoying!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Be aware row 6 is not great window wise!

Yikes! Thanks for the tip. I got one of those rows on a 757 this past weekend. Hate when that happens!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
we got lucky as the aircraft had the new seats.

Actually, now all AA 763s have the new interior.

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 1):
I didnt know you had an Eee pc also ... I think that makes 3 of us now ( You , Roni, Me ). How do you find the memory? Also if you want to watch a movie on it do you just plug in a memory stick with a pre loaded movie on it ? Thanks in advance for any advice

I bought one of those last week! I've already traveled with it and love it! Though I have a tendency to drop it when I place it on my lap at a gate or whatever! So that's 4 of us then?

Anyway, I have it for travel purposes only, really. I need internet access that is very portable for my non-reving, So I can get to my employee website and change my travel plans very quickly, and check in for flights (as I did at LAX yesterday). My 17" laptop is a bit too heavy to carry around all the time. So, if I don't need it for work, then I'll travel with the Eee PC.

Back on topic. The HNL airport is a great experience. I also love LAX. In fact, I spent 6 hours at LAX just yesterday! And the AA terminal at LAX is great. It has an excellent view of the Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal, with great views of Air Pacific, which is a rare experience!

Regarding the seats, I agree with you to some extent on the restrictions getting out of the window. I've only flown it short-haul at this point. A few weeks ago I got the middle seat in business on the 777, which is the same seat, only in the case of the 777 it's a middle. It would be hard to get out, I agree. But I felt rather comfortable in the seat.

The food looked great! I keep getting emails at work that AA is improving its menu constantly, so it seems that there's something behind the emails when looking at yours and Transpac's recent trip reports.


Thanks for taking the time to share this!
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:28 am



Quoting DFW13L (Reply 25):
Enjoyed the read and the pictures, as usual!

- Hi Matt, glad you enjoyed, thanks for reading.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 25):
I'm actually considering buying a ticket on this extremely early flight, so I'm glad I have this to reference.

- I did a few randon looks at this flight for next year, all were back on the 757.

Quoting DFW13L (Reply 25):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
we got lucky as the aircraft had the new seats.

Actually, now all AA 763s have the new interior.

- Wow, never knew, thanks  Smile

Regards

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:04 pm



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
- I've started work, hopefully in the next week.

Well I am looking forward for it. Your TRs are always great to read.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
Yep been down town and driven into the hills.

How did you like it??
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:45 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 27):
Well I am looking forward for it. Your TRs are always great to read.

- That's very kind, thanks  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 27):
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 24):
Yep been down town and driven into the hills.

How did you like it??

- It's ok, I like Century City and some other places but not sure if I'd want to live there, I prefer Phoenix and Vegas.

Regards

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Thu Nov 06, 2008 2:32 pm

A very nice Trip report Mark! Thanks for the detailed pictures of HNL airport, pretty rare for me to see the,

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
This aircraft lacked individual PTV units, passengers had to rely on the overhead TV units,

In 2008, that is unacceptable in F & J class!  wink 

Meals looked delicious; and glad that Mrs BA319-131 enjoyed the trip. The approach at LAX has truly amazed me, especially the car park.


Looking forward to your LAX - LHR trip.
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:42 pm



Quoting Ojas (Reply 29):
A very nice Trip report Mark! Thanks for the detailed pictures of HNL airport, pretty rare for me to see

- Hi Ojas, thanks for reading  Smile

Quoting Ojas (Reply 29):
glad that Mrs BA319-131 enjoyed the trip

- So am I, be trouble if not!  Smile

Regards

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:03 am

Hi there Mark,

An amazing opening picture and another excellent trip report. Great detail, stunning pictures and I guess a very nice holiday.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
the whole area goes on for miles and miles, just amazing!

I agree. I always wish I get put in a holding pattern just a bit longer over LA. The sheer size of the city is unbelievable.

Thank you for all your efforts. I hope the final hop home is soon to come.

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:04 pm



Quoting Globetraveller (Reply 31):
An amazing opening picture and another excellent trip report

- Hi Globetraveller, thanks, I like that picture too, really captures the place for me - glad you enjoyed this part of the trip, last sector up soon.

Regards

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Fri Nov 07, 2008 5:58 pm

Excellent trip report!!!Very well-written and lots of pics!!!
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sat Nov 08, 2008 5:58 pm



Quoting BW424 (Reply 33):
Excellent trip report!!!Very well-written and lots of pics!!!

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed  Smile Thank for dropping a reply  Smile

Best Wishes

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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:14 pm

Nice report - sounds like you had a good time.

I always find it interesting how folks can vacation in one place for two weeks at a pop. Personally I get bored especially in a place like Hawaii after 3 days!

Anyhow thanks and I see you managed to enjoy the urban sprawl here in LA also.
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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:26 am

Great report, Mark. Especially the very first picture is simply stunning.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Being tired and not thinking I put my passport and boarding card in the tray rather than carry it through, as you may be aware, in the US you have to carry them through as you might have changed identity or something – how on earth you can do that when you ID and BP were checked already by someone some 2 meters before, if that! – I’ll never know, anyway, I got shouted at because of it – at times TSA have their stupid rules and this is one of them.

How ridiculous - one example for today's TSA idiocy. In contrast it's always a pleasure to travel in Asia. Security officers aren't less motivated with their efforts, but so much friendlier. I really prefer going to Asia in these days.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Breakfast

Ginger Ale, very nice. But for breakfast?  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
This aircraft lacked individual PTV units, passengers had to rely on the overhead TV units, Nicole was not impressed with this at all, as she told me frequently!

PTVs ARE in demand in these days, even though some a.netters would never agree...  Wink

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
During the meal service, a feature on gastric bypasses was being played, not the ideal thing to play when people are eating, not nice at all!

Oh no...


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RE: AA270 HNL-LAX,the Journey Home Begins

Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:49 am



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 35):
Nice report - sounds like you had a good time.

- Thanks and yes, had a great time.

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 35):
I always find it interesting how folks can vacation in one place for two weeks at a pop. Personally I get bored especially in a place like Hawaii after 3 days!

- Really? I take plenty of books, read and sleep on the beach, pop out for lunch and a beer, come back, read and sleep, just fantastic!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
Great report, Mark. Especially the very first picture is simply stunning.

- Thanks PH & yep, quite like that picture myself  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
one example for today's TSA idiocy

- I know, they are just insane at times.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
In contrast it's always a pleasure to travel in Asia. Security officers aren't less motivated with their efforts, but so much friendlier. I really prefer going to Asia in these days.

- Mee too, off there on Feb  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
Ginger Ale, very nice. But for breakfast?

- And you don't ?  Smile

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
PTVs ARE in demand in these days, even though some a.netters would never agree

- You kmow, don't recall the last time I watched a movie or something other than the route map!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 36):
Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
During the meal service, a feature on gastric bypasses was being played, not the ideal thing to play when people are eating, not nice at all!

Oh no...

- If that were the BBC, people would complain!

Regards

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