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by jlaforteza
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Longest flight from your airport?
Replies: 80
Views: 4158

Re: Longest flight from your airport?

LGB? Probably Boston or FLL?

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by jlaforteza
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Asiana Airlines OZ 212 ICN-SFO Sept 10 2018 *VIDEO ONLY*
Replies: 0
Views: 1976

Asiana Airlines OZ 212 ICN-SFO Sept 10 2018 *VIDEO ONLY*

Flight Information Courtesy Flightaware.com Airline: Asiana Airlines Flight: OZ 212 ICN-SFO Registration and Aircraft: HL8308 Airbus A359 Delivered: 03/07/2018 Depart Seoul Incheon (ICN): 8:42 pm 10/09/2018 Arrive San Francisco (SFO): 3:33 pm 10/09/2018 Flight Time: 11 hours 2 minutes Video Report:...

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by jlaforteza
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to downsize its Guam operation
Replies: 60
Views: 19614

Re: United to downsize its Guam operation

As much as I love having all the Korean LCC's coming to Guam, I've used Jeju Air quite frequently to go off island to Seoul and Busan for vacation, the fact of the matter is though the numbers are up overall, the Koreans spend less than the Japanese. About 1/3 less according to GVB. Money talks and...

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by jlaforteza
Sun Apr 15, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to downsize its Guam operation
Replies: 60
Views: 19614

Re: United to downsize its Guam operation

In short, the threats made by the North Korean Leader against GUM have had a negative impact on tourism. ... tourism from Japan. Look up any statistics. Guam tourism has seen only a slight dent, if any, due to massive increase of Korean tourists. Current tourism level in Guam is either the highest ...

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by jlaforteza
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United ending Guam ATR/Cape Air
Replies: 2
Views: 1066

Re: United ending Guam ATR/Cape Air

Hmm. I wonder how many flights a day. If they have the same frequency as before, 4x/day, that's a lot of extra capacity. Maybe they'll lower their prices too.

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by jlaforteza
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United to downsize its Guam operation
Replies: 60
Views: 19614

Re: United to downsize its Guam operation

However for March we are being told things are still up in the air with regards to the 777 and “GUM-NRT: Pending updates.” Understood. What I was referencing was the downgauge of NRT-GUM to 3x 738 equipment effective in May which was part of this “downsizing” announcement. For the past few years NR...

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by jlaforteza
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: VIDEO ONLY: Philippine Airlines 526
Replies: 0
Views: 1275

VIDEO ONLY: Philippine Airlines 526

Video Report: https://youtu.be/2jMg9GJzHi4 I recently flew Philippine Airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Manila, about a four hour flight. Check in took about 5 minutes although they weren't able to print my boarding pass from Manila to Guam due to it being on a separate ticket. I figured and knew I coul...

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by jlaforteza
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 300 yen Shinkansen Ride
Replies: 2
Views: 776

300 yen Shinkansen Ride

The least expensive, though only 10 minute, Shinkansen train ride. It's called the Hakata Minami Line. If you're in Fukuoka, Japan, check it out.

This video gives you a taste of what it's like. Check it out. Thanks everyone.

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by jlaforteza
Thu Nov 23, 2017 5:17 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Transfer at MNL NAIA 2 to NAIA 3.
Replies: 1
Views: 359

Transfer at MNL NAIA 2 to NAIA 3.

I will be taking a flight from Guam to Manila on Philippine Airlines. It arrives into Terminal 2 around 9:20 am. My connecting flight would be on Cebu Pacific from Terminal 3, another International Flight from MNL to Singapore, departs 1:25 pm, around four hours should the PAL flight arrive on time....

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by jlaforteza
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM
Replies: 22
Views: 5514

Re: United Reducing Some Operations in GUM

tpaewr wrote:
It is tragic how many comments here are from people who clearly know nothing about Guam, the region or its economy.


It's true. Unless you've been here or gone outside Tumon, Guam is lovely. Media clearly overhyped the threat too. Sad to hear all these cuts to Guam.

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by jlaforteza
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA markets not served from DFW
Replies: 106
Views: 12448

Re: AA markets not served from DFW

Long Beach about 10 years ago had flights to DFW.

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by jlaforteza
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 23642

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

It's a tough time for Guam tourism as the market is suffering from these lingering North Korea threats, high costs and visa issues. The already weakening Japanese tourist market is already suffering, over 7000 cancellations. GVB is really banking on the Korean tourism market. Perhaps some of the oth...

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by jlaforteza
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to axe NRT-GUM
Replies: 86
Views: 15075

Re: Delta to axe NRT-GUM

Not terribly a surprise considering what Delta has done to NRT. They could probably also use the North Korea threat as a reason for ending the flights. Unfortunately for people like me without Skymiles, almost $700 return from Guam to Tokyo was going to eliminate Delta from my thoughts of travel. Th...

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by jlaforteza
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 23642

Re: HK Express delay Guam's flight launch date for "Geopolitic" reason

Original title for the post, before moving into this thread, was: HK Express delay Guam's flight launch date for "Geopolitic" reason The carrier was going to launch the route from this October by using the fifth freedom right to go from Hong Kong via Nagoya to Guam. The carrier previously...

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by jlaforteza
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?
Replies: 125
Views: 5343

Re: On which airliner have most people taken their first flight?

I think it was around 1986 or 87. My family went to the Philippines. We flew LAX-MNL with a stop in Honolulu? It was Philippine Airlines. Probably a 747-200?

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by jlaforteza
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What new routes do you want from your home airport?
Replies: 122
Views: 8054

Re: What new routes do you want from your home airport?

From my second "home" airport, Seattle.

Guam, Saipan, Osaka-Kansai, Busan, Manila, Copenhagen, Moscow, Vladivostok, Okinawa, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chengdu, Bangkok, Haneda, Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Brisbane, Stockholm, Dublin.

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by jlaforteza
Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?
Replies: 89
Views: 4706

Re: What's the most number of stops you've made on a trip between two cities?

Three. Both times Guam-Nadi. In January, GUM-MNL-CNS-BNE-NAN. NAN-BNE-CNS-MNL-GUM on both Philippine Airlines and Qantas.

In June, GUM-HKG-KUL-SYD-NAN on HK Express, AirAsia and Jetstar.

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by jlaforteza
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: GUAM 20 years ago---crash of Korean 801
Replies: 4
Views: 4447

Re: GUAM 20 years ago---crash of Korean 801

There is now a memorial obelisk in that area, Nimitz Hill. Today not only does Korean Air fly to Guam, but so do so many Korean LCC. It's quite unfortunate a tragedy like this is what had to happen to cause a major change. Who would've thought after that accident 20 years later Koreans would soon be...

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by jlaforteza
Mon Aug 14, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 23642

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

Has anyone here heard of or know anything about Nauru Airlines when they might start services to Guam? I haven't heard anything since April about it. On their website, the map does show Guam as a destination, but as of now, it is not showing up on the booking menu.

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by jlaforteza
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?

HKG-NGO-GUM stopover flight is now bookable within HK Express official site online ticketing system I saw that and the times are horrendous, but of course not surprising when you add a stop way out the way like Nagoya. But again, the prices depending on what day you fly out look reasonable just as ...

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by jlaforteza
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express to launch Nagoya-Guam flights Oct. 29
Replies: 5
Views: 867

Re: HK Express to launch Nagoya-Guam flights Oct. 29

We'll be around. I just wish the news was HK Express resuming flights between HKG-GUM. I'm looking forward to visiting Nagoya.

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by jlaforteza
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city
Replies: 116
Views: 5193

Re: Hubs you have flown through but not visited the city

Minneapolis, 2008
Atlanta, 2009
Houston IAH, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Charlotte, 2014

Internationally
Melbourne 2009

How about NRT, 2007, 2016? Does that count because I've also flown into Haneda and went into Tokyo but only transited in NRT.

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by jlaforteza
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Tracking aircraft you have flown
Replies: 28
Views: 2621

Re: Tracking aircraft you have flown

I do on myflightradar. It's cool to see where I've been, at least for me, the last 10 years. I like how you can see lists of your flights and other cool stats like how many miles, or kilometers, you've flown in a year.

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by jlaforteza
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: question on international transit at YVR
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: question on international transit at YVR

Is the screening, passport, and boarding pass check essentially the equivalent of TSA screening in the US, not customs and border control? If it is just a queue of people on international transfers I guess it is not usually a crowded place. International transits in Australia are just security resc...

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by jlaforteza
Sat Aug 05, 2017 9:49 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: question on international transit at YVR
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: question on international transit at YVR

Is the screening, passport, and boarding pass check essentially the equivalent of TSA screening in the US, not customs and border control? If it is just a queue of people on international transfers I guess it is not usually a crowded place. International transits in Australia are just security resc...

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by jlaforteza
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: 2017 List of 5th-freedom routes
Replies: 50
Views: 7782

Re: 2017 List of 5th-freedom routes

http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/econom ... ight-route
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Although HK express won't sell through tickets for now, but it is a fifth freedom flight. HKG-NGO-GUM

http://m.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/econom ... ight-route

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by jlaforteza
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?

My guess would be that given their previous not-so-successful attempt at the direct HKG-GUM route and the fact that going from HKG to GUM via NGO almost doubles the time of the direct flight (4h HKG-NGO plus 1~2h transfer plus 3.5h NGO-GUM compared to 5h HKG-GUM), they see no point in promoting it ...

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by jlaforteza
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?

After searching some blogposts and on twitter in Japanese, seems like the route can also attract some traffic from TYO as there are no LCC flying TYO-GUM and the price gap between this UO flight and legacies flying to TYO is more than round trip shinkansen plus a night of hotel Definitely Tokyo-Gua...

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by jlaforteza
Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?

c933103 wrote:
And the route map on UO's site labelled GUM as "from/to NGO only". Are they not going to sell through ticket?


That's what I am wondering too. Unless there is some legislation out there regarding fifth freedom, I don't see why I couldn't buy a through ticket.

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by jlaforteza
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:28 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: question on international transit at YVR
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: question on international transit at YVR

I have done SEA-YVR-ICN on Alaska and then on to Air Canada. 68 minutes should be enough time. Once you deplane you go to the transit area, signs point you where to go. There you show your previous and next boarding pass with passport. Go through screening. Head down and you're in the International ...

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by jlaforteza
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

Re: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?

From what I heard the HKG-GUM's yield is too low, by offering HKG-NGO-GUM, they can catch the business of both HKG-NGO; NGO-GUM and HKG-GUM business. I had also heard that about the low yields. I certainly agree that this should help offset the low yields, attract business on both sides of Nagoya a...

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by jlaforteza
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?
Replies: 11
Views: 1790

HK Express Returns to Guam, via Nagoya?

I had lamented the fact that HK Express had suspended services from Guam to Hong Kong after only SIX MONTHS! No reason was ever given other than "operational costs." With that, for any of us wanting to go to Hong Kong were limited to United very expensive, LCC's through South Korea which a...

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by jlaforteza
Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Second Airline in a Week "Suspends" Guam Operations
Replies: 23
Views: 7428

Re: Second Airline in a Week "Suspends" Guam Operations

http://www.kuam.com/story/36027826/2017 ... goya-japan
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Looks like HK express will make a comeback in October from Nagoya, Japan. Can't seem to buy a ticket through to HKG, yet. Maybe they're focused on just the Japanese for this flight.

http://www.kuam.com/story/36027826/2017 ... goya-japan

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by jlaforteza
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread 2017
Replies: 259
Views: 23642

Re: Pacific Islands Aviation Thread

So glad to see this afternoon HK Express make a come back to Guam after leaving us in June. The flights start late October. Hopefully adding a stop in Nagoya helps, though I will say, the few times I flew them when it was a GUM-HKG-GUM flight, it was pretty full. Some good promos, but as of now, can...

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by jlaforteza
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: First time jetBlue Mint experience JFK - LAX
Replies: 14
Views: 8165

Re: First time jetBlue Mint experience JFK - LAX

That's a great report. I'm a fan of Jetblue. Always had a great experience flying up and down the coast between Long Beach and Seattle. If I ever move back to the mainland, I hope Long Beach will have some mint routes too.

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by jlaforteza
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What new routes do you want from your home airport?
Replies: 122
Views: 8054

Re: What new routes do you want from your home airport?

From Guam? Not likely any of these start or return as they've all been axed but I would love to see: GUM-LAX GUM-HND GUM-HKG on HK Express Anywhere in SE Asia, for instance: GUM-KUL nonstop or tag with HKG or TPE on AirAsia GUM-SIN GUM-Bangkok GUM to anywhere in Australia via Jetstar GUM-SYD GUM-MEL...

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by jlaforteza
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Christchurch to Auckland by Air NZ Airbus A320
Replies: 10
Views: 4846

Re: Christchurch to Auckland by Air NZ Airbus A320

Good start. Hope to read many more. Would love to see more from South Island, NZ. I've only been to North Island and I hear amazing things about the South. Thank you for your compliment.I'll soon write another trip report with Qatar Airways.Where are you from?I think it's better for you to go to th...

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by jlaforteza
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:07 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips
Replies: 56
Views: 15969

Re: Classic British / French Jetliners - 1985/1987 trips

Man, how airline service has changed over the years. I was amazed seeing a ticket that was handwritten and the quality of service you got for such a short flight. It seemed passenger comfort and care was bigger and more important than it is today.

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by jlaforteza
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:59 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Air Asia X D222 Kuala Lumpur to Sydney with Pics of the Lounge
Replies: 0
Views: 2063

Air Asia X D222 Kuala Lumpur to Sydney with Pics of the Lounge

This is the next part of my series of flights to get from Guam to Nadi, Fiji, with three different Asia Pacific Low Cost Carriers, HK Express, Air Asia and Jetstar. I had to spend one night in Hong Kong, in the middle of Typhoon Merdok, eight hours in KLIA 2 and two days in Sydney. The flights one w...

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by jlaforteza
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Christchurch to Auckland by Air NZ Airbus A320
Replies: 10
Views: 4846

Re: Christchurch to Auckland by Air NZ Airbus A320

Good start. Hope to read many more. Would love to see more from South Island, NZ. I've only been to North Island and I hear amazing things about the South.

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by jlaforteza
Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:46 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Guam to Fiji Part 2 of 3. Flying Air Asia for the First Time from HKG-KUL
Replies: 4
Views: 2603

Re: Guam to Fiji Part 2 of 3. Flying Air Asia for the First Time from HKG-KUL

You're welcome @11725Flyer Glad you liked the review.

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by jlaforteza
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Guam to Fiji Part 2 of 3. Flying Air Asia for the First Time from HKG-KUL
Replies: 4
Views: 2603

Re: Guam to Fiji Part 2 of 3. Flying Air Asia for the First Time from HKG-KUL

bumbleserpent94 wrote:
Not sure if you noticed but that was an A320neo you were on. The third for the airline and also in the whole of Southeast Asia. Registration 9M-AGB.


I didn't notice that. Thanks for pointing that out.

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by jlaforteza
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your longest flight
Replies: 147
Views: 9052

Re: Your longest flight

Qantas
QF 94 LAX_Melbourne 747-400 er
7936 miles
About 15 hours in a middle seat if I remember

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by jlaforteza
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: What airlines have you flown on?
Replies: 76
Views: 3453

Re: What airlines have you flown on?

Mine is not as extensive as everyone I've read but here's my list. Asia/Pacific: Air Asia Air Asia X Air New Zealand Asiana Cebu Pacific China Airlines (After 07/25/17) China Eastern Fiji Airways Hainan HK Express Jeju Air Jetstar Korean Air Philippine Airlines Qantas Singapore Airlines T'way Airlin...

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by jlaforteza
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Guam to Fiji Part 2 of 3. Flying Air Asia for the First Time from HKG-KUL
Replies: 4
Views: 2603

Guam to Fiji Part 2 of 3. Flying Air Asia for the First Time from HKG-KUL

To read part one of this journey, please click here . This flight occurred June 13, 2017. Surviving the Storm After surviving the storm, I checked out of my hotel and made my way to the airport. It was a wet start to the day as the remnants of Merdok passed by Hong Kong. It's probably the hardest I'...

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by jlaforteza
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Guam to Fiji Part 1 of 3. "Flying Through a Storm GUM-HKG"
Replies: 1
Views: 3445

Guam to Fiji Part 1 of 3. "Flying Through a Storm GUM-HKG"

When I hear the word typhoon, I think scary storms that cause lots of damage and flooding. Everything is closed down, in particular flights are grounded or cancelled. I personally have never been through any typhoon or hurricane. And little did I know we would fly right by one as it struck to the ea...

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by jlaforteza
Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List
Replies: 243
Views: 18270

Re: Your 2017 Booked/ Flown Flights List

January 2017-01-08 UA1158 LAX HNL 2,556 08:45 12:45 UAL B772 N213UA 2017-01-09 UA154 HNL MAJ 2,282 07:25 10:35 UAL B738 N77296 2017-01-10 UA154 MAJ KWA 268 11:20 12:20 UAL B738 N77296 2017-01-10 UA154 KWA KSA 402 12:58 13:12 UAL B738 N77296 2017-01-10 UA154 KSA PNI 345 13:47 14:51 UAL B738 N77296 20...

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by jlaforteza
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?
Replies: 49
Views: 2713

Re: Shortest connection you would risk for long haul flights?

I've done international to international transfer with a 1 hour 40 minute connection. I was through in about 20 minutes. For context, this was a flight Asiana from Incheon to Osaka Kansai and United Osaka Kansai to Guam. Not many transfering. I was the first one and possibly only one on the flight i...

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