beachbum1970
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HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:34 pm

Hello everyone! This is just a quick trip report with a few pictures, flying from Honolulu to Lihue, on the island of Kauai. This was my first time flying Hawaiian Airlines and the 717, both were very positive experiences!

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HA 143 HNL-LIH
Gate B56
Seat 4B (Economy)

Love Hawaiian's paint job! Probably my favorite. Here's my 717 awaiting boarding. My first flight on a 717. I asked the gate agent if I could get a window seat. He gave me seat 4B, an aisle seat, but blocked seat 4A, so I'd have the whole row to myself. Very nice!

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HA's maintenance hanger in HNL:

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Boarding was on-time and I was greeted by 2 very friendly and smiling flight attendants at the cabin door, one male and one female. Row 4 is right behind the First Class cabin (2 rows) and I had lots of leg room. Once boarding was completed and the cabin doors closed, I moved over to 4A. Plenty of leg room:

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The cabin of this 717 looked new and was immaculate. Notice the attractive bulkhead wall covering in First Class:

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Push back was on time and the flight attendants gave a manual safety briefing. Take-off was quick and powerful. Our flight time would be less than 20 minutes and the Fasten Seatbelt sign remained illuminated the entire flight. About 5 minutes after take-off, flight attendants came through the cabin with fruit juice cups. Quite surprised to get a beverage service on such a short flight:

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10 minutes later, the flight attendants came around to collect our cups and we began our descent into Lihue.

Yes I know, all electronic devices must be turned off for landing, but I just had to sneak some shots of the approach into LIH. I whipped out my iPhone (in Airplane Mode of course) and snapped a few pics (windows were a little dirty):

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Landing was smooth and we arrived at the gate a few minutes early. Said good-bye to the smiling flight attendants as I exited the aircraft and headed into the terminal via a jet bridge (I was hoping that LIH, being such a small airport, wouldn't have jet bridges, so I could get some nice exterior shots of the aircraft as we deplaned).

Overall, a great experience on Hawaiian Airlines. On-time, clean planes and friendly employees. Thanks for reading!
 
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Wed Feb 15, 2012 10:22 pm

I always enjoy reading about HA's inter-island routes! I hope I get to experience the 717 with HA one day. Great report!
 
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:19 pm

Why would anybody buy F class for such a short flight?
 
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:35 pm

I was amazed that your drink had only 10% fruit in it - I thought that this region produced lots of fruit and could spare some more.  
 
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:55 pm

Surprised a jet was used on such a flight. Thought something like an ATR or Dash 8 would be better suited. But hreat pictures anyway.

Any idea what the rego was as three of the Hawaiian 717s are ex Qantaslink.
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Thu Feb 16, 2012 12:13 am

Quoting ryan h (Reply 4):
Surprised a jet was used on such a flight. Thought something like an ATR or Dash 8 would be better suited. But hreat pictures anyway.

Any idea what the rego was as three of the Hawaiian 717s are ex Qantaslink.

N488HA, N489HA, N490HA Impulse>Qantaslink>Jetstar before Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Airlines has a strong fleet of 717s for these flights and it's always a pleasure flying on them. I love the condensation that you can see while the plane is parked with the main cabin door open in the cabin from the AC.

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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:19 am

Quoting fiscal (Reply 3):


"10% juice..."

LOL I was wondering if anyone would catch that! Yes it's only 10% juice, probably to keep costs down. Tastes great though! Still probably better for you than a Coke  

[Edited 2012-02-15 17:21:23]
 
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Thu Feb 16, 2012 1:31 am

Quoting LAX888 (Reply 2):
Why would anybody buy F class for such a short flight?

I wouldn't! Probably free upgrades, or maybe for the extra miles, or if they were connecting on a First Class ticket from Australia, Asia or the West Coast would be my guess.
 
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Thu Feb 16, 2012 2:56 am

Quoting beachbum1970 (Reply 7):
I wouldn't! Probably free upgrades, or maybe for the extra miles, or if they were connecting on a First Class ticket from Australia, Asia or the West Coast would be my guess.

I'm a sucker for buying cheap upgrades at the gate but have always passed on the $50 upgrade for these flights. I think many are on connecting First flights or business trip.
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:56 am

Quoting LAX888 (Reply 2):
Why would anybody buy F class for such a short flight?

A lot of the F class passengers are actually elite level flyers of HA's FF program. The top tier (Platinum) gets free upgrades. Mid tier (Gold) gets upgrades at $25 and the bottom tier (Premier Club) I think gets upgrades at $50. Most of the morning and late afternoon/early evening flights are full of local traffic traveling the islands for business and most of these travelers are elite level customers. I would say few non-elite passengers like tourists pay full fare F or to upgrade since the upgrades are snatched quickly by elites.
 
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Thu Feb 16, 2012 5:18 am

Quoting LAX888 (Reply 2):
Why would anybody buy F class for such a short flight?

From a quick glance at fares for next week on HNL-LIH, it looks like the upgrade is about $100 for people with no status/miles. That's not bad, I suppose, considering you get lounge access.

But, like the person above already said, it's probably unlikely that anybody actually pays $100. Must be a nice perk for Hawaiian locals!
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RE: HNL-LIH On HA In Y (pics)

Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:54 pm

Hi

Great trip report, Glad to see you got the 717 logged!

Greetings
Marc
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