Hi guys, as you may have noticed from my previous TR
on Hawaiian all posted pics did disappear due to a tech glitch which have been fixed, so as promised I'm reposting my full TR
with the add-on of extra pics on top of those previously posted and complemented with the extra TR
on my next day flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles with Delta in First Class.
So here we go again ...
As my nick says I'm an expat based in Singapore where I moved in from Miami, Florida, 6 years ago.
I decided to start my TRs on Airliners.net with this experience on HA
as I never tried that on longer distances except for the classic intra-Hawaii flights from HNL
to Hilo and Kona.
Reason for this short trip was a business meeting in Oakland, CA
, and another in Los Angeles, and decided to fly transpacific with KE
So when I searched on the KE
website instead of opting for the direct flight to San Francisco I tried to see what options were offered with Oakland as final destination and it came out an interesting routing via Seoul and Honolulu with the last Honolulu to Oakland segment flown with HA
, and that was my selection on the way to the US.
Then I flew DL
on the short hop from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and back to Singapore with KE
flying on the A380 on the Los Angeles to Seoul sector.
flight: HA 048
route: Honolulu, HI, to Oakland, CA
cabin load: 18/18
schedule: dep. Honolulu at 1:20pm - arr. Oakland at 9:40pm (5h 20')
So on a mid-May morning I landed at HNL
at 9:30am on an A330-300, flying KE
001 from ICN
, my favorite transit stop when flying transpacific between SIN
and Florida with DL
(as otherwise I fly AF
when I plan to stop over in Europe).
A nice welcome to the US sign greeted all of us upon proceeding for the passport control.
It took a good one hour in line to reach the passport counter and since I was just traveling with my carry-on trolley and laptop case I shifted through customs and walked to the Hawaiian terminal,
passed security and searched of the Hawaiian Airlines Premier Club Lounge
I found the lounge pretty basic in terms of interior decor and variety of refreshments, just the usual pretzels, sodas, coffee and water.
So after checking my emails I thought of spending the time until departure, which was set at 1:20pm from gate 16, at spotting around HNL
airport which offers great al-fresco walkways from terminal to gates for enjoying tarmac activity blended with the palm trees tropical layout.
the following is a brief selection of what my camera framed:
A quick check on the monitor for any gate change and I reach gate 16 in time for boarding
After inviting families with kids to board first, I'm the first one for boarding when they call first class passengers.
And once I enter the B767 cabin it's a kind of travel back in time: an old cabin, reclining seats, no in-seat video but the old-fashioned screen on the partition separating the first class cabin from the galley; and this was a sort of stargate bringing me back to the good old days when flying Pan Am across the Atlantic and watching movies from the central screen.
and basic seat control buttons
Apples with apples, and definitely we cannot compare this "First Class seat" with what other airlines offer in premium cabins, and what comes to my mind is my benchmark with AF
By the way the detour via HNL
was a choice just for testing HA
so let's be positive and, despite the not so positive first impression, the seat was comfortable and the 5 hours spent on board the HA
B767 turned out to be very pleasant and relaxing.
So upon entering the cabin a smiling cabin attendant greeted me and apologised for not being able to hang my jacket due to lack of hangers and space, but soon walked to my seat proposing a glass of champagne which I accepted right away.
I tasted it was not exactly champagne, and called the steward for asking the label which turned out to be Mionetto Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine, which I do like quite well, light in body, well-balanced, and with an intense fruity bouquet.
During the flight I will walk a couple of times to the galley for a glass of prosecco as the bottle was then well placed on the bar cart for passengers to enjoy it (although i noticed I was the only one enjoying the sparkling on this flight).
Almost ready for departing and menu cards are distributed presenting the dining selection
The menu offers the following selection between 2 appetisers, 2 main courses and just 1 dessert:
- cheese plate with crackers
- curry chicken mango salad with crispy wonton
- miso salmon with steamed rice and choi sum
- grilled eggplant moussaka with marinara sauce and cheese toast
- pineapple mousse cake
Not yet time to leave so I give a look at the HanaHou in-flight magazine and the outside tarmac activity
Then we depart enjoying the scenic view of Honolulu in the distance, Waikiki all the way to Diamond Head and passing over the Hilton Hawaiian Village, but not without missing a DC-3 Dakota parked in the distance
Right after take off another round of sparkling Prosecco with the classic mixed nuts and the in-flight entertainment is being presented in the form of a tablet featuring the latest movies, tv shows and games.
And lunch time! My selection goes for the cheese plate, which is presented accompanied with nuts walnuts and dried apricots, followed by the miso salmon.
I have to compliment Hawaiian for the service during meal time: good food presentation, well displayed tray, cabin attendants always smiling, giving a welcoming feeling while on board, anticipating needs in terms of more wine (I tried a Sauvignon Blanc then continued with the Prosecco), and not rushing between serving one course and the following.
The salmon was delicious, tender, very well baked, delivering all the tanginess of the miso sauce.
As I'm not a fan of pineapples and softy moussy cakes, for dessert I opted for another round of cheese plate (I love bries and camemberts) and the classic cup of coffee (I would have preferred espresso but that was not available).
Two hours into the flight I walked to the galley for a round of Prosecco then turned on the tablet and enjoyed the movie Horrible Bosses 2.
Outside over the horizon it was almost sunset
And after almost 5 hours we landed smoothly at Oakland airport and less than 20 minutes after landing i was in my room at the Oakland Hilton Airport ready to sleep with a huge 15-hour time difference between Singapore and California.
The following day, after a full morning to mid-afternoon series of meeting I head to San Francisco airport, driving via the San Mateo-Hayward bridge, for an evening flight to Los Angeles
flight: DL 6449 (operated by Delta Connection)
route: San Francisco, CA, to Los Angeles, CA
aircraft: Embraer E175
cabin load: 3/12
schedule: dep. San Francisco at 8pm - arr. Los Angeles at 9:45pm (1h 45')
Swift check-in and straight to the Delta Sky Club, cozy but welcoming and presenting an appetising selection of spreads to complement a cocktail
A Southwest B737 featuring the new livery as seen from the Sky Club
And boarding time, with the flight delayed by half hour
The First Class cabin on the E175 displays 12 seats on 4 rows in a 1-2 layout
while economy class is on a 2-2 layout
while waiting for the final formalities before taking-off the f/a comes along the cabin asking for any refreshments, and I opt for a glass of white wine while watching the activity outside
Time to take off for the short hop to LA
The flight is short, roughly 45 minutes from taking-off to touching down, hence there's no dinner service but a nice snack is being served, accompanied by a glass of red wine
And it's already time to land at Los Angeles
At 11pm I check-in at the Hilton Los Angeles airport hotel.
Hope you do enjoy this extended version of my TR, and have a great week-end to you all.
[Edited 2015-07-18 00:38:09]