Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

This is: Round The World 2004

Flight Log 14 : HA126

Honolulu (HNL) - Kahului, Maui (OGG)

I first experienced Hawaiian's inter-island flights in 1997, on my second visit to these islands. My memory was that the experience was about as routine as catching a bus, but it would be good to renew my acquaintance with the service. The other notable point about this flight was that it would be my first on a Boeing 717, although of course I have made many flights on its predecessors, the Douglas DC-9 and the McDonnell-Douglas MD80.

As it was open seating in Coach (and amazingly, there were two rows of so-called First Class seats in 2+2 formation), I employed my usual technique in selecting a seat in such a situation, which yielded 15A on this occasion. (No, I am not going to tell you what it is ) I put a few of my things in 15C to discourage any potential companion and it worked. (The plane was far from full.) The aircraft seemed to be almost brand new and was immaculately presented.

Given the very late arrival of the aircraft, turnaround and loading were completed very quickly and we pushed back at 1134. After taxi-ing out, the plane showed its MD heritage with a smooth and quiet take-off run, lifting into the Hawaiian skies at 1146. Where was the engine roar I always associate with a Boeing take-off?

In-flight service consisted of the distribution and collection of a carton of fruit juice, the one event following the other within an interval of two minutes! Glug - glug - gone   Whether by design or co-incidence - the latter, I suppose - we took the 'scenic route', with excellent views of both Molokai and Lanai.

By 1207 we had already touched down in Kahului and were on-stand by 1211.


Date: Sat 27 Mar 2004
Aircraft : B717-200
Scheduled dep : 1114
Actual departure : 1134
Scheduled arrival : 1141
Actual arrival : 1211
Cabin : Economy
Seat : 15A (open)

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