Was a very good alternative to a European trip, miles-wise. Found a great deal on FC seats, and off we went!
NW=Northwest Airlines; UA=United Airlines; CO=Continental Airlines; FL=AirTran Airways; HA=Hawaiian Airlines; AS=Alaska Airlines; AQ=Aloha Airlines
ATL=Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Int'l Airport; BNA=Nashville Int'l Airport; MSP=Minneaplis/St Paul Int'l Airport; HNL=Honolulu Int'l Airport; SFO=San Francisco Int'l Airport
Our Plane to MSP prior to boarding.
It's so cool being in FC on a plane like this (I know, I'm weird....).
This was our next door neighbor before leaving.
This is mainly ATL's international concourse.
Enroute ATL-MSP. Wasn't bad (better than nothing!), but omelette could have been much warmer.
What's a FC morning flight without a proper Bloody?
High above the Earth enroute ATL-MSP - Lovely winglet in view.
Downtown Minneapolis below as we turned on final to MSP.
Another plane just like the one we were on.
We would fly back to ATL on this type in a few days.
Connects opposite sides of airport - a good thing, as one can walk quite a distance at this airport!
We would be boarding one of these in HNL for our return segment HNL-SFO.
They actually try to make it look appetizing!
Steven steps onboard our flight to HNL. This flight, being on an internationally configured A333, was a mix of domestic FC and WBC service.
On an 8 1/2 hour flight, the WBC cabin is a nice perk.
Glenn (me) seated and ready for the flight to HNL!
FA offering preflight beverages. Gimme a Mai Tai!
Mai Tai's... Yes, they're cliche, but oh so much fun at the same time!
Steven strikes a pensive pose before we set off.
Pre-lunch beverage service. This FA seems to enjoy her work. Service on this flight was very professional. We never wanted for anything.
Pre-lunch drinks & nibbles. Bubbly, anyone??
FA adding dressings to salads before offering trays.
Steven's fish entee. He said it was okay, but not hot enough.
Decent lunch - stuffed peppercorn chicken and layered potato tart on a bed of edamame, dinner salad with creamy peppercorn dressing and pretzel roll & butter. Chicken was sort of bland, but stuffing lent flavor.
Dessert service - I had caramel macadamia nut ice cream-very similar to pralines & cream. Other choice was a sherbet.
High over the western U.S.
Waves beaking off the Oregon Pacific coast. We crossed into the Pacific north of Portland, OR.
The flight info system showed data in Japanese about 3/4 of the time. I like to play trivia games, and the one on this plane's system was "unavailable" for most of our flight (boo!!). Otherwise, it worked fine.
High over the mid-Pacific Ocean.
Just before the pre-arrival snack service.
Steven's snack - meat & cheese plate with fruit, garlic-rosemary roll, and slice of lemon tart. I passed on this service, as I had a SPLITTING headache.
Seen as we taxied to our gate. We never turned once after coming off the taxiway, just came straight in.
Nirvana for airline enthusiasts!
Making that immediate right turn after takeoff. Seen from the Aloha Tower
Taken from road around perimeter of HNL.
Aloha was once a flagship Hawiian carrier, but their passenger operations stopped earlier this year.
Taken on a pass thru HNL before returning the rental car.
Making hard right turn, apparently as part of noise abatement procedure. I LOVE JET NOISE!!! Taken from access road for GA and cargo areas.
Original ticket counters have been abandoned in favor of outposts close to xray machines. Kind of weird. The whole airport seems to have come thru a time warp from 1974.
Yes, it's serviceable, but one would assume HNL would have a much more modern, attractive gateway, given the amount of tourism over the years.
At one time, I counted 6 CO planes at gates at HNL.
This is as good as it gets for airline buffs at a domestic airport.
Publicly accessible on the ground level.
This would be our ride to SFO. We had a VERY tight connection at SFO. Our flight to MSP was already boarding when we got off the flight from HNL (even though our plane from HNL was going on to MSP too).
Ready for flights back East.
Parked at what I call the "ghost terminal" or "terminal of the damned".
I didn't know Alaska flew to HNL.
Apparently they use dedicated a/c for this route. Note the lei around the Eskimo's neck.
Sadly Beautiful. You certainly don't see this type of decor any more. They do need to replace quite a few bulbs in those dramatic fixtures... There were at least 2 jets parked at this part of the airport, but we didn't see a soul, and all concessions were closed.
This one went to SEA I believe.
Exciting place to while away the minutes... NOT.
Before departure to SFO.
This place kills me! Taken from my seat before we pushed back.
Decent snack for a late-night departure (9:40pm). Corned beef on rye bread, pickle spear, potato chips and Asian slaw. Quite filling.
Legroom we'll have on our 5-hour flight to SFO.
Our next door neighbor at SFO.
Dawn breaking over eastern horizon shortly after departure from SFO.
Pre-breakfast Bloody Mary. The only way to fly!
Cold breakfast choice - Cheerios cereal, fruit plate (not very ripe), fantastic blueberry muffin & butter and a banana. Quite filling!
Interesting perspective of a twisty river - sunlight makes river look like a serpentine band of silver.
Seen as we rolled out on our landing.
MSP=Minneapolis/St Paul Int'l Airport
3 planes, 3 types, 2 liveries. Not bad for MSP to be a NW fortresss hub.
If you view this full-screen, you can plainly see the moderate snow that was falling on Oct 26. From Hawaii to planes being de-iced in a few hours-wow!.
This would be our ride back to ATL in a bit.
View of FC cabin.
Off-kilter pic of Tokyo flight well before it departs.
I want to fly on one of those!
Was being pushed out of the hangar as we taxied past.
Landed as we held short of the runway.
Elegant beauty landed as we held short.
1 lonely FL 73G parked there at the moment. Taken on takeoff.
High above the earth, view of engine & wing with clouds below.
Steven's salad lunch entree. Chef salad with ranch dressing, dinner roll & butter, fruit plate. Molasses clove cookie for dessert.
My warm lunch entree - turkey & cheese sandwich on wheat bread, potato chips & fruit plate. Molasses clove cookie for dessert. Quite filling & tasty!
Taken at altitude cruising toward ATL.
Taken at altitude cruising toward ATL.
We were miles west of Chatt, heading down into N. GA
We came in from the NW, flew just over downtown, headed east and did the 180 turn once we were about parallel with Stone Mountain.
HUGE development on I-75/85 near Midtown Atlanta
As we sail over the heart of Atlanta on approach to ATL.
This plane actually passed our A319 before we both touched down.
Taken as we taxied to our gate.