Read below to learn more about our picks in today’s lead photo. Sherry recalled this topic when she commented, “Going to Hawaii these days is no different than going to Newark.” She added, “We’re cutting costs, but there’s no reason to cut back on the aloha spirit. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.” That’s right, you’re Shelly.
Many of us remember the unforgettable experience of flying to Hawaii, and sometimes we still can’t forget it. What do you remember?
Pam, whose aloha feeling was running low, said of her flight to Hawaii: We were starving. Thankfully, I had a few things in my wallet. On this trip, I only got what was offered in economy. You’d think that for the price of a plane ticket, Americans could go to Costco and buy crackers, right? Ticket prices are surprising. ”
Joe B said as he recalled: “Before we landed, I was given two packs of Kalamak candies. I fell in love with them and have continued to eat them for the past 33 years. I’ve been to Hawaii over 20 times since then and I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.” No one there. Airline service is rapidly deteriorating. On a recent American Airlines flight, I sent my (first class) dinner back because it was still frozen. No replacement. I am a FA I asked him if he had another meal available and he offered it to me so I could buy it.”
Here’s a list of the things that made flying in Hawaii so special, but some of them are gone.
Traditional lei greeting: Upon arrival, passengers were greeted with fresh, fragrant Hawaiian flower leis. Don’t forget that there is a lei stand at the Honolulu Airport (there are a few left). We go there to buy leis for friends and family.
Live music: There were also musical performances before, during, and after the flight to Hawaii. Although having a musician greet you at the gate is a rarity these days, you can still see live music at Hawaii’s airports.
Flight departure and arrival hula show: Cultural performances add color to your spectacular island vacation.
Special clothing for flight crew: Crew uniforms incorporate Hawaiian motifs and themes. It still trades as Hawaiian Airlines stock, but it still has some touches on other airlines. On Monday, United Airlines flight attendants bound for Hawaii only touched a few places, including the Hawaiiana apron.
Educational story: In-flight information about Hawaii’s history and landmarks. It was always so much fun when we arrived or left Hawaii, but it seems like we haven’t heard from them in a while. I also remember playing games with other passengers on the way to Hawaii. The pilot announces the distance, airspeed, headwind, and takeoff time so you can guess the correct answer.
Unique in-flight entertainment: A special program focused on Hawaiian culture and music. This is another area of focus for Hawaiians, and almost everyone knows about it. It is also still fresh in my memory that some airlines, like the now defunct Northwest Airlines, offered exercise guidance on board their flights. That was before single-aisle service and knee-breaking seat pitches.
Hawaiian food and snacks: Enjoy unique and authentic Hawaiian cuisine on board. The short answer is no. Maybe in Hawaiian Airlines’ widebody first class, but outside of that and Hawaiian snacks, I haven’t seen this in a long time. However, I will save the in-flight meals for another story.
Cultural atmosphere: Cabin décor reflects Hawaiian cultural elements. It always sat alone in Hawaiian Airlines’ wheelhouse.
Island-themed amenities: United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines both offer Hawaii-themed premium amenity kits (see photo). We’ve also seen Hawaiian-themed blankets (Hawaiian has a new line for the Dreamliner), pillows, and other amenities.
Special drinks: We still offer island-themed soft drinks like POG and Hawaiian cocktails.
Hawaii has the world’s longest overwater flight:
Flight tickets to Hawaii are separate. why? These are among the world’s longest overwater flights (without detours), with more than 4,500 miles of open ocean separating the islands from North America. This means it can take up to 3 hours to get to your nearest destination airport at any given time. Safety is taking on new meaning for a variety of reasons.
Did you know that the FAA once said it would never allow modern twin-engine aircraft to fly to Hawaii?
“It’s going to be a cold day in hell before we get the twins to fly long-distance water routes,” FAA Administrator Lynn Helms said in 1980 when asked by Boeing to approve longer-duration ETOPS. He said this. If you don’t know what ETOPS is, I’ll explain it in detail in today’s post. It is important that the aircraft can fly across the Pacific Ocean on one engine, even if from land it is three hours away. For Hawaii flights, you will need something called an ETOPS-180 certification.
The Alaska Airlines 737 flight to Hawaii was groundbreaking.
Aloha Airlines first operated a 737 (equipped with ETOPS-180) to Hawaii. In this regard, they paved the way for Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. That was in 2000, when they were flying a Boeing 737-700. This also opened the door to today’s other twin-engine jet, the Boeing Airbus A321 used by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and Hawaiian Airlines.
How much has Hawaii’s airline industry changed? It’s interesting how much has changed since the FAA said a twin-engine flight to Hawaii was “unlikely.” But now, four-engine jets have all but disappeared from the skies, especially over Hawaii.
Hawaiian Airlines remains the leader when it comes to island-themed in-flight offerings: How important is it when choosing an airline to fly to the islands? In the past, Alaska was number two. We plan to fly with them in December to see if that’s still true.