My wife and I recently went to Hawaii for a long weekend, and our airline of choice for this trip was Hawaiian airlines. We flew with them on our last trip to HNL back in 2010, and we thought they offered a fine product – even in economy. Heck, just the fact that we could fly non-stop from SAN to HNL (bypassing LAX or SFO) would have been enough to make us happy, but the service was excellent and it was an easy decision to fly with them again. The only disappointment I had for this latest trip was that when I booked the tickets back in October, the aircraft for both the outbound and return segments was listed as the new A330. Unfortunately, they did some scheduling changes and our aircraft (both outbound and return) were switched to their older 767-300 equipment. Oh well – we were just happy to get away to Hawaii for a few days!
The photographer in me couldn’t resist taking pictures of the trip along the way. So here they are – all of them taken from my window seat in 37J as we make our way west over the Pacific Ocean to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines flight number 15 (aircraft registration: N582HA). Please forgive me for the poor quality of the first few pictures, as the weather was downright gloomy in San Diego that morning and I was using my iPhone 4S (yes, in Airplane Mode) for the climb out pics. The rest were shot with my Canon 60D and 24-105L lens.
Lift off from runway 27 at KSAN, looking down on the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Quite a gloomy day out there, eh? No worries, we will be seeing the sun soon enough!
This picture taken a few moments later shows the view of Mission Bay Park
The cloud ceiling was high enough that we had a pretty good view of Mission Bay and Pacific Beach as we climb out of KSAN
Finally, clear blue skies! Surprisingly, it took a few minutes to climb through all the clouds that were hugging the coastline of southern California that day.
Here we are cruising at 37,000ft about halfway between San Diego and Honolulu. There were a few butt-puckering moments of chop along the way, but the ride was otherwise smooth.
Our first view of Oahu! The clouds were thick as we were approaching the islands, so there wasn’t much to see as we made our descent. In this photo, you can see that we are approaching HNL from the south with Waikiki and Diamond Head in the distance.
This picture was taken just after we turned 90 degrees toward Oahu (setting up for a runway 08L approach), again with downtown Honolulu, HNL, Waikiki, and Diamond Head in the distance.
And finally, here we are passing over runway 29 at Kalaeioa Airport as we turn final for runway 08L at HNL. Aloha!