United Island Hopper across the Pacific


Fascinating article on Airchive.com this week about a trans Pacific Ocean route serviced by United (formerly a Continental service) all the way from Los Angeles to Guam via the Marshal Islands and a few other planned and un-planned stop-overs along the way. The entire route spent on 737s with connecting options at the Guam end of things onwards to South East Asia, China and Japan. Sounds like a bit of a marathon but most Simmers I imagine would be happy to endure it in real life. Heck, I think I’ll have a crack at it in the PMDG this weekend :)

How about flying on a 737-800 across the Pacific Ocean, westward from Honolulu to the tiny spits of sand which make up the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. It is a 15ish hour travel day which could be completed in 7 on the nonstop to Guam. But for the people living and working on these remote atolls, the United Island Hopper represents their primary connection to the outside world. It is one of the last true “milk run” flights operating in the world

read the entire article here

Video: VATNZ flight Wellington to Auckland

Excellent video recording by Musical-Aviator of last weekends VATNZ Sunday night flight, in this case his leg from Wellington to Auckland. If you haven’t seen any of his videos before you’re really in for a treat. They’re usually full length of the flight duration and cover pre flight, planning, startup all the way through to shutdown. He’s a stickler for procedure and a clear and easy voice to listen to during the video. Great stuff.