This flight was another flight of “firsts!” It was my first trip to Hawaii, first flight on a Delta A330, and the longest flight I’d ever been on (4,500 miles!). We were a little tired after waking up at 4am for our flight earlier that morning, but excited nonetheless. Delta Air Lines Flight 837 Information: Flight: Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson International Airport (ATL) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) Flight Time: 9 Hours Aircraft: Delta Air Lines A330-300 (N811NW) Seat: 30J (economy, window) At The Gate In ATL Once we arrived in Atlanta, we found that we would be headed to Terminal E, one of the international terminals at ATL. We only had to wait a short time before boarding began, and we were finally onboard! At The Gate In ATL Our Gate In Terminal E View From My Seat, 30J My good friend Karlene Petitt, a Delta A330 First Officer, knew the Captain on this flight quite well. Captain Bill Wainwright has been flying with Delta for a very long time, and recently flew a trip with Karlene to Honolulu back in February. I went up to the cockpit to introduce myself as a friend of Karlene and was greeted with a big smile and a, “She’s a blast to fly with!” He let me sit left seat for a few minutes and showed me around the cockpit which was pretty awesome. It was a BIG space up front — definitely a nice “office!” After the quick visit up front, I headed back to my seat for departure. Sadly there was a ground-stop mechanical delay of about an hour before we actually ended up moving. My brother and I timed how long we were actually onboard the aircraft – 11 Hours! The View From My Seat, 30J Window View At The Gate Seat 30J PTV The Rear Economy Cabin My Seat, 30J Below is a video of our takeoff towards Hawaii!: One pretty shocking thing about this flight was that there was not going to be any meal service. Sure, there were going to be snacks, but no meals like you’d expect for an overseas flight. If you travel from the East Coast to Europe, you’re normally served at least one meal. Yet from Atlanta to Hawaii (a MUCH longer flight, they don’t serve any full meals). There was luckily an Atlanta-Honolulu edition menu that had items for purchase; I personally got the pizza!\ The Hawaiian Flights Menu Our For-Purchase Menu Below are photos from our flight over the entire United States, off the Coast of California, and into the Pacific Ocean. Delta Air Lines was nice enough to hand out a famous Hawaiian treat, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, shortly before we arrived in the Hawaiian Islands. Flying Over A Cloudy USA Flying South Of Las Vegas Using Foreflight and XGPS The Cabin The Full Meal Flying Over Monterey Bay, CA My Lunch, Pizza! San Fransisco, CA The Cabin Flight Data An Icy Window! Up-Close Wing Shot Macadamia Nuts Into Hawaii PTV Map After a not so long 9 hours, we finally made it to Hawaii! Here are some photos descending into Honolulu and flying over Oahu (we had a great view of Pearl Harbor!): First View Of Hawaii! (Oahu) The Oahu Coastline Flying Over HNL The HNL Coral Runway Loving The Blue Water Already Here are some photos and screenshots from our route: Route To Hawaii Approaching The Islands Full Route From FlightAware Turn Over California Below is a video of our landing in Honolulu: Taxiing to the gate: Hawaiian Airlines A330 Taking Off Air China 747-400 At The Gate In HNL We were finally in Hawaii! It was a bit of a surreal experience, having been at home earlier that day and arriving to a small(ish) island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean! At The Gate In HNL Thanks for reading and watching, -Swayne Martin Twitter: @MartinsAviation Our A333 At The Gate Open-Air Terminal Share this:ShareTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint 9 Responses Karlene November 5, 2014 What a great post! Makes me miss my HNL flights. I’m glad you had a GREAT time! Great video too. Reply Swayne Martin November 6, 2014 Thanks, Karlene! It was an awesome flight. I can’t wait to visit Hawaii again someday. Reply Randy Cabrera November 18, 2014 why do you fly so often? just being curious… Reply Swayne Martin November 18, 2014 Hey Randy! These are posts from flights that I took over the entire summer. They’re not flights that I’ve necessarily recently taken. In this case, it was a family vacation. To see a full map of my commercial flights, click here: http://flightdiary.net/swaynem13 -Swayne Reply Denise Edinger January 1, 2015 Thank you for documenting this flight! I have been researching different airlines for a family trip to Hawaii and this flight was one of the top contenders. I appreciate your eye for detail. I loved how you included the take off, landing, menus, and interior pictures, even of the terminal. Do you recall if economy comfort in the front looked any different? So glad you can buy pizza. Now I know my son won’t starve. Reply Swayne Martin January 6, 2015 Economy Comfort on Delta is nice for longer flights like ATL-HNL. It comes at a substantial fee but might be worth it if you want more leg room and recline. Reply Phillip Matthews February 26, 2015 Thanks for sharing your journey! I’m thinking of taking the same flight in a few months. Was the flight quite crowded in economy? I know it depends on the season, but just wondering. Reply Swayne Martin February 26, 2015 It was pretty much completely full. Destinations like Hawaii, with year-round good weather, often have high passenger loads no matter what. Reply Susan May 25, 2016 I am taking this exact flight in October and appreciate the take off and landing videos. We are flying comfort due to husbands back injury but sure wish we could afford first class. As a bit of a white knuckle flyer perhaps I’ll watch your videos a few more times to get me ready :)…hopefully the flight will pass quickly Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName Email Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.