After staying overnight at an airport hotel in LAX, it was time to continue flying to my destination, Honolulu. It was my first time to visit this beautiful island so I was really excited in taking this flight.
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Departure time in Los Angeles (LAX): 9:45 Terminal 5
Arrival time in Honolulu (HNL): 12:55
Aircraft: Airbus A321 Sharklets
Duration: 6h 10m
Date of flight: April 4, 2018
*This is a revenue ticket, Business Class flight #157
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Los Angeles Airport Terminal 5
On this flight, we flew on an Airbus A32B.
Boarding, Gate 50B
Cabin, First Class
like Qatar Airways on their intra-gulf flights.
My seat 1A is a bulkhead window seat
Already waiting at my seat was the Casper bedding set 👍
Around 9:10am, an announcement was made on the PA telling that this flight is a full flight.
Two minutes later, one of the flight attendants working in the first class cabin came (addressing me by my surname) to offer some pre-departure beverage but I declined since I already had a bottle of mineral water.
Dasani mineral water
We were also given a form from the Department of Agriculture
Around 9:38am, the captain came on the PA to welcome us onboard and to inform us that they were still loading the baggage and we will leave on time, and perhaps arrive early in Honolulu. Our flight time was scheduled at 5 hours and 33 minutes.
Three minutes later, the inflight safety video was played on the screen.
The aircraft was equipped with wifi although it was not complimentary.
Around 9:43am, we began our push back.
Airshow en route to Honolulu
From the movie/TV selection, I watched the continuation of "All the Money in the World" and Genius Jr.
Minutes after being airborne, an announcement was made reminding the passengers to fill up the Agriculture form as they would collect them before landing.
Around 10:16am, the flight attendant came to ask for our drinks order. I really liked the Hawaiian apron the flight attendants wore although I was not able to take a picture of it.
I settled for a glass of apple juice which was served with ice. I normally don't drink very cold beverages but it was too late to ask the FA to remove it so I just waited until it was no longer that cold 😉
I had pre-ordered my main course on American Airlines website and chose the Crab cake/Scrambled Eggs but a few days before my flight, I thought I'd have the Coconut Crusted French Toast instead. Around 10:38, the flight attendant came to my seat to confirm my French Toast order. At the same time, the captain was back on the PA informing us that we would arrive early, maybe 15 minutes early and the current temperature in Honolulu which was 77 degrees.
Around 10:47am, hot towels were offered and 12 minutes later, the meal was served. We were also offered some bread (cinnamon roll or croissant) and I chose the former.
I thought the service was friendly and food was very good 👍
About an hour and 20 minutes before landing, some snacks were offered and I took some potato chips. I was also offered a refill of apple juice. Around 11:55am, a video on prohibited plants and animals in Hawaii was shown on the screen.
Landing at Honolulu International Airport
Around 12:10pm, the captain came on the PA to inform us that we would be landing in 20 minutes and the temperature in Hawaii is 81 degrees. One tip is to seat on the right side of the aircraft as it is where you'll get views of Waikiki Beach and the Diamond Head. From my side, I did not see any of the things the captain spoke of on the PA 😒
It was my first time flying to Hawaii so I was really looking forward to this flight. The seats were comfortable and wide. I also liked the fact that American Airlines offer Casper bedding even on this day flight. The crew were actually friendly and the meal I pre-ordered tasted very good. The flight attendant serving my apple juice with ice (without asking if I actually wanted ice) was not that nice although I guess he was just preparing me for the hot weather in Hawaii 😉 Overall, it was a very nice flight and I'd highly recommend flying American Airlines first class from Los Angeles to Honolulu to everyone.