SEA-Hawaii flight diversions

Old Dec 23, 2022, 12:20 am
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SEA-Hawaii flight diversions

Noticing multiple flight diversions from SEA to Hawaii today that are stopping in the bay area--am I correct in thinking these are fuel stops due to unusually strong headwinds this time of year? I'm taking SEA-LIH later this month and noticed both LIH flights today diverted so just wanted to set my expectations accordingly as it will make a long flight quite a bit longer, especially if you're not allowed to deplane at the fuel stop.
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 1:32 am
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OAK is usually where they go for a tech (fuel) stop from my recollection.
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 10:33 am
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Originally Posted by jashah
OAK is usually where they go for a tech (fuel) stop from my recollection.
That makes sense. The three closest airports on the west coast to HNL are, in order, SFO, OAK & SJC. All three Bay Area airports are closer to HNL than they are to JFK.

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Old Dec 23, 2022, 4:21 pm
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Do you get the extra EQM's?
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 5:04 pm
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Originally Posted by trektheusa
Do you get the extra EQM's?
That would be amazing but I assume the flight number stays the same so that's probably why there are no additional miles for turning a 6 hour flight into an 8-9 hour flight. Perhaps the 2-3 hour flight delay may be enough to trigger some sort of automatic customer service compensation.
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 5:17 pm
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Boeing should offer their “proudly all Boeing” customers mid-air refueling services for their 737s out of SEA. Maybe they could use new test flights of KC-46 coming off the production line.
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 7:33 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying for Fun
That makes sense. The three closest airports on the west coast to HNL are, in order, SFO, OAK & SJC. All three Bay Area airports are closer to HNL than they are to JFK.

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While the shortest route between two commercial airports is SFO-ITO, #2 goes to MRY-ITO, which is obvious reason for Alaska to offer direct MRY-ITO service. It's a profitable untapped market I tell ya (I wish!)
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 8:01 pm
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While the shortest route between two commercial airports is SFO-ITO, #2 goes to MRY-ITO, which is obvious reason for Alaska to offer direct MRY-ITO service. It's a profitable untapped market I tell ya (I wish!)
Both show an identical 2,318 miles on Great Circle Mapper!
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 8:10 pm
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Originally Posted by trektheusa
Do you get the extra EQM's?
Originally Posted by PDXPremier
That would be amazing but I assume the flight number stays the same so that's probably why there are no additional miles for turning a 6 hour flight into an 8-9 hour flight. Perhaps the 2-3 hour flight delay may be enough to trigger some sort of automatic customer service compensation.
Actually you do get the miles for the flown itinerary instead of the direct.
Flew JFK to SFO 2 weeks ago where flight was diverted to SLC for medical emergency. No compensation, but we got TWO extra miles for the mileage difference. LOL

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Old Dec 23, 2022, 10:28 pm
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I think in the old days, when you took multiple legs with the same flight number, most airlines credited you as if it were just one flight. It's cool that AS gave you those extra 2 miles.
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 10:34 pm
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I think that was a one-off exception
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 11:00 pm
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Originally Posted by jrl767
I think that was a one-off exception
Actually, a two-off exception.
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Old Dec 23, 2022, 11:05 pm
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Do they usually let you know before boarding that you'll be diverting to CA for a fuel stop?
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Old Dec 24, 2022, 12:54 pm
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More Hawaii fuel stops from SEA today....looks like SEA-LIH is going to SFO instead of OAK....Too bad you can't spend the delay in the Alaska Lounge
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Old Dec 25, 2022, 11:32 am
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Originally Posted by PDXPremier
Do they usually let you know before boarding that you'll be diverting to CA for a fuel stop?
Sadly, that very rarely seems to be the case. It's only after everyone is on board and the pilot gets all the numbers and talks to dispatch.
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