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Fabulous way to get to HNL (Vintage Footage of 1950s Flights on UA)

Fabulous way to get to HNL (Vintage Footage of 1950s Flights on UA)

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Old Mar 14, 18, 3:42 am
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Fabulous way to get to HNL (Vintage Footage of 1950s Flights on UA)

I can only imagine what this must have been like. Dont know how many hours this flight took but from the service levels provided I really wouldnt have minded if it took all day
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Old Mar 14, 18, 5:51 am
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Wow, that's neat. Thanks for sharing!

Really gets me excited for our Hawaii trip later this year.

Perhaps this is better asked in the UA forum, but can anyone advise where the Hawaiian Lounge and Private State Room are located on the 757-300?
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I have never seen hula dancers at the airport but boarding and deplaning remind me of the open air stairs at the Kona airport. Some things never change.
Thanks for sharing the video, we can only wish...
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Old Mar 14, 18, 2:28 pm
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Wow, thanks for sharing!

For the Stratocruiser, flight times were about 9:45 according to Wikipedia:
Typical airline cruise was less than 300 mph (260 kn; 480 km/h); in August 1953, Pan Am and United B377s (and United DC-6s) were scheduled between Honolulu and San Francisco (2,398 mi (3,859 km)) in 9 h 45 min each way.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_377_Stratocruiser

According to this 1957 time table (they were using a DC-7 by then), flight times were indeed 9.5-10 hours.
http://www.timetableimages.com/ttima...57/ua57-08.jpg

And to think that you can fly all the way from the east coast to HNL, non-stop, in about that time on a 767 today!

EDIT: Found the fare table. A one-way fare from Washington (Dulles, I am guessing) to Honolulu was $223, which according to a CPI inflation calculator, was about $2011 in Feb. 2018.
http://www.timetableimages.com/ttima...57/ua57-11.jpg
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Old Mar 14, 18, 10:36 pm
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According to this 1957 time table........ (Dulles, I am guessing) .....
Maybe a little early for Dulles. But cool video for sure.
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maverick17: yes, I think you're right. Actually, the timetable I referenced shows that the airport for United in Washington, DC is National. So good old DCA.
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Found the fare table. A one-way fare from Washington (Dulles, I am guessing) to Honolulu was $223, which according to a CPI inflation calculator, was about $2011 in Feb. 2018.
http://www.timetableimages.com/ttima...57/ua57-11.jpg
How many people would be willing to pay over $2k OW to fly on a lie flat first class seat to Hawaii today?
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--Those Stratoliners were whales! Very tubby looking. And apparently, the lower level lounge had no windows.

--21st Century germophobes will be aghast at the girl grabbing seven items off the buffet...with bare fingers.
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How many people would be willing to pay over $2k OW to fly on a lie flat first class seat to Hawaii today?
Its funny for the same distance on a OW flight from ORD to AMS in J can cost $7,000.
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Obviously this was before United instituted the "Beat the passengers and kill their dogs" customer enhancements
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How many people would be willing to pay over $2k OW to fly on a lie flat first class seat to Hawaii today?
I'd be grateful just to have a Flat bed instead of Recliners.
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I'd be grateful just to have a Flat bed instead of Recliners.
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Interesting how we think the "fabulous" way to fly was this way...probably 10x as loud as one of today's jets, and 10x as turbulent.
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Interesting how we think the "fabulous" way to fly was this way...probably 10x as loud as one of today's jets, and 10x as turbulent.
And at least 10x as dangerous. According to Wikipedia, there were 13 hull loses out of 56 Boeing 377s built.
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