13 March 2011

Extra JAL Flights Rescue Stranded Passengers

Due to the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, almost all flights between HNL and Japan were canceled. This left around 1,500 Japanese visitors stranded in Hawaii. In order to get these stranded people home, JAL has sent a couple of 777-246ERs to pick up some of these people. On Saturday, March 12, JAL8094 arrived from NRT and left today, March 13, as JAL8093 to NRT. JAL8080 arrived from HND today and is scheduled to return to HND as JAL8089 at 12:55 a.m. on March 14.

The 2 777-246ERs were JA701J (c/n 32889, l/n 410) and JA703J (c/n 32891, l/n 427). These aircraft are configured with 302 seats, so there are still passengers who were supposed to leave on March 12 stranded in Hawaii. Depending on aircraft availability, JAL could send more flights to pick up the remaining passengers.

Above is JA701J, waiting to be loaded for its departure to NRT as JAL8093.

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