15 October 2020


Airwork NZ is taking delivery of a 737-4D7F, N902NZ (c/n 28702, l/n 2978). It's flying from MIA to AKL, via MCC, HNL and PPG as JTN250.

28702 was originally delivered to Thai Airways International in January 1998 as HS-TDL "Srikarn", and flew with Thai until August 2008. Less than a year later, in June 2009, it was acquired by Tatarstan Air as VQ-BDB, and flew until November 2013, where it was stored at SAW. In June 2014, it was bought by Blue Air as YR-BAQ, and flew until October 2018. A month later it was acquired by Airwork NZ, and stored at ROW as it awaited freighter conversion, which began this past February at MIA.

09 October 2020

‘Ohana by Hawaiian To Suspend Operations

Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would suspend operations of its ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger and cargo services on November 1, 2020. Citing decreased demand due to the China Corona Virus pandemic, and the state's quarantine restrictions, the airline was forced to suspend operations of it subsidiary until significant demand for inter-island travel to MKK and LNY picks up.

Further information is in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

05 October 2020

Asia Pacific Airlines To Add Its Fourth 757-200F

Asia Pacific Airlines has acquired its fourth 757-200F, N754CS (c/n 24845, l/n 300). This 757-260PF is currently at MIA, being prepped for delivery. It will be the airline's first pure 757-200 freighter, as their current three were pax-to-cargo conversions. It's scheduled to be delivered in late November, and not known if the registration will be changed when the acquisition is complete.

24845 was originally delivered to Ethiopian Airlines Cargo in August 1990 as ET-AJS. In October 2006, it was painted in the airline's current livery. It was withdrawn from service in June 2018, and stored at ADD [Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia]. In November 2018, it was ferried to MIA, and a month later, sold to CSDS Aircraft Sales and Leasing.

02 October 2020

Thai Airway's HS-TKQ

 A Boeing 777-3ALER of Thai Airways made a brief stop to Hickam on it's way to Alexandria, IL operating as a military charter from Bangkok. HS-TKQ (s/n 41526, l/n 1129) made the return trip on Saturday, stopping for fuel in HIK.


OE-IAS (msn 3357), an A320-232 owned by Avolon, is making a ferry flight from CGK to TUS, via GUM and HNL. It made an overnight stop at HNL last night.

3357 was originally delivered to IndiGo in January 2008 as VT-INP, leased from Allco Aviation. In January 2011 was sold to HKAC, and its lease transferred. In January 2016, it was sold to Avolon. VT-INP flew with IndiGo until November 2019, when it was withdrawn from service, and stored at CGK.

01 October 2020

Shenzhen Airlines' B-5105

Our October edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features Shenzhen Airlines' 737-97L, B-5105 (c/n 33646, l/n 1764), seen above departing Runway 8R on its delivery flight in August 2005, in the original livery.

B-5105 was originally delivered in August 2005. In late 2008, it repainted in to the current livery. In October 2017, it was sold to Xiamen Leasing, and leased back. B-5105 continues to fly with Shenzhen.

30 September 2020

Sun Country Military Charters

Sun Country Airlines 737-800s have been flying between NGF [Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i, Kāne‘ohe Bay] and KOA to transport US Marines on a training exercise at the Pohakuloa Range.

29 September 2020

Allegiant Air's RP-C3238

Allegiant Air is taking delivery of RP-C3238 (msn 5067), as it transits from CGK to SFB. This A320-214 was acquired from Cebu Pacific Air. It will be registered as N285NV at SFB.

RP-C3238 was delivered to Cebu Pacific Air in March 2012, leased from RBC. Three months later, it was sold to SMBC, and flew with Cebu Pacific until this past February, where it was stored at CGK.


OE-IAI (msn 1356), a former Asiana Airlines A321-131, is ferrying from ICN (via CRK, GUM, and HNL) to SBD. It's on a lease return flight to lessor Avalon, and making an overnight stop at HNL. It will leave for SBD later today.

1356 was originally delivered to Asiana Airlines in November 2000 as HL7594, under lease from CIT. In April 2017, it was sold to Avolon, and the lease transferred. It flew with Asiana until May 2020.

OE-IAI departed HNL this afternoon, but returned after a mechanical issue.

10.20.20 UPDATE
OE-IAI departed HNL this morning for SJC. It's not known if it will continue onto SBD as intended.

25 September 2020

Armée de L'Air's F-RBAQ

The Armée de L'Air's (French Air Force) F-RBAQ (msn 102) is making an overnight stop at HNL from TUS as CTM1542. This A400M-180  flight originated from ORE [Bricy Airport, Orleans, France], and is headed to PPT. It also made stops at YYT [St. John's International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada], and TUS [Tucson, AZ].

22 September 2020

Mokulele Airlines Acquires N2150

Mokulele Airlines' parent company, Southern Airways, has acquired N2150 (msn 208B5054) from Big Island Air. This colorful C208B Grand Caravan has the Mokulele flower logo placed on the nose section where the BIA logo once was, and subdued Mokulele titles on the fuselage. There's also a "Operated by Southern Airways Express" decal by the right passenger entry door.

It's also been reported that Mokulele is now flying under the Southern Airways Express Operating Certificate. Mokulele has already been using its parent company's 9X/FDY flight code.

Conair's C-GVFT

Conair is ferrying C-GVFT (msn E2253) from its base at Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada [YXX] to Australia for its summer firefighting season. This RJ85 arrived from OAK yesterday afternoon. It will continue onto MAJ, HIR, BNE, and DBO [Dubbo City Airport, Dubbo, Australia].

17 September 2020

Fiji Airways Retires DQ-FJF

Fiji Airways has retired its lone 737-7X2, DQ-FJF "Island of Koro" (c/n 28878, l/n 96). This 737 was quite the frequent visitor to HNL as Fiji Airways (and previously Air Pacific) used it on the NAN-CXI-HNL, and the NAN-APW-HNL routes. It's making its retirement / lease return flight from NAN to MME [Teeside International Airport, Darlington, UK], via HNL, LAX, and BGR as FJI2002. Fiji Airways had a retirement event that they posted on their Instagram page.

DQ-FJF was delivered to Air Pacific in September 1998, named "Island of Koro". It remained in the fleet when the airline was rebranded as Fiji Airways. In September 2017, FJF was sold to Willis Lease, and leased back. It was withdrawn from service earlier this month.