01 March 2015

Sun Country's N152SY

Our March edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to May 1996, and this Sun Country Airlines DC-10-15, N152SY (c/n 48289, l/n 365) seen above on Taxiway RT returning to the main terminal after an in-flight emergency. This particular flight departed for LAX, but had to return as the main landing gear canted forward, and could not retract. The flight crew made a 500-foot high pass in front of the HNL control tower, along the Runway 8L path, to verify the position of the main landing gear. HNL ARFF trucks from HNL's Station 2, abeam Runway 8R, stood by as the DC-10 flew out to dump fuel before landing on the Reef Runway without incident.

For a short period of time in the mid-1990s, Sun Country had DC-10-10 service between HNL and LAX. The livery seen above is the one prior to the current blue livery.

48289 was originally delivered to Mexicana as N1003W "Tolteca" (f/n 982) in December 1981, and remained with the airline until late 1994. It wore a variety of Mexicana liveries, including the "Ixcamilpa" tail livery, and a dark blue tail section. It was leased to AeroPerĂș in 1993, from May to October. The Wilmington Trust Company acquired this DC-10-10 in January 1995, and leased it Sun Country as N152SY. It was withdrawn from service in September 2000, and stored at GWO [Greenwood, MS], where it was scrapped in June 2002.

Upcoming 737NG Deliveries

With many of the airlines around the Pacific Rim ordering Next Generation 737s and 737 MAXs, most of those airliners will stop through Hawai‘i (mainly HNL) during the first segment of their island-hopping delivery flights from Boeing Field (BFI). This post will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

According to The Boeing Test Flights website, these listed below are the airframes that have been assigned assembly line numbers, and currently on the BFI flightlines that are being readied for delivery. Additional information also provided by PlaneSpotters.net's 737 Production List. Those listed below, should make a stopover at HNL on their first segment out of BFI on their delivery flights in the near future:

5267 | PK-LBW | 39834 | Batik Air | -8GP
5277 | B-1787 | 41379 | Hainan Airlines | -84P
5278 | PK-LBY | 39833 | Batik Air | -8GP
5280 | VH-VIY | 40701 | Virgin Australia | -8FE
5305 | HL8030 | 41804 | T'Way | -8Q8
5306 | B-5828 | 39741 | China Eastern Airlines | -79P «
5307 | PK-LBZ | 39835 | Batik Air | -8GP
5308 | B-1785 | 41568 | Hainan Airlines | -84P
5312 | B-1741 | 39314 | Shanghai Airlines | -86D «
5315 | PK-L__ | 39836 | Lion Air | -8GP «
5319 | JA812X | 43402 | Solaseed Airlines | -86N «
5321 | B-____ | 39910 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
5327 | B-1766 | 41108 | Air China | -89L «
5330 | JA81AN | 44559 | All Nippon Airways | -881 «
5335 | PK-GNR | 39955 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3 «
5343 | B-5830 | 60461 | Ruili Airlines | -7ME «
5347 | HS-LTR | 39837 | Thai Lion Air | -9GPER «
5355 | 9V-MGJ | 44226 | SilkAir | -8SA «
5404 | HS-LTS | 39839 | Thai Lion Air | -9GPER «
« First Flight 02.27.15
« Added 02.25.15
° New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings

On the occasion that a delivery flight stops through a Neighbor Island airport, or Anchorage, AK [ANC], their IATA airport code will noted after its flight number. When the delivery flight goes through ANC, it will not be listed on the "Deliveries" pages.

Due to the amount of orders known, the 737 Order List has been moved to its own tab. When an airframe begin assembly or make its first flight, the listing will be moved to this post.

28 February 2015

154th Wing Participates In Air Show

The Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 154th Wing is participating in the 2015 Australian International Air Show at Avalon Airport, Victoria, Australia.  Two Hawai‘i Air National Guard F-22A Raptors from the 199th Fighter Squadron, and a KC-135R from the 203rd Aerial Refueling Squadron flew Down Under to partner with other aircraft from the Pacific Command.

Further details in this Pacific Air Forces article.

27 February 2015

Hawaiian's N492HA Struck By Lightning

Hawaiian Airlines' 717-2BL, N492HA "Ewa ‘Ewa" (c/n 55181, l/n 5131), was struck by lightning on its way from HNL to ITO as HAL380. None of the passengers and crew were injured. The return flight to HNL was delayed as the airliner was inspected for any damage. 

News coverage by KHON.

China Southern's B-1700

The other half of today's China Southern Airlines 737-800 daily double, is B-1700 (c/n 43401, l/n 5261), a 737-86N leased from GECAS. Its making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1700, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern's B-1747

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of a pair 737-800s today. Leading off the daily double, is B-1747 (c/n 41327, l/n 5281), a 737-81B, that's making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1747, and will overnight at HNL.

25 February 2015

Hawaiian's N375HA Delivered

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of their 20th A330-243 with N375HA (msn 1606) today. It's making its delivery flight from TLS to SEA as HAL9975.

24 February 2015

Allegiant Acquires Six More A319s

World Airline News reports that Allegiant Air will acquire another six A319-111s from Philippine-based carrier Cebu Pacific Air [5J/CEB], with deliveries expected to last through 2016. Allegiant previously purchased ten A319s in 2012.

More information in this Allegiant Air's press release.

02.28.15 Update
On a related note, CH-Aviation reports that Allegiant Air is also acquiring two A320s from Philippine Airlines, with deliveries slated for later this year.

23 February 2015

AirAsia X To Hawai‘i?

The Pacific Business Journal reports that AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes tweeted three days ago, that AirAsia X [D7/XAX] has applied for permission to begin service to HNL from KUL.

The mainstay of AirAsia X's fleet is the A330-343 with a range of 4,600nm, but with 6822nm separating the two points, the flight would have to make a stop somewhere for fuel.

Delta To Add SEA-KOA Service

Delta Air Lines announced that they will commence daily 757-200 service between SEA and KOA, beginning on 19 December 2015.

21 February 2015

Hawaiian Returns N589HA

Hawaiian Airlines is returning N589HA "Moli" (c/n 33422, l/n 892) to AWAS today. The 767-33AER is making its ferry flight to ATL as HAL8088. This brings the Hawaiian 767-300ER fleet count down to nine, of which five are leased.

19 February 2015

HNL's Construction Delays

Hawaii News Now reports that revitalization construction work around HNL has been delays due to construction re-designs, and increasing costs. Two projects affecting flight operations have been delayed: the new Commuter Terminal, east of the Diamond Head Concourse; and the Hawaiian Airlines Terminal. The new Commuter Terminal, that will house Island Air and Mokulele Airlines must be completed, and their operations relocated, before the existing Commuter Terminal can be demolished, and the new Hawaiian Airlines Terminal can be built.

18 February 2015

Jetstar Switches To 787 For SYD-HNL

Beginning today, Jetstar Airways has switched from the A330-200s to the new 787-8s on their daily SYD-HNL service [JST3/4]. Jetstar's other flights from MEL and BNE will convert to the 787s in September of this year. The A330-200s are being returned to parent company Qantas Airways, as more 787s are delivered.

Further information in this Australian Aviation article.

Garuda's PK-GNQ

Garuda Indonesia is taking delivery of PK-GNQ (c/n 39954, l/n 5284) today. The 737-8U3, leased from SMBC, is making its delivery flight from BFI as GIA8011. It will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, then depart for TKK.

16 February 2015


The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) weather-hunting Gulfstream IV, N49RF, has been based out of HNL since 13 February, probably for the winter weather systems approaching the Hawaiian Islands.

02.24.14 Update
According to FlightAware, N49RF had been flying circuits around the islands, and is heading back to LGB.


ZK-VAB (msn UE-302), a Beechcraft 1900D registered to Vincent Aviation (New Zealand) has made its way to HNL from AKL, via TBU [Fua‘amotu International Airport, Nuku‘alofa, Tonga]. It's parked on the Anderson Aviation / Pacific Avionics ramp. The owner has been placed in receivership by the New Zealand government. The aircraft was delivered new to Vincent Aviation in May 2001. MRC Aviation reports that ZK-VAB is possibly headed for Canada.