30 June 2010

Delta To Add NGO-HNL Service

On December 22nd, Delta Air Lines will add service between NGO and HNL using their 767-300ERs.


Delta has this information on their website on a downloadable schedule.

Hawaiian To Launch ICN Service

Beginning January 2011, Hawaiian Air will launch service to ICN (Incheon, Seoul, South Korea), pending approval by the South Korean Transport Ministry. HAL459/460 will operate four days a week with their 767-300ERs, and also code-share with Korean Air (which already has two flights between HNL and ICN).

The above photo, courtesy of Hawaiian Air, shows HA CEO Mark Dunkerley with dancers from the Chum Sa Rang the Traditional Korean Dance Institute at this morning's announcement.

This will be Hawaiian Air's third flight to Asia, after their service to HND, which will launch later this year, and their current service to MNL. It is also their sixth international destination.


27 June 2010

Delta's MD-90s

These are the US registrations for the nine China Eastern MD-90-30s being acquired by Delta Air Lines:
(Information from Planespotters.net)

N920DN (c/n 53582) was B-2256
N921DN (c/n 53583) was B-2257
N922DX (c/n 53584) was B-2258
N923DN (c/n 53585) was B-2262
N924DN (c/n 53586) was B-2263
N925DN (c/n 53587) was B-2265
N926DH (c/n 53588) was B-2268
N927DN (c/n 53589) was B-2269
N928DN (c/n 53590) was B-2270
* Yet to be transferred to DL

These nine MD-90s brings Delta's MD-90 fleet to 28.

Delta's A330-223

Delta's N851NW (c/n 609) is seen here substituting in place of a A330-300 as flight DL639 to Narita. It was originally delivered to Northwest in August 2004 and repainted to Delta colors 5 years later.

Scenes from '73

Snapshots a relative of mine took when visiting the islands 37 years ago.

25 June 2010

Air New Zealand's ZK-NBW

Air New Zealand's 747-419, ZK-NBW (c/n 29375), performed a charter flight for the Royal Australian Defence Forces from TSV to HNL as ANZ1982. The flight is possibly to support RIMPAC 2010.

ZK-NBV returned to AKL as ANZ6083 a few hours later.

Mahalo to team member Aeros for the photo!

24 June 2010

ANA Announces HND-HNL Service

Beginning October 31st, All Nippon Airlines announced that they too will begin service between HND and HNL using a 767-300ER. ANA will compete against Hawaiian Air, Japan Airlines, and China Airlines with this new route, and the opening of the new runway at HND.


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VP-BLK (c/n 21961), a 747SP-31 arrived at HNL today from SIN. The 747 is registered to Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and is bound for LAS after its HNL fuel stop.

21961 was originally delivered to TWA as N58201 in 1980. Five years later, it went to United Arab Emirates' Dubai Air Wing as A6-SMR to become an executive transport.


N717AV, a former Henson Airlines (US Airways Express) Dash8-102 is being delivered through HNL today. It was previously registered as N925HA while with Henson. In 2003, it went to Canada to fly for Provincial Airlines / Regional 1 and Canadian North.

Mahalo to team member Aeros for the photo!

23 June 2010

All-White 767-300

There is an all-white 767-300 parked at Hardstand3 on HNL's north ramp today. It's an ex-VARIG 767-341ER, PP-VOI, which was delivered 1989 to VARIG in their original colors. It was also painted in the Star Alliance livery, and the "Compass Rose" livery. PP-VOI was to be acquired by BRA Transportes Aéreos, and re-registered as PR-BRT, but was not taken up. In 2008, Wells Fargo Bank acquired this 763, and was registered as N752SJ (see 1st comment).

China Eastern's B-5515

China Eastern Airlines will have a second jet today at HNL, but this is going to their fleet. B-5515 (c/n 36769), a 737-89P, is flying as CES299.

Air China's B-5510

Air China is taking delivery of B-5510 (c/n 36548), another GECAS-leased 737-86N, and is flying as CCA51.

China Eastern's B-2263

B-2263 (c/n 53586) is the next China Eastern MD-90-30 that is making its way from PVG to the mainland as CES599. Like the others before it, it will join the Delta Air Lines fleet.

22 June 2010

Sun Country's N809SY

Sun Country Airlines' N809SY (c/n 30683), a 737-8Q8, made an appearance at HNL as SCX8601 from IWA. The flight transferred Hawai‘i Department of Corrections prison inmates housed at Arizona prisons back to prisons here. The return flight took another set of Hawai‘i inmates to a prison in Arizona.

This is also the 1,000th post of the HNL RareBirds blog!

18 June 2010

Rare Boeing Lineup At HNL

With the Omega Tanker 707-368, N707MQ (c/n 21368) on HNL's north ramp over the past few days, all of the Boeing 7_7 series can be seen at HNL.

Today's line-up:
707: Omega Air Tanker
717: Hawaiian
727: Asia Pacific
737: Aloha Air Cargo, Continental, WestJet, and Alaska
747: Japan, China, Delta, and Kalitta
757: American, Omni, US Airways, United, Delta, and Continental
767: Hawaiian, United, American, Japan, Delta, Continental, and Qantas
777: ANA and United

What would be really cool, that HNL replicate the line up at BFI.

N707MQ was delivered to Saudia in 1977 as HZ-ACK. It was then moved to the Saudi Arabian Royal Flight as HZ-HM3. It wore both the original jet fleet livery, and the current Saudi Arabian livery.

Mahalo to team member Aeros for the photo!

16 June 2010

China Eastern's B-5516

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of their GECAS-leased 737-86N, B-5516 (c/n 39389), today, and is flying as CES299.

Sorry, no HNL photo ... though mahalo to team member Drewski2112 , who got a shot of B-5516 at BFI.


Aerlease Inc, (Coral Gables, FL) has purchased a former Japan Airlines 747-446D, JA8090 (c/n 26347). It has been re-registered as N347AS, and is en route to ROW via HNL from NRT.

Mahalo to team member Aeros for the photo.


It seems that Cathay Pacific Airlines does training flights in Hawai‘i. FlightAware.com has CPA26 listed from KOA to HNL using a Cessna 182.

15 June 2010

Garuda's PK-GMN

PK-GMN (c/n 30146), is Garuda Indonesia's latest 737-8U3 that's making it's trans-Pacific delivery trek as GIA8011.

Sorry, no HNL photo ... though Rick Schlamp got a photo of PK-GMN during its test phase at BFI.

11 June 2010

Hong Kong Airlines' B-KBU

HNA Group (Hainan) subsidiary, Hong Kong AIrlines has taken delivery of a new 737-84P, B-KBU (c/n 37953). It's flying as CRK8002.

Mahalo to team member Aeros for the photo!

Air China's B-5509

Air China is taking delivery of B-5509 (c/n 36547), a 737-86N leased from ILFC. It's flying across the Pacific as CCA51, and will make its first stop at HNL today.

Sorry, no HNL photo, though Rick Schlamp got a photo of B-5509 at BFI.

10 June 2010

Shandong's B-5513

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of a new 737-86N leased from ILFC, B-5513 (c/n 36546). It's flying as CDG5513, and seen above seconds before touching down on Runway 4R.

09 June 2010

Hawaiian Expands OGG Service

Hawaiian Air is expanding service at OGG by launching service to LAS in October, and will re-launch service to SAN next week. It launched OGG-OAK service last weekend.

08 June 2010


NASA's DC-8-72 N817NA (c/n 46082) is en route to HNL as NASA817.

China Eastern's B-5517

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-5517 (c/n 29653), a 737-89P, which is flying as CES299.

Sorry, no HNL photo, though Rick Schlamp got a photo of it at BFI.

06 June 2010

go!'s N75994

go! has added CRJ200ER N75994 (msn 7367) to their fleet. The Mokulele titles are also painted red on the fuselage, and were added to the tail logo as well. It's the first CRJ200ER with the modified titles. N75994 arrived Friday as ASH1101 from OAK.

Prior to go!, N75994 served with Mesa Air Group's United Express and US Airways Express.

On Wednesday, June 9th, go! celebrates its fourth anniversary.

04 June 2010


N381HA "Hōkūle‘a", premiered Hawaiian Air's A330 service this afternoon, flying to LAX as HAL2. Parked at Gate 26, 266 passengers were treated to Hawaiian music and hula, as well as receiving a lei before boarding the A330.

Among the 266 passengers aboard HAL2 were Hawaiian musician Cyril Pahinui with his wife, and NFL's Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll.

01 June 2010

Makali‘i Blessing

Hawaiian Airlines had their first Airbus A330-243, N380HA "Makali‘i", blessed today in before employees, local dignitaries, and the media.

Hawaiian also brought out their Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker as well, showing their first aircraft alongside their newest aircraft.

China Eastern's B-2270

China Easternʻs B-2270 (c/n 53590) is the next MD-90-30 bound for the Delta Air Lines fleet, and is flying as CES599.

Sorry, no HNL photo ...