30 March 2012

China Eastern's SkyTeam B-6053

For their PVG-HNL service today, China Eastern Airlines substituted their SkyTeam A340-642 logojet, B-6053 (msn 577), in place of their normal A340-343s.

29 March 2012

Skymark's JA73NN

Skymark Airlines is taking delivery of JA73NN (c/n 39422, l/n 3975) today. The AWAS-leased 737-81D is flying from BFI as SKY73NN, and will overnight at HNL, as it makes its way to HND. It's seen above taxiing on Taxiway RT for departure to GUM.

28 March 2012

Air Pacific's DQ-FJC

Air Pacific's 767-3X2ER, DQ-FJC "Island of Taveuni" (c/n 26260, l/n 552), is being returned to its lessor, ILFC. It was originally delivered to Fijian flag carrier in September 1994, and withdrawn from service in January of this year. It was sent to CAN for maintenance and re-paint to all-white. It's stopping through HNL as FJI2001, and will leave for ATL tomorrow afternoon as FJI2002.

Xiamen's B-5632

Today, Xiamen Airlines is taking delivery of B-5632 (c/n 38388, l/n 3973). It's their newest 737-85C that is flying from BFI to XMN (via HNL. MAJ, and SPN) as CXA5632.

23 March 2012

UA 777-224ER N77012 (PMCO)

Today, on my way to a training session, three things about this United Airlines 777-200 caught my eye. First, it was parked at Gate 13. Second, was the registration, N77012 (c/n 29860, l/n 234). Third was the engines, GE-90 decal. This UA 777 is actually a pre-merger Continental Airlines (PMCO) 777-224ER! This aircraft is operating UAL01/02 (IAH-HNL-IAH). The UA schedule does show the flight being operated by a 777, and apparently will be operated by PMCO 777s. The aircraft for UAL01 comes in from LHR as UAL35.

Pre-merger UA (PMUA) has been regularly sending their 777-222As and 777-222ERs to HNL for many years. However, PMCO have not regularly sent their 777-224ERs to HNL since 2001/2002, when they first added a second flight from IAH.

I'm not exactly sure if I got the correct registration, as this picture was taken by my phone, but the UA flight status page shows today's aircraft number as 3012. A list of PMUA aircraft numbers show the 777 aircraft numbers being 2XXX and PMCO aircraft numbers as 00XX. Seeing that this is a PMCO 777, I am assuming that the aircraft numbers for PMCO 777s will now be 3XXX.

19 March 2012

Virgin Australia's VH-YFI

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-YFI (c/n 41000, l/n 3963) today. Named "Porpoise Bay", this 737-8FE is making its delivery flight through LIH as VBH9080.

Team member Drewski2112 got a photo of it at BFI.

18 March 2012

OGG Master Plan

A $1billion, 20-year master plan was unveiled for the future of the Kahului Airport by the state's Department of Transportation, in a meeting that was held this past Tuesday on Maui.

Airside, extending both runways, a full re-paving of Runway 2/20, and upgrading of taxiways are part of the master plan. Building-wise, expanding the main terminal, and relocating the commuter terminal are major projects of the plan.

More coverage in this Maui News article.

17 March 2012

Hainan's B-5638

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-5638 (c/n 38151, l/n 3951) today. It's their newest 737-84P, that's on its delivery flight as B5638, and will overnight at HNL tonight.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of B-5638 at HNL, but team member Drewski2112 got it at BFI.

16 March 2012

Lion Air's PK-LJP

Lion Air is taking delivery of their second 737-9GPER in nine days. PK-LJP (c/n 37291, l/n 3966) departs BFI this morning for CGK (via HNL, MAJ, and BIK). It's seen above, shortly after landing on Runway 8L, taxiing to the Castle & Cooke Aviation ramp.

Thomson's G-OOBE

Thomson Airways' [BY/TOM] G-OOBE (c/n 33100, l/n 1029), a 757-28A, is flying the passengers of the TCS Starquest Expeditions' "Journey of Man". The flight originated from HNL this morning as TOM941, and will end its tour on April 7th, in London, UK. G-OOBE is seen in the top photo departing Runway 8L for NAN, and above, pushing out of Gate 6.

The portside (above) of G-OOBE has the TCS & Starquest Expeditions titles and logos, while the starboard side retains the Thomson livery.

15 March 2012


N591SC (c/n 24905, l/n 2001), a 737-3Y0, is in transit from Indonesia, and bound for the mainland, as it is being returned to its lessor Airplanes Finance. It was most recently with Indonesia AirAsia as PK-AWP. N591SC is due to arrive at HNL around midnight from CGK (via MAJ). It's seen above with it's former identity painted over.

24905 was originally purchased by Guiness Peat Aviation, and leased it to LAM - Linhas Aérea de Moçambique in February 1991 as EI-CBP. It then went to Air Columbus as CS-TKE in March 1994. The next lessee was Transavia as PH-TSU in February 1995. The 737 was then sold to Airplanes Finance in May 2000, then leased to Tuninter as TS-IEB. In June 2002, it was leased to AirAsia as 9M-AAD, and even wore a logojet livery when it joined the fleet. In January 2007, it was leased by Indonesia AirAsia, up until March 7, 2012.

14 March 2012


This BBJ belonging to Samsung Techwin Aviation has been in town since March 8th. HL7759 (c/n 35990, l/n 2107), a 737-7EG (BBJ), has been parked in various spots on the AirService ramp. The Samsung corporate jet usually stops through HNL at least once a year.

*** 03.15.12 Update ***
HL7759 departed HNL this afternoon.

Barrier Landing

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15C Eagle made a barrier landing on Runway 4R this morning, after experiencing a hydraulic failure. HIK ARFF trucks, and State DoT personnel stood by as the wounded fighter made a successful landing. I was not on-hand for the landing, but witnesses said that the barrier did the job in slowing the F-15C to stop a couple of hundred yards after the barrier pit. Runway 4R was re-opened after the barrier was reset, and the runway inspected.

79-0077 (c/n 0626/C146) from the 114th Fighter Squadron / 173rd Fighter Wing, based at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, OR, is here as part of a detachment participating in Sentry Aloha. It's seen above, under tow back to HIK.

Garuda's PK-GMV

PK-GMV (c/n 38074, l/n 3960) is Garuda Indonesia's newest 737-8U3 that is making its delivery flight from BFI this morning as GIA8011. It will overnight here at HNL, after arriving here in the afternoon. PK-GMV is seen above, the next morning, on Taxiway RT, to depart for MAJ, with a rainbow in the background as rain showers moved west.

China Southern's B-5640

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-5640 (c/n 38918, l/n 3961), their newest 737-81B. It's flying out of BFI this morning as CSN123, and will overnight at HNL to complete its first leg. It's seen in the photo on Taxiway C, after landing on Runway 8L; and the above photo one of the South Ramp hardstands.

B-5640 becomes the third CSN airliner painted in the SkyTeam colors. It joins B-2056 (c/n 27525, l/n 66), a 777-21BER, and B-6528 (msn 1202), an A330-223.

In the top photo, the portside of the 737-81B has the China Southern titles in Chinese, while the starboard side has the airline's titles in English.

13 March 2012

Sentry Aloha

The beginning of the month kicked off exercise Sentry Aloha. This exercise provides dissimilar air combat training (DACT) among the F-16C/Ds of the 18th Aggressor Squadron from Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Hawaii Air National Guard's F-22As, F-15Cs from Montana's 120th Fighter Wing and Oregon's 173rd Fighter Wing.

Also transiting through today, were the F/A-18C Hornets of VMFA-232 "Red Devils". A historical note about the VMFA-232, they had two stints at Marine Corps Air Field Kāne‘ohe Bay. The first "K-Bay" assignment was from 1956 to 1966, they flew the North American FJ-1A Fury and the LTV F-8E Crusader. The second "K-Bay" assignment was from 1977 to 1993, when they flew the McDonnell-Douglas F-4J Phantom II and the F/A-18 Hornets. They are currently stationed at MCAS Miramar, but on deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan.

Hawaiian's Sixth A330

Hawaiian's newest A330-243 made its delivery flight this past Saturday. Ship N385HA (s/n 1295) is named after the constellation "Manaiakalani", or "Maui's Fish Hook". It flew direct from Toulouse-Blagnac (LFBO/TLS) to Honolulu as HAL9981.

Atlas Air 767-38EER

A familiar paint scheme but not it was not the usual 747 today. N641GT (c/n 25132, l/n 417) a 767-38EER flew in from Nagoya, Japan this morning as GTI9792. Atlas Air acquired two 767s to be utilized for military charter flights.

25132 was originally delivered to Asiana Airlines (leased from ILFC) as HL7268 in February 2002. It was returned to ILFC in May 1998, and was re-leased by Asiana from November 1999 for five more years. In between the Asiana leases, it was leased by Air Europe (June 1998 - January 1999) and sub-leased to Air Afrique (February - October 1999) as EI-CPV. LAN Airlines was the next lessee, as CC-CIO, from December 2004 to November 2007. The 767 stayed in South America for its next lease to VARIG in December 2007 as PR-VAF. When VARIG was acquired by Gol, it was transferred into the Gol fleet in May 2009, but still with VARIG titles and branding. Atlas purchased 25132 from ILFC in June 2011.

China Eastern's B-5647

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of a 737-8HX, leased from ACG. B-5647 (c/n 38105, l/n 3959) is making its delivery flight today as CES299, and will overnight at HNL after arriving from BFI.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of B-5647 at HNL.

10 March 2012

Shandong's B-5629

This morning, Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-5629 (c/n 38638, l/n 3957), a 737-85N. It's flying out of BFI as CDG5629, and will overnight at HNL. B-5629 is seen above, a few hours after arriving from BFI.

07 March 2012

Lion Air's PK-LJO

Lion Air is taking delivery of their 60th 737-9GPER today. PK-LJO (c/n 38315, l/n 3954), is wearing a commemorative tail design noting the achievement, and is flying as LNI1.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of PK-LJO during its stop at HNL, but team member Drewski2112 got a shot of it at BFI.

05 March 2012

General Electric's N747GF

General Electric's new 747-400 engine testbed, N747GF (c/n 26355, l/n 1055), is making a trip from VCV to HNL today. The former JAL 747-446, JA8910, was acquired by the engine manufacturer in December 2010. N747GF replaces N747GE, the original GE 747-121 testbed. The 747-446 left for XMN the next morning.

Mahalo to team member Aeros for for the above photo N747GF, still wearing the rising sun motif (sans JAL titles).

The only photo JA8910 (in the 1990s livery), I have, is this 2005 photo of it rotating on Runway 8R for its return to Japan.

04 March 2012

Island Air's N808WP: The End of an Era

I knew Island Air's N808WP had been taken out of service, but today on the HNL South Ramp I discovered just how far out of service.  It's been stripped and chopped to bits.  According to some of the folks in the area, parts had been sent back to Bombardier in Canada for testing and examination, since it was the highest time Dash-8 in existence.

03 March 2012


N682AG (c/n 28663, l/n 2922), a former China Xinhua Airlines 737-46Q that was B-2987, is being ferried across the Pacific, as it is being returned to its lessor, Boullioun Aviation Services. It left TNA on the 1st, and made stops at GUM and MAJ, before arriving here last evening.

B-2987 was delivered to China Xinhua [XW/CXH] in August 1997, in CXH colors, and named "Tianjin Daily". In mid-2003, it was painted in the Hainan Air Group generic livery, save for the airline's titles.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of N682AG at HNL.

01 March 2012

Air Australia's VH-YQC

One of the now-defunct Air Australia's A320-212s, VH-YQC (msn 395), is transiting through HNL, as it is being reclaimed by its lessor, Aero Turbine Inc (Doral, FL). VH-YQC arrived late last evening from MAJ (seen above on the AirService Hawai‘i ramp), but the flight information is not available online.

395 was originally purchased by leasing company GATX, and delivered to TAP - Air Portugal [TP/TAP] in March 1993, as CS-TNE, and named "Sa De Miranda". It was with the TAP fleet for seven years. It then went to Air Luxor [LK/LXR] in March 2000, and was sub-leased to Novair [1I/NVR] twice during the four year lease. In May 2004, it was leased again by TAP, with the same name for six more years. The A320 was sold to Aero Turbine Inc, and leased to Strategic Airlines (Air Australia's predecessor) as VH-YQC in May 2010. VH-YQC, and fleet mate VH-YQB, were the only aircraft to receive the Air Australia livery and branding.

Mahalo to MRC Aviation for the heads-up!

Qantas' VH-VZY

Qantas Airways is taking delivery of their second 737-838 in the past four weeks. VH-VZY "Temora" (c/n 39363, l/n 3944) is making its delivery flight as QFA6024, and will overnight at HNL this evening.

Mahalo to blog fan Hiroshi for the above photo of VH-VZY on the north ramp. In a rare occurrence, two Qantas 737s were at HNL, though VZY was bound for Australia, but TJW was headed for retirement.

China Airlines' B-18605

This month's edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" takes us back to November 14, 1998, and the delivery flight of China Airlines' 737-809, B-18605 (c/n 28404, l/n 130). It's seen above, on the Anderson Aviation ramp, with a double rainbow in the background.

B-18605 remains with China Airlines. In 2007, the 737-809 was fitted with Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets™.