18 September 2019

Happy Birthday US Air Force!

Happy 72nd Birthday to the United States Air Force!

13 September 2019

Cebu Pacific Air's RP-C3271

Cebu Pacific Air is ferrying RP-C3271 (msn 5381) from MNL to LCQ (via GUM, HNL and ONT), as it has been acquired by Allegiant Air, and be registered as N281NV (f/n 281).

RP-C3271 was delivered to Cebu Pacific in November 2012, and it's last revenue flight with the airline was on September 5th.

photo to follow ...

12 September 2019

Big Island Air's N5KR

Big Island Air's Cessna P-337 Skymaster, N5KR (msn P3370335) on the commuter terminal ramp at Kona (PHKO/KOA) on Thursday 09/12/19.

09 September 2019

Air Force Academy Falcons C-17 Alternate Uniforms

The Air Force Academy Falcons football team released images of their alternate uniforms, which honors the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, as part of their Air Power Legacy Series. The uniform is light grey, with "formation lights" markings and black numbers.  The nameplate on the back of the jersey will reflect the tail flashes of nine C-17A units, including the 204th AS / 535th AS that is based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. The helmet for the game is painted in the same grey as the aircraft, complete with squadron designation, "formation lights", and the refueling receptacle markings on the top of the helmet.

Further information and images in this Air Force Academy Football article.

05 September 2019

Oregon State Beavers Team Charter

The Oregon State University Beavers football team is chartering a Hawaiian Airlines A330-243 (HAL705) from PDX, for their road trip to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors.

09.07.19 Update
The return flight, HAL706, will be flown by N361HA.

04 September 2019

American Airlines Flies Final MD-80 Revenue Flight

American Airlines' N984TW (c/n 53634, l/n 2287), an MD-83, made the last MD-80 revenue flight for the airline,  as AAL80 (DFW-ORD). American is retiring the last of the MD-80s in its fleet.

I've only captured two American Airlines MD-83s during trips to the mainland. Pictured on the top is N976TW (c/n 53626, l/n 2279), taken in November 2010 at LAX; and N9413T (c/n 53188, l/n 2119), taken in March 2013 at EWR.

01 September 2019

Shanghai Airlines' B-2876

Our September edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to April 2005, with Shanghai Airlines' 757-26D, B-2876 (c/n 33967, l/n 1050) departing Runway 8L, on its next delivery flight leg to GUM.

B-2876 was withdrawn from service, and stored at VCV in November 2014. Two months later, it was acquired by Boeing Capital as N338BC. Delta Air Lines bought this 757 in April 2015, and re-registered it as N823DX, five months later. It had Blended Winglets installed in early 2016, and entered service in March of that year.

Upcoming 737NG & 737MAX Deliveries

With many of the airlines around Asia and Oceania 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) [map]. This post is continuously updated as new information becomes available.

According to The Boeing Test Flights website, these listed below are the airframes that have begun assembly, or made its first flight from RNT, or are being readied for delivery on the BFI flightline. Additional information also provided by Tyke's Aero Blog, and PlaneSpotters.net's 737 NG Production List and 737 MAX Production List. Those listed below, should make a stopover in Hawai‘i on their first segment out of BFI on their delivery flights in the near future:


» Ferrying to HSN [Zhoushan, China] for completion

737 NG
7352 | B-209G | 63081 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7362 | B-209F | 63079 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7377 | B-209H | 63083 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7417 | B-20A1 | 63087 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7457 | B-209Z | 63085 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7522 | B-20A8 | 63088 | China United Airlines | -89P «

« First Flight: 06.16.19

737 MAX
6250 | HS-LS_ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | MAX 9 (N7379E) «
7260 | B-206D | 60709 | Air Changan | MAX 8 «
7263 | B-206L | 61374 | 9 Air | MAX 8 «
7273 | B-207R | 60712 | Air Changan | MAX 8 «
7318 | B-207Q | 61853 | Lucky Air | MAX 8 «
7323 | B-208H | 61377 | 9 Air | MAX 8 «
7346 | B-208J | 61142 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7351 | B-208E | 63276 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7371 | B-209A | 63284 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7408 | B-209C | 63287 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7415 | B-208F | 63277 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7426 | B-208W | 61636 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7436 | 9V-MBG | 44251 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7440 | B-20A3 | 61637 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7441 | HS-LSJ | 43005 | Thai Lion Air | MAX 9 «
7451 | B-209L | 62182 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7490 | B-20AK | 61639 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7493 | B-209V | 61143 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7496 | B-209T | 63279 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7506 | B-20A6 | 60910 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7508 | B-20A0 | 61448 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7509 | HL8348 | 63436 | Korean Air | MAX 8 «
7511 | B-209S | 63278 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7519 | B-209W | 61144 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7521 | 9V-MBH | 44252 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7524 | B-20A5 | 61854 | Lucky Air | MAX 8 «
7528 | B-20A7 | 60913 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7530 | B-209U | 63289 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7544 | B-20AN | 60914 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7546 | B-20AY | 61644 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7549 | EI-MGL | 43798 | Mongolian Airlines | MAX 8 «
7573 | B-20AH | 61856 | Lucky Air | MAX 8 «
7575 | B-20AG | 61449 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7576 | PK-LQS | 43010 | Lion Air | MAX 8 «
7578 | HL8349 | 63437 | Korean Air | MAX 8 «
7584 | B-20AP | 60915 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7593 | 9V-MBI | 44253 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7595 | B-20C7 | 63281 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7596 | HL8367 | 61802 | Eastarjet | MAX 8 «
7610 | B-20AM | 61283 | Donghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7613 | B-20AU | 63290 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7614 | HL8368 | 43922 | Eastarjet | MAX 8 «
7615 | B-20CG | 61145 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7617 | HL8355 | 62871 | T'Way Airlines | MAX 8 «

« First Flight: 07.__.19

« Pre-Delivery Flight Testing
« Stored (Location [IATA])
° New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings

On the occasion that a delivery flight stops through the Kalaeloa Airport [JRF], or a Neighbor Island airport, or Anchorage, AK [ANC], their IATA airport code will noted after the flight number. However, when the delivery flight goes through ANC, it will only be listed here, and not be listed on the "Deliveries" pages.

Some of the deliveries bound for China will begin ferrying to the 737 Completion and Delivery Center, in Zhoushan, China, will have this » symbol following the flight number.

Due to the amount of orders known, the 737 Order List has been moved to its own tab. When an airframe begins assembly or makes its first flight, the listing will be moved to this post, according to order of the Line Numbers.


28 August 2019

Qantas Ends 747-400 Service To HNL

Qantas Airways' VH-OEI (c/n 32913, l/n 1330) made the final 747-438 service between SYD and HNL today, as the Australian flag carrier winds down its 747-438 operations. A330-300s will be the replacement type for QFA3/4.

26 August 2019

Atlas Air Upgrades To 747-8Fs

For their Qantas Freight wet-lease, Atlas Air is upgrading from its 747-400Fs to 747-8Fs, beginning today. The flights will continue to use HNL as a fuel stop as it flies from the US mainland to Australia.

21 August 2019

Arizona Wildcats Team Charter

The University of Arizona Wildcats football team is chartering a Hawaiian Airlines A330-243 for its Saturday road game against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors. N386HA is making the flight as HAL703.

08.24.19 Update
The team will return to TUS as HAL704 aboard N396HA.

19 August 2019

Mokulele Airlines' N859MA Skids Off JHM Runway

Mokulele Airlines' N859MA (msn 208B2424), skidded off of Kapalua's Runway 2 earlier today. The Cessna C208B Grand Caravan, flying as MHO514, made the runway excursion. None of the nine passengers and two pilots were injured.

15 August 2019

Russian Air Force's RF-85655

Another year, another visit by the Russians. Under the Open Skies treaty, Russia sent it's TU-154M outfitted with observation equipment over military installations in the United States. RF-85655 (c/n 89A798) was observed on tracking sights flying locally over Hickam, Kāne‘ohe Bay, and installations on the west side of the island.

13 August 2019

Hawaiian Airlines To Launch OGG-LAS Service

Beginning December 15th, Hawaiian Airlines will start service between Kahului, Maui and Las Vegas, with four-times weekly A321-271N service.

Also, Hawaiian will start a thrice-weekly A321-271N service between HNL and SEA on January 7, 2020; and seasonal OGG-LAX A321-271N (December 14, 2019-January 5, 2020).

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

09 August 2019

Hawaiian Airlines' Oakland Raiders Logo Jets

Hawaiian Airlines has applied the Oakland Raiders logo to the fuselages on N380HA and N382HA for the 2019 National Football League season, as the airline will provide team charters for team's road games.

Hawaiian Airlines Awarded Another Haneda Flight

The US Department of Transportation awarded Hawaiian Airlines an additional service between HND and HNL today. This new slot will allow Hawaiian to begin A330-200 service in the summer of 2020.

08 August 2019

Air China To Suspend PEK Service

Air China Announced Tuesday that they suspend their thrice-weekly A330-200 PEK-HNL service [CCA837/838] effective from August 27th.

This leaves this route with no direct service, as Hawaiian Airlines suspended its PEK-HNL flights a few months ago.

Further information in this Pacific Business News article.

01 August 2019

Fiji Airways Retires DQ-FJG

After 20 years of service to Fiji Airways/Air Pacific, DQ-JFG (msn 29968, l/n 275) is being retired and will be parted out. It's being ferried from NAN to SFB [Sanford, FL], via HNL and LAX as FJI2002.

JASDF's 74-3503

Making an appearance in Honolulu was one of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's E-767-27CER. 74-3503 (msn 28016, l/n 618). It belongs to the 602nd Airborne Early Warning Squadron out of Hamamatsu Airbase, Shizuoka Japan.

Delta Air Lines' N826MH

Our August edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to July 2005, with Delta Air Lines' 767-432ER, N826MH (c/n 27913, l/n 769, f/n 1802), seen above taxiing to Gate 20 (now Gate E3).

N826MH was delivered to Delta in November 2000 in the Ron Allen livery. It's seen above in the "Flag" livery, which is painted in mid-2004. N826MH was painted in the current livery in mid-2010, and was most recently at HNL this past May flying between MSP and ATL.

26 July 2019

Cebu Pacific's RP-C3270

Cebu Pacific is ferrying one of their A320-214s, RP-C3270 (msn 5320) from MNL to LCQ [Lake City Gateway Airport, FL], via GUM, HNL, and ONT. It's making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

RP-C3270 was delivered to Cebu Pacific in October 2012. From March 2014 to September 2015, it was leased to Tigerair Philippines. It was withdrawn from service four days ago. It's not known who the next operator will be.

photo to follow ...

08.01.19 Update
5320 is going to Allegiant Air, and received the registration N280NV today.

22 July 2019

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009 returned from Australia early this morning. This time, the An-124-100M-150 arrived from ADL, as ADB229F. It will continue onto AZA.

07.24.19 Update
ADB229F departed for AZA today.

21 July 2019

Asia Pacific Airlines' N688SL

Asia Pacific Airlines' third 757-200F is N688SL (c/n 25140, l/n 382) is making its delivery flight from SKF [Kelly Field Annex, San Antonio, TX] under its registration. This 757-230F is also wearing a new livery.

25140 was originally delivered to Condor in July 1991 as D-ABNF. From 1996 to 2002, it wore the "Rizzi Bird" special livery. It spent two years leased to sister-airline Thomas Cook Airlines from 2002 to 2004. In December 2006, it was sold to L'Avion as F-HAVN. In April 2009, it was acquired by Aerolease, and transferred to Open Skies Airlines, and named "Gloria". In November 2018, it was returned to Aerolease, and was converted to a freighter as N752AL. Asia Pacific Airlines purchased this 757 in March 2019.

19 July 2019

FedEx Express' N313FE

FedEx Express' MD-10-30F, N313FE "Bilal" (c/n 48311, l/n 440, f/n 313), is making a fleet substitution on FDX5025 [MEM-HNL] today. It will continue onto LAX as FDX638. It's been quite a while since HNL has had an MD-10 on the south ramp.

N313FE was delivered to FedEx in May 1988, named "Ameyali", as a DC-10-30F. In October 2009, it was reclassified as an MD-10-30.

12 July 2019

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100M-150, UR-82009 (c/n 19530501007), is making a stop at HNL, as it transits between ABQ and BNE as ADB2529.


XA-RWS (msn 14500969), an Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600, owned by Redwings, a Mexican charter company, has made a stop at HNL.

14500969 was originally delivered to Premiair [Indonesia] in September 2006 as PK-RJG. In February 2015, Redwings acquired this Legacy 600 as XA-RWS.

11 July 2019

Air Canada Flight Diverted To HNL

Severe turbulence and over 30 injured passengers and crew on an Air Canada flight from YVR to SYD, that caused it to divert to HNL. ACA33, flown by a 777-233ER, C-FNNH (c/n 35247, l/n 699, f/n 706), encountered turbulence southwest of the Hawaiian Islands, and made the diversion to HNL.

News coverage in this KITV Island News article.

10 July 2019

Philippine Airlines Retires A340 Fleet

Philippine Airlines retired it’s last A340-313X, RP-C3441 (msn 474), today. It’s ferrying from MNL to SFB, via SFO, as PAL5006.

Further information in this CH-Aviation.com article.

08 July 2019

Makani Kai Air To Launch KOA-OGG Service

Beginning August 1st, Makani Kai Air will begin four-times daily roundtrip service between KOA and OGG using their Cessna C208B Grand Caravans. The airline made an announcement this morning.

More information in this Pacific Business News article.

06 July 2019

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 9V-SFP

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 747-412F, 9V-SFP (c/n 32902, l/n 1364), is making a brief fuel stop at HNL this morning. It's flying from SYD as SIA7122, and will continue onto ATL.

02 July 2019

Regent Airways' S2-AHC

Regent Airways [RX/RGE, Bangladesh] is returning S2-AHC (c/n 29360, l/n 1644), a 737-7V3, to it lessor AerCap, as it had been in storage at SXB since April. It arrived from GUM, and will overnight before it continues onto GYR.

29360 was originally delivered to ILFC in January 2005, and leased to Panama's Copa Airlines as HP-1528CMP. In May 2012, it was leased to Mongolia's Eznis Airlines as JU-9921. When it was returned to ILFC as N171LF, it made a stop at HNL. In May 2014, it sold to AerCap, and leased to Regent Airways, and flew until April 2019.

07.04.19 Update
S2-AHC returned to HNL after its departure due to a technical issue.

07.13.19 Update
S2-AHC departed for GYR.

01 July 2019

Lucky Air's B-6221

Lucky Air is ferrying a second A319-112 from HAK to GYR (via GUM and HNL) in six days, with B-6221 (msn 2746). It's making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

B-6221 was originally delivered in April 2006 to Hainan Airlines. In June 2007, it was transferred to Deer Air. In May 2010, it was transferred to Capital Airlines. In November 2011, it was transferred to Lucky Air.

Island Air's N810WP

Our July edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to 2005, and Island Air's Dash8-103, N810WP (msn 363), pictured on their ramp.

363 was originally delivered to Mesaba Airlines [XJ/MES, USA] in July 1993 as N864MA, and operated for Northwest Airlink. In June 1998, it was sold to Southern Winds [A4/SWD, Argentina] as LV-YTA "Pablo G Diamante". Bombardier acquired this Dash8-102 in 2003, and converted to a Dash8-103 in January 2005. It was delivered to Island Air later that month as N810WP, and flew with the inter-island carrier for three years. It was then sold to United Airways [4H/ UBD, Bangladesh] as S2-AES in March 2008, where it currently flies.

29 June 2019

Fuerza Aérea de Chile's FAC985

Making a brief stop in Honolulu this morning was Chile's President Sebastian Pinera in their sole 767-3Y0ER after attending the G20 Summit that was held in Osaka, Japan.

FAC985 (c/n 26205, l/n 474) was originally delivered to Aeroflot in September 1994 as EI-CKD, leased from GPA. In February 2000, it was sold to GECAS, and went on to fly for Trans World Airlines (f/n 16108), and American Airlines after the merger as N638TW. In November 2003, EuroAtlantic Airways leased the airframe and was registered as CS-TLQ "Don Bosco". While operating with EuroAtlantic, it was subleased out to Southern Winds (LV-AIX) in 2004-2005, and Air India for a short period in 2007. Its current operator acquired it in August 2008.

26 June 2019

Air Tahiti Nui's F-OSUN

Air Tahiti Nui is retiring F-OSUN "Moorea" (msn 446) as it ferries from PPT to VCV, via HNL. This A340-313, which was delivered to Air Tahiti Nui in December 2002, is the first of their three A340s to be retired, as the airline replaces the fleet with 787-9s.

25 June 2019

Lucky Air's B-6198

Lucky Air is ferrying B-6198 (msn 2617) from HAK to GYR, via GUM and HNL. This A319-112 is making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

B-6198 was originally delivered in November 2005 to Hainan Airlines. In June 2007, it was transferred to Deer Air (Hainan Air Group). In May 2010, it was transferred to another HNA Group subsidiary, Capital Airlines. A year later, it was transferred to Lucky Air, and flew until last week.

21 June 2019

N256TA Crashes At HDH

N256TA (msn LJ-256), a Beech 65-A90 King Air skydive aircraft, owned by Oahu Parachute Center, crashed shortly after takeoff at HDH [Dillingham Airfield, Mokulē‘ia, Oahu] this evening. There were reports that nine were aboard, and no one survived the crash. N256TA was being used by Oahu Parachute Club, but the aircraft was registered to N80896 LLC [Granite Bay, CA].

Continuing coverage on KHON.

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the families of those who perished.

Update 06.22.19
HDOT announced there were 11 should that perished aboard N256TA.

Wing Spirit Receives Two HondaJets

Wing Spirit, Inc., a new aviation service based at HNL, is receiving two Honda HA-420 HondaJets, N191WS (msn 42000155) and N192WS (msn 42000156). They are making its delivery flights from Wajima, Japan [NTQ], by way of OKA, GUM, TKK, INU, VLI, PPG, and CXI.

More information in this AIN Online article.

20 June 2019

China Eastern Airlines' B-20AD

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-20AD (c/n 63091, l/n 7582) this afternoon. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES900a, and will overnight at HNL.

19 June 2019

Frontier Hints At Hawai‘i Service

When Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced their order of 18 A321XLRs today, CEO Barry Biffle hinted at possible domestic and international expansion. One specific location mentioned was Hawai‘i. With the 4,700nm range of the A321XLR, Denver is certainly in range to reach any of Hawaii's airports, though delivery is not expected until 2024. Their current A320neo also has the range to reach, but it's not known whether they are ETOPS-certified.

More information in this Frontier Airlines press release.

18 June 2019

All Nippon Airways' JA382A

All Nippon Airways' second A380-841, JA382A "Kai" (msn 263), painted in the green honu livery, is making its first flight to HNL from NRT this morning. Flying the ANA184/183 route, this second super jumbo is working in the rotation with sister-ship JA381A.

17 June 2019

Capital Airlines' B-6222

Capital Airlines is ferrying B-6222 (msn 2733) from HAK to GYR (via GUM and HNL). This A319-112 is making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

B-6222 was originally delivered to Hainan Airlines in April 2006. It was transferred to HNA Group sister-airline Deer Air in 2008. It was transferred to Capital Airlines in May 2010.

14 June 2019


N933NZ (c/n 23383, l/n 1425), a 737-3B7F, most recently with Toll Airwork [New Zealand], is ferrying by Jet Test, from ASP [Alice Springs, Australia] to TOL (via BNE, HIP, MAJ, JRF, MCC, and YIP) as JTN9128. It's due to join the InterJet West fleet.

This 737-3B7F was delivered in April 2007, registered as ZK-TLA, and was stored at ASP in December 2018.

12 June 2019

Capital Airlines' B-6199

Capital Airlines is ferrying one of their A319-112s, B-6199 (msn 2644), from HAK to GYR (via GUM and HNL), and is making an overnight stop at HNL.

B-6199 was originally delivered to Hainan Airlines in December 2005. It was transferred to Deer Air in June 2007. The Hainan Air Group transferred it to Capital Airlines in April 2010.

777 25

The Boeing 777 celebrates its silver anniversary of its first flight today.

Since its production, both the 777-200, and 777-300 have served HNL, OGG and KOA.

Hawaiian Airlines Purchases 787 Simulator

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that they are purchasing a CAE 787-9 full flight simulator to install in their Koapaka Street simulator facility. It will be their third aircraft type to be installed, along with their A330 and A321neo CAE simulators. Hawaiian will be taking delivery of ten 787-9s beginning in 2021.

More information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

10 June 2019

Boeing Ends 737NG Production

Boeing Commercial is ending production of the 737 Next Generation line after KLM's PH-BCL (l/n 7542) rolls off the assembly line. Numerically, Skymark Airlines' JA73AC (l/n 7597) is the final 737 NG to be built. We are hoping that JA73AC makes its delivery flight through HNL, but it's highly unlikely, as most summer Japan-bound deliveries go through ANC.

There are still six China United Airlines 737-89Ps and a China Eastern Airlines 737-89P awaiting delivery at BFI, that should stop through HNL.

The only Next Generation-based airframes that will continue production, is the P-8A Poseidon for the US Navy, and other international military forces.

09 June 2019


N762AS (c/n 25099, l/n 2334), a former Alaska Airlines 737-490F, is making a ferry flight from TPA [Tampa, FL] across the Pacific, with stops at SBD, SJC, and JRF. It's making an overnight stop at JRF, and due in Malaysia to carry mail for the Malaysian Post Service.

N762AS (f/n 762) was delivered to Alaska Airlines in July 1992. In April 2007, it was converted to a Combi model, with 72 coach seats in the aft portion, and palletized cargo in the forward section. It was acquired by the Avmax Group [Canada], and converted to a full freighter.

06.12.19 Update
N762AS's departure from JRF is being delayed due to a maintenance issue.

06 June 2019

Asia Pacific Airlines' N752AL

Asia Pacific Airlines is adding their third 757-200F, with N752AL (c/n 25140, l/n 382). This 757-230F is underwent freighter conversion at VQQ [Jacksonville, FL]. It's now at FTW for painting.

25140 was originally delivered to Condor in July 1991 as D-ABNF. From 1996 to early 2002, it wore the "Rizzi Bird" special livery. In July 2002, it was leased to Thomas Cook Airlines, and returned in May 2004. In December 2006, it was sold to GOAL, then leased to L'Avion (Elysair) [France] as F-HAVN. In April 2009, it was leased to Open Skies, and sold to Aerolease, where it flew until January 2019. Asia Pacific Airlines bought 25140 in March 2019, and had it converted to a freighter in January.

Weststar Aviation's N800AK

N800AK (c/n 20045, l/n 596), a 727-23 most recently with Weststar Aviation Services [Malaysia], is ferrying from SZB [Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] to TOL [Toledo, OH], via SPN, JRF, and MCC [McClellan Airbase, Sacramento, CA]. It's being ferried by Jet Test as JTN9127, and making an overnight stop at JRF this evening. This 727 is now owned by Aircraft Guaranty Corp Trustee [Onalaska, TX], and due to be parted out and scrapped.

20045 was originally delivered to American Airlines in July 1968 as N2913. In December 1980, it was sold to Parker Drilling as N2913. In April 1987, it was sold to Moorgate Inc. Westfield Aviation purchased this 727 in October 1988 as N727WF. During its time with Westfield, it was re-engined with Rolls-Royce Tays, and winglets installed. In July 1999, it was sold to Bombardier Capital, and leased back to Westfield. In September 2003, it was leased to Peninsula Aviation LLC as N800AK. It was also sold to the Bank of Utah (August 2012), then Aircraft Guaranty Corp (June 2013). It was leased to Weststar in May 2014, and re-painted to match Weststar's other 727-23, VP-BDJ.

01 June 2019

Air Marshall Islands' N799AL

Our June edition of "HNL Rarebirds Classic" goes to back 1994, and Air Marshall Islands' DC-8-62CF, N799AL (c/n 45922, l/n 335), as it rested between segments on HNL's South Ramp.

45922 was originally delivered to SAS Scandinavian Airlines in February 1968 as OY-KTE "Skjold Viking". During its time with SAS, it leased to a number of airlines (with the same registry): Scanair "Turid Viking" [DK/VKG] (October 1979 - January 1983); Arista International Airlines (AIA) "Maro" [RY/---] (January 1983 - November 1983); Northeastern International Airways [--/---] (December 1983 - September 1984); and Thai Airways International [TG/THA] (October 1984), and was re-registered as HS-TGQ. The Royal Thai Air Force was the next owner as it was registered as 60-112, in September 1985. International Air Leases (IAL) acquired 45922 in 1989 registered it as N799AL, and leased it to Arrow Air [JW/APW] in September, then to Hawaiian Air in December. In September 1991, Air Marshall Islands [CW/MRS] was the next lessee, with crews from Hawaiian (September 1991 - August 1992) and Arrow until October 1996. Zantop International Airlines [--/ZAN] was the next lessee from October 1996 - August 1997. ATI was the next and last lessee from July 1998, until May 2013. Cargo Air Management, ATI's parent company, was the last owner of N799AL.

Renown Seattle-based Aviation Photographer Joe Walker sent this above photo of 60-112 when it visited SEA in 1986.

N799AL is currently a museum piece at the Naval Air Museum at Barbers Point. While with ATI, this DC-8 flew the Wake Island -  Hickam AFB - Travis AFB run for many years until ATI replaced with 757-200Cs.

29 May 2019

Airbus At 50 Years

Airbus Industrie is celebrating 50 years of aircraft development!

In its early years, Airbus aircraft did not make many appearances at HNL, until the early 1980s with Wardair Canada, when they used their A310s for service from the Canadian west coast. The A310s continued with other now-defunct Canadian carriers, Royal Air, and Canada 3000. There has not been regular scheduled service with the A300; though there have been several ferry flights that have transited through.

Philippine Airlines and China Airlines had A340-300 service from MNL and TPE (sometimes via NRT) respectively. Philippine Airlines has since converted to the A330-300. China Airlines converted to the A330-300, but has since upgraded to the A350-900.

The A330 series has become quite common at HNL, with Hawaiian Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, AirAsia X, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China all serving HNL with the wide-body twin. Qantas Airways and JetStar Airlines had A330 service, but has since converted to Boeing airliners (747-400 and 787-8) for their service to HNL from Australia. Qantas will return to A330-300 service in August.

As far as the A320 series goes, Virgin America was the first to introduce A320ceo ETOPS service between California and HNL in 2015 The airline converted to the A321neo during certain travel periods. Since their merger with Alaska Airlines, service has been converted to the 737NG. Currently, American Airlines uses the A321ceo for its LAX service. Hawaiian Airlines uses the A321neo for  certain routes on their west coast service.

The only A320 series delivery flights to stop through HNL were for Air New Zealand and Freedom Air in mid-2000s. HNL does see ferry flights by Allegiant Air, as they purchase A319s and A320s from Cebu Pacific. Lanmei Airlines has ferried A319s and A320s through from the mainland to Kampuchea. There have also been ACJ flights that have transited through HNL.

All Nippon Airways is the only airline that has scheduled A380 service between NRT and HNL. Prior to ANA's service, there have been several Qantas A380 diversions to HNL for medical and technical reasons.

One of the original CS300 (now, the A220-300) testbeds, C-FFDO, has been here a few times stopping between Canada and Asia. With Airbus taking over the Bombardier CS Series, and renaming it the A220, it has been the subject to the Hawaiian 717-200 replacement speculation.

On the military side, the Royal Canadian Air Force's CC-150 Polaris (A310) transports frequently stop through. The Royal Australian Air Force will transit their KC-330s through Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The Armeé de l'Air will transit A400Ms and A340s through HNL as they go to and from French Polynesia.

Further details on the Airbus celebration in this press release.