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.