04 December 2020

Interjet's VP-BJN

VP-BJN (msn 7348), a former Interjet A321-211, is ferrying from VCV to SIN, via HNL and GUM. This A321 is owned by the BOC Aviation, and the third of three leased to Interjet ferried to SIN.

7348 was delivered to Interjet in October 2016 as XA-AJB, leased from BOC Aviation. It flew with Interjet until the end of March, and stored at VCV in April, due to the downturn in air travel from the China Corona Virus.

01 December 2020

All Nippon Airways' JA8174

Our December edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features All Nippon Airways' 747-281B, JA8174 (c/n 23501, l/n 648), departing Runway 8R as it returns to NRT.

23501 was originally delivered to ANA in June 1986, and flew with the airline until 2005. From August 1989 to March 1990, ANA operated it for Australian Airlines.  In November 2005, it was bought by Air Universal as AP-BIC, and leased to Pakistan International Airlines in December 2006 for an unknown duration. In March 2008, it was acquired by Hellenic Imperial Airways as SX-TIC, and flew with the airline until 2016. After it was withdrawn from service, it was flown to KHI [Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, Pakistan], where it currently sits in storage.

21 November 2020

Tigerair Australia's VH-VNO

Tigerair Australia is returning VH-VNO (msn 4053) to GECAS. This A320-232 is ferrying from MEL to SBD, via PPG and HNL.

4053 was originally delivered to Tiger Airways [Singapore] in October 2009 as 9V-TAL, under lease from GECAS. In March 2010, it was transferred to Tiger Airways Australia as VH-VNO. In July 2013, the airline rebranded as Tigerair Australia. VH-VNO was sold to Avolon, and the lease continued with Tigerair Australia. Due the China Corona Virus pandemic, it was withdrawn from service, and stored at MEL.

Conair's C-GVFK

Conair's C-GVFK (s/n E2268, l/n 391) is making it's annual trip South for the Australian Summer Fire season.

19 November 2020

Southwest Airlines Announces Long Beach Service

As part of an announcement of new routes, Southwest Airlines will add service between LGB [Long Beach, CA] and HNL, that will start on March 11, 2021. The airline was awarded more slots at LGB after jetBlue Airlines surrendered all of their slots. This new service will compete against the two flights that Hawaiian Airlines has out of LGB.

Further details in this Southwest Airlines press release.

18 November 2020

Allegiant Airlines' N286NV

Allegiant Airlines is taking delivery of its next A320-214, N286NV (msn 4447, f/n 286). It's making its delivery flight from HKG to BQN [Aguadilla, PR], via GUM, MAJ, HNL, and TUS. It's making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

4447 was originally delivered to Cebu Pacific in October 2010 as RP-C3260. In 2016, it was painted into the current livery, and flew with CEB until May 2020, then stored at CAN from July to October, when it was flown to HKG to repaint into the Allegiant livery.

FAA Clears The 737 MAX To Fly

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration cleared the way for airlines to resume 737 MAX 8, MAX 9, and MAX 10 service. All US carriers must update their flight crew and maintenance trainings before the airliners return to service. Many delivered and undelivered 737 MAXs have been in storage for the past 18 months following the two fatal accidents. In the US, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines currently have MAX variants. Alaska Airlines has MAX9s on order.

The European Union and Canadian aviation safety agencies are next up to re-certify the 737 MAX.

Boeing will also remove the MAX name from the 737, and each variant will be known as the 737-7, 737-8, 737-9, and 737-10.

Further information in this FAA news release, Boeing Mediaroom release, and Airways Magazine report.

Antonov Airlines' UR-82029

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100, UR-82029 (c/n 19530502630, l/n 02-10), is making a stop tonight at HNL from NTL [Newcastle, Australia] via BNE as ADB3581. It will continue onto YMX.

16 November 2020

Korean Air To Acquire Asiana Airlines

In a move to bolster South Korean commercial air travel, Korean Air announced today that they acquiring rival Asiana Airlines for over $1.6B USD. This merger would put the new Korean Air in the top ten in terms of airline size. The move by Korean Air's parent company Hanjin KAL, was partially due to the effects of the China Corona Virus pandemic on the airline industry as a whole. Prior to the pandemic, Asiana was experiencing financial troubles, and the current state of affairs made their situation much worse. This move should ensure the survivability of the South Korean airline industry, especially when it comes to international routes. The combined fleet will be over 250 aircraft with many common types.

Further details in this SamChui.com article.

15 November 2020

Qantas 100


Qantas Airways celebrates its 100th anniversary today. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was lit up in white and red LEDs as their 100th anniversary-liveried 787-9, VH-ZNJ (c/n 66074, l/n 929), made a pass above the bridge.

Video footage from SamChui.com.

Qantas has been a mainstay at HNL for decades from SYD.

Hawaiian Airlines To Keep 717-200s

Hawaiian Airlines plans to keep the 717-200 as the backbone of its inter-island fleet until at least mid-decade, or into the latter part of the decade. In an article at SimpleFlying.com, the airline said the 717 is the best airliner for the operation, and with the current environment, the airline has not begun to look for a replacement.

Starlux Airlines Proposes A TPE-HNL Route

Illustration of Starlux Airlines Airbus A350-1000
Starlux Airlines, Taiwan's newest airline, was granted new international routes with A350-900s and A350-1000s possibly beginning in 2022. One of the routes announced was Honolulu. Service would be with A350-900s, and would be competing with China Airlines' A350-900s.

Further information in this CH-Aviation.com article.

14 November 2020

Northern Air Cargo's N379CX

Northern Air Cargo is ETOPS testing one of its 767-300ERFs, N379CX (c/n 25199, l/n 433) from MIA as NAC9001/9002.

India Navy's N490DS

The Indian Navy is taking delivery of their eighth P-8I (737-8F.V), N490DS (c/n 64890, l/n 7757). It's making its delivery flight from BFI to India as BOE231, and is making an overnight stop at HNL

Interjet's VP-BJT

VP-BJT (msn 7358), a former Interjet A321-211 leased from BOC is ferrying from VCV to SIN, via HNL and GUM, similar to sister-ship VP-BJK. It delivered to Interjet in October 2016 as XA-GEO, and was returned to BOC in March 2020.

11 November 2020

Hau‘oli Lā Hānau Hawaiian Airlines!

Hawaiian Airlines celebrates its 91st anniversary of its first flight today.

06 November 2020

Hawaiian Flies New Mexico Team Charter

Hawaiian Airlines is flying the team charter for the University of New Mexico Lobos football team for their game on Saturday, in Honolulu against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors. N393HA "Lehuakona" (msn 1422, f/n 393) is making the trip from LAS to HNL, and the A330-243 is flying as HAL767, due arrive this evening. The team will return to LAS following the game, late Saturday night as HAL768.

Due to a surge of COVID cases in Albuquerque, NM, the Lobos have relocated to Las Vegas to practice, and play home games at the Sam Boyd Silverbowl for this season.


11.08.20 UPDATE
N393HA made the return trip to LAS.

02 November 2020

Mitsubishi Suspends SpaceJet Program

CH-Aviation.com reports that the Mitsubishi SpaceJet (formerly the MRJ) program will be suspended until mid-decade partially due to the China Corona Virus pandemic and the certification process. Mitsubishi hopes to restart program in 2024.

01 November 2020

Upcoming 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:

DELIVERED


» Ferrying to HSN [Zhoushan, China] for completion


737 NG
All 737 Next Generation deliveries completed.


737 MAX
6250 | HS-LSJ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -9 (N7379E) «
7260 | B-206D | 60709 | Air Changan | -8 « PAE
7263 | B-206L | 61374 | 9 Air | -8 « PAE
7273 | B-207R | 60712 | Air Changan | -8 « PAE
7318 | B-207Q | 61853 | Lucky Air | -8 « MWH
7323 | B-208H | 61377 | 9 Air | -8 « BFI
7346 | B-208J | 61142 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7351 | B-208E | 63276 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7371 | B-209A | 63284 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7408 | B-209C | 63287 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7415 | B-208F | 63277 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7426 | B-208W | 61636 | Shanghai Airlines | -8 «
7436 | 9V-MBG | 44251 | SilkAir | -8 «
7440 | B-20A3 | 61637 | Shanghai Airlines | -8 «
7441 | HS-LSJ | 43005 | Thai Lion Air | -9 «
7451 | B-209L | 62182 | Hainan Airlines | -8 «
7490 | B-20AK | 61639 | Shanghai Airlines | -8 «
7493 | B-209V | 61143 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7496 | B-209T | 63279 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7506 | B-20A6 | 60910 | Air China | -8 «
7508 | B-20A0 | 61448 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7509 | HL8348 | 63436 | Korean Air | -8 «
7511 | B-209S | 63278 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7519 | B-209W | 61144 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7521 | 9V-MBH | 44252 | SilkAir | -8 «
7524 | B-20A5 | 61854 | Lucky Air | -8 «
7528 | B-20A7 | 60913 | Air China | -8 «
7530 | B-209U | 63289 | China Southern Airlines |  -8 «
7544 | B-20AN | 60914 | Air China | -8 «
7546 | B-20AY | 61644 | Shanghai Airlines | -8 «
7549 | EI-MGL | 43798 | Mongolian Airlines | -8 «
7573 | B-20AH | 61856 | Lucky Air | -8 «
7575 | B-20AG | 61449 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7576 | PK-LQS | 43010 | Lion Air | -8 «
7578 | HL8349 | 63437 | Korean Air | -8 «
7584 | B-20AP | 60915 | Air China | -8 «
7593 | 9V-MBI | 44253 | SilkAir | -8 «
7595 | B-20C7 | 63281 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7596 | HL8367 | 61802 | Eastarjet | -8 «
7610 | B-20AM | 61283 | Donghai Airlines | -8 «
7613 | B-20AU | 63290 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7614 | HL8368 | 43922 | Eastarjet | -8 «
7615 | B-20CG | 61145 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7617 | HL8355 | 62871 | T'Way Airlines | -8 «
7619 | B-20AQ | 42961 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7622 | HL8350 | 63438 | Korean Air | -8 «
7624 | B-____ | 61712 | Kunming Airlines | -8 «
7625 | B-20AR | 61451 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7630 | B-20CH | 61146 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7631 | B-20C0 | 60916 | Air China | -8 «
7632 | 9V-MBJ | 44254 | SilkAir | -8 «
7638 | B-20AS | 43832 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7645 | B-20CC | 61645 | Shanghai Airlines | -8 «
7646 | B-20AT | 63280 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7647 | B-20C1 | 60917 | Air China | -8 «
7651 | B-20AX | 61450 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7655 | PK-L__ | 43012 | Lion Air | -8 «
7659 | B-____ | 61409 | Okay Airways | -8 «
7660 | B-____ | 64707 | Hainan Airlines |  -8 «
7665 | HL8370 | 43924 | EastarJet | -8 «
7666 | B-20CA | 65256 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7668 | DQ-FAE | 64309 | Fiji Airways | -8 «
7671 | B-20CE | 60918 | Air China | -8 «
7676 | B-____ | 61147 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7677 | B-20D3 | 63286 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7685 | B-20C2 | 61284 | Donghai Airlines | -8 «
7687 | B-20C3 | 61452 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7688 | 9V-MBK | 44255 | SilkAir | -8 «
7690 | B-20CQ | 64677 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7691 | B-20C9 | 63283 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7692 | B-____ | 62535 | Hainan Airlines | -8 «
7693 | HL8356 | 62875 | T'way Airlines | -8 «
7697 | B-20CR | 64678 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7700 | HL8369 | 43923 | Eastar Jet | -8 «
7703 | B-20C8 | 63282 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7704 | PK-L__ | 43014 | Lion Air | -8 «
7706 | B-20CM | 43834 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7708 | B-____ | 61647 | China Eastern Airlines | -8 «
7714 | B-20D2 | 60920 | Air China | -8 «
7715 | B-20D6 | 65258 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7720 | B-20CF | 61454 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7721 | 9M-LRG | 43016 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8 «
7723 | B-20DL | 61148 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7726 | DQ-FAF | 64310 | Fiji Airways | -8 «
7727 | HL8357 | 43563 | T'Way Airlines | -8 «
7734 | B-____ | 61861 | Hainan Airlines | -8 «
7735 | B-____ | 65052 | Kunming Airlines | -8 «
7736 | 9V-MBL | 44256 | SilkAir | -8 «
7738 | B-20D5 | 63288 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7741 | B-20CZ | 61453 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7750 | B-20CL | 43836 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7751 | B-____ | 65251 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7754 | B-20CS | 63285 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7760 | B-20CN | 43835 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7761 | B-20DH | 60922 | Air China | -8 «>
7764 | B-____ | 65275 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7768 | B-____ | 61286 | Donghai Airlines | -8 «
7774 | B-20D9 | 61650 | Shanghai Airlines | -8 «
7775 | B-20D0 | 61455 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7778 | 9M-LRH | 43017 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8 «
7779 | B-____ | 44309 | Urumqi Air | -8 «
7782 | B-20CP | 43837 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7784 | B-____ | 65253 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7792 | B-____ | 64708 | Fuzhou Airlines | -8 «
7794 | 9M-LRJ | 43018 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8 «
7798 | B-20DP | 61157 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7800 | B-____ | 61411 | Okay Airways | -8 «
7801 | B-____ | 65053 | Kunming Airlines | -8 «
7805 | B-____ | 44310 | Urumqi Air | -8 «
7806 | B-____ | 61863 | Hainan Airlines | -8 «
7809 | B-20DN | 61150 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7813 | B-20DJ | 60923 | Air China | -8 «
7815 | 9V-MBM | 44257 | SilkAir | -8 «
7817 | B-20DU | 42963 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7826 | B-____ | 61652 | China Eastern Airlines | -8 «
7828 | B-____ | 65259 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7829 | HL8352 | 63440 | Korean Air | -8 «
7831 | B-20DV | 42964 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7838 | B-20DR | 60925 | Air China | -8 «
7840 | 9V-MBN | 44258 | Singapore Airlines |-8 «
7841 | B-____ | 44348 | Urumqi Air | -8 «
7846 | ______ | 43310 | Mongolian Airlines | -8 «
7848 | B-20DW | 42962 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7856 | B-____ | 61151 | Shenzhen Airlines | -8 «
7858 | B-____ | 64709 | Fuzhou Airlines | -8 «
7859 | VN-A___ | _____ | VietJet Air | -8 200 «
7860 | B-____ | 43838 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7865 | B-20DQ | 60924 | Air China | -8 «
7867 | B-20E1 | 64679 | Xiamen Air | -8 «
7875 | B-____ | 65250 | China Southern Airlines | -8 «
7876 | PK-___ | _____ | Sriwijaya Air | -9 «
7878 | B-20E2 | 61456 | Shandong Airlines | -8 «
7881 | DQ-FAH | 64311 | FIji Airways | -8 «
7887 | B-____ | _____ | China Southern Airlines | -8 «

« First Flight: 01.__.20

« 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.

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Delta Air Lines' N837MH

Our November edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back December 2005 with Delta Air Lines' 767-432ER, N837MH (c/n 29710, l/n 820, f/n 1813), wearing the "Colors In Motion" livery, departing Runway 22L.

N837MH was delivered to Delta in December 2000, and continues to fly for the airline. In spring 2010, it was painted to the current livery.

30 October 2020

Interjet's VP-BJK

VP-BJK (msn 7311), a former Interjet A321-211, is ferrying from VCV to SIN, via HNL, and GUM. It's making an overnight stop at HNL. The former XA-JPB, is an A321 is owned by BOC, and was leased to Interjet in autumn 2016, and returned in March 2020.

28 October 2020

Alliance Airlines' N922QQ

Alliance Airlines is taking delivery of their first Embraer ERJ-190AR, N922QQ (msn 19000222). It's making its delivery flight from SJO to BNE, via SDM, HNL and TRW [Bonriki International Airport, Tarawa, Kiribati]. It will be registered as VH-UYZ after arrival at BNE.

19000222 was originally delivered to Copa Airlines in November 2008 as HP-1569CMP, and flew with Copa until March 2020. Seven months later, it was acquired by TVPX Solutions as N922QQ.

27 October 2020

Hawaiian Airlines To Push Back 787-9 Deliveries

Hawaiian Airlines announced in their third quarter financial report that they will push back the deliveries of their 787-9 order with the first aircraft to now be delivered in September 2022. The ten ordered will deliver through 2026.

26 October 2020

‘Ohana To Continue EAS Service

According to a Hawaii News Now report, Hawaiian Airlines will extend ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger and cargo service between HNL and MKK, and HNL and LNY as part of Essential Air Service requirements by the USDOT into mid-January 2021. Service beyond mid-January will be decided later.

N413JG Mainland Charters

TransAir's 737-2Q8/Adv, N413JG (c/n 23148, l/n 1059), has ferried to ADM [Ardmore, OK], via SBD, for charter flight work around the mainland.

15 October 2020

N902NZ

Airwork NZ is taking delivery of a 737-4D7F, N902NZ (c/n 28702, l/n 2978). It's flying from MIA to AKL, via MCC, HNL and PPG as JTN250.

28702 was originally delivered to Thai Airways International in January 1998 as HS-TDL "Srikarn", and flew with Thai until August 2008. Less than a year later, in June 2009, it was acquired by Tatarstan Air as VQ-BDB, and flew until November 2013, where it was stored at SAW. In June 2014, it was bought by Blue Air as YR-BAQ, and flew until October 2018. A month later it was acquired by Airwork NZ, and stored at ROW as it awaited freighter conversion, which began this past February at MIA.

09 October 2020

‘Ohana by Hawaiian To Suspend Operations

Hawaiian Airlines announced that it would suspend operations of its ‘Ohana by Hawaiian passenger and cargo services on November 1, 2020. Citing decreased demand due to the China Corona Virus pandemic, and the state's quarantine restrictions, the airline was forced to suspend operations of it subsidiary until significant demand for inter-island travel to MKK and LNY picks up.

Further information is in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

05 October 2020

Asia Pacific Airlines To Add Its Fourth 757-200F

Asia Pacific Airlines has acquired its fourth 757-200F, N754CS (c/n 24845, l/n 300). This 757-260PF is currently at MIA, being prepped for delivery. It will be the airline's first pure 757-200 freighter, as their current three were pax-to-cargo conversions. It's scheduled to be delivered in late November, and not known if the registration will be changed when the acquisition is complete.

24845 was originally delivered to Ethiopian Airlines Cargo in August 1990 as ET-AJS. In October 2006, it was painted in the airline's current livery. It was withdrawn from service in June 2018, and stored at ADD [Bole International Airport, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia]. In November 2018, it was ferried to MIA, and a month later, sold to CSDS Aircraft Sales and Leasing.

02 October 2020

Thai Airway's HS-TKQ


 A Boeing 777-3ALER of Thai Airways made a brief stop to Hickam on it's way to Alexandria, IL operating as a military charter from Bangkok. HS-TKQ (s/n 41526, l/n 1129) made the return trip on Saturday, stopping for fuel in HIK.

OE-IAS

OE-IAS (msn 3357), an A320-232 owned by Avolon, is making a ferry flight from CGK to TUS, via GUM and HNL. It made an overnight stop at HNL last night.

3357 was originally delivered to IndiGo in January 2008 as VT-INP, leased from Allco Aviation. In January 2011 was sold to HKAC, and its lease transferred. In January 2016, it was sold to Avolon. VT-INP flew with IndiGo until November 2019, when it was withdrawn from service, and stored at CGK.

01 October 2020

Shenzhen Airlines' B-5105

Our October edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features Shenzhen Airlines' 737-97L, B-5105 (c/n 33646, l/n 1764), seen above departing Runway 8R on its delivery flight in August 2005, in the original livery.

B-5105 was originally delivered in August 2005. In late 2008, it repainted in to the current livery. In October 2017, it was sold to Xiamen Leasing, and leased back. B-5105 continues to fly with Shenzhen.

30 September 2020

Sun Country Military Charters

Sun Country Airlines 737-800s have been flying between NGF [Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i, Kāne‘ohe Bay] and KOA to transport US Marines on a training exercise at the Pohakuloa Range.

29 September 2020

Allegiant Air's RP-C3238

Allegiant Air is taking delivery of RP-C3238 (msn 5067), as it transits from CGK to SFB. This A320-214 was acquired from Cebu Pacific Air. It will be registered as N285NV at SFB.

RP-C3238 was delivered to Cebu Pacific Air in March 2012, leased from RBC. Three months later, it was sold to SMBC, and flew with Cebu Pacific until this past February, where it was stored at CGK.

OE-IAI

OE-IAI (msn 1356), a former Asiana Airlines A321-131, is ferrying from ICN (via CRK, GUM, and HNL) to SBD. It's on a lease return flight to lessor Avalon, and making an overnight stop at HNL. It will leave for SBD later today.

1356 was originally delivered to Asiana Airlines in November 2000 as HL7594, under lease from CIT. In April 2017, it was sold to Avolon, and the lease transferred. It flew with Asiana until May 2020.

OE-IAI departed HNL this afternoon, but returned after a mechanical issue.


10.20.20 UPDATE
OE-IAI departed HNL this morning for SJC.

10.21.20 UPDATE
OE-IAI departed SJC for HDO [South Texas Regional Airport, Hondo, TX].

25 September 2020

Armée de L'Air's F-RBAQ

The Armée de L'Air's (French Air Force) F-RBAQ (msn 102) is making an overnight stop at HNL from TUS as CTM1542. This A400M-180  flight originated from ORE [Bricy Airport, Orleans, France], and is headed to PPT. It also made stops at YYT [St. John's International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada], and TUS [Tucson, AZ].

22 September 2020

Mokulele Airlines Acquires N2150

Mokulele Airlines' parent company, Southern Airways, has acquired N2150 (msn 208B5054) from Big Island Air. This colorful C208B Grand Caravan has the Mokulele flower logo placed on the nose section where the BIA logo once was, and subdued Mokulele titles on the fuselage. There's also a "Operated by Southern Airways Express" decal by the right passenger entry door.

It's also been reported that Mokulele is now flying under the Southern Airways Express Operating Certificate. Mokulele has already been using its parent company's 9X/FDY flight code.

Conair's C-GVFT

Conair is ferrying C-GVFT (msn E2253) from its base at Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada [YXX] to Australia for its summer firefighting season. This RJ85 arrived from OAK yesterday afternoon. It will continue onto MAJ, HIR, BNE, and DBO [Dubbo City Airport, Dubbo, Australia].

17 September 2020

Fiji Airways Retires DQ-FJF

Fiji Airways has retired its lone 737-7X2, DQ-FJF "Island of Koro" (c/n 28878, l/n 96). This 737 was quite the frequent visitor to HNL as Fiji Airways (and previously Air Pacific) used it on the NAN-CXI-HNL, and the NAN-APW-HNL routes. It's making its retirement / lease return flight from NAN to MME [Teeside International Airport, Darlington, UK], via HNL, LAX, and BGR as FJI2002. Fiji Airways had a retirement event that they posted on their Instagram page.

DQ-FJF was delivered to Air Pacific in September 1998, named "Island of Koro". It remained in the fleet when the airline was rebranded as Fiji Airways. In September 2017, FJF was sold to Willis Lease, and leased back. It was withdrawn from service earlier this month.

15 September 2020

Glenorchy Air's N879UT

Glenorchy Air [New Zealand] is taking delivery of N879UT (msn 208B5563). This Cessna C208B Grand Caravan is making its delivery flight from ICT [Eisenhower Airport, Wichita, KS] to ZQN [Southern Alps, Queenstown, New Zealand], via SOW [Show Low, AZ], MCE [Merced Municipal Airport, Merced, CA], HNL, PPG, and AKL. This is the airline's first Grand Caravan, and will be registered as ZK-MMZ in New Zealand.

Virgin Australia Returns Five 737-8FEs

Virgin Australia is returning five of their 737-8FEs to AerCap. Combined with the airline's financial issues, with the China Corona Virus pandemic, they are in the process of thinning out the fleet as they reorganize, and in the process of new ownership.  CH-Aviation reports that Bain Capital will acquire Virgin Australia Holdings, as it received approval from its creditors. The five 737-8FEs are flying from BNE to GYR (via HIR and HNL), ferried by Jet Test crews, are making fuel stops at HNL today.


2-VYFG, formerly VH-YFG "Hanson Bay" (c/n 40999, l/n 3941), is making its ferry flight as JTN258. It was delivered to Virgin Australia in February 2012, under lease from ILFC. AerCap acquired the lease in May 2014.


2-VYFI, formerly VH-YFI "Porpoise Bay" (c/n 41000, l/n 3963) is making its ferry flight as JTN269. It was delivered to Virgin Australia in March 2012, under lease from ILFC. AerCap acquired the lease in May 2014.


2-VYFN, formerly VH-YFN "Ballina Beach" (c/n 41009, l/n 4456) is making its ferry flight as JTN270. It was delivered to Virgin Australia in May 2013, under lease from ILFC. AerCap acquired the lease in May 2014.


2-VYFP, formerly VH-YFP "Nobby's Beach" (c/n 41011, l/n 4476) is making its ferry flight as JTN271. It was delivered to Virgin Australia in June 2013, under lease from ILFC. AerCap acquired the lease in May 2014.


2-VYFQ, formerly VH-YFQ "Whiting Beach" (c/n 41010, l/n 4494) is making its ferry flight as JTN272. It was delivered to Virgin Australia in June 2013,
 under lease from ILFC. AerCap acquired the lease in May 2014.

03 September 2020

RCAF CC-150 at KOA

Seen on the south ramp Thursday, Sept 3, 2020.

01 September 2020

Asia Pacific Airlines Expands Service

Asia Pacific Airlines has expanded mainland service to OAK, SEA, and LAX, as well as limited service to KMJ [Kumamoto, Japan]. Flights began last month, as an addition to its current service to the Federated States of Micronesia.

Air Transport International's N71CX

Our September edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to November 2004, with Air Transport International's DC-8-62H-CF, N71CX (c/n 45961, l/n 361), seen above on Taxiway RT. The ATI DC-8-62H-CFs were the backbone of their military charter service to AWK [Wake Island Airfield, WQ] and SUU [Travis AFB, Fairfield , CA] up until 2013, when 757-200Cs took over.

45961 was originally delivered to Alitalia Cargo System in June 1968 as I-DIWQ "Ciclope", it was also painted in the 1970s livery, and flew with them until June 1981. Sea & Sun Aviation purchased this DC-8 for Flying Tiger Line as N3931A. In 1986, it also flew for Air Cargo Spain. In June 1987, IAC Leasing Corporation purchased N3931A, and leased it to Hawaiian Airlines. Three months later, it was sold to First Security Bank of Utah, lease transferred, until February 1993. Hawaiian had the interior configured for 204 passengers. Later that October, it was sold to Trans American Express, and leased to Advance Air Charters as C-FHAA "The Spirit of Calgary". In November 1995, this DC-8 was acquired by Kalitta American International Airways, and re-registered as N818CK three months later. In February 1999, it was transferred to their Kitty Hawk International subsidiary for 15 months. ATI purchased this DC-8 in March 2003, registered as N71CX, and configured the interior to a combi (with 32 seats in the aft section).  In December 2009, it was sold to Cargo Aircraft Management (ATI's parent company), and leased back. It flew with ATI until January 2013. Sadly, N71CX was scrapped at MHV in April 2014.


22 August 2020

Myanmar Airways International XY-AGU

Myanmar Airways International is returning XY-AGU (msn 1180) to AerCap. This A319-111 is ferrying from RGN to MZJ (via CRK, GUM, and HNL) as JTN233.

1180 was originally delivered to Iberia in February 2000 as EI-HGS "Bardenas Reales", under lease from ILFC until November 2012. A year later, it was leased to Myanmar Airways International as XY-AGU. In May 2014, it was acquired by AerCap, and the lease transferred. This A319 was placed in storage at RGN in February 2020.

21 August 2020

ConAir's C-FFQE



ConAir's Dash8-Q402, C-FFQE (msn 4325), is making a positioning flight from YXX to BDB [Bundaberg, Australia], via OAK, HNL, MAJ, HIR, and BNE. It arrived here from OAK this afternoon.

4325 was originally delivered to HM - Heli Malongo Airways, leased from Aviatrade Belgium in January 2011 as D2-EUR, until July 2019. It was acquired by ConAir as C-FFQE earlier this year, and converted to fire bomber.



11 August 2020

Prescott Foundation's 44-28938

Prescott Foundation's North American B-25N Mitchell, 44-28938 "Old Glory" (msn 108-33263, also registered as NL7946C), is one of several World War II-era warbirds that were ferried over from the mainland aboard the USS Essex, for a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII.

44-28938 was originally built as a B-25J-15 by North American. No information is available as to its assignment during WWII. It was converted to a TB-25N, and registered as N7946C in 1958. It was restored in 1995.


06 August 2020

Amazon Prime Air Launches OGG And KOA Service

Amazon Prime Air is commencing RIV-OGG-KOA-RIV daily service today. The flights are operated with Atlas Air 767-300ERFs, the RIV-OGG segment is flown as GTI3747, OGG-KOA as GTI3748, and KOA-RIV as GTI3749.

Today's inaugural flight is being made by N1399A (c/n 27959, l/n 609).