08 May 2020

Miami Air International Closes Doors

It was announced today that Miami Air International has shut down its operations. The airline was not able to obtain new financing to keep the charter airline in business, during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Their employees were laid-off, and their 737-800 fleet (parked as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic) have now been returned to its lessors.

Miami Air International used to fly in and out of HNL for US Navy personnel charters, as well as Hawai‘i Department of Corrections inmate transfer flights between IWA and HNL.

01 May 2020

Kalitta Air's N709CK

Our May edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to March 2004, with Kalitta Air's 747-132SF, N709CK (c/n 20247, l/n 159), seen above taxing out to Runway 8R to return to LAX.

20247 was originally delivered to Delta Air Lines in November 1971 as N9900. Boeing acquired it in April 1977 to convert it to a freighter, and three months later, sold to Flying Tiger Line as N805FT. When Federal Express acquired Flying Tigers in 1989, it was transferred, and re-registered as N625FE. In May 1993, it was acquired by Air Hong Kong as VR-HKC. A year later Kalitta / American International Airways purchased this 747-132SF, and registered it as N625PL. In June 1998, it was re-registered as N709CK. From February 1999 to December 2000, it was leased to AIA's Kitty Hawk International subsidiary, then returned to AIA (which re-branded to Kalitta Air). N709CK flew with Kalitta Air until December 2008, when it was stored at OSC, and was scrapped there in June 2015. The registration has been transferred to a Kalitta 747-4B5F (c/n 26396, l/n 951).

13 April 2020

Delta A350 Charters

Two Delta Air Lines A350-941s are flying military charters from UTP [U-Tapao International Airport, Rayong, Thailand] to HNL. This pair of A350s are bringing home 1,350 US Army soldiers stationed at Schofield Barracks. N512DN (msn 267, f/n 3512) flying as DAL8956, and N513DZ (msn 277, f/n 3513) flying as DAL8958, with the first batch of soldiers today. The A350s will be back at HNL tomorrow with another group of soldiers.

01 April 2020

Spotting Alert

Due to the state and counties COVID-19 "Shelter-In-Place" proclamation that lasts until April 30th, we do not recommend heading down to any of the exterior spotting locations around any of the state's airports. Hawai‘i State Sheriff's deputies are on patrol in the lots, and are warning about loitering in the lots.

Most of the international flights have been suspended. Domestic trans-Pacific passenger flights have been greatly reduced. Cargo flights are still going on as scheduled.

Harmony Airways' C-GMYC

Our April edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" dates back to December 2005, and Harmony Airways' 757-258, C-GMYC (c/n 23917, l/n 152), pictured above exiting Runway 4R on Taxiway K, after a flight from YVR.

23917 was originally delivered to El Al Airlines in November 1987 as 4X-EBL (f/n 501), under lease from Boeing Capital, and returned in January 2001. It was leased to HMY Airlines in November 2002 as C-GMYC (f/n 801). The airline re-branded as Harmony Airways in May 2004, but ceased operations in June 2007. This 757 has been sitting in storage at GWO since Harmony's closure.

31 March 2020

Estafeta N477VX

N477VX (c/n 28861, l/n 2910), a 737-46QF owned by VX Capital Partners, is making its ferry flight from CGK to SBD, via BIK, MAJ, and HNL. The 737 due to be leased to Estafeta Cargo Area [México], and is already painted in their livery. It's scheduled to make a brief fuel stop at HNL tonight.

28861 was originally delivered to Air Europa in July 1997 as EC-GPI, leased from Boullion AS. From April 1998 to April 2001, it was sub-leased to Iberia. In July 2002, it was sold to Aviation Capital Group, and leased to Air One as EI-CXI. In July 2007, it was leased to Garuda Indonesia as PK-GZP until June 2012. Two months later, it was sold to VX Capital Partners, and converted to a freighter. Gading Sari Aviation Service was the first lessee for the freighter in March 2013 as 9M-GSB. When they shutdown in February 2015, it was transferred to Asia Cargo Express, and flew until September 2018, then stored at CGK six months later. It was painted in the Estafeta livery earlier this year, and will receive a Mexican registration upon delivery.

27 March 2020

Hawaiian Airlines Parks Majority Of Its Fleet

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting air travel, Hawaiian Airlines has parked a majority of their 717-200, A321-271N and A330-243 fleet at HNL. The 717-200s are parked outside their Cargo facility, while the A321-271Ns have been towed to Taxiway F, and the A330-243s have been towed to Runway 8L.

Qantas Retires Their 747-400 Fleet

Accelerated by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Qantas Airways retired its remaining 747-438s. The airline had supplemental 747 flights for their SYD-HNL service for the spring schedule, but that came to a quick end. VH-OEI "Ceduna" (c/n 32913, l/n 1330) is seen above, seconds from touching down on Runway 8L.


On a related note, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also retired their 747-406 fleet this week. PH-BFE "Melbourne" (c/n 24201, l/n 763) is seen above, in a 2010 photo while on final for LAX's Runway 25L.

26 March 2020

Miami Air International Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Aeronewsx.com reports that US charter Airlines, Miami Air International, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection in the wake of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Miami Air International 737-800s are frequent visitors to HNL with charters for the State of Hawai‘i Department of Public Safety; and HIK for crew transfer charters for the US Navy.

N735MA "Arlene" (c/n 37260, l/n 3688, f/n 735), is pictured above as this 737-8K5 taxies to a hardstand on a recent DPS charter flight from the mainland.

23 March 2020

COVID-19 Relief Flights

Other than the two Wamos Air flights to take cruise ship passengers back to Europe, here is a brief list of other airlines providing assistance:

03.23.20
HAL930 | YVR | N389HA
SCX8682 | YVR | N808SY
SCX8652 | LAX | N821SY

03.24.20
HAL936 | LAX | N389HA
SCX8654 | LAX | N821SY

03.25.20
SCX8656 | LAX | N821SY
QFA6034 | SYD | VH-QPB


We will update this list as flight information becomes available.

Amazon Prime Air's N547RL

Amazon's Prime Air is taking delivery of N547RL (c/n 32348 l/n 933), a 737-83NF, leased from GECAS, and to be operated by Sun Country Airlines. It's making its delivery flight from PVG to PAE  (via PNH, SPN, and HNL), and made an overnight stop at HNL last night. Sun Country will be operating cargo flights for Amazon Prime Air within the continental US.

32348 was originally delivered to American Trans Air in August 2001 as N306TZ, leased from GECAS, and flew with ATA until January 2005. GOL Transportes Aéreos was the next lessee, who received this 737 in April 2005 as PR-GIB. Four years later, it was subleased to Transavia as PH-HSS, for a six month period, after which the aircraft was returned to GECAS. In June 2010, it was leased to Sky Airlines as TC-SKS "Dalaman". In July 2013, it was leased to Pegasus, as TC-IZD "Buglem Sera", and flew until June 2019. A month later, it was ferried to PVG for storage, where it underwent freighter conversion.

22 March 2020

Wamos Air Charters

Two Wamos Air 747-4H6s, EC-KXN (c/n 25773, l/n 1023, -446) and EC-MQK (c/n 28427, l/n 1147), are making charter flights from MAD to HNL, to pick up tourists from cruise liners due to the COVID-19 global health crisis. EC-KXN is flying as PLM948P, and EC-MQK is flying as PLM946P. While awaiting their departure times, both 747s will be parking on Taxiway RH.

03.34.2020 UPDATE
EC-MQK departed this morning for FRA as PLM9461, and EC-KXN departed this afternoon for LGW as PLM9481.

17 March 2020

N257AJ

N257AJ (c/n 25857, l/n 2451), a 737-436F owned by the Bank of Utah, is making its ferry flight from TPA to HLP [Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport, Jakarta, Indonesia, via OAK, HNL, MAJ and BIK. It's making the OAK-HNL segment today. Note the Harmoni Indonesia decal on before the main entry door in the above photo.

25857 was originally delivered to British Airways in March 1993 as G-DOCX. It flew with BA until September 2015. It was sold to Automatic LLC in March 2016. Aero Acquisitions bought this 737-436 in June 2017. A year later, the Bank of Utah purchased it, and had it converted to a freighter.

09 March 2020

N3755P

N3755P (msn 382G-5032), a Lockheed L-100-30 (L-382G), owned by APA Leasing [Kalispell, MT], and operated by H&T Airways, made a stop at HNL. No origin nor destination is available. H&T Airways is a contractor for the US Government.

04 March 2020

G-KELT

G-KELT (msn 8403), an A320-251N ACJ, owned by Acropolis Aviation [United Kingdom], is making a brief fuel stop at HNL this evening from FAB [Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, UK], via BFI as CRV1. It will continue onto AKL later in the evening.

01 March 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 | MAX 9 (N7379E) «
7260 | B-206D | 60709 | Air Changan | MAX 8 « PAE
7263 | B-206L | 61374 | 9 Air | MAX 8 « PAE
7273 | B-207R | 60712 | Air Changan | MAX 8 « PAE
7318 | B-207Q | 61853 | Lucky Air | MAX 8 « MWH
7323 | B-208H | 61377 | 9 Air | MAX 8 « BFI
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 «
7619 | B-20AQ | 42961 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7622 | HL8350 | 63438 | Korean Air | MAX 8 «
7624 | B-____ | 61712 | Kunming Airlines | MAX 8 «
7625 | B-20AR | 61451 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7630 | B-20CH | 61146 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7631 | B-20C0 | 60916 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7632 | 9V-MBJ | 44254 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7638 | B-20AS | 43832 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7645 | B-20CC | 61645 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7646 | B-20AT | 63280 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7647 | B-20C1 | 60917 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7651 | B-20AX | 61450 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7655 | PK-L__ | 43012 | Lion Air | MAX 8 «
7659 | B-____ | 61409 | Okay Airways | MAX 8 «
7660 | B-____ | 64707 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7665 | HL8370 | 43924 | EastarJet | MAX 8 «
7666 | B-20CA | 65256 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7668 | DQ-FAE | 64309 | Fiji Airways | MAX 8 «
7671 | B-20CE | 60918 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7676 | B-____ | 61147 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7677 | B-20D3 | 63286 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7685 | B-20C2 | 61284 | Donghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7687 | B-20C3 | 61452 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7688 | 9V-MBK | 44255 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7690 | B-20CQ | 64677 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7691 | B-20C9 | 63283 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7692 | B-____ | 62535 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7693 | HL8356 | 62875 | T'way Airlines | MAX 8 «
7697 | B-20CR | 64678 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7700 | HL8369 | 43923 | Eastar Jet | MAX 8 «
7703 | B-20C8 | 63282 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7704 | PK-L__ | 43014 | Lion Air | MAX 8 «
7706 | B-20CM | 43834 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7708 | B-____ | 61647 | China Eastern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7714 | B-20D2 | 60920 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7715 | B-20D6 | 65258 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7720 | B-20CF | 61454 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7721 | 9M-LRG | 43016 | Batik Air Malaysia | MAX 8 «
7723 | B-20DL | 61148 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7726 | DQ-FAF | 64310 | Fiji Airways | MAX 8 «
7727 | HL8357 | 43563 | T'Way Airlines | MAX 8 «
7734 | B-____ | 61861 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7735 | B-____ | 65052 | Kunming Airlines | MAX 8 «
7736 | 9V-MBL | 44256 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7738 | B-20D5 | 63288 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7741 | B-20CZ | 61453 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7750 | B-20CL | 43836 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7751 | B-____ | 65251 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7754 | B-20CS | 63285 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7760 | B-20CN | 43835 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7761 | B-20DH | 60922 | Air China | MAX 8 «>
7764 | B-____ | 65275 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7768 | B-____ | 61286 | Donghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7774 | B-20D9 | 61650 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7775 | B-20D0 | 61455 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7778 | 9M-LRH | 43017 | Batik Air Malaysia | MAX 8 «
7779 | B-____ | 44309 | Urumqi Air | MAX 8 «
7782 | B-20CP | 43837 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7784 | B-____ | 65253 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7792 | B-____ | 64708 | Fuzhou Airlines | MAX 8 «
7794 | 9M-LRJ | 43018 | Batik Air Malaysia | MAX 8 «
7798 | B-20DP | 61157 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7800 | B-____ | 61411 | Okay Airways | MAX 8 «
7801 | B-____ | 65053 | Kunming Airlines | MAX 8 «
7805 | B-____ | 44310 | Urumqi Air | MAX 8 «
7806 | B-____ | 61863 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7809 | B-20DN | 61150 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7813 | B-20DJ | 60923 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7815 | 9V-MBM | 44257 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7817 | B-20DU | 42963 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7826 | B-____ | 61652 | China Eastern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7828 | B-____ | 65259 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7829 | HL8352 | 63440 | Korean Air | MAX 8 «
7831 | B-20DV | 42964 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7838 | B-20DR | 60925 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7840 | 9V-MBN | 44258 | Singapore Airlines | MAX 8 «
7841 | B-____ | 44348 | Urumqi Air | MAX 8 «
7846 | ______ | 43310 | Mongolian Airlines | MAX 8 «
7848 | B-20DW | 42962 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7856 | B-____ | 61151 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7858 | B-____ | 64709 | Fuzhou Airlines | MAX 8
7859 | VN-A___ | _____ | VietJet Air | MAX 8 200
7860 | B-____ | 43838 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7865 | B-20DQ | 60924 | Air China | MAX 8
7867 | B-20E1 | 64679 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7875 | B-____ | 65250 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7876 | PK-___ | _____ | Sriwijaya Air | MAX 9
7878 | B-20E2 | 61456 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7887 | B-____ | _____ | China Southern Airlines | MAX 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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UPS's N301UP

Our March edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" takes us back to April 2005, and UPS's N301UP (c/n 27239, l/n 580, f/n 301), as it taxies to Runway 8R. This 767-34AFER is pictured above in the original UPS livery.

N301UP was delivered to UPS in October 1995, and continues to fly for UPS.

29 February 2020

Qantas Adds 747-400 Service

RoutesOnline.com reports that Qantas Airways will be adding 747-438 flights between SYD and HNL for the month of March as QFA103/104.

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 9V-SFO

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 9V-SFO (c/n 32900, l/n 1349) has made an overnight stop at HNL. This 747-412F arrived early this morning from SYD as SIA7194, and is making a fuel stop here before continuing onto ATL.

23 February 2020

Lucky Air's 2-AVLB

Lucky Air is ferrying 2-AVLB, a 737-700, from KMG to TUS (via GUM and HNL). It's making an overnight stop at HNL.

It's previous registration was B-5249 (c/n 33011, l/n 1291). This 737-790 was originally delivered to Alaska Airlines in March 2003 as N645AS, leased from CIT. In April 2007, it was leased to Lucky Air as B-5249. Ten years later, it was sold to Avolon Leasing, received the current livery, and continued with Lucky Air until August 2019, where it was stored at KMG.

22 February 2020

N65070 Lost

N65070 (msn 2035), a Cessna 305 owned by Honolulu Soaring Club crashed this morning, and took the lives of both aboard.

The HNL RareBirds team expresses our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the families of the lost.

Coverage by KHON2.com

20 February 2020

Lucky Air's 2-AVLA

Lucky Air is returning 2-AVLA (c/n 30626, l/n 1273), a 737-790, to Avolon Leasing, as it ferries from KMG to TUS (via GUM and HNL). It's making an overnight stop at HNL.

30626 was originally delivered to Alaska Airlines in January 2003 as N629AS, leased from CIT. In March 2007, it was leased to Lucky Air as B-5248. A decade later, it was sold to Avolon Leasing, and flew with Lucky Air until August 2019, where it was stored at KMG.

19 February 2020

AeroMéxico's N966AM

AeroMéxico's 787-8 Dreamliner, N966AM (c/n 35311, l/n 155), has made a stop from ICN, as it ferries to MEX (via NRT and HNL) as AMX9870.

N966AM was delivered to AeroMéxico in March 2014 under lease from AerCap.

18 February 2020

Avatar Airlines

A proposed airline, called Avatar Airlines [Boca Raton, FL], has indicated that HNL will be one of the destinations the airline would fly to/from SFO, SJC, LAX, and LAS. The airline plans to start service with 14 747-400s, and have signed a letter of intent with Boeing for an order of 30 747-8i. No service start date has been announced. It has filed preliminary paperwork with both the FAA and the USDOT.

Coverage by World Airline News and Sam Chui.com.

09 February 2020

Solomon Airlines' H4-BUS

Solomon Airlines is returning H4-BUS (msn 302) to Sky Holding Company, as Southern Cross International ferries this A320-211 from BNE to MZJ (via APW and HNL) as SXI2019.

This A320 stopped through HNL on its delivery flight to Solomon Airlines in May 2011 as N957PG.

06 February 2020

N497TA

N497TA (msn 3378), an A320-233 owned by UMB Bank, is ferrying from GYR to CGK, with stops at ONT, HNL, and MAJ.

3378 was originally delivered to TACA International in January 2008 as N497TA. When Avianca merged with TACA International, the latter's fleet was transferred. N497TA was allocated to Avianca El Salvador in May 2013. It was withdrawn from service in September 2019, and stored at GYR a month later. It was sold to UMB Bank in December 2019.

05 February 2020

AmeriJet's N378CX

AmeriJet's 767-323ERF, N378CX (c/n 27184, l/n 541), is making a stop at HNL from MIA (via LAX) as AJT121.

01 February 2020

N728A

Our February edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to July 1998, and Saudi Aramco's DC-8-72, N728A (c/n 46081, l/n 471), when it made a stop at HNL.

46081 was originally delivered to United Airlines in August 1969 as N8971U (f/n 2271). It was also painted in the "Friendship" livery in the mid-1970s. In May 1981, it was sold to Cammacorp, and was converted to a -72 with the JT3D-3Bs replaced with CFM56-2C5s. In July 1982, it was sold to Saudi Aramco as N728A, and had the cabin re-configured to a VIP layout. In 2000, N728A received the current Aramco livery. It was bought by AeroTurbine in January 2005. Sadly, this DC-8-72 was scrapped at OPF [Opa Locka, FL] several months later.

21 January 2020

Kamaka Air's N208VV

Kamaka Air is adding their sixth C208BF Grand Cargomaster, N208VV (msn 208B2308). It's making its delivery flight from VGT via SMX to OGG today. The airline will re-register this Caravan as N689KA upon arrival to HNL.

14 January 2020

N213EM

N213EM (c/n 36852, l/n 2475), a 737-75G BBJ, owned by TVPX Aircraft Solution Inc, and operated by Altitude 51 Inc, is making a stop at HNL from CWF [Chenault Airport, Lake Charles, LA]. It will continue onto GUM.

36852 was originally delivered to MGM Mirage in January 2008 as N730MM. It was sold to South Korean conglomerate Hyundai in February 2009 as HL7787. TVPX acquired this BBJ in January 2019 as N213EM.

06 January 2020

9H-GGG

9H-GGG (c/n 40119, l/n 4620), a 737-7ZX BBJ, owned by Jet Aviation Malta, is flying back to BFI from AKL, and is making an overnight stop at HNL.

05 January 2020

China United Airlines' B-20A8

China United Airlines' sixth (and last) 737-89P, B-20A8 (c/n 63088, l/n 7522), is making its delivery flight from BFI this morning as CUA206, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-20A1

China United Airlines is taking delivery of the last two 737-89Ps that were in storage at BFI. B-20A1 (c/n 63087, l/n 7417) is the first to depart BFI as CUA205, and will overnight at HNL.

03 January 2020

N737AT

N737AT (c/n 36756, l/n 2405),  the Hillwood Airways 737-7HJ BBJ, is making its return trip to AFW from BIK (via GUM, HNL, and OAK) as HWA359. It's making a brief fuel stop at HNL this morning.

01 January 2020

Ryan International Airlines' N310FV

Kicking off 2020's edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic", is Ryan International Airlines' 757-23A, N310FV (c/n 25488, l/n 471), promoting SunTrips travel agency. It's seen above clearing Runway 4R on Taxiway K, in September 2005.

25488 was originally delivered to Air Transat in November 1992 as C-GTSE, under lease from Finova Capital Corporation. In January 2003, it was leased to Ryan International Airlines as N310FV. In March 2006, the Dart Group PLC [UK], acquired this 757, and assigned it to its airline, Jet2 as G-LSAC. In early 2013, G-LSAC was painted in the current Jet2 Holidays livery; and continues to fly for Jet2.

Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou! 🎉🎇

The HNL RareBirds wishes you all a Happy New Year (and Decade)!

May you all have a blessed and prosperous 2020!