29 March 2010

RNZAF's NZ7571

NZ7571 of the Royal New Zealand Air Force made a stop HNL today, and dropped off some Royal New Zealand Army troops for joint-force exercises.

PrivatAir's HB-IEE

The Geneva-based 757-23A of PrivatAir, HB-IEE (c/n 24527) made a stop at HNL today from JFK, via LAX. It's seen above on the AirService Hawaii ramp shortly after arriving.

Lion Air's PK-LGU

Lion Air's latest 737-9GPER, PK-LGU (c/n 35737), is making its island-hopping delivery flight from BFI to CGK today, with a tech-stop at HNL as LNI1. It's seen above awaiting clearance to push back from its south ramp hardstand. The window shade covering the first officer's cockpit windows can be seen in large view.

28 March 2010

Korean Airlines Switches to A330-300s

Korean Airlines has switched from their Boeing 747-400s to Airbus A330-300s on their KAL051/052 flight beginning today.

Korean becomes the third airline using the A330 at HNL. Delta and JetStar are the others.

HL7586 (c/n 351), an A330-323X, is seen above being prepared for its flight back to Incheon.

Photo courtesy team member Aeros.

27 March 2010


N105KZ (c/n 22579), a 747-2D3BF, is en route to HNL from VCV. It's owned by the Wilmington Trust Co. (Wilmington, DE).

The 747 was originally delivered to Alia - Royal Jordanian Airlines as JY-AFS in 1981. In the late 80s, it then went to British Caledonian Airlines (BR/BCA) as G-CITB. After BCA was acquired by British Airways, it was repainted into the "Landor" livery. In the 90s, 22579 then was acquired by All Nippon Airways as JA8192. In the late 90s, JA8192 was converted to a freighter, and transferred to ANA's cargo subsidiary, Nippon Cargo Airlines (KZ/NCA). The 747-2D3BF was then acquired by Jett8 Airlines Cargo (JX/JEC) of Singapore in 2007, and registered 9V-JEA. Most recently, it was seen at VCV in storage.

***Update 03.28.10***
Flightaware.com has it routed to SIN.

Hawaiian A330 first flight

Hawaiian's first Airbus took it's first flight yesterday in Toulouse on Prince Kuhio Day. Airliners and Jet Photos have it. Search temporary French reg# F-WWYX.

23 March 2010

Garuda's PK-GMH

Garuda Indonesia's PK-GMH (c/n 30142), a 737-8U3, made its overnight tech-stop at HNL yesterday, and continues onto MAJ as GIA8011.

Sorry, no HNL photo, though Drewski2112 got a photo of it at BFI.

22 March 2010

Air China Takes Over Shenzhen

Air China has purchased Shenzhen Airlines for $100million, and will assume 51% control of the latter carrier. Shenzhen currently operates 57 737NGs and 34 A320 series jets. For now, Shenzhen will continue its operation.

Link to ATW Daily News' article.

20 March 2010

WestJet Care-antee

This past Friday (March 19), WestJet's Care-antee special livery 737-8CT (C-GWSZ) visited HNL. Here it is parked at Gate 23 loading up for its flight back to YVR. The left side says "Care-antee." The right side seen here is in French. This aircraft also has been to OGG, as posted here back on February 20.

WestJet Special Livery

17 March 2010

Island Air Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Island Air has applied a 30th Anniversary decal to its Dash8-103 fleet on the left side of the main entry door.

On the right side of the door, Island Air is also promoting Cirque Polynesia at the Hyatt Maui.

15 March 2010

Royal Air's N498GG

This brand new Cessna C208B Caravan, N498GG (msn 208B2118), is the newest Caravan on the HNL ramp. It has the markings of Royal Air, but nothing is known of this carrier.

According to those assisting in the maintenance, I was told that its owner owns a chain of hotels around Hawai‘i, and plans to use the Caravan as an exclusive charter.

N498GG is seen above being stripped of the ferry tanks, and having the interior installed after arriving from PWA.

***Update 03.30.10***
The FAA lists the owner of N498GG as Pleasant Aircraft Leasing, LLC of Newbury Park, CA.

Lion Air's PK-LGT

Lion Air's PK-LGT (c/n 35736), a 737-9GPER, is making its delivery as LNI1 today from BFI to CGK. It made its first tech-stop along the island-hopping trek at HNL, taking a break on the AirService Hawaii ramp.

11 March 2010

JAL Express' JA327J

JAL Express' JA327J (c/n 35356), a 737-846, is making its delivery flight as JAL7901. It arrived at HNL last night from BFI, and will continue onward to HND via MAJ and GUM.

Photo courtesy Ha763.

10 March 2010

WestJet Service From Alberta

WestJet Airlines has inaugurated service from the Canadian province of Alberta. Flights between Calgary (YYC) and Edmonton (YEG) now serve OGG. WestJet just added a YYC-HNL flight this week.

A big mahalo to Airliners Gallery World Airline News for the article links to the YEG-OGG flight and the YYC-HNL and OGG service announcements.

WestJet began service to Hawai‘i from Vancouver, BC (YVR), and recently added Victoria, BC (YYJ).

05 March 2010

Allegiant Looks At 757s For Hawai‘i

It appears that Allegiant Airlines is getting closer to serving Hawai‘i. It has narrowed it's ETOPS aircraft to the Boeing 757. According Hawaii News Now's Howard Dicus's blog, Allegiant is pledging to spend over US$70 million to obtain six 757s.

There should be several 757-200s in storage at VCV available for Allegiant's proposed service.

Read the full article Howard Dicus' blog.

The official press release from Allegiant Air.

NYC Aviation has more coverage on this breaking story.

Local coverage by the Honolulu Advertiser and Star*Bulletin.

04 March 2010


Seen at the hardstands, this Royal Air Force bird is a far away from home. ZZ176 (c/n F-190/UK-6) arrived around 6 or 7 in the morning with holds full of cargo. Point of origin and destination unknown. It's from 99 Squadron, based at RAFB Brize Norton.

Air Tahiti Nui

During last's week Tsunami warning this Air Tahiti Nui flight THT77 (A340-313X, F-OLOV, msn 668) diverted to Honolulu from Narita due to a possibility of the Tsunami hitting Papeete. It remained overnight and departed early Sunday morning.

China Eastern's B-2256

Another China Eastern MD-90-30, B-2256 (c/n 53582), is headed to the US mainland. It left SHA (Hongquiao Int'l, Shanghai, China) for MZJ, via SPN, MAJ, HNL, and OAK, as CES599. B-2256 is the second of nine China Eastern MD-90 fleet to be retired.

It's parked on the Bradley Pacific Aviation ramp, during its stay at HNL. Sorry, no HNL photo ...

Delta Airlines is purchasing the former China Eastern MD-90s, as they are looking to bolster their MD-90 fleet, as reported by the Atlanta Journal Constitution.