Lion Air's PK-LHJ (c/n 37272), a 737-9GPER, is on delivery to CGK from BFI as LNI1. It's seen above completing its HNL stopover, on its way to MAJ.
28 September 2010
27 September 2010
Southwest Airlines announced that they are acquiring AirTran. Only for the second time, will there be another Boeing aircraft type other than a 737, AirTran's 717-200s. In the late 70s, Braniff loaned N406BN to Southwest, and wore WN's colors.
Southwest is also looking into converting a portion of their existing orders of 737-7H4s into the -8H4 version, and having them ETOPS-capable. There is speculation that Southwest may be ready to make a move for over-ocean flights. There also have been speculation in the past of Southwest entering the Hawai‘i market in some form. When ATA was around, Southwest did buy a portion of ATA stock, and code-shared on ATA's flights, which included flights to Hawai‘i.
The Southwest / AirTran merger website.
Trivia: another Southwest connection to Hawai‘i, Aloha Airlines once leased a 737-2H4 from Southwest in the late 70s.
26 September 2010
Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i hosted the Kāne‘ohe Bay Air Show 2010 this past weekend. The air show drew over 100,000 people, and was combined with the base's annual Bay Fest carnival, concerts, and fireworks show.
The US Navy's Blue Angels Aerial Demonstration Squadron headlined the air show with their high altitude show.
This North American T-6A Texan performed as one of the opening acts in the morning.
05-5151, a C-17A from the Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 204th AS demonstrated its short-field capabilities, as well as its manueverability.
An F-22A Raptor from the 1st FW, Langley AFB, VA, stole the show with its demonstration of the fighter's vectored thrust capabilities.
The Blue Angels
More photos on the Blue Wave Pix facebook page.
23 September 2010
Xiamen Airlines is taking delivery of their second 737-800 in two days, and its third this month. B-5552 (c/n 37425), a 737-84P, was originally ordered by Hainan Airlines, but was taken up by Xiamen.
Sorry, no HNL photo.
22 September 2010
A US Navy C-40A Clipper, 165835 (c/n 33826), transited through HIK today. The 737-7AF is assigned to VR-57, based at NAS North Island, CA. It's seen above departing Runway 8L, devoid of any markings, except for part of its Bureau Number.
A B-52H from the 23rd Bomber Squadron "Bomber Barons" had to abort take off on Runway 8R today. It's seen above on Taxiway RA, leaning on it's starboard outrigger wheel. 61-018 (c/n 464445), flying as "Icer31", had to taxi back to HIK along RA then RB. This was one of two B-52Hs in the flight. "Icer32" turned around on a taxiway, and returned to HIK. Departing traffic was re-routed to Runway 8L while "Icer31" taxied on RB to HIK.
The 23rd BS, based at Minot AFB, Minot, ND, is part of the 5th Bomber Wing.
21 September 2010
20 September 2010
19 September 2010
18 September 2010
17 September 2010
16 September 2010
Virgin Blue took delivery of VH-VUW (c/n 39449), a 737-8KG leased from Dubai Aerospace Leasing. It delivered through LIH as VBH9082.
Mahalo to team member Drewski2112, who got a shot of VH-VUW at BFI.
15 September 2010
13 September 2010
Volga-Dnepr Airlines An-124-100 RA-82042 (c/n 977305055093) is seen here wearing special markings to commemorate 20 years of service.
It was passing through HNL as VDA4290, on a fuel stop from NGF to NYL to transport USMC CH-53Ds for deployment in Afghanistan.
Hawaii News Now blurb.
Southern Air's all white 747-341F (c/n 23394 LN:627) is seen here taxing to Hickam. N789SA has been flying in and out of HNL for the last couple of weeks.
It was originally delivered to VARIG as PP-VNH in the original livery in December 1985, and was repainted in the second generation livery.
11 September 2010
10 September 2010
Beginning December 22nd, Delta Air Lines is switching its flight DAL612/611 from NRT to NGO, and down-sizing the aircraft from a 747-400 to a 767-300ER. The NRT flight is will be re-numbered as DAL608/607, and will use a 767-300ER.
The Delta news release regarding the NGO-HNL flights.
09 September 2010
Island Air celebrated their 30th anniversary today with an orchid lei given to each passenger departing HNL, and were given special music CD single recorded by Island Air employees. There also was live Hawaiian music and hula in the holding area for a few hours.
In a special blessing ceremony at the Island Air hangar yesterday, each of the four Dash8-100s were give a Hawaiian name and blessed to mark the anniversary.
A big mahalo to Island Air for allowing us to attend the events!
08 September 2010
05 September 2010
Japan Airlines is delaying the retirement of their 747-446 fleet until the end of February 2011. All of the Japan-HNL flights were to be switched 767-346ERs from November 1st. However, JAZ76/75 from NRT is being kept as a 747-446 until next March, when it will switch to the 767-346ER.
The JAL news release of the revised winter changes.
It will be interesting to see if JAL subs 777-246ERs during peak traffic times like the Honolulu Marathon, New Year's holiday season, and Golden Week, on top of the additional charter flights.
01 September 2010
The Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron bid a fond aloha ‘oe the last three McDonnell-Douglas F-15C Eagles today. Flying as "Zesty97", the three fighters (seen above taxiing on Taxiway M) departed for the US mainland accompanied by a HI ANG KC-135R from the 203rd ARS, "Adobe47".
78-0509 (top), 78-0522, and 78-0528 departed the "Reef Runway" for the last time under partly cloudy Hawaiian skies. Ground crew, other HI ANG pilots, the media, and social media lined up along Taxiway RG as the fighters took off one by one with afterburners lit. 57-1508 (above) followed a few minutes after to replenish the three Eagles 5.5 hour flight across the Pacific.
While the HI ANG pilots are undergoing F-22A training, the 120th FW of the Montana ANG is assuming the air defense role for Hawai‘i, until there are enough F-22As in the 199th's hands.
A couple of dozen 199th FS's pilots and ground crew came out to witness the departure, and bid farewell to the three Eagles. They're watching 78-0528 begin it's "Hang Ten" climb over the channel to Ke‘ehi Lagoon.
HNL RareBirds extends a warm mahalo to Pacific Air Forces, the Hawai‘i Air National Guard, the 154th Wing, and the 199th Fighter Sqaudron for your service to our country and state, plus allowing us to attend today's momentous and bittersweet event.