Hawaiian Airlines has converted options to purchase six A330-243s, increasing their current total standing order to 13. This will give the airline a total of 16 A330s in their fleet, including the current three in service.
75 years ago today on the morning of November 23rd 1935, Pan American Airways and their Martin M-130 named the "China Clipper" arrived at Pearl Harbor after a 20 hour and 33 minute flight completing the first leg of Pan American's Trans-Pacific flight from Alameda California. Piloted by Captain Edwin C. Musick and a crew of six, the flying boat officially started Air Mail service to the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific. This eventually led the way to what was to become passenger service later in 1936. The rest as they say, is "History".
One of China Southern's MD-90-30s made its way through HNL today. Flying as CSN6999, B-2103 (c/n 60002), is the first MD-90 to make its way to the US mainland. Though, because this was a China-built MD-90 (licensed by McDonnell-Douglas), it will be held in storage at MZJ. Delta has expressed their intent on purchasing the CZ MD-90 fleet, but two were built in China, and may be kept for parts.
Hawaiian Air celebrated its first flight that arrived from HND today. All of the passengers on HAL458 arrived to a gate-side lei greeting, and a hula performance outside the International Arrivals Tour Group Exit. N589HA, "Moli", made the return trip with some that were on HAL457 on Wednesday, as well as Japanese tour groups.
Hawaiian Air inaugurates service to Haneda International Airport (Tokyo, Japan) today! HAL457 is the outbound leg to HND, with HAL456 the return. 767-33AER, N589HA, "Moli", had the honors to make Hawaiian's first flight to Japan. Among the passengers were Hawai‘i News Now videographer/reporter Oscar Valenzuela, and the cast and crew from OC16's "Doko Ga TV".
There were multiple hula performances by the Hawaiian Air Serenaders.
A traditional Japanese dance performed by members of the Soto Mission in Nu‘uanu.
KHON's Brianne Randle interviews Hawaiian Air CEO Mark Dunkerley, who was aboard the flight with his wife Marillia.
Each passenger received an orchid lei prior to boarding.
JAL and JAL Express 737-846 deliveries have return through HNL as the winter months are upon us. JA333J (c/n 40348) is the first delivery of this winter season to stop at HNL. It arrived last evening. The delivery flight number has changed to JAL8101 as well.
A Cessna C208B Cargomaster, N248PA (msn 208B0134), is en route to HNL. Its owner is listed as Pofolk Aviation Hawaii Inc, of Honolulu. The Cargomaster is scheduled to arrive this evening.
N248PA was seen last November at GKY (Arlington Municipal Airport, Arlington, TX) where it was with Priority Air Charter. It's seen above on the Andersen Aviation ramp, and is seen with windows. The photo in the link shows the C208 without windows.
Malaysia Airlines is taking delivery of 9M-MXB (c/n 40129), their newest 737-8H6. Wearing the new livery, it's making its delivery flight to SZB (Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) from BFI as MAS5473. 9M-MXB made its stop at HNL today from BFI. It's seen above taxiing out to the Reef Runway to depart for MAJ.
Lit up by the ramp lights in the Castle & Cooke alleyway, Malaysia Airlines 9M-MXB awaits her departure later in the morning. Above photo by team member Lono68
What a rare find this morning! Las Vegas Sands' VQ-BMS (c/n 21649), a 747SP-SP21 was parked at the North hardstands.
Originally delivered to Pan Am in 1979 as N540PA, this aircraft has since been in possession of five other outfits. Pan Am sold it to United Airlines back in 1986 and had its registration changed to N149UA. United then leased it to Tajik Air in 1993. It was then repossessed in 1994 and bought by the Brunei government. During that time the registration was changed three times (V8-JBB,V8-JP1,V8-AC1). In 1998, it was sold to Bahrain. The reg changed twice (A9C-HHH, A9C-HMH). In 2008, it was bought by the Las Vegas Sands.
Air Canada's C-GHPG (c/n 26207, l/n 503) a 767-3Y0ER is seen here on the North ramp undergoing repairs to one of its engines. It was suppose to go out on Wednesday night as AC48. It left Thursday night instead.
Today, Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of its third Airbus A330-243, N382HA (msn 1171). The aircraft is named "‘Iwakeli‘i", the Hawaiian name for the constellation Cassiopeia. It's making the delivery flight from TLS to HNL, non-stop, as N382HA.
By the way, today is Hawaiian's 81st birthday ... Hau‘oli Lā Hānau!
This An-124-100 of Polet Airlines arrived in the early hours of the 25th of October. RA-82075 (c/n 9773053459147) landed and taxied to Hickam. It was most likely here as a military charter to haul USMC CH-53s, or other cargo.
Along with Japan Airlines, ANA is also campaigning Japan National Tourism Organization's "Japan. Endless Discovery". Seen above, is JA610A (c/n 32979/895), a 767-381ER wearing the same logo, although not as incorporated as JAL's 767s. It is unusual to see two competing airlines promoting the same thing. More info about the JNTO can be found in this link.
China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-5547 (c/n 36806), their newest 737-86N (leased from GECAS). The flight, CUA547, is not listed on FlightAware. B-5547 is seen above, parked in the alleyway fronting Castle & Cooke Aviation.
Here's an additional shot of China United Airlines B-5547 taxing into the ramp after it arrives, courtesy of team member Lono68.