31 October 2013

Air Niugini's P2-ANA

Air Niugini's [PX/ANG] 767-366ER, P2-ANA (c/n 24541, l/n 275), will be making a stop at HNL from POM [Port Moresby, New Guinea], as it ferries to CEW [Crestview, FL]. It's making its ferry flight as ANG6002, as it's lease has expired.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of P2-ANA at HNL.

30 October 2013

TransAir's N587CA

Earlier this month, TransAir painted the tail of N587CA to the livery of its cargo fleet, and added TransAir titles. It still retains the bottom section of the Rhoades livery, as well as their call-sign.

29 October 2013

Thai Lion's HS-LTH

Thai Lion Air is taking delivery of their second 737-9GPER this month, with HS-LTH (c/n38739, l/n 4657). The 737-9GPER is making its late-night delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, that will make its usual brief fuel stop at HNL.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of HS-LTH at HNL.

China Southern's B-5837

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of their second 737-81B this month, with B-5837 (c/n 38956, l/n 4662). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN8, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong's B-5787

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-5787 (c/n 39114, l/n 4660) this morning. The 737-85N, wearing a special livery for the 2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Exposition, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG5787, and will overnight at HNL.

27 October 2013

ATI's N754CX

Starting today, Air Transport International (ATI) has switched their SUU-HIK-KWA flight from the venerable DC-8-62CFs to the 757-200Cs. The last DC-8-62CF flight was operated on October 24th. N754CX (c/n 26154, l/n 486) made the first 757-2Y0C flight as ATN430. It's seen above taxiing to HIK, on Taxiway A.

26 October 2013


A 737-484 previously leased by R Airlines is making its way back to its lessors on the mainland. Owned by AerSale Inc, N353AS (c/n 25313, l/n 2109) made its way from Clark International Airport (CLK/RPLC), Philippines via Guam and Majuro before arriving at Kalaeloa (JRF/PHJR) this morning.

25313 was delivered to Olympic Airways as SX-BKA in December of 1991. It flew with Olympic Airways until December 2003, and was sent to Athens for storage. In May 2005, it was bought by AerSale Inc and re-registered as N353AS. In November 2012, it was leased to R Airlines (operated by Skyview Airways) in Thailand as HS-RCA.

10.27.13 Update
N353AS departed for TUS in the afternoon, then terminated at ROW.

25 October 2013

China Eastern's B-1908

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1908 (c/n 41308, l/n 4659) this morning. The 737-89P, clad in the orange Yunnan Peacock livery, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES299, and will overnight at HNL.

24 October 2013

Malaysia's 9M-MLT

Malaysia Airlines is taking delivery of 9M-MLT (c/n 39334, l/n 4656) today. It's their second 737-8H6 they are receiving this month, and is making its delivery flight as MAS5403 that will overnight at HNL.

Air China's B-5803

Air China is taking delivery of B-5803 (c/n 41093, l/n 4658) today. The 737-79L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

23 October 2013

N861MA Update

We went over to the Wailea side of Maui today, and saw the Mokulele Airlines Grand Caravan that landed on Pi‘ilani Highway Monday night. It's being protected by a Maui Police Department officer,  until they figure out how to get it back to the airport.

You can see the touchdown skidmarks on the oncoming lane. The Grand Caravan came to a stop about 50 yards from the intersection in the distance, and just around the corner from the fire station.

22 October 2013

Shanghai's B-1901

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1901 (c/n 38060, l/n 4653) this morning. The 737-86D is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH207, and will overnight at HNL. It's seen above, pulling into its parking spot.

It appears that the People's Republic of China has begun assigning the B-19xx registrations to 737NGs, since the B-59xx block is being given to A320 series airliners. There are still B-58xx registrations available, and assigned to 737NGs as well.

Shenzhen's B-5778

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-5778 (c/n 39137, l/n 4647) this morning. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ901, and will overnight at HNL. It's seen above, shortly after arriving from BFI.

Hawaiian Renews HND-KOA Application

Hawaiian Airlines will refile their application Thursday, with the US Department of Transportation for a second slot at HND, for A330-243 service to/from KOA. They are bidding for the slot that American Airlines is returning the US DoT.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Mokulele Airlines Highway Emergency Landing

Local news is reporting that a Mokulele Airlines Grand Caravan made an emergency landing on Maui's Pi‘ilani Highway, near Wailea and Kihei last night. The aircraft N861MA (msn 208B0825) a C208B Grand Caravan had reportedly taken off from Kahului Airport (PHOG/OGG) enroute to Kamuela on the Big Island (PHMU/MUE) as flight MW1770, when it experienced engine problems and forced the plane to land on the highway.

There were 8 passengers and 2 crew members on the flight. Thankfully, no one was injured. The NTSB was on scene to investigate the incident.

Links to local news sources (with pictures and video):

Maui News

Hawaii News Now

Honolulu Star-Advertiser


Qantas' VH-TJY

Qantas Airways is sending VH-TJZ "Port Pirie" (c/n 28152, l/n 2829), a 737-476, to VCV for storage. It's flying from MEL to VCV (via SYD, APW, and HNL) as QFA6027.
VH-TJZ was delivered to Qantas November of 1996. The last time this aircraft was in Honolulu was during its delivery flight from Boeing on November 10, 1996 as QFA6904 taking the airplane from BFI to MEL via HNL, APW and NAN.

Photo to follow...

19 October 2013

Hainan's B-5852

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-5852 (c/n 39204, l/n 4651) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as B5852, and will overnight at HNL.

18 October 2013

Thai Lion's HS-LTI

The Lion Air Group is opening a low-cost subsidiary in Thailand, called Thai Lion Air. The new airline is taking delivery of their first 737-9GPER today, as HS-LTI (c/n 38738, l/n 4643) makes its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1. It made its brief fuel stop before heading out to MAJ. As you can se in the above photo, Lion Air added "Thai" in grey, and country's flag to the livery.  HS-LTI is the first of six 737-9GPERs for the new carrier.

Further details about Thai Lion Air in this CAPA - Centre For Aviation article.

17 October 2013

Hawaiian To Add LAX Service To KOA And LIH

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that they will expand their summer LAX service to/from KOA [Kona, Hawai'i Island] and LIH [Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi], with service commencing in June 2014, and will run for three months. Hawaiian will use their 767-300ERs for the three-times per week flights between KOA and LAX, and four-times per week flights between LIH and LAX.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Air China's B-5849

Air China is taking delivery of B-5849 (c/n 41309, l/n 4649) this morning. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

16 October 2013

All Nippon Air JA627A

Today, one of All Nippon Air's winglet equipped 767-381ERs arrived as NH1052 from Narita. JA627A (c/n 40898, l/n 1023) returned to Narita as NH1051. To my knowledge, this is the second time that All Nippon has sent a "New build" 767-381ER to Honolulu. 

15 October 2013

Runway 8R/26L Closure

Beginning today, HNL's Runway 8R/26L, the "Reef Runway", will be closed for the next two weeks as the section between Taxiways RG and RM will be re-paved.  The end sections from Taxiway RA to RG, and RB to RM, are already completed, with limited take-off capability.  However, the closure will revet HNL to the "old days" prior to the "Reef Runway", with commercial and military traffic departing from Runway 8L/26R.

China Southern's B-5836

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-5836 (c/n 38955, l/n 4642) this morning. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN18, and will overnight at HNL.

12 October 2013

Xiamen's B-5845

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-5845 (c/n 39931, l/n 4645) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA5845, and will overnight at HNL.

10 October 2013

Okay Air's B-5842

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-5842 (c/n 41262, l/n 4624) today. The GECAS-leased 737-86N is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA5842, and will overnight at HNL.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of B-5842 at HNL.

09 October 2013

Malaysia's 9M-MSI

Malaysia Airlines is taking delivery of 9M-MSI (c/n 40151, l/n 4640) today. The 737-8H6 is making its delivery flight from BFI as MAS5473, and will overnight at HNL.

07 October 2013

Jetstar Airways 787-8 Dreamliner VH-VKA

Jetstar Airways is taking delivery of their first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft VH-VKA (c/n 36227, l/n 123) today. The 787-8 is making its delivery flight from Paine Field Snohomish County Airport (KPAE/PAE) to Melbourne Tullamarine Airport (YMML/MEL) via HNL as JST7878.

The flight is scheduled to arrive into HNL at 1340L on 07OCT, and depart for MEL the next morning. This flight will also mark the first time the 787 has touchdown in HNL. Boeing normally does do warm weather testing of the 787 in KOA, but has never brought the aircraft into HNL.


A former Air New Zealand 737-3U3, ZK-SJC (c/n 28738, l/n 2988), is making its ferry flight from CHC to OPF (via APW, HNL, and VNY) as SXI1344. It's bound for a maintenance check and new paint  in Florida, then off to its new home in Bolivia (airline unknown).

28738 was originally delivered to Frontier Airlines in November 1998 as N308FL, with the elk tail motif. In September 2001,  it was acquired by Air New Zealand, and leased to low-cost subsidiary Freedom Air International [SJ/FOM] as ZK-SJC. In June 2005, ZK-SJC was returned to Air New Zealand, as Freedom Air transitioned to the A320, and served with ANZ until this past June.

06 October 2013

Atlas Air's N322SG

A familiar carrier with a not so familiar 747 dropped in early this morning from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (KIAH/IAH) as GTI2994 for a quick tech stop before continuing on to Ninoy Aquino International Airport (RPLL/MNL) as GTI2995. Atlas Air's N322SG a 747-481(c/n 30322, l/n 1250) is painted in the Golden Atlas livery, and sports a VIP passenger configuration.

This charter flight was transporting the Houston Rockets basketball team to MNL for an exhibition game.

30322 was originally delivered to All Nippon Airways as JA405A in June 2000. It was then acquired by Oasis Hong Kong Airlines as B-LFD in November 2007. It made its way to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest as N322SG in September 2008 until it was acquired by Atlas Air in May 2010.

05 October 2013

Skymark's JA73NY

Skymark Airlines is taking delivery of JA73NY (c/n 41623, l/n 4633) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as SKY73NY, and will overnight at HNL. It has been discovered that JA73NY is the last 737-800 to be leased by Skymark. The airline will be transitioning to an A330 and A380 fleet in the next few years, as they seek to expand internationally.

Mahalo to blog fan Hiroshi for the above photo.

03 October 2013

Qantas' VH-XZI

Qantas Airways is taking delivery of VH-XZI "Kalbarri" (c/n 39364, l/n 4630) today. The 737-838 is making its delivery flight from BFI to MEL (via HNL and NAN) as QFA6024.

In a unusual moment, XZI is shown taxing into Gate 33, where it will remain overnight. These delivery flights normally utilize one of the hardstands at HNL.

San Jose State Charters Allegiant 757

The San José State University Spartans chartered an Allegiant Air 757-204 for their Saturday road game against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors.  They arrived today on AAY4451.

01 October 2013

Murray Air's N865F

Our October edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features Murray Air's DC-8-63AF, N865F (c/n 46088, l/n 464), that was photographed on HNL's South Ramp in December 2004. For a few months in late 2004, N865F performed cargo runs around the South Pacific and Micronesia.

N865F was originally delivered to Overseas National Airways (ONA), as a DC-8-63CF in May 1969, and named "Superb". It remained in the ONA fleet until the airline's closure in October 1978, and into the second version of ONA, which later became National Airlines. During its time with ONA, N865F was leased to Austrian Airtransport as OE-IBO, Seaboard World Airlines (and sub-leased to Cargolux International), Air-India Cargo, Nigeria Airways, Saudia, and Flying Tiger Line. In July 1984, it went to Emery Worldwide Airlines, where it was converted to a DC-8-63AF. In September 2000, it went to Murray Air, and continued on as Murray Air became National Airlines. In 2012, N865F was donated to the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, MI, where it sits on display.

N865F was most recently here two years ago this month.

September 2013 Deliveries

Here were the 19 737NG delivery flights that stopped through Hawai‘i in September 2013:
4598 | B-5770 | 38954 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [09.05.13 CSN571]
4599 | B-5796 | 41306 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P* [09.10.13 CES299]
4596 | B-5798 | 39203 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [09.10.13 B5798]
4597 | B-5808 | 39305 | Shanghai Airlines | -79P [09.10.13 CSH508]
4595 | B-5793 | 40021 | Air China | -89L [09.10.13 CCA78]
4592 | 9M-LNL | 38736 | Malindo Air | -9GPER [09.13.13 MLO1]
4607 | B-5848 | 41307 | Air China | -89L [09.14.13 CCA78]
4604 | B-5776 | 39157 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [09.13.13 CSZ969]
4608 | B-5831 | 38059 | Shanghai Airlines | -86D [09.17.13 CSH531]
4606 | JA73NX | 38045 | Skymark Airlines | -86N [09.19.13 SKY73NX]
4612 | B-5775 | 39136 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [09.19.13 CSZ901]
4616 | 9M-MSH | 40150 | Malaysia Airlines | -8H6 [09.19.13 MAS5403]
4611 | JA808X | 39433 | Solaseed Airlines | -81D [09.20.13 SNJ808X]
4600 | 9M-LNK | 38737 | Malindo Air | -9GPER [09.21.13 MLO1]
4618 | 9M-MLS | 39333 | Malaysia Airlines | -8H6 [09.23.13 MAS5473]
4619 | PK-GFY | 38043 | Garuda Indonesia | -86N [09.23.13 GIA8011]
4617 | B-5769 | 38953 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [09.25.13 CSN5769]
4622 | B-5846 | 41791 | Xiamen Air | -85C [09.26.13 CXA5846]
4615 | B-5780 | 39728 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [09.27.13 CES599]

-700: 1
-800: 16
-900ER: 2

China: 12
Malaysia: 4
Japan: 2
Indonesia: 1