Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.
30 November 2015
This morning, Aloha Air Cargo is bidding a fond aloha ‘oe (farewell) to N840AL "Ho‘omaka‘ana Hou" (c/n 23124, l/n 1046), as its being flown to TUS to be placed into storage. The 737-2X6C/Adv is making its final flight out of HNL as AAH840, and will make a stop at OAK, before heading to TUS. It's seen above a few days prior to its farewell.
N840AL was the cargo airline's first 737-200C, when the airline held its unveiling in October 2008.
29 November 2015
Allegiant Air is flying N901NV (c/n 26963, l/n 450) to GYR from its LAS base for storage, as the airline begins winding down its 757-204 operations. N901NV last flight out of HNL was four days ago, as it flew to LAS as AAY1050.
27 November 2015
26 November 2015
25 November 2015
Setouchi Seaplanes is taking delivery of N143QK (msn 100-0143), Quest Kodiak 100 seaplane, that will be registered as JA03TG upon arrival in Japan. Prior to its delivery flight, it has been used as a demonstrator, including being on display at the 2015 EAA Oshkosh Air Show.
24 November 2015
22 November 2015
Virgin Australia's VH-ZPC "Cabaret Beach" (msn 19000170) is making its ferry flight from BNE to BNA for its maintenance check. The E190 is flying as VOZ9901, and arrived from APW this afternoon, and will continue onto VNY tomorrow.
21 November 2015
To continue the transit through HNL for cargo conversion theme, SF Airlines B-7342 (c/n 26278, l/n 671) a 757-2G5F arrived this afternoon. B-7342 stopped at Honolulu back in June of this year on it's way to the mainland for freighter conversion.
B-7342 was moved into the United Airlines hangar, after being relocated to the South Ramp.
Five months have passed since N303KH (c/n 25606, l/n 3123) passed through Honolulu to the mainland for conversion. The arrival of the 3rd 737-300 coincides with the imminent retirement of N840AL, which has had its titles painted over..
20 November 2015
China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-6149 (c/n 39748, l/n 5666) today. The 737-89P, their second this week, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.
19 November 2015
18 November 2015
Hawaiian Airlines donated upholstery from their replaced 717-200 seats to the Honolulu Community College Fashion Technology Program for an upcycle project that would be done by its students for HONOLULU Fashion Week, this weekend.
16 November 2015
15 November 2015
13 November 2015
11 November 2015
The HNL RareBirds team expresses our gratitude to those who currently serve, or who have served, in the US Armed Forces, on this Veteran's Day. And to those who serve (or served) in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, we honor you on this Remembrance Day.
10 November 2015
American recently introduced the A321 between OGG and LAX, replacing the 752's.
Particularly interesting was their choice of registration for the aircraft seen today departing for LAX as AAL254. N125AA was previously worn by an American Airlines DC-10-10 and the registration was retained when the aircraft operated for Hawaiian Airlines.
09 November 2015
07 November 2015
06 November 2015
05 November 2015
04 November 2015
Allegiant Airlines' latest A319-111, N327NV (msn 2556), is making its delivery flight from HKG to TPA (vis GUM, HNL, and IWA).
This A319 was originally delivered to Cebu Pacific Airlines as RP-C3189 in September 2005. It was withdrawn from service ten years later, sold to Allegiant, and ferried to HKG for repaint and interior reconfiguration.
02 November 2015
In their own style, Virgin America launched service between SFO and HNL today, with VRD51 making its inaugural flight that arrived to hula dancers, Virgin America flight attendants and HNL Station personnel, and local dignitaries. N281VA "Pineapple Express" [top photo], adorned with a special decal by street artist Si Scott, arrived on Runway 4R, and taxied to the South Hardstands.
Instead of the festivities held at the gate, the airline chose to hold its inaugural arrival on HNL's South Ramp. Aboard the maiden revenue to Hawai‘i was Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson [above photo], along with Virgin America CEO David Cush. Hawai‘i Governor David Ige was on-hand to greet the flight as well.
After the event was complete, the A320-214 was towed to the main terminal for its return flight to SFO as VRD50.
01 November 2015
Our November edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" takes us back to October 2005, with N707UW (msn 949), an A319-112, as it was ferrying to China, after its lease with US Airways expired.
949 was purchased by GECAS, and leased to US Airways in January 1999, and was given the fleet number 707. It was leased to United Eagle Airlines [EU/UEA] (China) in March 2006 as B-6155, which changed its name to Chengdu Airlines in January 2010. In June 2011, this A319 was sold to AerCap. In June 2012, it was leased to Hamburg Airways [HK/HAY] (Germany) as D-AHHE. In April 2013, it was leased to TAME [EQ/TAE] (Ecuador) as HC-COF, where it presently flies.