30 September 2016
29 September 2016
A chartered Thai Airways International 747-4D7 arrived this morning from Bangkok, Thailand as TG885. HS-TGA (c/n 32369, l/n 1273) flew in participants from Thailand for the 2016 International Sex Trafficking Summit. Prosecutors and Law associates from the United States and Asia gathered in Honolulu to hold discussions on the issue of Sex trafficking.
28 September 2016
Virgin Australia's VH-ZPK "Aussie Rob" (msn 19000218) is making its return ferry flight from BNA to BNE. The E-190 will overnight at HNL from VNY, continuing onto APW tomorrow morning as VOZ9902.
27 September 2016
26 September 2016
25 September 2016
Aloha Air Cargo has ended their Saab SF340AF turboprop operations. N843KH was the last of the three Saab freighters to be ferried out of HNL, that left on September 14th for BGR. The cargo firm decided to concentrate on their 737-300F fleet, and the ABX Air charter for their LAX service.
23 September 2016
21 September 2016
In a Bloomberg Technology article today, it intimated that Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley is mulling over the possibility of ordering Airbus A380s for its HNL-LAX, HNL-LAS, and HNL-NRT flights. There will be a several second-hand "Super Jumbos" to hit the market, as Singapore Airlines is set to return some of their leased A380 fleet, and leasing companies have several to offer.
The airline is also looking at further route expansion to the east coast US, and Asian destinations as they anticipate delivery of the six A330-800neos. Europe is mentioned as a possibility as well, depending on the range and load specs when the A330neos are built.
Hawaiian Airlines would have to limit the amount of A380 movements at HNL, as only two gates on the ‘Ewa Concourse are currently rated to accommodate the A380, though only via the main deck. HNL has reinforced taxiways to handle the "Super Jumbo" as well.
In December 2012, F-WWDD, an A380 demonstrator paid a three-day visit to HNL. Hawaiian Airlines hosted the visit, which included touch-and-go landings at KOA. It was also used as a training plane for Swissport, who handles Qantas A380 flights, when they stop here for medical diversions.
2625 was originally delivered to Cebu Pacific Air in December 2005 as RP-C3191, and withdrawn from use this past July.
Lucky Air is taking delivery of B-7989 (c/n 42158, l/n 6080) today. The 737-84P, their second 737NG delivery within the past eight days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as B7989, and will overnight at HNL.
20 September 2016
19 September 2016
15 September 2016
13 September 2016
10 September 2016
09 September 2016
07 September 2016
06 September 2016
01 September 2016
Korean Air's HL7637 (c/n 40909, l/n 1529) is the first 747-8i to make a passenger flight to HNL, it arrived this morning from ICN as KAL53, and returned to ICN as KAL54. The 747-8B5, delivered to Korean Air this past June, is seen above taxiing to Gate 34. This flight had been previously operated with 777-3B5ERs.
This month's edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to September 2005, and Boeing's N60669 (c/n 24231, l/n 1871) visit to HNL. This 737-42C was the testbed for Boeing's Connexion internet and satellite communications system, and was making a stop at HNL as it was on a tour of Asia.
24231 was originally delivered to Air UK Leisure [MV/UKL] (United Kingdom) in June 1990 as G-UKLC. In June 1996, it was transferred to the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines fleet, and eight months later, it was re-registered as PH-BPD. In December 2000, Boeing acquired it, and used it as their Connexion demonstrator. In 2006, it was sold to GECAS, and leased to S7 - Siberia Airlines [S7/SBI] (Russia) that June, as VP-BTH. From May 2008 to October 2013, it wore the Globus special livery. In May 2014, Kahala Aviation Leasing acquired 24231, and had it converted to a freighter. In September 2014, it was leased to JetTime [JO/JTG] (Denmark) as OY-JTL, where it continues to fly.