31 August 2018
Xiamen Air is taking delivery of their first of two 737 MAX 8s today, with B-1118 (c/n 43830, l/n 7050). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.
30 August 2018
29 August 2018
27 August 2018
United Airlines' flight UAL363, EWR-HNL, brought home the Honolulu All-Stars team that won Sunday's Little League World Series. N78060 (c/n 29455, l/n 866, f/n 0060), a 767-424ER arrived this afternoon with a true Hawaiian blessing of rain showers as the flight landed and taxied to Gate F2. The team was greeted by local politicians, fans, and the media as they walked out of the Jetway. A welcoming ceremony was held in the Diamond Head Tour Group area.
25 August 2018
24 August 2018
As Hurricane Lane pushes slowly northward, and has cleared the east side of Hawai‘i Island, airlines in Honolulu have ferried their aircraft to JRF and ITO to ride out the storm.
Going to Hilo, Hawaiian Airlines ferried some of their 717-200 fleet; ‘Ohana by Hawaiian ferried their ATR42 and ATR72 fleet; Aloha Air Cargo ferried their 737-300 fleet; and TransAir ferried their 737-200.
Going to Kalaleloa Airport, Kamaka Air and Makani Kai Air moved their C208s; and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters moved their EC-130 fleet; where they were placed into Hangar 111.
23 August 2018
Both Air Canada and WestJet Airlines are adding an extra flight each to aid in tourists from Canada wishing to return in advance of Hurricane Lane.
Air Canada is bringing in C-FRSI (c/n 37176, l/n 527), a 787-9, as ACA7071 from YVR. It will return to YVR as ACA2112.
WestJet is bringing in C-FRAX (c/n 60510, l/n 6384), a 737 MAX 8, as WJA8977 from YYC. It will return to YYC as WJA4361.
22 August 2018
21 August 2018
20 August 2018
18 August 2018
16 August 2018
China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1298 (c/n 63265, l/n 7081) this morning. This 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1298, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.
13 August 2018
Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.
10 August 2018
08 August 2018
05 August 2018
With the five brush fires raging in Hawai‘i, two on O‘ahu's west side in Mākaha and Wai‘anae, two on Hawai‘i Island (Waikoloa and Keauhou), and one in Maui (Kula). We've been asked why there are no firefighting aircraft based in Hawai‘i? Each of the counties fire departments have helicopters, but nothing larger than an MD500 that can carry 200-300 gallon baskets. The county can request assistance from the US Army / Hawai‘i Army National Guard UH-60s.
Firebombers based on the US mainland have been assigned to fight fires in the western US.
In the case of the two O‘ahu fires, a firebomber could help the Honolulu Fire Department and Federal Fire Department, especially with both fire threatening properties, and has consumed a few structures.
In the case of the Hawai‘i Island fires, they are both burning in remote areas, with the Waikoloa fire consuming over 13,000 acres.
The State of Hawai‘i could invest in a company (via public-private partnership) to man a few aircraft that could drop very large amounts of water to fight fires around the island chain. When not being used in Hawai‘i, the aircraft could be wet-leased to fight fires elsewhere. The Kalaeloa Airport [JRF] would be a great place to park the aircraft, as space is dwindling at HNL.
04 August 2018
03 August 2018
02 August 2018
Aircraft lessor AerCap is ferrying OE-IGZ (c/n 28258, l/n 1315), a 737-75C, from XMN to the mainland, following its lease expiration with Xiamen Air.
28258 was originally purchased by ILFC, and leased to Xiamen Air in May 2003 as B-5039. Sometime during 2012, it was painted in the current livery.
01 August 2018
Our August edition of "HNLRareBirds Classic" goes back thirteen years to the delivery flight of Shan Xi Airlines' 737-84P, B-5135 (c/n 32603, l/n 1766).
B-5135 was delivered to Shan Xi Airlines, which is part of the Hainan Air Group in August 2005. A few months later, it was transferred to the Hainan Airlines fleet, but operated it for Shan Xi, and in July 2006, it was returned to Shan Xi, where it continues to fly today. In early 2011, it was painted in the 2007 Hainan red and yellow livery. At the end of 2017, it was painted in the current Hainan livery.