30 December 2019

China United Airlines' B-209F

China United Airlines' fourth 737-89P, B-209F (c/n 63079, l/n 7362), is also making its delivery flight this morning as CUA203, and will overnight at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-209G

China United Airlines is taking delivery of their third 737-89P that had been in storage at BFI. B-209G (c/n 63081, l/n 7352) is making its delivery flight this morning as CUA204, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

28 December 2019

Uzbekistan Airways' UK78702

Uzbekistan Airways has been granted 787-8 charter flights between Japan and HNL. UK78702 (c/n38364, l/n 495) began service today from KIX as UZB3593, and will fly to/from various cities in Japan.

26 December 2019

Safari Helicopters' N985SA Crashes

Safari Helicopters' AS350-B2, N985SA (msn 3111), crashed near Kōke‘e, Kaua‘i this afternoon while on an air tour around the Garden Isle. There were seven (one pilot and six passengers) aboard the tour helicopter.

Continuing coverage by KHON2 News.

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the Safari Helicopters ‘ohana, and those of the passengers.

25 December 2019

Skybus Air Cargo's OB-2059-P

A DC-8-73F of Skybus Air Cargo sits at the stands on a rainy Christmas day. OB-2059-P (N807DH) (s/n 45990 l/n 375) has logged flights from Miami-Dallas-Anchorage-Incheon before sneaking into Honolulu as HVY212.

45990 was delivered as a DC-8-63CF for Flying Tigers Line in July 1968 as N780FT. In June 1977, it was acquired by Cargolux as TF-CCV. It was leased to Air-India from April to November 1983, and Evergreen International Airlines in January 1984. Five months later, Evergreen bought this DC-8 as N816EV. In January 1985, it was converted to a -73CF,  as the JT3Ds were replaced with CFM56s. It was leased to Air-India from July 1985 to April 1986, and January to November 1988. It was also leased to TNT Express from July 1992 to March 1994. UPS leased it from April to August 1996. DHL Airways bought this DC-8 in March 1995, and remained leased to UPS as N816UP. In September 1996, it was registered as N806DH. It was operated by Astar Air Cargo and Skybus Jet Cargo.


N737AT (c/n 36756, l/n 2405),  a 737-7HJ BBJ owned by Hillwood Airways, is making a brief fuel stop at HNL this evening as HWA359. It's flying from AFW to BIK, via OAK, HNL, and GUM.

36756 was originally delivered to the US Department of Defense in December 2007 as N529PP. In October 2014, it was re-registered as N737AT. It was sold to Hillwood Airways in July 2017. This BBJ also features a main deck cargo door, and the cabin can be configured in several variations.

Mele Kalikimaka! 🎄

The HNL RareBirds team wishes you all a very Merry Christmas!

22 December 2019


N906CL (c/n 29063, l/n 262), a 777-31H, owned by UMB Bank, is ferrying from SZB to AFW, via HNL. It will undergo a corporate cabin re-configuration for a new customer.

29063 was originally purchased by SALE, then leased to Emirates in December 1999 as A6-EMN. In July 2007, it was sold to BOC, and the lease was transferred, and flew until February 2017. In September 2017, it was sold to Apollo Aviation, and leased to Fly Global as 9M-FSM. Carlyle Aviation Partners purchased this 777 in December 2018, the lease transferred, and flew until April 2019, where it was registered as 2-RLBN, and stored at SZB. UMB Bank acquired this 777-31H last week, and registered as N906CL.

20 December 2019

China United Airlines' B-209H

China United Airlines' second 737-89P to make its delivery flight today, is B-209H (c/n 63083, l/n 7377). It's making its flight out of BFI as CUA201, and will also overnight at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-209Z

China United Airlines is taking delivery of two of their six 737-89Ps today. These 737s had been stored at BFI due to a trade tariff issue between the US and China. B-209Z (c/n 63085, l/n 7457) is the first of the two to depart BFI as CUA202, and will overnight at HNL.


2-ABAC (c/n 30501, l/n 619), an ex-Shenzhen Airlines 737-86J owned by ICBC Leasing, is ferrying from TNA to MZJ (via GUM and HNL). It's making an overnight stop at HNL from GUM, as its heading to the desert for storage.

30501 was originally delivered to Air-Berlin in July 2000 as D-ABAC. In November 2007, it was sold to ICBC Leasing, then leased to Shenzhen Airlines as B-5365, and was withdrawn from service in November 2019. 

19 December 2019


9H-GGG (c/n 40119, l/n 4620), a 737-7ZX BBJ, owned by Jet Aviation Malta, is making a stop from BFI this evening as it heads to AKL.

13 December 2019

GE Propulsion Test Platform

B747-446 Experimental doing warm weather engine testing out of KOA during the week of 12/09/19.

11 December 2019

Kalitta Air's N284DH

Kalitta Air is sending a 767-300F, N284DH (c/n 28040, l/n 613), to HNL from LAX as CKS366 as a proving flight for supplemental service for Pacific Air Cargo. The DHL logo-clad 767-304ER, will make an overnight stop before returning to LAX as CKS367 tomorrow.

photo to follow ...

09 December 2019

Asia Pacific Airlines' N888LT Flying For UPS

Asia Pacific Airlines has wet-leased N888LT to UPS for supplemental holiday service. It's flying between BFI, PDX, MHR, and ONT.

01 December 2019

Swissair's HB-IWU

Our December edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to September 2005, and this Swissair MD-11, HB-IWU (c/n 48538, l/n 533), that made a stop at UPS's ramp at HNL, as it ferried to Singapore for freighter conversion.

48538 was originally delivered to LTU [LT/LTU Germany] in March 1993 as D-AERZ. In October 1998, it was sold to Swissair [SR/SWR] as HB-IWU. In January 2005, it was sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, then sold to UPS four months later as N281UP. It was put into service in early 2006, and continues to haul packages for UPS.

21 November 2019

San Diego State Aztecs Team Charter

The San Diego State Aztecs football team is chartering a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for their road trip to HNL to face the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. N821SY is making the trip this afternoon as SCX8644. It will return to SAN flooding the game as SCX8645.

20 November 2019

American Airlines' N736AT

American Airlines' 777-323ER, N736AT (c/n 33538, l/n 1377, f/n 7LW), made a diversion to HNL as it flew from LAX to HKG as AAL193.

17 November 2019

United Airlines' Star Wars Logo Jet

United Airlines' Star Wars-themed 737-824, N36272 (c/n 31590, l/n 987, f/n 0272), is making an appearance at HNL today. The "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" special liveried 737 arrived from LAX as UAL1224 this afternoon; and will return to LAX a couple of hours later as UAL1636.

15 November 2019

Sriwijaya Air's PK-CMJ

Sriwijaya Air's PK-CMJ "Kesayangan" (c/n 28381, l/n 250) is making a ferry flight from CGK to VCV, via BIK, MAJ, and HNL, as JTN9215. It's being returned to its lessor, Aircastle.

28381 was originally delivered to Air Europa in May 1999 as EC-HBL, under lease from Itochu. In June 2011, it was leased to Orenair as VQ-BLW. In June 2015, it was leased to Sriwijaya Air as PK-CMJ, and withdrawn from service in October 2019.

12 November 2019


2-RLBR (msn 2148), a former Air New Zealand A320-232, is making its lease return ferry flight from CHC to MZJ, via APW and HNL.

2148 was delivered to Air New Zealand in January 2004 as ZK-OJE, leased from RBS. It was sub-leased to Freedom Air International from April 2006 to March 2008. It continued with Air New Zealand until it was withdrawn from service this past September. It was painted into the current livery in late 2014.

11 November 2019

Hau‘oli Lā Hānau Hawaiian Airlines!

Today, Hawaiian Airlines celebrated its 90th anniversary of its first commercial inter-island flights.

As part of the celebrations, the airline held a 717-200 plane pull at Castle & Cooke Aviation, that benefitted local charities. The airline also held a commemorative flight from HNL to OGG and ITO as HAL1111.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

10 November 2019

Southwest Launches SMF-HNL Service

Southwest Airlines is launching daily 737-800 service between SMF and HNL today.  N8303R (c/n 36681, l/n 3993), made the inaugural flight as SWA1789/1807.

07 November 2019

Makani Kai Rebrands Princeville Ops

The Pacific Business Journal reports that Makani Kai Air is rebranding its Princeville, Kaua‘i operation as Princeville Air. The name pays tribute to the name of Island Air's first identity, Princeville Airways.

San José State Team Charter

The San José State Spartans chartered a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for their road trip to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. N809SY (c/n 30683, l/n 1669), a 737-8Q8, made the trip to HNL as SCX8648, and will return to SJC as SCX8649 following the game.

NAMBP Faces Eviction

The Naval Air Museum at Barbers Point (NAMBP) is facing eviction by the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT-A) over lack of compliance of liability insurance and failure to comply with environmental practices. The museum refutes these claims with the paperwork to prove compliance with both claims. However, it seems that HDOT-A is set on moving ahead with the eviction.

Further details on this is on NAMBP's Facebook page.

Editorial Note
In all of the years HNL RareBirds has been associated with the Naval Air Museum at Barber's Point, we have not seen any non-compliance of environmental practices. We've known the museum to be good tenants of the Kalaeloa Airport, and vital place to keep the history of this former Naval Air Station. Each aircraft has its own place in history.

01 November 2019

US Air Force's 85-0829

Our November edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to August 2003, and this US Air Force Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, 85-0829 (msn A.4051), that was on display at the Hickam Air Force Base Air Show. This is also our Veteran's Day tribute post.

This F-117A was assigned to the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman AFB, NM, and retired in 2008. It now sits in storage at the Tonopah Test Range Airport.

31 October 2019

Taxiway Collision

A FedEx Feeder (operated by Corporate Air) C208BF, N926FE (msn 208B0026) collided with a Cessna 172S, N274MM (msn 172S9320) on Taxiway C, as both were taxiing to depart from Runway 26R. The C172S, owned by George's Aviation, was ahead of the C208BF on "Charlie", and sustained prop damage to the tail, port side fuselage and elevator. No one was injured in the incident.

N926FE was operating as CPT8974 to depart for LIH.

Coverage by KHON2 News.

Fresno State Bulldogs Team Charter

The Fresno State Bulldogs football team chartered a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for its road trip to Honolulu to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday evening. N804SY (c/n 30689) made the flight as SCX8600. The team will return to FAT following the game as SCX8601 with N804SY.

25 October 2019

Lāna‘i Air Adds N699LA

Lāna‘i Air is adding a fourth PC-12 to their fleet today. N699LA (msn 1734) joined the fleet today, after ferrying from MMV.

22 October 2019

Antonov Airlines' UR-82072

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100-150, UR-82072 (c/n 9773053359136, l/n 07-05), is making an overnight fuel stop at HNL from CLT (via DEN and SFO) as ADB2805, and will continue onto NAN tomorrow.

photo to follow ...

19 October 2019

HIANG's C-17 Flyover

A C-17A Globemaster III from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 05-5147 "The Spirit of Daniel K Inouye" (c/n 50155, l/n F154), made a pre-game flyover for the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors home game versus the Air Force Academy Falcons.  At the controls were Major Britton Komine, a former Warriors tight end, and Captain Nate Dreblinski, a former Falcons tight end. 

The C-17 is part of shared unit of the 204th Airlift Squadron "Nā Pueo" (154th Wing, Hawai‘i Air National Guard), and the 535th Airlift Squadron "Tigers" (15th Wing, US Air Force).

18 October 2019

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82046

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' An-124-100, RA-82042 (c/n 9773052255117, l/n 06-10) is making a stop at HNL from NKX [Joe Fosses Field, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA] as VDA2086.

photo to follow ...

17 October 2019

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82042

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' An-124-100, RA-82042 (c/n 9773054055093, l/n 06-06) is making a stop at HNL from NKX [Joe Fosses Field, MCAS Miramar, San Diego, CA] as VDA2084.

Air Force Academy Team Charter

The Air Force Academy Falcons football team is chartering a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for its road game, Saturday, versus the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors. N821SY (c/n 39952, l/n 5217) is bringing the Falcons in today from COS (via OAK) as SCX8602, and will take the Falcons back following the game as SCX8603.

13 October 2019

New Livery For Asia Pacific's N757QM

Asia Pacific Airlines' 757-29JF, N757QM (c/n 27203, l/n 588), is returning from heavy maintenance on the mainland, complete with their new livery. It left for MCI on July 27th for heavy maintenance as MGE9900, and flown to SKF for painting on September 28th.  N757QM is returning to HNL as MGE9901.

photo to follow ...

12 October 2019

Lāna‘i Air Adds N399LA

Lāna‘i Air has added N399LA (msn 1884) to their fleet. This PC-12, leased from TVPX Aircraft Solutions, was delivered today from MMV as SXA586.

07 October 2019

Miami Air International's N758MA

Miami Air International's 737-8K5, N758MA (c/n 37247, l/n 3497, f/n 758), is making a stop at HNL after its flight from IWA (via OAK, and ITO) as BSK7001. This is the airline's first 737 to receive the new livery.

Van Harte Gefeliciteerd KLM!

Today, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines celebrates its 100th anniversary! Though KLM does not serve Hawai‘i, their SkyTeam partners do.

Above, is my lone photo of a KLM airliner, a 747-406M, PH-BFE "Melbourne" (c/n 24201, l/n 763, f/n FE-027), captured on final for LAX's Runway 25L.

04 October 2019

Embraer's PR-ZIQ "Profit Hunter"

Embraer's E195-E2 sales demonstrator, PR-ZIQ "Profit Hunter" (msn 19020041), is making a stop at HNL. It arrived from SEA, and will continue onto LAS following a short stopover here.

This would be the second time an E190 demonstrator to make an appearance at HNL. In July 2006, Embraer flew in PP-XMB as a demonstrator for Aloha Airlines, as the airline had been considering a replacement for their 737-200 fleet.

03 October 2019

American Airlines Starts A321N Service To Hawai‘i

American Airlines has begun A321-253N service out of PHX to HNL, OGG, and KOA, as the airline continues to phase out their 757-223 fleet. Today, all three Hawaiian destinations will have A321neo service: HNL will have N406AN (msn 8834, f/n 406) as AAL692; OGG will have N403AN (msn 8780, f/n 403) as AAL 432; and KOA will have N401AN (msn 8701, f/n 401) as AAL 663.

American will alternate the 757 into the rotation, until the airline receives more A321neos, which they have five to receive in the near future.

N400AN (msn 8647, f/n 400) is seen above when it did ETOPS proving flights earlier this year.

01 October 2019

Air Luxor's CS-TMT

Our October edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to May 2005, with Air Luxor's [LK/LXR] (Portugal) A330-322, CS-TMT (msn 096), that made a stop at HNL on a round-the-world charter flight.

096 was originally delivered to ILFC, and leased to Malaysia Airlines in January 1996 as 9M-MKZ. In April 1999, it was leased to Sabena as OO-SFX. ILFC then leased it to Air Luxor in December 2002 as CS-TMT. During its time with Air Luxor, it sub-leased to Garuda Indonesia (January - April 2004). Air Luxor re-branded itself as HiFly [5K/HFY] in October 2005. CS-TMT remained in the HiFly fleet until 2015. Ownership changed from ILFC to AerCap in May 2014. HiFly subleased CS-TMT during its time to the Belgian Air Force (October 2009 - April 2014), flynas [XY/KNE Saudi Arabia] (May - October 2014), and Saudi Arabian Airlines (December 2014). It was returned to AerCap in December 2015. Apollo Aviation purchased this A333 in June 2016, and leased it to iFLy [F7/RSY Russia] a month later. In June 2018, it was leased to HiFly Malta as 9H-AGU. Carlyle Aviation Partners acquired this A333, and the lease transferred.

28 September 2019

Hawaiian Airlines' N223HA

Hawaiian Airlines has taken delivery of N223HA "Hau" (msn 9060, f/n 223) today. This A321-271N is making its delivery flight from XFW to PAE (via BOS) as HAL9975.

26 September 2019

Southwest To Move Up New Service

Southwest Airlines announced this morning that they will move up the launch dates for service between HNL and LIH, and HNL and SMF, from January 2020 to November 2019. New routes were also announced for OAK-LIH, OAK-KOA, SJC-LIH, SJC-KOA, and SMF-OGG, are scheduled to begin in March 2020.

Further information is in this Southwest Airlines press release.

18 September 2019

Happy Birthday US Air Force!

Happy 72nd Birthday to the United States Air Force!

13 September 2019

Cebu Pacific Air's RP-C3271

Cebu Pacific Air is ferrying RP-C3271 (msn 5381) from MNL to LCQ (via GUM, HNL and ONT), as it has been acquired by Allegiant Air, and be registered as N281NV (f/n 281).

RP-C3271 was delivered to Cebu Pacific in November 2012, and it's last revenue flight with the airline was on September 5th.

12 September 2019

Armée de l'Air's F-RADB

F-RADB (msn 422), a Armée de l'Air A310-304, made a stop at HNL on a flight from PPT, and was parked on Taxiway RH.

Big Island Air's N5KR

Big Island Air's Cessna P-337 Skymaster, N5KR (msn P3370335) on the commuter terminal ramp at Kona (PHKO/KOA) on Thursday 09/12/19.

09 September 2019

Air Force Academy Falcons C-17 Alternate Uniforms

The Air Force Academy Falcons football team released images of their alternate uniforms, which honors the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, as part of their Air Power Legacy Series. The uniform is light grey, with "formation lights" markings and black numbers.  The nameplate on the back of the jersey will reflect the tail flashes of nine C-17A units, including the 204th AS / 535th AS that is based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam. The helmet for the game is painted in the same grey as the aircraft, complete with squadron designation, "formation lights", and the refueling receptacle markings on the top of the helmet.

Further information and images in this Air Force Academy Football article.

05 September 2019

Oregon State Beavers Team Charter

The Oregon State University Beavers football team is chartering a Hawaiian Airlines A330-243 (HAL705) from PDX, for their road trip to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors.

09.07.19 Update
The return flight, HAL706, will be flown by N361HA.

04 September 2019

American Airlines Flies Final MD-80 Revenue Flight

American Airlines' N984TW (c/n 53634, l/n 2287), an MD-83, made the last MD-80 revenue flight for the airline,  as AAL80 (DFW-ORD). American is retiring the last of the MD-80s in its fleet.

I've only captured two American Airlines MD-83s during trips to the mainland. Pictured on the top is N976TW (c/n 53626, l/n 2279), taken in November 2010 at LAX; and N9413T (c/n 53188, l/n 2119), taken in March 2013 at EWR.

01 September 2019

Shanghai Airlines' B-2876

Our September edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to April 2005, with Shanghai Airlines' 757-26D, B-2876 (c/n 33967, l/n 1050) departing Runway 8L, on its next delivery flight leg to GUM.

B-2876 was withdrawn from service, and stored at VCV in November 2014. Two months later, it was acquired by Boeing Capital as N338BC. Delta Air Lines bought this 757 in April 2015, and re-registered it as N823DX, five months later. It had Blended Winglets installed in early 2016, and entered service in March of that year.

31 August 2019

Hawaiian Airlines' N226HA

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of N226HA "Loulu" (msn 9127, f/n 226) today. This A321-271N is making its delivery flight from BFM to PAE as HAL9981.

28 August 2019

Qantas Ends 747-400 Service To HNL

Qantas Airways' VH-OEI (c/n 32913, l/n 1330) made the final 747-438 service between SYD and HNL today, as the Australian flag carrier winds down its 747-438 operations. A330-300s will be the replacement type for QFA3/4.

26 August 2019

Atlas Air Upgrades To 747-8Fs

For their Qantas Freight wet-lease, Atlas Air is upgrading from its 747-400Fs to 747-8Fs, beginning today. The flights will continue to use HNL as a fuel stop as it flies from the US mainland to Australia.

21 August 2019

Arizona Wildcats Team Charter

The University of Arizona Wildcats football team is chartering a Hawaiian Airlines A330-243 for its Saturday road game against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors. N386HA is making the flight as HAL703.

08.24.19 Update
The team will return to TUS as HAL704 aboard N396HA.

18 August 2019

Mokulele Airlines' N879MA Skids Off JHM Runway

Mokulele Airlines' N879MA (msn 208B5019), skidded off of Kapalua's Runway 2 this morning. The Cessna C208B Grand Caravan EX, flying from HNL to JHM, as MHO504, made the runway excursion. None of the eight passengers and two pilots were injured.

15 August 2019

Russian Air Force's RF-85655

Another year, another visit by the Russians. Under the Open Skies treaty, Russia sent it's TU-154M outfitted with observation equipment over military installations in the United States. RF-85655 (c/n 89A798) was observed on tracking sights flying locally over Hickam, Kāne‘ohe Bay, and installations on the west side of the island.

13 August 2019

Hawaiian Airlines To Launch OGG-LAS Service

Beginning December 15th, Hawaiian Airlines will start service between Kahului, Maui and Las Vegas, with four-times weekly A321-271N service.

Also, Hawaiian will start a thrice-weekly A321-271N service between HNL and SEA on January 7, 2020; and seasonal OGG-LAX A321-271N (December 14, 2019-January 5, 2020).

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

10 August 2019

‘Ohana by Hawaiian's N807HC

‘Ohana by Hawaiian is taking delivery of N807HC (msn 432) this afternoon. It's their third ATR72-212F for their inter-island cargo operation.

432 was originally delivered to BBAM, and leased to Avianova [RD/NOV] (Italy) in March 1995 as EI-CLD "Fiume Piave". In November 1996, it was transferred to Alitalia, and a year later transferred to Alitalia Express. In December 2005, it was acquired by Alitalia Express, and registered as I-ATRR. In March 2010, it was acquired by Magellan Aircraft Services. A year later, it was sold to First Air [7F/FAB] (Canada)as C-GRMZ. It was converted to a freighter in April 2012. In June 2015, it was acquired by ‘Ohana by Hawaiian, and operated by Empire Airlines.

09 August 2019

Hawaiian Airlines' Oakland Raiders Logo Jets

Hawaiian Airlines has applied the Oakland Raiders logo to the fuselages on N380HA and N382HA for the 2019 National Football League season, as the airline will provide team charters for team's road games.

Hawaiian Airlines Awarded Another Haneda Flight

The US Department of Transportation awarded Hawaiian Airlines an additional service between HND and HNL today. This new slot will allow Hawaiian to begin A330-200 service in the summer of 2020.

08 August 2019

Air China To Suspend PEK Service

Air China Announced Tuesday that they suspend their thrice-weekly A330-200 PEK-HNL service [CCA837/838] effective from August 27th.

This leaves this route with no direct service, as Hawaiian Airlines suspended its PEK-HNL flights a few months ago.

Further information in this Pacific Business News article.

01 August 2019

Fiji Airways Retires DQ-FJG

After 20 years of service to Fiji Airways/Air Pacific, DQ-JFG (msn 29968, l/n 275) is being retired and will be parted out. It's being ferried from NAN to SFB [Sanford, FL], via HNL and LAX as FJI2002.

JASDF's 74-3503

Making an appearance in Honolulu was one of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's E-767-27CER. 74-3503 (msn 28016, l/n 618). It belongs to the 602nd Airborne Early Warning Squadron out of Hamamatsu Airbase, Shizuoka Japan.

Delta Air Lines' N826MH

Our August edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to July 2005, with Delta Air Lines' 767-432ER, N826MH (c/n 27913, l/n 769, f/n 1802), seen above taxiing to Gate 20 (now Gate E3).

N826MH was delivered to Delta in November 2000 in the Ron Allen livery. It's seen above in the "Flag" livery, which is painted in mid-2004. N826MH was painted in the current livery in mid-2010, and was most recently at HNL this past May flying between MSP and ATL.

26 July 2019

Cebu Pacific's RP-C3270

Cebu Pacific is ferrying one of their A320-214s, RP-C3270 (msn 5320) from MNL to LCQ [Lake City Gateway Airport, FL], via GUM, HNL, and ONT. It's making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

RP-C3270 was delivered to Cebu Pacific in October 2012. From March 2014 to September 2015, it was leased to Tigerair Philippines. It was withdrawn from service four days ago. It's not known who the next operator will be.

08.01.19 Update
5320 is going to Allegiant Air, and received the registration N280NV today.

22 July 2019

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009 returned from Australia early this morning. This time, the An-124-100M-150 arrived from ADL, as ADB229F. It will continue onto AZA.

07.24.19 Update
ADB229F departed for AZA today.

21 July 2019

Asia Pacific Airlines' N688SL

Asia Pacific Airlines' third 757-200F is N688SL (c/n 25140, l/n 382) is making its delivery flight from SKF [Kelly Field Annex, San Antonio, TX] under its registration. This 757-230F is also wearing a new livery.

25140 was originally delivered to Condor in July 1991 as D-ABNF. From 1996 to 2002, it wore the "Rizzi Bird" special livery. It spent two years leased to sister-airline Thomas Cook Airlines from 2002 to 2004. In December 2006, it was sold to L'Avion as F-HAVN. In April 2009, it was acquired by Aerolease, and transferred to Open Skies Airlines, and named "Gloria". In November 2018, it was returned to Aerolease, and was converted to a freighter as N752AL. Asia Pacific Airlines purchased this 757 in March 2019.

19 July 2019

FedEx Express' N313FE

FedEx Express' MD-10-30F, N313FE "Bilal" (c/n 48311, l/n 440, f/n 313), is making a fleet substitution on FDX5025 [MEM-HNL] today. It will continue onto LAX as FDX638. It's been quite a while since HNL has had an MD-10 on the south ramp.

N313FE was delivered to FedEx in May 1988, named "Ameyali", as a DC-10-30F. In October 2009, it was reclassified as an MD-10-30.

12 July 2019

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100M-150, UR-82009 (c/n 19530501007), is making a stop at HNL, as it transits between ABQ and BNE as ADB2529.


XA-RWS (msn 14500969), an Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 600, owned by Redwings, a Mexican charter company, has made a stop at HNL.

14500969 was originally delivered to Premiair [Indonesia] in September 2006 as PK-RJG. In February 2015, Redwings acquired this Legacy 600 as XA-RWS.

11 July 2019

Air Canada Flight Diverted To HNL

Severe turbulence and over 30 injured passengers and crew on an Air Canada flight from YVR to SYD, that caused it to divert to HNL. ACA33, flown by a 777-233ER, C-FNNH (c/n 35247, l/n 699, f/n 706), encountered turbulence southwest of the Hawaiian Islands, and made the diversion to HNL.

News coverage in this KITV Island News article.

10 July 2019

Philippine Airlines Retires A340 Fleet

Philippine Airlines retired it’s last A340-313X, RP-C3441 (msn 474), today. It’s ferrying from MNL to SFB, via SFO, as PAL5006.

Further information in this CH-Aviation.com article.

08 July 2019

Atlas Air Launches Flexport

Atlas Air has begun Flexport 747-400F cargo service HKG and ORD and LAX, via either HNL or ANC. 

Further information in this CH-Aviation article.

Makani Kai Air To Launch KOA-OGG Service

Beginning August 1st, Makani Kai Air will begin four-times daily roundtrip service between KOA and OGG using their Cessna C208B Grand Caravans. The airline made an announcement this morning.

More information in this Pacific Business News article.

06 July 2019

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 9V-SFP

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 747-412F, 9V-SFP (c/n 32902, l/n 1364), is making a brief fuel stop at HNL this morning. It's flying from SYD as SIA7122, and will continue onto ATL.

02 July 2019

Regent Airways' S2-AHC

Regent Airways [RX/RGE, Bangladesh] is returning S2-AHC (c/n 29360, l/n 1644), a 737-7V3, to it lessor AerCap, as it had been in storage at SXB since April. It arrived from GUM, and will overnight before it continues onto GYR.

29360 was originally delivered to ILFC in January 2005, and leased to Panama's Copa Airlines as HP-1528CMP. In May 2012, it was leased to Mongolia's Eznis Airlines as JU-9921. When it was returned to ILFC as N171LF, it made a stop at HNL. In May 2014, it sold to AerCap, and leased to Regent Airways, and flew until April 2019.

07.04.19 Update
S2-AHC returned to HNL after its departure due to a technical issue.

07.13.19 Update
S2-AHC departed for GYR.

01 July 2019

Lucky Air's B-6221

Lucky Air is ferrying a second A319-112 from HAK to GYR (via GUM and HNL) in six days, with B-6221 (msn 2746). It's making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

B-6221 was originally delivered in April 2006 to Hainan Airlines. In June 2007, it was transferred to Deer Air. In May 2010, it was transferred to Capital Airlines. In November 2011, it was transferred to Lucky Air.

Island Air's N810WP

Our July edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to 2005, and Island Air's Dash8-103, N810WP (msn 363), pictured on their ramp.

363 was originally delivered to Mesaba Airlines [XJ/MES, USA] in July 1993 as N864MA, and operated for Northwest Airlink. In June 1998, it was sold to Southern Winds [A4/SWD, Argentina] as LV-YTA "Pablo G Diamante". Bombardier acquired this Dash8-102 in 2003, and converted to a Dash8-103 in January 2005. It was delivered to Island Air later that month as N810WP, and flew with the inter-island carrier for three years. It was then sold to United Airways [4H/ UBD, Bangladesh] as S2-AES in March 2008, where it currently flies.

29 June 2019

Fuerza Aérea de Chile's FAC985

Making a brief stop in Honolulu this morning was Chile's President Sebastian Pinera in their sole 767-3Y0ER after attending the G20 Summit that was held in Osaka, Japan.

FAC985 (c/n 26205, l/n 474) was originally delivered to Aeroflot in September 1994 as EI-CKD, leased from GPA. In February 2000, it was sold to GECAS, and went on to fly for Trans World Airlines (f/n 16108), and American Airlines after the merger as N638TW. In November 2003, EuroAtlantic Airways leased the airframe and was registered as CS-TLQ "Don Bosco". While operating with EuroAtlantic, it was subleased out to Southern Winds (LV-AIX) in 2004-2005, and Air India for a short period in 2007. Its current operator acquired it in August 2008.

26 June 2019

Air Tahiti Nui's F-OSUN

Air Tahiti Nui is retiring F-OSUN "Moorea" (msn 446) as it ferries from PPT to VCV, via HNL. This A340-313, which was delivered to Air Tahiti Nui in December 2002, is the first of their three A340s to be retired, as the airline replaces the fleet with 787-9s.

25 June 2019

Lucky Air's B-6198

Lucky Air is ferrying B-6198 (msn 2617) from HAK to GYR, via GUM and HNL. This A319-112 is making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

B-6198 was originally delivered in November 2005 to Hainan Airlines. In June 2007, it was transferred to Deer Air (Hainan Air Group). In May 2010, it was transferred to another HNA Group subsidiary, Capital Airlines. A year later, it was transferred to Lucky Air, and flew until last week.

21 June 2019

N256TA Crashes At HDH

N256TA (msn LJ-256), a Beech 65-A90 King Air skydive aircraft, owned by Oahu Parachute Center, crashed shortly after takeoff at HDH [Dillingham Airfield, Mokulē‘ia, Oahu] this evening. There were reports that nine were aboard, and no one survived the crash. N256TA was being used by Oahu Parachute Club, but the aircraft was registered to N80896 LLC [Granite Bay, CA].

Continuing coverage on KHON.

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the families of those who perished.

Update 06.22.19
HDOT announced there were 11 should that perished aboard N256TA.

Wing Spirit Receives Two HondaJets

Wing Spirit, Inc., a new aviation service based at HNL, is receiving two Honda HA-420 HondaJets, N191WS (msn 42000155) and N192WS (msn 42000156). They are making its delivery flights from Wajima, Japan [NTQ], by way of OKA, GUM, TKK, INU, VLI, PPG, and CXI.

More information in this AIN Online article.

20 June 2019

China Eastern Airlines' B-20AD

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-20AD (c/n 63091, l/n 7582) this afternoon. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES900a, and will overnight at HNL.

19 June 2019

Frontier Hints At Hawai‘i Service

When Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced their order of 18 A321XLRs today, CEO Barry Biffle hinted at possible domestic and international expansion. One specific location mentioned was Hawai‘i. With the 4,700nm range of the A321XLR, Denver is certainly in range to reach any of Hawaii's airports, though delivery is not expected until 2024. Their current A320neo also has the range to reach, but it's not known whether they are ETOPS-certified.

More information in this Frontier Airlines press release.

18 June 2019

All Nippon Airways' JA382A

All Nippon Airways' second A380-841, JA382A "Kai" (msn 263), painted in the green honu livery, is making its first flight to HNL from NRT this morning. Flying the ANA184/183 route, this second super jumbo is working in the rotation with sister-ship JA381A.

17 June 2019

Capital Airlines' B-6222

Capital Airlines is ferrying B-6222 (msn 2733) from HAK to GYR (via GUM and HNL). This A319-112 is making an overnight stop at HNL tonight.

B-6222 was originally delivered to Hainan Airlines in April 2006. It was transferred to HNA Group sister-airline Deer Air in 2008. It was transferred to Capital Airlines in May 2010.

14 June 2019


N933NZ (c/n 23383, l/n 1425), a 737-3B7F, most recently with Toll Airwork [New Zealand], is ferrying by Jet Test, from ASP [Alice Springs, Australia] to TOL (via BNE, HIP, MAJ, JRF, MCC, and YIP) as JTN9128. It's due to join the InterJet West fleet.

This 737-3B7F was delivered in April 2007, registered as ZK-TLA, and was stored at ASP in December 2018.

12 June 2019

Capital Airlines' B-6199

Capital Airlines is ferrying one of their A319-112s, B-6199 (msn 2644), from HAK to GYR (via GUM and HNL), and is making an overnight stop at HNL.

B-6199 was originally delivered to Hainan Airlines in December 2005. It was transferred to Deer Air in June 2007. The Hainan Air Group transferred it to Capital Airlines in April 2010.

777 25

The Boeing 777 celebrates its silver anniversary of its first flight today.

Since its production, both the 777-200, and 777-300 have served HNL, OGG and KOA.