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.