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.

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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.

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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.

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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.