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 In June 2015, it was leased to Sriwijaya Air as PK-CMJ, and withdrawn from service in October 2019.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 It continued with Air New Zealand until it was withdrawn from service this past September.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.