25 December 2020

Sriwijaya Air's PK-CMF

Sriwijaya Ảir is ferrying PK-CMF "Kemurnian" (c/n 32885, l/n 1147) from CGK to MZJ, via GUM and HNL. This 737-86Q is being ferried by Jet Test as JTN347.

32885 was originally purchased by Bouillion Air Services, then leased to Hainan Airlines in June 2002 as B-2675. It was sold to Aviation Capital Group in June 2005, transferred, and painted in the 2007 livery. B-2675 was returned to ACG in August 2014. Three months later, it leased to Sriwijaya Air as PK-CMF. from March 2017 to March 2019, it was a logojet for MXGP of Indonesia.

Nauru Airlines' N732NA

Nauru Airlines 737-3U3, N732NA (c/n 28732, l/n 2966), is returning from MIA after it underwent freighter conversion. It stopped through HNL as VH-ONU, and will receive the same registration when it returns to Nauru. It made a stop at VNY before arriving at HNL, and will continue onto INU and BNE. This 737-300 is scheduled to ferry back as a freighter some time in May.

Mele Kalikimaka! 🎄

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

24 December 2020

Con-Air's C-FFQE

Con-Air Aerial Firefighting's Dash8-Q400MR, C-FFQE (msn 4325, f/n 141), is returning to its YXX base.  It's making its way from BDB, via CNS, GUM, HNL, and OAK as FGD141. It arrived at HNL late last night.

23 December 2020

American Airlines To Add CLT-HNL

American Airlines is going to restart the old short-lived US Airways service between CLT and HNL from May to September 2021. The seasonal six-times-per-week service will be flown with 777-200ERs.

In December 2009, US Airways launched daily service between CLT and HNL. The service lasted for about two years.

21 December 2020

Hawaiian Airlines Takes The Rainbow Warriors Bowling

Hawaiian Airlines is flying the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors football team to DAL (via LAX) for their New Mexico Bowl matchup against the University of Houston Cougars on Christmas Eve. The game was moved to Frisco, TX due to the China Corona Virus pandemic situation in Albuquerque, NM. N215HA "Uhiuhi" (msn 8266) is making the flight as HAL776, and will return following the game as HAL777.

12.23.20 UPDATE
N215HA ferried from DAL to BIF [Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, TX] as HAL8932, and made a military charter flight to LEX as HAL1932, then returned to DAL as HAL9932.

19 December 2020

ZIPAIR Tokyo Launches NRT-HNL Service

ZIPAIR Tokyo [ZG/TZP], Japan Airlines' international low-cost carrier off-shoot, began service to HNL from HNL as TZP2 this morning. The return flight left a few hours later as TZP1. JA825J (c/n 34835, l/n 33) made the inaugural service.

Virgin Australia Returns Two 737-8FEs

Virgin Australia is returning two 737-8FEs to Aviation Capital Group (ACG) today. They are making their ferry flights from BNE to the US mainland via GUM, MAJ, and HNL, by Jet Test [JTN].

N341CG (c/n 34441, l/n 2015), formerly VH-VUI "Kewarra Beach", is making its ferry flight as JTN335. VH-VUI was originally delivered to Virgin Blue as "Brandi Blue" in August 2006. It was sold to Goshawk Aviation in September 2014 and leased back. In February 2016, it was acquired ACG, and withdrawn from service in March 2020.

N343CG (c/n 34443, l/n 2056), formerly VH-VUJ "Rosebud Beach", is making its ferry flight as JTN336. VH-VUJ was originally delivered to Virgin Blue as "Suzzie Blue" in September 2006. It was sold to Goshawk Aviation in June 2014 and leased back. In January 2016, it was acquired ACG, and withdrawn from service in March 2020.


OE-IRE (msn 1562), an A330-343, owned by BBAM, is being ferried from SIN to the mainland via GUM and HNL.

1562 was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in September 2014 as 9V-SSD, leased from BBAM. It was withdrawn from service in March 2020. It has since been painted all white.

18 December 2020

Alliance Airlines' N974QQ

Alliance Airlines is taking delivery of their first Embraer ERJ-190AR, N974QQ (msn 19000174). It's making its delivery flight from SJO to BNE, via SDM, BNE, OAK, HNL and TRW [Bonriki International Airport, Tarawa, Kiribati]. It will be receive its Australian registry after arrival at BNE.

19000174 was originally delivered to Copa Airlines in May 2008 as HP-1567CMP, and flew with Copa until March 2020. Seven months later, it was acquired by TVPX Solutions as N974QQ.

11 December 2020

UNLV Team Charter

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) arrives this evening on a team chartered Hawaiian Airlines A321-271N for tomorrow's game against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors. N214HA is making the flight from LAS as HAL773. The team will return to LAS following the game as HAL774.

08 December 2020

Hawaiian Airlines Announces Four New Routes

Hawaiian Airlines announced today, that they will add four new routes to their network beginning in March 2021. Beginning on March 9, 2021, Hawaiian will launch daily A321-271N service between OGG and LGB as HAL72/71. Two days later, the airline will launch twice-weekly A330-243 service between HNL and MCO [Orlando, FL] as HAL86/85. On March 16th, Hawaiian will re-launch service between HNL and ONT, with a five-times weekly A321-271N flights. On April 21st, Hawaiian will launch twice-weekly A330-243 service between HNL and AUS [Austin, TX].

From 2002 to 2004, Hawaiian had DC-10-10 service between HNL and ONT.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

05 December 2020

Allegiant Air's RP-C3261

Allegiant Air is taking delivery of its next A320-214, RP-C3261 (msn 4508). It's making its delivery flight from CAN to BQN (via MNL, GUM, HNL, and ONT) as CEB3261.

4508 was originally delivered to Cebu Pacific in December 2010 as RP-C3261, leased from Arena Aviation Capital. It was also painted in the current livery in 2016, and flew with Cebu Pacific until March 2020.

04 December 2020

Interjet's VP-BJN

VP-BJN (msn 7348), a former Interjet A321-211, is ferrying from VCV to SIN, via HNL and GUM. This A321 is owned by the BOC Aviation, and the third of three leased to Interjet ferried to SIN.

7348 was delivered to Interjet in October 2016 as XA-AJB, leased from BOC Aviation. It flew with Interjet until the end of March, and stored at VCV in April, due to the downturn in air travel from the China Corona Virus.

03 December 2020

San José State Team Charter

With the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors road game to play the San José State University Spartans relocated to Hawai‘i, due to the China Corona Virus restrictions in Santa Clara County, CA, the Spartans are chartering a Hawaiian Airlines A321-271N for their game. N220HA is making the inbound flight rom OAK, as HAL747.

01 December 2020

All Nippon Airways' JA8174

Our December edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features All Nippon Airways' 747-281B, JA8174 (c/n 23501, l/n 648), departing Runway 8R as it returns to NRT.

23501 was originally delivered to ANA in June 1986, and flew with the airline until 2005. From August 1989 to March 1990, ANA operated it for Australian Airlines.  In November 2005, it was bought by Air Universal as AP-BIC, and leased to Pakistan International Airlines in December 2006 for an unknown duration. In March 2008, it was acquired by Hellenic Imperial Airways as SX-TIC, and flew with the airline until 2016. After it was withdrawn from service, it was flown to KHI [Jinnah International Airport, Karachi, Pakistan], where it currently sits in storage.