31 October 2021

Air New Zealand's ZK-NHF

Air New Zealand is taking delivery of ZK-NHF (msn 10589), and is making a stop at HNL. This A320-271N is delivering from TLS to AKL, via YQX, LAX,  HNL, and RAR). It's not often that Air New Zealand will have their A320s deliver through HNL, and it is a welcomed sight.

29 October 2021

Lion Air's VP-CIS

Castlelake is ferrying VP-CIS (c/n 39880, l/n 5081) from CGK to SBD, via GUM and HNL for this 737-9GPER to join the Delta Air Lines fleet. It arrived early this morning, and will overnight before continuing on.

39880's History:
Sep 2014: Delivered to Lion Air as PK-LPF, under lease from Archway Aviation.
Jun 2021: Withdrawn from service.
Oct 2021: Registered as VP-CIS by Castlelake.

28 October 2021

Ukraine Air Alliance's UR-CNT

UR-CNT (msn 00347505), an An-12BK from the Ukraine Air Alliance, is making an overnight stop at HNL, as it transits from YEG to POM (via OAK, HNL, and MAJ) as UKL5024.

31 Oct 21 UPDATE
UR-CNT returned to HNL from its cargo delivery at POM (via MAJ) as UKL5025.

04 Nov 21 UPDATE
UR-CNT departed HNL for SBD as UKL5025 this morning.

01 Dec 2021 UPDATE
This An-12BK is stopping off at HNL from MAJ as UKL5016, then onto OAK the next day.

06 Dec 2021 UPDATE
Overnight stop from SBD as UKL5019, then onto MAJ.

11 Dec 2021 UPDATE
This An-12BK is stopping off at HNL from MAJ as UKL5020, then onto OAK the next day.

13 Dec 2021 UPDATE
Arrived from SBD as UKL5081, and continued onto MAJ, the next day.

18 Dec 2021 UPDATE
UR-CNT arrived from MAJ as UKL5080, and continued onto SBD, the next day.

28 Dec 2021 UPDATE
Arrived from OAK as UKL5079.

26 October 2021


N227GV (msn 19000159), Premiair's Embraer Lineage 1000 (ERJ-190ECJ), is making a stop at HNL from DSP, via CGK and GUM.

19000159's History:
Mar 2008: Built by Embraer as PP-XTF, with a VIP cabin.
Dec 2011: Delivered to Premair as N227GV, operating for Glory View Overseas.
Jun 2014: Painted in a new livery.
Jan 2018: Painted in "Nasdem for Jokowi 2019" special livery.

28 Oct 21 UPDATE
N227GV departed HNL for SAN, then onto EWR.

Lion Air's VP-CIN

Castlelake is ferrying VP-CIN (c/n 39824, l/n 5088) from CGK to SBD, via GUM and HNL for this 737-9GPER to join the Delta Air Lines fleet. It arrived early this morning, and will overnight before continuing on.

39824's History:
Sep 2014: Originally delivered to Thai Lion Air as HS-LTO.
Apr 2020: Transfered to Lion Air as PK-LSQ.
Dec 2020: Withdrawn from service, and stored at CGK.
Oct 2021: Acquired by Castlelake as VP-CIN.

24 October 2021

Royal Australian Air Force's A36-002

The Royal Australian Air Force's 737-7DF BBJ, A36-002 (c/n 30790, l/n 613), is making a stop at HNL from CBR as ASY321.

26 Oct 21 UPDATE
ASY321 returned to CBR.

21 October 2021

New Mexico State Aggies Team Charter

The New Mexico State Aggies football team is chartering a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for their road trip to Honolulu to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. N820SY (c/n 39951, l/n 5166, f/n 820) is flying the Aggies as SCX8609 from ELP to HNL, via OAK. The Aggies will depart following the game.

23 Oct 21 UPDATE
N820SY will fly to OAK, then LRU [Las Cruces, NM].

20 October 2021


A former Pacific Air Express 757-225F, VH-PQA (c/n 22611, l/n 75), is ferrying from BNE to MCI, via PPG and OGG, as the airline ceased operations this past April. It had been operating on behalf of QantasFreight up until the end. It’s making an overnight stop at OGG tonight.

22611’s History:
Dec 1985: Originally delivered to Eastern Airlines as N522EA, under lease from GATX.
Oct 1991: Leased to Air 2000 as G-OOOW, until Nov 2001.
Jan 1999: Painted in the new livery.
Sep 2002: Leased to Air Atlanta Icelandic as TF-ARE.
Apr 2003: Subleased to Excel Airways as TF-ARE.
Nov 2005: Returned to Air Atlanta Icelandic.
Mar 2006: Leased to Excel Airways as G-VKNC.
Dec 2006: Aircraft sold to Aerolease as N315ST, and converted to a freighter.
May 2007: Leased to Varig LOG as PR-LGI to Jly 2009.
Oct 2011: Leased to DHL International as A9C-DHD to Jun 2017.
Mar 2018: Leased to Pacific Air Express as VH-PQA.
Apr 2021: Airline ceased operations, aircraft stored at BNE.

19 October 2021


Allegiant Air is taking delivery of N208NV (msn 5640, f/n 208), as this A320-214 transits from XSP to GEG, via GUM, MAJ, and HNL. It left XSP as a white-tail.

5640's History:
Jun 2013: Originally delivered to Peach as JA809P, under lease from GECAS.
Jun 2014: Sold to Avolon, and lease transferred.
Feb 2015: Sold to Fuyo General Lease, and lease transferred.
Feb 2021: Returned to FGL, registered as F-WXAY, and ferried to XSP a month later.
Sep 2021: Purchased by Allegiant Air as N208NV.

15 October 2021


N826KW (c/n 28521, l/n 330), a former NokScoot 777-212, is making a ferry flight from ASP [Alice Spings, Australia] to MCI, via BNE and HNL. It was acquired by Jet Midwest for delivery to Eastern Airlines.

28521's History:
Mar 2001: Originally delivered to Singapore Airlines as 9V-SRF.
Jul 2014: Transferred to their NokScoot subsidiary as HS-XBA "Proud".
Aug 2020: Returned to Singapore Airlines as 9V-SRF.
Aug 2021: Acquired by Jet Midwest as N826KW.

14 October 2021

Lion Air's VP-CEQ

Castlelake is having Lion Air's VP-CEQ (c/n 38315, l/n 3954) ferried from CGK to SBD, via GUM and HNL. It's bound for the Delta Air Lines fleet. This 737-9GPER's ferry flight began on September 14th, and has been delayed at GUM since September 20th, after it had to turn back due to an undisclosed maintenance issue, and awaited parts.

38315's History:
Mar 2012: Originally delivered to Lion Air as PK-LJO, wearing the "60th 737-900ER" tail livery, and under lease from Castlelake.
Jun 2021: Withdrawn from service.

21 Oct 21 UPDATE
VP-CEQ remains parked at the same location, awaiting it's next leg to SBD. It's not known whether this 737-9GPER has another maintenance issue.

Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors Team Charter

The University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors chartered a Hawaiian Airlines A321-271N, N227HA "Olopua" (msn 9223, f/n 227) for their road trip to play against the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. The flight left this afternoon for RNO as HAL762. The team will return following their game as HAL763, and N227HA will stay at RNO..

17 Oct 21 UPDATE
HAL763 will make a brief fuel stop at OAK.

Alaska Airlines' Seattle Kraken Logojet

As one of the Seattle Kraken's major sponsors, Alaska Airlines has adorned N915AK (c/n 44080, l/n 7682, f/n 915), with a Kraken-themed special livery to commemorate the National Hockey League's newest franchise, and the airline's sponsorship. This 737-9 is making it's first visit to HNL today from SEA as ASA174, then onto LAX as ASA866. It also made a stop at KOA from SEA, and back yesterday, as ASA807/880.

Alliance Airlines' N901QQ

Alliance Airlines is taking delivery of their next ERJ-190AR, N901QQ (msn 19000100). It's being ferried by Southern Cross Aviation, as SXI2154. It's flying from SJO to BNE, via SDM, HNL, and MAJ. This white-tail E190 will be painted at DRW.

19000100's History:
Aug 2007: Originally delivered to Copa Airlines as HP-1564CMP.
Nov 2008: Leased to Aero Republica.
Feb 2009: Returned to Copa Airlines.
Sep 2015: Painted in the "ConnectMiles.com" special livery.
Mar 2020: Withdrawn from service.
Jun 2021: Acquired by TVPX Trust Services as N901QQ, and ferried to SJO for prep to Alliance.

India Navy's IN330

The Indian Navy is taking delivery of its next P-8I Neptune, IN330 (c/n 64892, l/n 8526). It's flying as BOE233 as it makes its way from BFI to GOI, via HNL, GUM and BWM. It's also still wearing its Boeing Defense registration, N611DS.

13 October 2021

Lion Air's VP-CIQ

Castlelake is having former Lion Air's VP-CIQ (c/n 39878, l/n 5096) ferried from CGK to SBD, via GUM and HNL, as it will join the Delta Air Lines fleet. This 737-9GPER has "LionParcel.com" titles on the nacelles.

39878's History:
Sep 2014: Delivered to Lion Air as PK-LPH, under lease from Archway Aviation.
Oct 2021: Withdrawn from service.

12 October 2021

Lion Air's VP-CEG

Castlelake is having another Lion Air 737-9GPER, VP-CEG (c/n 37290, l/n 3918), ferried from CGK to SBD, via GUM and HNL, as it will join the Delta Air Lines fleet. It appears that the "Thai" title has been taped over.

37290's History:
Feb 2012: Originally delivered to Lion Air as PK-LJL under lease from Castlelake.
Nov 2019: Transferred to Thai Lion Air as HS-LVJ.
Mar 2020: Returned to Lion Air as PK-LQU.
May 2021: Withdrawn from service.

Hawaiian Airlines Moves LAX Operations

Today, Hawaiian Airlines moves their operations at the Los Angeles International Airport [LAX] from Terminal 5 to the West Gates of Terminal B at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release, and this map from Los Angeles World Airports.

11 October 2021


N515JA (msn 1051), a Gulfstream G-IV owned by Aery Aviation LLC [Wilmington, DE], is making a stop at HNL. With one of the port-side windows having a sensor sticking out from it, it appears to be a research jet. According to engelsjk.com, it flew circuits over Minnesota and Michigan.

14 Oct 21 UPDATE
N515JA has been flying circuits over the islands at FL410 as FST707.

22 Oct 21 UPDATE
This G-IV departed HNL this morning for VCV.

10 October 2021

Qatar Cargo's A7-BFX

Qatar Cargo's 777-F, A7-BFX (c/n  66870, l/n 1664), is making a stop at HNL from ORD as QTR8140. The flight, which was scheduled to NGO, was diverted to HNL, then continued onto NGO, after a short fuel stop.

17 Oct 2021 UPDATE
QTR8140 will run weekly from ORD to DOH, via HNL, MEL, and BKK.

01 Nov 2021 UPDATE
The BKK stop is being moved to HAN.

09 October 2021

Con-Air's C-GVFT

Con-Air is ferrying C-GVFT (msn E2253, f/n 566) from YXX to DBO, via OAK, HNL, MAJ, GUM, and CNS, for the Australian summer fire fighting season. This Avro RJ85 is flying as FGD566.

Aeronautica Militare's MM62191

A C-130J from the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force), MM62191 / 46-57 (msn 382-5531), is making a stop at HIK as it transits from PSA [Pisa, Italy] to CHC, via ADW, SUU, HNL, and PPG, as IAM4600. It's making a stop at HIK, as it is heading to New Zealand for summer flights to Antarctica.

The top photo was taken at HNL, as MM62191 taxied to HIK. The above photo was captured at CHC as it pitched up due to a gust of wind on final approach.

08 October 2021


N28836 (c/n 28836, l/n 861), a 757-204 owned by Black Rock, is ferrying from MZJ to XMN, via HNL and GUM. It's making a stop at HNL, as it heads for freighter conversion. It's next segment has been delayed due to a maintenance issue.

28836's History:
Apr 1999: Originally delivered to Britannia Airways as G-BYAY, leased from ILFC.
Nov 2005: Rebranded as Thomsonfly, after the airline and travel group were acquired by the TUI Group.
Oct 2008: Rebranded as Thomson Airways.
May 2014: Aircraft sold to AerCap, and lease transferred.
Oct 2017: Rebranded as TUI Airways.
Nov 2020: Ferried to MZJ for storage, after returned to AerCap in Oct 2020.
Sep 2021: Sold to Black Rock

15 Oct 21 UPDATE
N28836 left this morning for GUM.

07 October 2021

Antonov Airlines' UR-82029

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100, UR-82029 (c/n 19530502630, l/n 02-10), is making a stop at HNL from NAN as ADB3954. The flight originated in ADL. It's been assigned to park on Taxiway R6, and is scheduled to continue onto NYL [Yuma International Airport, Yuma, AZ] tomorrow night.

Reef Runway Taxiways Renamed

The Federal Aviation Administration has renamed the taxiways associated with Runway 8R/26L, also known as "The Reef Runway". The change takes effect today, and the HDOT-A crews spent the night replacing the signage. 

The following below are the taxiway re-designations ...
RA → R
RB → J
RC → R2
RM → R3
RG → R5
RH → R6
RA → R7 (The portion that leads to the approach end of Runway 26L)

Taxiway RT was not renamed.

06 October 2021

Virgin Australia's N343CG

The Nomadic Aviation Group is ferrying N343CG (c/n 34443, l/n 2056) back to Australia. This 737-8FE will be re-leased by Aviation Capital Group, to Virgin Australia as VH-VUJ "Rosebud Beach". It's being ferried from MIA to BNE, via GEG, HIO, HNL, and MAJ, as OMD506.

34443's History:
Sep 2006: Delivered to Virgin Blue as VH-VUJ "Suzzie Blue".
May 2011: Airline re-branded as Virgin Australia, and aircraft re-named "Rosebud Beach".
Jun 2014: Sold to Goshawk Aviation, then leased back.
Jun 2016: Sold to Aviation Capital Group, and lease transferred.
Mar 2020: Withdrawn from service.
Dec 2020: Returned to ACG, and ferried to GYR for storage.
Aug 2021: Ferried to MIA for return to service preparation.

01 October 2021

Alliance Airlines' N926QQ

Alliance Airlines is taking delivery of its next ERJ-190AR, N926QQ (msn 19000126). It's making its delivery flight from SJO to BNE (via SDM, HNL, and MAJ).

19000126's History:
Nov 2007: Delivered to COPA Airlines as HP-1565CMP, then leased to Aero Republica.
Oct 2008: Returned to COPA Airlines.
Jan 2010: Leased to Aero Republica.
Jun 2010: Returned to COPA Airlines.
Mar 2020: Withdrawn from service.
May 2021: Acquired by TVPX Trust Services to prep for Alliance Airlines as N926QQ.
Oct 2021: Delivery to Alliance Airlines as VH-___.