28 September 2023

ConAir's C-GVFK

ConAir's C-GVFK (msn E2268, t/n 391) is making its trip from YYX to BNE for their Australian summer fire season deployment. This RJ85 is making stops at OAK, HNL, and MAJ along the way. It arrived from OAK this afternoon, and should overnight at HNL.

Pago Wings N1202P Ferries To PPG

Pacific Air Charters is ferrying Pago Wings' first Tecnam P2012 Traveler, N1202P (msn 056/US) from HNL to PPG, via KOA, today. The KOA-PPG leg is scheduled for early tomorrow morning.

25 September 2023

Virgin Australia's VH-8IC

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-8IC "Kirra Beach" (c/n 66635, l/n 8747) today. This 737-8 is making its delivery flight from BFI to BNE, via KOA and NAN, as VOZ9947, and will overnight at KOA.

26 Sep 2023 UPDATE
VH-8IC is cancelling their stop at NAN, and will fly non-stop from KOA to BNE, a 10-hour flight.

21 September 2023


DVB Bank is having a white-tail A320-232, N2164E (msn 2164) ferried from SAT to CAN for freighter conversion. It will make stops at  SDM, HNL, MAJ, and GUM, and will overnight at HNL.

2164's History:
Apr 2004: Delivered to Valuair as 9V-VLB, under lease from SALE.
Jly 2007: Sold to BOC, and the lease transferred.
May 2010: Leased to Jetstar Asia Airways as 9V-VLF.
Aug 2013: Leased to Andolujet as TC-JUF.
Dec 2013: Sold to Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, and the lease transferred.
Jan 2014: Leased to Turkish Airways as TC-JUF "Íngeöl".
Jly 2018: Sold to DVB Bank, and the lease transferred.
Oct 2019: Withdrawn from service, and stored at IST.
Dec 2020: Registered as N2164E, and stored at CQM.
May 2021: Ferried to MCI for storage.
Jly 2022: Ferried to SAT for storage.

New Mexico State Aggies Team Charter

The New Mexico State Aggies chartered a Sun Country 737-800 for their road trip to HNL for Saturday's game against the Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors. N801SY (c/n 30332, l/n 777, f/n 801) is bringing the Aggies today from ELP (via ONT) as SCX8409. This 737-8Q8 will remain for the duration of the road trip. It was repainted late last year in the current livery.

The Aggies will return to ELP, via ONT, following their last-second 20-17 loss to the Rainbow Warriors, as SCX8409.

FarCargo's N185AN

Nomadic Aviation is ferrying N185AN (c/n 32379, l/n 962) for AerSale as OMD280. This 757-223F is flying from XMN to ROW, via  GUM and JRF.  It arrived at JRF this morning from GUM, with a day-long stopover. N185AN stopped through HNL in January 2023 as it was ferried to XMN for freighter conversion.

It's due to be leased to FarCargo [Faroe Islands] as OY-RLE "Eysturoy", and is the new cargo carrier's first aircraft. It will undergo further prep at ROW, before it's delivered to FarCargo.

20 September 2023

Aloha ‘Oe Leina‘ala Drummond

Hawaii Aviation posted on X that Leina‘ala Ann Teruya Drummond, Miss Hawai‘i 1964, who was also the model for the new Hawaiian Airlines Pualani logo that was unveiled in 1973 as part of a major rebranding, passed away. Ms Drummond was also a flight attendant for the airline for a time. 

This first incarnation of the Pualani logo was used from 1973 to 2001 across Hawaiian's fleet of DC-9-15s, DC-9-30s, DC-9-50s, MD-80s, DC-8s, DC-10s, L-1011s, and DHC-7s. It was replaced with an updated version in 2001, then revised to the current incarnation in 2017.

Further information in this KITV report.

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to Ms Drummond's ‘ohana.

19 September 2023

Aircraft Aiding Maui Relief

Following the tragic firestorm that consumed the historic town of Lāhainā, Maui, that killed over 110 people, on 08 August, as well as the other wildfires on the "Valley Isle", relief supply and personnel flights by several airlines and the US Armed Forces are going on to assist those displaced.

Hawaiian Airlines, Aloha Air Cargo, Kamaka Air, and Mokulele Airlines have been flying relief supplies into OGG. Hawaiian and Southwest have been offering heavily discounted fares for those who evacuated out from OGG to HNL. American Airlines substituted larger aircraft to help carry relief supplies in available cargo space from the mainland. United Airlines added a few extra flights to deliver relief supplies, as well as to help with tourist returning to the mainland. Both Canadian carriers, Air Canada and WestJet have done the same for their customers, and brought relief supplies from Canada.

Alaska Airlines has been flying in supplies from SEA, as well as providing tourist evacuation flights between OGG and HNL. Alaska's 737-9, N938AK (c/n 43381, l/n 8281, f/n 938), seen above on the ‘Ohana by Hawaiian ramp, made three flights between HNL and OGG on 14 and 15 August.

Southwest Airlines provided one of their 737-8s, N8306H (c/n 36983, l/n 4019, f/n 8306), to fly 130 shelter dogs and cats from OGG to PDX as SWA8726 on the 17th.

Cargojet Airways' C-FGSJ (c/n 26256, l/n 484, f/n 634) flew supplies from LAX to OGG on 12 August, as CJT3250. It returned to YHM with the same flight code, via HNL. Cargojet has been flying in relief supplies from SEA [C-FCAE (c/n 24083, l/n 215, l/n 643) as CJT3251 on 12 Aug], seen above, and IAD [C-GCIJ (c/n 26263, l/n 592, l/n 638) as CJT3523 on 15 Aug]. Both C-FCCJ (c/n 25197, l/n 425, l/n 640) from BWI as CJT3256 and C-FMIJ (c/n 27135, l/n 493, f/n 636) from IND as CJT3258 arrived on the 18th. Cargojet continues with frequent relief supply flights into OGG from various locations.

Lynden Air Cargo has two of their L-100s, N409LC (msn 4695) [top] operating between HNL and OGG from the 13th, as LYC595/596; and N405LC (msn 382-5025) [above] from the 14th, operating as LYC593/594. N409LC departed for OAK on the 16th, while N405LC departed for PHX on the 18th.

Samaritan Purse's DC-8-72CF, N782SP (c/n 46013, l/n 427), made a relief supply and volunteer flight from GSO on the 15th, and flew to FAT the next day. Their new 757-225F, N783SP (c/n 22611, l/n 75), made a flight into OGG from GSO (via FAT) as NSP7 on 02 September, to bring in more relief supplies, and returned to GSO the next day.

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood chartered a HiFly Malta A340-313, 9H-SOL (msn 483), that flew from IND to OGG as HFM426 on the 18th to bring in relief supplies. Fleetwood owns the Fleetwood on Front Street restaurant which was lost in the fire.

The Sands Aviation 747SP-31, VP-BLK (c/n 21961, l/n 415), made a relief supplies flight out of LAS on 19 Sep to OGG on behalf of CityServe. Fox News' Will Cain posted an Instagram Reel featuring the article he did.

According to former Hawai‘i Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's Instagram post, Paradise Helicopters' C208B Grand Caravan, N599MB was used to fly relief supplies between OGG and JHM.

Pacific Air Charters has been using their Pago Wings P2012, N1202P, for relief flights between HNL and JHM.

On the military side, C-17As from the 204th AS, and KC-135Rs from the 203rd ARS, of the Hawai‘i Air National Guard have flown into OGG with Army Guard soldiers, other first responders, and equipment.

UH-60Ms and CH-47Es from the Hawai‘i Army National Guard have been assisting in fighting the fires once the winds subsided, as well as helicopter assets from the Army’s 25th CAB.

US Marine Corps’ KC-130Js from the VMGR-153, and MV-22As from the VMM-268 and VMM-363, all based at Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i, have been assisting with flying in personnel and relief supplies.

US Navy’s MH-60Rs from the HSL-37 assisted the USCG with search and rescue efforts.

US Coast Guard C-130Js from the 14th District, based at the Kalaeloa Airport, have been assisting in search and rescue patrols since the 8th.

Private pilots and general aviators have been using their own aircraft, bringing in supplies to both OGG and JHM, as well.

Please keep the people of Maui in your thoughts and prayers, and if you can help out, please contribute to the relief agencies helping the good folks on Maui.

This post will be continuously updated as information arrives.

14 September 2023

Pago Wings' N1203P

Pago Wings' second Tecnam P2012 Traveler, N1203P (msn 057/US), is making its delivery flight from SMX today, and is scheduled to arrive this evening. The Pago Wings tail logo is undergoing a redesign, and the current one has been removed from both N1202P and N1203P.

Korean Air's HL7204

Korean Air's HL7204 (c/n 60380, l/n 1549) will finally make its anticipated appearance at HNL today. This special liveried 777-3B5ER, features decals of the K-Pop group BlackPink and a promotion for the World Expo 2030 in Busan. It's arriving this morning as KAL53 from ICN, and will return this afternoon as KAL 54.

12 September 2023

Surinam Airways' VP-CZK

Nomadic Aviation is ferrying VP-CZK (c/n 30711, l/n 2159) from KUL to MZJ, via GUM and JRF as OMD269. This 737-8Q8, under lease from AerCap, is due for Surinam Airways at PBM, as PZ-TCX. It made a gas & go fuel stop at JRF last night.

30711's History:
Jan 2007: Delivered to China United Airlines as B-5183, under lease from ILFC.
May 2014: Sold to AerCap, and the lease transferred.
Mar 2017: Leased to US-Bangla Airlines as S2-AJC.
Jan 2023: Withdrawn from service, and stored at KUL.
Aug 2023: Re-registered as VP-CZK.

11 September 2023

Vietnam Airlines Orders 50 737-8s

Boeing announced today, that Vietnam Airlines has placed a firm order for 50 737-8s. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2025. Hopefully these 737s will stop through HNL on their delivery flights.

Vietnam Airlines joins competitor VietJetAir with 737MAX series in this Southeast Asian nation. VietJetAir has an order for 200 737MAXs, with deliveries slated to begin in 2024.

06 September 2023

Hawaiian Airlines Announces First 787 Routes

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that they will launch 787-9 Dreamliner service between HNL and SFO on 15 April 2024, then HNL-LAX a month later.

The airline has N780HA (c/n 66428, l/n 1097) positioned at PAE for production testing and training, and due to arrive home in January 2024. Their second 787-9, N781HA (c/n _____, l/n 1172) is awaiting final assembly at CHS.

02 September 2023

MYAirline's TF-GAD

Goshawk Aviation is having TF-GAD (msn 3349) flown from LCQ to KUL, via SBD, HNL, and GUM, as its being delivered under lease to MYAirline. This A320-214 will make an overnight stop at HNL. Once in Malaysia, it will receive its Malaysian registration, 9M-DAN.

3349's History:
Dec 2007: Delivered to Jazeera Airways as 9K-CAF, under lease from DVB Bank.
Jly 2010: Leased to Virgin America as N640VA "refresh air" (f/n 640).
Apr 2013: Sold to SMBC, and the lease transferred.
Jly 2015: Sold to Goshawk Aviation, and the lease transferred .
Jan 2018: Transferred to the Alaska Airlines fleet following the merger.
Sep 2020: Withdrawn from service, and stored at SFO.
Apr 2021: Ferried to OAK for storage.
Jan 2022: Ferried to GSO for storage.
Feb 2023: Ferried to LCQ for storage, and prep to MYAirline.
Jly 2023: Goshawk re-regeisters as TF-GAD.

Super Air Jet's PK-SAF

Super Air Jet is taking delivery of PK-SAF (msn 3357) today. It's making its delivery flight from TUS to CGK (via HNL, MAJ, and BIK) as SJV1. This A320-232's stop at HNL is scheduled for a gas & go stop.

This A320 stopped through HNL in October 2020 as OE-IAS, on its way to TUS.