Hawaiian Airlines and Omni Air International are flying Golden Week charter flights from Japan to HNL. Some of the flights include: HAL910 (KIX-HNL), OAE606 (NRT-HNL), and OAE607 (HIJ-HNL). Both airlines are using 767-300ERs for these flights.
Batik Airlines took delivery of their second 737-9GPER last night. PK-LBH (c/n 38730, l/n 4430) made a late-night gas & go tech stop at HNL, as PKLBH. This was the former Lion Airlines' PK-LKV, which was allocated to Batik.
Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of PK-LBH at HNL, but "BFIBravo"got a shot of it at BFI.
Normally during Kona winds, widebody aircraft land on the "Reef Runway", Runway 26L. Today, a United Airlines 777-222 flying in as UAL201, IAH-HNL, made a surprising landing on 26R. I haven't seen anything larger than a 737-800 land on 26R before today.
Here's N779UA (c/n 29641, l/n 35) just about to land on 26R. This was actually the second attempt at landing. In the first attempt, the aircraft started turning late to line up with the runway, and was still banking at this point. The pilots leveled off and initiated a go around. On the second attempt, they took a much wider approach and had a much more stabilized approach. Below is N779UA just before the nose gear touches down with the thrust reversers opening up.
China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of their third 737-81B in the past two weeks. B-5739 (c/n 38943, l/n 4427) is making its delivery flight from BFI today, as CSN423, and will overnight at HNL.
Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-5753 (c/n 39331, l/n 4402) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH5753. Parent company, Xiamen Airlines originally ordered this 737, then allocated it to Hebei.
The ownership group for Island Air has named Paul Casey as their CEO. Les Murashige will remain as president, running daily operations. The move was made as the airline seeks further growth and potential expansion.
Paul Casey is no stranger to the Hawai‘i airline market, as he was CEO of Hawaiian Airlines from 1997 to 2002.
Further information in this Hawaii News Now article.
I went on a trip in March to Phoenix to catch some Spring Training baseball. While in Phoenix, I found a great place to do some spotting - Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe.
This picture was taken from Hayden Butte, a small mountain next to ASU's Sun Devil Stadium. Just half way up the trail, you can see PHX and downtown Phoenix. The ASU campus in Tempe is located to the east and slightly south of PHX's 2 7-25 runways. The building in the lower right corner is the headquarters of U.S. Airways.
Once at the top, Hayden Butte is a great place to spot aircraft landing (or taking off depending on the winds) to both sides of PHX. The US A320 in the picture is landing on the north side of PHX (that's the best zoom on my camera). Aircraft landing on the south side fly much closer to the mountain.
You don't have to hike up Hayden Butte to watch the aircraft fly by. You can sit in the shade at the light rail station or Sun Devil Stadium and watch aircraft pass overhead, which I ended up doing as the trail is rather steep and it was a hot day.
After watching a couple of spring training games, my next stop was Las Vegas. My flight on Southwest was uneventful until we were about to land. I had a window seat and just as we were passing over the piano keys, the engines spooled up and we started climbing again. I just experienced my first go-around! Once we leveled off, the pilots explained that the aircraft that landed before us did not exit the runway in time for us to land.
The night before I was to leave LAS, I got another surprise from Southwest. My non-stop flight to SJC was cancelled. My only other option to get to SJC in time for my Hawaiian flight to HNL was fly to BUR and change planes. It was nice to be able to board and deplane using stairs and walking across the ramp, something I haven't done since I last flew to KOA in 2002. Luckily, the flights were lightly loaded and I was able to make it to my flight in SJC about 10 minutes before boarding started.
Qantas Airways is taking delivery of VH-XZE (c/n 39369, l/n 4421) today. This 737-838 is making its delivery flight from BFI as QFA6024, and will overnight at HNL. This is their second 737 delivery in the past two weeks.
Normally, we don't post private jet photos, unless they are BizJet versions of airliners. However, charter airline Comlux Malta has this gold-clad Dassault Falcon 900LX, 9H-GMT (msn 247), in their fleet. It arrived on Monday from LIH, and departed to ANC today as MLM93.
China Easter Airlines is taking delivery of their third Yunnan Peacock liveried 737-79P today. B-5802 (c/n 39725, l/n 4418) is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES599. It will overnight at HNL upon arrival (above). This is also their second peacock liveried 737-79P that features orange as the main color.
Xiamen Airlines is taking delivery of B-5751 (c/n 38400, l/n 4419) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight out of BFI as CXA5751, and will overnight at HNL when it arrives. It's seen above the next morning, as it taxies out for departure to MAJ.
Batik Airlines, Lion Air Group's full-service subsidiary, is taking delivery of their first (of ten) 737-9GPER today. PK-LBG (c/n 38688, l/n 4414) is making its delivery flight using its registration as its identifier. Like other Lion Group deliveries, PK-LBG's stop at HNL was a brief two-hour layover. It's seen above rolling out on Runway 4R as it arrives from BFI.
38688 was originally ordered by parent Lion Airlines as PK-LKW. It was thought that Lion's Malaysian subsidiary, Malindo Air, was going to receive this 737-9GPER, but was allocated to Batik, Lion's new Indonesian full-service subsidiary, that will operate internationally and domestically.
Fly Marianas, the new airline venture from Fly Micronesia LLC, will not not launch as anticipated. They planned to operate a single A320-323, EI-TAB (msn 1624) leased from CIT.
Fly Micronesia LLC also operated as the short-lived Fly Guam, from March to December 2011 with 737-400, N238AG.
EI-TAB was purchased by CIT, and leased to TACA International in June 2002. TACA sub-leased the A320 to Cubana from June 2003 to December 2008. TACA operated EI-TAB until October 2012, after which it was stored at GYR, where it remains.
Further information in this Airliners Gallery article.
Today, Lion Air's PK-LKS (c/n 38728, l/n 4350), formerly Malindo Air's 9M-LNB, crashed on final approach, short of the runway at DPS. The 737-8GP, delivered on 19 February (above photo), was ordered by Lion Air, but allocated to it's Malaysian subsidiary Malindo for its service launch. It was returned to Lion on March 20, as Malindo is going for an all-737-9GPER fleet.
Thankfully, all 101 passengers and crew of seven escaped with only minor injuries.
Further information in this Aviation Herald article, and this BBC article
China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of their second 737-81B in three days. B-5748 (c/n 41302, l/n 4415) is making its delivery flight from BFI this morning as CSN48. It will overnight at HNL upon arrival. Since mid-February, this would be China Southern's sixth 737-81B delivered.
Sorry, we weren't able to get a photo of B-5748 at HNL, but team member Drewski2112 got a photo of it at BFI.
Thomson Airways' G-OOBE "Explorer" (c/n 33100, l/n 1029) is making another stopover at HNL as part of another round-the-world trip in partnership with TCS & Starquest Expeditions. The 757-28A is flying as TOM993, and arrived from LAX this afternoon. As seen above, G-OOBE's portside is painted with the TCS & Starquest Expeditions' livery.
This is the second time this 757 has been here on a round-the-world charter, the last time was March 2012.
In an interview with Airline Reporter, Virgin America CEO David Cush intimated that the airline plans to enter the west coast-Hawai‘i market in 2015, as the airline receives more Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320s (part of a 40-plane order to boost the fleet to 90 by 2016).
Virgin America is currently a code-share partner with Hawaiian Airlines.
The Sharklets, similar to the Blended Winglets on 737NGs, enhance performance parameters of the A320 series. It's noted in the Virgin America press release if any of this current order (which also includes an option for 20 more A320 series) if these airliners will have the New Engine Option (NEO).
Virgin America's N634VA (msn 3359) is pictured above in a 2010 photo taken at LAX, on short final to Runway 24R.
The first major announcement by Hawaiian Airlines this morning, is that they plan to start thrice-weekly A330-243 service between HNL and PEK (HAL888/887) in April 2014, pending governmental approval by both nations. Beijing would be the tenth international destination for Hawaiian in the past three years.
Hawaiian would become the first airline to offer non-stop scheduled service between the two airports. A few years ago, Hainan Airlines announced they were launching a PEK-HNL route with an A340-600, but has yet to start service.
The other major announcement by Hawaiian, is that they will be terminating the HNL-MNL (HAL 455/456) service at the end of July this year. According to the airline, the route had been under-performing due to fares and fuel prices.
A former Air China 737-3Z0, N294AL (c/n 27047, l/n 2357), is being ferried to MZJ from CTU (via GUM, MAJ, and KOA). It was recently acquired by Air Lease Corp. N294AL arrived last night from MAJ, and left this morning for MZJ.
27047 was originally delivered to China Southwest Airlines in September 1992 as B-2586. Air China transferred this 737-3Z0 into their fleet when they acquired China Southwest in March 2004.
American Airlines' new livery has shown up in HNL. The 767-323ER used on today's American Airlines flight AA123 from DFW, N368AA (cn 25195/404), is shown here painted in the new livery.
My impression of the new livery is mixed. The forward part of the fuselage with the new logo and American titles looks fine. As for the tail section, it just doesn't look right. When I saw the vertical stabilizer cut off by the AA 757, like the cropped picture below, I thought it actually looked good. The alternating color gradient of the blue stripes looks really nice. But, when I saw the entire tail section with the red/white/silvery gray stripes continue past the vertical stabilizer, it looks gaudy instead.
A former World Airways MD-11, N278WA (c/n 48746, l/n 597), is making its way to CGK from VCV, via HNL. It arrived yesterday, and parked on the North Ramp. N278WA is owned by the Boeing Capital Corporation.
This MD-11 was originally delivered to World Airways in March 1996. Over the years, N278WA has been leased to Philippine Airlines, El Al Israel Airlines, Avianca Colombia, Air Asia, Garuda Indonesia, and SonAir.
N278WA is destined for Avient Cargo of Zimbabwe, after some maintenance work at CGK.
One of Royal Jet's BBJs, A6-DFR (c/n 30884, l/n 747), a 737-7BC, is paying a visit to HNL.
30884 was originally delivered to the Jordanian Government as VP-BFA in January 2004. It was re-registered as VP-BFE in October 2007. The Abu Dhabi Amiri Flight acquired the BBJ and registered as the current A6-DFR in November 2007. Royal Jet added to its fleet in June 2010. The BBJ is outfitted with a VIP interior.
Malaysia Airlines is taking delivery of their second 737-8H6 in the past ten days. 9M-MSC (c/n 40145, l/n 4405) is making its delivery flight from BFI as MAS5473, and will overnight at HNL before continuing onto MAJ tomorrow (above photo).
A former Aloha Airlines 737-76N, N743AL (c/n 28654, l/n 986), that was leased from GECAS, has been acquired by Southwest Airlines, and will be registered as N7811F (f/n 7811). This is one of two former Air Berlin 737-700s that Southwest is picking up. Both are currently at BFI, in its former carrier's livery, awaiting their new livery.
After it's three-year-plus stint with Aloha (January 2002 - December 2005), this 737-76N was leased to Air Berlin as D-ABBS from December 2005 to March 2013.
N743AL is seen above in this August 2005 photo, seconds from touching down on Runway 26R, completing another west coast run. This would be one more ETOPS 737-700 in the Southwest fleet.
Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of their first 737-74P today. B-5289 (c/n 39198, l/n 4395) is making its delivery flight from BFI as B5289. It's seen above clearing Taxiway C, for its South Ramp Hardstand parking spot.
Hainan has three 737-76Ns leased from GECAS, but they were absorbed into the parent fleet from their subsidiaries.
Our April edition of "HNL RareBirds Classics" features Northwest Airlines' DC-10-30, N239NW (c/n 48290, l/n 435, f/n 1239), seen above on Taxiway RT, in May 2004. It had received the final NWA livery a month prior to this photograph being taken.
48290 was originally delivered to Thai Airways in December 1987, as HS-TMB. In April 1998, Northwest acquired this DC-10-30, and registered as N239NW. In October 2006, Omni Air International acquired, and registered it as N612AX. Since February 2012, it has been in storage at GYR.
In July 2003, I rode N239NW from SEA to HNL, when it wore the tri-color "bowling shoe" livery.