We cover airlines, airliners, and flights that are rare to Hawai‘i. We also cover airline media events at HNL, airline news affecting Hawai‘i, rare birds visiting Neighbor Island airports, biz jet versions of airliners, and military rare birds.
FedEx Express' MD-10-30F, N313FE "Bilal" (c/n 48311, l/n 440, f/n 313), is making a fleet substitution on FDX5025 [MEM-HNL] today. It will continue onto LAX as FDX638. It's been quite a while since HNL has had an MD-10 on the south ramp.
N313FE was delivered to FedEx in May 1988, named "Ameyali", as a DC-10-30F. In October 2009, it was reclassified as an MD-10-30.
Severe turbulence and over 30 injured passengers and crew on an Air Canada flight from YVR to SYD, that caused it to divert to HNL. ACA33, flown by a 777-233ER, C-FNNH (c/n 35247, l/n 699, f/n 706), encountered turbulence southwest of the Hawaiian Islands, and made the diversion to HNL.
Regent Airways [RX/RGE, Bangladesh] is returning S2-AHC (c/n 29360, l/n 1644), a 737-7V3, to it lessor AerCap, as it had been in storage at SXB since April.
29360 was originally delivered to ILFC in January 2005, and leased to Panama's Copa Airlines as HP-1528CMP. In May 2012, it was leased to Mongolia's Eznis Airlines as JU-9921. When it was returned to ILFC as N171LF, it made a stop at HNL. In May 2014, it sold to AerCap, and leased to Regent Airways, and flew until April 2019.
Our July edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to 2005, and Island Air's Dash8-103, N810WP (msn 363), pictured on their ramp.
363 was originally delivered to Mesaba Airlines [XJ/MES, USA] in July 1993 as N864MA, and operated for Northwest Airlink. In June 1998, it was sold to Southern Winds [A4/SWD, Argentina] as LV-YTA "Pablo G Diamante". Bombardier acquired this Dash8-102 in 2003, and converted to a Dash8-103 in January 2005. It was delivered to Island Air later that month as N810WP, and flew with the inter-island carrier for three years. It was then sold to United Airways [4H/ UBD, Bangladesh] as S2-AES in March 2008, where it currently flies.
Making a brief stop in Honolulu this morning was Chile's President Sebastian Pinera in their sole 767-3Y0 after attending the G20 Summit that was held in Osaka, Japan.
FAC985 (msn 26205, l/n 474) was originally delivered to Aeroflot in September 1994 as EI-CKD. In February 2000, it went on to fly for TWA and American after the merger as N638TW. In November 2003 EuroAtlantic Airways acquired the frame and was registered as CS-TLQ. While operating with EuroAtlantic, it was leased out to Southern Winds (LV-AIX) in 2004-2005 and Air India for a short period in 2007. Its current operator acquired it in August 2008.