Interestingly, it arrived in Honolulu at 10:16 am on December 31.
Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 was scheduled to depart Auckland, New Zealand, on December 31 at 11:55 p.m. local time on its way to Honolulu.
The flight was scheduled to leave Auckland, New Zealand, on New Year's Eve 2017 at 11:55 P.M. The curious case of time travel occurred because the plane flew over the date line, and therefore back in time. Of course, the same thing can happen any time a flight leaves New Zealand and travels to Hawaii just after midnight (or anywhere else on the other side of the Date Line).
It's not so complicated and apparently very common.
New Zealand, meanwhile, is 13 hours ahead of UTC, due to the Summer season there. But it was thanks to a 10-minute delay that this feat of technical time-travel was made possible, reveals Mashable.
The anomaly was noticed by an American journalist which, even though quite common, amazed Twitter.
What a wonderful New Year's or two it was for those on board.
It followed up with another tweet showing six aircraft - three each from China Airlines and Eva Air - taking off from Taipei in 2018 "to bring their passengers back to year 2017 in North America".