21 October 2014

Air China's B-1976

Air China is taking delivery of their second 737-89L in as many days with B-1976 (c/n 41098, l/n 5131). It's making its delivery flight as CCA74, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan's B-1727

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1727 (c/n 39216, l/n 5128) this morning. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1727, and will overnight at HNL.

Upcoming 737NG Deliveries

With many of the airlines around the Pacific Rim ordering Next Generation 737s, most of those airliners will stop through Hawai‘i (mainly HNL) during the first segment of their island-hopping delivery flights from Boeing Field (BFI). This post will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

According to The Boeing Test Flights website, these listed below are the airframes that have been assigned assembly line numbers, and currently on the BFI flightlines that are being readied for delivery. Those listed below, should make a stopover at HNL on their first segment out of BFI on their delivery flights in the near future:

5101 | JA79AN | 44557 | All Nippon Airways | -881 [10.01.14 ANA9399 - ANC ]
5109 | PK-GNO | 41800 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3 [10.02.14 GIA8011]
5108 | VH-XZO | 44576 | Qantas Airways | -838 [10.06.14 QFA6024]
5116 | PK-GNN | 41270 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3 [10.09.14 GIA8011]
5126 | B-1707 | 39906 | Xiamen Air | -85C [10.16.14 CXA1707]
5120 | B-1978 | 41324 | Air China | -89L [10.20.14 CCA78]
5128 | B-1727 | 39216 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [10.21.14 CHH1727]
5131 | B-1976 | 41098 | Air China | -89L [10.21.14 CCA74]

5031 | HS-DBR | 43420 | Nok Air | -86N
5034 | B-1971 | 39904 | Xiamen Air | -85C
5035 | B-1972 | 37620 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L
5121 | B-5817 | 39739 | China Eastern Airlines | -79P
5122 | 9M-LNM | 39826 | Malindo Air | -9GPER
5127 | PK-LBQ | 39825 | Batik Air | -8GP
5132 | B-1733 | 41254 | Hainan Airlines | -86N
5134 | PK-LPI | 38299 | Lion Air | -9GPER
5135 | B-1720 | 41493 | China Eastern Airlines | -86D
5137 | HS-DBS | 43421 | Nok Air | -86N «
5139 | B-1731 | 41619 | Shandong Airlines | -85N
5140 | 9V-MGG | 44223 | SilkAir | -8SA

« Added 10.16.14
These airframes were involved in the train derailment incident in Montana.
ยบ New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings

On the occasion that a delivery flight stops through a Neighbor Island airport, or Anchorage, AK [ANC], their IATA airport code will noted after its flight number. When the delivery flight goes through ANC, it will not be listed on the "Deliveries" pages.

Also, a big mahalo to the PlaneSpotters.net's 737NG production list, and Airliner List for the additional production information. Currently, team member Drewski2112 is taking a well-deserved, extended break from updating his 737NG production list website. We wish him well during his time away. He will continue to post Boeing photos on his Flickr page.

The airframes listed below, are the Pacific-bound 737NGs currently on the order books which have been assigned Construction Numbers. As each ordered 737 is assigned a Line Number, the airframe is assembled at RNT, then flown to BFI; that listing will be moved to the list at the top of this post.
B-5689 | 41512 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
B-____ | 38924 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
B-____ | 41606 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41609 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41610 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41611 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41612 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41613 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41614 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 39217 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
B-____ | 39156 | Shenzhen Airlines | 87L «
B-18___ | 43662 | China Airlines | -8MA «
JA80AN | 44558 | All Nippon Airways | -881
JA81AN | 44559 | All Nippon Airways | -881
PK-G__ | 41605 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3
PK-G__ | 41607 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3
VH-XZP | 44577 | Qantas Airways | -838 *
9V-MGH | 44224 | SilkAir | -8SA «
« Added 10.06.14

20 October 2014

Air China's B-1978

Air China is taking delivery of B-1978 (c/n 41324, l/n 5120) this morning. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

16 October 2014

Xiamen's B-1707

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1707 (c/n 39906, l/n 5126) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA1707, and will overnight at HNL.

15 October 2014

Airlines To Waive Change Fees For Storm

In anticipation of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Ana, airlines serving Hawaii have announced that they will be waiving the normal fees to change reservations for flights this coming weekend.  If this involves you, of course, please contact the individual airline for details or limitations.

In a related matter, the NOAA's Gulfstream IV, N49RF, and an Air Force WC-130Js will be flying around, and into the storm to keep us informed. The HNL RareBirds team thanks these iron-stomached aircrews for their service.

10.17.14 Update
All of the local carriers have altered their flight schedules, and canceled flights in preparation for Hurricane Ana.

14 October 2014

Xiamen Air Completes Hebei Acquisition

Xiamen Air has completed its acquisition of Hebei Airlines with a 99+% share of the latter carrier. The merger was announced this past July.

Further details in this ATW Online article.

12 October 2014

Garuda Orders 50 737 MAX 8s

Boeing announced today that Garuda Indonesia has placed an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, four of which will be converted from an existing order for 737-800s.

Further details in this Boeing Mediaroom release.

09 October 2014

Qantas Retrojet Announced

When Qantas Airways takes delivery of VH-XZP (c/n 44577), expected in late November, the airline will introduce a retrojet livery on the 737-838, that will commemorate its 75th Anniversary.

Further details in this World Airline News article.


N417US (c/n 23984, l/n 1674), a 737-401, is being ferried from DMK to GYR (via ROR, MAJ, and HNL), as it returns to its lessor, BCI Aircraft Leasing. It was most recently with City Airways (Thailand) [E8/GTA] as HS-GTB.

23984 was originally purchased by Piedmont Airlines [PI/PAI] as N417US, and delivered in February 1989.  It was transferred to the US Air [US/USA] fleet after it acquired Piedmont later that year. N417US wore three different US Air liveries: the bare metal livery, the dark blue/grey livery, and the most recent livery. In 1997, it was sold to BCI Aircraft Leasing, then leased back to US Airways, until 2012. In February 2013, it was leased to City Airways, and it retained most of the previous livery.

Garuda's PK-GNN

Garuda Indonesia is taking delivery of their second 737-8U3 within the past seven days with PK-GNN (c/n 41270, l/n 5116). This GECAS-leased 737 is making its delivery flight from BFI as GIA8011, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, before continuing onto KSA.

06 October 2014

Mokulele Expands Services

AirlineRoutes.com reports that Mokulele Airlines is expanding service at JRF and JHM with MKK beginning October 20th. The airline will add three round-trip daily flights between JRF and MKK, and two round-trip daily flights between JRF and JHM. They will also all service between MKK and JHM, and HNM and JHM.

Qantas' VH-XZO

Qantas Airways is taking delivery of VH-XZO (c/n 44576, 5108) today. The 737-838 is making its delivery flight from BFI as QFA6024, and will overnight at HNL.

04 October 2014


ZK-NGP (c/n 27459, l/n 3007), a former Air New Zealand 737-33A leased from AWAS is making its ferry flight from CHC to GYR (via APW and HNL).

27459 was originally leased to Air Malta in March 1998 as 9H-ADH, until 2007. During its time with Air Malta, it was subleased twice to Azzurra Air. In March 2008, it was leased to Air New Zealand.


N281LF (c/n 26316, l/n 2711), a 737-4K5 most recently with Merpati Nusantra as PK-MDY, is making its ferry flight from CGK to GYR (via MNL, GUM, MAJ, HNL, and OAK).

26316 was originally purchased by ILFC, and leased to Hapag-Lloyd (Germany) in April 1995 as D-AHLG. In November 2000, it was leased to Garuda Indonesia as PK-GWT, until May 2011. Three months later, it was leased to Merpati as PK-MDY. It has been recently acquired by Strategic Air Finance [Miami, FL].

10.11.14 Update
N281LF left for OAK.

02 October 2014

Garuda's PK-GNO

Garuda Indonesia is taking delivery of PK-GNO (c/n 41800, l/n 5109) this morning. The 737-8U3, leased from ILFC, is making its delivery flight from BFI as GIA8011, and will make a brief fuel-stop at HNL, before conning onto to KSA.