16 March 2018

Southwest Receives Permission For Hawai‘i Service

Southwest Airlines was granted approval from both the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) to start service between the west coast and Hawai‘i. The airline still needs FAA approval and certification to perform ETOPS flights.

Further information in this KHON2 article.

Lucky Air's B-1209

The second of the two Lucky Air 737-84P deliveries today, is B-1209 (c/n 60174, l/n 6793). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as B1209, and will overnight at HNL.

Upcoming 737NG & 737MAX Deliveries

With many of the airlines around Asia and Oceania ordering Next Generation 737s and 737 MAXs, 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) [map]. This post is continuously updated as new information becomes available.

According to The Boeing Test Flights website, these listed below are the airframes that have begun assembly, or made its first flight from RNT, or are being readied for delivery on the BFI flightline. Additional information also provided by Tyke's Aero Blog and PlaneSpotters.net's 737 Production List. Those listed below, should make a stopover in Hawai‘i on their first segment out of BFI on their delivery flights in the near future:

6827 | B-1213 | 44398 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [03.01.18 CHH1213]
6840 | B-1360 | 63769 | Shandong Airlines | -85C [03.09.18 CDG1360]
6794 | B-1225 | 60886 | Air China | -MAX8 [03.13.18 CCA47]

6769 | B-1208 | 60173 | Lucky Air | -84P [03.16.18 B1208]
6793 | B-1209 | 60174 | Lucky Air | -84P [03.16.18 B1209]

737 NG
6453 | JA06GR | 61798 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL « BFI
6745 | B-____ | 63055 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P BBJ2 (N1800B) «
6752 | B-1366 | 42977 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW «
6755 | B-1363 | 63255 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6761 | B-1281 | 63054 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6773 | B-1229 | 61707 | Kunming Airlines | -7LY «
6788 | B-1253 | 63057 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
6797 | B-1362 | 63256 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6800 | B-1280 | 63056 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6832 | B-1233 | 61365 | 9 Air | -86X «
6835 | B-1237 | 63257 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6844 | B-1377 | 61134 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L «
6847 | B-1262 | 63059 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P «
6853 | B-1215 | 44399 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6856 | B-____ | 63407 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6865 | B-1219 | 60890 | Air China | -89P «

737 MAX
6250 | HS-LS_ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | HS-LS_ | 42989 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) «
6740 | B-1259 | 61627 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 «
6771 | HS-LSH | 42991 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 «
6780 | B-1388 | 62199 | Hainan Airlines | -MAX8 «
6785 | B-1260 | 61628 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 «

« First Flight: 03.13.18
« Pre-Delivery Testing
« Stored (Location [IATA])
° 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. However, when the delivery flight goes through ANC, it will not be listed on the "Deliveries" pages.

Due to the amount of orders known, the 737 Order List has been moved to its own tab. When an airframe begins assembly or makes its first flight, the listing will be moved to this post, according to order of the Line Numbers.


Lucky Air's B-1208

Lucky Air is taking delivery of two 737-84Ps today. The first of the two is B-1208 (c/n 60173, l/n 6769), which is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1208, and will overnight at HNL.

13 March 2018

Air China's B-1225

Air China is taking delivery of B-1225 (c/n 60886, l/n 6794) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

12 March 2018

ConAir's C-GVFK

ConAir's RJ85 firebomber, C-GVFK (msn E2268), has made a stop at HNL this evening, as it returns to Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada from it summer firefighting assignment in Australia.

10 March 2018


N315ST (c/n 22611, l/n 75), a 757-225F, is ferrying from GYR [Goodyear, AZ] to CHC [Christchurch, New Zealand], and is making a stop at HNL. It will also make a stop at APW [Apia, Sāmoa].

22611 was originally purchased by GATX, and leased to Eastern Air Lines in December 1985 as N522EA. In October 1991, it was leased to Air 2000 as G-OOOW. In September 2002, it was leased to Air Atlanta Icelandic as TF-ARE. It was subleased to Excel Airways from April 2003 to November 2005, then from March 2006 to December 2006 as G-VKNC. 22611 was sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest as N315ST in December 2006, and converted to a freighter. In May 2007, it was leased to Varig LOG as PR-LGI, until June 2009. In October 2011, it was leased to DHL International as A9C-DHD, until June 2017.

09 March 2018

10 Tanker Air Carrier's N522AX Return to Base

After another Australian fire season, N522AX (c/n 48315, l/n 436) is returning to home base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. "912" passed through in late October last year.

Shandong Airlines' B-1360

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1360 (c/n 63769, l/n 6840) today. This 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1360, and will overnight at HNL.

08 March 2018


2-MSJJ (c/n 40152, l/n 4685), a former Malaysia Airlines 737-8H6, is ferrying from KUL to MZJ (via GUM and HNL). It was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in November 2013 as 9M-MSJ; and withdrawn from service in September 2017.

07 March 2018

Air Canada To Launch 737 MAX8 Service

Air Canada announced today that they be launching 737 MAX8 service between Western Canada and Hawai‘i. The airline announced that it will also launch thrice-weekly service between Vancouver, British Columbia [YVR] and Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i [LIH] beginning on December 15, 2018 to April 27, 2019. Other 737 MAX8 flights include YVR-HNL and YVR-OGG, that will go twice daily in winter months; and YVR-KOA (seasonal). Air Canada will also launch four-times weekly service between Calgary, Alberta [YYR] and Kahului, Maui [OGG].

Further information in this Air Canada press release.

06 March 2018

Hawaiian To Order 10 787-9s

Boeing and Hawaiian Airlines announced this morning that the Honolulu-based carrier has signed a Letter of Intent to order ten 787-9 Dreamliners, with an option for an additional ten aircraft. Delivery of the first Dreamliner is expected to be in the first quarter of 2021.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release, and this Boeing Media Room press release.

01 March 2018

Beijing Airlines' B-3999

Beijing Airlines' 737-79L BBJ, B-3999 (c/n 41090, l/n 3636), is making a stop at HNL today. The charter flight arrived from Tianjin, China (TSN) as BJN099.

03.04.18 Update
B-3999 departed for Long Beach, CA [LGB] this morning.

Hainan Airlines' B-1213

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1213 (c/n 44398, l/n 6827) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1213, and will overnight at HNL.

Aloha Airlines' N809AL

Our March edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" recognizes the 10th anniversary of the closure of Aloha Airlines, with this photo of N809AL "Keeaumoku" (c/n 21720, l/n 552) taken in June 1990, as I walked to board another Aloha 737-397. This 737-2Q9/Adv is seen above waiting to taxi out for departure.

Sadly, Aloha Airlines was shutdown on 31 March 2008, as it was unable to secure further financing to keep operating, after 61 years of service.

21720 was originally delivered to Air Florida, under lease from the ITEL Corporation, in January 1979 as N37AF, and flew with the airline until September 1984. During its time with Air Florida, N37AF was subleased to Transavia for two five-months stints (May-October 1981 and May-October 1982). In September 1984, it was sold to POLA, and leased to AirCal as N458AC. When American Airlines acquired AirCal, the latter's fleet was transferred over, and wore hybrid liveries. N458AC was also subleased to the second incarnation of Braniff Airways in February 1988. In May 1990, 21720 was sub-subleased to Aloha Airlines as N809AL. In May 1997, it was acquired by ACG, and the lease continued with Aloha Airlines. It was also painted in the airline's final livery, and flew with the airline until March 2003, where it was placed into storage at GYR. In June 2005, this 737-2Q9/Adv was scrapped.

23 February 2018

Hawaiian To Order 787-9s?

According to airline industry consultant Scott Hamilton and his Leeham News & Comment website, they report that Hawaiian Airlines will switch their order for six Airbus A330-800s to six Boeing 787-9s, and the formal announcement from Hawaiian is pending.

Originally, Hawaiian Airlines was one a handful of airlines to order the A350-800 a few years ago. When Airbus cancelled the A350-800, Hawaiian was offered the A330neo (A330-800) as a substitute. The airline was offered the longer A350-900, but declined, opting for the A330-800, as the former would be too much airplane for the airline's flight operations. The same applied to the A330-300. When Hawaiian received its first A330-243s, we asked Mark Dunkerley if the A330-300 was a viable option, and his answer was "no, it's too much airplane for what we do."

Noting the longer range of the 787-9, was one of the factors in Hawaiian Airlines making the switch, as the airline is looking into routes further into Asia, beyond the range of their current A330-243s.

However, a FlightGlobal report states that Hawaiian Airlines rebutted the Leeham article, saying they will stay with the A330-800.

Again, Hawaiian Airlines is yet to formally announce whether it will stay with the A330-800 or switch their order to the 787-9.