26 October 2016

Qantas Airways' VH-QPJ

Qantas Airways ferried VH-QPJ "Port Stephen" (msn 712) from VCV to SYD, with a stop at KOA as QFA6004. The A330-303 is the first Qantas airliner to wear their 2016 livery, in anticipation of taking delivery of their first 787-9 within the next 12 months. The A330 made a two-hour late-night fuel stop at KOA. VH-QPJ, and Qantas' new look was unveiled at their hangar at SYD.

Further information in this Qantas Airways press release.

China Southern Airlines' B-7996

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-7996 (c/n 43898, l/n 6130) today. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN196, and will overnight at HNL.

Upcoming 737NG 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 the Boeing Test Flights Google Sheet 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:
5932 | B-1571 | 40744 | Yangtze River Express | -8EH [10.12.16 B1571 via LCH ]
6120 | B-18663 | 61772 | China Airlines | -8AL [10.20.16 CAL1710 to ANC ]
6124 | B-7895 | 60857 | Air China | -89L [10.21.16 CCA47]
6123 | B-1565 | 39222 | Lucky Air | -74P [10.21.16 B1565]
6121 | 9V-MGQ | 44233 | SilkAir | -8SA [10.22.16 SLK8880]
6126 | B-1537 | 41499 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [10.23.16 CES9001]
6128 | B-7991 | 61796 | Lucky Air | -84P [10.25.16 B7991]
6129 | B-1541 | 43417 | Hainan Airlines | -86N [10.25.16 CHH1541]
6131 | B-7599 | 41500 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [10.25.16 CES9002]
6130 | B-7996 | 43893 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [10.26.16 CSN196]

6008 | B-7631 | 61273 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z «
6081 | B-1553 | 61355 | 9 Air | -86X «
6117 | 9M-LNC | 38314 | Malindo Air | -8GP «
6122 | B-____ | 61325 | Ruili Airlines | -84P «
6133 | B-1570 | 42161 | Urumqi Airlines | -84P «
6134 | B-7986 | 61684 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6146 | B-7089 | 60166 | Kunming Airlines | -8LY «
6148 | B-____ | _____ | Yangtze River Express | -8__ «
6149 | B-1542 | 41380 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «

« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« First Flight: 10.27.16
« Added: __.__.16
« 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 the Line Number.

25 October 2016

China Eastern Airlines' B-7599

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of their second 737-89P within the past two days, with B-7599 (c/n 41500, l/n 6131). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

Lucky Air's B-7991

Lucky Air is taking delivery of B-7991 (c/n 61796, l/n 6128) this morning. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as B7991, and will overnight at HNL. This is Lucky Air's second 737NG delivery within the past four days.

Hainan Airlines' B-1541

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1541 (c/n 43417, l/n 6129) this morning. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is makings delivery flight from BFI as CHH1541, and will overnight at HNL.

23 October 2016

China Eastern Airlines' B-1537

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1537 (c/n 41499, l/n 6126) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

22 October 2016

SilkAir's 9V-MGQ

SilkAir is taking delivery of 9V-MGQ (c/n 44233, l/n 6121) today. The 737-8SA is making its delivery flight from BFI as SLK8880, and will overnight at KOA.

Lucky Air's B-1565

Lucky Air is taking delivery of B-1565 (c/n 39222, l/n 6123) today. The 737-74P is makings delivery flight from BFI as B1565, and will overnight at HNL.

21 October 2016

Air China's B-7895

Air China is taking delivery of B-7895 (c/n 60857, l/n 6124) this afternoon. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

16 October 2016

Hawaiian Airlines Moana Logo-Jet

On October 15th, Hawaiian Airlines debuted their Disney's "Moana" logo-jet. An unveiling and blessing ceremony was held with 300+ guests in attendance. N392HA "Hikianalia" (msn 1404) was chosen as the first of three of the company's 23 A330-243s to wear the promotional livery. The decision to utilize Hikianalia as the debut aircraft was made in coincidence with the theme of the upcoming movie as it shares the name of one of the two traditional Hawaiian Voyaging canoes (with sister ship Hōkūle‘a) which is currently on an epic adventure around the world.

The unveiling of the new logo-jet was a closely kept secret. The previous day, prior to the announcement ceremony, Hikianalia was towed into the United Airlines Maintenance hangar to have the decals applied. Lighting production and event audio was also prepared in time for the photoshoot with two of the movie's main cast. Auli‘i Cravalho, voice of Moana, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, voice of the demigod Maui, showed up in the early evening for their promotional photoshoot with Hikianalia, and Hawaiian's CEO Mark Dunkerley.

Hawaiian's first promotional livery aircraft was pressed into service the today as HA16 to San Diego.

13 October 2016

UNLV Rebels Team Charter

The University of Nevada - Las Vegas Rebels football team chartered a Sun Country Airlines 737-8BK, N818SY (c/n 29646, l/n 2282), for their road game against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. The Rebels arrived this evening from LAS as SCX8651, and will return to LAS after the game.

Hawaiian Airlines Partners With Maryknoll School

Hawaiian Airlines President & CEO Mark Dunkerley presented Maryknoll School with a $50,000 grant for the school's Mx Scholar Program for STEM and Aerospace.

Further details in this Maryknoll School news article, a few photos on the school's Instagram page, and KITV4 News report.

12 October 2016

Yangtze River Express's B-1571

Yangtze River Express is taking delivery of B-1571 (c/n 40744, l/n 5932) yesterday. The 737-8EH is making its delivery flight from LCH [Lake Charles, LA] as B1571. 

This 737 was originally ordered by GOL, but was not taken up, and acquired by Aircastle, registered as N739AC, then ferried to LCH for storage.

08 October 2016

NASA's 83-0502

Formally flying for the United States Air Force, this G-20A (Gulfstream-III) was acquired by the National Aeronautical and Space Administration in 2003 to become a test-bed/research aircraft. Hanging below 83-0502 (c/n 389) is an Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) array. According to their website, 83-0502 was used to survey Mauna Loa yesterday. For more information click here.


A private A319-115CX ACJ operated by Eva Air arrived form Taipei this afternoon. B-54111 (c/n 5792) wears no markings of its operator.

06 October 2016


N278TA (msn 278), an A340-313, is ferrying from SFB [Orlando Sanford International Airport, FL] to CGK, via HNL.

278 was purchased by Orix Aviation, and leased to Air Canada in June 1999 as C-GDVZ (f/n 910). In June 2009, it was leased to Air Asia X as 9M-XAC, and wore the Oakland Raiders special livery for three years. It was subleased to Saudi Arabian Airlines from June 2012 to November 2013. After it was returned to Air Asia X, it remained as a white tail, but wore a decal for Wakanow.com (a Nigerian travel company) for a short period of time. It was stored at SZW [Schwerin-Parchim, Germany] from August 2015 to July 2016. Lufthansa Technik acquired this A340, and registered it as D-AAAM, and ferried to SFB.