02 December 2016

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:
6180 | B-1573 | 61695 | China United Airlines | -89P [12.02.16 CUA573]
6122 | B-1593 | 61325 | Ruili Airlines | -84P «
6148 | B-7887 | 60089 | Yangtze River Express | -8B1 «
6153 | B-1595 | 61326 | Ruili Airlines | -84P «
6181 | B-1575 | 61274 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z «
6186 | B-1556 | 61356 | 9 Air | -86X «
6191 | 9M-LCK | 38318 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8GP «
6192 | B-1572 | 61685 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6196 | B-7897 | 60861 | Air China | -89P «

« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« First Flight: 11.30.16
« 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.

01 December 2016

ATI's N820BX

Our December edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to March 2005, with Air Transport International's DC-8-71, N820BX (c/n 46065, l/n 460), seen above on Taxiway RT.

46065 was originally delivered to United Airlines as a DC-8-61, in June 1969 as N8098U. In November 1983, the JT3D-3B power plants were replaced with CFM56-2C1s, and upgraded to a DC-8-71. It remained with United until the early 90s. In January 1993, ATI acquired this airframe, and converted it into a freighter, as N820BX. ATI operated it for Burlington Air Express (BAX) and BAX Global. This DC-8 is currently owned by ATI's parent company Cargo Air Management (CAM), and continues to fly for ATI.

30 November 2016

Conair's C-GVFK

Conair Aviation's RJ85 firebomber, C-GVFK (msn E2268, t/n 391), is making a stop at HNL as it heads to Australia for its summer forest fire fighting efforts. It's flying from YXX, and has made stops at OAK and HNL.

E2268 was originally delivered to Lufthansa Cityline in October 1995 as D-AVRH. In March 2012, Falko Regional Aircraft acquired it as G-OCLH. Aerial firefighters Aero-Flite acquired the RJ85 in December 2015 as N223AC. Conair acquired it this past February as C-GVFK.

29 November 2016

Air China's B-7891

Air China is taking delivery of their second 737-89L in the past seven days, with B-7891 (c/n 43418, l/n 6177). It is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

26 November 2016


N631GT (c/n 25685, l/n 430), a 767-375ER, is ferrying from MZJ to QPG (via LAX and HNL) on its way to be converted into a freighter. Owned by Atlas Air, it will have the Amazon.com "Prime Air" livery, and operate on behalf of the online retailer, and be re-registered as N1217A.

25685 was originally ordered by Canadian Airlines International, as C-GCAW, but was not taken up, and was sold to Guinness Peat Aviation in April 1992. In November 1992, it was leased to China Southern Airlines as B-2561, but was subsequently sold to GECAS in October 1996, and remained with CSN. In January 1997, it was leased to LAN Chile as CC-CRG.  In September 2004, CIT Leasing acquired this 767-375ER, and it remained under lease with LAN, until October 2014. During its time with LAN, it was transferred to LAN Argentina from December 2008 to October 2010 as LV-BTE. In January of this year, Atlas Air acquired this 767 as N258CT, and re-registered it as N631GT, but was stored at MZJ.

23 November 2016

Fiji Airways Orders 737 MAX8s

Boeing and Fiji Airways announced that the airline will order five 737 MAX8s as replacement for its current 737NG fleet. The first two are slated for delivery in 2018.

Further details in this Airways Magazine article.

Asia Pacific Airlines' N705AA Modified Livery

Asia Pacific Airlines' N705AA is the first of their 727-200Fs to receive the livery similar to their 757-200F, N757QM. It was flown to OPF (via PHX) in August for maintenance and repainting, and returned to service this month.

China Southern Airlines' B-7997

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-7997 (c/n 43894, l/n 6171) today. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN997, and will overnight at HNL.

22 November 2016

Air China's B-7896

Air China is taking delivery of B-7896 (c/n 60859, l/n 6168) today. The 737089L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

21 November 2016

Allegiant N330NV

A A319-111 formally belonging to Cebu Pacific Air is now heading to the Mainland for Allegiant Air. RP-C3193 (msn 2786) was delivered to Cebu Pacific Air in February 2006. It will become N330NV once delivered to Allegiant.

20 November 2016

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82079

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' An-124-100, RA-82079, made a stop at HNL as it transits from ARA [New Iberia, LA] to PER, as VDA2186.  It made stops at IAH, HNL, and POM.

19 November 2016

China Eastern Airlines' B-7592

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-7592 (c/n 41502, l/n 6167) today. The 737-89P is making delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan Airlines' B-1545

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1545 (c/n 60157, l/n 6166) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1545, and will overnight at HNL.