17 April 2015

Ruili's B-5830

Ruili Airlines [DR/RLH] (China) is taking delivery of B-5830 (c/n 60461, l/n 5343) today. The 737-7ME is making its delivery flight from BFI as B5830, and will overnight at HNL.

Upcoming 737NG Deliveries

With many of the airlines around the Pacific Rim 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). 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. Additional information also provided by PlaneSpotters.net's 737 Production List. Those listed below, should make a stopover at HNL on their first segment out of BFI on their delivery flights in the near future:
5347 | HS-LTR | 39837 | Thai Lion Air | -9GPER [04.01.15 TLM1]
5349 | B-1523 | 39742 | China United Airlines | -89P [04.10.15 CUA523]
5356 | B-5827 | 39315 | Shanghai Airlines | -76D [04.10.15 CSH585]
5355 | 9V-MGJ | 44226 | SilkAir | -8SA [04.11.15 SLK8880 - KOA ]
5359 | B-1798 | 43403 | Hainan Airlines | -86N [04.14.15 CHH1798]
5363 | B-1758 | 40825 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [04.16.15 CSZ416]
5343 | B-5830 | 60461 | Ruili Airlines | -7ME [04.17.15 B5830]

5365 | B-1789 | 41472 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
5375 | PK-LDF | 38309 | Batik Air | -8GP «
5376 | B-1506 | 41623 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
5378 | B-1773 | 41504 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
5381 | B-1763 | 41104 | Air China | -89L «
5382 | B-1797 | 41570 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
5385 | PK-GNS | 41607 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3
5404 | HS-LTS | 39839 | Thai Lion Air | -9GPER
« In Test Phase
« First Flight 04.18.15
« Added 04.16.15
° 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.

Due to the amount of orders known, the 737 Order List has been moved to its own tab. When an airframe begin assembly or make its first flight, the listing will be moved to this post.

16 April 2015

Shenzhen's B-1758

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1758 (c/n 40825, l/n 5363) this morning. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ416, and will overnight at HNL.

15 April 2015


VQ-BTF (c/n 24923, l/n 332), a privately-owned 757-23A, has made a stop at HNL. It's currently registered to the Aquis Group and investor Tony Fung in Barbados.

24923 was originally purchased by AWAS, and due for delivery to Kenya Airways as 5Y-BHF, but was not taken up. In May 1991, it was then sold to Freeport-McMoRan, a Phoenix-based metals and mining company, as N680EM, then later N680FM. In April 1999, it was sold to Vulcan Northwest Inc., which is part of Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. Four months later, it was re-registered as N756AF. This 757-23A was also the team charter for the Seattle Seahawks football team, as Paul Allen is the team's owner. In August 2007, it was sold to Google, Inc., and became N1757. And, in July 2014, it was acquired by the Aquis Group.

14 April 2015

N12842 Accident At ITO

N12842 (msn 17262306), a Cessna 172M owned by Barlow Aviation LLC (Honolulu), crashed seconds after departing Hilo's Runway 21. There were three passengers on board, all sustained injuries, two of the three are in critical condition, and were flown to Honolulu for treatment.

Our thoughts and prayers go out the three passengers for healing and recovery.

Coverage by KITV4 News.

Shanghai's B-2843

Shanghai Airlines is returning B-2843 (c/n 27681, l/n 684) to its lessor, Aircastle. The 757-26D is making its ferry flight from SHA to GYR (via SPN and HNL) as CSH2843, and arrived at HNL early this morning, and will depart late tonight.

Hainan's B-1798

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1798 (c/n 43403, l/n 5359) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1798, and will overnight at HNL, then continue onto GUM.

12 April 2015

Seahawks Charter To OGG

The Seattle Seahawks football team chartered an Alaska Airlines 737-890 to Kahului, Maui today, as the team will conduct off-season workouts at the Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus. The "Adventure of Disneyland Resort" liveried N570AS (c/n 35185, l/n 2212) brought the 2014-15 NFC Champions to OGG as ASA9661.

Photos from the Seahawks' team website, and their Instagram account.

11 April 2015

SilkAir's 9V-MGJ

SilkAir is taking delivery of 9V-MGJ (c/n 44226, l/n 5355) today. The 737-8SA is making its delivery flight as SLK8880, and will overnight at KOA, then continue onto GUM.

10 April 2015

Shanghai's B-5827

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-5827 (c/n 39315, l/n 5356) today. The 737-76D is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH585, and will overnight at HNL, then continue onto MAJ.

China United's B-1523

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1523 (c/n 37942, l/n 5349) this morning. The 737-89P, allocated by China Eastern Airlines, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA523, and will overnight at HNL. CUA523 will continue onto ROP [Rota, Northern Mariana Islands] instead of MAJ or PNI.

Mahalo to team member Lono68 for the photo.

08 April 2015

American And US Airways Under SOC

Beginning today, American Airlines and US Airways are now under a Single Operating Certificate (SOC). With this SOC, the US Airways IATA Code (US), ICAO Code (AWE), and callsign ("Cactus") will be retired, and the American code will take over.

Here are the changes to the former US Airways Hawai‘i flights to American flight codes:
HNL-PHX: AWE675 is AAL695; AWE693 is AAL693
PHX-HNL: AWE692 is AAL692; AWE694 is AAL694
OGG-PHX: AWE638 is AAL638; AWE645 is AAL645
PHX-OGG: AWE432 is AAL432; AWE633 is AAL633
LIH-PHX: AWE697 is AAL697
PHX-LIH: AWE684 is AAL684
KOA-PHX: AWE661 is AAL661
PHX-KOA: AWE663 is AAL663

Ticket counters and reservations systems will remain separate until later this year, when they will be integrated.

Further information in this American Airlines press release and World Airline News article.

07 April 2015

Virgin America Announces Hawai‘i Flights

Virgin America [VX/VRD] announced today that they will begin daily flights between SFO and HNL on 02 November 2015, and daily flights between SFO and OGG on 03 December 2015. The airline will use new Sharklet-equipped A320s for the Hawai‘i routes, and is in the process of obtaining their ETOPS certification. With this new service, Virgin America will compete against Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Air Lines. 

Further information in this Virgin America press release.

Virgin America will become the first US carrier to attempt A320 ETOPS service between the west coast and Hawai‘i. CrankyFlyer offers their analysis of why Virgin America can succeed with A320 ETOPS operations.

Polet Flight's AOC Canceled

ATWOnline.com reports that the Russian government has canceled the Air Operator's Certificate for Polet Flight [YQ/POT] due to financial troubles. The airline used to fly military charter flights in behalf of the US Department of Defense. Its fleet has been put into storage for the time being.

Polet Flight did have some of these military cargo flights stop through HNL, NGF, and JRF. Pictured above is RA-82077 "Fedor Muravchenko" (c/n 9773054459151, l/n 07-09) departing from Runway 8R in 2013.

06 April 2015


N222CQ (c/n 30231, l/n 515), a 737-86N, owned by International Aviation and Capital Management, LLC, is being ferried from SHA [Hongqiao International Airport, Shanghai, China] to VCV (via GUM and HNL).

30231 was originally ordered by GECAS, and leased to Pegasus Airlines [PC/PGC] (Turkey) in in April 2000, as TC-APL. In December 2003, it then leased to China Xinhua Airlines (Hainan Air Group - HNA Group) [XW/CXH] as B-5081. While with CXH, it wore both the original HNA Group and 2007 liveries.