23 May 2016

Beech 23 Ditches Off Mākaha

A Beech 23, N6697Y (msn M-2224), with two aboard, ditched about 30 yards from the shore of Mākaha Beach, about 11:30HST. Thankfully, there were no severe injuries were reported, though both were taken to a nearby medical center.

Coverage by KHON 2 News.

Skydiving Plane Crashes At PAK, 5 Killed

N2007X (msn 18256107), a Cessna 182H, owned by D&J Air Adventures [Koloa, Kaua‘i], with five aboard crashed at PAK [Burns Field / Port Allen Airport, Hanapēpē, Kaua‘i] around 09:30HST. All five aboard perished. The aircraft, operated by Skydive Kauai, experienced engine trouble and a fire, and tried to return to PAK, but crashed short of the airport.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those lost in this accident.

Coverage by Hawaii News Now.

VietJet Orders 100 737 MAX 200s

VietJet [VJ/VJC] (Viet Nam) placed an order with Boeing today for 100 737 MAX 200s, with deliveries beginning in 2019. The MAX 200, a 200-seat high-density version of the MAX 8, has an extra door between the overwing exits and the aft door (similar to the -900ER).

We are not sure if these deliveries will stop through Hawai‘i, but there is a 50% chance that they will.

Further details in this Boeing MediaRoom press release.

China Eastern's B-7393

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-7393 (c/n 41490, l/n 5914) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, 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 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:
5863 | B-7635 | 41585 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [05.05.16 CSH9762]
5871 | B-7862 | 44385 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [05.05.16 CSH9761]
5898 | HS-LUP | 40062 | Thai Lion Air | -8GP [05.11.16 TLM1]
5594 | B-7100 | 41810 | Donghai Airlines | -8Q8 [05.14.16 EPA291]
5904 | B-7637 | 42054 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [05.16.16 CSH9761]
5906 | B-7175 | 43414 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [05.18.16 CHH7175]
5910 | B-7636 | 41586 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [05.20.16 CSH9762]
5914 | B-7393 | 41490 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [05.23.16 CES9002]

5809 | B-7395 | 43663 | Fuzhou Airlines | -84P «
5857 | B-7557 | 42926 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
5872 | B-7558 | 42927 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
5875 | B-7660 | 43887 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
5905 | B-7559 | 42928 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
5917 | B-____ | 44913 | Air China | -89L «
5919 | B-7568 | 61316 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
5920 | B-7598 | 60850 | Air China | -89L * «
5923 | B-7863 | 44389 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P «
5924 | 9V-MGP | 44232 | SilkAir | -8SA «
5928 | B-7563 | 61683 | China United Airlines | -89P «
5931 | B-_____ | 41345 | Far Eastern Air Transport | -8SH «

« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« First Flight: 05.20.16
« Added: ...
« 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.

21 May 2016

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPH

Virgin Australia's E190, VH-ZPH "Honeymoon Cove" (msn 19000199), is making its maintenance ferry flight from BNE to BNA (via APW, HNL, and VNY) as VOZ9901, and will make its HNL stopover today.

Virgin Australia's VH-VOZ

Virgin Australia's VH-VOZ "Palm Beach" (c/n 35302, l/n 745) made a medical emergency stop at HNL early this morning. The 777-3ZGER, was flying from SYD to LAX as VOZ1, when the flight diverted to HNL. After the ill passenger was taken off, the flight continued to LAX.

20 May 2016

Shanghai's B-7636

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-7636 (c/n 41586, l/n 5910) today. The 737-89P, their fourth delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHS9762, and will overnight at HNL.

18 May 2016

Hainan's B-7175

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7175 (c/n 43414, l/n 5906) this morning. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7175, and will overnight at HNL.

16 May 2016

Shanghai's B-7637

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-7637 (c/n 42054, l/n 5904) today. The 737-89P is makings delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL. This is the airline's third 737-89P within the past 11 days.

Kingdom Holding's HZ-WBT7

Kingdom Holding's HZ-WBT7 (c/n 25880, l/n 926) made a visit to Honolulu from San Francisco on May 13th. The former Air China 747-4J6 then departed on the 15th to Shanghai.

14 May 2016

Donghai's B-7100

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-7100 (c/n 41810, l/n 5594) today. The 737-8Q8, leased from ILFC, is making its delivery flight from GYR as EPA291, and will overnight at HNL. B-7100 was ferried to GYR, and placed in storage, after it was built in September 2015; and held the registration of N418AR.

13 May 2016


ZK-KFS (msn 277), a Convair CV-5800F, that was with Air Freight New Zealand [AFN], is making its ferry flight from PMR (Palmerston, New Zealand) to YLW (Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada). It's making stops at AKL, PPG, and HNL.

277 was originally delivered to the US Navy as an R4Y-1 in 1955 as BuNo 140994. It was re-classified as a VC-131F in 1962. In September 1986, it was retired from the USN, and sent to AMARC for storage. In November 1992, it was sent to the National Museum of National Aviation as N14094. In May 2001, it was acquired by Kelowna Flightcraft [KW/KFA] (Canada) as C-FKFS, and converted to the stretched CV-5800F variant, a few months later. In October 2004, it was ferried to AKL to join the Air Freight NZ fleet as ZK-KFS.

Hawaiian Awarded HND-KOA Route

The US Department of Transportation awarded Hawaiian Airlines its service between HND and KOA, with a deadline of 29 January 2017 to begin service.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

11 May 2016

Thai Lion's HS-LUP

Thai Lion Air is taking delivery of HS-LUP (c/n 40062, l/n 5898). The 737-8GP is making its delivery flight from BFI as TLM1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

10 May 2016


N954RF (c/n 28533, l/n 471), a 777-212 owned by GMT Holdings, is ferrying from SIN to VCV, with a stop at HNL.

28533 was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in March 2004 as 9V-SVO. In March 2005, it was sold to Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, and then leased back to Singapore Airlines. In June 2015, it was sold GMT Holdings, and was withdrawn from service in January 2016.

Hawaiian Purchases The Airport Center Building

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that they have purchased the Airport Center Building. The airline will move some of its corporate offices to the 14-story building, with a Wyland "Whaling Wall" mural on the Dimaond Head side wall, and on the ‘Ewa side wall.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Air New Zealand Switches To The 787-9

Starting today, Air New Zealand will switch from their 767-319ERs to their 787-9s on their AKL-HNL service (ANZ10). ZK-NZE (c/n 34334, l/n 169), the "All-Blacks" special-liveried 787, will make the first flight.

The airline also switched from late night service at HNL to morning arrivals and departures in late March.

05 May 2016

Shanghai's B-7635

Shanghai Airlines' B-7635 (c/n 41585, l/n 5863) is the airline's second of the two deliveries today. The 737-89P, sourced from China Eastern Airlines' order book, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9762, and will overnight at HNL.

Shanghai's B-7862

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-7862 (c/n 44385, l/n 5871) this morning. The 737-89P, which is the first of two Shanghai deliveries today, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

Virgin America Launches LAX-HNL Service

Today, Virgin America begins daily service between LAX and HNL, with N282VA "Judy Ann" (msn 6704) making the first flight as VRD57, and VRD60 (HNL-LAX).

Daily service between LAX and OGG begins on June 14th.

Further details in this Virgin America press release.