28 July 2015

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPN

Virgin Australia is ferrying another E190, VH-ZPN "Arrawarra Beach" (msn 19000312), to BNA for maintenance. It's making its eastbound flight from BNE (with stops at APW, HNL, and VNY) as VOZ9901. It's due to arrive here late this afternoon, with an overnight stop.

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPT

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPT "Little Beach" (msn 19000451) is making its way back to BNE from BNA (via VNY, HNL, and APW) today as VOZ9902. It will make an overnight stop at HNL from VNY, before continuing onto APW.

Shandong's B-1511

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1511 (c/n 41625, l/n 5504) today. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1511, and will overnight at HNL.

Xiamen's B-6483

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-6483 (c/n 39918, l/n 5506) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA6483, and will overnight at HNL.

Upcoming 737NG Deliveries

With many of the airlines around Asia and 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) [map]. 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:
5481 | B-6485 | 39913 | Xiamen Air | -85C [07.11.15 CXA6485]
5484 | B-6105 | 44917 | Dalian Airlines | -89L [07.11.15 CCD8996]
5483 | B-6015 | 41809 | Lucky Air | -84P [07.14.15 B6015]
5485 | B-6017 | 39744 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [07.14.15 CES9002]
5487 | B-1516 | 37627 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [07.15.15 CSZ516]
5493 | B-6062 | 43658 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [07.21.15 CHH6062]
5495 | HS-LUH | 39859 | Thai Lion Air | -8GP [07.21.15 TLM1]
5501 | B-1510 | 44918 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [07.23.15 CDG1510]
5502 | B-1520 | 41334 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [07.23.15 CSN520]
5497 | B-1792 | 41475 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [07.24.15 CES9001]
5500 | B-1526 | 41107 | Air China | -89L [07.24.15 CCA78]
5499 | HL8012 | 41348 | Jin Air | -8SH [07.27.15 KAL30D - ANC ]
5506 | B-6483 | 39918 | Xiamen Air | -85C [07.28.15 CXA6483]
5504 | B-1511 | 41625 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [07.28.15 CDG1511]

5220 | N482AG | 41842 | Urumqi Air | -8LP (tbr B-6268) [del via PAE] «
5412 | B-1521 | 41118 | Okay Airways | -9KFER « MZJ
5418 | B-1799 | 41381 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
5442 | B-1501 | 41382 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
5457 | B-6026 | 41336 | Okay Airways | -8SH «
5459 | B-1522 | 41119 | Okay Airways | -9KFER « MZJ
5488 | B-6299 | 42965 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW «
5489 | B-6061 | 41383 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
5496 | B-1519 | 40828 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L «
5503 | 9M-LNS | 39858 | Malindo Air | -8GP «
5508 | B-1512 | 41506 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P «
5509 | B-6060 | 39963 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
5513 | 9M-LNT | 39866 | Malindo Air | -8GP «
5514 | B-6482 | 41391 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
5515 | B-1527 | 44919 | Air China | -89L «
5519 | HS-DBT | 61293 | Nok Air | -88L «

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« First Flight: 07.24.15
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° 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.

26 July 2015

Hawaiian To Lease An A330-200

CH-Aviation reports that Hawaiian Airlines will lease a new-build A330-200 from Air Lease Corporation, that will be delivered in 2016. This will be their 23rd A330-243.

25 July 2015


The EWM Investments LLC EMB-135BJ Legacy, N900EM (msn 14500976), has made a visit at HNL. It arrived on Wednesday from LAS.

Solar Impulse 2 Under Protective Covering

The Solar Impulse 2 now secured under protective covering inside Hangar 111 at Kalaeloa Airport (JRF). The solar powered aircraft will remain in Hawai‘i through the winter with test flights to occur in March 2016. Photo credit Solar Impulse | JRevillard | Rezo.ch

24 July 2015

Air China's B-1526

Air China is taking delivery of B-1526 (c/n 41107, l/n 5500) today. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern's B-1792

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1792 (c/n 41107, l/n 5497) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL. B-1792 is the 100th new-build 737NG delivery to stop through HNL, and China Eastern's 11th 737NG this year.

This also happens to be HNL RareBird's 3,000th post.


NASA's 747SP, N747NA, made a fuel stop in the overnight hours at HIK, it arrived from CHC just after midnight, and departed for PMD [Palmdale Regional Airport, CA] after 0430HST.

23 July 2015

Shandong's B-1510

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1510 (c/n 44918, l/n 5501) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1510, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern's B-1520

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1520 (c/n 41334, l/n 5502) this morning. The 737-81B, leased from Air Lease Corporation, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN520, and will overnight at HNL.

07.25.15 Update
B-1520 stayed an extra day, and left this afternoon for MAJ.

21 July 2015

Thai Lion's HS-LUH

Thai Lion Air is taking delivery of their first 737-8GP with HS-LUH (c/n 38959, l/n 5495). It's making its overnight delivery flight from BFI as TLM1, with a brief pre-dawn fuel stop at HNL, before continuing onto GUM.

‘Ohana To Start Cargo Division

‘Ohana by Hawaiian, the Hawaiian Airlines' subsidiary, will launch an inter-island cargo division in the first half of 2016, with three ATR72-212Fs. It will be branded with the ‘Ohana livery, and operated by Empire Airlines (as with the passenger operations). This new cargo venture will operate out of Hawai‘i's major airports, and feed inter-island, domestic, and international routes.

This is Hawaiian's second venture with freighters, as the airline had mainland-based cargo operations using L-188F Electras from the late 70s to early 80s.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

On July 12th, we posted an article regarding ATR72s for ‘Ohana. Now we know what those ATRs will be used for. N807HC is the first of the three. Other registrations on hold by Hawaiian are N806HC and N810HC.

Hainan's B-6062

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-6062 (c/n 43658, l/n 5493) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH6062, and will overnight at HNL.

17 July 2015

NewGen's N645AR

NewGen Airways [E3/VGO] (Thailand) is taking delivery of N645AR "Juthathib" (c/n 30645, l/n 1129) today. The 737-8Q8, under lease from ILFC, is making its delivery flight from GYR as N645AR. It will be registered as HS-NGG when it arrives in Thailand.

30645 was ordered by ILFC, and delivered to lessee Yemenia [IY/IYE] (Yemen) in May 2002 as 7O-ADL. In December 2010, it was leased to Caribbean Airlines [BW/BWA] as 9Y-JMA, and was sub-leased to Air Jamaica [JM/AJM] from January 2011 to February 2014 as 9Y-JMA "Spirit of Kingston". Before arriving at Caribbean Airlines, 30645 had its eyebrow windows plugged, and Blended Winglets installed. It was returned to ILFC in April 2015, and placed into storage at GYR.

07.22.15 Update
N645AR will leave for GUM this afternoon, after an extended stay at HNL.

15 July 2015

Shenzhen's B-1516

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1516 (c/n 37627, l/n 5487) this morning. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ516, and will overnight at HNL.

Solar Impulse 2 Delays To April 2016

The Solar Impulse 2 team announced early this morning that their round-the-world solar-powered flight quest will be delayed until April 2016, as the battery system needs to be replaced. It will remain at JRF's Hangar 111, under an agreement with the University of Hawai‘i and the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation, until its ready for the next leg to Phoenix, AZ.

07.17.15 Update
The Volga-Dnepr Il76TD-90VD support aircraft, RA-76950 "Vladimir Kokkinaki", will depart JRF for YEG as VDA4494.

14 July 2015

Lucky Air's B-6015

Lucky Air is taking delivery of B-6015 (c/n 41809, l/n 5483) today. The 737-84P, allocated from parent Hainan Airlines, is making its delivery from BFI as B6015, and will overnight at HNL. This is their first new-build 737 to wear its new livery.

China Eastern's B-6017

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-6017 (c/n 39744, l/n 5485) today. The 737-89P, in the standard livery, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

12 July 2015

China Eastern Orders 50 More 737-800s

CH-Aviation reports that China Eastern Airlines has placed an order with Boeing for an additional 50 737-800s, on top of the 80 737s (a mix of NGs and MAXs) the airline placed last June.

‘Ohana Acquires An ATR72

‘Ohana By Hawaiian has acquired an ATR72-212, N807HC (msn 432), and is being prepped by Empire Airlines, who operates the ATRs for ‘Ohana. It's not known, which routes ‘Ohana will use this ATR72, or if more are on order.

432 was originally purchased by Tarquin Ltd, and leased to Avianova [RD/NOV] (Italy) in March 1995 as EI-CLD "Fiume Piave". In November 1996, Alitalia and Alitalia Express [XM/SMX] acquired Avianova, and its fleet was transferred over. In December 2005, it was re-registered as I-ATRR. In March 2010, it was acquired by Magellan Aviation Services; and re-registered September 2010, back to EI-CLD. In March 2011, First Air [7F/FAB] (Canada) acquired this ATR72 as C-GRMZ. Last month, ‘Ohana by Hawaiian purchased 432 and registered it as N807HC.