05 February 2016

Thai Lion's HS-LUO

Thai Lion Air is taking delivery of HS-LUO (c/n 39879, l/n 5763) today. The 737-8GP is making its delivery flight from BFI as TLM1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, before making a non-stop leg to DMK.

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:
5762 | B-7172 | 60689 | Hainan Airlines | -86N [02.03.16 CHH7172]
5763 | HS-LUO | 39879 | Thai Lion Air | -8GP [02.05.16 TLM1]

5594 | N418AR | 41810 | Donghai Airlines | -8Q8 (tbr B-7100) « GYR
5758 | B-7568 | 61681 | China United Airlines | -89P «
5759 | B-____ | 41816 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P
5764 | B-7376 | 41484 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
5773 | XY-ALF | 43411 | Myanmar National Airlines | -86N «
5778 | B-7195 | 43885 | Hebei Airlines | -85C «

« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« First Flight: 12.13.15
« Added: 01.22.16
« 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.

03 February 2016

HPD's Newest MD500

The Honolulu Police Department acquired its second MD500 helicopter, N92BK (msn 0572E). This will be the third helicopter for the police department, along with N501HP and N504HP.

Hainan's B-7172

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7172 (c/n 60689, l/n 5762) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7172, and will overnight at HNL.

02 February 2016

N22DG Ditches In Ke‘ehi Lagoon

N22DG (msn 33701932), a Cessna 337H Super Skymaster, ditched in Ke‘ehi Lagoon, after experiencing landing gear issues. The Super Skymaster, piloted by a 68-year-old Australian man, and was the lone person aboard, suffered no injuries. N22DG is registered to Mark Jones of Honolulu.

News coverage by Hawaii News Now.

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPD

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPD to BNA from BNE, via APW, HNL, and VNY. It's making its flight as VOZ9901, and will overnight at HNL.

Virgin America Announces LAX Service

Virgin America announced today that they will launch daily A320 service from LAX to HNL on May 5, 2016; and service between LAX and OGG on June 14, 2016.

Further information in this Virgin America press release.

01 February 2016

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPA

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPA is making its return flight to BNE after its maintenance check at BNA.

N745AP

Our February edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to August 2005, with N745AP (c/n 21767, l/n 585), a 737-281/Adv, seen above, taxiing out for departure to MAJ, on its ferry flight to Indonesia to join the Metro Batavia [7P/BTV] fleet.

This 737-281/Adv was originally delivered to All Nippon Airways in July 1979, as JA8453. In September 1992, it was leased to its Air Nippon subsidiary. It was sold to Westjet Airlines in September 2000, and registered as C-FTWJ. 21767 was sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest in June 2005, then sold two months later to Metro Batavia as PK-YTQ. In May 2006, it was damaged in a runway overrun incident at CGK, after experiencing hydraulic issues, and was last seen a year later in storage without titles.

30 January 2016

N934NZ

Toll Airwork is taking delivery of N934NZ (c/n 24434, l/n 1912), a 737-476F. It's traveling from DHN to BNE, via OAK, HNL, and PPG.

24434 was originally delivered to Australian Airlines in September 1990 as VH-TJI. It was leased to Malaysian Airlines as 9M-MLD in October 1990, for two years. It was also leased to Air Vanuatu from November 1992 to March 1998. A month later, it joined the Qantas fleet, and named "Cloncurry". It flew for Qantas until February 2014, and was ferried to VCV. After it was converted to a freighter at DHN late last year, it was sold to Toll Airwork.

29 January 2016

Air Vanuatu's YV-AV8

Air Vanuatu is taking delivery of YV-AV8 (c/n 42052, l/n 5750) today. The 737-8SH is making its delivery flight from BFI as AVN7116, and will overnight at KOA instead of HNL.

Hainan's B-7171

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7171 (c/n 60688, l/n 5731) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7171, and will overnight at HNL.

Xiamen's B-7178

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7178 (c/n 40958, l/n 5756) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA7178, and will overnight at HNL. This is the airline's third 737-85C delivery within the past seven days. It's also wearing a commemorative decal noting that this is the 8,888th 737 built. The number eight is symbolic for the Chinese, as it is the number for prosperity.

28 January 2016

TAG Aviation B757-2K2

Four Seasons TAG Aviation UK's G-TCSX B757-2K2 on the ground at KOA 01/28/16.

Lion Air's PK-LPQ

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LPQ (c/n 39877, l/n 5747) today. The 737-8GP is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, before continuing onto PNI and KUL.

Air China's B-7182

Air China's second of two 737-89L delivery flights today is B-7182 (c/n 44911, l/n 5725). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

Air China's B-7180

Air China is delivering a pair of 737-89Ls from BFI today. B-7180 (c/n 43410, l/n 5746), the first of the two, is making its delivery flight as CCA74, and will overnight at HNL.

27 January 2016

Hawaiian And Turkish Codeshare

Hawaiian Airlines and Turkish Airlines have entered into a codeshare agreement, where the latter carrier will add their THY flight code to the former's KIX and ICN flights.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Xiamen's B-7179

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7179 (c/n 40960, l/n 5745) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery within the past five days, is making its delivery flight from BFI to XMN as CXA7179, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

26 January 2016

Donghai's B-5047

Donghai Airlines is ferrying B-5047 (c/n 24278, l/n 1660) from SZX to the mainland. The 737-341SF is making a stop at HNL.

24278 was originally delivered to Varig in December 1988 as PP-VOG. It was painted in the last Varig livery in 2000. GECAS purchased 24276 in September 2003, and converted to a freighter. In December 2003, it was sold to China Postal Airlines as B-5046. In 2008, it was painted as logo jet for EMS - Express Mail Service. Donghai Airlines acquired B-5046 in June 2010.

Donghai's B-5046

Donghai Airlines is also ferrying B-5046 (c/n 24276, l/n 1645) from SZX to the mainland. The 737-341SF is making an overnight stop at HNL.

24276 was originally delivered to Varig in December 1988 as PP-VOE. It was painted in the last Varig livery in 2000. GECAS purchased 24276 in September 2003, and converted to a freighter. In March 2004, it was sold to China Postal Airlines as B-5046. In 2008, it was painted as logo jet for EMS - Express Mail Service. Donghai Airlines acquired B-5046 in May 2010.

25 January 2016

Alaska Airlines Re-Brands

Today, Alaska Airlines revealed its first major re-branding in the past 25 years. The airline unveiled one of their 737-890s, N563AS (c/n 35180, l/n 2090), before a large group of airline employees at their SEA headquarters. Alaska's airport locations will also see the re-brand over the next several months, as well.

Further details in this Alaska Airlines press release.

KOA To Be The Next International Hub

In Hawai‘i Governor David Ige's State of the State address, he noted that he intends to designate KOA as the next major international destination airport in the state, through Capital Improvement Program funding. KOA's current international flight is by Westjet Airlines from YVR.

Japan Airlines conducted non-stop in-bound flights from NRT to KOA between 1996 and October 2010 with 747s and DC-10s, with return flight stopping over at HNL. In recent years, Hawaiian Airlines has made several applications for non-stop flights between KOA and HND in response to disputes with gate slots by other American carriers; to date however all of these applications have been denied and awarded to competitor airlines.


Governor Ige said he will also seek funding to modernize the passport control system for HNL, as well as general modernization for Hawai‘i airports.