19 September 2014

Additional Flights For Arashi Concert

Almost resembling the additional flights from Japan for the New Year's holiday, or the Honolulu Marathon, four airlines have added flights from KIX and NRT to bring fans for the Arashi concert, that's being held tonight and tomorrow at Ko Olina. United Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Airlines, and China Airlines have added an extra daily flight since Wednesday.

Arashi is Japan's most popular boy band, are on their 15th anniversary tour, and was formed here in Hawai‘i. An estimated 15,000 people are expected for the two shows.

18 September 2014

Aloha Air Cargo To Start HNL-LAX Service

Aloha Air Cargo announced that they will be starting service between HNL and LAX on October 23,  2014.  The service will be five-times-weekly, and will be using a 767-300F.

The press release below doesn't mention where the 767-300F is coming from, but with the close start date, it would suggest an ACMI arrangement.

Press release: Aloha Air Cargo Launches Los Angeles to Honolulu Flight

17 September 2014

Virgin Australia's VH-YIW

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-YIW "Mona Vale Beach" (c/n 40700, l/n 5085) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at LIH.

China Eastern's B-1703

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of their second Yunnan Peacock-liveried 737-89P within the past six days, with B-1703 (c/n 41486, l/n 5080). It's making its delivery flight from BFI this morning, as CES299, and it will overnight at HNL.

We are also waiting to see which 737NG will get the new livery that their new 777-39PER, B-2001 (c/n 43269, l/n 1232) has been painted in. It seems that the a large majority of their most recent 737NG deliveries have been in the Yunnan Peacock livery.

Upcoming 737NG Deliveries

With many of the airlines around the Pacific Rim ordering Next Generation 737s, 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. Those listed below, should make a stopover at HNL on their first segment out of BFI on their delivery flights in the near future:
5060 | VH-XZN | 44575 | Qantas Airways | -838 [09.02.14 QFA024]
5057 | PK-GNM | 41322 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3 [09.03.14 GIA8011]
4445 | N720DS / IN324 | 40614 | India Navy | -8FV (P-8I) [09.05.14 BOE205]
5062 | JA811X | 43406 | Solaseed Air | -86N [09.05.14 SNJ811X - ANC ]
5066 | B-1706 | 39905 | Xiamen Air | -85C [09.06.14 CXA1706]
5070 | HS-LTJ | 39823 | Thai Lion Air | -9GPER [09.08.14 TLM1]
5065 | B-1975 | 41323 | Air China | -89L [09.09.14 CCA78]
5073 | B-1702 | 39738 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P* [09.11.14 CES599]
5075 | B-1708 | 39911 | Xiamen Air | -85C [09.12.14 CXA1708]
5076 | B-1997 | 39215 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [09.13.14 CHH1997]
5078 | PK-GNL | 41253 | Garuda Indonesia | -86N [09.13.14 GIA8011]
5081 | PK-LPF | 39880 | Lion Air | -9GPER [09.15.14 LNI1]
5082 | B-1986 | 41618 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [09.16.14 CDG1986]
5080 | B-1703 | 41486 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [09.17.14 CES299]

5085 | VH-YIW | 40700 | Virgin Australia | -8FE "Mona Vale Beach" [09.17.14 VOZ9940 - LIH ]
5031 | HS-DBR | 43420 | Nok Air | -86N~
5034 | B-1971 | 39904 | Xiamen Air | -85C~
5035 | B-1972 | 37620 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L~
5087 | B-1988 | 41097 | Shandong Airlines | -85N
5088 | HS-LTO | 39824 | Thai Lion Air | -9GPER
5089 | 9V-MGF | 44222 | SilkAir | -8SA
5093 | B-1991 | 41112 | Kunming Airlines | -87L
5096 | PK-LPH | 39878 | Lion Air | -9GPER «
5097 | B-1735 | 41269 | Hainan Airlines | -86N

« Added 09.17.14
~ These airframes were involved in the train derailment incident in Montana.
ยบ 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.

Also, a big mahalo to the PlaneSpotters.net's 737NG production list, and Airliner List for the additional production information. Currently, team member Drewski2112 is taking a well-deserved, extended break from updating his 737NG production list website. We wish him well during his time away. He will continue to post Boeing photos on his Flickr page.

The airframes listed below, are the Pacific-bound 737NGs currently on the order books which have been assigned Construction Numbers. As each ordered 737 is assigned a Line Number, the airframe is assembled at RNT, then flown to BFI; that listing will be moved to the list at the top of this post.
B-____ | 41606 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41609 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41610 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41611 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41612 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41613 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 41614 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
B-____ | 39215 | Hainan Airlines | -84P
JA79AN | 44557 | All Nippon Airways | -881
JA80AN | 44558 | All Nippon Airways | -881
JA81AN | 44559 | All Nippon Airways | -881
PK-G__ | 41605 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3
PK-G__ | 41607 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3
VH-XZO | 44576 | Qantas Airways | -838
VH-XZP | 44577 | Qantas Airways | -838
« Added 09.02.14

16 September 2014

Hawaiian Creates Memorial Wall At OGG

Hawaiian Airlines has created a memorial to commemorate Captain Jimmy Hogg, the man behind Kahului Airport's three-letter IATA code, OGG.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Shandong's B-1986

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1986 (c/n 41618, l/n 5082) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1986, and will overnight at HNL.

15 September 2014

Lion's PK-LPF

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-PPF (c/n 39880, l/n 5081) today. The 737-9GPER is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1. Unlike it's normal two-hour fuel stop, PK-LPF will overnight at HNL, before continuing onto MAJ.

14 September 2014

Jetstar To Switch To 787

Jetstar Airways announced that they will switch from their A330-200s to their 787-8s on February 19, 2015. The airline had stated earlier that the changed would be made, once the airline received a sufficient amount of 787s. They currently have seven in service, with four more on order.

Jetstar will be the second airline to offer scheduled 787 service to HNL.

Jetstar's VH-EBD is seen above on Taxiway D, on its way to Runway 26L.

13 September 2014

Garuda's PK-GNL

Garuda Indonesia is taking delivery of their second 737-800 within the past ten days, with PK-GNL (c/n 41253, l/n 5078). The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as GIA8011, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, before continuing onto PTKK.

Hainan's B-1997

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1997 (c/n 39215, l/n 5076) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1997, and will overnight at HNL.

12 September 2014

Qantas Airways Last 767-338ER From HNL

Today Qantas Airways operated their last 767-338ER (VH-OGU "Bryon Bay" c/n 29118, l/n 713) flight this morning on the Honolulu/Sydney route as QFA003/004. Earlier this year they announced that they would be replacing their 767-338ERs with their A330's. From September 14 thru the end of the year QF will be operating the A330-300 and the A330-200 begining January 1, 2015.

Below is QFA003 from Sydney arriving into HNL for the last time as a767-338ER flight.

Xiamen's B-1708

Xiamen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1708 (c/n 39911, l/n 5075) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA1708, and will overnight at HNL.

11 September 2014

China Eastern's B-1702

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1702 (c/n 39738, l/n 5073) this morning. The 737-89P, wearing the Yunnan Peacock livery. is making its delivery flight as CES599, and will overnight at HNL.

Never Forget

The HNL RareBirds team takes a moment to pause, remember, and pray for those lost on this fateful day 13 years ago.

10 September 2014

Allegiant To End BLI Sservice

Allegiant Airlines announced that they will not include HNL and OGG on their seasonal winter service from BLI. The last flights were flown this past April before a summer hiatus.

Further details in this Bellingham Herald article.