25 February 2017

Qantas VH-QPJ

Qantas' "Rainbow-Roo" livery A330-303 dropped in for today's QFA3-4 run from Sydney. VH-QPJ (msn 712) was painted this month with a modified new livery in support of  Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

24 February 2017

Aeroméxico's XA-AMZ

Aeroméxico [AM/AMX] is taking delivery of XA-AMZ (c/n 29927, l/n 727), as it ferries from NRT to TIJ [Generál Albelardo L Rodriguez International Airport, Tijuana, Baja California, México] as AMX8546. The 737-8AS, leased from Aircastle, made a non-stop flight from NRT to HNL for its first leg.

29927 was originally delivered to Ryanair in December 2000 as EI-CSN. In February 2009, it was acquired by CIT Leasing, then leased to Garuda Indonesia as PK-GEL. In 2012, 29927 was sold to Aircastle, and continued with Garuda, then withdrawn from service in November 2016. It's was painted at CGK into the Aeroméxico livery this past January.

23 February 2017

Shandong Airlines' B-7669

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of their 100th 737NG today, with B-7669 (c/n 60160, l/n 6285). It has commemorative decals on both side of the aft fuselage to mark the milestone. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG7669, 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 the Boeing Test Flights Google Sheet and 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:
6271 | B-1417 | 43424 | Air China | -89P [02.14.17 CCA48]
6280 | B-7377 | 60700 | Hainan Airlines | -86N [02.22.17 CHH7377]
6285 | B-7669 | 60160 | Shandong Airlines | -85N * [02.23.17 CDG7669]
6283 | B-18667 | 61777 | China Airlines | -8AL [02.24.17 CAL1710 to ANC ]

5948 | PK-L__ | 42985 | Batik Air | -8MAX « RNT
6008 | B-7631 | 61273 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6034 | PK-L__ | 42986 | Lion Air | -8MAX « RNT
6114 | PK-L__ | 42994 | Lion Air | -8MAX « RNT
6122 | B-1593 | 61325 | Ruili Airlines | -84P « BFI
6153 | B-1595 | 61326 | Ruili Airlines | -84P « BFI
6181 | B-1575 | 61274 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6222 | PK-L__ | _____ | Lion Air | -8MAX « RNT
6230 | B-1592 | 61357 | 9 Air | -86X «
6242 | 9M-LCM | 38940 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8GP «
6270 | B-1585 | 63242 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6275 | B-1590 | 61275 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z «
6278 | B-1586 | 61778 | Lucky Air | -8AL «
6282 | 9M-LCP | 43186 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8GP «
6288 | B-5376 | 44930 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6287 | B-7885 | 43895 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
6296 | B-____ | 42938 | Xiamen Airlines | -85C «
6299 | B-____ | 61779 | Lucky Air | -8AL «
6302 | B-____ | 61686 | China United Airlines | -89P «

« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« First Flight: 02.23.17
« Added: __.__.17
« Stored (Location [IATA])
° New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings

Royal Australian Air Force P-8As:
5823 | A47-001 (N940DS) | 62288
5993 | A47-002 (N956DS) | 62289
6076 | A47-003 (N959DS) | 62290
6104 | A47-00_ (N960DS) | 62291
6216 | A47-004 (N974DS) | 62293

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.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82077

Another Volga-Dnepr Airlines An-124-100M, RA-82077 (c/n 9773054459151, l/n 07-09), has made a stop at HNL from KHV [Khabarovsk Novy, Khabarovsk, Russia], as VDA3015.

RA-82077 was originally delivered to Polet Flight in August 1995. The airline ceased operations in April 2015. Volga-Dnepr Airlines acquired this An-124 last month.

22 February 2017

HNL RareBirds Visits N806NA

We got the opportunity to visit NASA's ER-2S, N806NA (msn 80-1063), as it prepared to make a research flight this morning from Marine Corps Air Station Kāneʻohe Bay [NGF]. At 0900HST, it departed NGF's Runway 4 in less than 1,000 feet from Taxiway F, for its 2.5 hour flight.

The ER-2S made a research flight over Maui County to map the four island's coral reefs at an altitude of 65,000 feet. It also made reef mapping runs above the northeast coast of O‘ahu. The aircraft is equpped with an Airborne Visible / Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVRIS) system to perform the experiments. The aircraft returned to NGF with a flawless landing, after the Oʻahu overflights.

The other mission for N806NA here in Hawaiʻi are overflights over the volcanoes on Hawaiʻi Island to map the progress of volcanic emissions and its effects on the environment. The flights can be followed at NASA's Airborne Science Program web page

Hainan Airlines' B-7377

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7377 (c/n 60700, l/n 6280) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7377, and will overnight at HNL.

20 February 2017

Volga-Dnepr's RA-82046

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82046 (c/n 97730522555117, l/n 06-10) made a stop at HNL from IWA [Phoenix Gateway Airport, AZ]. It's transporting several US Army AH-64E Apache helicopters to AVV [Avalon Airport, Geelong, Australia] for the Avalon Airshow.

American Airlines' N730AN

American Airlines' 777-323ER, N730AN (c/n 31554, l/n 1217, f/n 7LP), made a medical diversion to HNL today. It's flight is listed as AAL72 (SYD-LAX). The aircraft, crews, and passengers will overnight at HNL.

16 February 2017


N712AX (c/n 23307, l/n 126), a former Asian Air 767-2J6ER, has stopped off at HNL from UTP [U-Tapao International Airport, Ban Chang, Thailand], as it ferries to ILN [WIlmington Air Park / Airport, Wilmington, OH].

23307 was originally delivered to CAAC-Civil Aviation Administration of China in October 1985 as B-2551. Three years later, CAAC changed its name to Air China. In August 2007, it was sold to ABX Air, and registered as N712AX. In May 2009, it was acquired by Sky King. Two years later, it was went to Air Transport International. In December 2011, went to Dynamic Airways, but withdrawn from use three months later. In January 2014, it was sold to Asian Air as HS-DCM, and was placed into storage two years later. In November 2016, Cargo Aircraft Management acquired 23307, and its registration reverted back to N712AX, and will probably be converted to a freighter.

15 February 2017

HDOT Considers Closing Rwy 4L/22R

The Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation is considering closing Runway 4L/22R due to runway incursions, and the risk of losing federal grant money. The runway in question is primarily used by general aviation aircraft as it is 6,952 feet long, and 150 wide, though some inter-island flights will use the runway to land if traffic, or other runway closures permit. Runway 4 Left is about 9,000 feet downrange from the approach end of Runway 8 Left, thus there is a "Land And Hold Short" (LAHSO) operation in effect. It would mean more use of Runway 4 Right, which is used by both commercial and general aviation, and LAHSO would still be in effect. Currently, commercial and military departures are assigned Runway 8R, and arrivals to Runway 8L; Runway 4R has some commercial arrivals, as well as general aviation departures and arrivals.

Both HDOT and the FAA say that HNL annually leads the nation in runway incursions, but the statistics does combine all incursions from encroaching the hold short line to near-miss, but for HNL, the incursions have been on the lowest end of the scale. The FAA would call for a temporary runway closure. 

Further information in this KHON2 News report.


N598BC (c/n 28402, l/n 113), a former China Airlines 737-809, is ferrying from TPE (via GUM) to GWO, and will stop at HNL this evening. 

28402 was originally delivered to China Airlines in October 1998 as B-18601. From June 2000 to April 2001, it was transferred to its Mandarin Airlines subsidiary. It served with China Airlines until November 2016, when it was withdrawn from use, and stored at TPE.  It was sold to GECAS earlier this month.

14 February 2017

Air China's B-1417

Air China is taking delivery of B-1417 (c/n 43424, l/n 6271) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA48, and will overnight at HNL.

11 February 2017


N599XQ (msn 415), Dash8-315 owned by the Bank of Utah, has made a stop at HNL from MNL (via SPN and MAJ), as it ferries to BTR [Baton Rouge Regional Airport, Baton Rouge, LA]. It also made a stop at MRY from HNL.

This Dash8 was most recently registered as N505LL, and has stopped through HNL in the past.

09 February 2017

NASA's N806NA To Overfly The Islands

N806NA (msn 80-1063), a Lockheed ER-2S, that NASA has, is here at NGF to perform research flights over the volcanoes on Hawai‘i Island. It's one of two ER-2S that belongs to NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

Further details and video in this KITV news report and this KHON news report.

Air Canada Reveals New Livery

Today, Air Canada unveiled a new livery for their fleet, along with new uniforms for their cabin crew, as the airline celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

Further details in this Air Canada webpage.