24 October 2014

Aloha Air Cargo's Newest 737/LAX Operation

Aloha Air Cargo's 2nd 737-330SF has been delivered. N302KH (c/n 27905, l/n 2705) was first delivered to Lufthansa as D-ABEW in March of 1995. It flew with Lufthansa until February of this year, when it was brought by a leasing company, and converted to a freighter earlier this month.

The inaugural flight of Aloha Air Cargo's 767 west-coast LAX-HNL operation began on the 23rd of this month. Aloha Air Cargo has a lease agreement with Airborne Global Solutions subsidiary, Cargo Aircraft Management. Airborne Global Solutions companies also include ABX Air and Air Transport International (ATI) as well as few other businesses. N226CY (c/n 26544, l/n 412), a 767-383ER BDSF operated the first and second day of the new route.

Hawaiian's N374HA

Hawaiian Airlines recently acquired their 19th A330-243 on October 15th, after arriving from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France, via Seattle. N374HA (msn1565) was named "Melemele", Hawaiian for the constellation Corvus.

Shandong's B-1731

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1731 (c/n 41619, l/n 5139) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1731, and will overnight at HNL.

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:

5101 | JA79AN | 44557 | All Nippon Airways | -881 [10.01.14 ANA9399 - ANC ]
5109 | PK-GNO | 41800 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3 [10.02.14 GIA8011]
5108 | VH-XZO | 44576 | Qantas Airways | -838 [10.06.14 QFA6024]
5116 | PK-GNN | 41270 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3 [10.09.14 GIA8011]
5126 | B-1707 | 39906 | Xiamen Air | -85C [10.16.14 CXA1707]
5122 | 9M-LNM | 39826 | Malindo Air | -9GPER [10.16.14 MLO1]
5120 | B-1978 | 41324 | Air China | -89L [10.20.14 CCA78]
5128 | B-1727 | 39216 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [10.21.14 CHH1727]
5131 | B-1976 | 41098 | Air China | -89L [10.21.14 CCA74]
5127 | PK-LBQ | 39825 | Batik Air | -8GP [10.22.14 BTK1]
5132 | B-1733 | 41254 | Hainan Airlines | -86N [10.23.14 CHH1733]
5135 | B-1720 | 41493 | Shanghai Airlines | -86D [10.23.14 CSH720]
5137 | HS-DBS | 43421 | Nok Air | -86N [10.23.14 HSDBS - KOA ]
5139 | B-1731 | 41619 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [10.24.14 CDG1731]

5031 | HS-DBR | 43420 | Nok Air | -86N
5034 | B-1971 | 39904 | Xiamen Air | -85C
5035 | B-1972 | 37620 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L
5121 | B-5817 | 39739 | China Eastern Airlines | -79P
5134 | PK-LPI | 38299 | Lion Air | -9GPER
5140 | 9V-MGG | 44223 | SilkAir | -8SA
5146 | B-1717 | 38924 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
5155 | B-1726 | 39217 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «

« Added 10.21.14
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-5689 | 41512 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
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-____ | 39156 | Shenzhen Airlines | 87L «
B-18___ | 43662 | China Airlines | -8MA «
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-XZP | 44577 | Qantas Airways | -838 *
9V-MGH | 44224 | SilkAir | -8SA «
« Added 10.06.14

23 October 2014

Nok Air's HS-DBS

Nok Air is taking delivery of HS-DBS "Nok Thongchomphoo" (c/n 43421, l/n 5137) today. The 737-86N, under lease from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as HSDBS, and is making its Hawai‘i overnight stopover at KOA.

Photos from Nok Air's Twitter page as it left BFI, and after its arrival at KOA.

Kunming Orders More 737s

According to a World Airline News article, Kunming Airlines has ordered four 737-700s and six 737 MAXs, pending government approval for the Shenzhen Airlines subsidiary.

Shanghai's B-1720

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1720 (c/n 41493, l/n 5135) today. The 737-86D is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH720, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan's B-1733

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of their second 737-800 within the past three days with B-1733 (c/n 41254, l/n 5132). The 737-86N, under lease from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1733, and will overnight at HNL.

22 October 2014

Alaska To Add SAN-KOA Service

Beginning in March 5, 2015, Alaska Airlines will add thrice-weekly 737-890 service between SAN and KOA.

Further details in this Alaska Airlines press release.

21 October 2014

Hawaiian Introduces Zone Boarding

Hawaiian Airlines begins zone boarding for its flights, as a way to make boarding more proficient.

Hawaiian's announcement via its Twitter account.

KHON's news article.

Air China's B-1976

Air China is taking delivery of their second 737-89L in as many days with B-1976 (c/n 41098, l/n 5131). It's making its delivery flight as CCA74, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan's B-1727

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1727 (c/n 39216, l/n 5128) this morning. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1727, and will overnight at HNL.

20 October 2014

Aloha Air Cargo's N301KH Load Shift Incident

The Aviation Herald reports that Aloha Air Cargo's N301KH was involved in a load shift incident as it departed LNY for HNL. The crew gained control of the 737-300F, and continued to HNL safely. Upon inspection, the aircraft suffered damage to a bulkhead.

Batik's PK-LBQ

Batik Air is taking delivery of PK-LBQ (c/n 39825, l/n 5127) today. The 737-8GP is made its late night / early morning delivery flight out of BFI, with a brief fuel stop at HNL as BTK1.

Air China's B-1978

Air China is taking delivery of B-1978 (c/n 41324, l/n 5120) this morning. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

16 October 2014

Malindo's 9M-LNM

Malindo Air is taking delivery of 9M-LNM (c/n 39826, l/n 5122) today. The 737-9GPER is making its delivery flight from BFI as MLO1, and will make its brief fuel stop before continuing onto BTH [Batam, Indonesia].

Xiamen's B-1707

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1707 (c/n 39906, l/n 5126) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA1707, and will overnight at HNL.

15 October 2014

Airlines To Waive Change Fees For Storm

In anticipation of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Ana, airlines serving Hawaii have announced that they will be waiving the normal fees to change reservations for flights this coming weekend.  If this involves you, of course, please contact the individual airline for details or limitations.

In a related matter, the NOAA's Gulfstream IV, N49RF, and an Air Force WC-130Js will be flying around, and into the storm to keep us informed. The HNL RareBirds team thanks these iron-stomached aircrews for their service.

10.17.14 Update
All of the local carriers have altered their flight schedules, and canceled flights in preparation for Hurricane Ana.

14 October 2014

Xiamen Air Completes Hebei Acquisition

Xiamen Air has completed its acquisition of Hebei Airlines with a 99+% share of the latter carrier. The merger was announced this past July.

Further details in this ATW Online article.

12 October 2014

Garuda Orders 50 737 MAX 8s

Boeing announced today that Garuda Indonesia has placed an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, four of which will be converted from an existing order for 737-800s.

Further details in this Boeing Mediaroom release.

09 October 2014

Qantas Retrojet Announced

When Qantas Airways takes delivery of VH-XZP (c/n 44577), expected in late November, the airline will introduce a retrojet livery on the 737-838, that will commemorate its 75th Anniversary.

Further details in this World Airline News article.


N417US (c/n 23984, l/n 1674), a 737-401, is being ferried from DMK to GYR (via ROR, MAJ, and JRF), as it returns to its lessor, BCI Aircraft Leasing. It was most recently with City Airways (Thailand) [E8/GTA] as HS-GTB. The stop at JRF will be a brief one, only stopping for fuel.

23984 was originally purchased by Piedmont Airlines [PI/PAI] as N417US, and delivered in February 1989.  It was transferred to the US Air [US/USA] fleet after it acquired Piedmont later that year. N417US wore three different US Air liveries: the bare metal livery, the dark blue/grey livery, and the most recent livery. In 1997, it was sold to BCI Aircraft Leasing, then leased back to US Airways, until 2012. In February 2013, it was leased to City Airways, and it retained most of the previous livery.

Garuda's PK-GNN

Garuda Indonesia is taking delivery of their second 737-8U3 within the past seven days with PK-GNN (c/n 41270, l/n 5116). This GECAS-leased 737 is making its delivery flight from BFI as GIA8011, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, before continuing onto KSA.