22 July 2014

Hawaiian Converts Order To A330-800

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that they have converted their order of six A350XWB-800 to the recently-announced A330-800neo. According to Airchive.com, that will make Hawaiian the launch customer for the A330-800. Deliveries of the first A330neo is scheduled for 2019, two years later than the delivery time frame for the previously-ordered A350XWB. The order also contains a purchase option for six more A330-800s.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Shandong's B-1982

Today, Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of their third 737-800 within the past seven days with B-1982 (c/n 41615, l/n 5003). The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1982, 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:
4968 | PK-L__ | 39819 | Lion Air | -8GP [NTU, now N746DB]
4981 | B-1970 | 39903 | Xiamen Air | -85C [07.09.14 CXA1970]
4982 | B-1959 | 41321 | Air China | -89L [07.10.14 CCA78]
4985 | JA77AN | 33908 | All Nippon Airways | -881 [07.10.14 ANA9397 - ANC ]
4986 | B-5816 | 39310 | China Eastern Airlines | -79P [07.11.14 CES299]
4991 | HS-DBQ | 37794 | Nok Air | -86J* [07.11.14 HSDBQ]
4966 | B-1705 | 39387 | Donghai Airlines | -86J [07.12.14 DZ8211]
4980 | B-1983 | 41616 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [07.15.14 CDG1983]
4992 | B-1957 | 40041 | Air China | -89L [07.15.14 CCA78]
4993 | B-1980 | 41268 | China Southern Airlines | -86N [07.15.14 CSN1980]
4994 | B-1987 | 41096 | Shandong Airlines | -89L [07.18.14 CDG1987]
4996 | B-1992 | 41376 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [07.18.14 CHH1992]
4997 | B-1965 | 41473 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [07.19.14 CES299]
5003 | B-1982 | 41615 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [07.22.14 CDG1982]

5005 | B-1969 | 39902 | Xiamen Air | -85C
5006 | B-1955 | 39213 | Hainan Airlines | -84P
5007 | B-1990 | 39736 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P
5008 | B-1701 | 41251 | China Southern Airlines | -86N
5009 | VH-XZL | 44573 | Qantas Airways | -838
5010 | B-1993 | 37623 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L
5015 | B-1985 | 41617 | Shandong Airlines | -85N
5017 | 9V-MGE | 44221 | SilkAir | -8SA «
5018 | VH-XZM | 44574 | Qantas Airways | -838
º New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings
« Added 07.21.14

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 "2014 Deliveries" page.

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-____ | 41321 | Air China | -89L «
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
JA78AN | 44556 | All Nippon Airways | -881
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
PK-LOT | 39820 | Lion Air | -8GP «
VH-XZN | 44575 | Qantas Airways | -838
VH-XZO | 44576 | Qantas Airways | -838
VH-XZP | 44577 | Qantas Airways | -838
VH-YIW | 40700 | Virgin Australia | -8FE
VH-YIZ | 40702 | Virgin Australia | -8FE
« Added 07.07.14

19 July 2014

China Eastern's B-1965

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1965 (c/n 41473, l/n 4997) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES299, and will overnight at HNL.

18 July 2014

Hainan's B-1992

Also making its delivery flight from BFI this morning, is Hainan Airlines' B-1992 (c/n 41376, l/n 4996). The 737-84P is making its delivery flight as CHH1992, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong's B-1987

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1987 (c/n 41376, l/n 4994) this morning. The 737-89L, allocated from parent company Air China, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1987, and will overnight at HNL. This is also Shandong's second 737-800 delivery flight within the past three days, and the second consecutive to be delivered wearing the DEEJ special livery (and fifth overall).

16 July 2014

Hainan Orders 50 737-MAX8s

Hainan Airlines announced that they are ordering 50 737-MAX8s, and are awaiting Chinese government approval. The airline currently has 100 737NGs and three 737 Classics in its fleet, and does not include other 737NGs allocated to their subsidiaries.

Further details in this Boeing Mediaroom press release.

Line Number 5000

Civil aviation spotters will be hard pressed to find the 5,000th 737NG built by Boeing, as line number 5000 belongs to a US Navy C-40A Clipper, BuNo 168980 (c/n 43827). This 737-700C has yet to be assigned to a Fleet Logistic Support (VR-) squadron.

Most likely, it will replace a C-9B Nightingale assigned to either the VR-61 "Islanders", a US Navy Reserve unit based at NAS Whidbey Island, WA; or the VR-52 "Taskmasters", a US Navy Reserve unit based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. They are last two squadrons with the aging C-9Bs.

This is the first milestone 737 to be delivered to a military client.

On a related note, Boeing has begun offering the 737-700C to the commercial market.

Further details in this Boeing Mediaroom press release.

15 July 2014

PP-LEG

PP-LEG (msn 14501170), an Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 650, has been at HNL for the past several days. This pseudo-camoflaged Legacy 650 is registered to Sumatera Participações Ltda, and operated by Itaú Unibanco SA (São Paulo, Brazil). It was delivered in January 2013, and has a VIP interior.

Air China's B-1957

The third of three China-bound 737-800 deliveries today, is Air China's B-1957 (c/n 40041, l/n 4992). The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL. It's also Air China's second 737-89L delivered within the five days.

Shandong's B-1983

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1983 (c/n 41616, l/n 4980) this morning. The 737-85N, the fourth to wear the DEEJ special livery, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1983, and will overnight at HNL. This is the second of the three 737-800 deliveries stopping through HNL today.

China Southern's B-1980

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1980 (c/n 41268, l/n 4993) this morning. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1980, and will overnight at HNL. This is the first of three China-bound 737-800 deliveries today.

14 July 2014

Airbus Unveils the A330neo

With the production cancellation of the A350-800XWB, except for those already on order, Airbus Industrie announced this morning at the Farnborough Airshow, that they will be producing the A330-800 and A330-900 featuring the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine. Besides the new powerplants, the new A330 will also have A350-like winglets, longer wingspan, LED cabin lighting, and lower fuel burn. The A330-800 will be similar to the current A330-200, and the A330-900 will be similar to the A330-300.

Further details in this Airbus press release.

Okay Airways Orders More 737s

Okay Airways announced today that they have placed an order with Boeing for six 737-MAX8s, and four 737-800s. The airline is also converting an existing order for five 737-800s to 737-900ERs, that was part of 2010 order for ten -800s.

Further details in this Boeing Media Room press release.

13 July 2014

Mark Dunkerley Wins Award!

Hawaiian Airlines president and CEO Mark Dunkerley has been awarded the 2014 Airline Strategy Award for Regional Leadership by Airline Business magazine (an industry trade publication), and a select panel of industry experts. The award recognizes Mr. Dunkerley's leadership in bringing Hawaiian Airlines out of bankruptcy into a global player.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

The Crank Flyer's Brett Snyder's recent interview with Mark Dunkerley.

12 July 2014

Donghai's B-1705

Donghai Airlines [DZ] (China) is taking delivery of B-1705 (c/n 39387, l/n 4966) today. The 737-86J is making its delivery flight from BFI as DZ821, and will overnight at HNL.

39387 was originally ordered by Air Berlin, but not taken up. It received a temporary registration of N844BA while it waited for a new owner or lessee.

N941WP's New Livery

Island Air's N941WP "Manawanui" (msn 349) received the 2014 Ellison-era livery last month at Myrtle Beach, SC [MYR]. The ferry flight back to HNL was routed from MYR through SLN [Salina Regional Airport, Salina, KS] and MMV [McMinneville Municipal Airport, McMinneville, OR], as SXA1142.

We finally got an opportunity to take a photo of N941WP, since it was the only ATR72 in the fleet to wear the final full Gavarnie-era livery, seen below in a photo taken this past February.

11 July 2014

Nok Air's HS-DBQ

Nok Air is taking delivery of HS-DBQ "Nok Bussarakam (Yellow Sapphire)" (c/n 37794, l/n 4991) today. The 737-86J, leased from Avolon, is making its delivery flight from BFI to DMK, as HSDBQ, and will overnight at HNL. Though each aircraft in their fleet has a unique livery, HS-DBQ has been painted in an extra special livery to commemorate the airline's tenth anniversary.

This 737-86J was originally destined to be leased to Air Berlin, but was not taken up, and transferred to Nok Air.

UAL201 Diverted To MDY

Last evening, United's UAL201 (HNL-GUM) diverted to MDY due to a fire in the cockpit that disabled some flight instruments. N210UA (c/n 30216, l/n 264), a 777-222, was abeam MDY when the fire was detected, and the crew decided to land there, instead of trying to return to HNL. United sent N779UA (c/n 26941, l/n 35) to MDY from HNL as UAL2068 a few hours later, to pick up the passengers at returned to HNL as UAL2104.

Because MDY is on a National Wildlife Refuge for sea birds, and part of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, flights in and out of MDY must be done in the night hours to prevent bird strikes.

We came across this through Airliners.net's Civil Aviation Forum.

Watch FlightRadar24's radar track of UAL201.

KITV has a link to photos taken by passengers while at MDY in this article.

The most recent emergency landing at MDY was in June 2011, when a Delta Air Lines 747-400, N669US, en route to KIX from HNL as DAL277, suffered a crack in the windshield.

China Eastern's B-5816

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-5816 (c/n 39310, l/n 4986) this morning. The peacock-clad 737-79P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES299, and will overnight at HNL.

10 July 2014

United's Eco-Skies 737-924ER

Spotted today was one of United's Eco-Skies 737s. This 737-924ER wears special markings that shows United's commitment to operating in a more environmentally friendly manner. N75432 (c/n 32835, l/n 2817) was delivered to Continental Airlines in February 2009, and went to United Airlines after the merger in October 2010. It recently had its "Eco-Skies" livery applied in January of this year.

Amelia Earhart's N58NG

Amelia Rose Earhart is replicating the around-the-world flight that her namesake embarked upon. In a Pilatus PC-12, N58NG, she is making the 19-segment flight that will begin and end at Denver's Rocky Mountain Metro Airport [BJC/KBJC]. Ms. Earhart arrived today from CXI, and will leave for OAK early Friday morning.

In the above photo, Star*Advertiser photographer Craig T Kojima photographs Amelia Rose Earhart at the nose of her PC-12.

More information in this KITV4 article.

Air China's B-1959

Air China is taking delivery of B-1959 (c/n 41321, l/n 4982) today. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

Island Air And American Airlines Interline Agreement

Island Air and American Airlines have signed an interline agreement for ticket sales and continuous check-in (passengers and baggage) for both airlines. The agreement is already in effect. This will expand Island Air's feeds at HNL, OGG, and LIH.

This will expand Island Air's working agreements, as they also code-share with United Airlines.

Further details in this World Airline News article.