18 April 2014

AT-802 Air Tractor Shuttles

VH-FFB (SN: 802A-0356) & VH-FFM (SN: 802-0416) are a pair of Air Tractor AT-802's on the ground at ITO on Thursday 04/17/14. These, and three more to arrive on Friday, are British Columbia Forest Service fire fighting planes being shuttled back home from Australia and China.

I talked to one of the pilots a bit and he told me that they island hop to get these planes home. Their range on a tank of fuel is about 2200 miles or so. 

 Unfortunately I really missed the exposure on these photos because my camera was still set up from lunar eclipse work a day or so earlier! Did my best to recover and salvage something for here. :)

17 April 2014

Hawaiian And Air China Code-Share

Hawaiian Airlines (HAL) and Air China (CCA) announced today that the two carriers have signed a code-share agreement for CCA flight codes on Hawaiian's inter-island flights and HAL flight codes on a few of Air China's major cities.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Malaysia's 9M-MLU

Malaysia Airlines is taking delivery of 9M-MLU (c/n 39940, l/n 4872) today. The 737-8H6, under lease from RBS Aerospace, is making its delivery flight from BFI as MAS5473, and will overnight at HNL.

photo to follow ...

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 blog, 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:
4851 | JA75AN | 33906 | All Nippon Airways | -881 [04.04.14 ANA9397 - ANC ]
4862 | B-1912 | 39908 | Xiamen Air | -85C [04.11.14 CXA1912]
4863 | B-1962 | 41248 | Okay Airways | -86N [04.11.14 OKA1962]
4864 | B-1956 | 40024 | Air China | -89L [04.12.14 CCA78]
4866 | PK-GNF | 39939 | Garuda Indonesia | -8U3 [04.14.14 GIA8011]
4855 | B-5820 | 39733 | China Eastern Airlines | -79P* [04.15.14 CES599]
4867 | PK-LOM | 38750 | Lion Air | -8GP [04.15.14 LNI1]
4869 | B-1939 | 37621 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [04.16.14 CSZ969]
4872 | 9M-MLU | 39940 | Malaysia Airlines | -8H6 [04.17.14 MAS5473]

4877 | B-1941 | 37625 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L
4878 | B-1951 | 38921 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
4879 | PK-LOO | 39814 | Lion Air | -8GP
4880 | B-1950 | 41317 | China Southern Airlines | -81B
4882 | 9V-MGC | 44219 | SilkAir | -8SA «
4885 | B-5813 | 39210 | Hainan Airlines | -74P
º New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings
« Added 04.14.14

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 blog. 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
JA76AN | 33907 | All Nippon Airways | -881
JA77AN | 33908 | All Nippon Airways | -881
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
« Added 02.01.14

16 April 2014

Shenzhen's B-1939

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1939 (c/n 37621, l/n 4869) this morning. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ969, and will overnight at HNL.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of B-1939 at HNL.

15 April 2014

Hawaiian Launches PEK Service

Hawaiian Airlines launches service between HNL and PEK tonight. Unfortunately, we were unable to make the pre-boarding festivities. N396HA "Keoe" is the A330-243 making the inaugural flight.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

China Eastern's B-5820

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-5820 (c/n 39733, l/n 4855) today. The Yunnan Peacock-liveried 737-79P is making its delivery from BFI as CES599, and will overnight at HNL.

We were unable to get a photo of B-5820 at HNL, but team member Drewski2112 got a photo of it at BFI, during its test phase.

Lion Air's PK-LOM

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LOM (c/n 38750, l/n 4867) this morning. The 737-8GP is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make it's brief fuel stop at HNL.

14 April 2014


VP-BEL (c/n 29139, l/n 189), a 737-74T BBJ, owned by Orient Global (Singapore) was at HNL for a few days after arriving from DMK. It left today for OOL [Gold Coast Airport, Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia].

29139 was delivered to North Pacific Aviation in August 2000, operated for Kjell Inge Røkke as N21KR. In November 2003, it was acquired by Magenta Aviation, and registered it with the current VP-BEL, and retained livery without the "R" logos on the tail and winglets.

Garuda's PK-GNF

Garuda Indonesia is taking delivery of PK-GNF (c/n 39939, l/n 4866) this morning. The 737-8U3, leased from RBS Aerospace, is making its delivery flight from BFI as GIA8011. Instead of making an overnight stop at HNL, it made a 90-minute fuel stop on Hard Stand C, which is normally used by Kalitta Air. GIA8011 will continue onto TTK, then CGK.

12 April 2014

China Southern's B-2935

China Southern Airlines is ferrying their second 737-300 within the past two weeks. B-2935 (c/n 27283, l/n 2547), a 737-37K, is making its ferry flight from CAN to GWO (via LAO, GUM, MAJ, HNL, and OAK) as CSN2002. Like the previous ferry flight, B-2935's fate has been sealed as it will be parted out and scrapped.

B-2935 was originally delivered to Zhongyuan Airlines [Z2/CYN] in February 1994. The airline was acquired by China Southern in August 2000, and the 737s were integrated into the fleet.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of B-2935, as it was raining when I got to HNL.

Air China's B-1956

Air China is taking delivery of B-1956 (c/n 40024, l/n 4864) this morning. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA78, and will overnight at HNL.

We were unable to get a photo of B-1956 at HNL, but team member Drewski2112 gat a photo of it at BFI.

11 April 2014

Alaska Airlines Scimitar Winglets

Alaska Airlines' effort to cut fuel costs and emissions led to the purchase of the new Scimitar Split-Winglet system for its fleet of 737NGs. N586AS (c/n 35189, l/n 2393) is the first Alaskan 737-890 to receive new winglets. It arrived from Seattle-Tacoma International (SEA/KSEA) as ASA851 and turned as ASA892 to San Diego International (SAN/KSAN) a few hours after.

Okay Air's B-1962

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1962 (c/n 41248, l/n 4863) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1962, and will overnight at HNL.

Xiamen's B-1912

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1912 (c/n 39908, l/n 4862) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA1912, and will overnight at HNL. 

10 April 2014


A former Air New Zealand 737-33R, ZK-SJB (c/n 28868, l/n 2881), is making its way to GYR from CHC, after the airline retired this 737. Southern Cross is doing the ferry flight as SXA1409, and will overnight at HNL, after arriving from APW.

28868 was originally purchased by Orix Aviation, and leased to Western Pacific Airlines [KMR] in May 1997, as N963WP. After the shutdown of Western Pacific in February 1998, it was leased to VASP [VP/VSP] (Brazil) as PP-SFK, three months later. In June 2000, Freedom Air International [SJ/FOM] purchased the 737-33R from Orix, and became ZK-SJB. When Air New Zealand acquired Freedom Air in October 2005, it was transferred to the ANZ fleet.

Sorry, we were unable to get a photo of ZK-SJB at HNL, but MRC Aviation did at CHC.

09 April 2014


N991LF (c/n 26334, l/n 2782), a 737-4Q8 that was most recently with Merpati Nusantra [MZ/MNA] (Indonesia), is making its way back to the US mainland, as its lease with ILFC is up. From CGK to GYR, it has made stops at BKI [Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Kot Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia], SPN, MAJ, and now HNL. It arrived last evening from MAJ, and will depart for GYR tomorrow morning. As seen above, it's still in the full Merpati livery.

26334 was originally delivered to ILFC, then leased to Hainan Airlines in April 1996 as B-2965. It also was repainted in the 2006 livery, and stayed with Hainan until February 2012. Three months later, it was leased to Merpati Nusantra as PK-MDR.

04.14.14 Update
N991LF is still at HNL, and has been moved to the south ramp hardstands a couple of days ago.

07 April 2014


N454BJ (c/n 41706, l/n 3902), a BBJ2, is making its delivery flight from GED [Sussex County Airport, Georgetown, DE] to CGK (via ILG [Wilmington / New Castle Airport, New Castle, DE], SMF and HNL). The 737-8U3, with Garuda Indonesia's Boeing customer code, is outfitted with a VIP configuration for the Indonesian government, and is under lease from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest.

According the Puget Sound - Boeing Test Flight blog, the airframe was completed in January 2012, then ferried to GED for the cabin configuration, and ARA [Arcadiana Regional Airport, Arcadiana, LA] for painting in late 2012.

04.11.14 Update
The Indonesian registration for this BBJ2 will be RI-1.