01 December 2019

Swissair's HB-IWU

Our December edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to September 2005, and this Swissair MD-11, HB-IWU (c/n 48538, l/n 533), that made a stop at UPS's ramp at HNL, as it ferried to Singapore for freighter conversion.

48538 was originally delivered to LTU [LT/LTU Germany] in March 1993 as D-AERZ. In October 1998, it was sold to Swissair [SR/SWR] as HB-IWU. In January 2005, it was sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, then sold to UPS four months later as N281UP. It was put into service in early 2006, and continues to haul packages for UPS.

21 November 2019

San Diego State Aztecs Team Charter

The San Diego State Aztecs football team is chartering a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for their road trip to HNL to face the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. N821SY is making the trip this afternoon as SCX8644. It will return to SAN flooding the game as SCX8645.

20 November 2019

American Airlines' N736AT

American Airlines' 777-323ER, N736AT (c/n 33538, l/n 1377, f/n 7LW), made a diversion to HNL as it flew from LAX to HKG as AAL193.

17 November 2019

United Airlines' Star Wars Logo Jet

United Airlines' Star Wars-themed 737-824, N36272 (c/n 31590, l/n 987, f/n 0272), is making an appearance at HNL today. The "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" special liveried 737 arrived from LAX as UAL1224 this afternoon; and will return to LAX a couple of hours later as UAL1636.

photos to follow ...

15 November 2019

Sriwijaya Air's PK-CMJ

Sriwijaya Air's PK-CMJ "Kesayangan" (c/n 28381, l/n 250) is making a ferry flight from CGK to VCV, via BIK, MAJ, and HNL, as JTN9215. It's being returned to its lessor, Aircastle.

28381 was originally delivered to Air Europa in May 1999 as EC-HBL, under lease from Itochu. In June 2011, it was leased to Orenair as VQ-BLW. In June 2015, it was leased to Sriwijaya Air as PK-CMJ, and withdrawn from service in October 2019.

12 November 2019

2-RLBR

2-RLBR (msn 2148), a former Air New Zealand A320-232, is making its lease return ferry flight from CHC to MZJ, via APW and HNL.

2148 was delivered to Air New Zealand in January 2004 as ZK-OJE, leased from RBS. It was sub-leased to Freedom Air International from April 2006 to March 2008. It continued with Air New Zealand until it was withdrawn from service this past September. It was painted into the current livery in late 2014.

11 November 2019

Hau‘oli Lā Hānau Hawaiian Airlines!

Today, Hawaiian Airlines celebrated its 90th anniversary of its first commercial inter-island flights.

As part of the celebrations, the airline held a 717-200 plane pull at Castle & Cooke Aviation, that benefitted local charities. The airline also held a commemorative flight from HNL to OGG and ITO as HAL1111.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

10 November 2019

Southwest Launches SMF-HNL Service

Southwest Airlines is launching daily 737-800 service between SMF and HNL today.  N8303R (c/n 36681, l/n 3993), made the inaugural flight as SWA1789/1807.

07 November 2019

Makani Kai Rebrands Princeville Ops

The Pacific Business Journal reports that Makani Kai Air is rebranding its Princeville, Kaua‘i operation as Princeville Air. The name pays tribute to the name of Island Air's first identity, Princeville Airways.

San José State Team Charter

The San José State Spartans chartered a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for their road trip to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. N809SY (c/n 30683, l/n 1669), a 737-8Q8, made the trip to HNL as SCX8648, and will return to SJC as SCX8649 following the game.

NAMBP Faces Eviction

The Naval Air Museum at Barbers Point (NAMBP) is facing eviction by the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT-A) over lack of compliance of liability insurance and failure to comply with environmental practices. The museum refutes these claims with the paperwork to prove compliance with both claims. However, it seems that HDOT-A is set on moving ahead with the eviction.

Further details on this is on NAMBP's Facebook page.


Editorial Note
In all of the years HNL RareBirds has been associated with the Naval Air Museum at Barber's Point, we have not seen any non-compliance of environmental practices. We've known the museum to be good tenants of the Kalaeloa Airport, and vital place to keep the history of this former Naval Air Station. Each aircraft has its own place in history.

01 November 2019

Upcoming 737NG & 737MAX 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 Tyke's Aero Blog, and PlaneSpotters.net's 737 NG Production List and 737 MAX 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:

DELIVERED


» Ferrying to HSN [Zhoushan, China] for completion


737 NG
7352 | B-209G | 63081 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7362 | B-209F | 63079 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7377 | B-209H | 63083 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7417 | B-20A1 | 63087 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7457 | B-209Z | 63085 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7522 | B-20A8 | 63088 | China United Airlines | -89P «

« First Flight: 06.16.19


737 MAX
6250 | HS-LSJ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | MAX 9 (N7379E) «
7260 | B-206D | 60709 | Air Changan | MAX 8 « PAE
7263 | B-206L | 61374 | 9 Air | MAX 8 « PAE
7273 | B-207R | 60712 | Air Changan | MAX 8 « PAE
7318 | B-207Q | 61853 | Lucky Air | MAX 8 « MWH
7323 | B-208H | 61377 | 9 Air | MAX 8 « BFI
7346 | B-208J | 61142 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7351 | B-208E | 63276 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7371 | B-209A | 63284 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7408 | B-209C | 63287 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7415 | B-208F | 63277 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7426 | B-208W | 61636 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7436 | 9V-MBG | 44251 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7440 | B-20A3 | 61637 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7441 | HS-LSJ | 43005 | Thai Lion Air | MAX 9 «
7451 | B-209L | 62182 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7490 | B-20AK | 61639 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7493 | B-209V | 61143 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7496 | B-209T | 63279 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7506 | B-20A6 | 60910 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7508 | B-20A0 | 61448 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7509 | HL8348 | 63436 | Korean Air | MAX 8 «
7511 | B-209S | 63278 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7519 | B-209W | 61144 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7521 | 9V-MBH | 44252 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7524 | B-20A5 | 61854 | Lucky Air | MAX 8 «
7528 | B-20A7 | 60913 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7530 | B-209U | 63289 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7544 | B-20AN | 60914 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7546 | B-20AY | 61644 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7549 | EI-MGL | 43798 | Mongolian Airlines | MAX 8 «
7573 | B-20AH | 61856 | Lucky Air | MAX 8 «
7575 | B-20AG | 61449 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7576 | PK-LQS | 43010 | Lion Air | MAX 8 «
7578 | HL8349 | 63437 | Korean Air | MAX 8 «
7584 | B-20AP | 60915 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7593 | 9V-MBI | 44253 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7595 | B-20C7 | 63281 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7596 | HL8367 | 61802 | Eastarjet | MAX 8 «
7610 | B-20AM | 61283 | Donghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7613 | B-20AU | 63290 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7614 | HL8368 | 43922 | Eastarjet | MAX 8 «
7615 | B-20CG | 61145 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7617 | HL8355 | 62871 | T'Way Airlines | MAX 8 «
7619 | B-20AQ | 42961 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7622 | HL8350 | 63438 | Korean Air | MAX 8 «
7624 | B-____ | 61712 | Kunming Airlines | MAX 8 «
7625 | B-20AR | 61451 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7630 | B-20CH | 61146 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7631 | B-20C0 | 60916 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7632 | 9V-MBJ | 44254 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7638 | B-20AS | 43832 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7645 | B-20CC | 61645 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7646 | B-20AT | 63280 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7647 | B-20C1 | 60917 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7651 | B-20AX | 61450 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7655 | PK-L__ | 43012 | Lion Air | MAX 8 «
7659 | B-____ | 61409 | Okay Airways | MAX 8 «
7660 | B-____ | 64707 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7665 | HL8370 | 43924 | EastarJet | MAX 8 «
7666 | B-20CA | 65256 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7668 | DQ-FAE | 64309 | Fiji Airways | MAX 8 «
7671 | B-20CE | 60918 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7676 | B-____ | 61147 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7677 | B-20D3 | 63286 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7685 | B-20C2 | 61284 | Donghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7687 | B-20C3 | 61452 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7688 | 9V-MBK | 44255 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7690 | B-20CQ | 64677 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7691 | B-20C9 | 63283 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7692 | B-____ | 62535 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7693 | HL8356 | 62875 | T'way Airlines | MAX 8 «
7697 | B-20CR | 64678 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7700 | HL8369 | 43923 | Eastar Jet | MAX 8 «
7703 | B-20C8 | 63282 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7704 | PK-L__ | 43014 | Lion Air | MAX 8 «
7706 | B-20CM | 43834 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7708 | B-____ | 61647 | China Eastern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7714 | B-20D2 | 60920 | Air China | MAX 8 «
7715 | B-20D6 | 65258 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7720 | B-20CF | 61454 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7721 | 9M-LRG | 43016 | Batik Air Malaysia | MAX 8 «
7723 | B-20DL | 61148 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7726 | DQ-FAF | 64310 | Fiji Airways | MAX 8 «
7727 | HL8357 | 43563 | T'Way Airlines | MAX 8 «
7734 | B-____ | 61861 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7735 | B-____ | 65052 | Kunming Airlines | MAX 8 «
7736 | 9V-MBL | 44256 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «
7738 | B-20D5 | 63288 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7741 | B-20CZ | 61453 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7750 | B-20CL | 43836 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7751 | B-____ | 65251 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7754 | B-20CS | 63285 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7760 | B-20CN | 43835 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7761 | B-20DH | 60922 | Air China | MAX 8 «>
7764 | B-____ | 65275 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7768 | B-____ | 61286 | Donghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7774 | B-20D9 | 61650 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 «
7775 | B-20D0 | 61455 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 «
7778 | 9M-LRH | 43017 | Batik Air Malaysia | MAX 8 «
7779 | B-____ | 44309 | Urumqi Air | MAX 8 «
7782 | B-20CP | 43837 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «
7784 | B-____ | 65253 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7792 | B-____ | 64708 | Fuzhou Airlines | MAX 8 «
7794 | 9M-LRJ | 43018 | Batik Air Malaysia | MAX 8 «
7798 | B-____ | 61157 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7800 | B-____ | 61411 | Okay Airways | MAX 8 «
7801 | B-____ | 65053 | Kunming Airlines | MAX 8 «
7805 | B-____ | 44310 | Urumqi Air | MAX 8 «
7806 | B-____ | 61863 | Hainan Airlines | MAX 8 «
7809 | B-____ | _____ | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7813 | B-____ | _____ | Air China | MAX 8 «
7817 | B-____ | _____ | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 «

« First Flight: 07.__.19

« Pre-Delivery Flight Testing
« Stored (Location [IATA])
° New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings




On the occasion that a delivery flight stops through the Kalaeloa Airport [JRF], or a Neighbor Island airport, or Anchorage, AK [ANC], their IATA airport code will noted after the flight number. However, when the delivery flight goes through ANC, it will only be listed here, and not be listed on the "Deliveries" pages.

Some of the deliveries bound for China will begin ferrying to the 737 Completion and Delivery Center, in Zhoushan, China, will have this » symbol following the flight number.

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 order of the Line Numbers.

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US Air Force's 85-0829

Our November edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to August 2003, and this US Air Force Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, 85-0829 (msn A.4051), that was on display at the Hickam Air Force Base Air Show. This is also our Veteran's Day tribute post.

This F-117A was assigned to the 49th Fighter Wing at Holloman AFB, NM, and retired in 2008. It now sits in storage at the Tonopah Test Range Airport.