17 March 2019

Southwest Airlines Launches HNL Service

Southwest Airlines is launching their service to HNL with much fanfare both OAK and HNL today, with N8329B (c/n 37006, l/n 4292, f/n 8329) making the first SWA6808.

A celebration was held prior to boarding at OAK, and a media event is planned for the arrival at HNL.

More photos and information are in this Southwest Airlines press release.

13 March 2019

737 MAX Grounding Effect on Hawai‘i

With the global grounding of 737 MAX 8s and MAX 9s, due to the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines MAX 8 crashes, the impact to MAX service to Hawai‘i has been minimal.

Here are the MAX flights affected:
Air Canada's two daily flights between YVR and HNL, and YVR and OGG. Both flights have been combined to a 777-300ER (HNL) and a 787-9 (OGG). The airline's flights to KOA and LIH have been cancelled.

United Airlines has MAX 9 flights from SFO to OGG and KOA have been cancelled, as well as LAX to OGG. LAX to KOA has been replaced by a -900ER.

Boeing has also suspended all MAX delivery flights until the grounding is lifted. MAX customer test flights will continue.

11 March 2019

Emirates SkyCargo Flights

Emirates SkyCargo begins a weekly 777-F1H cargo flight that will make a fuel stop at HNL, as it transits from ORD to SYD, as UAE9252. A6-EFJ (c/n 35610, l/n 1065) is making the first flight that will arrive around 04:00HST, and depart around 06:00HST.

07 March 2019


N830WE (c/n 26913, l/n 558), a 767-319ER, is making a ferry flight from ASP [Alice Springs, Australia] to ILN [Wilmington, OH], via HNL, as it has been acquired by Cargo Aircraft Management.

26913 was delivered to Air New Zealand in November 1994 as ZK-NCI. It had Blended Winglets installed in 2009, and was withdrawn from service in March 2017. It was acquired by 30 West, and  ferried to ASP for storage.

03.12.19 Update
N830WE is ferrying from ILN to TLV for freighter conversion.


C-GRGK (msn 522), a Dash8-202Q, is ferrying from GTF to POM, with stops at CCR, HNL, and MAJ.

522 was originally delivered to UNI Airways in April 1999 as B-17201. It was sold to Regional 1 Airlines in April 2009 as C-GRGK.

04 March 2019

SilkAir's 9V-MBF

SilkAir is taking delivery of 9V-MBF (c/n 44250, l/n 7403) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as SLK8880, and will make an overnight stop at KOA.

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:

7365 | B-208M | 61644 | Shanghai Airlines | MAX 8 [03.01.19 CSH9007]
7411 | B-208L | 42960 | Xiamen Air | MAX 8 [03.01.19 CXA8199]
7419 | B-208N | 61447 | Shandong Airlines | MAX 8 03.02.19 CDG9005]

7403 | 9V-MBF | 44250 | SilkAir | MAX 8 [03.04.19 SLK8880 to KOA ]

» 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 «
7382 | B-208Z | 63084 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
7387 | B-208Y | 63082 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
7417 | B-____ | 63087 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7432 | B-209M | 63086 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
7457 | B-209Z | 63085 | China United Airlines | -89P «

« First Flight: 02.19.19

737 MAX
6250 | HS-LS_ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | MAX 9 (N7379E) « BFI
7163 | DQ-TFL | 43339 | Samoa Airways | MAX 9 "Toloa" «
7263 | B-206L | 61374 | 9 Air | MAX 8 «
7323 | B-208H | 61377 | 9 Air | MAX 8 «
7346 | B-208J | 61142 | Shenzhen Airlines | MAX 8 «
7351 | B-208E | 63276 | China Southern Airlines | MAX 8 «
7436 | 9V-MBG | 44251 | SilkAir | MAX 8 «

« First Flight: 03.13.19

« 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.


Southwest Airlines Begins Hawai‘i Ticket Sales

This morning, Southwest Airlines announced that they are launching online ticket sales for their new service to Hawai‘i from OAK and SJC. The airline's HNL launch will occur on March 17th from OAK. Service to OGG from OAK will start on April 7th. Service from SJC to HNL starts on May 5th, and to OGG on May 26th. Flights from SMF and SAN, and service to LIH will be announced at a later date.

Further information in this Southwest Airlines press release.

02 March 2019

Shandong Airlines's B-208N

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-208N (c/n 61447, l/n 7419) this evening. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG9005, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

01 March 2019

Xiamen AIr's B-208L

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-208L (c/n 42960, l/n 7411) this evening. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Shanghai Airlines' B-208M

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-208M (c/n 61644, l/n 7365) this afternoon. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9007, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Yunnan Airlines' B-2639

Our March edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features China Yunnan Airlines' 737-7W0, B-2639 (c/n 29912, l/n 140), as it made its delivery flight from BFI in December 1998.

B-2639 continues to fly for China Eastern Airlines, as it acquired China Yunnan Airlines [3Q/CYH] in 2003. Since the transfer to China Eastern, it has been painted in the original livery, with the green peacock feather, and the current CES livery. To note the Yunnan division, there are additional Chinese titles on the aft section of the fuselage. In 2011, it had Blended Winglets installed.

27 February 2019

Air Canada To Upgrade YYZ-HNL To 787

Air Canada announced today that they will be upgrading their seasonal YYZ-HNL service to the Boeing 787, that runs from December 2019 to April 2020. Presently, Air Canada is using the 767-300ER for this service (ACA589/590).

Further information in this Air Canada press release.

VietJet Air Orders 100 More 737 MAXs

In a ceremony with US President Donald J Trump present, VietJet Air [VJ/VJC] announced that they will order 100 737 MAXs, which breaks down to 20 MAX 8s and 80 MAX 10s. This order is on top of a previous order of 100 737 MAXs that VietJet placed in May 2016, and now brings their order book to 200.

It's not known when the deliveries of the second order will begin, nor which delivery route these MAXs will take to get from BFI to SGN [Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam]. VietJet's initial order is set to begin this year.

Further information in this Boeing Mediaroom press release.

9 Air's B-208K

9 Air is taking delivery of B-208K (c/n 61370, l/n 7337) today. This 737-86X is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH208, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

25 February 2019

Air Vanuatu Orders 4 A220s

For its expansion plans, Air Vanuatu has placed an order for four Airbus A220 airlines (two -100s and two -300s), and will be the A220 launch customer in the Pacific region. The airline currently has a fleet of one 737-800 (leased), and two ATR72s (one stored). No delivery date has been set for their first A220.

Further information in this Airbus press release.

Donghai Airlines' B-1159

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1159 (c/n 61281, l/n 7334) today. This 737-83Z is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA303, and will overnight at HNL.

23 February 2019

Prime Air's N1217A

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out the families of the three members who perished in the crash of Amazon Prime Air's N1217A (c/n 25865, l/n 430, f/n 17A) as it made an approach to IAH as GTI3591 from MIA. This 767-375ERF, operated by Atlas Air, was at HNL yesterday, as Prime Air's regular GTI3598/3599 service from RIV, then onto ONT.

N1217A also made the first few service flights last April, as Amazon Prime Air began servicing HNL.