01 February 2013

N88ZL

The February edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" takes us back to April 2004, with N88ZL (c/n 18928, l/n 457), a 707-330B, owned by Lowa Ltd., that paid a visit on HNL's South Ramp.

18928 was originally purchased by Lufthansa, and was delivered in December 1965 as D-ABUF "Hanover". From April 1978 to February 1981, Lufthansa leased this 707 to its subsidiary Condor Flugdienst. In March 1985, it's current owner, Lowa Ltd., purchased 18928, and had it re-configured to a VIP interior, as well as registering it as N88ZL. Since this 707 has been with Lowa, it has been through four different liveries. The first was from 1985 until the late 1990s. With its second livery (which lasted only a few years), also came the hush-hitted JT3Ds (as seen above). The third livery (above), lasted from about 2003 until 2011. N88ZL has been parked at OPF since late 2011, and painted in its fourth livery.

This 707-330B has been used as a concert tour charter for music acts like Pearl Jam, Bryan Adams, Beyoncé, and Bo Jovi.

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