Our July edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" takes us back to Christmas Day 1998, and Pro Air's N462PR (c/n 28494, l/n 2839), a 737-43Q, seen above taxiing out for departure on Taxiway RT.
28494 was originally purchased by Boullioun Aviation Services (BouAS), and leased to China Airlines in December 1996 and registered as B-18677. In December 1998, BouAS leased it to Pro Air [XL/PRH] as N462PR. In April 2005, it was leased to Czech Airlines [OK/CSA] (Czech Republic) as OK-BGQ. In March 2006, it was leased to Aegean Airlines [A3/AEE] (Greece) as SX-BTN. In April 2009, it was leased to Aeroflot-Don [D9/DNV] (Russia) as VQ-BCS, and five months later, the airline's name was changed to Donavia, as part of Aeroflot's restructuring and re-branding of its regional airlines. VQ-BCS was also sold to the Aviation Capital Group, and the lease was continued with Donavia. In mid-2014, 28494 was converted to a freighter at MIA, and sold to Farnair [FAH] (Hungary) in September 2014 as HA-FAU. In June 2015, it was transferred to ASL Airlines [FAH] (Hungary), and continues to fly with ASL.