01 September 2016

Boeing's N60669

This month's edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to September 2005, and Boeing's N60669 (c/n 24231, l/n 1871) visit to HNL. This 737-42C was the testbed for Boeing's Connexion internet and satellite communications system, and was making a stop at HNL as it was on a tour of Asia.

24231 was originally delivered to Air UK Leisure [MV/UKL] (United Kingdom) in June 1990 as G-UKLC. In June 1996, it was transferred to the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines fleet, and eight months later, it was re-registered as PH-BPD. In December 2000, Boeing acquired it, and used it as their Connexion demonstrator. In 2006, it was sold to GECAS, and leased to S7 - Siberia Airlines [S7/SBI] (Russia) that June, as VP-BTH. From May 2008 to October 2013, it wore the Globus special livery. In May 2014, Kahala Aviation Leasing acquired 24231, and had it converted to a freighter. In September 2014, it was leased to JetTime [JO/JTG] (Denmark) as OY-JTL, where it continues to fly.

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