17 November 2017

N346PH

N346PH (c/n 32740, l/n 1444), a 737-86N owned by GECAS, is ferrying from PVG to the mainland (via GUM), and is making a stop at HNL.

32740 was originally leased to Futura in February 2004 as EC-ISL, until September 2008. During its time with Futura, it was sub-leased to Ryan International Airlines numerous times as N977RY. In May 2009, it was leased to Travel Service as OK-TVK until April 2017. It was sub-leased to Sunwing Airlines numerous times as C-FGVK.

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 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
6490 | B-1397 | 60872 | Air China | -MAX8 [11.03.17 CCA47]
6589 | 9V-MBB | 44240 | SilkAir | -MAX8 [11.03.17 SLK8880 to LIH ]
6663 | B-1337 | 63618 | Okay Airways | -8KF [11.04.17 OKA1337]
6612 | PK-LQI | 42997 | Lion Air | -MAX8 [11.13.17 LNI1]
6674 | B-1336 | 63052 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [11.14.17 CSH9761]
6667 | B-1346 | 44396 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [11.14.17 CHH1346]

6678 | B-1481 | 60171 | Air Changan Airlines | -86W [11.17.17 B1481]
6683 | B-1320 | 61690 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [11.17.17 CES9001]


737 NG
6370 | B-7998 | 61358 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6453 | JA06GR | 61798 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL « BFI
6580 | B-1596 | 60463 | Ruili Airlines | -8ME « BFI
6656 | B-7300 | 61278 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z «
6664 | VH-YWD | 41020 | Virgin Australia | -8FE «
6669 | B-1407 | 63230 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6675 | B-1331 | 63616 | Kunming Airlines | -8LY «
6684 | B-1402 | 63250 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6688 | B-____ | 43429 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6689 | B-1311 | 63051 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6692 | B-____ | 63620 | Okay Airways | -8KF «

737 MAX
6250 | HS-L__ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | HS-L__ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) «
6464 | B-____ | 61621 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 (N6046P) «
6508 | B-____ | 60953 | Air China | -MAX8 (N1796B) «
6521 | B-1379 | 61622 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 «
6542 | B-____ | 61623 | China Eastern Airlines | -MAX8 «
6569 | B-____ | 63245 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 (N1796B) «
6616 | B-1390 | 62183 | Hainan Airlines | -MAX8 (N5002K) «
6625 | B-____ | 63249 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 (N1796B) «
6672 | B-____ | 62192 | Hainan Airlines | -MAX8 «
6677 | B-____ | 63253 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 (N3134C) «

« Pre-Flight Prep
« First Flight: 11.14.17
« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« Stored (Location [IATA])
° New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings

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

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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Air Changan's B-1481

Air Changan [9H/CGN] (China) is taking delivery of B-1481 (c/n 60171, l/n 6678) today. This 737-86W is makings delivery flight from BFI as B1481, and will overnight at HNL. 

China Eastern Airlines' B-1320

China Eastern Airlines is taking deliver of B-1320 (c/n 61690, l/n 6683) today. The 737-89P is makings delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

14 November 2017

Hawaiian Airlines' N202HA

Hawaiian Airlines' first Airbus A321-271N (neo), N202HA "Maile" (msn 7917, f/n 202), arrived home at HNL today. The airline took delivery of N202HA on  October 27th, with its delivery flight going from XFW to PAE (via JFK), for completion of the cabin seats. It then spent the last three days at PDX, SFO, OAK, SAN, and LAX undergoing jet bridge training for the ground handling crews. This A321neo made its flight from LAX to HNL as HAL9907, and was towed to Gate 54 following its arrival.

photos to follow ...

Hainan Airlines' B-1346

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1346 (c/n 44396, l/n 6667) this afternoon. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1346, and will overnight at HNL.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1336

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1336 (c/n 63052, l/n 6674) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

13 November 2017

Lion Air's PK-LQI

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQI (c/n 42997, l/n 6612) this evening. The 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, before continuing onto GUM.

11 November 2017

Hau‘oli Lā Hānau Hawaiian Airlines!

Hawaiian Airlines celebrates its 88th birthday today. To commemorate this occasion, the airline will place a time capsule at their new Charles I. Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility. 

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Also, their Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker returned from the mainland after it underwent a complete overhaul. Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley took Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden on a flight on the CH-300, which also flew with Alaska Airlines in the 1940s.

Further details in this Alaska Airlines press release.

10 November 2017

Aloha ‘Oe Island Air

Island Air made its final flight this evening, MKU449 [OGG-HNL], as the 37-year-old airline will go into Bankruptcy Chapter 7 Liquidation. N683WP (msn 4554) made the last flight, which was greeted by applauding Island Air employees on the flightline. It was a sad end to the end of this airline.


Personal Note
Over the past 11 years, I was blessed to have shot photos for Island Air. It began with the re-brand after leaving the Aloha Air Group, and their first go-around with the Q400. Their 30th Anniversary celebration, the transition to the ATR72 and ownership change, and the return of the Q400 and another ownership change. It’s too bad another investor could not be found. Island Air will go in the books as Hawaii’s 2nd oldest airline to close its doors.

I have gotten to know a lot of great people at Island Air in those 11 years ... and my heart goes out to everyone of them. They are great people! I will miss seeing them around HNL … I will also miss their customer service which was always excellent, and the ground crew that would welcome arriving flights with shaka signs and waves, as well as the same for departing flights!

I am thankful that I was one of the very few aviation photogs, the folks at Island Air gave me permission to shoot photos from their second floor landing at their hangar, as well as on their ramp.

Island Air's N941WP Ferried

Aloha ‘oe to Island Air's N941WP "Manawanui" (msn 349), as it was ferried by Southern Cross Aviation to BGR, via CMA and SLN.

09 November 2017

Fresno State Team Charter

The Fresno State University Bulldogs football team will be using Hawaiian Airlines as their team charter for their game against the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, November 11th. N580HA "Kolea" (c/n 28140, l/n 850), a 767-33AER, is making the non-stop flight from FAT as HAL701.


11.11.17 Update
The Bulldogs are returning to FAT aboard N581HA "Manu O Ku" (c/n 28141, l/n 853) as HAL702 following the game.

Island Air To Shutdown

Island Air announced this afternoon that they will be shutting down on Saturday, November 11th, with their last flight on Friday night. According to their press release, the airline sought bankruptcy protection from their aircraft lessors, but the lessors made aggressive legal moves that the airline could not afford to fight in court, thus causing the shutdown.

To accomodate Island Air's passengers, Hawaiian Airlines will honor the former's tickets from November 11-17, on a standby basis.

This ends the airline's 37-year run, that began as Princeville Airways with DHC-6 Twin Otters, and now ending with Bombardier Dash8-Q400s.

07 November 2017

United Bids Aloha ‘Oe To The 747

United Airlines flew their final Boeing 747 passenger flight today from SFO to HNL as UAL747. N118UA (c/n 28811, l/n 1201, f/n 8418) made the momentous flight filled with a mix of United employees, passengers, and media. There was a huge pre-boarding event at the United Terminal at SFO, and employees lined up alongside the airliner, waving as it pushed out on to the taxiway. Following take-off, it made a pass over the Golden Gate Bridge, before crossing the Pacific Ocean. 

United used Gate 33 for the arrival, which was decorated with commemorative large banners, a giant thank you card for UAL747's passengers and crew, HNL Station employees, and anyone else wanting to wish the 747 farewell. N118UA's approach into HNL was preceded by a pass above Maui with views of Hawai‘i Island, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and Kaho‘olawe. Minutes before landing, rain showers enveloped HNL, and the 747-422 landed on Runway 8L with a Hawaiian blessing. The rain lasted until the ground crew draped a bright orange lei around the front of the Boeing Jumbo Jet.

Everyone deplaning received an orchid lei fro HNL Station employees, and there was a Hawaiian music group and hula dancers who performed for the passengers. There was also a cake to commemorate the 747's farewell. Speeches were made by Hawai‘i Governor David Ige, State Senator Lorraine Inouye, and Boeing's Bruce Dickenson among others.

After the celebration was done, N118UA was towed across the airport, from Gate 33 to the United Airlines Hangar, where it was parked at the opening of the hangar, for an employee party that was held inside the hangar.

N118UA is scheduled to return to SFO tomorrow, and will be ferried to VCV on Thursday, where it will be placed into storage.

photos to follow ...

Aloha Air Cargo's N399CM

Aloha Air Cargo is wet-leasing N399CM (c/n 25451, l/n 498), a 767-323ERF, from Cargo Air Management. It's been ferried from ROW [Roswell, NM] to ILN [Wilmington, DE] before making its way to HNL. The 767, using the Air Transport International flight coding [8C/ATN], was ferried to LAX to begin service this past Sunday, where it made the first flight to HNL yesterday as ATN7001. It will make its return to LAX this evening as ATN7002.

According to Skyliners, Cargo Air Management's holding company Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) is leasing three 767-300ERFs to Northern Air Cargo Group on seven-year contracts. One will be going to Aloha Air Cargo, another to Strat Air [Florida], and the third to Northern Air Cargo. There is also an option for a fourth 767-300ERF.

25451 was originally delivered to American Airlines in May 1993 as N382AN (f/n 382). In January 2010, it had Blended Winglets installed, and flew with American until November 2016. Cargo Aircraft Management acquired this 767-323ER in March 2017, and had it converted to a freighter in Tel Aviv, Israel, the next month.

04 November 2017

Okay Airways' B-1337

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1337 (c/n 63618, l/n 6663) this morning. This 737-8KF is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1337, and will overnight at BFI.

03 November 2017

SilkAir 9V-MBB

SilkAir is taking delivery of 9V-MBB (c/n 44240, l/n 6589) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as SLK8880, and will overnight at LIH.

Air China's B-1397

Air China is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8 this morning. B-1397 (c/n 60872, l/n 6490) is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

01 November 2017

Hawai‘i Air National Guard's 90-1058

In honor of Veteran's Day (November 11th), our November edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to October 2004, and the Hawai‘i Air National Guard's C-130H2 Hercules, 90-1058 (msn 382-5241), as it was on static display at the "Blues On The Bay" air show at Marine Corps Air Field Kāneʻohe Bay. This C-130H2 was assigned to the 204th Airlift Squadron "Nā Manu Ikaika" / 154th Wing at the time.

90-1058 was originally delivered to the Georgia Air National Guard in the early 1990s. It was re-assigned to the Hawai‘i Air National Guard in the mid-1990s, where it served until 2006, when the 204th transitioned to the Boeing C-17A Globemaster III. The fate of 90-1058 is unknown, if it was reassigned, or if it's sitting in storage at AMARG.

31 October 2017

Dehong South Asian Airlines' B-5818

Dehong South Asian Airlines' B-5818 (c/n 43826, l/n 4593) has made a stop at HNL. The 737-73W (BBJ) arrived from KMG [Kunming, China] (via GUM) arrived this evening.

Xiamen Air's B-1305

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1305 (c/n 63684, l/n 6650) this morning. This 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8399, and will overnight at HNL.

Kunming Airlines' B-1329

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1329 (c/n 44395, l/n 6646) this morning. This 737-7LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1329, and will overnight at HNL.

29 October 2017

China Airlines Launches A350 Service To Hawai‘i

Today marked the first time that a A350-941 operated a revenue flight to Hawaii. Taipei's national carrier China Airlines, will now utilize the newest offering from Airbus on it's TPE-HNL-TPE (CAL1, CAL2) route.
Although the first revenue flight arrived today, it was not the first time that a A350 has visited Hawaii. On Friday evening, China Airlines' B-18901 (msn 049) arrived carrying Taipei's President and the CEO of China Airlines. It will remain in Hawaii while President Tsai Ing-wen is visiting the South Pacific region.

The tour of the South Pacific segment will be flown by B-18660 (c/n 41349, l/n5815) . The 737-8SH was ferried from Taipei via Guam and Majuro.

10 Tanker Air Carrier's N522AX

10 Tanker Air Carrier's DC-10-30, N522AX (c/n 48315, l/n 436), is making a fuel stop at HNL while transiting from OSC [Osceola, FL] to YSRI [Richmond, NSW, Australia] to position for Australia's summer forest fire season. It also made stops at ABQ, SBD, and PPG.

28 October 2017

C-FRXH

Air Kiribati is taking delivery of a Dash8-100 C-FRXH (msn 388), under lease from Avmax Aircraft Leasing [Calgary, AB]. It's flying from YYC to TRW [Tarawa] via, GTF [Great Falls, MT], CCR [Concord, CA], and HNL.

Hawaiian Airlines' N202HA

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of their first A321-271N(neo), N202HA (msn 7917), today. It's making its delivery flight from XFW [Hamburg, Germany] to PAE, via JFK. The XFW-JFK leg was flown as HAL9975, and the JFK-PAE leg was flown as HAL9976. At PAE, the A321neo will have some of the in-flight entertainment system installed before coming home to HNL.

Urumqi Air B-1325

Urumqi Air is taking delivery of B-1325 (c/n 60170, l/n 6649) today. The 737-8LP is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUH1325, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1318

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1318 (c/n 63764, l/n 6647) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

27 October 2017

San Diego State Aztecs Team Charter

The San Diego State University Aztecs football team has chartered Sun Country Airlines for their road game against the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. N821SY (c/n 39952, l/n 5217) is making the trip as SCX8659 from SAN to HNL. The team will return to SAN following Saturday evening's game as SCX8658.

25 October 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1498

Hainan Airlines is also taking delivery of their second 737-800 in eight days with B-1498 (c/n 43427, l/n 6637). The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1498, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1406

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1406 (c/n 63246, l/n 6642) this morning. The 737-81B, their second delivery in eight days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1406, and will overnight at HNL.

Allegiant Air's RP-C3194

Allegiant Air is taking delivery of RP-C3194 (msn 2790), an A319-111 formerly with Cebu Pacific Air. It's making its flight from CAN to the mainland, with stops at GUM, and HNL. It will be re-registered as N333NV once it arrives at Allegiant's base.

24 October 2017

N214TE

N214TE (c/n 28407, l/n 161), a 737-809, is ferrying from TPE to MZJ, via GUM and HNL. It arrived at HNL this evening.

28407 was originally delivered to China Airlines in December 1998 as B-18609. It had Blended Winglets installed in 2007, and was recently withdrawn from service this past May. It was acquired by Contrail Aviation Support earlier this month as registered as N214TE.

N188JT

N188JT (msn 145000699), an Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600, owned by Crystal Air Aviation, is transiting from HLP [Halim Perdanakusma, Jakarta, Indonesia] to LNK [Lincoln, NE], via MAJ, HNL, and SJC.

23 October 2017

Aloha ‘Oe N943WP

Island Air is returning N943WP "Ho‘olauna" (msn 420) to its leasing company this morning. Southern Cross Aviation will ferry it from HNL to CMA as SXA418.

20 October 2017

China United Airlines' B-1310

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1310 (c/n 42942, l/n 6638) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA310, and will overnight at HNL.

Jiangxi Air's B-1326

Jiangxi Air is taking delivery of B-1326 (c/n 63049, l/n 6633) today. This 737-85C, Jiangxi's first delivery for the year,  is making its delivery from BFI as CJX8989, and will overnight at HNL.

18 October 2017

Qantas' VH-ZNA

The first 787-9 for Qantas is curently in Hawaii on its way down under. VH-ZNA "Great Southern Land" (c/n 39038, l/n 615) will arrive in Australia on the 20th.

17 October 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Prepares New Facilities

Hawaiian Airlines has begun moving into its new cargo and maintenance facility as the construction has been completed. The twin-buildings, which the airline spent its own money to correct numerous deficiencies by state contractors, will house its cargo operations, maintenance, fleet safety, engineering, and security. The maintenance hangar is large enough to accommodate one A330-243, and two 717-200s.

Hainan Airlines' B-1497

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1497 (c/n 63615, l/n 6628) this morning. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1497, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1405

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1405 (c/n 63805, l/n 6617) this morning. The 737-81B is makings delivery flight from BFI as CSN737, and will overnight at HNL.

16 October 2017

Aloha ‘Oe N945WP

Island Air is ferrying their second ATR72-212 to the mainland. N945WP "Hilina‘i" (msn 434) is being ferried by Southern Cross Aviation as SXA419, and its first stop is CMA.

Island Air Files Chapter 11 Re-organization

Island Air announced today that they are filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy re-organization protection, while they work to resolve issues with their aircraft lessors. With this filing, Island Air will continue to operate as normal, and continue its level of service.

Further details are in this Island Air press release.

Hawaiian Airlines' N361HA

Hawaiian Airlines' newest A330-243, N361HA "Hōkū Mau" (msn 1823), has made its way home from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France [TLS]. Their 24th A330 made a stop at Paine Field, Everett, WA [PAE], on September 28th, to have some cabin modifications done. On October 16th, it was ferried to SEA to be put into service as HAL21 to HNL.

15 October 2017

Shanghai Airlines' B-1335

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1335 (c/n 63050, l/n 6619) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

14 October 2017

China Eastern Airlines B-1309

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1309 (c/n 63763, l/n 6610) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

12 October 2017

Shanghai Airlines B-2500

Shanghai Airlines' B-2500 (c/n 35115, l/n 946) arrived this morning from Shanghai as FM9765. Originally delivered to Shanghai Airlines in September 2006, the 767-36DER flew with the company until it was withdrawn from use in August this year.  

Alaska Airlines Celebrates "Decade Of Aloha"

Ten years ago today, Alaska Airlines launched service to Hawai‘i, with a single flight from Seattle.  The airline is celebrating its "Decade of Aloha" with various Hawaii-themed promotions.

The top photo shows N559AS at Gate 23 after it made the inaugural flight from SEA as ASA851. Presently, Alaska Airlines serves the four major Hawaiian airports from eight west coast cities. The above photo shows the airline's current livery.

San José State Spartans Team Charter

The San José State University Spartans football team chartered a Hawaiian Airlines 767-33AER, N582HA "Ake Ake" (c/n 28139, l/n 857) for its road trip to Honolulu, to face the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, as HAL751.


*** 10.14.17 Update ***
The Spartans returned to SJC late Saturday night, following their 37-26 loss to the Rainbow Warriors, aboard N580HA "Kolea" (c/n 28140, l/n 850) as HAL752.

11 October 2017

Southwest Airlines Announces Intentions For Hawai‘i

Southwest's Canyon Blue 737s in the Hawaiian Islands? The airline announced today of their intentions to serve Hawai‘i from the west coast. In order to begin service, aircraft from the Southwest fleet will need to be ETOPS 180 certified.  The airline did not state which variant it would launch Hawai‘i service with, either their 737-8H4s or 737 MAX8s. Southwest will release further launch information at a later date.

06 October 2017

Hawaiian Re-considers Widebody Fleet Options

In an interview with CNN Money, Hawaiian Airlines' CEO Mark Dunkerley, intimated that with the recent changes on their widebody order with Airbus (going from the cancelled A350-800 to the A330-800neo), the airline may turn to Boeing as an option.

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPO

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPO "Boomerang Beach" (msn 19000321) from BNE to BNA, via APW, HNL, and VNY, as VOZ9901. It arrived this afternoon from APW, and will continue onto VNY tomorrow morning. This ERJ-190AR is being returned to it's lessor, Avolon, who purchased it from Virgin Australia in June 2012, and leased it back. VH-ZPO will be put into storage at BNA.

Outback Spirit's N314CL

Australian tour provider Outback Spirit Tours is taking delivery of N314CL (msn C208B5355), Cessna C208B Grand Caravan, that is making its way from ICT [Wichita, KS]. Before crossing the Pacific Ocean, it made stops at COS [Colorado Springs, CO], MCE [Merced, CA], and FAT [Fresno, CA]. It will continue onto APW, early tomorrow.  After APW, N314CL's next stops are scheduled to be OOL [Coolangatta] and RCL [Rothwell], before arriving at its new home in Bankstown, New South Wales [BWU].

02 October 2017

Icelandair's TF-FIW

Icelandair's Abercrombie & Kent 757-27B logojet TF-FIW "Búrfell" (c/n 24838, l/n 302) has made a stop from KEF [Keflavik, Iceland], via MSP and LAX, as ICE1404.

Abercrombie & Kent is a luxury travel company based in Cheltenham, United Kingdom, and the Icelandair 757-27B is outfitted in a VIP cabin layout.

24838 was originally delivered to Air Holland in August 1990 as PH-AHL. Three months later, it was acquired by Condor as D-ABNX. In February 2000, it was acquired by Icelandair as TF-FIW; and has been leased to Aeromar (May-July 2002), Loftleidir Icelandic (January 2004 - April 2007, and subleased to Blue Line from May-October 2005), Yakutia Airlines as VP-BFI (April 2007 - March 2013), and Air Niugini (May-September 2013). After its return, TF-FIW wore the Icelandic livery. Since 2017, it has been the Abercrombie & Kent jet.

Photo courtesy Charlie Alfa.


*** 10.04.17 Update ***
ICE1404 continued onto PPT [Faa‘a International Airport, Papaete, Tahiti] this morning.

Hebei Airlines' B-1328

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1328 (c/n 42966, l/n 6605) this morning. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1328, and will overnight at BFI.

01 October 2017

Aloha ‘Oe N944WP

Island Air bid farewell to N944WP "Ho‘opa‘a" (msn 345) today. The ATR72-212 is being ferried to BGR [Bangor, ME], via CMA [Camarillo, CA] and SLN [Salina, KS], by Southern Cross Aviation. It left early this morning for CMA as SXA416.

N727RE

Our October edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to 2004, and this 727-282/Adv, N727RE (c/n 22430, l/n 1715), owned by Imperial Palace Air, as it made a stop at HNL.

22430 was originally delivered to Transportes Aéreos Portugueses [TP/TAP] (Portugal) in March 1981 as CS-TBY "Amadora". In February 1990, it was sold to Blenheim Aviation, then leased back to TAP. Later that December, it was leased to Somali Airlines [HH/SOM] as 6O-SCG, and subleased to Carnival Airlines [KW/CAA] (USA) in June 1992 with the same registration.  In January 1993, the leased was transferred to Carnival as Somali Airlines shutdown, registered as N6167D, and flew until February 1998. Imperial Palace Air acquired this 727 in May 1998, and re-registered as N727RE in February 1999. The cabin was reconfigured to a VIP layout, winglets were installed, and the JT8D-17 engines were replace with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217s. It flew with Imperial Palace until April 2005, when it was sold to the government of Burkina Faso (Africa) as XT-BFA. It was withdrawn from service in December 2016, and now sits in storage at QLA [Lasham, UK].

30 September 2017

Xiamen Air's B-1303

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1303 (c/n 42943, l/n 6608) this morning. The 737-85C, their fourth delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8499, and will overnight at HNL.

28 September 2017

China Eastern's B-7883

Instead of the normal A330-243, a 777-39PER flew China Eastern's PVG-HNL-PVG (MU571/572) route. B-7882 (msn 43287, ln 1508) was recently delivered to China Eastern in July 2017.

According to FlightRadar24.com, China Eastern has 777-39PERs scheduled on this service up to October 8th, then returns to their A330-243s from the 9th.

Colorado State Rams Team Charter

The Colorado State University Rams football team is chartering Sun Country Airlines' N820SY "Lake Minnetonka" (c/n 39951, l/n 5166, f/n 820) for its game against the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, on Saturday. The 737-8FH is flying from FNL [Fort Collins-Loveland Regional Airport, Fort Collins, CO] as SCX8661, with a fuel stop at SFO. The team will return to Fort Collins after the game.

Earlier this summer, Sun Country began naming their 737-700s and 737-800s after lakes in their home state of Minnesota. Further information in this press release.

SilkAir's 9V-MBA

SilkAir is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX8, with 9V-MBA (c/n 44246, l/n 6535) today. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as SLK8880, and will overnight at KOA.

Xiamen Air's B-1300

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1300 (c/n 42940, l/n 6602) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8399, and will overnight at HNL.

27 September 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1413

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1413 (c/n 63236, l/n 6606) this afternoon. The 737-81B, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1413, and will overnight at HNL.

26 September 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1495

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of their third 737-84P this month, with B-1495 (c/n 63614, l/n 6592) today. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1495, and will overnight at HNL.

Boeing's Zhoushan 737 MAX Center

Aviation Week reports that Boeing will open a completion center in Zhoushan, China, in late 2018, for Chinese airlines that ordered 737 MAXs. The completion center will paint the exterior, conduct customer test flights, and have a delivery center for an average of eight to ten airframes per month. Aircraft heading to Zhoushan will have the protective green layer as they cross the Pacific.

Shandong Airlines' B-1443

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1443 (c/n 61438, l/n 6600) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1443, and will overnight at HNL.

25 September 2017

Hawaiian Airlines And Japan Airlines New Partnership

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines announced a new partnership that will begin on March 25, 2018. The partnership includes codesharing, lounge access, and frequent flyer mileage programs. The two airlines are also planning a joint-venture in the future.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.  Top photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

22 September 2017

Yangtze River Airlines' B-1315

Yangtze River Airlines (now known as Suparna Airlines), is taking delivery of B-1315 (c/n 64017, l/n 6587) today. The 737-84P, their second delivery in six days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1315, and will overnight at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-1471

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1471 (c/n 63047, l/n 6576) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA471, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1449

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1449 (c/n 61689, l/n 6590) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

21 September 2017

Xtra Airways' N917XA

Xtra Airways is ferrying N917XA (c/n 32917, l/n 1210) from GYR to GSN [Saipan International Airport, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands] (via LAX, HNL, and MAJ), as CXP8917. The 737-86J will fly the airline's GSN-NKG [Lukou International Airport, Nanjing, China] service that will launch in a few days.

The top photo shows N917XA on final approach for Runway 4R, arriving from LAX; and the above photo shows it taxiing out for departure to MAJ.

20 September 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1403

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1403 (c/n 63247, l/n 6586) this morning. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN103, and will overnight at HNL.

19 September 2017

‘Ohana by Hawaiian's N811HC

‘Ohana by Hawaiian is taking delivery of their first ATR72-201F, N811HC (msn 227) today. It's the first of three ATR72 freighters for the Hawaiian Airlines subsidiary.

This ATR72-201 was originally delivered to Brit Air [DB/BZH] (France) in March 1991 as F-GHPU. In January 2003, it went to Danish Air Transport [DX/DTR] (Denmark) as F-GHPU. It was leased to Air Atlantique [4Q/APB] (France) from October 2003 to July 2004. In December 2004, it was re-registered as OY-RUC. In January 2007, it was converted to a freighter, and six months later it went to West Air Europe [WLX] Luxembourg as LX-WAB. In May 2013, it was sold to Solenta Aviation, a carrier for DHL as ZS-XCF. In September 2015, ‘Ohana acquired this ATR72 for its new cargo operations.

Nok Air's HS-DBZ

Nok Air is taking delivery of HS-DBZ "Nok Napa Proud" (c/n 61300, l/n 6585). The 737-88L, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as NOK6900, and will overnight at LIH.

18 September 2017

United Announces Final 747 Flight To HNL

United Airlines announced today that they will have the final 747 flight, as the type is being retired from the airline's fleet. UAL747, SFO-HNL, will make the final flight on November 7th.

Further details in this United Airlines press release.

Hauʻoli Lā Hānau US Air Force

Today marks the 70th Birthday of the United States Air Force!  The HNL RareBirds team expresses our gratitude for keeping the US skies and lands safe, and to all the airmen past and present, mahalo for your service and sacrifice!

16 September 2017

Yangtze River Airlines' B-1313

Yangtze River Airlines [Y8/YZR] (an HNA Group subsidiary) is taking delivery of B-1313 (c/n 60169, l/n 6583) today. The 737-84P, their first this year, is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1313, and will overnight at HNL. Yangtze River Airlines recently re-branded as Suparna Airlines, but have yet to change the titles on this aircraft, and B-1315, the next scheduled for delivery.

Kunming Airlines B-1461

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1461 (c/n 44934, l/n 6578) this morning. The 737-7LY, painted in a special purple and gold livery promoting the city of Teng Chong (Yunnan Province), is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1461, and will overnight at HNL.