26 July 2017

All Nippon Airways' JA873A

Finally, the Droid we were looking for showed up! JA873A (cn 34530 / ln 345) is one of three "Star Wars" themed aircraft in their fleet. R2D2 arrived this morning as NH182 from Narita, and departed this afternoon as NH185 to Haneda.

VP-BEM

VP-BEM, a 777-200, arrived at HNL today. In searching this registration, it shows up as a Global Express 5000

Allegiant Air's RP-C3192

Allegiant Air is taking delivery of this A319-111, RP-C3192 (msn 2638). It's ferrying from CAN to IND, and will be registered as N332NV (f/n 332) after it arrives at IND.

China Southern Airlines' B-1411

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1411 (c/n 63240, l/n 6496) this morning. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN111, and will overnight at HNL. This China Southern's third 737-81B delivery in this month.

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
6475 | B-7831 | 42945 | Xiamen Air | -85C [07.11.17 CXA8099]
6477 | B-1465 | 63044 | China United Airlines | -89P [07.11.17 CUA1465]
6471 | B-1410 | 63241 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [07.13.17 CSN410]
6476 | B-1487 | 62571 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [07.13.17 CHH1487]
6483 | B-1480 | 61435 | Fuzhou Airlines | -86W [07.13.17 B1480]
6480 | B-1458 | 60869 | Air China Inner Mongolia| -89L [07.14.17 CNM047]
6482 | B-1488 | 60692 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [07.14.17 CHH1488]
6479 | B-1475 | 61126 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [07.14.17 CSZ1475]
6478 | B-1439 | 61434 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [07.15.17 CDG1439]
6486 | B-7818 | 42941 | Xiamen Air | -85C [07.18.17 CXA8199]
6487 | B-1412 | 63239 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [07.19.17 CSN1412]
6493 | B-1306 | 63760 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [07.21.17 CES9002]
6484 | B-1460 | 61706 | Kunming Airlines | -7LY [07.21.17 KNA1460]
6494 | VH-YFY | 41016 | Virgin Australia | -8FE "Mungalla" [07.24.17 VOZ9940 to LIH ]
6489 | B-1440 | 61435 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [07.24.17 CDG1440]
6498 | B-1476 | 61117 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [07.25.17 CSZ1476]
6496 | B-1411 | 63240 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [07.26.17 CSN111]


737 NG
6230 | B-1592 | 61357 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6275 | B-1590 | 61275 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6370 | B-7998 | 61358 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6400 | B-1415 | 61276 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6401 | B-1420 | 41115 | Okay Airways | -9KFER « BFI
6449 | B-1472 | 61360 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6453 | JA06GR | 61798 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL «
6460 | B-1473 | 61361 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6500 | B-1310 | 43900 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
6501 | B-1489 | 44393 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6504 | B-1447 | 42975 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW «
6505 | B-____ | 61688 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P «
6507 | B-____ | 42948 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
6513 | B-____ | 63761 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
6514 | B-____ | 61127 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L «
6520 | B-____ | 63613 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6510 | B-____ | 61698 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P «

737 MAX
6250 | PK-L__ | 42987 | Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | PK-L__ | 42987 | Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) «
6344 | PK-LQF | 42990 | Lion Air | -MAX8 «
6441 | PK-LQH | 42996 | Lion Air | -MAX8 «
6448 | PK-LQG | 42995 | Lion Air | -MAX8 «
6464 | B-____ | 61621 | China Eastern Airlines | -MAX8 «

« Pre-Flight Prep
« First Flight: 07.25.17
« 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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25 July 2017

Fiji Airways DQ-FJF

Fiji Airways' 737-7X2, DQ-FJF "Island of Koro" (c/n 28878, l/n 96) is now wearing a decal noting the COP23 Fiji United Nations Climate Change Conference. It's seen above departing Runway 8R, this afternoon as FJI823 to CXI.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1476

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1476 (c/n 61117, l/n 6498) today. The 737-87L, their second delivery in 11 days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1476, and will overnight at HNL.

24 July 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Announces A321neo Routes

Hawaiian Airlines announced three new A321-271N routes that will begin in early 2018: Portland-Kahului (January 18, 2018), Los Angeles-Kona (March 11, 2018), and Oakland-Līhu‘e (April 11, 2018). 

The first A321neo service will be on January 8, 2018, on the OAK-OGG route (HAL23/24), in place of their A330-243 service.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.
Illustration courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

Shandong Airlines' B-1440

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1440 (c/n 61435, l/n 6489) today. The 737-85N, the airline's second delivery in nine days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1440, and will overnight at HNL.

Virgin Australia's VH-YFY

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH0YFY "Mungalla" (c/n 41016, l/n 6494) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at LIH.

21 July 2017

Kunming Airlines' B-1460

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1460 (c/n 61706, l/n 6484) today. The 737-7LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1460, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1306

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1306 (c/n 63760, l/n 6493) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

19 July 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1412

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1412 (c/n 63239, l/n 6487) this morning. The 737-81B, their second delivery in six days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1412, and will overnight at HNL.

18 July 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7818

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7818 (c/n 42941, l/n 6486) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will overnight at HNL.

15 July 2017

Shandong Airlines' B-1439

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1439 (c/n 61434, l/n 6478) today. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1439, and will overnight at HNL.

14 July 2017

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1475

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1475 (c/n 61126, l/n 6479) this afternoon. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1475, and will overnight at HNL. This 737 made its original delivery flight earlier this morning, but returned to BFI an hour into the flight.

Hainan Airlines' B-1488

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1488 (c/n 60692, l/n 6482) today. The 737-84P, their second delivery in as many days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1488, and will overnight at HNL.

Qantas Airways' VH-OJT

Qantas Airways' 747-436, VH-OJT "Fraser Island" (c/n 25565, l/n 1233), has made a stop at HNL from SYD as QFA6037, as a charter flight.

Air China Inner Mongolia's B-1458

Air China Inner Mongolia is taking delivery of B-1458 (c/n 60869, l/n 6480) today. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CNM047, and will overnight at HNL.

Air China's Inner Mongolia subsidiary now has a fleet of three 737-89Ls, and a 737-79L. Notice that the People's Republic of China flag is absent from where it normally is next to the titles, as well as the Star Alliance logo that is normally between the door and the cockpit window.

Air New Zealand's ZK-OKF

Air New Zealand's 777-219ER, ZK-OKF (c/n 34378, l/n 575) made a stop at HNL this morning from BNE on a charter flight as ANZ1930. It will depart later this morning for AKL as ANZ1395.

13 July 2017

Fuzhou Airlines' B-1480

Fuzhou Airlines is taking delivery of B-1480 (c/n 61435, l/n 6483) today. The 737-86W is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1480, and will overnight at HNL, after completing its first leg.

Hainan Airlines' B-1487

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1487 (c/n 62571, l/n 6476) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1487, and will overnight at HNL, after completing its first leg.

China Southern Airlines' B-1410

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1410 (c/n 63241, l/n 6471) this morning. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN410, and will overnight at HNL, after completing the first leg.

12 July 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPK

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPK "Aussie Rob" (msn 19000218) from BNE to BNA, with stops at APW, HNL, and VNY, as VOZ9901. The E190-100AR is ferrying for maintenance, and should return in a few weeks. 

11 July 2017

China United Airlines' B-1465

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1465 (c/n 63044, l/n 6477) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA1465, and will overnight at HNL.

Xiamen Air's B-7831

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7831 (c/n 42945, l/n 6475) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8099, and will overnight at HNL.

10 July 2017

Aloha ‘Oe N319NE

Asia Pacific Airlines is ferrying their 727-212F/Adv, N319NE (c/n 21349, l/n 1289), from GUM to IGM [Kingman, AZ], via HNL. According to sources, it's scheduled to be put up for sale, and is due for a heavy check.

05 July 2017

Kingdom of Morocco's CN-MVI

The Kingdom of Morocco's 737-8KB BBJ2, CN-MVI (c/n 37545, l/n 2696), has made a stop at HNL from SFO.

China Eastern Airlines' N7862A

China Eastern Airlines is ferrying N7862A (c/n 33009, l/n 1782), a 737-79P, from KMG to PAE, via GUM and HNL. It remains the original very with the green Yunnan peacock feather.

33009 was delivered to China Eastern Airlines in June 2005 as B-5084, leased from ILFC. In 2012, it had Blended Winglets installed and the green Yunnan peacock feather decal applied. In May 2014, it was sold to AerCap, and its lease with China Eastern transferred. It was withdrawn from use this past May, and will be going to Southwest Airlines as N7862A (f/n 7862). While at PAE, it will undergo Southwest's interior and exterior look.

04 July 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPQ

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPQ "Main Beach" (msn 19000412) is ferrying from BNE to BNA, via APW, HNL, and VNY for maintenance as VOZ9901.

Happy Independence Day!

Today, the HNL RareBirds Team celebrates the United States of America's 241st birthday!

01 July 2017

US Navy's 159116

Our July edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features the United States Navy's C-9B SkyTrain II (the military version of a DC-9-32CF), Bureau Number 159116 (c/n 47580, l/n 704), in a photo from January 2005, as it's seen above on Taxiway RT, with markings for VR-61 "Islanders" (based at NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, WA) and named "City of Seattle".

Not much is known about the history of this C-9B, other than it was delivered to the US Navy in September 1973. In the late 1980s, it was assigned to the VR-57 "Conquistadors", and was named both the "City of Long Beach" and the "City of Carlsbad". In the mid-2000s, it was assigned to the VR-61, and flew with the "Islanders" until it was retired in June 2012. It now sits in storage at the AMARG (Davis-Monthan AFB) in Tucson, AZ.

30 June 2017

N4244T Ditches In Canal

N4244T (msn 28-7225103), a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee with three aboard, ditched in the Moanalua Canal that runs under the Interstate H201 freeway, this afternoon. All aboard escaped from the downed Cherokee.

Continuing coverage from Hawaii News Now and KHON News.

Alaska's Seattle Mariners Logojet

Alaska Airlines is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners. The airline has affixed commemorative decals on of the airlines' 737-890s, N564AS (c/n 35103, l/n 2099). This 737 will arrive at HNL this afternoon from SAN as ASA895, then go onto OAK as ASA811.

Further details in this Alaska Airlines press release.

N785MM

N785MM (msn 19000709), an Embraer Lineage 1000 (ERJ-190 ECJ), owned by MGM Mirage Resorts has made a stop at HNL.

Okay Airways' B-1450

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1450 (c/n 61405, l/n 6438) today. The 737-8KF is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1450, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong Airlines' B-1437

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1437 (c/n 60165, l/n 6465) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1437, and will overnight at HNL.

29 June 2017

American Airlines' N942UW Damaged

KHON News reports that American Airlines' N942UW (c/n 27807, l/n 662) suffered a gash on the starboard side of its nose, as a truck hit the 757-2B7, as it was being prepped to fly to PHX as AAL675. The flight was canceled.

HNL To Build A380 Gates

Civil Beat is reporting that HDOT will spend $30million to convert two gates to accommodate Airbus A380 flights, specifically All Nippon Airways' decision to use the Super Jumbo on its NRT-HNL flights. This will include adding jet bridges for the A308's upper deck, widening of the parking stands, and terminal improvements. The article did not mention which gates will be modified for ANA's A380 operations, though KHON reports that Gates 29 and 34 will be the gates to be converted to handle A380s.

Presently, Gates 29 and 34 have guidelines for A380s, but are only used to handle an A380 on an emergency basis. Qantas Airways A380s have made medical and technical stops at HNL.

With ANA based in the Diamond Head Concourse, and the A380 gates will be on the ‘Ewa Concourse, it appears that ANA will need to move across the airport.


Hainan Airlines' B-7400

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7400 (c/n 43425, l/n 6462) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7400, and will overnight at HNL.

28 June 2017

N101TU

N101TU (c/n 28404, l/n 130), a former China Airlines 737-809, is ferrying from TPE to VCV, via GUM and HNL, as SXA389. It will make an overnight stop at HNL this afternoon.

 28404 was originally delivered to China Airlines in November 1998 as B-18605. In 2007, the airline had Blended Winglets installed. It was withdrawn from use this past January, and was acquired by Wells Fargo Bank Northwest this month.

Batik Air's PK-LQJ

Batik Air's PK-LQJ (c/n 42988, l/n 6222) is the first 737-MAX8 to make a delivery flight through Hawai‘i. It's making its delivery flight this afternoon from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

AirAsia X Makes Debut Flight To HNL

AirAsia X [D7/XAX] (Malaysia) made its inaugural flight from KUL, with a stop at KIX, today. 9M-XBA (msn 1670), an A330-343, made the first XAX1/XAX2 flight.

The bottom photo of 9M-XBA, taken by KN Aviation, was the return flight to KIX and KUL [XAX2], that departed two hours late.

27 June 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7823

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7823 (c/n 42947, l/n 6458) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8399, and will overnight at HNL. This is the 50th 737NG delivery to China this year.

26 June 2017

N788DP

N788DP (c/n 29441, l/n 111), a 737-79U BBJ, has made a stop at HNL from NRT.

25 June 2017

Boeing Announces 737 MAX 10 Orders

During the Paris Air Show, Boeing announced a number of 737 MAX 10 orders, along with other 737 MAX orders. The following orders should stop through Hawai‘i on their delivery flights. 

Lion Group: 50 MAX 10s
Ruili Airlines: 20 MAX 8s
Xiamen Air: 10 MAX 10s
Donghai Airlines: 10 MAX 10s
Malaysia Airlines: 10 MAX 10s
Okay Airways: 8 MAX 10s, 7 MAX 8s

Of course, this does not cover any MAX 10s that will be leased to carriers that deliver through Hawai‘i. 

23 June 2017

Air China's B-1419

Air China is taking delivery of B-1419 (c/n 60868, l/n 6454) this morning. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

22 June 2017

Kunming Airlines' B-1459

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1459 (c/n 61705, l/n 6450) today. The 737-7LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1459, and will overnight at HNL.

19 June 2017

Ruili Airlines' B-1597

Ruili Airlines is taking delivery of B-1597 (c/n 60464, l/n 6446) this afternoon. The 737-8ME is making its delivery flight from BFI as RLH1597, and will overnight at HNL.

17 June 2017

Philippine Airlines' RP-C7778

A Philippine Airlines 777-3F6ER diverted into Honolulu from Vancouver this morning for a tech stop. RP-C7778 (c/n 61730 l/n 1443) departed before noon to continue onto Manila.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1448

Shanghai Airlines is taking deliver of B-1448 (c/n 61697, l/n 6442) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

16 June 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7821

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7821 (c/n 42946, l/n 6444) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8299, and will overnight at HNL.

13 June 2017

United To Increase Service To Hawai‘i

United Airlines announced today that they will increase their Hawaii service on 11 routes to bring the total amount of flights to 40. The increase will begin on December 20th, with seasonal flights to the Neighbor Islands being upgraded to daily in many cases.

Further information in this United Airlines press release.

Hebei Airlines' B-1446

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1446 (c/n 42974, l/n 6434) today. The 737-8LW, with special "Enjoy Hebei" and "20th Aircraft for Hebei Airlines" markings, is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1446, and will overnight at HNL.

10 June 2017

AeroMéxico's XA-ADV

AeroMéxico is taking delivery of XA-ADV (c/n 29930, l/n 757), under lease from Aircastle. It's ferrying from CGK to MEX (via NRT and HNL) as AMX8504, and stopped at HNL this evening.

29930 was originally delivered to Ryanair in January 2001 as EI-CSQ, and had winglets installed six years later. In May 2009, it was sold to CIT Aerospace, and leased to Garuda Indonesia as PK-GEO, and three years later sold to Aircastle, and the lease transferred, until this past March.

Prime Air's N1321A

Amazon.com's Prime Air (operated by Atlas Air) is taking delivery of N1321A (c/n 27957, l/n 587), a 767-306ERF. It arrived from HNL from XSP, via GUM as GTI9602.

27957 was originally delivered to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in July 1995 as PH-BZA"Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge)" (f/n ZA-001), under lease from ILFC. In April 2005, it was leased to Zoom [Z4/OOM] (Canada) as C-GZNA "City of Toronto" (f/n 103). In December 2007, it was transferred to its sister airline in the UK, Zoom Airlines UK [ZX/UKZ] as G-CZNA "City of Brighton and Hove". From March to December 2009, ILFC leased it to Flyglobespan [Y2/GSM] as G-SPNA. In May 2010, it was leased to Nordwind Airlines [N4/NWS] (Russia) as VQ-BPT, and four years later was sold to AerCap, and transferred. In June 2016, it was leased to Atlas Air as N637GT, sent for freighter conversion this past February, and acquired by the airline last month.

Hainan Airlines' B-7399

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7399 (c/n 44392, l/n 6433) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH8399, and will overnight at HNL.

07 June 2017

Hawaiian To Get A321neos This Year

ATW Online reports that Hawaiian Airlines is on scheduler to receive its first A321neo in October of this year, and should have at least two by the end of the year. However, they will not enter service until sometime in 2018.

Another part of the article reports that the ATR72Fs for ‘Oahan by Hawaiian, are experiencing some issues with a supplier and certification, but hopes to have this new cargo service starting in the third quarter of this year.

Shandong Airlines B-1438

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1438 (c/n 61433, l/n 6431) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1438, and will overnight at HNL.

06 June 2017

Nok Air HS-DBY

Nok Air is taking delivery of HS-DBY "Nok Veha" (c/n 61299, l/n 6426) this morning. The 737-88L is making its delivery flight from BFI as NOK6900, and will overnight at LIH.

05 June 2017

N910FL

N910FL (msn 14500952), an EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 owned by Flight Options, has made a stop at HNL.

N966MS

N966MS (msn 19000683), a privately-owned E190-100 ECJ Lineage 1000, has made a stop at HNL.

N90R

N90R (c/n 32775, l/n 889), a 737-7EL BBJ owned by Swiflite Aircraft Corporation, has made a stop at HNL.

04 June 2017

N262MA

N262MA (c/n 28405, l/n 132), a former China Airlines 737-809, is making its way from TPE to GYR, with stops at GUM and HNL. It has been acquired by Contrail Aviation Support [Verona, WI].

28405 was delivered to China Airlines in November 1998 as B-18606. During its time with China Airlines, it had winglets installed in 2007. It also had the airline's 50th anniversary decal added to aft section of the fuselage. This 737-809 was retired this past February, and acquired by Contrail Aviation Support last month.

03 June 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7819

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7819 (c/n 42945, l/n 6424) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will overnight at HNL.

01 June 2017

USAF's 74-0787

One of four E-4Bs made an overnight stop at Hickam AFB. 74-0787 (c/n 20684 l/n 232) departed this morning.

Bombardier's C-FFDO

Bombardier's testbed CS300, C-FFDO (msn 55002), returned to HNL today. This time the Air Baltic titles have been replaced with Bombardier titles. The CS300 was here last October, as it transited from the mainland to Asia.

Al-Anwa Establishment's HZ-AB3

Our June edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to November 1994, and this 727-2U5, HZ-AB3 (c/n 22362, l/n 1657) owned by the Al-Anwa Establishment (Saudi Arabia). It's seen on HNL's South Ramp.

22362 was originally delivered to the Royal Jordanian Government in August 1980 as JY-HNH, as VIP transport. In June 1985, it sold to the Brunei Government as V8-HM1, and re-registered in April 1987 as V8-HM2. In February 1989, it was transferred to Royal Brunei Airlines as V8-BG1. In August 1994, it was bought by the Al-Anwa Establishment as HZ-AB3. A year later, it was converted to a Super 27 with winglets and Valsan conversion kit. It was last photographed in August 2016, and FlightRadar24, has tracked its most recent flight this past February.

31 May 2017

N7860A

N7860A (c/n 29362, l/n 1713), a former China Eastern Airlines 737-79P, is ferrying to PAE from KMG [Changshui International Airport, Kunming, China], via GUM and HNL. It's owned by AerCap, and will be leased to Southwest Airlines.

29362 was delivered to China Eastern in May 2005 as B-5096. It was fitted with Blended Winglets in late 2011, along with the green peacock feather. In February 2014, it was painted in the orange Yunnan Peacock livery; and three months later, it was sold to AerCap, and leased back. B-5096 was withdrawn from service this past April.

29 May 2017

JAL To Resume NRT-KOA

Japan Airlines announced that they will resume daily round-trip service between NRT and KOA, on September 15, 2017, with 767-346ERs.

Further information in this Japan Airlines press release.

23 May 2017

Air China's B-1418

Air China is taking delivery of B-1418 (c/n 60867, l/n 6414) today. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

19 May 2017

HANG F-22As Scramble To Escort AAL31


A pair of F-22A Raptors from the Hawaii‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron were scrambled to escort an American Airlines A321 arriving from LAX. N126AN (msn 6313), flying as AAL31, was subject to an attempted cockpit breach by a passenger, who was prevented then restrained by passengers and crew. An in-flight emergency was reported by the flight crew, and the FAA requested the HANG escort. The flight landed on Runway 4R without incident, while first responders readied to enter the airliner, which parked on the North Ramp. Crews from the HNL ARFF, Hawaii State Sheriff deputies, Honolulu Police, the FBI, and Homeland Security are investigating the incident.

16 May 2017

Hawaiian Airlines LAX Terminal Move

Hawaiian Airlines will make their terminal move at LAX tonight. The airline will move their operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, that will commence tomorrow.

For further information on other airline relocations within LAX, see "LAX On The Move".

13 May 2017

Hebei Airlines' B-1445

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1445 (c/n 42973, l/n 6397) today. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1445, and will overnight at HNL.

12 May 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1583

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1583 (c/n 63238, l/n 6394) this evening. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN158, and will overnight at HNL.

11 May 2017

QantasFreight's VH-XNH

QantasFreight is taking delivery of VH-XNH (c/n 24796, l/n 1887) today. The 737-4S3SF is making its delivery flight from VCV as QFA7300, and will overnight at HNL. It also wears the StarTrack titles, which is an Australian parcel delivery company.

24796 was originally delivered to ILFC, then leased to Air Europe [PE/AEL] in July 1990 as G-BRKG. In April 1991, it was leased to Dan-Air London [DA/DAN] as G-TREN. In November 1992, it was transferred to the British Airways [BA/BAW] fleet, after British Airways acquired Dan-Air London. In March 1997, it was leased to British Airways' subsidiary GB Airways [GT/GBL] (UK) as G-TREN. In June 2002, it was sold to Islandsflug [HH/ICB] (Iceland), then leased to Air Miles as TF-ELV. In February 2004, it was leased to Ryanair [FR/RYR] (Ireland), and in January 2005, it was sold to Air Atlanta Icelandic [CC/ABD] (Iceland), and remained with Ryanair. Four months later, it was leased to Excel Airways [JN/XLA] (UK). In December 2005, it was leased to Xtra Airways [XP/CXP] (USA) as TF-ELV, and was registered as N43XA, three months later. From August 2007 to March 2012, it operated for Direct Air [DIA] (USA). After Direct Air closed, it remained with Xtra Airways until May 2015. It underwent freighter conversion at Dothan, GA [DHN] from February to November 2016. Last month, Express Freighters [EFA] (Australia) acquired 24796, and registered it as VH-XNH; they will operate it for QantasFreight.

10 May 2017

Asia Pacific Airlines Retires N86425

Asia Pacific Airlines ferried N86425 (c/n 21459, l/n 1329), a 727-212F/Adv, from GUM to IGM [Kingman Airport, Kingman, AZ], via HNL, as MGE901. This is the first of their three 727-200Fs to be retired.

09 May 2017

Scoot Proposes SIN-KIX-HNL Service

According to an Airline Route tweet, Scoot [TZ/SCO] (Singapore) has proposed service between SIN [Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore] and HNL, via KIX. The tweet did not mention any specifics as to a start-up date, or aircraft type. This route is subject to US Department of Transportation approval. The airline currently as 13 787s (seven -8s, and six -9s), along with two more -8s on order.

Shandong Airlines' B-1436

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1436 (c/n 60164, l/n 6391) today. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1436, and will overnight at HNL.

08 May 2017

Island Air's N328NG

Island Air is taking delivery of its second used Q400 NextGen, N328NG (msn 4328). It's flying from GTF (via CMA) as SXA374. This Q400 NextGen has the distinction of being the 1,000th Dash8 built. This will be the airlines' fifth Q400 NextGen, will be re-registered as N684WP, and will be named "Laulima" (Hawaiian for "Being accountable to ourselves, each other, and our guests").

Like its fleet mate, N685WP (ex N339NG), it was delivered to Colgan Air in September 2010 as N328NG, and had the 1,000th Dash8 decal. It wore the Continental Connection and United Express liveries while with Colgan. It continued with Republic Airlines following Colgan's shutdown (April 2012), until February 2016. It was sold to NAC-Nordic, and leased back in June 2015. Like N339NG, N328NG was supposed to have been leased to FlyBe, but was not taken up.

06 May 2017

China United Airlines' B-1427

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1427 (c/n 61687, l/n 6387) today. The 737-89P its making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA427, and will overnight at HNL.

05 May 2017

N106SZ

N106SZ (msn 14501190), an Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 owned by the Cambe Group (Van Nuts, CA), made a stop at HNL this afternoon.

This Legacy 650 was originally delivered to Falcon Aviation Services [FVS] (United Arab Emirates) in November 2014 as A6-YMA, and re-registered as A6-LGI in April 2016. Seven months later, it was sold to the Cambe Group.

Donghai Airlines' B-7631

Donghai Airlines is taking deliver of B-7631 (c/n 61273, l/n 6008) today. The 737-83Z, which was built in July 2016, and stored at BFI following its test flights, is makings delivery flight from BFI as EPA295, and will overnight at HNL.

04 May 2017

Island Air's N683WP

Island Air is taking delivery of their third new-build Q400, with N683WP "Kūlana Pono" (msn 4554). It's making its way from YZD to HNL, via DLH, APA, and CMA, flown by Southern Cross Aviation as SXA375. The name Kūlana Pono means "Doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason".

02 May 2017

United Celebrates 70 Years Of Hawai‘i Service

This month, United Airlines will celebrate its 70th year of service between the US mainland and Hawai‘i. Beginning with its first flight with a DC-6 "Mainliner" from SFO, United has grown its Hawaii service through the years with DC-7s, DC-8s, DC-10s, 747s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787s, and serves all of the major airports in the Hawaiian Islands; with flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Newark, Washington DC, and Houston; plus international flights from Guam and Tokyo.