22 September 2017

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
6547 | B-1462 | 61277 | Donghai Airlines | -8LW [09.01.17 EPA297]
6400 | B-1415 | 61276 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z [09.01.17 EPA298]
6553 | B-1490 | 62572 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [09.01.17 CHH1490]
6460 | B-1473 | 61361 | 9 Air | -86X [09.05.17 JYH1473]
6558 | B-1302 | 63683 | Xiamen Air | -85C [09.06.17 CXA8099]
6570 | B-1332 | 63048 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [09.09.17 CSH9761]
6573 | B-1301 | 42944 | Xiamen Air | -85C [09.12.17 CXA8299]
6561 | JA05RK | 61479 | Japan TransOcean Air | -8Q3 [09.13.17 JTA9851 to ANC ]
6577 | B-1401 | 63234 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [09.13.17 CSN1]
6574 | B-1496 | 43426 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [09.13.17 CHH1496]
6572 | VH-YWA | 41042 | Virgin Australia | -8FE "Cable Beach" [09.14.17 VOZ9940 to KOA ]
6581 | B-1479 | 61128 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [09.15.17 CSZ1479]
6578 | B-1461 | 44394 | Kunming Airlines | -8LY [09.16.17 KNA1461]
6583 | B-1313 | 60169 | Yangtze River Airlines | -84P [09.16.17 B1313]
6585 | HS-DBZ | 61300 | Nok Air | -8AL "Nok Napa Proud" [09.19.17 NOK6900 to LIH ]
6586 | B-1403 | 63247 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [09.20.17 CSN103]

6590 | B-1449 | 61689 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [09.22.17 CES9001]
6576 | B-1471 | 63047 | China United Airlines | -89P [09.22.17 CUA471]
6587 | B-1315 | 64017 | Yangtze River Airlines | -84P [09.22.17 B1315]


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 «
6592 | B-1495 | 63614 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6600 | B-1443 | 61438 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
6602 | B-1300 | 42940 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
6605 | B-1328 | 42966 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW «
6606 | B-1413 | 63236 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «

737 MAX
6250 | PK-L__ | 42987 | Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | HS-L__ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) «
6464 | B-____ | 61621 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 «
6490 | B-____ | 60872 | Air China | -MAX8 (N6063S) «
6535 | 9V-MBA | 44246 | SilkAir | -MAX8 «

« Pre-Flight Prep
« First Flight: 09.20.17
« 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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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.

15 September 2017

Japan Airlines Returns To KOA

After a nearly seven year absence, Japan Airlines returns to Kona, Hawai‘i Island today. The airline returns with round-trip, daily 767-346ER service between KOA and NRT.

Japan Airlines previously had DC-10-40 service between NRT and KOA, that ended in 2010.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1479

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1479 (c/n 61128, l/n 6581) today. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1479, and will overnight at HNL.

14 September 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-YWA

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-YWA "Cable Beach" (c/n 41042, l/n 6572) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at KOA.

13 September 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1496

Hainan Airlines is taking deliver of B-1496 (c/n 43426, l/n 6574) today. The 737-84P, their second delivery in 12 days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1496, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1401

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1401 (c/n 63234, l/n 6577) today. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1, and will overnight at HNL.

12 September 2017

Xiamen Air's B-1301

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1301 (c/n 42944, l/n 6573) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery in six days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8299, and will overnight at HNL.

09 September 2017

Shanghai Airlines' B-1332

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1332 (c/n 63048, l/n 6570) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from  BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

07 September 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Partnership With The University of Hawai‘i Athletics

Hawaiian Airlines announced that will be the official airline partner of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Athletics Department. The airline, a Diamond Level UH Corporate Partner, will provide travel to all 21 UH Mānoa's athletic teams between Hawai‘i and North America.

Further information is in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

06 September 2017

Xtra Airways To Fly Between Saipan And China

CH-Aviation reports Xtra Airways [XP/CXP] will be assigning one of their 737s for a new service between Saipan (Northern Marianas Islands) and Nanjing (China), beginning on September 20th.

Currently, Xtra Airways has a fleet of six 737-400s, and three 737-800s. Whichever 737 is assigned to this route, it should be stopping through HNL in the near future.

Xiamen Air's B-1302

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1302 (c/n 63683, l/n 6558) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery in eight days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8099, and will overnight at HNL.

05 September 2017

Delta Bids Aloha ‘Oe To Their 747-400s

Delta Air Lines has switched from their 747-400s to 767-300s on DAL576/577 [NRT-HNL]. N669US (c/n 24224, l/n 803, f/n 6309) made the final flight from Narita this morning. It will continue onto LAX as DAL1284. Ground and cabin crews adorned N669US with a few lei to commemorate the airlines' final 747-400 flight at HNL.

A video of the event at HNL, was made and posted by dgcpinoy on his YouTube channel.

All of Delta's service between Honolulu and Japanese destinations (NRT, KIX, and NGO), are now all flown with 767-300ERs.

Island Air Transitions To All Q400 Fleet

Island Air transitioned to an all-Q400 NextGen fleet today. The airline also has two more Q400 NextGens on order from Bombardier.

The five ATR72-212s have been retired, and will be returned to Island Leasing Company (Walnut Creek, CA) in the near future. The final ATR72 flight was made by N944WP, as MKU86 [KOA-HNL].

9 Air's B-1473

9 Air is taking delivery of B-1473 (c/n 61361, l/n 6460) today. The 737-86X is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH1473, and will overnight at HNL. B-1473 made its first flight on June 13th, and was parked on BFI's short-term storage ramp after its customer test flights. It's their third 737-86X of four that have been parked at BFI, to make its delivery flight in eleven days.

01 September 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1490

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1490 (c/n 62572, l/n 6553) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1490, and will overnight at HNL.

Donghai Airlines' B-1415

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1415 (c/n 61276, l/n 6400) today. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA298, and will overnight at HNL. B-1415 was first flew in May, but was placed in short-term storage at BFI.

Donghai Airlines' B-1462

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1462 (c/n 61277, l/n 6547) this morning. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA297, and will overnight at HNL. B-1462 is the 100th 737 to deliver to China this year.

31 August 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-YFZ

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-YFZ (c/n 41005, l/n 6551) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at KOA (the airline normally makes its Hawai‘i stop at LIH).

VH-YFZ is the 29th 737 to deliver thru Hawai‘i this month, a new record! Since we've begun tracking monthly numbers in 2013, this month breaks the 24 deliveries set in October 2015, and tied that same December.

30 August 2017

9 Air's B-1592

9 Air is taking delivery of B-1592 (c/n 61357, l/n 6230) today. The 737-86X, their second delivery in four days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH1592, and will overnight at HNL. B-1592 had its first flight this past January, and had since been placed in short-term storage at BFI.

29 August 2017

Xiamen Air's B-1456

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1456 (c/n 42951, l/n 6552) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery in five days, is making its delivery from BFI as CXA8499, and will overnight at HNL.

28 August 2017

Virgin America Upgrades SFO-HNL To A321neo

Beginning today, Virgin America has upgraded their SFO-HNL [VRD51/50] service from the A320-214(ceo) to the A321-253N(neo). N921VA "neo kid on the block" (msn 7589) has been scheduled for the next few days.

27 August 2017

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-76951

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' IL76-90VD, RA-76951(c/n 2073421704, l/n 93-06), is making a stop at HNL, as it makes a cargo flight from LFT [Paul Fournet Field, Lafayette Regional Airport, Lafayette, LA] to POM [Port Moresby Jackson International Airport, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea] as VDA2244. It also made a stop at IWA [Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Phoenix, AZ], before arriving at HNL.

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Mokulele To End Unsubsidized Hāna Service

CH-Aviation reports that Mokulele Airlines will end non-subsidized service to Hāna, Maui [HNM], however, no exact date was given. The airline had a partnership with a resort in Hāna, which has since ended.

Virgin Australia's VH-VPE

A Virgin Australia 777-3ZGER diverted into Honolulu the last night due to a medical issue. VH-VPE "Noosa Heads Beach" (c/n 37939, l/n764) was operating as VA24 from LAX to MEL. It remained overnight due to crew duty hours, and departed for MEL on Sunday, as VA9550.

26 August 2017

9 Air's B-1472

9 Air is taking delivery of B-1472 (c/n 61360, l/n 6449) today. The 737-86X is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH1472, and will overnight at BFI.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1452

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1452 (c/n 65456, l/n 6545) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at BFI.

24 August 2017

Coulson Air Tanker's N405LC

Wearing it's firefighting uniform, this L-100-30 (L-382G) belonging to Coulson Air Tanker flew in from Oakland last night. N405LC (cn 382-5025) previously flew with Lynden Air Cargo and was taken up and converted by Coulson in late 2014.

23 August 2017

Lion Air's PK-LQG

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQG (c/n 42995, l/n 6448) this afternoon. The 737-MAX8, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1400

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1400 (c/n 63244, l/n 6544) today. The 737-81B, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN100, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1308

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1308 (c/n 63762, l/n 6539) today. The 737-89P, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

22 August 2017

Donghai Airlines' B-1590

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1590 (c/n 61275, l/n 6275) this afternoon. The 737-83Z is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA296, and will overnight at HNL. B-1590 was delivered to Donghai on March 31st, but it's acceptance was deferred, and was placed into storage at BFI.

China United Airlines' B-1470

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1470 (c/n 63045, l/n 6523) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA470, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong Airlines' B-1442

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1442 (c/n 61437, l/n 6541) this morning. The 737-85N, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1442, and will overnight at HNL.

19 August 2017

Western Global Airlines' N356KD

During this past week, Western Global Airlines' 747-446F, N356KD (c/n 26356, l/n 1026), has been substituting on Kalitta Air's service between HNL and LAX [CKS369/368].

26356 was originally delivered to Japan Airlines in March 1994 as JA8911. In December 2007, it was converted to a freighter for JAL Cargo. In December 2010, it was acquired by Atlas Air as N356NA, and re-registered as N458MC four months later. It flew with Atlas until August 2015. Three months later Western Global Airlines bought this 747, and registered it as N356KD. It still wears the blue aft section of its former owner.

China Southern Airlines' B-1408

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1408 (c/n 63235, l/n 6536) today. The 737-81B, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN408, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1421

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1421 (c/n 41508, l/n 6533) today. The 737-89P, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1477

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1477 (c/n 61119, l/n 6540) this morning. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ918, and will overnight at HNL.

18 August 2017

Samoa Airways To Lease A 737MAX

CH-Aviation reports that Samoa Airways will lease a 737MAX from the Icelandair Group, and plans to launch operations beginning in November. Icelandair has 16 MAXs on order.

Hainan Airlines' B-1493

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1493 (c/n 43428, l/n 6537) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1493, and will overnight at HNL. This is Hainan's third 737 delivery this month.

Urumqi Airlines' B-1322

Urumqi Airlines is taking delivery of B-1322 (c/n 60168, l/n 6525) today. The 737-8LP is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1322, and will overnight at HNL.

B-1322 is also the 100th 737 delivery flight to stop through Hawai‘i this year.

Hebei Airlines' B-1447

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1447 (c/n 42975, l/n 6504) today. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1447, and will overnight at HNL.

16 August 2017

US Army UH-60A Missing Off Ka‘ena Point

A Sikorsky UH-60A Blackhawk from the US Army's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Wheeler Army Airfield, with five aboard is missing two miles off of Ka‘ena Point. Search teams from the US Army, US Coast Guard, and the Honolulu Fire Department are scanning the area. The Blackhawk was one of two on a night training mission from Wheeler Army Airfield [HHI], and were flying between Dillingham Airfield [HDH] and Ka‘ena Point. The Ka‘ena Point State Park is closed on both the Mokule‘ia and Keawa‘ula sides while the search continues.

The HNL RareBirds team sends out thoughts and prayers to those aboard the helicopter, their families, and their unit.

Further details in this KHON News report.

15 August 2017

Cathay Pacific's B-KQF

Cathay Pacific's flight CPA885 had to make an unknown stop at HNL from LAX today. The HKG-bound 777-367ER, B-KQF (c/n 41428, l/n 1101) arrived this afternoon, and departed early this evening for TPE.

United Airlines' N76055

N76055 (c/n 29450, l/n 826), the Star Alliance-liveried 767-424ER for United Airlines, arrived today from IAD as UAL145, and later returned to IAD as UAL144.

14 August 2017

Okay Airways' B-1420

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1420 (c/n 41115, l/n 6401) today. The 737-9KFER is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1420, and will overnight at HNL. It's first flight was in May, but has been in short-term storage at BFI.

11 August 2017

Royal Canadian Air Force's 144617

The Royal Canadian Air Force's 144617 (msn 5533), made a stop at HNL. The Bombardier CC-144C (Challenger 604) is used as a VIP transport. When transporting their Prime Minister within Canada, it's call-sign is "CanForce1". This CC-144C was delivered to the RCAF in December 2002.

Hainan Airlines' B-1491

Hainan Airlines' B-1491 (c/n 63613, l/n 6520), is the second of two 737-84P deliveries today. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1491, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan Airlines' B-1492

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1492 (c/n 60693, l/n 6527) today. The 737-84P, the first of two deliveries today, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1492, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong Airlines' B-1441

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of b-1441 (c/n 61436, l/n 6526) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1441, and will overnight at HNL.

10 August 2017

Japan Airlines' JA734J

Japan Airlines has had its third logojet, JA734J (c/n 32433, l/n 527) stop at HNL today from NRT as JAL780. It's wearing the Sky Eco special decals, which is in cooperation with the United Nations "Decade of Biodiversity". It returned to NRT as JAL789.

09 August 2017

Lion Air's PK-LQH

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQH (c/n 42996, l/n 6441) tonight. The 737 MAX8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop before continuing onto GUM.

08 August 2017

Virgin America's N921VA

Virgin America's first A321-253N(neo), N921VA "neo kid on the block" (msn 7589, f/n 921), made a stop at HNL today as VRD51 from SFO. It was the first flight to HNL by an A321neo. It returned a few hours later to SFO as VRD50.

With only two A321neos, and a third on order, it may be sometime before Virgin America uses the LEAP-1A powered A321 on their Hawai‘i service.

Japan Airlines' JA731J

Japan Airlines' PGA (Professional Golf Association ) Tour 777-346ER logojet, JA731J (c/n 32431, l/n 429), made a stop at HNL from NRT as JAL780, and returned to NRT as JAL789. This is the second JAL logojet at HNL this week.

China Southern Airlines' B-1409

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1409 (c/n 63243, l/n 6516) this afternoon. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN409, and will overnight at HNL.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1478

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1478 (c/n 61127, l/n 6514) today. The 737-87L, their second in two weeks, is making its delivery flight as CSZ1478, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1317

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1317 (c/n 43901, l/n 6519) this morning. The 737-89P, their second delivery within three days, is making its delivery flight as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

06 August 2017

Japan Airlines' JA733J Jet-Kei LogoJet

Japan Airlines' 777-346ER "Jet-Kei" logojet made a stop at HNL yesterday, as JAL780 from NRT. The artwork in the aft section is of Japanese professional tennis player Kai Nishikori. It returned to NRT as JAL789, a few hours later.

05 August 2017

Shanghai Airlines' B-1453

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1453 (c/n 61698, l/n 6510) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1307

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1307 (c/n 63761, l/n 6513) today. The 737-89P, their second delivery in the past eight days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

Xiamen Air's B-1455

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1455 (c/n 42950, l/n 6518) this morning. The 737-85C, their second delivery within one week, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8099, and will overnight at HNL.

04 August 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPR

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPR "Dundee Beach" (msn 19000424) from BNE to BNA, via APW, HNL, and VNY, as VOZ9901.

VP-BBW

VP-BWW (c/n 30076, l/n 179), a 737-7BJ BBJ owned by Gama Aviation, has made a stop at HNL.

30076 was originally delivered to Atlas Air in January 1999 as N374MC, and was the VIP transport for then CEO Michael Chowdry. Five months later, it was re-registered as N737MC. In May 2001, it was registered as VP-CZT, and in September 2002 registered as P4-CZT. After Chowdry's death in 2001, Atlas Air sold the BBJ to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest in December 2002. Later that month, it was sold to Gama Aviation as VP-BBW. In late 2006, it was painted in its current livery.

03 August 2017

Armée de l'Air's F-RBAG

F-RBAG "Ville de Cambrai" (msn 0019), an A400M-180 of the Armée de l'Air (French Air Force), made a stop at HNL from Noumea, New Caledonia [NOU], and will continue onto Chicago-O'Hare [ORD], then to their base in France.

photo to follow ...

02 August 2017

AAL192's Double Diversion

Today's American Airlines flight, AAL192 from HKG to LAX, made two flight diversions that took it to PVG and HNL. The aircraft used was N735AT (c/n 32439, l/n 1371, f/n 7LV), a 777-323ER. The PVG diversion was due to an ill passenger, and the HNL diversion was due the duty time reaching its maximum, and going to LAX would exceed that. After arriving at HNL, the passengers and crew were put up in hotel. The HNL-LAX segment is scheduled for tomorrow morning as AAL9240.

Further details in this blog post.

01 August 2017

Delta Air Lines' N833MH

Our August edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features Delta Air Lines' 767-432ER, N833MH (c/n 29706, l/n 810, f/n 1809) in a July 2004 photo, as it departed Runway 8R to ATL. Delta used to use their 767-400s at HNL from LAX and ATL.

This 767-432ER was delivered to Delta in October 2000, in the above livery, and continues to fly with the airline in the current livery.

31 July 2017

TransAir's N326TR

TransAir has acquired their fifth 737-200C, with N326TR (c/n 20917, l/n 344), a 737-210C/Adv, that was registered with the FAA this past May.

20917 was originally delivered to Wien Air Alaska [WC] in April 1974 as N4905W. It was leased to Saudi Aramco in February 1980 for six months. After it was returned to Wien Air Alaska, it flew with the airline until 1984 when the airline shut down, and the aircraft was acquired by CPC Leasing. In November that year, it was leased to TACA International [TA/TAI] (El Salvador) as N4905W. In August 2000, this 737 was acquired by Laserline Leasing, converted to a freighter, and leased to Estafeta Cargo Aerea [E7/ESF] (México) as XA-ABX, and flew with the airline until January 2005. In March 2006, it was acquired by Aloha Airlines [AQ/AAH] as N834AL, and flew for its cargo division until the airline closed in March 2008. It continued with the revamped Aloha Air Cargo, until early 2010, when it was flown to MZJ for storage. In May 2010, it was acquired by African Charter Airline as ZS-IAB, and leased to Bid Cargo in September 2015, until April 2017. It was ferried to somewhere in the Malaysia / Indonesia region.

30 July 2017

Hawaiian Airlines' Oakland Raiders A330s

For the 2017-18 National Football League season, Hawaiian Airlines has applied the Oakland Raiders shield logo decals to three of its A330-243s. The airline, the official airline of the Raiders, will fly the team to all of its road games utilizing one of the three A330s for the team charter. The A330s are: N378HA "Kaukamalama", N392HA "Hikianalia", and N393HA "Lehuakona".

29 July 2017

N6124N Goes Down Near Makakilo

N6124N (msn MB-413), a Beech 19A, with four aboard crashed in a remote area between  the mountainside east of Makakilo and the Kunia plateau. The FAA reports that the Beech 19A departed HNL after 1830HST last evening, and was to be a sunset flight, with a return to HNL. The aircraft and victims were discovered this afternoon around 1430HST.

This Beech 19A is owned by Aircraft Maintenance and Flight School Hawaii, the same owner of the Piper PA28, N4244T, that ditched in the Moanalua Stream a month ago.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those lost aboard the downed aircraft.

Further coverage by KHON News.

Lion Air's PK-LQF

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQF (c/n 42990, l/n 6344) this afternoon. The 737 MAX8, the first in full Lion Air livery, is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1451

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1451 (c/n 61688, l/n 6505) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH1451, and will overnight at HNL.

photo to follow ...

Xiamen Air's B-7825

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7825 (c/n 42948, l/n 6507) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8299, and will overnight at HNL.

28 July 2017

China Eastern Airlines' B-1316

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1316 (c/n 43900, l/n 6500) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9003, and will overnight at HNL.

27 July 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1489

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1489 (c/n 44393, l/n 6501) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1489, and will overnight at HNL.

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.

Honeywell International's N757HW

N757HW (c/n 22194, l/n 5), Honeywell International's 757-225 testbed aircraft is making a stop at HNL this evening from NAN. It will continue onto PHX tomorrow.

22194 was originally delivered to Eastern Airlines in February 1983 as N504EA (f/n 504) until the airline's demise in January 1991. It sat in storage for four years. In March 1995, it was acquired by Airtours International Airways as G-JALC. In May 2002, it was transferred to the MyTravel fleet as G-JALC. Honeywell International acquired it in October 2005.

VP-BEM

VP-BEM (c/n 32318, l/n 441), a 777-212, arrived at HNL today. In searching this registration, it shows up as a Global Express 5000.

32318 was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in June 2003 as 9V-SRN. It was sold to Pembroke Leasing, and leased back, in 2008, and was returned in March 2015, then stored at VCV in June 2015 as EI-FLE.