21 September 2018

Shanghai Airlines' B-2567

Shanghai Airlines is ferrying B-2567 (c/n 27685, l/n 686) from PVG to MZJ, via GUM and HNL. This 767-36D is making its ferry flight as CSH9765. It arrived at HNL last night, and parked on Taxiway F.

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 NG Production List and 737 MAX 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
7068 | B-1139 | 43858 | Xiamen Air | -MAX8 [09.01.18 CXA8399]
7065 | B-1122 | 43951 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 [09.01.18 CSN1122]
7055 | B-1126 | 63267 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 [09.01.18 CSN1126]
7052 | B-1270 | 63691 | Jiangxi Air | -85C [09.07.18 CJX8989]
7032 | B-1186 | 60466 | Ruili Airlines | -8ME [09.08.18 RLH1186]
7067 | B-1171 | 42980 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW [09.11.18 HBH1171]
7154 | JA88AN | 64875 | All Nippon Airways | -881 [09.13.18 ANA9397 to ANC ]
7075 | B-1127 | 63268 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 [09.14.18 CSN1127]
7062 | B-1152 | 61631 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 [09.15.18 CSH9761]
7136 | B-206H | 64859 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [09.15.18 CHH123]
7146 | JA09RK | 61482 | Japan TransOcean Air | -8Q3 [09.15.18 JTA9851 to ANC ]
7089 | B-205W | 63066 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [09.16.18 CES9001]
7142 | B-205Y | 63070 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [09.18.18 CES599]
7109 | B-205R | 61691 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [09.18.18 CES9005]
7122 | B-206E | 61407 | Okay Airways | -8KF [09.18.18 OKA2061]
7129 | B-205V | 64857 | Urumqi Air | -84P [09.18.18 B205V]
7131 | B-1151 | 63039 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [09.20.18 CSH9763]

7092 | B-205X | 63067 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [09.21.18 CES9001]


737 NG
6943 | B-1276 | 63062 | China United Airlines | -89P « BFI
6987 | B-1105 | 61280 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6994 | B-1172 | 61368 | 9 Air | -86X «
7002 | B-1147 | 63064 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7024 | B-1104 | 43910 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
7091 | B-1188 | 61406 | Ruili Airways | -8ME «
7106 | B-____ | 63233 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
7119 | B-1148 | 63068 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7151 | B-1161 | 64856 | Air Changan | -84P «
7159 | B-1155 | 63269 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
7161 | B-1141 | 63622 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
7162 | B-206G | 64020 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
7164 | B-205Z | 63071 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
7169 | B-207A | 43897 | Kunming Airlines | -8LY «
7174 | B-1153 | 63270 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
7179 | B-1163 | 64860 | Air Changan | -84P «

« First Flight: 09.21.18


737 MAX
6250 | HS-LS_ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) « BFI
6308 | HS-LSK | 42989 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 «
7043 | B-1160 | 61136 | Shenzhen Airlines | -MAX8 «
7083 | B-1165 | 62873 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 «
7098 | B-____ | 62876 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 «

« First Flight: 09.17.18

« Pre-Delivery Flight Testing
« 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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China Eastern Airlines' B-205X

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-205X (c/n 63067, l/n 7092) today. This 737-89P, their fourth delivery within five days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Hawaiian Airlines' N216HA

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of N216HA "Māmane" (msn 8471, f/n 216) tonight. This A321-271N is making its delivery flight from XFW to PAE, via YYR as HAL9975.

20 September 2018

Shanghai Airlines' B-1151

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1151 (c/n 63039, l/n 7131) today. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9763, and will make an overnight at stop at HNL.

Ukraine Air Alliance's UR-CAK

Ukraine Air Alliance's UR-CAK (msn 6343707) has made another trip through HNL. This time, from LAX to PPT, transporting a replacement CFM56 engine. It will return to the mainland through HNL.

19 September 2018

Ukraine Air Alliance's UR-CAH

Ukraine Air Alliance's An-12BK, UR-CAH (msn 8345604), made a brief fuel stop at HNL early this morning. It arrived from OAK as UKL5055. After taking on fuel, the 50-year-old Soviet-era cargo bird departed.

18 September 2018

Urumqi Air's B-205V

Urumqi Air is taking delivery of B-205V (c/n 64857, l/n 7129) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as B205V, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Okay Airways' B-206E

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-206E (c/n 61407, l/n 7129) today. This 737-8KF is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA2061, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines B-205R

China Eastern Airlines is taking deliver of their third 737-89P in two days, with B-205R (c/n 61691, l/n 7109). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9005, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-205Y

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-205Y (c/n 63070, l/n 7142) this morning. This 737-89P, their second delivery in as many days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES599, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

16 September 2018

China Eastern Airlines' B-205W

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-205W (c/n 63066, l/n 7089) today. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1152

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1152 (c/n 61631, l/n 7062) this morning. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

15 September 2018

Hainan Airlines' B-206H

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-206H (c/n 64859, l/n 7136) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH123, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

14 September 2018

Hawaiian Airlines Announces Boston Service

Hawaiian Airlines announced this morning that they will launch five-times A330-243 weekly service between the Logan International Airport, Boston, MA [BOS] and the Daniel K Inouye International Airport, Honolulu, HI [HNL] on April 4, 2019.

Currently, Hawaiian has codeshare service to BOS with jetBlue Airlines.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

China Southern Airlines' B-1127

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1127 (c/n 63268, l/n 7075) this morning. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1127, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

11 September 2018

Never Forget

Today, marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as two airliners were used to attack the World Trade Center towers in New York City; another airliner used to attack the Pentagon in Washington, DC; and a airliner that crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA, as passengers tried to re-take control.

We pay tribute to those lost in the attacks on this fateful day.

Hebei Airlines' B-1171

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1171 (c/n 42980, l/n 7067) today. This 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1171, and will make an overnight stay at HNL.

10 September 2018

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82078

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' An-124-100, RA-82078 (c/n 9773054559153, l/n 07-10), is making a stop from SFO as VDA1032.

Antonov Airlines' UR-82060

Antonov Airlines' An-225 "Mriya", UR-82060 (c/n 19530503763, l/n 01-01), is making a stop at HNL from OAK, to deliver FEMA relief supplies to Guam, after is was hit by Typhoon Manghut. It's making the flight as ADB2586. This is the third time since 2005, that the massive An-225, has made a stop at HNL.

08 September 2018

Ruili Airlines' B-1186

Ruili Airlines is taking delivery of B-1186 (c/n 60466, l/n 7032) today. This 737-8ME, leased from CDB, is making its delivery flight from BFI as RLH1186, and will make an two-night stop at HNL.

07 September 2018

Jiangxi Air's B-1270

Jiangxi Air is taking delivery of B-1270 (c/n 63691, l/n 7052) today. This 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CJX8989, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

06 September 2018

Rice Owls Team Charter

The Rice University Owls football team has chartered a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for its road trip to HNL to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. N821SY "Lake Mille Lacs" (c/n 39952, l/n 5217, f/n 821), a 737-8FH, is making the flight from HOU [William Hobby International Airport, Houston, Texas] to HNL (via LAX) as SCX8608. The team will return to HOU (via LAX) after the game as SCX8609.

05 September 2018

United Airlines To Invest $200M In Hawai‘i Airports

United Airlines announced that they will invest $200 million over the next ten years, to improve their infrastructure at all five airports that they serve.

Further information in this Hawaii News Now report.

01 September 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-1126

China Southern Airlines is also taking delivery of B-1126 (c/n 63267, l/n 7055) this evening. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1126, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Northwest Airlines' N674US

Our September edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to September 2004, and Northwest Airlines' 747-451, N674US "City of Shanghai" (c/n 30269, l/n 1232, f/n 6314) seen above at Gate 12.

N674US was delivered to Northwest Airlines in October 1999, leased from Debis AirFinance. In 2005, it was sold to AerCo, and its leased transferred. In the summer of 2006, N674US was painted in the mica grey Northwest livery. When Northwest and Delta Air Lines merged, N674US was transferred to the Delta fleet. In April 2009, it was painted in the Delta livery. In June 2001, it was placed into storage at MZJ, and was returned to service a year later with a new cabin configuration. N674US was retired in January 2018, and presently sits in storage at MZJ.

China Southern Airlines' B-1122

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1122 (c/n 43951, l/n 7065) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1122, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Xiamen Air's B-1139

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of their third 737 MAX 8 in two days, with B-1139 (c/n 43858, l/n 7068). It's making its delivery flight this morning from BFI as CXA8399, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

31 August 2018

Xiamen Air's B-1137

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of a second 737 MAX 8 today, with B-1137 (c/n 43857, l/n 7064). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8299, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

29 August 2018

Shandong Airlines' B-1120

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1120 (c/n 43858, l/n 7070) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1120, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

27 August 2018

United Airlines Brings Home LLWS Champs

United Airlines' flight UAL363, EWR-HNL, brought home the Honolulu All-Stars team that won Sunday's Little League World Series. N78060 (c/n 29455, l/n 866, f/n 0060), a 767-424ER arrived this afternoon with a true Hawaiian blessing of rain showers as the flight landed and taxied to Gate F2. The team was greeted by local politicians, fans, and the media as they walked out of the Jetway. A welcoming ceremony was held in the Diamond Head Tour Group area.

Centurion Cargo's N987AR

Centurion Cargo's MD-11F, N987AR "Petete" (c/n 48427, l/n 471), is making another FEMA relief supply flight from MIA (via DFW) as KYE551 today. It will depart for ATL later this afternoon, with the same flight number.

China Southern Airlines' B-1121

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1121 (c/n 43950, l/n 7035) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1121, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

photo to follow ...

25 August 2018

Antonov Airlines' UR-82029

Antonov Airlines' UR-82029 (c/n 19530502630, l/n 02-10), an An-124-100, has brought in relief supplies for Hurricane Lane from DFW (via LAX), as ADB2574. It will depart for OAK as ADB274F, later this morning.

24 August 2018

Hurricane Lane Aircraft Evacuations

As Hurricane Lane pushes slowly northward, and has cleared the east side of Hawai‘i Island, airlines in Honolulu have ferried their aircraft to JRF and ITO to ride out the storm.

Going to Hilo, Hawaiian Airlines ferried some of their 717-200 fleet; ‘Ohana by Hawaiian ferried their ATR42 and ATR72 fleet; Aloha Air Cargo ferried their 737-300 fleet; and TransAir ferried their 737-200.

Going to Kalaleloa Airport, Kamaka Air and Makani Kai Air moved their C208s; and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters moved their EC-130 fleet; where they were placed into Hangar 111.

23 August 2018

Canadians Add Extra Flights

Both Air Canada and WestJet Airlines are adding an extra flight each to aid in tourists from Canada wishing to return in advance of Hurricane Lane.

Air Canada is bringing in C-FRSI (c/n 37176, l/n 527), a 787-9, as ACA7071 from YVR. It will return to YVR as ACA2112.

WestJet is bringing in C-FRAX (c/n 60510, l/n 6384), a 737 MAX 8, as WJA8977 from YYC. It will return to YYC as WJA4361.

Centurion Air Cargo's N904AR

Centurion Air Cargo's 747-428FER, N904AR (c/n 33907, l/n 1361), is bringing in relief supplies in advance of Hurricane Lane as KYE1738, from MIA via SFO. It will return to SFO later tonight as KYE541.

22 August 2018

Hainan Airlines' B-1131

Hainan Airlines' second of two 737-84Ps, B-1131 (c/n 62576, l/n 7097), is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1131, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Hainan Airlines' B-206F

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of a pair of 737-84Ps today. The first one, B-206F (c/n 64019, l/n 7099), is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH206, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. B-206F is the 100th 737 delivery to China for 2018.

21 August 2018

Air Changan's B-1162

Air Changan is taking delivery of B-1162 (c/n 64858, l/n 7112) this evening. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1162, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

AirAsia X's 9M-XXT

AirAsia X's "Xcintillating PhoeniX" liveried A330-343, 9M-XXT (msn 1549), made the KUL-KIX-HNL service (XAX1/2) today.

20 August 2018

Hurricane Tracking Aircraft

With Hurricane Lane making a close path near the Hawaiian Islands, NOAA has dispatched both their WP-3D, N42RF and Gulfstream IV, N49RF, along with two WC-130Js from the US Air Force to fly into the hurricane to take measurements.

18 August 2018

Armeé de l'Air's F-RBAG

Armeé de l'Air's A400M, F-RBAG "Ville de Cambrai" (msn 0019), has made a stop at HNL, as it transits to French Polynesia from France.

Urumqi Air's B-205U

Urumqi Air is taking delivery of B-205U (c/n 64855, l/n 7094) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as HNA738, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

16 August 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-1298

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1298 (c/n 63265, l/n 7081) this morning. This 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1298, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

13 August 2018

‘Ohana by Hawaiian Launches Cargo Operations

‘Ohana by Hawaiian launched their ATR72-212F cargo operations today, with N810HC "Ala‘oli" (msn 423) making the initial flights to Hilo and Līhu‘e, to deliver relief supplies to the communities affected by the April rains (Kaua‘i), and the volcanic eruption displacements (Hawai‘i Island).

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Lion Air's PK-LQP

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQP (c/n 43000, l/n 7058) this evening. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

Kunming Airlines' B-1107

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1107 (c/n 43912, l/n 7084) today. This 737-8LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1107, and will overnight at HNL.

10 August 2018

Xiamen Air's B-1116

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1116 (c/n 42959, l/n 7028) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8599, and will overnight at HNL.

08 August 2018

Air China's B-1220

Air China is taking deliver of B-1220 (c/n 60899, l/n 7023) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA48, and will overnight art HNL.

05 August 2018

Lack Of Firefighting Aircraft In Hawai‘i

With the five brush fires raging in Hawai‘i, two on O‘ahu's west side in Mākaha and Wai‘anae, two on Hawai‘i Island (Waikoloa and Keauhou), and one in Maui (Kula). We've been asked why there are no firefighting aircraft based in Hawai‘i? Each of the counties fire departments have helicopters, but nothing larger than an MD500 that can carry 200-300 gallon baskets. The county can request assistance from the US Army / Hawai‘i Army National Guard UH-60s.

Firebombers based on the US mainland have been assigned to fight fires in the western US.

In the case of the two O‘ahu fires, a firebomber could help the Honolulu Fire Department and Federal Fire Department, especially with both fire threatening properties, and has consumed a few structures.

In the case of the Hawai‘i Island fires, they are both burning in remote areas, with the Waikoloa fire consuming over 13,000 acres. 

The State of Hawai‘i could invest in a company (via public-private partnership) to man a few aircraft that could drop very large amounts of water to fight fires around the island chain. When not being used in Hawai‘i, the aircraft could be wet-leased to fight fires elsewhere.  The Kalaeloa Airport [JRF] would be a great place to park the aircraft, as space is dwindling at HNL.

04 August 2018

Ukraine Air Alliance's UR-CAK

Another An-12BK from the Ukraine Air Alliance, UR-CAK (msn 6343707), is making a stop at HNL as UKL4073.

AirAsia X's 9M-XXU

AirAsia X's A330-343 X-Men logo jet, 9M-XXU (msn 1581), came in today on their daily run from KUL (via KIX).

03 August 2018

Okay Airways' B-1291

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1291 (c/n 63491, l/n 7078) this afternoon. This 737-9KFER is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1291, and will overnight at HNL.

02 August 2018

OE-IGZ

Aircraft lessor AerCap is ferrying OE-IGZ (c/n 28258, l/n 1315), a 737-75C, from XMN to the mainland, following its lease expiration with Xiamen Air.

28258 was originally purchased by ILFC, and leased to Xiamen Air in May 2003 as B-5039. Sometime during 2012, it was painted in the current livery.

01 August 2018

Shan Xi Airlines' B-5135

Our August edition of "HNLRareBirds Classic" goes back thirteen years to the delivery flight of Shan Xi Airlines' 737-84P, B-5135 (c/n 32603, l/n 1766).

B-5135 was delivered to Shan Xi Airlines, which is part of the Hainan Air Group in August 2005. A few months later, it was transferred to the Hainan Airlines fleet, but operated it for Shan Xi, and in July 2006, it was returned to Shan Xi, where it continues to fly today. In early 2011, it was painted in the 2007 Hainan red and yellow livery. At the end of 2017, it was painted in the current Hainan livery.

31 July 2018

Lion Air's PK-LPT

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LPT (c/n 43210, l/n 7082) this evening. This 737-8GP is making its delivery from BFI as LNI2, and will make a fuel stop at HNL, then continue onto PNI.

30 July 2018

Shanghai Airlines' B-2563

Shanghai Airlines is ferrying B-2563 (c/n 27309, l/n 546), a 767-36D, from PVG to MZJ (via SPN, HNL, and AVW) for storage, and is flying as CSH9765.

B-2563 was delivered to Shanghai Airlines in July 1994, and was withdrawn from service in June 2018.

28 July 2018

Hainan Airlines' B-1100

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1100 (c/n 62179, l/n 6968) this morning. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1100, and will overnight at HNL. It's also their second 737 delivery in as many days.

27 July 2018

Xiamen Air's B-1290

Xiamen Air's second 737 MAX 8 delivery today, is B-1290 (c/n 42958, l/n 7008). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will overnight at HNL. B-1290 is the 100th 737 delivery to stop through a Hawai‘i airport this year.

Xiamen Air's B-1117

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of a pair of 737 MAX 8s today. The first MAX is B-1117 (c/n 43829, l/n 7015), is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8399, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan Airlines' B-1130

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1130 (c/n 62575, l/n 7066) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1130, and will overnight at HNL.

26 July 2018

Kunming Airlines' B-1108

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1108 (c/n 43911, l/n 7046) this afternoon. This 737-8LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA892, and will overnight at HNL.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1146

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8 today. B-1146 (c/n 61135, l/n 6995) is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1146, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1296

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery B-1296 (c/n 63266, l/n 7049) today. This 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1296, and will overnight at HNL.

23 July 2018

N661JM

N661JM (msn 145730), an ERJ-135BJ Legacy, owned by SAS Aviation Holdings, LLC (Phoenix, AZ), has made a stop at HNL.

145730 was originally delivered to RedEye II, LLC in August 2003 as N730BH. It was sold to SAS Aviation Holdings in October 2014, and re-registered as N661JM in July 2015.

Aloha ‘Oe N592HA

Hawaiian Airlines has retired N592HA "Hunakai" (c/n 33468, l/n 898) today, and is ferrying this 767-3CBER to MCI as HAL9980. It will be acquired by United Airlines.

N592HA was delivered to Hawaiian in February 2003, and flew its last revenue flight this past Sunday as HAL36.

22 July 2018

Jetgo Australia's VH-ZPT

Jetgo Australia's sole ERJ-190, VH-ZPT (msn 19000451), is ferrying from Clark Airbase, Philippines [CRK] to Nashville, TN [BNA], via Cairns Airport, Australia [CNS]; Darwin, Australia [DRW]; Malolo Lailai Airport, Fiji [PTF], Apia, Sāmoa [APW], HNL, and Van Nuys, CA [VNY] as VOZ9946. It's using a Virgin Australia flight crew to make the ferry flight.

VH-ZPT was originally delivered to Virgin Australia in August 2011, named "Little Beach", and flew until December 2017. Earlier this year, it went to Jetgo Australia [JG/JGO] as a wet-lease, however, the airline ceased operations at the end of May.

21 July 2018

VP-CBE

VP-CBE (msn 1321), an A330-202, owned by Hongkong Jet, has made a stop at HNL from MNL. Because of it's long stay, and lack of parking spots, it has been parked on Taxiway F.

20 July 2018

Makani Kai Air's N732LC

Makani Kai Air has taken delivery of N732LC (msn 208B1149). This C208B Grand Caravan is the fourth for the airline. It's owned by Iron Aviation LLC [Denton, TX], and is not known how long the lease will be.

Hawaiian Airlines' N213HA

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of their second A321-271N in as many days, with N213HA "Lama" (msn 8237, f/n 213). It's making its delivery flight from XFW to PAE, via YYR as HAL9975.

19 July 2018

Hawaiian Airlines' N214HA

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of N214HA "Kukui" (msn 8157, f/n 214) today. This A321-271N is making its delivery flight from BFM to PAE as HAL9981.

Hawaiian Airlines Finalizes 787-9 Order

Hawaiian Airlines and Boeing finalized the airline's order for ten 787-9 Dreamliners, with an option for an additional ten aircraft. This solidifies the letter of intent that Hawaiian signed with Boeing this past March. Anticipated delivery of the first Dreamliner is in the first quarter of 2021.

Further information in this Boeing Mediaroom press release.

17 July 2018

Urumqi Air's B-205T

Urumqi Air is taking delivery of B-205T (c/n 64018, l/n 7041) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as B205T, and will overnight at HNL. 

This is the first new-build 737 that features the newer Chinese registration, that has three numbers followed by an alphabet. A few A320s have received this newer registry.

16 July 2018

N226HY

N226HY (msn 14501014), an Embraer ERJ135BJ "Legacy 600" owned by Blue Skies EL 600, LLC (Carle Place, NY), made a stop at HNL today.

N226HY was delivered to Blue Skies in November 2007, and is leased to Executive Flightways.

14 July 2018

Hebei Airlines' B-1158

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1158 (c/n 42979, l/n 7036) today. This 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1158, and will overnight at HNL.

12 July 2018

China Eastern Airlines' B-1256

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1256 (c/n 61700, l/n 7034) today. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFIa s CES2999, and will overnight at HNL.

Air New Zealand's ZK-OKI

Air New Zealand's latest 777-212ER, ZK-OKI (c/n 32336, l/n 422), made its first AKL-HNL flight today. The former Singapore Airlines "triple" still has the base livery of its previous life, which was 9V-SVL, delivered to Singapore Airlines in November 2002. This 777-212ER was acquired by Air New Zealand this past May to assist with alleviating traffic issues caused by the challenges with the airline's 787-9 engines.

10 July 2018

Royal Jet's A6-RJV

Royal Jet's A6-RJV (c/n 62467, l/n 5564), a 737-77W BBJ, has made a stop at HNL. Royal Jet [ROJ] (United Arab Emirates) is a private charter service based in Abu Dhabi. According to flight trackers, it's flying as ROJ8, and arrived from LAX.

Airbus Re-designates The C-Series

Airbus has re-designated the Bombardier C-Series (CS100 and CS300) as the A220, as part of their takeover of the latter manufacturer's operation and program of the smaller narrow-body airliner. From today, the CS100 will now be known as the A220-100, and the larger CS300 will be known as the A220-300. The above photo was taken last year, when C-FFDO made a stopover at HNL on a demonstration flight.

08 July 2018

Omega Tanker's N707MQ

Omega Tanker's 707-368C, N707MQ (c/n 23168, l/n 925), is being deployed to HNL, to participate in the 2018 RIMPAC naval and air exercise. It arrived from SBD as OME71.

07 July 2018

Jiangxi Airlines' B-1269

Jiangxi Airlines is taking delivery of B-1269 (c/n 63689, l/n 7039) today. This 737-85C is making its its delivery flight from BFI as CJX8989, and will overnight at HNL.

06 July 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-5126

China Southern Airlines is ferrying B-5126 (c/n 32613, l/n 1197) from CAN to MIA, via GUM, HNL, and LAX as CSN8685. This 737-83N is being returned to GECAS after its lease expired.

32613 was originally delivered to American Trans Air in November 2002 as N327TZ, leased from GECAS, until early 2006. In June of that year, it was leased to China Southern Airlines as B-5126. It was withdrawn from service two months ago.

China Southern Airlines' B-2051

China Southern Airlines is ferrying B-2051 (c/n 27357, l/n 20), a 777-21B from URC [Diwopu International Airport, Urumqi, China] to GWO, via CAN and HNL, as CSN8653. It was delivered to China Southern in December 1995. From February to April 2000, it was leased to Biman Bangladesh Airlines. B-2015 was withdrawn from service in May 2018, and stored at URC.

OE-IGN

OE-IGN (c/n 30656, l/n 1304), a 737-75C, is ferrying from XMN to the mainland, with a stop at HNL.

30656 was originally delivered to Xiamen Airlines in April 2003 as B-5038, leased from ILFC. In May 2014, it was acquired by AerCap, and continued with Xiamen Air. It was withdrawn from service in April 2018.

05 July 2018

N378TP

N378TP (msn 19000559), an Embraer Lineage 1000 (ERJ-190), owned by ETPC Aviation LLC [Atlanta, GA], made a stop at HNL.

According to spotters in Sydney, Australia, N378TP arrived there a few days later.

04 July 2018

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03 July 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-1295

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1295 (c/n 63264, l/n 6965) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN195, and will overnight at HNL. This is the airlines' fourth 737 delivery in seven days.

02 July 2018

Hawaiian Airlines' N215HA

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of N215HA "Uhiuhi" (msn 8266, f/n 215) this evening. This A321-271N, their second delivery in three days, is making its delivery flight from BFM as HAL9981, and will make a fuel stop at OAK, then head for HNL.

01 July 2018

Okay Airways' B-1485

Okay Airways is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8, B-1485 (c/n 60704, l/n 6985), this afternoon. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1485, and will overnight at HNL.

United Airlines' N66837

United Airlines' 737-924ER, N66837 (c/n 60122, l/n 5168, f/n 0637), is now wearing commemorative decals to note the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics. It arrived from LAX this morning as UAL620, and returned to LAX in the afternoon as UAL286.

VR-BLG

Our July edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to May 1995, and this Douglas DC-8-62H, VR-BLG "Gypsy Queen" (c/n 46071, l/n 469), seen above taxing on Taxiway C. At the time, it was owned by Sunningdale Investments, and had a VIP interior.

46071 was originally delivered to United Airlines in July 1969 as N8970U "Mainliner Hilo Hattie". In the mid-1970s, it was painted in the livery designed by Saul Bass. In June 1984, it was leased to Arrow Air, and two months later sold to IAL, and leased back to United. In January 1985, N8970U was leased to Hawaiian Airlines. The airline bought the DC-8 in February 1986, then sold it to CIS Air Corporation, who leased it back to Hawaiian, a month later. It was sold to ICC and leased back in December 1986, then to Aerospace Finance LLC in April 1991. After it was returned to the lessor, this DC-8 had its cabin converted to a VIP layout, and in May 1991, leased to Australian Consolidated Press. It was operated by Santa Fe Aviation, and re-registered as VR-BMR in October 1991. Nine months later, it was acquired by Sunningdale Investments. In June 1997, it had Stage 3 Hush-Kits installed on its four Pratt & Whitney JT3D-7 engines, and re-registered as VP-BLG. In September 2001, it was sold to Cari Aviation Leasing Ltd, and leased to Jetline as P4-DCE "Samia". In October 2006, it was sold to the Republic of Togo as 5V-TGF, and continued as a VIP transport until October 2009, where it was placed into storage at Miami, FL. The fate of this DC-8-62H is unknown.