19 June 2018

Alaska Airlines Announces SMF-KOA Service

Alaska Airlines announced this morning that they commence thrice-weekly 737-890 service between  the Sacramento International Airport [SMF] and the Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole [KOA] on 20 December 2018.

Further information in this Alaska Airlines press release.

16 June 2018

Ukraine Air Alliance's UR-CZZ

A Ukraine Air Alliance Antonov An-12BP, UR-CZZ (msn 401605), has made a fuel stop at HNL from IAH, via OAK, as UKL4045. It's continuing onto MAJ after its two-hour stopover.

Armée de l'Air's F-RADA

F-RADA (msn 421), an Armé de l'Air A310-304, is making a stop at HNL today from PPT.

This A310-304 was originally delivered to Royal Jordanian in March 1987 as F-ODVD "Prince Hashem", leased from AFS. In November 1993, it was purchased by the Armée de l'Air as F-RADA, and the interior converted for VIPs.

The Rare Tahitian Airport Views Facebook page as a video clip of F-RADA departing PPT for HNL early this morning.

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:

6953 | B-1275 | 61440 | Shandong Airlines | -MAX8 [06.01.18 CDG1275]
6979 | B-1486 | 63063 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [06.02.18 CES9004]
6986 | B-1129 | 42971 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW [06.09.18 HBH1129]
6982 | B-1240 | 63261 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [06.10.18 CSN240]
6989 | B-1267 | 63621 | Okay Airways | -8KF [06.12.18 OKA1267]
6992 | B-1218 | 60895 | Air China | -89L [06.14.18 CCA47]

6997 | B-1101 | 62574 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [06.16.18 CHH1101]

737 NG
6943 | B-1276 | 63062 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6969 | B-1185 | 60177 | Ruili Airlines | -8ME «
6981 | B-____ | 62573 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6994 | B-1172 | 61368 | 9 Air | -86X «
7002 | B-____ | 63064 | China United Airlines | -89P «
7007 | B-1285 | 63411 | China Southern Airlines | -89P «
7012 | B-1286 | 63412 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
7017 | B-1265 | 63065 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P «
7019 | B-1299 | 63263 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
7022 | B-1287 | 63690 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
7024 | B-1104 | 43910 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z «

« First Flight: 06.18.18

737 MAX
6250 | HS-LS_ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | HS-LS_ | 42989 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) « BFI
6990 | B-1271 | 61441 | Shandong Airlines | -MAX8 «

« First Flight: 06.18.18

« 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.


Hainan Airlines' B-1101

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1101 (c/n 62574, l/n 6997) today.  This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1101, and will overnight at HNL.

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009

Antonov Airlines fifth An-124 charter flight for the Hawai‘i Army National Guard is being flown on UR-82009 (c/n 19530501008, l/n 01-08), an An-124-100M-150. It will fly from NRT to JRF as ADB291F. From HNL on, it will fly as ADB2491.

Northern Air Cargo's N401YK

Northern Air Cargo's N401YK (c/n 25860, l/n 2545), a 737-436F, is flying to HNL from ANC (via OAK) as NAC401.

25860 was originally delivered to British Airways in December 1993 as G-BHVB. In April 1994, it was leased to EuroBelgian Airlines [BQ/EBA] as OO-LTS. From February to October 1996, it was sub-leased to Air Provence Charter [LPU] (France) as OO-LTS. It was returned to British Airways in October 1996, but was re-registered as G-GBTB, and flew with the airline until May 2015, when it was retired to VCV a few weeks later. Six months later, it was acquired by Automatic LLC, and stored at TPA. In May 2017, it was converted to a freighter, then leased to Northern Air Cargo a month later.

15 June 2018


N937UW (c/n 27245, l/n 630), a former American Airlines 757-2B7, is making its ferry flight from PHX to XSP (via HNL and SPN), for freighter conversion, as it will be leased to SF Airlines by Aircastle.

27245 was originally delivered to US Air in June 1994 as N624AU. It was part of the re-branding to US Airways in 1997. Ten years later, it was sold to Aircastle, then leased back as N937UW (f/n 937). In 2009, it had Blended Winglets installed. When US Airways was acquired by American Airlines, it was transferred into the latter's fleet, and flew until November 2017, where it was stored at GYR.

Hawaiian Airlines' N212HA

Hawaiian Airlines is taking delivery of their first A321-271N, N212HA "Wiliwili" (msn 8129), that was assembled at the Airbus North America's Final Assembly Center at Mobile, AL [BFM/KBFM]. It's making its delivery flight from BFM to PAE as HAL9973, for in-flight entertainment systems installation.

Antonov Airlines' UR-82008

Antonov Airlines' UR-82008 (c/n 19530501006, l/n 01-06), is the next An-124-100M-150 to make the Hawaii Army National Guard charter flight to transport two CH-47Fs to Afghanistan. It arrived  at JRF this morning, from DAC [Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh] as ADB294F. After the helicopters are loaded, it will fly to HNL for fuel as ADB2490.

14 June 2018

Antonov Airlines' UR-82029

Antonov Airlines is making its third flight in four days to JRF to pick another pair of Hawai‘i Army National Guard CH-47F Chinook helicopters for its unit's deployment to Afghanistan. UR-82029 (c/n  19530502630, l/n 02-10), an An-124-100, is flying from VCV to JRF as ADB293F, and will make the flight from JRF to HNL (and on) as ADB2493.

photos to follow ...

Air China's B-1218

Air China is taking delivery of B-1218 (c/n 60895, l/n 6992) today. This 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

13 June 2018

Antonov Airlines' UR-82072

Another Antonov Airlines An-124-100-150, UR-82072 (c/n 9773053359136, l/n 07-05), is making a stop at JRF to pick up two more Hawai‘i Army National Guard CH-47F helicopters. UR-82072 arrived from ORD as ADB294F this morning. It will continue onto HNL as ADB2494 for fuel, then head west to Guam.

photo to follow ...

12 June 2018

Okay Airways' B-1267

Okay Airways is taking deliver of B-1267 (c/n 63621, l/n 6989) this afternoon. This 737-8KF is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1267, and will overnight at HNL.

photo to follow ...

Air Force One Stops At HIK

On his return to Washington, DC, President Donald J Trump, aboard Air Force One, will make a one-hour fuel stop at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam this afternoon. President Trump is returning from his summit talks in Singapore with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un. 92-9000 (c/n 23825, l/n 685), a VC-25A (747-2G4B), made the trip to the summit and back as "Air Force One".

photos to follow...

11 June 2018

Sun Country Airlines Reveals New Livery

Sun Country Airlines revealed the winner of their new livery contest via their Twitter account. The airline's employees had the final vote to determine the winner of the four proposed designs. It has not been determined when the first Sun Country 737-800 will receive the new look.

Antonov Airlines' UR-82073 At JRF

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100, UR-82073, which had been sitting on HNL's North Ramp, was positioned to the Kalaeloa Airport today, to pick up two Hawai‘i Army National Guard CH-47F Chinook helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment for deployment to Afghanistan.

photos to follow ...

10 June 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-1240

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1240 (c/n 63261, l/n 6982) today. This 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN240, and will overnight at HNL.

09 June 2018

Hebei Airlines' B-1129

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1129 (c/n 42971, l/n 6986) today. This 737-8LW is making its flight from BFI as HBH1129, and will overnight art HNL.

06 June 2018

Orbital Science's N140SC

N140SC (msn 193E1067), the Orbital Sciences L-1011-385-1 Tri-Star, named "Stargazer", made a stop at HNL from VBG [Lompoc Airport, Vandenburg AFB, CA]. It's on its way to KWA [Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, FSM] to launch the Pegasus rocket mounted on its centerline pylon.

06.07.18 Update
N140SC returned to VBG without launching the Pegasus rocket today.

Royal Canadian Air Force's 15003

A Royal Canadian Air Force CC-150 (A310-304), 15003 (msn 425), made a stop at HNL as CFC3184, this evening. It's pictured above departing the next morning.

425 was originally delivered to Wardair Canada in January 1988 as C-FWDX "H.W. 'Harry' Hayter" (f/n 802). When Wardair was acquired by Canadian Airlines International, the former's fleet was transferred. From June 1991 to January 1992, it was leased to Compass Airlines [YM/CYM] (Australia) as VH-YMI. After its return to Canadian Airlines International, it flew with the airline until December, when it was sold to the Royal Canadian Air Force as 15003.

Kaiser Air's N737KA

Kaiser Air's 737-7BX, N737KA "Lani" (c/n 30740, l/n 776), has made a stop from VBG [Vandeneburg AFB, Lompoc, CA] that is flying as KAI233, accompanying the Orbital Science L-1011, N104SC, mission to KWA.

06.07.18 Update
N737KA also returned to VBG along with N140SC.

05 June 2018

Antonov Airlines' UR-82073

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100, UR-82073 (c/n 977305459139, l/n 07-06), is making a stop at HNL from CMB [Bandaranaike International Airport, Colomo, Sri Lanka], via NRT, as ADB290F.

06.11.18 Update
UR-82073 will positioning to JRF, as ADB292F, to pick up Hawai‘i National Guard Boeing CH-47F Chinook helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment for its deployment to Afghanistan. After loading up, the An-124 will return to HNL as ADB2492 for fuel, then head out to deliver the choppers.

04 June 2018

Honeywell's N757HW

Honeywell International's 757-225, N757HW (c/n 22194, l/n 5), is stopping off at HNL from PHX, on its way to Asia. 

It taxied to Taxiway F, for its overnight parking spot. It will depart tomorrow morning for GUM, then KUL. 

02 June 2018

HNL RareBirds YouTube Channel

HNL RareBirds has created its own YouTube Channel, separating from the Blue Wave Pix YouTube Channel. The airliner videos posted on the latter's channel will be moved over to the RareBirds channel.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1486

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1486 (c/n 63063, l/n 6979) today. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9004, and will overnight at HNL.

01 June 2018

Shandong Airlines' B-1275

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8, B-1275 (c/n 61440, l/n 6953), today. It's wearing special markings for the Guomei Liquor Group on the forward and aft sections below the window line, along with an image of Confucius on the aft portion of the fuselage. B-1275 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1275, and will overnight at HNL.

go!'s N655BR

Our June edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to June 2006, and the launch of Mesa Airlines' go!, that would be the third entrant in the inter-island against Aloha Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. N655BR (msn 7457, f/n 655) was one of three CRJ-200ERs to wear the original go! livery, and is seen above, on the Elliott Street ramp, a few days before the airline commenced operations.

7457 was originally delivered to Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA), operated by United Express, in December 2000. Independence Air [DH/IDE] acquired N655BR in June 2004, and flew until the airline's shutdown in January 2006. Five months later, Mesa Airlines acquired N655BR, and assigned it to its go! subsidiary. In June 2009, this CRJ-200ER was sold to Mexicana as XA-EMI for its Mexicana Link subsidiary. After Mexicana shutdown in 2011, Air Wisconsin acquired it as N471ZW (f/n 471) for US Airways Express. When American Airlines acquired US Airways, this CRJ-200ER became part of the American Eagle fleet, with the fleet number Z71. In late 2017, Air Wisconsin assigned N471ZW to United Express (f/n 471), where it continues to fly.

31 May 2018

Hawaiian Airlines Launches Service To Long Beach

Today, Hawaiian Airlines launched daily A321-271N service between Daugherty Field, Long Beach, CA [LGB] and HNL as HAL70/69. N204HA "‘Ōhia Lehua" is making the inaugural flight, that depart from Gate 59. Hawaiian held pre-boarding festivities with remarks by President and CEO Peter Ingram. N204HA is seen above departing from Runway 8R for LGB.

Our California partner, Michael Carter, also had coverage on his Aero Pacific Flightlines website.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Mokulele Airlines Holds Terminal 3 Blessing

Mokulele Airlines held a blessing ceremony and festivities for today's passengers at their new facilities at HNL's Terminal 3. Passengers were treated to remarks by Mokulele President Robert McKinney, a prayer and blessing by New Hope Legacy's Senior Pastor Makana Delovio, and entertainment by Anuhea Jenkins (accompanied by Jason Sensation).

Mokulele brought in N847MA from KOA, which was recently painted in the airline's new livery in the teal variation.

The airline, using North Ramp Hardstand 1C, can handle four Caravans at any time (Gates H1-H4), and can expand up to six if need be. They will also launch service between HNL and LUP (Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i) tomorrow, as they received the FAA's EAS contract. Mokulele also has the EAS contract to provide passenger service to HNM (Hāna, Maui).

New HNL Terminal And Gate Designations

Beginning tomorrow, 01 June 2018, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation's Airports Division has given the terminals with alphabetical designations, the gates with alpha-numeric designations, and the baggage claim numeric designations at the Daniel K Inouye International Airport. Please refer to the above illustration for the changes.

AirAsia X To Go Daily For Three Months

Airways Magazine reports that AirAsia X plans to go daily on its KUL-KIX-HNL A330-300 service from 18 August to 27 October.

Air New Zealand's ZK-OKD Diversion

Air New Zealand's 777-219ER, ZK-OKD (c/n 29401, l/n 550), flying as ANZ23 [YVR-AKL], made a diversion to HNL early this morning. The flight arrived around 0140HST, after its weather radar was knocked from turbulence. Repairs were made, and the flight to AKL resumed, but returned as the issue re-appeared. It's scheduled to continue onto AKL as ANZ6077 on Friday.

30 May 2018

HDOT Breaks Ground On Mauka Extension

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) held a ground breaking and blessing ceremony for the new Mauka Extension of the Inter-Island Terminal (to be known as Terminal 1) at the Daniel K Inouye International Airport today. When completed (estimated to be by the end of 2020), it will be able to handle six of Hawaiian Airlines' A330-243s or 787-9s wide-bodies, or eleven 717-200s or A321-271Ns narrow-bodies.

Demolition of the Commuter Terminal and parking lot will begin on Friday, June 1st.

Further information in this HDOT press release.

News coverage by KHON.

29 May 2018

Shanghai Airlines' B-2498

Shanghai Airlines is ferrying B-2498 (c/n 27684, l/n 849) from PVG to MZJ, via SPN and HNL. This 767-36D is making its retirement flight as CSH9765.

B-2498 was delivered to Shanghai Airlines in August 2001, and withdrawn from service in March 2018.

Mokulele Airlines Opens Terminal 3

Mokulele Airlines opens operations at the new Terminal 3 today. The inter-island airline moved its operations across the airport to the Diamond Head (east) end, as the Commuter Terminal was closed to make way for the Mauka Extension of the Inter-Island Terminal.

27 May 2018

Fiji Airways' DQ-FJW Diversion

Fiji Airways' flight FJI811, from LAX to NAN, made a diversion to HNL after a fight broke on board between an Australian national and two passengers. Flight attendants restrained him, and the flight crew made the decision to divert, where the assailant was taken into custody by the FBI. Fiji Airways'  A330-343, DQ-FJW (msn 1692), was the airliner involved.

Further information in this Hawaii News Now article.

24 May 2018

Centurion Air Cargo's N987AR

A new visitor on the Kona ramp today, is Centurion Air Cargo's [WE/CWC] MD-11F, N987AR (c/n 48427, l/n 471) on a flight from MIA (via LAX). It's flying for Sky Lease Cargo [GG/KYE] as KYE4855.

Lanmei Airlines' XU-963

Lanmei Airlines [LQ/MRK] (Kampuchea) is taking delivery of XU-963 (msn 3463) today. This A319-132 is delivering from TAP [Tapachula, México] to PHN [Ponchentong International Airport, Phnom Penh, Kampuchea], via HNL, GUM, and CAN as MRK3463.

Air China's B-1221

Air China is taking delivery of B-1221 (c/n 60984, l/n 6915) this morning. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA48, and will overnight at HNL.

23 May 2018

Xiamen Air's B-1288

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8, this morning. B-1288 (c/n 42956, l/n 6942) is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will overnight at HNL.

According to this Boeing Mediaroom press release, B-1288 is also Xiamen Air's 200th 737 delivered to the airline.

22 May 2018


NASA's Gulfstream III, N992NA (msn 309), arrived at HNL today. It's mission will be to overfly the the volcanic activity on the east side of Hawai‘i Island. The G-III is equipped with NASA's UAVSAR (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar) pod mounted on the underside.

FlightRadar24.com has the flight track over the Puna side of Hawai‘i Island.

Japan TransOcean Air's JA08RK

Japan TransOcean Air is taking delivery of JA08RK (c/n 61481, l/n 6948) this afternoon. This 737-8Q3 is making its delivery flight from BFI as JTA9851, and will overnight at HNL.

Air New Zealand Wet-Leases 9H-SUN

Air New Zealand has wet-leased an A340-312 from Hi Fly Malta [5M/HFM]. 9H-SUN (msn 367) is operating Air New Zealand's ANZ9/10 (AKL-HNL-AKL) service, while ANZ's 787-9s have its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines repaired. The Telegraph reports that the FAA, EASA, and the engine manufacturer notified airlines using the Trent 1000 to limit ETOPS flights to 140 minutes away from airports. According to our sources, this lease will be for about three weeks.

367 was originally delivered to AOM French Airlines [IW/AOM] in December 2000 as F-GTUA, under lease from Flightlease. In October 2003, it was leased to SriLankan Airlines [UL/ALK] as 4R-ADE. From 2007 to 2014, Macquarie AirFinance owned this A340. Castlelake bought this Airbus in 2014, and is the current owner. SriLankan Airlines returned this A340 in October 2015. Three months later, it was leased to Hi Fly Malta as 9H-SUN, where it flies as a white tail. From June to December 2017, it leased to Corsair [SS/CRL].

China Southern Airlines' B-1241

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1241 (c/n 63262, l/n 6952) this morning. This 737-81B, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1241, and will overnight at HNL.

21 May 2018

Asia Pacific Airlines' N705AA Ferried

Asia Pacific Airlines is ferrying N705AA (c/n 22462, l/n 1751) to MCI [Kansas City, MO] from GUM, via TKK, PNI, HNL, PHX and IGM [Kingman, AZ] for a "C" Check.

On another note, sister ships N319NE (c/n 21349, l/n 1289), and N86425 (c/n 21459, l/n 1329), both 727-212Fs, had their registrations canceled by Asia Pacific Airlines, and being used for parts for 705.

Shandong Airlines' B-1273

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1273 (c/n 43909, l/n 6950) today. This 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1273, and will overnight at HNL.

19 May 2018

Sun Country Airlines Launches HNL Service

Today, Sun Country Airlines launched its four-times-weekly service between MSP and HNL, via LAX. The MSP-LAX segment is operated SCX421/430, and the LAX-HNL segment is operated as SCX721/730.

N821SY "Lake Mille Lacs" (c/n 39952, l/n 5217) made the maiden flight from MSP to HNL, via LAX, and will be based at LAX.

Mahalo to Charlie Alfa for the photo of N821SY on final for Runway 8L.

17 May 2018

Lion Air's PK-LQO

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQO (c/n 42998, l/n 6911) this afternoon. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL, before continuing onto GUM.

14 May 2018

Mokulele Airlines To Relocate To Terminal 3

As part of the HNL's modernization program, Mokulele Airlines is being relocated to Terminal 3, on the Diamond Head end of the airport this week. The new location will begin operations on Tuesday, May 29th. The move comes as the Commuter Terminal will be torn down to make way for the Inter-island Terminal's Mauka Extension construction project.

Located behind the Delta Air Lines Cargo facility, Mokulele will be using Hardstand 1C for their flight operations, where they will four spots for their Grand Caravans.

Hebei Airlines' B-1258

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1258 (c/n 42978, l/n 6939) today. This 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1258, and will overnight at HNL.

10 May 2018


N723AC (c/n 30034, l/n 1275), a 737-75C, is ferrying from XMN [Gaoqi International Airport, Xiamen, China] to GYR [Goodyear, AZ], via GUM and HNL.

30034 was originally delivered to Xiamen Airlines in February 2003 as B-5028, under lease from ILFC. In May 2014, B-5028 was sold to ILFC, and its lease transferred. In 2016, it was painted in the current livery. It was withdrawn from service in April 2018.

09 May 2018

China Eastern Airlines' B-1255

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1255 (c/n 61699, l/n 6937) this afternoon. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

08 May 2018

WestJet Airlines Unveils New Livery

WestJet Airlines unveiled a new livery that will be featured on their ten 787-9 Dreamliners, that will begin deliveries in the first quarter of 2019. New deliveries of their 737 MAX 8 fleet will feature this new livery, beginning in June. The existing fleet will be repainted as they go through their heavy maintenance checks.

Further information and links in this WestJet press release.

China Southern Airlines' B-1239

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1239 (c/n 63260, l/n 6933) this morning. This 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1239, and will overnight at HNL.

07 May 2018

N594HA Returns

Hawaiian Airlines has brought back N594HA "‘Ulili" (c/n 23275, l/n 136) from retirement at MZJ as HAL9975. The airline made the move, as deliveries of their A321-271Ns have been delayed due to the modifications to the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G Geared Turbofan engines.

N205HA "Kalo" (msn 8092, f/n 205) is ready for delivery at XFW. Both N208HA (msn 8123, f/n 208) and N209HA (msn 8186, f/n 209) are at XFW, but have yet to make their first flights.

03 May 2018

Southwest Airlines Says They Will Fly Inter-Island

On an appearance on Hawai News Now's "Sunrise" morning news show, representatives from Southwest Airlines said that they will launch their west coast to Hawai‘i service with 737-8H4s, then transition to the 737 MAX 8s. The first four west coast cities will be all in California: Oakland, San José, Sacramento, and San Diego. Also, they intend to launch inter-island service once service is established.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1376

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1376 (c/n 61123, l/n 6932) today. This 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1376, and will overnight at HNL.

02 May 2018

American Airlines Winter Season ORD-HNL Service

American Airlines announced today that the winter season service between ORD and HNL will return on 19 December 2018, though this year, it will be with their 787-8s.

In the past, American used their DC-10-30s (1990s), and their 767-300ERs (2000s, and 2010s).

Further information in this American Airlines press release.

01 May 2018

Samaritan's Purse N782SP To Assist Kaua‘i Flood Victims

Samaritan's Purse will be flying in disaster relief supplies for those affected by the torrential rains and flooding in the northern end of Kaua‘i. Their DC-8-72CF, N782SP (c/n 46013, l/n 427) will fly from GSO [Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, NC] to LIH [Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i] as NSP8. They will bring in relief supplies and personnel to assist with cleanup efforts in Hanalei, and surrounding areas.

Further information in this Samaritan's Purse webpage.

N782SP was here at HNL in December 2017 on a stopover.

Federal Express' N614FE

Our May edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to 1998. with FedEx's MD-11F, N614FE "Christy Allison" (c/n 48258, l/n 507, f/n 614), seen above on Taxiway RT.

N614FE was delivered to Federal Express in November 1992. It was originally ordered by American Airlines as N1759, but was not taken up. This MD-11F continues to fly with FedEx, with the aircraft's name shortened to "Christy".

SilkAir's 9V-MBE

SilkAir is taking delivery of 9V-MBE (c/n 44242, l/n 6890) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as SLK8880, and will overnight at KOA.

30 April 2018

Where The Island Air's Q400s Ended Up

In doing a search of the PlaneSpotters.net database, here are where the former Island Air Q400s were leased to following the airline's closure, and lease returns:

N681WP "‘Ola Kūpono" (msn 4543) is currently stored at YYZ.

N682WP "Na‘au Pono" (msn 4546) is currently registered as C-GAUW, to Worldwide Aircraft Ferrying.

N683WP "Kulana Pono" (msn 4554) has been leased by Elix Aviation Capital to JamboJet [JM/JMA] (Kenya) this past February as 5Y-JXE (f/n JJ4).

N684WP "Laulima" (msn 4328) has been leased by NAC to Spicejet [SG/SEJ] (India) in November 2017 as VT-SUX.


N685WP "Po‘okela" (msn 4339) has also been leased by NAC to SpiceJet in November 2017 as VT-SUY.

29 April 2018


VP-BEL (c/n 29139, l/n 189), a 737-74T BBJ, owned by Orient Global Aviation, has made a stop at HNL.

It was also photographed at HNL in 2014.

Hainan Airlines' B-1387

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1387 (c/n 62196, l/n 6758) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1387, and will overnight at ITO. This is one of very few delivery flights to stop at the Hilo International Airport.

China United Airlines' B-1277

China United Airlines' second 737-89P delivery today, is B-1277 (c/n 63061, l/n 6892). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA277, and will overnight at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-1278

China United Airlines is taking delivery of two 737-89Ps today. B-1278 (c/n 63060, l/n 6905) is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA278, and will overnight at HNL.

27 April 2018

Thai Lion Air HS-LSI

Thai Lion Air is taking delivery of HS-LSI (c/n 42992, l/n 6816) this evening. This 737 MAX 9 is making its delivery flight as TLM1, and will make a fuel stop at HNL.


D-APGS (msn 3046), an A319-115CJ, owned by K5-Aviation (Germany), is making a stop at HNL.

26 April 2018

Southwest Airlines Announces Service To Four Airports

World Airline News reports that Southwest Airlines announced that they will serve all four major Hawai‘i airports (HNL, OGG, KOA, and LIH), as part of their planned 737 MAX 8 Hawai‘i service from west coast gateway cities. The airline is still mum on inter-island service, which has been heavily rumored.

China Southern Airlines' B-1236

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1236 (c/n 63259, l/n 6918) this morning. This 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1236, and will overnight at HNL.

25 April 2018


2-MSII (c/n 40151, l/n 4640), a former Malaysia Airlines 737-8H6, is ferrying from KUL to MZJ. It was delivered to Malaysia Airlines in October 2013 as 9M-MSI, and flew until September 2017, when it was withdrawn from service in September 2017. It was acquired by Orix Aircraft Corporation, and will be stored at MZJ.

All Nippon Airways Unveils More A380 Honu Liveries

World Airline News reports that All Nippon Airways has unveiled two additional "Honu" (Hawaiian for green sea turtle) color themes for the three A380-800s they will be using exclusively for the Tōkyo - Honolulu service, beginning in spring 2019. Initially unveiled in 2017, the honu livery featured a blue turtle. Now there will also be an orange honu, and a green honu. The blue A380 will be named "Lani" (sky), the orange A380 will be named "Ka La" (sunset), and the green A380 will be named "Kai" (ocean).

24 April 2018

Virgin Americas Brand's Last Day

Today, marks the last day of the Virgin America brand, as the airline will become solely Alaska Airlines. VRD1948 (SFO-LAX) was the final Virgin America flight this evening.

Shanghai Airlines's B-1261

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1261 (c/n 61629, l/n 6796) this morning. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong Airlines' B-1227

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery fo B-1227 (c/n 43908, l/n 6916) this morning. This 737-85N, their second delivery within a week, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1227, and will overnight at HNL.

23 April 2018

Mokulele Airlines To Relocate To Terminal 3

On 29 May 2018, Mokulele Airlines will relocate their operations to "Terminal 3", where Hardstands 4 and 5 are currently. Their driveway will be through the security gate located between the United Airlines Cargo and Delta Air Lines Cargo facilities off of Aolele Street. Their check-in, terminal, and baggage claim will reportedly operate out of temporary structures.

WestJet Airlines' C-FRYV

WestJet Airlines has switched from their 767-338ERs to their 737 MAX 8s on their flights between Hawai‘i and the Province of Alberta. C-FRYV (c/n 60514, l/n 6819) made the first flight today from YYC to OGG as WJA1850, and was to fly to YEG as WJA1885, but the flight was diverted to HNL.