14 December 2018

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
7148 | B-1136 | 43831 | Xiamen Airlines | -MAX8 [12.01.18 CXA8199]
7238 | B-207C | 43567 | Fuzhou Airlines | -MAX8 [12.01.18 B207C]
7228 | B-207H | 60706 | Hainan Airlines | -MAX8 [12.01.18 CHH307]
7281 | B-205P | 63275 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 [12.11.18 CSN8751]

7283 | B-207F | 61445 | Shandong Airlines | -MAX8 [12.14.18 CDG9005]
7271 | B-207E | 61140 | Shenzhen Airlines | -MAX8 [12.14.18 CSZ207E]
7307 | B-207X | 63078 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [12.14.18 CES9001]


737 NG
7116 | B-1123 | 63232 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
7206 | B-206P | 64861 | Urumqi Air | -84P «
7302 | B-204N | 43899 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z «
7312 | JA11RK | 61484 | Japan TransOcean Air | -8Q3 «
7317 | B-208D | 61693 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
7322 | B-208V | 60467 | Joy Air | -8ME «
7327 | JA90AN | 64878 | All Nippon Airways | -881 «
7332 | B-207Z | 63077 | China United Airlines | -89P «

« First Flight: 12.13.18


737 MAX
6250 | HS-LS_ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) « BFI
7160 | B-205C | 61444 | Shandong Airlines | -MAX8 «
7170 | B-1170 | 62879 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 «
7200 | B-206Z | 43953 | Kunming Airlines | -MAX8 «
7203 | B-1143 | 61852 | Lucky Air | -MAX8 «
7275 | B-1180 | 60905 | Air China | -MAX8 «
7288 | B-205L | 62882 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 «
7290 | B-207P | 43617 | Lucky Air | -MAX8 «
7298 | HL8340 | 60458 | Eastar Jet | -MAX8 «
7311 | B-207T | 62181 | Hainan Airlines | -MAX8 «

« First Flight: 12.13.18

« 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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12 December 2018

ATAC's N323AX Crashes

ATAC's N323AX (msn 41H-679995), a Hawker Hunter FMK.58, went down in waters south of Honolulu. The pilot was able to eject, and rescued by a nearby sailboat. The 60-year-old British-made fighter was here with another Hawker Hunter for the Sentry Aloha exercise, along with sister-ship N324AX.

Flight route from FlightRadar24.com.

Yakutia Airlines' VP-BGA

Yakutia Airlines [R3/SYL] (Russia) has acquired a former Air China 737-8Z0 as VP-BGA (c/n 30071, l/n 381), and is making a stop at HNL from GUM and PEK, and will continue onto TUS.

30071 was originally delivered to China Southwest Airlines in October 1999 as B-2510. When Air China acquired China Southwest in 2002, the latter's fleet was transferred to the former's fleet. B-2510 flew for Air China until January 2017, when it had been placed in storage at PEK.

11 December 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-205P

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-205P (c/n 63275, l/n 7281) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN8751, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. This is the first time that China Southern has assigned a flight code that is not associated with the registration number (in part or whole).

04 December 2018

Shanghai Airlines' B-2570

Shanghai Airlines is ferrying B-2570 (c/n 27941, l/n 770), a 767-36D, to the desert for retirement. Its making its ferry flight from PVG (via GUM and HNL) as CSH9008. This the last of Shanghai Airlines' 767-300s to leave their fleet.

B-2570 was delivered to Shanghai Airlines in October 1999 in the original livery. From May 2008 to December 2010, it wore the Star Alliance special livery. It was withdrawn from service this past September.

01 December 2018

Hainan Airlines' B-207H

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-207H (c/n 60706, l/n 7228) today. This 737 MAX 8, their second delivery in seven days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH307, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Fuzhou Airlines' B-207C

Fuzhou Airlines is taking delivery fo its first 737 MAX 8 today. B-207C (c/n 43567, l/n 7238) is making its delivery flight from BFI as B207C, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Xiamen Air's B-1136

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1136 (c/n 43831, l/n 7148) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. It has markings on each side of the nose section noting that it's the "2000th Boeing jet for China".

EVA Air's N602EV

Our December edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes way back to December 1995, and EVA Air's N602EV (c/n 25117, l/n 370). This 767-3T7ER is seen above on Taxiway RT, as it taxied to Runway 26L for departure to TPE. The airline had a brief run with 767-300ER service between HNL and TPE.

25117 was originally delivered to EVA Air in May 1991 as B-16602. In August 1994, it was sold to SALE, and leased back as N602EV. In June 2005, it was sold to Aircastle, then leased to Aeroflot [SU/AFL] as VP-BWV "A. Kuprin". It was returned to Aircastle in March 2012. Five months later, it was leased to Orient Thai Airlines [OX/OEA] as HS-BKC. As with many other airliners in the Orient Thai fleet, this 767 wore a hybrid livery with the new titles, and the Aeroflot base livery. In the following month, it was subleased to Saudi Arabian Airlines for two months. After its return to Orient Thai, it flew with the airline until September 2013. It has since been placed in storage at CEW [Bob Sikes Airport, Crestview, FL], where it sits today.

30 November 2018

Fiji Airways' DQ-FAB

Fiji Airways is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8 tonight. DQ-FAB "Island of Kadavu" (c/n 64307, l/n 7252), is making its delivery flight from BFI as FJI2001, and will make a two-day stop at HNL.

United Airlines' N588HA

United Airlines is ferrying N588HA (c/n 33466, l/n 890) from GYR to HKG, via SFO and HNL as UAL2714 (GYR-SFO-HNL), and UAL2715 (HNL-HKG). This 767-3CBER, was acquired from Hawaiian Airlines this past July. It's going to HKG for re-paint, and United's cabin configuration, then will be registered as N684UA.

N588HA was delivered to Hawaiian Airlines in October 2002, and named "‘Iwa". It flew until this past June, when it was ferried to MCI [Kansas City, MO].

Shanghai Airlines' B-207G

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-207G (c/n 63076, l/n 7292) today. This 737-89P, their third this month, is making its delivery flight from CSH9007, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

29 November 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-205N

China Southern Airlines is taking deliver of B-205N (c/n 63274, l/n 7258) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN205N, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

27 November 2018

Icelandair's TF-LLX

Icelandair's 757-256, TF-LLX "Skjalbreiður (c/n 29311, l/n 940), is making a stop at HNL from POM [Port Moresby, New Guinea], as it ends its short-term lease with Air Niugini. TF-LLX arrived at HNL this afternoon as ICE8918, and will continue onto SEA, then KEF. It had been wet-leased from November 9th to the 26th to operate the POM-SYD-POM [ANG1/2] run.

29311 was originally delivered to Iberia in September 2000, leased from BBAM, as EC-HIU "Colombia". In November 2006, BBAM leased this 757-256 to RAK Airways as A6-RKA, until early 2011. During that time, it was sub-leased to Atlasjet from June 2007 to October 2009; Ariana Afghan Airlines from February to October 2010; and Sun Air from October to December 2010. Icelandair took delivery of TF-LLX in May 2011, and had Blended Winglets installed in May 2012.

Hawaiian Airlines and jetBlue Expand Codeshare

With Hawaiian Airlines launching service between BOS and HNL in April 2019, the airline has expanded its codeshare agreement with jetBlue at Boston's Logan International Airport.  There are 26 cities of jetBlue's route network that serve BOS, and they will be able to connect to Hawaiian's A330-243 service to HNL.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

25 November 2018

Hainan Airlines' B-1142

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1142 (c/n 43559, l/n 7140) today. This 737 MAX 8, their second in eight days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1142, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

23 November 2018

Scoot Airlines To End HNL Service

Scoot Airlines announced that they will terminate their 787-8 service between KIX and HNL in June 2019, due to low demand.


KHON News report.

21 November 2018

Lion Air's PK-LPW

Lion Air is taking deliver of PK-LPW (c/n 43213, l/n 7274) this afternoon. This 737-9GPER is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL. It was previously assigned to Thai Lion Air, registered as HS-LVH, made its test flights with this registration. However, it was recently re-allocated to Lion Air, and given an Indonesian registration.

China United Airlines' B-1148

The second of today's two 737-89P deliveries for China United Airlines is, B-1148 (c/n 63068, l/n 7119). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA148, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-206U

The first of two 737-89P deliveries for China United Airlines today, is B-206U (c/n 63072, l/n 7232). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA206, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

20 November 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-205J

China Southern Airlines' second 737 MAX 8 delivery today is B-205J (c/n 43954, l/n 7218). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN205J, and will be making an overnight stop at HNL. This is China Southern's sixth 737 delivery this month.

China Southern Airlines' B-205K

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of a pair of 737 MAX 8s today. The first is B-205K (c/n 62880, l/n 7226), and it's making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN205K, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. It's their fifth 737 delivery this month.

B-205K is the 30th 737 delivery for China Southern this year. In our time tracking deliveries for each airline since 2013, this is the first time any airline has taken delivery of 30 737s.

18 November 2018

Antonov Airlines' UR-82072

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100, UR-82072 (c/n 9773053359136, l/n 07-05) has arrived this morning, from MCI [Kansas City International Airport, MO] as ADB3053.

17 November 2018

Hainan Airlines' B-207K

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-207K (c/n 43561, l/n 7223) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making  its delivery flight from BFI as CHH207, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-205M

The second 737 delivery for China Southern Airlines today, is B-205M (c/n 63273, l/n 7236). This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN205M, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-205C

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery a pair of 737s today. The first is, B-206C (c/n 43904, l/n 7262), a 737-81B, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN206C, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

15 November 2018

UNLV Rebels Team Charter

The University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels football team is chartering a Sun Country Airlines 737-8FH, N821SY "Lake Mille Lacs" (c/n 39952, l/n 5217, f/n 821), for their road game against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors, Saturday evening. Their flight from LAS arrived this evening as SCX8618, and N821SY will leave for TUS later in the evening as SCX8668.

Sun Country Airlines Launches PDX Service

Sun Country Airlines is launching seasonal four-times per week 737-800 service between PDX and HNL today as SCX693/694. N820SY "Lake Minnetonka" (c/n 39951, l/n 5166, f/n 820), a 737-8FH is making the first flight.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1149

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1149 (c/n 61633, l/n 7105) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9007, and will be making an overnight stop at HNL.

12 November 2018

Volga-Dnepr Airlines RA-82044 Returns

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' An-124-100, RA-82044 (c/n 9773054155109, l/n 06-08), is returning from COS as VDA1388, and will overnight at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-1276

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1276 (c/n 63062, l/n 6943) today. This 737-89P, which made it's B1 flight this past May, is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA276, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

11 November 2018

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82077

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82077 (c/n 97730544591951, l/n 07-09) has made a stop at HNL from GUM as VDA1387. This An-124-100 will continue onto COS [Colorado Springs, CO] under the same flight number.

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-76950

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' IL-76TD-90VD, RA-76950 (c/n 2053420697, l/n 93-05) is making a stop at HNL as VDA1400 from IND [Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, IN].

China Southern Airlines' B-1176

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1176 (c/n 63271, l/n 7150) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1176, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Hau‘oli Lā Hānau Hawaiian Airlines!

Hawaiian Airlines celebrates its 89th birthday today. From the Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker to the current fleet of Airbus A321-271Ns, A330-243s, Boeing 717-200s and 767-300ERs, the airline has grown from an inter-island airline to an international airline.

09 November 2018

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82044

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-82044 (c/n 9773054155109, l/n 06-08) is making a stop at HNL from POM as VDA1321. This An-124-100 will continue onto COS with the same flight number.

China Eastern Airlines' B-207L

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-207L (c/n 63075, l/n 7251) this afternoon. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1150

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1150 (c/n 61632, l/n 7113) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9007, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. B-1150 is the 50th 737 MAX to delivery through Hawai‘i; as well as the 150th 737 delivering to China.

08 November 2018

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009

Antonov Airlines' UR-82009 (c/n 19530501008, l/n 01-08) will be making a stop at HNL from GML [Kiev, Ukraine], via KEF [Keflavik, Iceland] as ADB323F. It will make an overnight stop, then continue on to GUM to deliver relief supplies for the region that was hit by a typhoon.

UR-82009 was here this past June 15-17, for a military charter.


11.10.18 Update
UR-82009 is returning to HNL today as ADB323F.

06 November 2018

Air China's B-1178

Air China's B-1178 (c/n 60906, l/n 7207), a 737 MAX 8, is making a ferry flight from BFI to HSN [Zhoushan, China], via JRF and GUM. It's using a Boeing flight code, BOE264, to make the flight.

02 November 2018

Okay Airways' B-1157

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1157 (c/n 60705, l/n 7120) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1157, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Air China's B-1179

Air China is taking delivery of B-1179 (c/n 60903, l/n 7123) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA48, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

01 November 2018

The Saga That Is ... Hawai‘i's Airports

Over the past couple of years, the Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) has come under scrutiny through a series of articles in print, on air, and online, have focused on the lack of progress on the modernization at HNL; along with the shoddy construction of the new Hawaiian Airlines Cargo Building and Hangar, and the discrepancies with the contractors involved. Because the the Hawaiian Airlines complex delays, the old Aloha Airlines/Hawaiian Airlines T-Hangar cannot be torn down.

During the last years of her governorship (2001-2008), Linda Lingle had received approval for a $2.3B / 12-year plan to modernize the major airports in the state. Governor Lingle's successor, Neil Abercrombie, also wanted the state to push forward with modernization. He acknowledged the fact that our airports are the first and last impressions that tourist will see of Hawai‘i. Somewhere along the way, Governor Abercrombie changed his mind, and limited the scope of the modernization project. Through bureaucracy and mismanagement at HDOT, only a portion of the modernization have been completed.

Hawaiian Airlines took matters into its own hands, and took over construction completion of its new hangar and cargo center. The airline paid the remainder of the construction costs, estimated at over $100 million, to fix the shoddy construction work of the contractor that won the state's low-bid system. The airline is looking toward completion of its facilities by the end of this year.

One of the projects that were key to the modernization of HNL, was the new Commuter Terminal, which was to have been built east of Gate 6, on part of the North Ramp. Had this new complex been completed, the existing Commuter Terminal would be torn down, to make way for the Mauka Extension of the Inter-Island Terminal, in which Hawaiian Airlines would move their complete operations to that part of the airport. At the time the new terminal was proposed, there were four airlines using the existing Commuter Terminal: Island Air, go! (operated by Mesa Airlines), Mokulele Airlines, and Pacific Wings. Currently, only Island Air and Mokulele Airlines remain in business. When he owned Island Air, former owner (now a minority stakeholder) Larry Ellison, wanted changes in the design of the new complex, which caused a conflict between him and HDOT. Eventually, Ellison would nix the move to the new terminal. Months later, HDOT Director Ford Fuchigami canceled the project unilaterally, even though Island Air underwent an ownership change. With this move, the Mauka Extension is put on hold, which will add to congestion at peak periods. There has been reports of moving Island Air and Mokulele around HNL, so the extension can proceed. However, gate space in the main terminal is at a premium. The dust cover that was removed after the cancellation, re-appeared at the end of November 2017, as construction will re-start with Mokulele being the sole tenant, but this Commuter Terminal will be temporary, as the new Diamond Head Concourse will be in that location.

HDOT will be modifying Gates 29 and 34 to accommodate the Airbus A380, as All Nippon Airways has pledged to inaugurate super jumbo service between NRT and HNL in 2019. It's part of a $30 million upgrade package.

What has been completed so far? Hawaiian Airlines' Charles Elliott Maintenance and Cargo Facility, Aloha Air Cargo's Hangar and Cargo Center, the ‘Ewa hardstands on the Hickam side of HNL. The widening of Taxiways G and L, north of A, to allow Hawaiian Airlines' A330-200s to taxi to the proposed new terminal. Some infrastructure projects have been completed as well.

Each state-owned and operated airports have their share of needed repairs. The Kalaeloa Airport, which was designated to be the general aviation relief airport, has its share of modernization needs. Except for the few T-Hangars on the west end, former Naval Air Station Barbers Point field looks relatively untouched after the US Navy handed the base over to the state. The newly-named Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport is under going a $75 million modernization, which will simplify passengers on connecting flights between the inter-island section and the overseas section, but not increase holdroom space that dates to original construction in 1970. That portion of needed improvements at Kona will not happen until Phase II of the Kona Terminal Modernization project as yet still unfunded or unscheduled. The Kahului Airport is in need for expansions for both runways.  Hilo and Līhu‘e are also both in need of terminal renovations.



*** Opinion / Editorial ***
All of the major airports in Hawai‘i need to be modernized. Applying band-aid fixes to major issues will not solve the problems each airport faces. The proposed Airport Authority board is much needed. With the state legislature killing the bill to create the Airport Authority in the 2017 legislative session, it will set back further renovations, as the bureaucratic mess of having HDOT having to deal with several state agencies to get things done, only makes renovations obsolete, and increases costs. Similar to the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in Southern California, the Airport Authority board would oversee operation all Hawai‘i airports, as well as implementing the completion of the long, overdue modernization project; there are too many state agencies and bureaucracies that have their hands in the operation of the airports, and the board will resolve that issue. HDOT already admits they have a hard time managing the airports they are in charge of, therefore, it should relinquish its power to a board that can properly manage the airports.  Current HDOT higher-ups must not be named to this proposed authority due to the on-going issues.

For a world-class tourist destination, as former Governor Abercrombie said, "our airports are the first and last impressions left in the minds of tourists." Yet, he was the very one to cut funding for the modernization. Currently, each facility is in dire need of modernization. The gate areas are in need of better lighting, and better types of windows. The seating, fixtures and decor all need modernization as well.

The renaming of Honolulu International Airport to the Daniel K Inouye International Airport is ill-timed, as the $21M spent to renovate the signage, and to re-brand the airport could have been better spent. It's interesting that there was no attention brought about by the local news outlets of the House Resolution for the renaming. We were informed of this change, via social media, as a pilot posted the FAA chart noting the name change. This move also appears to be politically-motivated by the hushed rollout of the renaming. The late senator was known to disapprove to the posthumous naming of places in his honor. And we are grateful for the late Senator Inouye's work in helping Hawai‘i's tourism and transportation industries.

Regarding the A380 gates, it does not make sense to put the A380 gates only on the ‘Ewa Concourse. Gate 9's footprint is slightly larger than Gate 29s, and would make more sense to have one A380 gate on the Diamond Head Concourse, especially with ANA's operations on that side of HNL. Gate 29 is already used by Qantas when they need to make A380 tech stops or medical diversions between Australia and the continental US. Is this investment to modify the third floors to install Jetways for the A380's upper deck a wise thing? ANA will be receiving three super jumbos as part of its investment in Skymark Airlines', and only plan to use it on the NRT-HNL route. No other airline is planning to start A380 service to HNL. What will happen if ANA decides to downguage the A380 service to a 777-300ER? The upper deck Jetway will be useless, except for Qantas emergency stopovers.

With the planned service by Southwest Airlines for both trans-Pacific and inter-island flights, there may not be enough gates to handle their traffic, especially at the midday peak period. The airline will probably need to establish a maintenance base to service their 737-800s and MAX 8s, and hold reserve aircraft. The "band-aid" approach is to convert Hardstands 4 and 5 to gates for Southwest, which passengers will board via stairs or ramps.

Another issue is law enforcement. The Hawaii State Sheriff's Department needs to be present at ALL of the state's airports, big and small. Much attention has been brought up with recent events concerning the actions of Securitas Airport Police and security guards at HNL. Contracting out to a private security firm to carry out some police-type duties is not seen at any of the major airports in the US, and Hawai‘i's airports should be no different. If anything, Securitas should be relegated to curb control on the arrival pickup and departure drop-off areas. HDOT, which has control over the Sheriff's deputies at HNL, has even proposed making up a new law enforcement agency just for the airports, or handing everything over to Securitas.  We feel that this would be a waste of taxpayer money, a waste of time, and a slap in the face of law enforcement agencies.

The Consolidated Rental Car (CONRAC) Facility, east of the main parking structure, should have been built off-site, to allow another parking structure for more passenger parking stalls. HNL is the only airport in the state system to have an on-site CONRAC.

HDOT, also in their infinite lack of wisdom, decided to rename HNL's terminal, gates, and baggage claims. The change, that took effect on June 1, 2018, assigned terminal alphabetical codes, the gates alpha-numeric codes, and baggage claims numeric codes. HDOT has not revealed what this change will cost taxpayers and airlines, as new signage around HNL will have to be installed, and gate guidelines on the flight line will need to be repainted. HDOT's reason behind the move was to bring it closer to other airports that the airlines serving HNL. HNL is does not have the size to warrant this move.

After the Diamond Head Commuter Terminal is built, the old t-hangars east of United Cargo should be torn down, and the HDOT Base Yard should be moved off-site as well; that move could further extend the North Ramp Hardstands.

On the south side of HNL, the ramp area south of the Air Service Hawaii Makai Hangar should be hardened to allow parking of two airliners up to 155 feet in length, or a variety of business jets. HNL should also reclaim some of the vacant land fronting that ramp area to increase the depth of the stands by at least 50 feet. Also, the adjacent lot currently being used for FedEx employee parking should be paved over for general aviation and business jet transient parking to relocate the stalls lost.

At JRF, the old US Navy P-3C T-Hangars on the east end were leased out the University of Hawai‘i, that needs to be taken back. That area could be transformed into a maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility for narrow-body airliners. If the original concrete hangars are to stay, they need fresh coats of paint. The ramp, taxiways, and runways need repaving on the asphalt sections. HDOT has let JRF fall into disrepair on so many levels.

For OGG, both runways need to be lengthened to allow dual runway operations, as inter-island flights would use Runway 5/23, and overseas flights would use Runway 2/20. We could foresee at least one non-stop flight from Japan, if Runway 2/20 is extended to the proposed 9,000 feet. Both Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines have previously lobbied for the runway extension. There is a small, but vocal community on Maui that have been the ones pushing back on this issue.

For both ITO and LIH, the main terminal, the walkway, and gate areas are in need of a major facelift.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-206M

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-206M (c/n 61138, l/n 7147) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ206M, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Thai Lion Air's HS-LSK

Thai Lion Air is taking delivery of HS-LSK (c/n 42989, l/n 6308) today. This 737 MAX 9, which was one of the test MAX 9s, is making its delivery flight from BFI as TLM1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-206A

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-206A (c/n 43903, l/n 7242) today. This 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1206, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Air China Inner Mongolia's B-206T

Air China Inner Mongolia is taking delivery of B-206T (c/n 60892, l/n 7244) today. This 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CNM47, and will make and overnight stop at HNL.

Japan Airlines' JA8906

Our November edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to September 2004, and Japan Airlines' 50th Anniversary of Hawai‘i service logo jet, JA8906 (c/n 26350, l/n 961). This 747-446 had a decal of a Douglas DC-6 affixed to both sides of the fuselage. It commemorated the airline's first international flight (February 1954), along with the 50 years of service between Japan and Hawai‘i.

JA8906 was delivered to Japan Airlines in March 1993 in the Landor livery. In the summer of 2003, it was painted in the "Arc of the Sun" livery. In late 2003, it wore a special decal to note the Hanshin Tigers victory in the Japan League baseball championship. Shortly after that, the above decals were applied, which lasted until late 2004. In November 2006, it was transferred to the JAL Cargo fleet, and converted to a freighter. In November 2010, it was sold to Kalitta Air as N743CK, and became one of the airline's DHL logo jets, and continues to fly with Kalitta.

N743CK was photographed at HNL in December 2016, as it made seasonal Christmas shopping cargo flights.

31 October 2018

AirAsia's 9M-CJG

AirAsia Group's Bombardier Global Express, 9M-CJG (msn 9003), made a stop at HNL. Note the corporate logo on the tail.

Lucky Air's B-206N

Lucky Air is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8 today. B-206N (c/n 43560, l/n 7193) is making tis delivery flight from BFI as B206N, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

30 October 2018

Lion Air's PK-LPV

Lion Air is taking deliver of PK-LPV (c/n 43212, l/n 7235) tonight. This 737-8GP is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

29 October 2018

Donghai Airlines' B-1105

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1105 (c/n 61280, l/n 6987) today. This 737-83Z, built this past June , is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA301, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

25 October 2018

Antonov Airlines' UR-82073

Antonov Airlines' An-124-100, UR-82073 (c/n 977305459139, l/n 07-06), is making an overnight stop at HNL from IAH as ADB307F. It will continue onto GUM as ADB3007, as it is transporting relief supplies to the Northern Marianas Islands, that were hit by a typhoon.

UR-82073 made a stops at HNL and JRF in June to transport Hawai‘i Army National Guard CH-47E Chinooks for deployment to Afghanistan.


10.28.18 Update
This An-124 returned to HNL as ABD307F, then flew back to GUM today as ADB3007.

9 Air's B-206J

9 Air is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8 today. B-206J (c/n 61371, l/n 7188) is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH206, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

24 October 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-1175

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1175 (c/n 63272, l/n 7183) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1175, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

Hainan Airlines' B-206Q

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-206Q (c/n 62180, l/n 7181) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making  its delivery flight from BFI as CHH206, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

22 October 2018

Novictor Helicopters' N4132H Crashes

N4132H (msn 2403), a Robinson R44 helicopter, operated by Novictor Helicopters, made a crash landing on a sandbar in Kāne‘ohe Bay, after the pilot experienced a medical emergency. There were also two passengers aboard the tour helicopter. Fortunately, all three survived, though they sustained injuries. A pair of kayakers were first on the scene to aid with egress from the R44. A USMC CH-53E Stallion from Marine Corps Air Field at Kāne‘ohe Bay, also provided air support before first responders could base out of the He‘eia Kea Boat Harbor.

N4132H was leased from Higgins Leasing, Inc. of The Woodlands, Texas.

19 October 2018

Shanghai Airlines' B-206W

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-206W (c/n 63073, l/n 7217) today. This 737-89P is making tis delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-206X

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-206X (c/n 61692, l/n 7194) today. This 737-89P, their second delivery in three days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9005, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

18 October 2018

Nevada Wolf Pack Team Charter

The University of Nevada Wolf Pack football team has chartered an Alaska Airlines 737-890 for their road trip to HNL, to play the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday. N587AS, the SubPop Records logojet,  is making the trip from RNO [Reno-Tahoe Airport, Reno, NV] to HNL, via OAK as ASA9681.

The team will return to RNO as ASA9680, aboard N589AS.

Kunming Airlines' B-206Y

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX 8 with B-206Y (c/n 43952, l/n 7158). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA206Y, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

17 October 2018

Japan TransOcean Airlines' JA10RK

Japan TransOcean Airlines is taking delivery of JA10RK (c/n 61486, l/n 7197) today. This 737-8Q3 is making its delivery flight from BFI as JTA9851, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-206S

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-206S (c/n 63074, l/n 7204) this morning. This 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. This is the 150th 737 delivery flight to stop through Hawai‘i.

11 October 2018

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 9V-SFN

Singapore Airlines Cargo's 747-412F, 9V-SFN (c/n 32899, l/n 1342), made a brief fuel late-night stop at HNL, from LAX, as it transits to AKL.

07 October 2018

ATSG To Acquire Omni Air International

Air Transport Services Group (ATSG) announced that they will be acquiring Omni Air International, pending government approval. Omni, which provides air the service for Las Vegas tour charter with Vacations Hawaii, also has charter contracts with various government agencies.

ATSG is the holding company of Air Transport International (ATI), ABX Air, and Cargo Aircraft Management. ATI operates the Aloha Air Cargo 767-300ERF, and has a 757-200CF based at HIK.

Further details in this CH Aviation report.

05 October 2018

Air Changan's B-1163

Air Changan is taking delivery of B-1163 (c/n 64860, l/n 7179) this afternoon. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as B-1163, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

04 October 2018

Wyoming Cowboys Team Charter

The University of Wyoming Cowboys football team is chartering a Sun Country Airlines 737-800 for their road game against the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday evening. N809SY "Lake Nokomis" (c/n 30683, l/n 1669, f/n 809) is making the trip from Cheyenne, WY [CYS] to HNL, via LAX as SCX8610.

Kingdom of Bahrain A9C-HAK


The Boeing 747-4F6 A9C-HAK "Al Sakhir" (c/n 28961, l/n 1174), seen above on the south ramp of Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport (KOA) on Thursday Oct 4, 2018, brought His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamed Al Khalifa, and a team of five Bahrain Endurance 13 athletes to Kona to complete in the annual Ironman Triathlon World Championship race on Saturday Oct 13, 2018.  While on the Big Island, the aircraft will be staged on the concrete hardstand at the Hilo International Airport (ITO) until the parties depart.

01 October 2018

Icelandair's TF-FIW

Icelandair's 757-27B (c/n 24838, l/n 302), wearing the Captain's Choice special livery, has made a stop at HNL from HIR [Honaira, International Airport, Guadalcanal] as ICE1206. It will stay for a day or two before continuing onto DEN.

Hainan Airlines' B-1141

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1141 (c/n 63622, l/n 7161) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1141, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

North American Airlines' N750NA

Our October edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to August 2005, with North American Airlines' 757-28A, N750NA "Deirdre Stiehm" (c/n 26277, l/n 658), seen above departing Runway 8L, on the airline's short-lived HNL-west coast scheduled flights.

N750NA was delivered to North American Airlines [NA/NAO] in January 1995, leased from ILFC. From February to May 2011, it was subleased to WestJet Airlines. After it came back to North American, it flew with the airline for another five months, when it was returned to ILFC, and stored at GYR. In April 2012, it was bought by FedEx, converted to freighter, and delivered six months later as N971FD "Darcy" (f/n 971). It continues to fly for FedEx.

30 September 2018

Lion Air's PK-LQQ

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQQ (c/n 43001, l/n 7118) this afternoon. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL. PK-LQQ is the 30th 737 delivery for this month.

Happy 50th Birthday 747!

Fifty years ago today, Boeing Commercial Airplanes rolled out the first 747-100 at Boeing's Everett, WA assembly plant, in front of its employees, airline representatives, dignitaries, and the media.

The initial 747-100 service to HNL, began with Pan American World Airways and United Airlines. Over the course of this past half-century, HNL has seen all the 747's variants transit through. Here are a list of airlines who used the 747 to serve HNL (and KOA):

Pan American World Airways
United Airlines
Trans World Airlines
Continental Airlines
The Hawaii Express
Braniff International Airlines
America West Airlines
American Airlines
Northwest Airlines
Delta Air Lines
World Airways (1st)
Kalitta Air * [as Pacific Air Cargo]
UPS Airlines *
FedEx
Atlas Air * [as Qantas Cargo]
Polar Air Cargo *
Transamerica Airlines [also as Trans International Airlines]
Flying Tigers Airlines
Evergreen International Airlines
Southern Air
Canadian Pacific Air (CP Air)
Wardair Canada
Qantas Airways * [seasonal]
Air New Zealand
Japan Airlines
All Nippon Airways
China Airlines
Air Siam
Korean Air * [seasonal]
Singapore Airlines


* Airlines currently 747s servicing HNL.

Military and government 747s:
US Air Force
Japan Air Self-Defense Force
Republic of Korea Air Force
People's Republic of China [in Air China livery]
Qatar Amiri Flight * [VIP charter]
Saudi Arabian Airlines [VIP charter]
Royal Brunei Airlines [VIP charter]

29 September 2018

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1160

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1160 (c/n 61136, l/n 7043) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1160, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

28 September 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-1125

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of a third 737 today. B-1125 (c/n 63233, l/n 7106) is making its delivery flight from BFI this evening as CSN1125, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. This is their fifth 737 delivery in as many days, and the eighth this month. B-1125 is also the 100th 737-800 delivered through Hawai‘i.

Hainan Airlines' B-206G

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-206G (c/n 64020, l/n 7162) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH206, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1166

China Southern Airlines' second 737 MAX 8 delivery in as many days, is B-1166 (c/n 62876, l/n 7098). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1166, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. This also the airline's second 737 delivery flight today.

China Southern Airlines' B-1153

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1153 (c/n 63270, l/n 7174) today. This 737-81B, their  third 737 within four days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1153, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

27 September 2018

Kunming Airlines' B-207A

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-207A (c/n 43897, l/n 7169) this evening. This 737-8LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA207A, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.


photo to follow ...

China Southern Airlines' B-1165

China Southern Airlines is taking deliver of B-1165 (c/n 62873, l/n 7083) this afternoon. This 737 MAX 8, their second 737 delivery within three days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1165, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.

photo to follow ...

25 September 2018

China Southern Airlines' B-1155

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1155 (c/n 63269, l/n 7159) today. This 737-81B, their fourth delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1155, and will make an overnight stop at HNL. B-1155 is also their 20th 737 delivery for 2018.

Air New Zealand's ZK-OKT

Air New Zealand's leased 777-35EER, ZK-OKT (c/n 32644, l/n 863), has begun flying the airline's AKL-HNL-AKL service [ANZ10/9] today. This 777 is leased from EVA Airways, and is flying in the lessor's full livery. It was delivered to EVA Air in December 2010 as B-16717.


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23 September 2018

9 Air's B-1172

9 Air is taking delivery of B-1172 (c/n 61368, l/n 6994) today. This 737-86X is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH1172, and will make an overnight stop at HNL.