01 December 2019

Swissair's HB-IWU

Our December edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to September 2005, and this Swissair MD-11, HB-IWU (c/n 48538, l/n 533), that made a stop at UPS's ramp at HNL, as it ferried to Singapore for freighter conversion.

48538 was originally delivered to LTU [LT/LTU Germany] in March 1993 as D-AERZ. In October 1998, it was sold to Swissair [SR/SWR] as HB-IWU. In January 2005, it was sold to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, then sold to UPS four months later as N281UP. It was put into service in early 2006, and continues to haul packages for UPS.