18 April 2018


N675AN (c/n 29425, l/n 817), a former American Airlines 757-223, is ferrying from VQQ [Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL] to SZX [Shenzhen, China], via TUS [Tuscon, AZ], HNL and GUM, headed to join the SF Airlines fleet. The numbers 231 are visible on the nose gear door.

29425 was originally delivered to American Airlines in August 1998 as N675AN (f/n 5EG). It had Blended Winglets installed in 2008, and flew with American until August 2015, where it was placed into storage at ROW [Roswell, NM]. In January 2017, it was sold to Jetran, and ferried six months later to VQQ for freighter conversion. After conversion, it was acquired by SF Airlines.

17 April 2018

United To End Guam Turboprop Service

United Airlines announced that they will end their United Express (Cape Air [9K/KAP]) ATR42 turboprop service on Guam, effective May 31, 2018. United will switch over to mainline 737 service, beginning on June 1, 2018. This is also United's last turboprop service.

It's not known when Cape Air will ferry their three ATR42s to the mainland, and which route they'll take.

Further information in this World Airline News article.

Far Eastern Air Transport To Buy 11 737 MAX 8s

World Airline News reports that Far Eastern Air Transport [FE/FEA] (Taiwan) will purchase 11 737 MAX 8s, that will be delivered over the next five years, beginning in the first quarter of 2019. The 737 MAX 8s will replace the airline's eight MD-80s, that average 23.7 years old.

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:

6828 | 9V-MBD | 44241 | SilkAir | -MAX8 [04.10.18 SLK8880 to KOA ]
6894 | B-1103 | 44400 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [04.13.18 CHH1103]
6901 | B-1268 | 63688 | Jiangxi Air | -85C [04.14.18 CJX8967]

6902 | B-1226 | 61439 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [04.17.18 CDG1226]

737 NG
6453 | JA06GR | 61798 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL « BFI
6892 | B-1277 | 63061 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6905 | B-1278 | 63060 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6916 | B-1227 | 43908 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
6918 | B-1236 | 63259 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6932 | B-1376 | 61123 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L «

« First Flight: 04.19.18

737 MAX
6250 | HS-LS_ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | HS-LS_ | 42989 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) « BFI
6758 | B-1387 | 62196 | Hainan Airlines | -MAX8 «
6796 | B-1261 | 61629 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 «
6816 | HS-LSI | 42992 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 «
6890 | 9V-MBE | 44242 | SilkAir | -MAX8 «

« First Flight: 04.16.18

« 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.


Shandong Airlines' B-1226

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1226 (c/n 61439, l/n 6902) this morning. This 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1226, and will overnight at HNL.

14 April 2018

Jiangxi Air's B-1268

Jiangxi Air is taking delivery of B-1268 (c/n 63688, l/n 6901) this morning. This 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CJX8967, and will overnight at HNL. For its legs out of HNL, the flight code will change to CJX8989.

13 April 2018

Hainan Airlines' B-1103

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1103 (c/n 44400, l/n 6894) today. This 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1103, and will overnight at HNL.

V Air's N805AV

Avianca [AV/AVA] (Colombia) is taking delivery of N805AV (msn 6009), leased from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest. This A321-231SL, still in the V Air livery, is making its delivery flight from TPE [Taipei, Taiwan] to TUS [Tucson, AZ], with stops at GUM, HNL, where it will get the Avianca livery and interior configuration.

6009 was originally delivered to TransAsia Airways [GE/TNA] (Taiwan) in March 2014 as B-22608. It was leased to V Air [ZV/VAX] (Taiwan), TransAsia's low-cost subsidiary from October 2014 to October 2016 as B-22610. This A321 remained in the above V Air livery after the airline shutdown. However, TransAsia also shutdown in November 2016. The airframe was acquired by WFBN, and stored at TPE.

10 April 2018

Lion Air to Buy 50 737 MAX 10s

Lion Air and Boeing announced that the Indonesian airline group will purchase 50 737 MAX 10s, to go along with their other outstanding 737 MAX orders for the MAX 8 and MAX 9. It hasn't been determined which the group's airlines will get the MAX 10s first.

Further information in this Boeing Airplanes press release.

SilkAir's 9V-MBD

SilkAir is taking delivery of 9V-MBD (c/n 44241, l/n 6828) today. This 737 MAX 8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as SLK8880, and will overnight at KOA.

09 April 2018

Amazon Prime Air's N1217A

Amazon Prime Air's N1217A (c/n 25865, l/n 430, f/n 17A), a 767-375ERF, made a round-trip flight from ONT as GTI3598 (and GTI3599 on the return leg), and operated by Atlas Air. The flight arrived last evening, and returned this afternoon.

We're trying to find out if this was a proving flight for Amazon Prime Air.

N1217A was previously registered as N631GT, and stopped through HNL in November 2016, on its way to QPG for freighter conversion.

08 April 2018

Surinam Airways' N348JS

Surinam Airways is taking delivery of N348JS (c/n 34538, l/n 1853). This 737-79L, leased from DAE Capital, is making its delivery flight from CTU [Chengdu, China] to PBM [Zanderij International Airport, Paramaribo, Suriname], via GUM, HNL, ELP [El Paso, TX], and MIA [Miami, FL].

34538 was originally delivered to Air China in January 2006 as B-5203, leased from AWAS. In August 2017, it was sold to DAE Capital, and the lease with Air China was transferred. 34538 was returned to DAE Capital earlier this month.

04 April 2018

Allegiant Air's RP-C3197

Allegiant Air is taking delivery of a former Cebu Pacific Air A319-111, RP-C3197 (msn 2852). It's making its delivery flight from CAN [Guangzhou, China] to GYR [Goodyear, AZ], via GUM and HNL, as RPC3197.

RP-C3197 was delivered to Cebu Pacific Air in August 2006, and flew with the airline until this past January. It was ferried from Manila to Guangzhou for maintenance and repaint.

02 April 2018

TransAsia Airways' N810AV

Avianca [AV/AVA] (Colombia) is taking delivery of N810AV (msn 6294), leased from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest. This A321-231SL, still in the TransAsia Airways livery, is making its delivery flight from TPE [Taipei, Taiwan] to TUS [Tucson, AZ], with stops at GUM, HNL, where it will get the Avianca livery and interior configuration.

6294 was originally delivered to TransAsia Airways [GE/TNA] (Taiwan) in September 2014 as B-22610. It was leased to V Air [ZV/VAX] (Taiwan), TransAsia's low-cost subsidiary from June 2015 to October 2016 as B-22610. This A321 was returned to its parent company in full livery after V Air shutdown. However, TransAsia also shutdown in November 2016. The airframe was acquired by WFBN, and stored at TPE.

01 April 2018


N935UW (c/n 27201, l/n 605), a former American Airlines 757-2B7, is ferrying from GYR [Goodyear, AZ] to CTU [Chengdu, China] (via HNL and GUM), for freighter conversion.

27201 was originally delivered to US Air in March 1994 as N622AU. It was repainted to the navy blue / grey livery as the airline rebranded itself as US Airways in February 1997. In late 2004, it became one of the airline's Star*Alliance logojets, that it would wear until 2010. In January 2007, it was sold to Aircastle and leased back to US Airways, then re-registered as N935UW (f/n 935); and two years later, had Blended Winglets installed. After its time wearing the Star*Alliance special livery, it was painted in the final US Airways livery in late 2010. In December 2013, it was transferred into the American Airlines, as they acquired US Airways. American Airlines returned N935UW to Aircastle in October 2017, and stored it at Goodyear, AZ.

ATA's N331TZ

Our April edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" recognizes the 10th anniversary of the closure of American Trans Air (ATA), with this November 2005 photo of N331TZ (c/n 30660, l/n 1330). This 737-83N is seen above, departing from Runway 8L. ATA shut down its operations on 02 April 2008, three days after Aloha Airlines closed its doors.

30660 was delivered to American Trans Air in June 2003, leased from ILFC as N331TZ. It was returned to ILFC in early 2006, then leased to SpiceJet [SG/SEJ] (India) in April 2006 as VT-SPH "Saffron". In March 2012, it was returned to ILFC, and two months later, leased to T'Way Air [TW/TWB] (Republic of Korea) as HL8286. In May 2014, this 737-83N was acquired by AerCap, and the lease transferred to T'Way, where it continues to fly today.

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