19 August 2017

Western Global Airlines' N356KD

During this past week, Western Global Airlines' 747-446F, N356KD (c/n 26356, l/n 1026), has been substituting on Kalitta Air's service between HNL and LAX [CKS369/368].

26356 was originally delivered to Japan Airlines in March 1994 as JA8911. In December 2007, it was converted to a freighter for JAL Cargo. In December 2010, it was acquired by Atlas Air as N356NA, and re-registered as N458MC four months later. It flew with Atlas until August 2015. Three months later Western Global Airlines bought this 747, and registered it as N356KD. It still wears the blue aft section of its former owner.

China Southern Airlines' B-1408

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1408 (c/n 63235, l/n 6536) today. The 737-81B, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN408, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1421

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1421 (c/n 41508, l/n 6533) today. The 737-89P, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1477

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1477 (c/n 61119, l/n 6540) this morning. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ918, and will overnight at HNL.

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:

DELIVERED
6518 | B-1455 | 42950 | Xiamen Air | -85C [08.05.17 CXA8099]
6513 | B-1307 | 63761 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [08.05.17 CES9001]
6510 | B-1453 | 61698 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [08.05.17 CSH9761]
6519 | B-1317 | 43901 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [08.08.17 CES9002]
6514 | B-1478 | 61127 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [08.08.17 CSZ1478]
6516 | B-1409 | 63243 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [08.08.17 CSN409]
6441 | PK-LQH | 42996 | Lion Air | -MAX8 [08.09.17 LNI1]
6526 | B-1441 | 61436 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [08.11.17 CDG1441]
6527 | B-1492 | 60693 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [08.11.17 CHH1492]
6520 | B-1491 | 63613 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [08.11.17 CHH1491]
6401 | B-1420 | 41115 | Okay Airways | -9KFER [08.14.17 OKA1420]
6504 | B-1447 | 42975 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW [08.18.17 HBH1447]
6525 | B-1322 | 60168 | Urumqi Airlines | -8LP [08.18.17 B1322]
6537 | B-1493 | 43428 | Hainan Airlines | -84P 08.18.17 CHH1493]
6540 | B-1477 | 61119 | Shenzhen Airlines | -87L [08.19.17 CSZ918]
6533 | B-1421 | 41508 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [08.19.17 CES9002]
6536 | B-1408 | 63235 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [08.19.17 CSN408]


737 NG
6230 | B-1592 | 61357 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6275 | B-1590 | 61275 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6370 | B-7998 | 61358 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6400 | B-1415 | 61276 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6449 | B-1472 | 61360 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6453 | JA06GR | 61798 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL « BFI
6460 | B-1473 | 61361 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6523 | B-1470 | 63045 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6539 | B-1308 | 63762 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
6541 | B-1442 | 61437 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
6544 | B-1400 | 63244 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6545 | B-1452 | 65456 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P «
6546 | B-1457 | 63682 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
6547 | B-____ | 61277 | Donghai Airlines | -8LW «
6551 | VH-YFZ | 41005 | Virgin Australia | -8FE «
6552 | B-1456 | 42951 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
6553 | B-1490 | 62572 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «

737 MAX
6250 | PK-L__ | 42987 | Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | PK-L__ | 42987 | Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) «
6448 | PK-LQG | 42995 | Lion Air | -MAX8 «
6464 | B-____ | 61621 | China Eastern Airlines | -MAX8 «

« Pre-Flight Prep
« First Flight: 08.15.17
« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« 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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18 August 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1493

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1493 (c/n 43428, l/n 6537) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1493, and will overnight at HNL. This is Hainan's third 737 delivery this month.

B-1493 is also the 100th 737 delivery flight to stop through Hawai‘i this year.

Urumqi Airlines' B-1322

Urumqi Airlines is taking delivery of B-1322 (c/n 60168, l/n 6525) today. The 737-8LP is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1322, and will overnight at HNL.

Hebei Airlines' B-1447

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1447 (c/n 42975, l/n 6504) today. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1447, and will overnight at HNL.

16 August 2017

US Army UH-60A Missing Off Ka‘ena Point

A Sikorsky UH-60A Blackhawk from the US Army's 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Wheeler Army Airfield, with five aboard is missing two miles off of Ka‘ena Point. Search teams from the US Army, US Coast Guard, and the Honolulu Fire Department are scanning the area. The Blackhawk was one of two on a night training mission from Wheeler Army Airfield [HHI], and were flying between Dillingham Airfield [HDH] and Ka‘ena Point. The Ka‘ena Point State Park is closed on both the Mokule‘ia and Keawa‘ula sides while the search continues.

The HNL RareBirds team sends out thoughts and prayers to those aboard the helicopter, their families, and their unit.

Further details in this KHON News report.

15 August 2017

Cathay Pacific's B-KQF

Cathay Pacific's flight CPA885 had to make an unknown stop at HNL from LAX today. The HKG-bound 777-367ER, B-KQF (c/n 41428, l/n 1101) arrived this afternoon, and departed early this evening for TPE.

United Airlines' N76055

N76055 (c/n 29450, l/n 826), the Star Alliance-liveried 767-424ER for United Airlines, arrived today from IAD as UAL145, and later returned to IAD as UAL144.

14 August 2017

Okay Airways' B-1420

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1420 (c/n 41115, l/n 6401) today. The 737-9KFER is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1420, and will overnight at HNL. It's first flight was in May, but has been in short-term storage at BFI.

11 August 2017

Royal Canadian Air Force's 144617

The Royal Canadian Air Force's 144617 (msn 5533), made a stop at HNL. The Bombardier CC-144C (Challenger 604) is used as a VIP transport. When transporting their Prime Minister within Canada, it's call-sign is "CanForce1". This CC-144C was delivered to the RCAF in December 2002.

Hainan Airlines' B-1491

Hainan Airlines' B-1491 (c/n 63613, l/n 6520), is the second of two 737-84P deliveries today. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1491, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan Airlines' B-1492

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1492 (c/n 60693, l/n 6527) today. The 737-84P, the first of two deliveries today, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1492, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong Airlines' B-1441

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of b-1441 (c/n 61436, l/n 6526) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1441, and will overnight at HNL.

10 August 2017

Japan Airlines' JA734J

Japan Airlines has had its third logojet, JA734J (c/n 32433, l/n 527) stop at HNL today from NRT as JAL780. It's wearing the Sky Eco special decals, which is in cooperation with the United Nations "Decade of Biodiversity". It returned to NRT as JAL789.

09 August 2017

Lion Air's PK-LQH

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQH (c/n 42996, l/n 6441) tonight. The 737 MAX8 is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop before continuing onto GUM.

08 August 2017

Virgin America's N921VA

Virgin America's first A321-253N(neo), N921VA "neo kid on the block" (msn 7589, f/n 921), made a stop at HNL today as VRD51 from SFO. It was the first flight to HNL by an A321neo. It returned a few hours later to SFO as VRD50.

With only two A321neos, and a third on order, it may be sometime before Virgin America uses the LEAP-1A powered A321 on their Hawai‘i service.

Japan Airlines' JA731J

Japan Airlines' PGA (Professional Golf Association ) Tour 777-346ER logojet, JA731J (c/n 32431, l/n 429), made a stop at HNL from NRT as JAL780, and returned to NRT as JAL789. This is the second JAL logojet at HNL this week.

China Southern Airlines' B-1409

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1409 (c/n 63243, l/n 6516) this afternoon. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN409, and will overnight at HNL.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1478

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1478 (c/n 61127, l/n 6514) today. The 737-87L, their second in two weeks, is making its delivery flight as CSZ1478, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1317

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1317 (c/n 43901, l/n 6519) this morning. The 737-89P, their second delivery within three days, is making its delivery flight as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

06 August 2017

Japan Airlines' JA733J Jet-Kei LogoJet

Japan Airlines' 777-346ER "Jet-Kei" logojet made a stop at HNL yesterday, as JAL780 from NRT. The artwork in the aft section is of Japanese professional tennis player Kai Nishikori. It returned to NRT as JAL789, a few hours later.

05 August 2017

Shanghai Airlines' B-1453

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1453 (c/n 61698, l/n 6510) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1307

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1307 (c/n 63761, l/n 6513) today. The 737-89P, their second delivery in the past eight days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

Xiamen Air's B-1455

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1455 (c/n 42950, l/n 6518) this morning. The 737-85C, their second delivery within one week, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8099, and will overnight at HNL.

04 August 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPR

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPR "Dundee Beach" (msn 19000424) from BNE to BNA, via APW, HNL, and VNY, as VOZ9901.

VP-BBW

VP-BWW (c/n 30076, l/n 179), a 737-7BJ BBJ owned by Gama Aviation, has made a stop at HNL.

30076 was originally delivered to Atlas Air in January 1999 as N374MC, and was the VIP transport for then CEO Michael Chowdry. Five months later, it was re-registered as N737MC. In May 2001, it was registered as VP-CZT, and in September 2002 registered as P4-CZT. After Chowdry's death in 2001, Atlas Air sold the BBJ to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest in December 2002. Later that month, it was sold to Gama Aviation as VP-BBW. In late 2006, it was painted in its current livery.

03 August 2017

Armée de l'Air's F-RBAG

F-RBAG "Ville de Cambrai" (msn 0019), an A400M-180 of the Armée de l'Air (French Air Force), made a stop at HNL from Noumea, New Caledonia [NOU], and will continue onto Chicago-O'Hare [ORD], then to their base in France.

photo to follow ...

02 August 2017

AAL192's Double Diversion

Today's American Airlines flight, AAL192 from HKG to LAX, made two flight diversions that took it to PVG and HNL. The aircraft used was N735AT (c/n 32439, l/n 1371, f/n 7LV), a 777-323ER. The PVG diversion was due to an ill passenger, and the HNL diversion was due the duty time reaching its maximum, and going to LAX would exceed that. After arriving at HNL, the passengers and crew were put up in hotel. The HNL-LAX segment is scheduled for tomorrow morning as AAL9240.

Further details in this blog post.

01 August 2017

Delta Air Lines' N833MH

Our August edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features Delta Air Lines' 767-432ER, N833MH (c/n 29706, l/n 810, f/n 1809) in a July 2004 photo, as it departed Runway 8R to ATL. Delta used to use their 767-400s at HNL from LAX and ATL.

This 767-432ER was delivered to Delta in October 2000, in the above livery, and continues to fly with the airline in the current livery.

31 July 2017

TransAir's N326TR

TransAir has acquired their fifth 737-200C, with N326TR (c/n 20917, l/n 344), a 737-210C/Adv, that was registered with the FAA this past May.

20917 was originally delivered to Wien Air Alaska [WC] in April 1974 as N4905W. It was leased to Saudi Aramco in February 1980 for six months. After it was returned to Wien Air Alaska, it flew with the airline until 1984 when the airline shut down, and the aircraft was acquired by CPC Leasing. In November that year, it was leased to TACA International [TA/TAI] (El Salvador) as N4905W. In August 2000, this 737 was acquired by Laserline Leasing, converted to a freighter, and leased to Estafeta Cargo Aerea [E7/ESF] (México) as XA-ABX, and flew with the airline until January 2005. In March 2006, it was acquired by Aloha Airlines [AQ/AAH] as N834AL, and flew for its cargo division until the airline closed in March 2008. It continued with the revamped Aloha Air Cargo, until early 2010, when it was flown to MZJ for storage. In May 2010, it was acquired by African Charter Airline as ZS-IAB, and leased to Bid Cargo in September 2015, until April 2017. It was ferried to somewhere in the Malaysia / Indonesia region.

30 July 2017

Hawaiian Airlines' Oakland Raiders A330s

For the 2017-18 National Football League season, Hawaiian Airlines has applied the Oakland Raiders shield logo decals to three of its A330-243s. The airline, the official airline of the Raiders, will fly the team to all of its road games utilizing one of the three A330s for the team charter. The A330s are: N378HA "Kaukamalama", N392HA "Hikianalia", and N393HA "Lehuakona".

29 July 2017

N6124N Goes Down Near Makakilo

N6124N (msn MB-413), a Beech 19A, with four aboard crashed in a remote area between  the mountainside east of Makakilo and the Kunia plateau. The FAA reports that the Beech 19A departed HNL after 1830HST last evening, and was to be a sunset flight, with a return to HNL. The aircraft and victims were discovered this afternoon around 1430HST.

This Beech 19A is owned by Aircraft Maintenance and Flight School Hawaii, the same owner of the Piper PA28, N4244T, that ditched in the Moanalua Stream a month ago.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those lost aboard the downed aircraft.

Further coverage by KHON News.

Lion Air's PK-LQF

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQF (c/n 42990, l/n 6344) this afternoon. The 737 MAX8, the first in full Lion Air livery, is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1451

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1451 (c/n 61688, l/n 6505) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH1451, and will overnight at HNL.

photo to follow ...

Xiamen Air's B-7825

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7825 (c/n 42948, l/n 6507) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8299, and will overnight at HNL.

28 July 2017

China Eastern Airlines' B-1316

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1316 (c/n 43900, l/n 6500) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9003, and will overnight at HNL.

27 July 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1489

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1489 (c/n 44393, l/n 6501) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1489, and will overnight at HNL.

26 July 2017

All Nippon Airways' JA873A

Finally, the Droid we were looking for showed up! JA873A (cn 34530 / ln 345) is one of three "Star Wars" themed aircraft in their fleet. R2D2 arrived this morning as NH182 from Narita, and departed this afternoon as NH185 to Haneda.

Honeywell International's N757HW

N757HW (c/n 22194, l/n 5), Honeywell International's 757-225 testbed aircraft is making a stop at HNL this evening from NAN. It will continue onto PHX tomorrow.

22194 was originally delivered to Eastern Airlines in February 1983 as N504EA (f/n 504) until the airline's demise in January 1991. It sat in storage for four years. In March 1995, it was acquired by Airtours International Airways as G-JALC. In May 2002, it was transferred to the MyTravel fleet as G-JALC. Honeywell International acquired it in October 2005.

VP-BEM

VP-BEM (c/n 32318, l/n 441), a 777-212, arrived at HNL today. In searching this registration, it shows up as a Global Express 5000.

32318 was originally delivered to Singapore Airlines in June 2003 as 9V-SRN. It was sold to Pembroke Leasing, and leased back, in 2008, and was returned in March 2015, then stored at VCV in June 2015 as EI-FLE.

Allegiant Air's RP-C3192

Allegiant Air is taking delivery of this A319-111, RP-C3192 (msn 2638). It's ferrying from CAN to GYR, and will be registered as N332NV (f/n 332) after it arrives at GYR.

China Southern Airlines' B-1411

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1411 (c/n 63240, l/n 6496) this morning. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN111, and will overnight at HNL. This China Southern's third 737-81B delivery in this month.

25 July 2017

Fiji Airways DQ-FJF

Fiji Airways' 737-7X2, DQ-FJF "Island of Koro" (c/n 28878, l/n 96) is now wearing a decal noting the COP23 Fiji United Nations Climate Change Conference. It's seen above departing Runway 8R, this afternoon as FJI823 to CXI.

Scoot Announces Hawai‘i Service

Scoot [TR/TGW] (Singapore), the low-cost subsidiary of Singapore Airlines announced this morning that they plan to launch service from Changi International Airport [SIN] to Honolulu via Kansai [KIX] by the summer of 2018, pending governmental approvals. The airline would use their 787 Dreamliner fleet for the service, and hopes that it could even start earlier.

Further information in this Airways Magazine article.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1476

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1476 (c/n 61117, l/n 6498) today. The 737-87L, their second delivery in 11 days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1476, and will overnight at HNL.

24 July 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Announces A321neo Routes

Hawaiian Airlines announced three new A321-271N routes that will begin in early 2018: Portland-Kahului (January 18, 2018), Los Angeles-Kona (March 11, 2018), and Oakland-Līhu‘e (April 11, 2018). 

The first A321neo service will be on January 8, 2018, on the OAK-OGG route (HAL23/24), in place of their A330-243 service.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.
Illustration courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

Shandong Airlines' B-1440

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1440 (c/n 61435, l/n 6489) today. The 737-85N, the airline's second delivery in nine days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1440, and will overnight at HNL.

Virgin Australia's VH-YFY

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH0YFY "Mungalla" (c/n 41016, l/n 6494) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at LIH.

21 July 2017

Kunming Airlines' B-1460

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1460 (c/n 61706, l/n 6484) today. The 737-7LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1460, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1306

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1306 (c/n 63760, l/n 6493) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

19 July 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1412

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1412 (c/n 63239, l/n 6487) this morning. The 737-81B, their second delivery in six days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1412, and will overnight at HNL.

18 July 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7818

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7818 (c/n 42941, l/n 6486) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will overnight at HNL.

15 July 2017

Shandong Airlines' B-1439

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1439 (c/n 61434, l/n 6478) today. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1439, and will overnight at HNL.

14 July 2017

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1475

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1475 (c/n 61126, l/n 6479) this afternoon. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1475, and will overnight at HNL. This 737 made its original delivery flight earlier this morning, but returned to BFI an hour into the flight.

Hainan Airlines' B-1488

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1488 (c/n 60692, l/n 6482) today. The 737-84P, their second delivery in as many days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1488, and will overnight at HNL.

Qantas Airways' VH-OJT

Qantas Airways' 747-436, VH-OJT "Fraser Island" (c/n 25565, l/n 1233), has made a stop at HNL from SYD as QFA6037, as a charter flight.

Air China Inner Mongolia's B-1458

Air China Inner Mongolia is taking delivery of B-1458 (c/n 60869, l/n 6480) today. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CNM047, and will overnight at HNL.

Air China's Inner Mongolia subsidiary now has a fleet of three 737-89Ls, and a 737-79L. Notice that the People's Republic of China flag is absent from where it normally is next to the titles, as well as the Star Alliance logo that is normally between the door and the cockpit window.

Air New Zealand's ZK-OKF

Air New Zealand's 777-219ER, ZK-OKF (c/n 34378, l/n 575) made a stop at HNL this morning from BNE on a charter flight as ANZ1930. It will depart later this morning for AKL as ANZ1395.

13 July 2017

Fuzhou Airlines' B-1480

Fuzhou Airlines is taking delivery of B-1480 (c/n 61435, l/n 6483) today. The 737-86W is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1480, and will overnight at HNL, after completing its first leg.

Hainan Airlines' B-1487

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1487 (c/n 62571, l/n 6476) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1487, and will overnight at HNL, after completing its first leg.

China Southern Airlines' B-1410

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1410 (c/n 63241, l/n 6471) this morning. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN410, and will overnight at HNL, after completing the first leg.

12 July 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPK

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPK "Aussie Rob" (msn 19000218) from BNE to BNA, with stops at APW, HNL, and VNY, as VOZ9901. The E190-100AR is ferrying for maintenance, and should return in a few weeks. 

11 July 2017

China United Airlines' B-1465

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1465 (c/n 63044, l/n 6477) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA1465, and will overnight at HNL.

Xiamen Air's B-7831

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7831 (c/n 42945, l/n 6475) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8099, and will overnight at HNL.

10 July 2017

Aloha ‘Oe N319NE

Asia Pacific Airlines is ferrying their 727-212F/Adv, N319NE (c/n 21349, l/n 1289), from GUM to IGM [Kingman, AZ], via HNL. According to sources, it's scheduled to be put up for sale, and is due for a heavy check.

05 July 2017

Kingdom of Morocco's CN-MVI

The Kingdom of Morocco's 737-8KB BBJ2, CN-MVI (c/n 37545, l/n 2696), has made a stop at HNL from SFO.

China Eastern Airlines' N7862A

China Eastern Airlines is ferrying N7862A (c/n 33009, l/n 1782), a 737-79P, from KMG to PAE, via GUM and HNL. It remains the original very with the green Yunnan peacock feather.

33009 was delivered to China Eastern Airlines in June 2005 as B-5084, leased from ILFC. In 2012, it had Blended Winglets installed and the green Yunnan peacock feather decal applied. In May 2014, it was sold to AerCap, and its lease with China Eastern transferred. It was withdrawn from use this past May, and will be going to Southwest Airlines as N7862A (f/n 7862). While at PAE, it will undergo Southwest's interior and exterior look.

04 July 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPQ

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPQ "Main Beach" (msn 19000412) is ferrying from BNE to BNA, via APW, HNL, and VNY for maintenance as VOZ9901.

Happy Independence Day!

Today, the HNL RareBirds Team celebrates the United States of America's 241st birthday!

01 July 2017

US Navy's 159116

Our July edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features the United States Navy's C-9B SkyTrain II (the military version of a DC-9-32CF), Bureau Number 159116 (c/n 47580, l/n 704), in a photo from January 2005, as it's seen above on Taxiway RT, with markings for VR-61 "Islanders" (based at NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, WA) and named "City of Seattle".

Not much is known about the history of this C-9B, other than it was delivered to the US Navy in September 1973. In the late 1980s, it was assigned to the VR-57 "Conquistadors", and was named both the "City of Long Beach" and the "City of Carlsbad". In the mid-2000s, it was assigned to the VR-61, and flew with the "Islanders" until it was retired in June 2012. It now sits in storage at the AMARG (Davis-Monthan AFB) in Tucson, AZ.

30 June 2017

N4244T Ditches In Canal

N4244T (msn 28-7225103), a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee with three aboard, ditched in the Moanalua Canal that runs under the Interstate H201 freeway, this afternoon. All aboard escaped from the downed Cherokee. The Cherokee is owned by Aircraft Maintenance and Flight School Hawaii.

Continuing coverage from Hawaii News Now and KHON News.

Alaska's Seattle Mariners Logojet

Alaska Airlines is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners. The airline has affixed commemorative decals on of the airlines' 737-890s, N564AS (c/n 35103, l/n 2099). This 737 will arrive at HNL this afternoon from SAN as ASA895, then go onto OAK as ASA811.

Further details in this Alaska Airlines press release.

N785MM

N785MM (msn 19000709), an Embraer Lineage 1000 (ERJ-190 ECJ), owned by MGM Mirage Resorts has made a stop at HNL.

Okay Airways' B-1450

Okay Airways is taking delivery of B-1450 (c/n 61405, l/n 6438) today. The 737-8KF is making its delivery flight from BFI as OKA1450, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong Airlines' B-1437

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1437 (c/n 60165, l/n 6465) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1437, and will overnight at HNL.

29 June 2017

American Airlines' N942UW Damaged

KHON News reports that American Airlines' N942UW (c/n 27807, l/n 662) suffered a gash on the starboard side of its nose, as a truck hit the 757-2B7, as it was being prepped to fly to PHX as AAL675. The flight was canceled.

HNL To Build A380 Gates

Civil Beat is reporting that HDOT will spend $30million to convert two gates to accommodate Airbus A380 flights, specifically All Nippon Airways' decision to use the Super Jumbo on its NRT-HNL flights. This will include adding jet bridges for the A308's upper deck, widening of the parking stands, and terminal improvements. The article did not mention which gates will be modified for ANA's A380 operations, though KHON reports that Gates 29 and 34 will be the gates to be converted to handle A380s.

Presently, Gates 29 and 34 have guidelines for A380s, but are only used to handle an A380 on an emergency basis. Qantas Airways A380s have made medical and technical stops at HNL.

With ANA based in the Diamond Head Concourse, and the A380 gates will be on the ‘Ewa Concourse, it appears that ANA will need to move across the airport.


Hainan Airlines' B-7400

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7400 (c/n 43425, l/n 6462) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7400, and will overnight at HNL.

28 June 2017

N101TU

N101TU (c/n 28404, l/n 130), a former China Airlines 737-809, is ferrying from TPE to VCV, via GUM and HNL, as SXA389. It will make an overnight stop at HNL this afternoon.

 28404 was originally delivered to China Airlines in November 1998 as B-18605. In 2007, the airline had Blended Winglets installed. It was withdrawn from use this past January, and was acquired by Wells Fargo Bank Northwest this month.

Batik Air's PK-LQJ

Batik Air's PK-LQJ (c/n 42988, l/n 6222) is the first 737 MAX8 to make a delivery flight through Hawai‘i. It's making its delivery flight this afternoon from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

AirAsia X Makes Debut Flight To HNL

AirAsia X [D7/XAX] (Malaysia) made its inaugural flight from KUL, with a stop at KIX, today. 9M-XBA (msn 1670), an A330-343, made the first XAX1/XAX2 flight.

The bottom photo of 9M-XBA, taken by KN Aviation, was the return flight to KIX and KUL [XAX2], that departed two hours late.

27 June 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7823

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7823 (c/n 42947, l/n 6458) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8399, and will overnight at HNL. This is the 50th 737NG delivery to China this year.

26 June 2017

N788DP

N788DP (c/n 29441, l/n 111), a 737-79U BBJ, has made a stop at HNL from NRT.

25 June 2017

Boeing Announces 737 MAX 10 Orders

During the Paris Air Show, Boeing announced a number of 737 MAX 10 orders, along with other 737 MAX orders. The following orders should stop through Hawai‘i on their delivery flights. 

Lion Group: 50 MAX 10s
Ruili Airlines: 20 MAX 8s
Xiamen Air: 10 MAX 10s
Donghai Airlines: 10 MAX 10s
Malaysia Airlines: 10 MAX 10s
Okay Airways: 8 MAX 10s, 7 MAX 8s

Of course, this does not cover any MAX 10s that will be leased to carriers that deliver through Hawai‘i. 

23 June 2017

Air China's B-1419

Air China is taking delivery of B-1419 (c/n 60868, l/n 6454) this morning. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

22 June 2017

Kunming Airlines' B-1459

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1459 (c/n 61705, l/n 6450) today. The 737-7LY is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1459, and will overnight at HNL.

19 June 2017

Ruili Airlines' B-1597

Ruili Airlines is taking delivery of B-1597 (c/n 60464, l/n 6446) this afternoon. The 737-8ME is making its delivery flight from BFI as RLH1597, and will overnight at HNL.

17 June 2017

Philippine Airlines' RP-C7778

A Philippine Airlines 777-3F6ER diverted into Honolulu from Vancouver this morning for a tech stop. RP-C7778 (c/n 61730 l/n 1443) departed before noon to continue onto Manila.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1448

Shanghai Airlines is taking deliver of B-1448 (c/n 61697, l/n 6442) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

16 June 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7821

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7821 (c/n 42946, l/n 6444) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8299, and will overnight at HNL.