25 March 2017

Conair's C-GVFK Returns

After another Summer Fire Season in Australia, Conair's C-GVFK (s/n E2268, l/n 391) is flying back to home base Abbotsford (CYXX/YXX) in Canada. The RJ-85 flew in from it's Summer base of Avalon (YMAV/AVV), in Victoria, Australia via Brisbane (YBBN/BNE),  Honiara International (AGGH/HIR, former Henderson Field) in the Solomon Islands, and Marshall Islands International (PKMJ/MAJ) before landing last night in Honolulu. 

Delta's N708DN

Delta's flight 41 from Los Angeles to Sydney diverted into Honolulu this morning due to a mechanical issue.  N708DN (s/n 39254 l/n 789), a 777-232LR could not continue onto Sydney and will remain in Honolulu.

Hainan Airlines' B-7378

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7378 (c/n 60701, l/n 6329) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7378, and will overnight at HNL.

Upcoming 737NG 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:
6242 | 9M-LCM | 38940 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8GP [03.01.17 MXD1]
6296 | B-7816 | 42938 | Xiamen Airlines | -85C [03.03.17 CXA8099]
5993 | A47-002 | 62289 | Royal Australian Air Force | -8FV (P-8A) [03.06.17 ASY176]
6313 | B-1422 | 41496 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [03.14.17 CES9002]
6316 | XY-ALG | 43422 | Myanmar National Airlines | -86N [03.16.17 UBA737]
6325 | B-7805 | 43896 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [03.24.17 CDG7805]
6329 | B-7378 | 60701 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [03.25.17 CHH7378]

5948 | 9M-LRC | 42985 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8MAX «
6008 | B-7631 | 61273 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6034 | PK-L__ | 42986 | Lion Air | -8MAX « RNT
6114 | PK-L__ | 42994 | Lion Air | -8MAX « RNT
6122 | B-1593 | 61325 | Ruili Airlines | -84P « BFI
6153 | B-1595 | 61326 | Ruili Airlines | -84P « BFI
6181 | B-1575 | 61274 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6222 | 9M-L__ | 42988 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8MAX « RNT
6230 | B-1592 | 61357 | 9 Air | -86X «
6270 | B-1585 | 63242 | China Southern Airlines | -81B « BFI
6275 | B-1590 | 61275 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6278 | B-1586 | 61778 | Lucky Air | -8AL « BFI
6299 | B-1587 | 61779 | Lucky Air | -8AL «
6302 | B-1425 | 61686 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6319 | B-1582 | 63237 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6323 | B-1588 | 61780 | Lucky Air | -8AL «
6332 | B-7806 | 60161 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
6338 | B-7826 | 42939 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
6349 | B-7808 | 60163 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «

« Pre-Delivery Test Phase
« First Flight: 03.25.17
« Added __.__.17
« Stored (Location [IATA])
° New / Modified Livery
* Special Livery / Markings

Royal Australian Air Force P-8As:
6076 | A47-003 (N959DS) | 62290
6216 | A47-004 (N974DS) | 62293

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 the Line Number.


24 March 2017

Shandong Airlines' B-7805

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-7805 (c/n 43896, l/n 5325) today. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG7805, and will overnight at HNL.

23 March 2017

KOA Begins Terminal Modernization

The Hawai‘i Department of Transportation (HDOT) broke ground today on the first phase of terminal modernization at the Elison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole [KOA]. The $75 million project will streamline operations, and enhance passenger experience. 

 Further details in this HDOT news release.

China Southern Airlines' B-2052

China Southern Airlines is ferrying B-2052 (c/n 27358, l/n 24) from CAN to VCV, via HNL. The 777-21B is making its ferry flight as CSN8653, and will overnight at HNL. It was delivered to China Southern in February 1996, and withdrawn from service on March 6th.

21 March 2017

Hawaiian Airlines To Relocate At LAX

In May 2017, there will be a major shift of airlines operations at LA, with Delta Air Lines' moving from LAX's Terminals 5 and 6, to Terminals 2 and 3. As part of this undertaking, Hawaiian Airlines will move their operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, which they will share with JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, Allegiant Air, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, and American Airlines.

During the transition period, and the weeks following, departing passengers are advised to check-in online, print their own boarding passes, and check terminal and gate information prior to arriving at LAX.

Further details in this LAWA.org news page, and the LAX relocation website.

16 March 2017

Myanmar National Airlines' XY-ALG

Myanmar National Airlines is taking delivery of XY-ALG (c/n 43422, l/n 6316) today. The 737-86N, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as UBA737, and will overnight at HNL.

14 March 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-5060

Hainan Airlines is returning B-5060 (c/n 28582, l/n 154), a 737-76N, to GECAS. It's making its ferry flight from HAK (with stops at GUM and HNL) to GWO as CHH5060, and arrived here earlier this morning. Sadly, it's destined to be parted out, then scrapped at GWO.

28582 was originally leased by GECAS to VARIG in December 1998 as PP-VQB. In January 2003, it was leased to Hainan's subsidiary, Shan Xi Airlines as B-5060. In August 2006, it was transferred to its Lucky Air subsidiary. In June 2012, B-5060 was transferred to Hainan Airlines.

Mitsubishi's JA23MJ

JA23MJ (msn 10003), a Mitsubishi MRJ90 test jet, has stopped off at HNL, as it ferries to MWH for testing and certification.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1422

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1422 (c/m 41496, l/n 6313) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9002, and will overnight at HNL.

12 March 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Adds KOA-LIH Service

This morning, Hawaiian Airlines launched service between KOA and LIH, complete with hula performers and a Hawaiian blessing prior to boarding of HAL599. The return leg, HAL500, is flown in the afternoon. The route pairing of Kona and Līhu‘e is the longest in the airline's inter-island network, at 263 miles, and a 58-minute flight time. N488HA "Puai‘ohi" (c/n 55001, l/n 5002, f/n 88), was the 717-26R to make the inaugural flight.

11 March 2017

Makani Kai Air's N865MA Crashes At LUP

Makani Kai Air's C208B Grand Caravan N865MA (msn 208B0996) was involved in a hard landing at LUP this morning. Thankfully, none of the nine passengers nor pilot were injured. N865MA suffered damage to both wings, collapsed nose gear, and propellor, and appears to be not flyable. Reports also say that there was a Cessna 172, N243SP (msn 172S8212), owned by Sky Dolphin [Honolulu, HI], that allegedly cleared the runway, but did not, which could classify this as a runway incursion. Later reports say that the C172 was in the turn-around, and the C208 pilot over-reacted, and their actions caused the accident.

Further information in this KHON2 News report.

10 March 2017

Hawaiian Airlines' N495HA

Hawaiian Airlines has taken delivery of N495HA "‘Akiapola‘au" (c/n 55185, l/n 5145, f/n 95) today. It arrived today from OAK as HAL8983, in full Hawaiian Airlines livery, leased from Boeing Capital.

55185 was originally delivered to Midwest Airlines [YX/MEP] in July 2005 as N923ME, leased from Boeing Capital. In April 2010, it was leased to MexicanaClick [QA/CBE] as N923ME. In December 2011, it was leased to Volotea [V7/VOE] (Spain) as EC-LPM, until October 2016.

Hawaiian Airlines Adds A321neo Simulator

Hawaiian Airlines has added an Airbus A321neo full flight simulator at its Honolulu flight simulator facility. The airline will be taking delivery of the first A321neos in early 2018.

This new simulator, along with its A330 counterpart, are the only two full flight simulators in the islands.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

09 March 2017

Virgin America To Begin SFO-KOA

Alaska Airlines announced they are launching seven new route pairings based out the Bay Area with their Virgin America arm; one of the new routes will be daily service between SFO and KOA, that will launch on December 14th.  Alaska also announced six other new Bay Area route pairings on the mainland with their E175s.