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.

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
6424 | B-7819 | 42945 | Xiamen Air | -85C [06.03.17 CXA8199]
6426 | HS-DBY | 61299 | Nok Air | -88L "Nok Veha" [06.06.17 NOK6900 to LIH ]
6431 | B-1438 | 61433 | Shandong Airlines | -85N [06.07.17 CDG1438]
6433 | B-7399 | 44392 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [06.10.17 CHH8399]
6434 | B-1446 | 42974 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW* [06.13.17 HBH1446]
6444 | B-7821 | 42946 | Xiamen Air | -85C [06.16.17 CXA8299]
6442 | B-1448 | 61697 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [06.17.17 CSH9761]
6446 | B-1597 | 60464 | Ruili Airlines | -8ME [06.19.17 RLH1597]
6450 | B-1459 | 61705 | Kunming Airlines | -7LY [06.22.17 KNA1459]
6436 | JA05GR | 61783 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL [06.22.17 JA05GR to ANC ]
6454 | B-1419 | 60868 | Air China | -89L [06.23.17 CCA47]


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 «
6400 | B-1415 | 61276 | Donghai Airlines | -83Z « BFI
6401 | B-1420 | 41115 | Okay Airways | -9KFER « BFI
6438 | B-1450 | 61405 | Okay Airways | -8KF « BFI
6449 | B-1472 | 61360 | 9 Air | -86X «
6453 | JA06GR | 61798 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL «
6458 | B-7823 | 42947 | Xiamen Air | -85C «
6460 | B-1473 | 61361 | 9 Air | -86X «
6462 | B-7400 | 43425 | Hainan Airlines | -86N «
6465 | B-1439 | 60165 | Shandong Airlines | -85N «
6471 | B-1410 | 63241 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «

737 MAX
6114 | 9M-LRF | 42994 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8MAX «
6222 | 9M-LRG | 42988 | Batik Air Malaysia | -8MAX «
6250 | PK-L__ | 42987 | Lion Air | -9MAX (N7379E) «
6308 | PK-L__ | 42987 | Lion Air | -9MAX (N739EX) «
6344 | PK-LQF | 42990 | Lion Air | -8MAX «
6441 | PK-LQG | 42996 | Lion Air | -8MAX «
6448 | PK-LQH | 42995 | Lion Air | -8MAX «

« Pre-Flight Prep
« First Flight: 06.22.17
« 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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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.

13 June 2017

United To Increase Service To Hawai‘i

United Airlines announced today that they will increase their Hawaii service on 11 routes to bring the total amount of flights to 40. The increase will begin on December 20th, with seasonal flights to the Neighbor Islands being upgraded to daily in many cases.

Further information in this United Airlines press release.

Hebei Airlines' B-1446

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1446 (c/n 42974, l/n 6434) today. The 737-8LW, with special "Enjoy Hebei" and "20th Aircraft for Hebei Airlines" markings, is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1446, and will overnight at HNL.

10 June 2017

AeroMéxico's XA-ADV

AeroMéxico is taking delivery of XA-ADV (c/n 29930, l/n 757), under lease from Aircastle. It's ferrying from CGK to MEX (via NRT and HNL) as AMX8504, and stopped at HNL this evening.

29930 was originally delivered to Ryanair in January 2001 as EI-CSQ, and had winglets installed six years later. In May 2009, it was sold to CIT Aerospace, and leased to Garuda Indonesia as PK-GEO, and three years later sold to Aircastle, and the lease transferred, until this past March.

Prime Air's N1321A

Amazon.com's Prime Air (operated by Atlas Air) is taking delivery of N1321A (c/n 27957, l/n 587), a 767-306ERF. It arrived from HNL from XSP, via GUM as GTI9602.

27957 was originally delivered to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in July 1995 as PH-BZA"Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge)" (f/n ZA-001), under lease from ILFC. In April 2005, it was leased to Zoom [Z4/OOM] (Canada) as C-GZNA "City of Toronto" (f/n 103). In December 2007, it was transferred to its sister airline in the UK, Zoom Airlines UK [ZX/UKZ] as G-CZNA "City of Brighton and Hove". From March to December 2009, ILFC leased it to Flyglobespan [Y2/GSM] as G-SPNA. In May 2010, it was leased to Nordwind Airlines [N4/NWS] (Russia) as VQ-BPT, and four years later was sold to AerCap, and transferred. In June 2016, it was leased to Atlas Air as N637GT, sent for freighter conversion this past February, and acquired by the airline last month.

Hainan Airlines' B-7399

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7399 (c/n 44392, l/n 6433) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH8399, and will overnight at HNL.

07 June 2017

Hawaiian To Get A321neos This Year

ATW Online reports that Hawaiian Airlines is on scheduler to receive its first A321neo in October of this year, and should have at least two by the end of the year. However, they will not enter service until sometime in 2018.

Another part of the article reports that the ATR72Fs for ‘Oahan by Hawaiian, are experiencing some issues with a supplier and certification, but hopes to have this new cargo service starting in the third quarter of this year.

Shandong Airlines B-1438

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1438 (c/n 61433, l/n 6431) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1438, and will overnight at HNL.

06 June 2017

Nok Air HS-DBY

Nok Air is taking delivery of HS-DBY "Nok Veha" (c/n 61299, l/n 6426) this morning. The 737-88L is making its delivery flight from BFI as NOK6900, and will overnight at LIH.

05 June 2017

N910FL

N910FL (msn 14500952), an EMB-135BJ Legacy 600 owned by Flight Options, has made a stop at HNL.

N966MS

N966MS (msn 19000683), a privately-owned E190-100 ECJ Lineage 1000, has made a stop at HNL.

N90R

N90R (c/n 32775, l/n 889), a 737-7EL BBJ owned by Swiflite Aircraft Corporation, has made a stop at HNL.

04 June 2017

N262MA

N262MA (c/n 28405, l/n 132), a former China Airlines 737-809, is making its way from TPE to GYR, with stops at GUM and HNL. It has been acquired by Contrail Aviation Support [Verona, WI].

28405 was delivered to China Airlines in November 1998 as B-18606. During its time with China Airlines, it had winglets installed in 2007. It also had the airline's 50th anniversary decal added to aft section of the fuselage. This 737-809 was retired this past February, and acquired by Contrail Aviation Support last month.

03 June 2017

Xiamen Air's B-7819

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-7819 (c/n 42945, l/n 6424) today. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8199, and will overnight at HNL.

01 June 2017

USAF's 74-0787

One of four E-4Bs made an overnight stop at Hickam AFB. 74-0787 (c/n 20684 l/n 232) departed this morning.

Bombardier's C-FFDO

Bombardier's testbed CS300, C-FFDO (msn 55002), returned to HNL today. This time the Air Baltic titles have been replaced with Bombardier titles. The CS300 was here last October, as it transited from the mainland to Asia.

Al-Anwa Establishment's HZ-AB3

Our June edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to November 1994, and this 727-2U5, HZ-AB3 (c/n 22362, l/n 1657) owned by the Al-Anwa Establishment (Saudi Arabia). It's seen on HNL's South Ramp.

22362 was originally delivered to the Royal Jordanian Government in August 1980 as JY-HNH, as VIP transport. In June 1985, it sold to the Brunei Government as V8-HM1, and re-registered in April 1987 as V8-HM2. In February 1989, it was transferred to Royal Brunei Airlines as V8-BG1. In August 1994, it was bought by the Al-Anwa Establishment as HZ-AB3. A year later, it was converted to a Super 27 with winglets and Valsan conversion kit. It was last photographed in August 2016, and FlightRadar24, has tracked its most recent flight this past February.

31 May 2017

N7860A

N7860A (c/n 29362, l/n 1713), a former China Eastern Airlines 737-79P, is ferrying to PAE from KMG [Changshui International Airport, Kunming, China], via GUM and HNL. It's owned by AerCap, and will be leased to Southwest Airlines.

29362 was delivered to China Eastern in May 2005 as B-5096. It was fitted with Blended Winglets in late 2011, along with the green peacock feather. In February 2014, it was painted in the orange Yunnan Peacock livery; and three months later, it was sold to AerCap, and leased back. B-5096 was withdrawn from service this past April.

29 May 2017

JAL To Resume NRT-KOA

Japan Airlines announced that they will resume daily round-trip service between NRT and KOA, on September 15, 2017, with 767-346ERs.

Further information in this Japan Airlines press release.

23 May 2017

Air China's B-1418

Air China is taking delivery of B-1418 (c/n 60867, l/n 6414) today. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

19 May 2017

HANG F-22As Scramble To Escort AAL31


A pair of F-22A Raptors from the Hawaii‘i Air National Guard's 199th Fighter Squadron were scrambled to escort an American Airlines A321 arriving from LAX. N126AN (msn 6313), flying as AAL31, was subject to an attempted cockpit breach by a passenger, who was prevented then restrained by passengers and crew. An in-flight emergency was reported by the flight crew, and the FAA requested the HANG escort. The flight landed on Runway 4R without incident, while first responders readied to enter the airliner, which parked on the North Ramp. Crews from the HNL ARFF, Hawaii State Sheriff deputies, Honolulu Police, the FBI, and Homeland Security are investigating the incident.

16 May 2017

Hawaiian Airlines LAX Terminal Move

Hawaiian Airlines will make their terminal move at LAX tonight. The airline will move their operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5, that will commence tomorrow.

For further information on other airline relocations within LAX, see "LAX On The Move".

13 May 2017

Hebei Airlines' B-1445

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1445 (c/n 42973, l/n 6397) today. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1445, and will overnight at HNL.

12 May 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1583

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1583 (c/n 63238, l/n 6394) this evening. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN158, and will overnight at HNL.

11 May 2017

QantasFreight's VH-XNH

QantasFreight is taking delivery of VH-XNH (c/n 24796, l/n 1887) today. The 737-4S3SF is making its delivery flight from VCV as QFA7300, and will overnight at HNL. It also wears the StarTrack titles, which is an Australian parcel delivery company.

24796 was originally delivered to ILFC, then leased to Air Europe [PE/AEL] in July 1990 as G-BRKG. In April 1991, it was leased to Dan-Air London [DA/DAN] as G-TREN. In November 1992, it was transferred to the British Airways [BA/BAW] fleet, after British Airways acquired Dan-Air London. In March 1997, it was leased to British Airways' subsidiary GB Airways [GT/GBL] (UK) as G-TREN. In June 2002, it was sold to Islandsflug [HH/ICB] (Iceland), then leased to Air Miles as TF-ELV. In February 2004, it was leased to Ryanair [FR/RYR] (Ireland), and in January 2005, it was sold to Air Atlanta Icelandic [CC/ABD] (Iceland), and remained with Ryanair. Four months later, it was leased to Excel Airways [JN/XLA] (UK). In December 2005, it was leased to Xtra Airways [XP/CXP] (USA) as TF-ELV, and was registered as N43XA, three months later. From August 2007 to March 2012, it operated for Direct Air [DIA] (USA). After Direct Air closed, it remained with Xtra Airways until May 2015. It underwent freighter conversion at Dothan, GA [DHN] from February to November 2016. Last month, Express Freighters [EFA] (Australia) acquired 24796, and registered it as VH-XNH; they will operate it for QantasFreight.

09 May 2017

Scoot Proposes SIN-KIX-HNL Service

According to an Airline Route tweet, Scoot [TZ/SCO] (Singapore) has proposed service between SIN [Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore] and HNL, via KIX. The tweet did not mention any specifics as to a start-up date, or aircraft type. This route is subject to US Department of Transportation approval. The airline currently as 13 787s (seven -8s, and six -9s), along with two more -8s on order.

Shandong Airlines' B-1436

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1436 (c/n 60164, l/n 6391) today. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1436, and will overnight at HNL.

08 May 2017

Island Air's N328NG

Island Air is taking delivery of its second used Q400 NextGen, N328NG (msn 4328). It's flying from GTF (via CMA) as SXA374. This Q400 NextGen has the distinction of being the 1,000th Dash8 built. This will be the airlines' fifth Q400 NextGen, will be re-registered as N684WP, and will be named "Laulima" (Hawaiian for "Being accountable to ourselves, each other, and our guests").

Like its fleet mate, N685WP (ex N339NG), it was delivered to Colgan Air in September 2010 as N328NG, and had the 1,000th Dash8 decal. It wore the Continental Connection and United Express liveries while with Colgan. It continued with Republic Airlines following Colgan's shutdown (April 2012), until February 2016. It was sold to NAC-Nordic, and leased back in June 2015. Like N339NG, N328NG was supposed to have been leased to FlyBe, but was not taken up.

06 May 2017

China United Airlines' B-1427

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1427 (c/n 61687, l/n 6387) today. The 737-89P its making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA427, and will overnight at HNL.

05 May 2017

N106SZ

N106SZ (msn 14501190), an Embraer EMB-135BJ Legacy 650 owned by the Cambe Group (Van Nuts, CA), made a stop at HNL this afternoon.

This Legacy 650 was originally delivered to Falcon Aviation Services [FVS] (United Arab Emirates) in November 2014 as A6-YMA, and re-registered as A6-LGI in April 2016. Seven months later, it was sold to the Cambe Group.

Donghai Airlines' B-7631

Donghai Airlines is taking deliver of B-7631 (c/n 61273, l/n 6008) today. The 737-83Z, which was built in July 2016, and stored at BFI following its test flights, is makings delivery flight from BFI as EPA295, and will overnight at HNL.

04 May 2017

Island Air's N683WP

Island Air is taking delivery of their third new-build Q400, with N683WP "Kūlana Pono" (msn 4554). It's making its way from YZD to HNL, via DLH, APA, and CMA, flown by Southern Cross Aviation as SXA375. The name Kūlana Pono means "Doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason".

02 May 2017

United Celebrates 70 Years Of Hawai‘i Service

This month, United Airlines will celebrate its 70th year of service between the US mainland and Hawai‘i. Beginning with its first flight with a DC-6 "Mainliner" from SFO, United has grown its Hawaii service through the years with DC-7s, DC-8s, DC-10s, 747s, 757s, 767s, 777s, and 787s, and serves all of the major airports in the Hawaiian Islands; with flights from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, Newark, Washington DC, and Houston; plus international flights from Guam and Tokyo.

01 May 2017

Island Air Celebrates Lei Day

Island Air celebrated Lei Day with a special live music performance by Kapono Nā‘ili‘ili and lei making at the airline's waiting area in the Commuter Terminal.

Hawaiian Airlines Unveils An Updated Pualani

In Hawai‘i, May 1st is known as Lei Day, today was also the unveiling of Hawaiian Airline's updated livery and branding. The airline held an event in their new Cargo Center, that was open to its employees, and the media, that featured music performances by Henry Kapono and Robert Cazimero. In the Cargo Center, Hawaiian Airlines had displays of the Pualani logo since its inception in 1973, and its subsequent updates up to 2001. After remarks by Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley, N488HA "Puaiohi" (c/n 55001, l/n 5002), was unveiled to those attending. The 2017 displays in the Cargo Center were added as the aircraft was revealed.

Further information in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Miami Air's N734MA

Our May edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" features Miami Air's N734MA "Billie" (c/n 30039, l/n 701), a 737-8Q8, that was at HNL in November 2005. It was here on an inmate transfer flight for the federal Department of Justice.

30039 was originally delivered to ILFC in October 2000, and leased to Polynesian Airlines [PH/PAO] (Sāmoa) a month later as 5W-SAM. In May 2003, it was leased to Miami Air [LL/BSK] as N734MA "Billie". In late 2007, it was painted into the current Miami Air livery, and flew with Miami Air until April 2012. Two months later, it was leased to TACV Cabo Verde Airlines [VR/TCV] (Cape Verde) as D4-CBX. In May 2014, it was sold to AerCap, and the lease was transferred, but was seized by AerCap two years later. In October 2016, it was leased to US-Bangla Airlines [BS/UBG] (Bangladesh) as S2-AJA, where it presently flies.

29 April 2017

OE-IFK

OE-IFK (msn 2023), an A319-132, is ferrying from CRK [Clark Field Airport, Angeles City, Luzon, Philippines] to TUS, via GUM and HNL.

2023 was originally purchased by CIT Aerospace Leasing, and leased to Royal Brunei Airlines [BI/RBA] in August 2013 as V8-RBP. In April 2016, it was leased to R Airlines [RCT] (Thailand) as HS-RCD. It was stored at CRK in February 2017, and sold to Avolon Leasing as OE-IFK.

Donghai Airlines' B-1575

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1575 (c/n 61274, l/n 6181) today. The 737-83Z is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA294, and will overnight at HNL. It was built in November 2016, accepted by the airline in December, but its delivery was deferred.

28 April 2017

Alaska's N493AS

Alaska's special livery 737-990ER arrived today from Seattle. N493AS (s/n 41727, l/n5738) wears a vibrant paint scheme to commemorate Alaska's acquisition of Virgin America.   

27 April 2017

Daniel K Inouye International Airport

In the latest Airport Diagram published by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Honolulu International Airport has been renamed as the Daniel K Inouye International Airport. The IATA Code HNL, and ICAO Code PHNL will remain unchanged, as well as the air traffic control call sign of "Honolulu". The old tower building has the Honolulu International Airport signage removed on the side facing the Interstate H1 freeway.

Hawaiian's LAX-LIH Service To Go Daily

Hawaiian Airlines announced today that it will upgrade its seasonal service between Līhu‘e, Kaua‘i and Los Angeles to daily, year-round service beginning on May 26th. The airline will use their 767-300 fleet for the flights.

The airline will also restart summer seasonal service between Līhu‘e and Oakland, and Kona and Los Angeles that same week.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

Shandong Airlines' B-7809

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-7809 (c/n 61432, l/n 6374) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG7809, and will overnight at HNL.

26 April 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPC

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPC "Cabarita Beach" (msn 19000170) from BNE to BNA, via APW, HNL, and VNY, as it has been withdrawn from service by the airline (which is phasing out its E190 fleet). This E190 is making its ferry flight as VOZ9901.

China Southern Airlines' B-1585

China Southern Airlines' second 737-81B delivery flight today, is B-1585 (c/n 63242, l/n 6270). It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1585, and will overnight at HNL.

Hainan Airlines' B-7379

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7379 (c/n 44391, l/n 6371) today. The 737-84P, leased from  is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH7379, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1582

B-1582 (c/n 63237, l/n 6319), is the first of two China Southern Airlines' 737-81B delivery flights today. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1582, and will overnight at BFI.

25 April 2017

China Eastern Airlines' N7858A

China Eastern Airlines has ferried N7858A (c/n 29361, l/n 1694) to Southwest Airlines. The 737-79P, leased from AerCap, was ferried from KMG to PAE, via GUM and HNL, where it will go through cabin re-configuration and re-painting. 

29361 was delivered to China Eastern in April 2005, under lease from ILFC, as B-5095. In January 2012, the green Yunnan peacock feather was applied to the forward section of the fuselage. In May 2014, it was sold to AerCap, and remained with China Eastern, until it was removed from service in February 2017.

Island Air & Jin Air Interline Agreement

Island Air and Jin Air have signed an interline agreement where passengers can book travel through both airlines' route networks. This partnership will give tourists from South Korea easier access to inter-island flights, and Neighbor Island residents easier access to travel to South Korea and beyond.

Air China's B-1416

Air China is taking delivery of B-1416 (c/n 43423, l/n 6369) today. The 737-89L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CCA47, and will overnight at HNL.

18 April 2017

Island Air's N339NG

Island Air is taking delivery of N339NG "Poʻokela" (msn 4339). This Q400 Next Gen, leased from NAC-Nordic via Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, made its delivery flight from GTF [Great Falls International Airport, Great Falls, MT], via CMA [Camarillo, CA], as SXA373. This is the first of two second-hand Q400 Next Gen that Island Air will lease. Po‘okela means "striving for the highest summit" in Hawaiian. It will be registered as N685WP before entering service.

4339 was originally delivered to Colgan Air in December 2010 as N339NG (f/n 827), and wore the United Express livery. When Colgan Air shutdown in September 2012, its Q400 fleet, this one included, was taken up by Republic Airlines, and continued to fly for United Express. Republic Airways sold N339NG to NAC-Nordic in June 2015, and withdrew it from service in March 2016. It was supposed to be leased to Flybe [BE/BEE] (UK), but was not taken up.

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPI

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPI "Seven Mile Beach" (msn 19000202) from BNE to BNA (via APW, HNL, and VNY) for storage, as it has been withdrawn from the airline's fleet. The E190-AR is making the flight as VOZ9901, and will overnight at HNL.

Virgin Australia's VH-YFX

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-YFX "Mackenzie's Bay" (c/n 41013, l/n 6330) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at LIH.

15 April 2017

B-77777

B-77777 (msn 3363), an A318-112ACJ Elite owned by the Minth Group and operated by EVA Airways, has made a stop at HNL from AGU [Lic. Jesus Teran Peredo International Airport, Aguascaliente, México].

3363 was originally delivered to Comlux Malta in January 2009 as 9H-AFL. In November 2013, it was acquired by the Minth Group as B-77777.

14 April 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-7398

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-7398 (c/n 60702, l/n 6354) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH8398, and will overnight at HNL.

13 April 2017

Asia Pacific Airlines' N888LT

Asia Pacific Airlines has taken delivery of N888LT (c/n 25441, l/n 446), a 757-230F. Their second 757-200F made its delivery flight from BQK [Brunswick Golden Isles Airport, Brunswick, GA] to HNL, via GYR as MGE901.

25441 was originally delivered to Condor in April 1992 as D-ABNN. In July 2002, it was transferred to the Thomas Cook Airlines fleet. In October 2004, it was acquired VIM Airlines as RA-73014, and in December 2010, VIM Airlines modified its livery from pink to red. It was withdrawn from service in December 2014, then acquired a month later by the Bank of Utah, and converted to a freighter earlier this year.

12 April 2017

China United Airlines' B-1426

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1426 (c/n 61696, l/n 6350) today. The 737-89P, their second delivery within the past six days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA426, and will overnight at HNL.

11 April 2017

Kalitta Air Begins 747-400F Flights

Kalitta Air launched 747-400F flights that replaced the 747-200BFs this morning. They also have a logo jet with Pacific Air Cargo titles to go along with the new aircraft. N976BA (c/n 25275, l/n 874), a 747-4B5F made its first flight out of LAX to HNL as CKS368 this morning.

25275 was originally delivered to Korean Air in September 1991 as HL7483. It was converted to freighter in May 2008, and transferred to their cargo division, and served until February 2013. Seven months later, it was acquired by Boeing Aircraft Holdings. In July 2016, it was leased to Kalitta Air as N976BA, and recently painted to the Pacific Air Cargo livery.

TransAir Receives Charter Approval

The US Department of Transportation gave TransAir approval to begin domestic and international passenger and cargo charter flights. The airline purchased N413JG (c/n 23148, l/n 1059), a 737-2Q8/Adv in July 2015, and applied for charter approval a year ago. In the above photo taken today, this 737 is seen on the TransAir ramp, and not anther hangar. No word was given as to when charter flights will begin.

Further information in this CH-Aviation article.

09 April 2017

Boeing 737 Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago today, the first Boeing 737-130, N73700 (c/n 19437, l/n 1), made its maiden flight from BFI. That launched Boeing's most successful airliner, with over 9,400 models built, many of which are still in service. From the -100 to the -900ER (except for the -600), HNL has seen every variant of the 737 pass through. The new MAX variants to start delivering later this year, beginning with the Lion Group.

In Hawai‘i, Aloha Airlines was the first airline to fly the 737 in March 1969. Up until its closure in March 2008, the airline operated the -100, -200, -300, -400, -700, and -800 variants during the 39 years it flew the "Baby Boeing".

Currently, Aloha Air Cargo flies the -300SF, and TransAir flies the -200F out of HNL, for inter-island cargo runs.

From North America, Hawai‘i's airports have 737 flights by: Alaska Airlines (-800s & -900ERs), Delta Air Lines (-900ERs), United Airlines (-800s & -900ERs), and WestJet Airlines (-700s & -800s). Miami Air International and Sun Country Airlines have -800 charter flights to HNL for government and sports clients.

Before its closure in 2008, ATA Airlines had 737-800 flights between the West Coast and HNL.

The US Air Force has a C-40B (737-7DM BBJ), 01-0015 (c/n 32916, l/n 979), based at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam for the Pacific Command's top officer. Marine Corps Air Field Kāne‘ohe Bay will see P-8A squadron detachments based there from time to time. Foreign military 737s have stopped through HNL and HIK, with the RAAF's BBJ, E-7 Wedgetail, and P-8As, the Indian Navy's P-8I, and the Royal Thai Air Force's BBJ2.

Fiji Airways also flies their -700s and -800s to HNL.

Every so often, a BBJ can be seen parked at one of the FBOs on the South Ramp.

From it's beginnings, 737s bound for Oceania and Asia have used Hawai‘i airports (mostly HNL) as their first stopping point on their delivery flights, as they island hop across the Pacific to reach their new homes. Most recently, was Shandong Airlines' B-7808.

08 April 2017

Kalitta Air Ends 747-200F Operations

Kalitta Air has ended 747-200F operations on its LAX-HNL flight [CKS368/369] today. N793CK (c/n 23736, l/n 673), a 747-222BF, made the last flight, ending the 747-200F era at HNL. It will leave this afternoon on its farewell voyage. Kalitta will begin 747-400F flights on April 11th.

23736 was originally delivered to United Airlines in March 1987 as N151UA. In July 2000, it was acquired by Northwest Airlines as N645NW (f/n 6745), and converted to a freighter. After the Northwest Airlines / Delta Air Lines merger in October 2008, it was transferred over, but was withdrawn from service and stored at MZJ three months later. Kalitta Air acquired this 747-222BF in September 2010 as N793CK.

The last three -200Fs to fly for Kalitta, and flew the HNL-LAX route, were: N793CK, N794CK (c/n 23737, l/n 675), and N795CK (c/n 23111, l/n 594).


06.16.17 Update
N793CK has been sold to The Cargo Airline [TZS] (Republic of Georgia) as 4L-GEL.

Shandong Airlines' B-7808

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-7808 (c/n 60163, l/n 6349) today. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG7808, and will overnight at HNL.

06 April 2017

Lucky Air's B-1587

Lucky Air is taking delivery of their third 737-8AL within two days. B-1587 (c/n 61779, l/n 6299) is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1587, and will overnight at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-1425

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1425 (c/n 61686, l/n 6302) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA425, and will overnight at HNL.

05 April 2017

Ruili Airlines' B-1595

Ruili Airlines is also taking delivery of B-1595 (c/n 61326, l/n 6153) this evening. This 737-84P was also in storage at BFI after it was built and tested. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as RLH1595, and will overnight at HNL.

Ruili Airlines' B-1593

Ruili Airlines is taking delivery of B-1593 (c/n 61325, l/n 6122) this evening. It's the first of two 737-84Ps that were in storage at BFI since they were built and tested, and is making its delivery flight from BFI as RLH1593, and will overnight at HNL.