18 October 2017

Qantas' VH-ZNA

The first 787-9 for Qantas is curently in Hawaii on its way down under. VH-ZNA "Great Southern Land" (c/n 39038, l/n 615) will arrive in Australia on the 20th.

17 October 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Prepares New Facilities

Hawaiian Airlines has begun moving into its new cargo and maintenance facility as the construction has been completed. The twin-buildings, which the airline spent its own money to correct numerous deficiencies by state contractors, will house its cargo operations, maintenance, fleet safety, engineering, and security. The maintenance hangar is large enough to accommodate one A330-243, and two 717-200s.

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
6605 | B-1328 | 42966 | Hebei Airlines | -8LW [10.02.17 HBH1328]
6610 | B-1309 | 63763 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P [10.14.17 CES9001]
6619 | B-1335 | 63050 | Shanghai Airlines | -89P [10.15.17 CSH9761]

6617 | B-1405 | 63805 | China Southern Airlines | -81B [10.17.17 CSN737]
6628 | B-1497 | 63615 | Hainan Airlines | -84P [10.17.17 CHH1497]


737 NG
6370 | B-7998 | 61358 | 9 Air | -86X « BFI
6453 | JA06GR | 61798 | Spring Airlines Japan | -8AL « BFI
6580 | B-1596 | 60463 | Ruili Airlines | -8ME «
6633 | B-1310 | 63049 | China United Airlines | -89P «
6637 | B-1498 | 43427 | Hainan Airlines | -84P «
6638 | B-1326 | 42942 | Jiangxi Air | -85C «
6642 | B-1406 | 63246 | China Southern Airlines | -81B «
6646 | B-1329 | 44395 | Kunming Airlines | -7LY «
6647 | B-1318 | 63764 | China Eastern Airlines | -89P «
6649 | B-1325 | 60170 | Urumqi Air | -8LP «
6650 | B-1305 | 63684 | Xiamen Air | -85C «

737 MAX
6250 | HS-L__ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N7379E) «
6308 | HS-L__ | 42987 | Thai Lion Air | -MAX9 (N739EX) «
6464 | B-____ | 61621 | Shanghai Airlines | -MAX8 (N6046P) «
6490 | B-____ | 60872 | Air China | -MAX8 (N6063S) «
6508 | B-____ | 60953 | Air China | -MAX8 (N1796B) «
6569 | B-____ | 63245 | China Southern Airlines | -MAX8 (N1796B) «
6589 | 9V-MBB | 44240 | SilkAir | -MAX8 «

« Pre-Flight Prep
« First Flight: 10.18.17
« 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.

...

Hainan Airlines' B-1497

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1497 (c/n 63615, l/n 6628) this morning. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1497, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1405

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1405 (c/n 63805, l/n 6617) this morning. The 737-81B is makings delivery flight from BFI as CSN737, and will overnight at HNL.

16 October 2017

Aloha ‘Oe N945WP

Island Air is ferrying their second ATR72-212 to the mainland. N945WP "Hilina‘i" (msn 434) is being ferried by Southern Cross Aviation as SXA419, and its first stop is CMA.

Island Air Files Chapter 11 Re-organization

Island Air announced today that they are filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy re-organization protection, while they work to resolve issues with their aircraft lessors. With this filing, Island Air will continue to operate as normal, and continue its level of service.

Further details are in this Island Air press release.

Hawaiian Airlines' N361HA

Hawaiian Airlines' newest A330-243, N361HA "Hōkū Mau" (msn 1823), has made its way home from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France [TLS]. Their 24th A330 made a stop at Paine Field, Everett, WA [PAE], on September 28th, to have some cabin modifications done. On October 16th, it was ferried to SEA to be put into service as HAL21 to HNL.

15 October 2017

Shanghai Airlines' B-1335

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1335 (c/n 63050, l/n 6619) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

14 October 2017

China Eastern Airlines B-1309

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1309 (c/n 63763, l/n 6610) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

12 October 2017

Shanghai Airlines B-2500

Shanghai Airlines' B-2500 (c/n 35115, l/n 946) arrived this morning from Shanghai as FM9765. Originally delivered to Shanghai Airlines in September 2006, the 767-36DER flew with the company until it was withdrawn from use in August this year.  

Alaska Airlines Celebrates "Decade Of Aloha"

Ten years ago today, Alaska Airlines launched service to Hawai‘i, with a single flight from Seattle.  The airline is celebrating its "Decade of Aloha" with various Hawaii-themed promotions.

The top photo shows N559AS at Gate 23 after it made the inaugural flight from SEA as ASA851. Presently, Alaska Airlines serves the four major Hawaiian airports from eight west coast cities. The above photo shows the airline's current livery.

San José State Spartans Team Charter

The San José State University Spartans football team chartered a Hawaiian Airlines 767-33AER, N582HA "Ake Ake" (c/n 28139, l/n 857) for its road trip to Honolulu, to face the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, as HAL751.


*** 10.14.17 Update ***
The Spartans returned to SJC late Saturday night, following their 37-26 loss to the Rainbow Warriors, aboard N580HA "Kolea" (c/n 28140, l/n 850) as HAL752.

11 October 2017

Southwest Airlines Announces Intentions For Hawai‘i

Southwest's Canyon Blue 737s in the Hawaiian Islands? The airline announced today of their intentions to serve Hawai‘i from the west coast. In order to begin service, aircraft from the Southwest fleet will need to be ETOPS 180 certified.  The airline did not state which variant it would launch Hawai‘i service with, either their 737-8H4s or 737 MAX8s. Southwest will release further launch information at a later date.

06 October 2017

Hawaiian Re-considers Widebody Fleet Options

In an interview with CNN Money, Hawaiian Airlines' CEO Mark Dunkerley, intimated that with the recent changes on their widebody order with Airbus (going from the cancelled A350-800 to the A330-800neo), the airline may turn to Boeing as an option.

Virgin Australia's VH-ZPO

Virgin Australia is ferrying VH-ZPO "Boomerang Beach" (msn 19000321) from BNE to BNA, via APW, HNL, and VNY, as VOZ9901. It arrived this afternoon from APW, and will continue onto VNY tomorrow morning. This ERJ-190AR is being returned to it's lessor, Avolon, who purchased it from Virgin Australia in June 2012, and leased it back. VH-ZPO will be put into storage at BNA.

Outback Spirit's N314CL

Australian tour provider Outback Spirit Tours is taking delivery of N314CL (msn C208B5355), Cessna C208B Grand Caravan, that is making its way from ICT [Wichita, KS]. Before crossing the Pacific Ocean, it made stops at COS [Colorado Springs, CO], MCE [Merced, CA], and FAT [Fresno, CA]. It will continue onto APW, early tomorrow.  After APW, N314CL's next stops are scheduled to be OOL [Coolangatta] and RCL [Rothwell], before arriving at its new home in Bankstown, New South Wales [BWU].

02 October 2017

Icelandair's TF-FIW

Icelandair's Abercrombie & Kent 757-27B logojet TF-FIW "Búrfell" (c/n 24838, l/n 302) has made a stop from KEF [Keflavik, Iceland], via MSP and LAX, as ICE1404.

Abercrombie & Kent is a luxury travel company based in Cheltenham, United Kingdom, and the Icelandair 757-27B is outfitted in a VIP cabin layout.

24838 was originally delivered to Air Holland in August 1990 as PH-AHL. Three months later, it was acquired by Condor as D-ABNX. In February 2000, it was acquired by Icelandair as TF-FIW; and has been leased to Aeromar (May-July 2002), Loftleidir Icelandic (January 2004 - April 2007, and subleased to Blue Line from May-October 2005), Yakutia Airlines as VP-BFI (April 2007 - March 2013), and Air Niugini (May-September 2013). After its return, TF-FIW wore the Icelandic livery. Since 2017, it has been the Abercrombie & Kent jet.

Photo courtesy Charlie Alfa.


*** 10.04.17 Update ***
ICE1404 continued onto PPT [Faa‘a International Airport, Papaete, Tahiti] this morning.

Hebei Airlines' B-1328

Hebei Airlines is taking delivery of B-1328 (c/n 42966, l/n 6605) this morning. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as HBH1328, and will overnight at BFI.

01 October 2017

Aloha ‘Oe N944WP

Island Air bid farewell to N944WP "Ho‘opa‘a" (msn 345) today. The ATR72-212 is being ferried to BGR [Bangor, ME], via CMA [Camarillo, CA] and SLN [Salina, KS], by Southern Cross Aviation. It left early this morning for CMA as SXA416.

N727RE

Our October edition of "HNL RareBirds Classic" goes back to 2004, and this 727-282/Adv, N727RE (c/n 22430, l/n 1715), owned by Imperial Palace Air, as it made a stop at HNL.

22430 was originally delivered to Transportes Aéreos Portugueses [TP/TAP] (Portugal) in March 1981 as CS-TBY "Amadora". In February 1990, it was sold to Blenheim Aviation, then leased back to TAP. Later that December, it was leased to Somali Airlines [HH/SOM] as 6O-SCG, and subleased to Carnival Airlines [KW/CAA] (USA) in June 1992 with the same registration.  In January 1993, the leased was transferred to Carnival as Somali Airlines shutdown, registered as N6167D, and flew until February 1998. Imperial Palace Air acquired this 727 in May 1998, and re-registered as N727RE in February 1999. The cabin was reconfigured to a VIP layout, winglets were installed, and the JT8D-17 engines were replace with Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217s. It flew with Imperial Palace until April 2005, when it was sold to the government of Burkina Faso (Africa) as XT-BFA. It was withdrawn from service in December 2016, and now sits in storage at QLA [Lasham, UK].

30 September 2017

Xiamen Air's B-1303

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1303 (c/n 42943, l/n 6608) this morning. The 737-85C, their fourth delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8499, and will overnight at HNL.

28 September 2017

China Eastern's B-7883

Instead of the normal A330-243, a 777-39PER flew China Eastern's PVG-HNL-PVG (MU571/572) route. B-7882 (msn 43287, ln 1508) was recently delivered to China Eastern in July 2017.

According to FlightRadar24.com, China Eastern has 777-39PERs scheduled on this service up to October 8th, then returns to their A330-243s from the 9th.

Colorado State Rams Team Charter

The Colorado State University Rams football team is chartering Sun Country Airlines' N820SY "Lake Minnetonka" (c/n 39951, l/n 5166, f/n 820) for its game against the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, on Saturday. The 737-8FH is flying from FNL [Fort Collins-Loveland Regional Airport, Fort Collins, CO] as SCX8661, with a fuel stop at SFO. The team will return to Fort Collins after the game.

Earlier this summer, Sun Country began naming their 737-700s and 737-800s after lakes in their home state of Minnesota. Further information in this press release.

SilkAir's 9V-MBA

SilkAir is taking delivery of their first 737 MAX8, with 9V-MBA (c/n 44246, l/n 6535) today. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as SLK8880, and will overnight at KOA.

Xiamen Air's B-1300

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1300 (c/n 42940, l/n 6602) this morning. The 737-85C is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8399, and will overnight at HNL.

27 September 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1413

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1413 (c/n 63236, l/n 6606) this afternoon. The 737-81B, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1413, and will overnight at HNL.

26 September 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1495

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of their third 737-84P this month, with B-1495 (c/n 63614, l/n 6592) today. It's making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1495, and will overnight at HNL.

Boeing's Zhoushan 737 MAX Center

Aviation Week reports that Boeing will open a completion center in Zhoushan, China, in late 2018, for Chinese airlines that ordered 737 MAXs. The completion center will paint the exterior, conduct customer test flights, and have a delivery center for an average of eight to ten airframes per month. Aircraft heading to Zhoushan will have the protective green layer as they cross the Pacific.

Shandong Airlines' B-1443

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1443 (c/n 61438, l/n 6600) this morning. The 737-85N is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1443, and will overnight at HNL.

25 September 2017

Hawaiian Airlines And Japan Airlines New Partnership

Hawaiian Airlines and Japan Airlines announced a new partnership that will begin on March 25, 2018. The partnership includes codesharing, lounge access, and frequent flyer mileage programs. The two airlines are also planning a joint-venture in the future.

Further details in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.  Top photo courtesy of Hawaiian Airlines.

22 September 2017

Yangtze River Airlines' B-1315

Yangtze River Airlines (now known as Suparna Airlines), is taking delivery of B-1315 (c/n 64017, l/n 6587) today. The 737-84P, their second delivery in six days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1315, and will overnight at HNL.

China United Airlines' B-1471

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1471 (c/n 63047, l/n 6576) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA471, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1449

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1449 (c/n 61689, l/n 6590) this morning. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

21 September 2017

Xtra Airways' N917XA

Xtra Airways is ferrying N917XA (c/n 32917, l/n 1210) from GYR to GSN [Saipan International Airport, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands] (via LAX, HNL, and MAJ), as CXP8917. The 737-86J will fly the airline's GSN-NKG [Lukou International Airport, Nanjing, China] service that will launch in a few days.

The top photo shows N917XA on final approach for Runway 4R, arriving from LAX; and the above photo shows it taxiing out for departure to MAJ.

20 September 2017

China Southern Airlines' B-1403

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1403 (c/n 63247, l/n 6586) this morning. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN103, and will overnight at HNL.

19 September 2017

‘Ohana by Hawaiian's N811HC

‘Ohana by Hawaiian is taking delivery of their first ATR72-201F, N811HC (msn 227) today. It's the first of three ATR72 freighters for the Hawaiian Airlines subsidiary.

This ATR72-201 was originally delivered to Brit Air [DB/BZH] (France) in March 1991 as F-GHPU. In January 2003, it went to Danish Air Transport [DX/DTR] (Denmark) as F-GHPU. It was leased to Air Atlantique [4Q/APB] (France) from October 2003 to July 2004. In December 2004, it was re-registered as OY-RUC. In January 2007, it was converted to a freighter, and six months later it went to West Air Europe [WLX] Luxembourg as LX-WAB. In May 2013, it was sold to Solenta Aviation, a carrier for DHL as ZS-XCF. In September 2015, ‘Ohana acquired this ATR72 for its new cargo operations.

Nok Air's HS-DBZ

Nok Air is taking delivery of HS-DBZ "Nok Napa Proud" (c/n 61300, l/n 6585). The 737-88L, leased from GECAS, is making its delivery flight from BFI as NOK6900, and will overnight at LIH.

18 September 2017

United Announces Final 747 Flight To HNL

United Airlines announced today that they will have the final 747 flight, as the type is being retired from the airline's fleet. UAL747, SFO-HNL, will make the final flight on November 7th.

Further details in this United Airlines press release.

Hauʻoli Lā Hānau US Air Force

Today marks the 70th Birthday of the United States Air Force!  The HNL RareBirds team expresses our gratitude for keeping the US skies and lands safe, and to all the airmen past and present, mahalo for your service and sacrifice!

16 September 2017

Yangtze River Airlines' B-1313

Yangtze River Airlines [Y8/YZR] (an HNA Group subsidiary) is taking delivery of B-1313 (c/n 60169, l/n 6583) today. The 737-84P, their first this year, is making its delivery flight from BFI as B1313, and will overnight at HNL. Yangtze River Airlines recently re-branded as Suparna Airlines, but have yet to change the titles on this aircraft, and B-1315, the next scheduled for delivery.

Kunming Airlines B-1461

Kunming Airlines is taking delivery of B-1461 (c/n 44934, l/n 6578) this morning. The 737-7LY, painted in a special purple and gold livery promoting the city of Teng Chong (Yunnan Province), is making its delivery flight from BFI as KNA1461, and will overnight at HNL.

15 September 2017

Japan Airlines Returns To KOA

After a nearly seven year absence, Japan Airlines returns to Kona, Hawai‘i Island today. The airline returns with round-trip, daily 767-346ER service between KOA and NRT.

Japan Airlines previously had DC-10-40 service between NRT and KOA, that ended in 2010.

Shenzhen Airlines' B-1479

Shenzhen Airlines is taking delivery of B-1479 (c/n 61128, l/n 6581) today. The 737-87L is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSZ1479, and will overnight at HNL.

14 September 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-YWA

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-YWA "Cable Beach" (c/n 41042, l/n 6572) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at KOA.

13 September 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1496

Hainan Airlines is taking deliver of B-1496 (c/n 43426, l/n 6574) today. The 737-84P, their second delivery in 12 days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1496, and will overnight at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1401

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1401 (c/n 63234, l/n 6577) today. The 737-81B is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN1, and will overnight at HNL.

12 September 2017

Xiamen Air's B-1301

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1301 (c/n 42944, l/n 6573) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery in six days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8299, and will overnight at HNL.

09 September 2017

Shanghai Airlines' B-1332

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1332 (c/n 63048, l/n 6570) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from  BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at HNL.

07 September 2017

Hawaiian Airlines Partnership With The University of Hawai‘i Athletics

Hawaiian Airlines announced that will be the official airline partner of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa's Athletics Department. The airline, a Diamond Level UH Corporate Partner, will provide travel to all 21 UH Mānoa's athletic teams between Hawai‘i and North America.

Further information is in this Hawaiian Airlines press release.

06 September 2017

Xtra Airways To Fly Between Saipan And China

CH-Aviation reports Xtra Airways [XP/CXP] will be assigning one of their 737s for a new service between Saipan (Northern Marianas Islands) and Nanjing (China), beginning on September 20th.

Currently, Xtra Airways has a fleet of six 737-400s, and three 737-800s. Whichever 737 is assigned to this route, it should be stopping through HNL in the near future.

Xiamen Air's B-1302

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1302 (c/n 63683, l/n 6558) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery in eight days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CXA8099, and will overnight at HNL.

05 September 2017

Delta Bids Aloha ‘Oe To Their 747-400s

Delta Air Lines has switched from their 747-400s to 767-300s on DAL576/577 [NRT-HNL]. N669US (c/n 24224, l/n 803, f/n 6309) made the final flight from Narita this morning. It will continue onto LAX as DAL1284. Ground and cabin crews adorned N669US with a few lei to commemorate the airlines' final 747-400 flight at HNL.

A video of the event at HNL, was made and posted by dgcpinoy on his YouTube channel.

All of Delta's service between Honolulu and Japanese destinations (NRT, KIX, and NGO), are now all flown with 767-300ERs.

Island Air Transitions To All Q400 Fleet

Island Air transitioned to an all-Q400 NextGen fleet today. The airline also has two more Q400 NextGens on order from Bombardier.

The five ATR72-212s have been retired, and will be returned to Island Leasing Company (Walnut Creek, CA) in the near future. The final ATR72 flight was made by N944WP, as MKU86 [KOA-HNL].

9 Air's B-1473

9 Air is taking delivery of B-1473 (c/n 61361, l/n 6460) today. The 737-86X is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH1473, and will overnight at HNL. B-1473 made its first flight on June 13th, and was parked on BFI's short-term storage ramp after its customer test flights. It's their third 737-86X of four that have been parked at BFI, to make its delivery flight in eleven days.

01 September 2017

Hainan Airlines' B-1490

Hainan Airlines is taking delivery of B-1490 (c/n 62572, l/n 6553) today. The 737-84P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CHH1490, and will overnight at HNL.

Donghai Airlines' B-1415

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1415 (c/n 61276, l/n 6400) today. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA298, and will overnight at HNL. B-1415 was first flew in May, but was placed in short-term storage at BFI.

Donghai Airlines' B-1462

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1462 (c/n 61277, l/n 6547) this morning. The 737-8LW is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA297, and will overnight at HNL. B-1462 is the 100th 737 to deliver to China this year.

31 August 2017

Virgin Australia's VH-YFZ

Virgin Australia is taking delivery of VH-YFZ (c/n 41005, l/n 6551) today. The 737-8FE is making its delivery flight from BFI as VOZ9940, and will overnight at KOA (the airline normally makes its Hawai‘i stop at LIH).

VH-YFZ is the 29th 737 to deliver thru Hawai‘i this month, a new record! Since we've begun tracking monthly numbers in 2013, this month breaks the 24 deliveries set in October 2015, and tied that same December.

30 August 2017

9 Air's B-1592

9 Air is taking delivery of B-1592 (c/n 61357, l/n 6230) today. The 737-86X, their second delivery in four days, is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH1592, and will overnight at HNL. B-1592 had its first flight this past January, and had since been placed in short-term storage at BFI.

29 August 2017

Xiamen Air's B-1456

Xiamen Air is taking delivery of B-1456 (c/n 42951, l/n 6552) today. The 737-85C, their second delivery in five days, is making its delivery from BFI as CXA8499, and will overnight at HNL.

28 August 2017

Virgin America Upgrades SFO-HNL To A321neo

Beginning today, Virgin America has upgraded their SFO-HNL [VRD51/50] service from the A320-214(ceo) to the A321-253N(neo). N921VA "neo kid on the block" (msn 7589) has been scheduled for the next few days.

27 August 2017

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' RA-76951

Volga-Dnepr Airlines' IL76-90VD, RA-76951(c/n 2073421704, l/n 93-06), is making a stop at HNL, as it makes a cargo flight from LFT [Paul Fournet Field, Lafayette Regional Airport, Lafayette, LA] to POM [Port Moresby Jackson International Airport, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea] as VDA2244. It also made a stop at IWA [Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Phoenix, AZ], before arriving at HNL.

photo to follow ...

Mokulele To End Unsubsidized Hāna Service

CH-Aviation reports that Mokulele Airlines will end non-subsidized service to Hāna, Maui [HNM], however, no exact date was given. The airline had a partnership with a resort in Hāna, which has since ended.

Virgin Australia's VH-VPE

A Virgin Australia 777-3ZGER diverted into Honolulu the last night due to a medical issue. VH-VPE "Noosa Heads Beach" (c/n 37939, l/n764) was operating as VA24 from LAX to MEL. It remained overnight due to crew duty hours, and departed for MEL on Sunday, as VA9550.

26 August 2017

9 Air's B-1472

9 Air is taking delivery of B-1472 (c/n 61360, l/n 6449) today. The 737-86X is making its delivery flight from BFI as JYH1472, and will overnight at BFI.

Shanghai Airlines' B-1452

Shanghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1452 (c/n 65456, l/n 6545) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSH9761, and will overnight at BFI.

24 August 2017

Coulson Air Tanker's N405LC

Wearing it's firefighting uniform, this L-100-30 (L-382G) belonging to Coulson Air Tanker flew in from Oakland last night. N405LC (cn 382-5025) previously flew with Lynden Air Cargo and was taken up and converted by Coulson in late 2014.

23 August 2017

Lion Air's PK-LQG

Lion Air is taking delivery of PK-LQG (c/n 42995, l/n 6448) this afternoon. The 737-MAX8, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as LNI1, and will make a brief fuel stop at HNL.

China Southern Airlines' B-1400

China Southern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1400 (c/n 63244, l/n 6544) today. The 737-81B, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CSN100, and will overnight at HNL.

China Eastern Airlines' B-1308

China Eastern Airlines is taking delivery of B-1308 (c/n 63762, l/n 6539) today. The 737-89P, their third delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CES9001, and will overnight at HNL.

22 August 2017

Donghai Airlines' B-1590

Donghai Airlines is taking delivery of B-1590 (c/n 61275, l/n 6275) this afternoon. The 737-83Z is making its delivery flight from BFI as EPA296, and will overnight at HNL. B-1590 was delivered to Donghai on March 31st, but it's acceptance was deferred, and was placed into storage at BFI.

China United Airlines' B-1470

China United Airlines is taking delivery of B-1470 (c/n 63045, l/n 6523) today. The 737-89P is making its delivery flight from BFI as CUA470, and will overnight at HNL.

Shandong Airlines' B-1442

Shandong Airlines is taking delivery of B-1442 (c/n 61437, l/n 6541) this morning. The 737-85N, their second delivery this month, is making its delivery flight from BFI as CDG1442, and will overnight at HNL.

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.