Friday, 23 June 2017

Batik Indonesia 737-8 Max first pic

An interesting sighting at BFI today Jun 23 was ln 6222 now with new Batik Indonesia titles and flag, undertaking a test flight as BOE204.


DSC_8832-BATIK INDONESIA B737

Photo credit & copyright : Brian Worthington (no copying or redistribution without permission)

This is a very recent change as it was seen earlier this week still with Batik Malaysia titles.  If you look closely you will note that its Malaysian registration 9M-LRG is on a sticker decal but perhaps more interestingly it has the letters LQJ on the nose wheel doors.  To the casual observer this would appear to be a simple swap of operator within the Lion Air Group from Batik Air Malaysia (Malindo) to the original Indonesian branch of Batik Air.  However, the nose wheel door letters 'LQJ' suggest that it will receive Indonesian registration PK-LQJ  but Lion Air (the airline, not the Group) are using the PK-LQ* block themselves for their own frames and historically Batik Air have always used different registration blocks to those of Lion Air.

PK-LQF is already fully painted in Lion Air livery at Renton and their next two frames PK-LQH and PK-LQG (in that order) show signs of Lion Air livery on their rudders too, so the frame above is somewhat of an odd one out.

The questions are

1. Assuming it will shortly receive the Indonesian registration PK-LQJ as the nose wheel door letters suggest -  is Batik Air breaking their own "rule" and no longer using separate registration blocks for their fleet?

2. Could there be a rebrand or merger of Batik Air and Lion Air on the cards?

3. Could the 'LQJ' letters be a red herring and the frame actually receive a completely different registration?

Time will tell, but I think it's fairly safe to say the above photo is its final livery and will deliver as such.  Today's flight was still with miscoded transponders, using the transponder code from sistership 9M-LRC!

Batik Air Malaysia 737-8 9M-LRF pic - BFI June 23

Batik Air Malaysia 737-8 9M-LRF msn 42994 ln 6114 seen here at BFI Jun 23 about to depart on another test flight as BOE203.  Still sporting Lion Air winglets !


DSC_8842-BATIK MALAYSIA B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Xiamen Air 737 B-7831 first flight

Xiamen Airlines 737-85C B-7831 msn 42949 ln 6475 first flight from RNT Jun 23 flying as BOE759, hex code 781110.

Emirates 777 A6-EQD delivery

Emirates 777-31HER A6-EQD msn 42349 ln 1499 flew away on delivery Jun 23-24 PAE-DXB flying as UAE7777.

United 777 N2341U delivery

United Airlines 777-322ER N2341U msn 63721 ln 1493 flew away on delivery Jun 23 PAE-SEA as UAL2685.

Korean Air 747 HL7644 first flight

Korean Air Lines 747-8B5 HL7644 msn 60411 ln 1539 first flight from PAE Jun 23 flying as BOE060, hex code 71BE44.  Last 747 pax model to be built.

Air China 777 B-1428 first flight

Air China 777-39LER B-1428 msn 63355 ln 1505 first flight from PAE Jun 23 flying as BOE174, hex code 78115E.

Air China 737 B-1419 delivery

Air China 737-89L B-1419 msn 60868 ln 6454 flew away on delivery Jun 23 BFI-HNL flying as CCA047.


DSC_8825.-AIR CHINA B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Spring Airlines Japan 737 JA05GR delivery

Spring Airlines Japan 737-8AL JA05GR msn 61783 ln 6436 flew away on delivery Jun 22 BFI-ANC flying using reg as callsign.  Leased from BOC Aviation.

United 777 N2644U pic - PAE June 22

United Airlines 777-322ER N2644U msn 63724 ln 1504 seen here at PAE Jun 22 getting ready to depart on another test flight as BOE764.


United Airlines Boeing 777-300ER N2644U

Photo credit : Royal Scott King

Shandong Airlines 737 B-1437 first pics

Shandong Airlines 737-85N B-1437 msn 60165 ln 6465 seen here at BFI Jun 22 arriving back from GEG as BOE240 after being painted there.  Leased from CDB Leasing.


DSC_8820-SHANDONG AIRLINES B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington


737-800_B-1437_06-22-2017-1

Photo credit : Paul Varner

Norwegian 737 EI-FVW first pic

Norwegian Air International 737-8JP EI-FVW msn 42282 ln 6461 seen here at BFI Jun 22 returning from a test flight as BOE450.  Leased from Arctic Aviation.


DSC_8815-NORWEGIAN B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

China Southern 737 B-1410 first flight

China Southern Airlines 737-81B B-1410 msn 63241 ln 6471 first flight from RNT Jun 22 flying as BOE402, hex code 781126.

9 Air 737 B-1473 first pics

9 Air 737-86X B-1473 msn 61361 ln 6460 seen here at BFI Jun 22 on another test flight as BOE980.


DSC_8781-9 AIR B737 DSC_8790-9 AIR B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington


Boeing 737-86X(WL) 9 Air B-1473 LN6460

Photo credit : Huy Do


737-800_B-1473_06-22-2017-1

Photo credit : Paul Varner

Saudia 777 HZ-AK44 delivery

Saudi Arabian Airlines 777-368ER HZ-AK44 msn 62764 ln 1501 flew away on delivery Jun 22-23 PAE-JED flying as SVA9026.

Hainan Airlines 737 B-7400 pic - BFI June 22

Hainan Airlines 737-86N B-7400 msn 43425 ln 6462 seen here at BFI Jun 22 about to depart on another test flight as BOE909.  Leased from GECAS.


DSC_8778-HAINAN AIRLINES B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Saudia 787 HZ-AR12 delivery

Saudi Arabian Airlines 787-9 HZ-AR12 msn 40046 ln 551 flew away on delivery Jun 22-23 PAE-JED flying as SVA9012.

Boeing Company 787-10 N548ZC pic - BFI June 22

Boeing Co. 787-10 N548ZC msn 40929 ln 548 seen here at BFI Jun 22 getting ready to depart on another sortie as BOE036.


DSC_8774-B787-10

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

American 737 N339PL delivery

American Airlines 737-823 N339PL msn 33346 ln 6452 flew away on delivery Jun 22 BFI-TUL flying as AAL9701.


DSC_8765-AMERICAN B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Kunming 737 B-1459 delivery

Kunming Airlines 737-7LY B-1459 msn 61705 ln 6450 flew away on delivery Jun 22 BFI-HNL flying as KNA1459.

Delta 737 N880DN first flight

Delta Air Lines 737-932ER N880DN msn 31991 ln 6470 first flight from RNT Jun 22 flying as BOE880, hex code AC1E2D.


DSC_8760-DELTA B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Air Canada 787 C-FRTW delivery

Air Canada 787-9 C-FRTW msn 37179 ln 574 flew away on delivery Jun 22 PAE-MCI as ACA7168.

Seen here at PAE on Jun 11.


C-FRTW Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - C/N 37179 / LN 574 #851 C-FRTW Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - C/N 37179 / LN 574 #851

Photo credit : Chris Edwards

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

US Navy P-8A N848DS (169332) first flight

US Navy P-8A (737-8FV) N848DS msn 62698 ln 6385 first flight from RNT Jun 21 flying as BOE070, hex code AB9DED.  Will become 169332 after mods at the MFC at BFI.


Boeing P8A Poseidon USN N848DS (169332) LN6385 Boeing P8A Poseidon USN N848DS (169332) LN6385 Boeing P8A Poseidon USN N848DS (169332) LN6385

Photo credit : Huy Do

Lion Air 737-8 PK-LQG & FlyDubai 737-8 A6-FMA first pics

Lion Air 737-8 PK-LQG msn 42995 ln 6448 and FlyDubai 737-8 A6-FMA msn 60965 ln 6456 both seen here outside the factory at RNT, Jun 21.


Boeing 737 MAX 8 Flydubai LN6448 & Boeing 737 MAX 8 Lion Air LN6456

Photo credit : Huy Do


Lion Air 737-8 PK-LQH first pic

Lion Air 737-8 PK-LQH msn 42996 ln 6441 seen here outside the factory at RNT, Jun 21.  The frame is the one top right, next to the Southwest.  Others in the shot are WestJet C-FRAX, Southwest N8707P and at the bottom, Lion Air PK-LQG and FlyDubai A6-FMA.


KRNT Lakeside Ramp

Photo credit : Huy Do

Rossiya 737 VP-BOB pics - BFI June 21

Rossiya Airlines 737-8LJ VP-BOB msn 41236 ln 6455 seen here at BFI Jun 21 taxying for another test flight as BOE135.


737-800_VP-BOB_06-21-2017-1 737-800_VP-BOB_06-21-2017-2

Photo credit : Paul Varner

Norwegian 737-8 EI-FYD first flight

Norwegian Air International 737-8 EI-FYD msn 42828 ln 6408 first flight from RNT Jun 21 flying as BOE304, hex code 4CABA7.


Boeing 737 MAX 8 Norwegian Air International N1799B (EI-FYD) LN6408 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Norwegian Air International N1799B (EI-FYD) LN6408

Photo credit : Huy Do

Air India 787 VT-ANY first flight

Air India 787-8 VT-ANY msn 36296 ln 579 first flight from PAE Jun 21 flying as BOE253, hex code 80073F.




Photo credit : Dipankar Bhakta

Southwest 737 N8538V delivery

Southwest Airlines 737-8H4 N8538V msn 63586 ln 6451 flew away on delivery Jun 21 BFI-PAE as SWA8700.

FedEx 767F N148FE first flight

FedEx 767-3S2F N148FE msn 42728 ln 1125 first flight from PAE Jun 21 flying as BOE598, hex code A0C0EA.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Aeroflot 737 VP-BNQ delivery

Aeroflot 737-8MC VP-BNQ msn 44432 ln 6437 flew away on delivery Jun 20-21 BFI-KEF-SVO flying as AFL7647 with 9 people on board.  Leased from SB Leasing Ireland.

United 777 N2243U pics - PAE June 20

United Airlines 777-322ER N2243U msn 63723 ln 1500 seen here at PAE Jun 20 departing on a test flight as BOE763.


N2243U United Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) - C/N 63723 / LN 1500 N2243U United Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) - C/N 63723 / LN 1500

Photo credit : Chris Edwards

American 737 N339PL pic - BFI June 20

American Airlines 737-823 N339PL msn 33346 ln 6452 seen here at BFI Jun 20 departing on a test flight.


Boeing 737-823(WL) American Airlines N339PL LN6452

Photo credit : Huy Do

Norwegian 737-8 EI-FYC pics - BFI June 20

Norwegian Air International 737-8 EI-FYC msn 42825 ln 6396 seen here BFI Jun 20 departing on a test flight as BOE303, still with temp reg N60697.


Boeing 737 MAX 8 Norwegian Air International N60697 (EI-FYC) LN6396 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Norwegian Air International N60697 (EI-FYC) LN6396

Photo credit : Huy Do

Norwegian 737-8 EI-FYA pic - BFI June 20

Norwegian 737-8 Max EI-FYA msn 42830 ln 6360 seen here at BFI Jun 20 after a test flight as BOE301.


Boeing 737 MAX 8 Norwegian Air International EI-FYA LN6360

Photo credit : Huy Do

US Navy P-8A 169327 pic

US Navy P-8A (737-8FV) 169327 msn 62299 ln 6189 seen here at BFI Jun 20 returning from a test flight as BOE065.


Boeing P8A Poseidon USN 169327 LN6189

Photo credit : Huy Do

Air Europa 787 EC-MPE delivery

Air Europa 787-8 EC-MPE msn 36418 ln 573 flew away on delivery Jun 20-21 PAE-MAD flying as AEA1001.

Southwest 737 N8537Z delivery

Southwest Airlines 737-8H4 N8537V msn 63595 ln 6447 flew away on delivery Jun 20 BFI-PAE flying as SWA8702.

Rossiya 737 VP-BOB first flight & pics

Rossiya Airlines 737-8LJ VP-BOB msn 41236 ln 6455 first flight from RNT Jun 20 flying as BOE135, hex code 424354.  Aircraft is named "Bryansk".  Leased from Avia Capital Leasing.

Seen here at RNT Jun 16 already painted.


VP-BOB Rossiya - Russian Airlines Boeing 737-800(WL) - C/N 41236 / LN 6455 VP-BOB Rossiya - Russian Airlines Boeing 737-800(WL) - C/N 41236 / LN 6455

Photo credit : Chris Edwards

And here it is landing at BFI after first flight.


Boeing 737-8LJ(WL) Rossiya Airlines VP-BOB LN6455

Photo credit : Huy Do

Hainan 737 B-7400 first flight

Hainan Airlines 737-86N B-7400 msn 43425 ln 6462 first flight from RNT Jun 20 flying as BOE909, hex code 78110C.  Leased from GECAS.

Seen here at RNT Jun 16 already painted.


B-7400 Hainan Airlines Boeing 737-800(WL) - C/N 43425 / LN 6462

Photo credit : Chris Edwards

Saudia 787 HZ-AR11 delivery

Saudi Arabian Airlines 787-9 HZ-AR11 msn 40045 ln 533 flew away on delivery Jun 20-21 CHS-JED flying as SVA9011, hex code 71011D.  This aircraft contractually delivered to Saudi Ministry of Finance & Economy back on March 31 but has been stored at CHS since.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Norwegian 737-8 EI-FYC first pic

Norwegian Air International 737-8 EI-FYC msn 42825 ln 6396 seen here at BFI Jun 19 returning from a test flight now in full livery, albeit with temporary test reg N60697 and missing its tail art.


DSC_8740-NORWEGIAN B737MAX

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Lion Air 737-8 PK-LQF pic

Lion Air 737-8 PK-LQF msn 42990 ln 6344 seen here at RNT Jun 19 in full livery.


DSC_8735-LION B737MAX

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Ruili Airlines 737 B-1597 delivery

Ruili Airlines 737-8ME B-1597 msn 60464 ln 6446 flew away on delivery Jun 19-22 BFI-HNL-MAJ-SPN-TSN-KMG flying as RLH1597.


DSC_8745-RUILI AIRLINES B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Spring Airlines Japan 737 JA06GR first pic

Spring Airlines Japan 737-8AL JA06GR msn 61798 ln 6453 seen here at BFI Jun 19 in full livery as JA06GR.  Leased from BOC Aviation.


DSC_8737-SPRING AIRLINES JAPAN

Photo credit : Brian Worthington

Southwest 737 N8541W first flight

Southwest Airlines 737-8H4 N8541W msn 63599 ln 6469 first flight from RNT Jun 19 flying as BOE974, hex code ABB8C4.

Aeroflot 777 VP-BPG first pics painted

Aeroflot 777-3M0ER VP-BPG msn 41693 ln 1502 seen here arriving back at PAE on Jun 19 after painting at Portland PDX.  Named "A. BABADZHANYAN" - an Armenian composer and pianist during the Soviet era.


VP-BPG Aeroflot - Russian Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) - C/N 41693 / LN 1502 VP-BPG Aeroflot - Russian Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) - C/N 41693 / LN 1502 VP-BPG Aeroflot - Russian Airlines Boeing 777-300(ER) - C/N 41693 / LN 1502

Photo credit : Chris Edwards

EgyptAir 737 SU-GEK first flight

EgyptAir 737-866 SU-GEK msn 63803 ln 6467 first flight from RNT Jun 19 flying as BOE278, hex code 0101BB.  Leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.

Seen here at BFI.


DSC_8756-EGYPTAIR B737

Photo credit : Brian Worthington.

Etihad 787 A6-BLO first flight

Etihad Airways 787-9 A6-BLO msn 39660 ln 578 first flight from PAE Jun 19 flying as BOE106, hex code 8964BF.

Seen here at PAE Jun 17.


A6-BLO Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner - C/N 39660 / LN 578

Photo credit : Chris Edwards

And seen here on the day, Jun 19 :






Photo credit : Dipankar Bhakta