Tuesday, January 28, 2014

ANA Boeing 737-500 JA353K leaves Japan.

On January 24th, another All Nippon Airways' (NH/ANA) Boeing 737-500 quietly left Japan. B737-5YO JA353K departed Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) at 1336 local time as flight NH9434, and after making stops at Guam/Antonio B. Won Pat (GUM/PGUM), Majuro (MAJ/PKMJ) of the Marshall Islands, and Honolulu (HNL/PHNL), it arrived at Pinal Airpark (MZJ/KMZJ) in Marana, Arizona, U.S.A. at 1423 local time on January 25th, about 41 hours after leaving Japanese soil. It is likely to be parted out and scrapped.
Sister Boeing 737-54K JA306K at Fukuoka. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

JA353K was originally delivered to Rio Sul (SL/RSL) of Brazil on December 15, 1993. First Security Bank of Utah bought the aircraft in February 2001 as N104NK, and then passed it on to Air Nippon (EL/ANK), which registered the aircraft JA353K on March 7th, 2001. Transferred to ANA's then relatively-low-cost-subsidiary Air Next (7A/NXA) in March 2006, it eventually became part of ANA Wings' (EH/AKX) fleet when Air Next along with Air Central (NV/CRF) were merged into Air Nippon Network (EH/AKX) to form ANA Wings, as part of ANA's reorganization and simplification of its subsidiaries, in October 2010.

The aircraft was the last 133-seat Boeing 737-500 in the ANA Wings fleet, making it an odd-ball where others are configured with 126. ANA currently has 14 of the variant remaining, all with ANA Wings plying domestic regional flights, and plans to replace the fleet with additional mainline-ANA B737-800s as well as Mitsubishi MRJ90s, of which 15 are on firm order for deliveries starting in spring 2017.

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