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Boeing Ready For Some Football With Seahawks Paint Job

July 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

The start of the NFL season is less than two months away, and although we’ll be sad to see summer go, we can’t wait for the opening kickoff. (And hopefully, the end of all the #deflategate talk.) Anyway, Boeing is ready for the season sooner than most, and once again they’re trussing up one of their birds with some football-inspired flair.

The fine folks over at USA Today are all over the new look slapped onto the side of a Boeing 747-8 freighter. This is the second time that Boeing, which long had its headquarters in Seattle, has sent an airplane into the hangar for a Seahawks-saluting paint job. The final result bears the team logo along with the number twelve on the tail; that’s a reference to the hometown crowd, which is often referred to the "twelfth man" during Seattle games.

You won’t be catching a ride on this plane anytime soon, but it does sound like Boeing has some promotional plans scheduled throughout the football season. Up first will be a flyover during the Boeing Seafair Air Show—right over Lake Washington—on August 2. After that, maybe they'll swing by the first home game at CenturyLink Field? Now that would get the twelfth man going!

[Photo: Boeing]

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GOL Shows Off New Logo, Look, and Livery

Where: Brazil
July 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

We’re trying to spice up your Tuesday with a bit of Brazilian beauty — by way of airplane porn. GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has revealed a new look for its planes, and we like what we see.

The new logo and look features clean, crisp colors of white, gray, and orange. Of course we’re just describing what is up above, so we’ll let that picture be worth a thousand words.

There's some glowing inner beauty as well. As part of the brand remake GOL let the world know that they’ll be handing out free snacks to travelers across the cabin. Also scheduled for an upgrade is the in-flight entertainment system; they’ll be flipping the switch on streaming video, live television, and best of all—WiFi.

Some of the new planes are already debuting the new look, but it might be a bit of time before the upgraded innards take to the skies. Expect that rollout at some point in 2016 — just in time for the Olympics?

[Photo: GOL]

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The Dude From Iron Maiden Is Relaunching This African Airline

Where: Djibouti
May 28, 2015 at 11:05 AM | by | ()

Okay, so there's no such thing as Iron Maiden Airways — at least, not yet. (But this band-branded, big bad Boeing? It's for real.) However, it seems that the heavy metal group's front-man is taking his love for aviation to the next level by helping an African country develop a national airline. Yes, really.

The Guardian has the full scoop on what’s going on, but basically singer Bruce Dickinson has signed up to revive Air Djibouti, the nation's now-defunct airline. The details sound a bit above our pay grade, but it appears that Dickinson is lending his assistance via Cardiff Aviation, his aircraft maintenance business. Cardiff Aviation will help Air Djibouti raise cash, get certificates, and acquire some airplanes.

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All Nippon Airways Teams With Toyota For New Seat Design

Where: Japan
May 20, 2015 at 9:05 AM | by | ()

It seems like improving an airplane seat is the 21st century version of the quest to build a better mouse trap, and with every month comes a new gallant attempt. This time it’s All Nippon Airways that is looking to create a game changer, and for their latest idea they’re tapping the seating surface know-how of another group: the car-making folks over at Toyota.

We suddenly have visions of stretching out in our own little version of an in-flight Camry or Corolla — but unfortunately, that’s not exactly what’s happening here. According to Flightglobal, to dream up this new design ANA is partnering with Toyota Boshoku — which is sort of a company within a company that focuses on creating auto interiors and components.

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Boeing Bummer: Fewer 787s Coming To America

April 28, 2015 at 8:56 AM | by | ()

Bad news for those looking to score a trip aboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner here in the nifty fifty, as a couple of carriers are changing up their plans and orders as apparently the latest isn’t necessarily the greatest.

United has a whole bunch of 787s on order, and that’s in addition to the ones they’re already flying. According to the Associated Press and ABC News, United is pretty cool with the 787; however, they’re just looking for something a little bit bigger for certain routes. Boeing will still be their bird of choice, as the plan is to trade in some of the 787s for Boeing 777-300ERs. All in all they will be reordering ten of the different planes—hey, at least they didn’t call Airbus!

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'Living In The Age of Airplanes' Debuts This Weekend at the Local IMAX

April 9, 2015 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

Living in the Age of Airplanes — Trailer #2 from Living in the Age of Airplanes on Vimeo.

Here’s something to add to your weekend to-do list, as we’re pretty sure you’re going to love it. The documentary Living in the Age of Airplanes narrated by Harrison Ford and from the folks over at National Geographic is set to hit the big, big screen on April 10. (Yes, we know the timing is not the greatest as Ford was recently in his own airplane accident.)

Things will be shown in select IMAX and other giant screen theatres, so be sure to review the listings to see where you need to go to check things out. Already, the show premiered earlier this week onboard a special Emirates A380 flight that showed the documentary on the in-flight entertainment screens while circling the skies above Los Angeles.

As for the movie, it was shot across 18 countries and each and every continent, as the filmmakers try their best to show off a little anthropology with a side of aviation. It’s basically a love letter to all things airplanes, and what they mean to our ability to get from here to there so easily and effortlessly.

We’re already ready to check things out for ourselves, and we’ll let the trailer above get you excited as well. Now we just need to find some Biscoff cookies to smuggle into the theater as a snack.

[Photo / Video: Official Site]

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Snap a Selfie Onboard a Virgin Atlantic 787, Then Facebook It for Free

April 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM | by | ()

Selfie sticks may be increasingly banned at destinations, but the original handheld selfie is still very much alive, even in the air. Beginning this month, Virgin Atlantic is offering "#SkyhighSelfie spots" onboard the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Virgin Atlantic teased the #SkyhighSelfie spot as early as October 2014, when their 787 made its inaugural flight from London to Boston. Now, finally, the spots are up and available, which look to be located on walls near the galleys.

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What to Look For When Booking on American Airlines' New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

February 16, 2015 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

As promised, American Airlines worked through this long weekend to open up booking for the first flights of their brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and there's good news and bad news.

The good news is that both inaugurals—between Dallas-DFW and Chicago-ORD on May 7—still have some seat availability.

The bad news is that those seats won't come cheap; American is managing demand by making the 787-operated flights that day the most expensive, from nearly $500-$600 each way when the other flights (mostly operated by MD-80s) are $109. It's a 2.5-hour flight, which is a challengingly short period of time to enjoy such a festive flight and still push all the buttons and flip all the switches on the new in-flight entertainment, new seats, and new...well...everything else (auto-closing toilet lids!).

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Finally! American Airlines Reveals 787 Dreamliner Launch Dates, Routes, Interior

February 11, 2015 at 1:13 PM | by | ()

Forget Valentine's Day. February 14, for frequent flyers, has a new meaning this year thanks to a big announcement today from American Airlines. This Saturday, a date typically reserved for boxes of chocolates and flower bouquets, will be the day reservations open for domestic and international flights on AA's brand new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Wait—that's not all.

Along with the tease to get your credit cards ready for this Saturday's ticket rush, American Airlines also granted the first peek inside the plane, posting three photos each of Business Class and Economy Class to their social media networks.

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Elvis' Airplanes are Now Departing Graceland for...Your Backyard?

January 5, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | ()

One of the USA's most visited private homes is losing its most famous lawn ornaments.

Say so long to the two private jets in the side yard of Elvis' Graceland; both airplanes lost the battle to stay their ground—which we reported on back in July, 2014—and are already on the auction block.

Despite Priscilla's protests, Elvis Presley Enterprises (operators of Graceland) are evicting the planes, which no longer fly but do admit visitors for an additional fee. Walking through the Lisa Marie (a Convair 880) and Hound Dog II (a Lockheed JetStar) was our favorite part of making it to Graceland in Memphis.

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EVA Air to Fly Brand New Hello Kitty 777 Nonstop Between Houston and Taipei

December 17, 2014 at 5:09 PM | by | ()

OMG OMG OMG. We have good news and great news, both related to Hello Kitty and a certain airline fond of covering their planes in the illustrated character.

First, the good news:

Taipei-based EVA Air will soon add another Hello Kitty aircraft to their fleet, bringing the total to 7 airplanes covered in Sanrio cuteness. The theme hasn't yet been leaked, but the plane—the second Boeing 777-300ER to sport a Hello Kitty livery (the other five are Airbus A330s)—will be delivered in May 2015. Inside will be 333 seats: 39 business class, 56 premium economy, 238 economy.

Now, the great news:

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Why One Little Green Airplane is Flying with a Big, Bushy Mustache

November 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM | by | ()

For several years, airlines like British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Virgin America and more have "flown in the face of men's health issues" by getting involved with the Movember movement. For 2014, the mustachioed will be joined by yet another airline, as Aer Lingus waxes up their own cookie duster.

The plane with the 'stache is an Airbus A320 named "Des" (the tail number is EI-DES) and, if you spot him on the tarmac at your home airport, you can share your photos of Des using the hashtag "#moplane."

Since Aer Lingus accepted the challenge from the Ireland chapter of Movember to participate, the airline has set up a Movember site for donations from their flyers.

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