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It's a 'Hello Kitty' world now.
As Taiwan's EVA Air continues to promote their fleet of six Hello Kitty jets (5 A330s, 1 777) and Japan Airlines gets in on the action with one Kitty-fied 777, ANA is slowly saying fond farewells to their once robust fleet of Pokémon planes.
The idea to paint up an aircraft in Pikachu and other characters goes all the way back to 1992, with a contest ANA hosted to welcome children's drawings as design concepts. No plane was painted with Pokémon until 1998, however; the first was a 747 on domestic routes, which flew for 17 years before heading into retirement.
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It’s almost time for Air New Zealand to take to the skies with their very first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, but the closest we can get right now is admiring the new livery from afar.
You may recall that Air New Zealand announced that they’d be mixing up their paintjob with a couple different versions, and here's a preview of one, which retains the koru and New Zealand fern looks and logos.
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There’s no new livery to be had here, but we can't help and sit back for a couple of minutes and enjoy the time-lapse distraction from the folks over at Emirates. It’s hard running an airline with all the planes and paint, and every once in a while one needs to strip things down and throw on a fresh coat—got to keep things looking good.
In the embedded video above Emirates shows off what it takes to clean a Boeing 777-300 down to bare metal, and then to bring things back to airport ready condition. Repainting an airplane to keep things looking professional is just part of the airline business, but when you speed things up into a quick little video it becomes that much more interesting.
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For those looking to visit Walt Disney World this year the best ride there might just be aboard WestJet. The carrier from Canada recently revealed its latest livery, and this thing is all magic and Mickey Mouse.
The custom paintjob on the Boeing 737-800 features Mickey in his Sorcerer Mickey role, along with plenty of other magic sprinkled over the outside and inside of the airplane. They’re calling it the Magic Plane, and we’ve got to say—we’d call it that too.
It’s official US Airways and American Airlines are merging into one big happy airline family. Okay—we knew this was happening, but this week was the first time that a US Airways plane was painted in the new livery and took to the skies.
An Airbus A319 is the first plane make the transition from US Airways to American Airlines, and it took off just the other day—Flight 2060—as it did its thing between Charlotte and New York-LaGuardia. Despite the new paint and new look this plane is still technically a US Airways bird, as US Airways will still technically operate these flights. That’s just how it works until both carriers begin to utilize the same operating certificate.
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With over 600 US Airways planes now a part of the "new American Airlines," it's time to head to the paint shop. But how to paint the planes now that the two airlines are one and have a chance at a fresh rebrand? This is the question right as the CEO of the merged airline, former US Airways CEO Doug Parker, asks employees: "...now that we have merged, are we going to keep the new American livery, or are we going to do something different?"
Although the decision is an internal one, that hasn't stopped both AA and US from opening it up to public comment. Yesterday evening, US Airways posted the above image of options to their Instagram. American also shared it to their Facebook page, garnering almost 6,500 likes and 10,800 comments as of this morning.
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Yet another new Hobbit movie has the folks down at Air New Zealand all excited to launch their latest homage to Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf. The Kiwi airline has given fans of the movie a sneak peak of the latest release's namesake character by emblazoning a plane with Smaug, a mythical dragon of The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug.
There's no doubt that Air NZ loves anything and everything Hobbit, as this is actually the second Boeing 777-300 to be wrapped with a Hobbit scene. Both colorful Boeings regularly fly between New Zealand and the US, which makes Los Angeles the best place to spot the new dragon.
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We’re always eager to see some new paintjobs slapped onto the sides of airplanes all over the globe, and this week Alaska Airlines is showing off its latest in airline art. The carrier already has a few planes dedicated to all things Disney, and now it's adding a new one to its hangar.
The kiddos—well, and us too—will be eager to check out the new look of this Boeing 737, as the airplane features artwork from the movie Cars and has been named named Adventure of Disneyland Resort.
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Right now is the time for men participating in Movember (a contraction of Moustache November) to go beyond a 5 o-clock shadow and grow out their facial hair to draw attention to men's health issues. Last year was the first time several airlines also showed their support by giving their planes some nice mustaches, and several have returned for 2013. Here's what a few are doing for the cause:
[Pictured above] After the success of last year, BA is back into Movember. Highlights include an Embraer aircraft painted up with a 'stache, and a "giant moustache on display in the departure lounge at London City for the month-long campaign." As male BA staff and crew cultivate their own facial hair, passengers traveling out of London-City are encouraged to pose for photos with an oversized moustache in return for a donation. Share those photos on social media with the hashtag #LCYtash, and you're eligible for BA prize drawings this month.
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There’s nothing we enjoy better than a little new airplane smell, and if you’re getting aboard a Delta flight anytime soon you might be enjoying exactly that—well, kind of. You see Delta kind of has a whole bunch of new planes, but the catch is that they’re really only new to them. They’ve all had quite the life before flying with the Delta livery and logo, as many of them are just being shipped over from their former life at AirTran.
Just last week the first of Delta’s Boeing 717s took to the skies, as one of the planes departed from Newark-Liberty on its way to the home base down in Atlanta. Right now there’s a total of two planes in their Boeing 717 fleet, but they hope to boost those numbers to around ten before the end of the year.
November doesn't start for another week, which means right now is the time for men participating in Movember to shave their faces clear of facial hair in preparation to grow it out and draw attention to men's health issues. Last year was the first time several airlines also showed their support by giving their planes some nice mustaches, and it looks like they'll be returning for 2013 with fresh facial hair.
First out of the hangar is Qantas' Boeing 737, and it's way past five-o-clock shadow stage. The bird is painted with a full handlebar 'stache to honor Australian Cricket legend, Merv Hughes.
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There's just over three weeks left until Halloween and, besides getting enough snack-sized Snickers for the little trick-or-treaters ringing your doorbell, there's all the planning that needs to go into a unique costume. Luckily there are some airplanes with creative paint jobs to lend some disguise inspiration.
From wildlife to wild childs, be on the look-out for some mile-high Halloween hijinks during your next trip with these airplanes on the loose. Here are nine of our favorite planes masquerading as something else: