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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:
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Bust out the pink, as October brings National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to pretty much everywhere—including the skies. Plenty of airlines offer up their support during the month, but Delta seems to take things a step further than most.
As they’ve done during past Octobers, Delta is bringing some specialty drinks to the in-flight beverage cart. Minute Maid Pink Lemonade is making an appearance up in the air, and if you choose to enjoy one all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Sure it’s just a few bucks, but every little bit helps.
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For Iberia, the past few years have been pretty tumultuous. After years of bleeding money, then a merger with British Airways in 2010 and some more rollercoaster years of performance, it's about time for the Spanish flag carrier to come out with new branding and hopefully herald the dawn of a new era for themselves.
Since there's no easier way to rebrand an entire airline than to haul out the buckets of airplane paint, Iberia is planning to refresh their look starting early next year. While the designs are not complete, we do have an idea of what the airplanes will look like when they roll out of the hangar.
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First we saw British Airways rip the tickets of some cute and cuddly pandas (or at least people dressed in panda costumes) to promote their newest route from London Heathrow to Chengdu, China, the home of the giant panda. Now, the very aircraft taking passengers to the Chinese city dons a cutesy new paint job to look like a smiling panda.
Following All Nippon Airways' suit, BA repainted their Boeing 777 to look like a happy little animal with blacked-out eyes and bit of a smile as it plies the clouds. The route officially took off yesterday en route to China's fourth largest airport.
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"This Hello Kitty jet is for everyone. On it, every day is a happy day. We are spreading a message of happiness." - EVA Air's Chairman (and Captain) K.W. Chang
In 2005, EVA Air painted Hello Kitty on the side of a plane. Then they did it again in 2006. The two planes turned frowns upside-down for a few years, but went away in 2008. Then, in 2011, we showed you the return of the Hello Kitty planes, though these newest versions only flitted around Asia at the time. Now, the US finally gets in on the kawaii action as the airline debuts their first Hello Kitty Boeing 777 and a first trans-Pacific route for the cute Sanrio character: Taipei to Los Angeles.
"Other airlines only do the exterior job [of theming a plane], but we've done it all," says Chang. "We want everyone to share our world," before connecting to other Star Alliance flights and returning to their world. You've already read the 11 coolest facts about these airplanes, but see exactly what Chang is talking about in our 77 original photos of outside, inside, and all around the new 777: