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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:
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It's not every day you see dancing on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport, but when that dancing is to celebrate the arrival of a Hello Kitty-themed airplane, it's completely warranted.
Slipping into a gate alongside the tails of 787s, 747-8s and A380s yesterday was EVA Air's brand new Boeing 777-300ER, its body painted all over with the cheery cartoons of Sanrio's Hello Kitty and friends.
Over 70 Hello Kitty enthusiasts were on the inaugural flight, joined by a troupe of Hello Kitty dancers, characters, artists and Hello Kitty's creator herself, Yuko Yamaguchi. The arrival marks the beginning of regular, nonstop flights between LAX and Taipei-Taoyuan for this aircraft, which is arguably the most kawaii addition to aviation since Pokémon showed up on some 747s. Even as Alaska Airlines' Mickey Mouse plane passed by, all eyes remained on EVA's Kitty.
Before booking a flight, however, there's some things you should know about EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777:
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Is it a panda or an airplane? The correct answer is...it's a panda-plane! Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) may have had this special livery Boeing 767 since 2007 as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of their flying to China, but this is the year the panda look really gets a workout.
Starting October 1, 2013 ANA will increase seats from Tokyo to Chengdu, China, aka the "panda capital of the world." Instead of the 737 that once serviced this route, ANA will fly it using a 767. You can expect to see this panda plane as often as possible at Chengdu's Shuangliu International Airport. Imagine being able to fly a panda plane there, stay in a panda hotel, and then visit actual pandas? Even British Airways has famously gone bonkers for Chengdu this year.
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Here’s an airplane that you don’t see everyday, but with its new livery and look we kind of wish it was around our neighborhood so we could check it out in person.
Iraqi Airways is spiffing up the brand and business with a new look, and we’ve got to say that the effort is paying off. The new livery gets the branding across in a classic—yet contemporary—look. Of course we wouldn’t be opposed to a special paintjob here or there to celebrate some national treasures or special occasions, but for now we like what we see.
Keep an eye out for the plane in Iraq—obviously—but also in spots like London, Copenhagen, Turkey, and Germany. They even have some orders in the queue for their very own Boeing 787s, but it looks like it might be a pretty long wait until those arrive.
[Photo: Facebook / Iraqi Airways]
[Photo: Facebook / Iraqi Airways]
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To start the week off we figured we’d share a little bit of a distraction the form of a new airplane paint job, and this one comes to us from the fun folks over at Southwest Airlines. We know that Southwest is a big fan of animals—from puppies to ponies—but they also have a well-documented spot in their hearts for penguins.
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It's not everyday passengers get the chance to fly on a purple plane, especially in America where we are constantly subject to boring primary colors (with the exception of Southwest) and the regular arrival of "Eurowhite" international aircraft. If you've been lucky enough to pass through some exotic ports of call, it's not uncommon to come across more vibrantly hued planes.
Today we're going to "keep it royal" by taking a peek at some of these aubergine aircraft:
Thai Airways: Here's one you don't have to travel too far to see since you might catch a glimpse of it at LAX. It even has a little shimmer to it!
[Photo: Aero Icarus/Flickr]