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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!
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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?
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Alright, you've heard the news, but don't be too sad. We're still publishing through Friday.
There’s a special delivery scheduled for later this year, as KLM is in line to receive their very first Boeing 787. They won’t get their hot little hands on things until the fall, but just the other day the send out a nice preview of what we can expect to experience when things finally take to the skies.
For those keeping score at home it’ll be a 787-9 for the KLM folks, and airline officials are promising more privacy and comfort with their version of the new airplane. Updates and upgrades include new business seating options for those lucky enough to find a space within the World Business Class cabin. Here lie-flat seats are the standard with each having direct access to the aisle. Add in some 16” in-flight entertainment screens, and you’ll be good to go from here to Amsterdam.
Good news! We've found the perfect dinner spot for Jaunted readers who happen to find themselves passing through Arkansas' Walnut Ridge Regional Airport (ARG). Local affiliate KATV has introduced us to the Parachute Inn Restaurant, a restaurant that is contained within a retired Boeing 737
Well, half of it, anyway. Part of the restaurant is housed within a fairly standard building, but it's the plane half — added to the structure in 2001 — that makes this such a unique roadside attraction. This airplane used to fly the friendly skies under the Southwest Airline call sign. Now it's just the place to get some fantastic fried catfish while sitting in old airplane seats and feasting your eyes upon everything from the overhead bins to the original cockpit. And yes, the kiddos — including the simply young at heart — are welcome to take a seat at the controls.
Take a tour in the video below. And then, if you're able, fly on by. KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports
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Fast forward eight years and Virgin America is now showing off a crazy-cool update to Red. Here's the official word from their blog.
Taking off on three of our aircraft this month, we are launching new, higher resolution, capacitive touch monitors as well as a new Red Beta platform built on Android-based software that allows us to make faster improvements in the short-term to our in-flight entertainment platform – and in the long-term, will make it possible for us to further connect, personalize and expand Red in entirely new ways.
Let's break that down for you: You'll be able pinch and swipe on the seatback TV, much like you do on your tablets or phones; you'll also get three times more content (including Seasons 1 and 2 of "Orange is the New Black, priced at $5 for four episodes); and some really cool features like expanded Google Maps, retro video games such as Pac-Man and surround sound simulation from Dysonic, which allows passengers with any sort of headphone to hear a "surround sound" effect from the comfort of their seat.
Virgin is also excited about this new platform because they think it be easier to innovate the system even further. We're not even sure how much further they can take this. But that's probably why we're not working on Red.
We'll be on the lookout for the new Red system on our next Virgin America flight but if you get a chance to try it out, let us know what you think
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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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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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The brand new plane, the first for AA of 42 787s on order, left Dallas-Ft Worh Airport for Chicago-O'Hare, a typically rote domestic flight turned celebration for the introduction of the aircraft.
Now we have good news and bad news.
The bad news is that the AA 787, which has already been inducted into domestic service, has had her party and you're a little late to it. The good news is that, with American welcoming more than just one 787, there's plenty more partying in the near future.
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May 8, 1945: V-E Day. The Allies officially celebrate the end of World War 2 with the acceptance of the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers. For the first time in years, airplanes flying overhead meant only celebration and the return of good times instead of loss and potential tragedy.
May 8, 2015: The 70th Anniversary of V-E Day. The airplanes flying overheard on this day will again celebrate the victory of the allies, and some of the aircraft will be the very same which flew those 70 years ago.
Washington D.C. will be the site of the United States' grand 70th anniversary celebration of V-E Day this Friday, and Smithsonian's Air & Space Museum reports that the highlight will be a flyover of one of the country's largest private collections of World War 2-era aircraft.
The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum is the chief sponsor, and has a bunch of extras for those who both will and won't be there to watch the display. From the Smithsonian:
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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!
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. Its 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]
[Photo / Video: Official Site]
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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.