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An Air France Boeing 777 to wear a special “accent” logo

Air France (Paris) has issued this statement:

Air France teamed up with New York-born painter and graffiti artist JonOne to redesign the Air France accent. Measuring four meters by seven meters, the giant accent was unveiled yesterday, November 10 at the heart of Air France Industries’ hangars at Paris Orly. The art represents the French flag and symbolizes freedom, one of the values held dear to France and the artist alike while echoing the company’s slogan: Air France, France is in the Air.  An Air France Boeing 777 equipped with the airline’s new travel cabins will don the accent serving the Company’s global network for one year.

The aircraft sporting this exceptional livery will then fly for the first time to New York, a legendary and historic route for Air France.

In December 2015, a selection of exclusive items including notebooks, tote bags and models of the aircraft with the Air France redesigned accent will be available for purchase on

Air France, Ambassador of Contemporary Art

For the past 80 years, Air France has had a special relationship with the contemporary art world – from the spiritual artist Zao Wou-Ki to the electrifying JonOne, via Jeff Koons, David Mach, and many more.

Air France has previously worked with JonOne –in September 2012, during their time spent in the La Premiere lounge at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, La Premiere customers were able to discover exclusive creations signed by JonOne. In the La Premiere cabin, on board long-haul flights, new menu and wine list covers also designed by JonOne stimulated the appetite and turned the flight into a gastronomic interlude.

In each travel cabin, throughout the year, the “Arts & Culture” TV program provokes Air France’s visual reflection around masters such as Le Corbusier, fun artists including Keith Haring, or sublime architectures such as the Louis Vuitton / Frank Gehry Foundation. In December 2015, Air France will show a video by JonOne as a tribute to abbé Pierre. And to make the most of this cultural showcase in the sky, the gigantic Air France Airbus A380s are equipped with genuine art galleries comprising wide video screens.

About JonOne

The person still known to many as John Andreas Perello was born in New York, to two Dominican parents who had fled Trujillo’s regime and met in New York to secure their chance at the American dream. The young man evokes the pitiless status quo of his childhood – “No Hope, No Future”, akin to the British punks’ nihilist movement. This paved the way for a found image – the dazzling trail of dynamic color and movement left by a spray-painted subway train.

So it would be the subway. The street. Graffiti.

The budding artist behind JonOne rapidly signed flamboyant murals, and “entered the world of art”. He visited museums and galleries, built his own culture – like Jean-Michel Basquiat, who he resembles in many aspects – and his graffiti took inspiration from his spiritual fathers (Kandinsky, Miro) and the lyrical abstraction which was a major influence in painting during this era – Pollock, of course, but also De Kooning, Motherwell, Rothko, etc. His life was punctuated by decisive encounters and trips, notable to Paris, where the artist had two major experiences – at the Hôpital Ephémère – a legal squat for artists at the end of the 90s – and his active collaboration for the Abbé Pierre Foundation (2011). In addition to reclaiming his Dominican roots, a perfect fusion between street art and High Art – the noble art of painting – his reputation was swiftly forged and fame followed. After multiple international exhibitions, on January 21, 2015, a monumental work, significantly titled “Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” was inaugurated at the National Assembly, in Salon des Mariannes. This painting even became the new French stamp in September 2015.

Qatar Airways takes delivery of its 24th and 25th Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners

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Qatar Airways (Doha) took delivery of its 24th and 25th Boeing 787 Dreamliners yesterday (November 4) in a ceremony at Boeing’s production facility in Everett, Washington.

As the Middle East launch customer for the Boeing 787, Qatar Airways received its first Dreamliner in November 2012. Since then the airline has continued to expand as one of the world’s fastest growing airlines and it now flies to more than 150 destinations, with its fleet of Dreamliners serving 30 of those global destinations, including Amsterdam, Casablanca, Cape Town, Rome, and Tokyo Haneda.
Qatar Airways logoQatar Airways will fly its 25th Dreamliner directly to its home in Doha, the State of Qatar, and then on to the Dubai Airshow where it will be on display.

Qatar Airways 787 has 254 custom-made seats across its Business and Economy Class cabins with specially designed interiors. Business Class is configured 1–2–1 with 22 seats, while Economy has 232 seats in a 3–3–3 layout. All seats in Business Class are fully reclinable.

The airline’s 787s are the world’s first fully connected Dreamliners with wireless facilities for passengers to remain in touch with friends and colleagues on the ground through the internet and SMS mobile texting across both the Business and Economy cabins.

Top Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner A7-BCY (msn 38343) carries a special “25th 787 Dreamliner” emblem. Celebrating the official handover to Qatar Airways of its 24th and 25th B787 Dreamliner in Seattle are, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker (second from right) and Boeing Commercial President and CEO Ray Conner.

Qatar Airways aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Below Photo: Qatar Airways. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners A7-BCX (msn 38342) and A7-BCY together at the dual-delivery ceremony.

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Air Europa introduces a new look

Air Europa (Palma de Mallorca) yesterday (October 20) unveiled its new livery as pictured on EC-KRJ, an Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) which was just painted at East Midlands. The carrier has removed red from its color scheme.

Air Europa logo (2015)

Top Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez/ EC-KRJ is seen on its arrival at its Palma de Mallorca base as flight AEA007.

Air Europa aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Air Europa tail 2015 (Air Europa)(LR)

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Sneak peek: Russell Wilson stars in new ads for Alaska Airlines

Bruce Drum:

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) double-downs in its relationship with hometown star quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks.

Originally posted on Alaska Airlines Blog:

The newest Alaska Airlines commercials featuring Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson launched today, just in time for kickoff of football season.

The theme is “Alaska Airlines Company Retreat,” a camp where employees are pushed to greatness by Wilson, who plays a role that’s part counselor, part drill sergeant, part guru.

“These are some pretty creative commercials,” Wilson said during a break from a scene that had him holding a chainsaw and a carved wooden hawk statue (which will make a lot more sense after you watch the ads).

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World Airline News is evolving

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After almost seven years and nearly 15,000 published articles, World Airline News is further evolving as the reading habits of our readers also continue to evolve.

Over the years we have noticed an on-going trend in how readers get their airline news. These undeniable trends have spotlighted the move from traditional printed (paper) magazine content to on-line web content (like this blog) and now to mobile devices and the fast-growing social media sites. Today more and more readers are getting their news on their mobile devices and through the various social media pages. This blog is already mobile-friendly and is already located in the top social media sites.

As you know, there are several ways to read World Airline News. This ranges from direct e-mail subscriptions of all articles, to this actual on-line blog and also on our social media pages like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Pocket, Pinterest, Google+ and Reddit. Clearly these social media sites are the major growth areas.

Readership of World Airline News has doubled in the past year with all of these outlets. However less people are now visiting the original on-line blog after we peaked in blog readership in March. We are now forced to be more selective in what we report and publish and how we distribute the news.

Effective October 1, 2015, World Airline News will no longer be a daily news service. After this date, we only will be publishing the occasional major “big stories” on this blog. However we will continue to post our stories + those of other traditional and reliable news services on our fast-growing World Airline News page on Facebook.

We will no longer be reporting on financial reports by the airlines. There are many financial news sources for the quarterly and yearly financial results and we no longer want to duplicate this content reported in other places.

We will no longer be reporting on new airline routes unless it is a major story in our focus area. Airline Route does an excellent job of reporting on new routes (please see the right column of this blog for their Airline Route RSS news feed).

What constitutes major news stories?

We expect to continue to publish stories on the following “big subjects” on this blog:

  • New airlines and the start of service
  • Airline demises and retirement of airline brands
  • New airline liveries
  • A new aircraft type with an airline and the introduction of service
  • Aircraft type retirements
  • Major new aircraft orders
  • Special articles, especially the columns and stories by our Assistant Editors
  • Major aircraft accidents and incidents
  • Airline mergers and takeovers

These types of stories are the most popular with our readers. In essence, we are now being more selective in what we report due to the rising amount of content and our limited time to report the news. Unlike others, we do not charge for our news service. It has all been free from day one and it will continue to be free. We hope in return you will support our growing flagship photo library and our framable color prints.

Although we will continue to report on a worldwide basis, we will also focus more on our main readership areas of North America, Western Europe, Australia/New Zealand and other English-speaking parts of the world. We will continue to work with our overseas partners for their extensive coverage in their home areas. Their stories can also be found in the right column.

Finally, if you are interested in helping to report the news as a volunteer Assistant Editor, we would welcome your correspondence and your offer of help.

Bruce Drum

Managing Editor

World Airline News

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Behind the scenes: Alaska Airlines’ flight attendant training

Bruce Drum:

From the Alaska Airlines blog – the training of Flight Attendants:

Originally posted on Alaska Airlines Blog:

It’s more than serving sodas and hot meals – when Alaska Airlines’ flight attendants take to the skies they are ready to fight fires, save lives and take on any obstacle. In fact, learning to serve customers in flight only accounts for a fraction of the six-week training every new Alaska flight attendant goes through.

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Alaska Airlines steps up support for Washington wildfire relief efforts

Originally posted on Alaska Airlines Blog:

Wildfires currently burning in the state of Washington are the largest in the state’s history, and Alaska Airlines has pledged to do what it can to help with relief efforts.

Firefighters are battling 16 large wildfires consuming about 600,000 acres (an area nearly seven times the size of the city of Seattle) across Eastern Washington. The fires have killed three firefighters, destroyed more than 200 homes and threaten more than 12,000 additional structures.

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