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Air New Zealand is planning to retire the last Boeing 737 in September

Air New Zealand (Auckland) is tentatively planning to retire its last Boeing 737 from revenue in September. The airline is planning to operate the last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight on September 6 as flight NZ 557 from Auckland to Christchurch according to Airline Route.

Air New Zealand and its associated companies have been a Boeing 737 operator since 1968. National Airways (New Zealand National Airways Corporation) (NAC) (Wellington) took delivery of Boeing 737-219 ZK-NAC (msn 19929) on August 29, 1968, followed by ZK-NAD (msn 19930) on September 11, 1968 and ZK-NAE (msn 19931) on October 5, 1968. NAC was taken over and merged into Air New Zealand on April 1, 1978. At that time ANZ became a Boeing 737 operator.

Top Copyright Photo: Colin Hunter/AirlinersGallery.com. Air New Zealand Boeing 737-3K2 ZK-NGK (msn 26318) approaches the runway at Auckland.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. A fine ramp portrait of NAC’s ex-PSA Boeing 737-214 ZK-NAK (msn 20156).

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Lufthansa to end PrivatAir service in October

Lufthansa (Frankfurt) will reportedly end its cooperative agreement with PrivatAir (Geneva) at the end of the summer season in late October per Airline Route. PrivatAir currently operates Boeing 737-800 aircraft for LH on the Frankfurt – Dammam and Frankfurt – Pune routes.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. PrivatAir’s Boeing 737-86Q HB-IIR (msn 30295) approaches the runway at Zurich.

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Is Skymark Airlines close to accepting ANA Holdings’ offer?

Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) is reportedly close to accepting financial sponsorship from ANA Holdings, the holding company of ANA (All Nippon Airways) (Tokyo) according to this report by our partner ZipanguFlyer. The bankrupt company received bids from over 20 companies. ANA would co-sponsor the embattled carrier with investment fund Integral Corporation according to this report. An official announcement is expected next week.

Will Skymark be able to retain its independent brand or become part of the ANA feeder network?

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Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/AirlinersGallery.com. Under ANA, Skymark is very likely to remain a Boeing operator. Boeing 737-8HX JA73NL (msn 38104) passes through Honolulu on its long delivery route.

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Finnair and Airberlin to expand their codeshare relationship

Finnair (Helsinki) is expanding its codeshare cooperation in Europe with fellow oneworld alliance member Airberlin (Berlin).

Finnair’s AY designator will be added to selected services operated by Airberlin or its subsidiary Niki to Bucharest, Catania, Chania, Cologne, Larnaca, Malaga, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Paphos and Stuttgart. Finnair passengers will be able to connect to these cities via Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich.

Most of the new codeshares supplement Finnair’s own nonstop services from Helsinki, allowing passengers more travel dates and a wider choice of schedules. The codeshares are planned to take effect from early May.

Finnair and Airberlin have been codesharing across Scandinavia and Central Europe since 2010.

Top Copyright Photo: Airbus A320-214 OH-LXC (msn 1544) of Finnair taxies at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Below Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airberlin is gradually phasing out its Boeing 737s. Boeing 737-86J D-ABKQ (msn 37760) prepares to touch down in Tenerife Sur (TFS).

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DFW formally welcomes VivaAerobus

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VivaAerobus (vivaaerobus.com) (Monterrey) on March 28 launched service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to Monterrey and Guadalajara. The airline was formally welcomed yesterday (April 16) to DFW with a water cannon salute known as the Airport’s “shower of affection.” VivaAerobus launched service with three weekly flights to Monterrey and Guadalajara, using Airbus A320 aircraft that seat 180 passengers and Boeing 737-300 aircraft that seat 148 passengers.

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VivaAerobus currently serves 21 destinations in Mexico with hubs in Monterrey and Cancun. The airline flies to three U.S. destinations in addition to DFW Airport. Vivaaerobus started operations from its base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in 2006. The carrier is jointly owned by IAMSA, the largest bus operator in Mexico, and the founders of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost air carrier.

Top Photo: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

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United Airlines introduces a purple “March of Dimes” Boeing 737-900 ER

United 737-900ER SSWL N66848 (15-March of Dimes)(Grd)(United)(LRW)

United Airlines (Chicago) today (April 16) welcomed a new Boeing 737-900 ER aircraft to its fleet, and while it is not the first of the next generation Boeing planes the company will take delivery of this year, it is the first to feature a vibrant purple fuselage. The pictured commemorative Boeing 737-924 ER N66848 (msn 42188) is specially painted to honor United’s ten years of supporting the March of Dimes and their mission to provide families across the country with care and valuable information on pregnancy and having healthy babies.

Flight UA 2051 departed Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport this morning bound for Chicago O’Hare, filled with customers and United partners who supported the March of Dimes through United’s fundraising efforts. Each guest was personally welcomed aboard the special flight by 2015 March of Dimes National Ambassador Family, long-time United employee Elise Jackson, her son Elijah and husband Todd. United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and the 2015 March for Babies National Chairman John Rainey also personally thanked guests for their meaningful contributions.

N66848 was handed over to the airline on March 30 and also features Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Winglets.

The airline continued:

Over the past nine years, United employees have contributed more than $5.5 million to the March of Dimes and have walked more than 36,000 miles in March for Babies events nationwide. Last year alone, United and its employees raised more than $700,000 for March of Dimes research, education and services. This year, United has committed to raise $1.2 million for the organization, with about half of that from employee efforts. And thanks to the generosity of the passengers on this flight, United has raised $780,000 for the March of Dimes with today’s delivery.

Photo: United Airlines.

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Southwest Airlines unveils “Missouri One”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Hangar) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) yesterday (April 15) unveiled a new special color scheme on the pictured Boeing 737-7H4 N280WN (msn 32533). N280WN used to be “Penguin One” for Sea World. The new logo jet is dedicated to the state of Missouri and is named “Missouri One”.

The airline issued this statement:

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Southwest Airlines on April 15 celebrated more than 30 years of service in the state of Missouri with the unveiling of the Airline’s newest specialty aircraft, named Missouri One—a Boeing 737-700.

Southwest and state and local government leaders revealed the aircraft in Kansas City, where Southwest first began its Missouri service in 1982. The aircraft, emblazoned with an artist’s rendition of the Missouri state flag, was unveiled at a ceremony this morning at the Kansas City location of Aviation Technical Services, with whom Southwest has partnered for more than 35 years. Southwest Employees, community members, and executives were on hand, including Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly.

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“Kansas City and St. Louis have been vital cities in our network for more than 30 years,” Kelly said to an enthusiastic crowd at the unveiling. “I couldn’t think of a better way to ‘show’ our love to our Employees, Customers, and friends in the great state of Missouri than by dedicating this high-flying salute to them!”

Further demonstrating Southwest’s dedication to both the Kansas City and St. Louis communities, Southwest donated $5,000 each to Science City at Union Station and the St. Louis Science Center. The funds will help support Science City’s Summer Camp, which sparks interest in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) for children ages 6-12 through interactive, challenging, and fun activities, and contribute toward scholarships for the St. Louis Science Center’s Flight Academy Camp.

“We’ve always valued the enduring partnership between the state of Missouri and Southwest Airlines,” said Governor Jay Nixon. “As a tribute to 30 years of quality service by Southwest and Missouri’s proud aerospace legacy, this magnificent plane will showcase the Show-Me State’s aerospace strength around the world.”

Southwest 737-700 WL N280WN (15-Missouri One)(Engine) MCI (Southwest)(LR)

Kansas City band Lost Wax performed as attendees enjoyed local coffee from The Roasterie Coffee Company, and cheered as Kelly, Governor Nixon, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James closed the event by christening the aircraft amid fanfare. The plane then proceeded to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for additional festivities, featuring Mayor Francis Slay.

All photos by Southwest Airlines.

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