QANTAS refreshes its brand and livery, unveils the upcoming Boeing 787-9 cabins

QANTAS Airways refreshes its brand and livery

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has just released this statement and images for its new updated 2016 livery:


Qantas has revealed an update to its iconic Kangaroo logo as part of preparation for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (below) entering its fleet a year from now.


The change is only the fifth time the red-and-white image on the tail of Qantas aircraft has been updated since it was first introduced in 1944. The last update was in 2007 to coincide with the introduction of the Airbus A380 to the national carrier’s fleet.

Qantas Group CEO, Alan Joyce, revealed the new design together with the new Business Suites and Economy seats that will feature on the Boeing 787-9 to a hangar of around 1,000 employees and guests in Sydney.

787-9 Business Class Seats:


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“Since the image of a kangaroo first appeared on a Qantas aircraft more than 80 years ago, it’s come to represent the spirit of Australia. When passengers see the Qantas tail at airports around the world, it’s a symbol of home,” said Mr Joyce.

“We wanted to make sure our brand remained familiar but we also wanted it to be more modern and dynamic, like the 787 and like Qantas.

“When we looked at the history, we found that the logo has been updated around the time of a game-changing new aircraft joining the fleet. It’s a tradition that goes back to the Lockheed Constellation in 1947, the Boeing 747-300 in 1984 and the A380 in 2007.


“A fresh brand helps symbolise the new era Qantas is entering as we head towards our centenary. It’s an era of new destinations, new technology and a new standard of service,” added Mr Joyce.

The new design was overseen by Qantas consultant designer, Marc Newson, in partnership with Australian design agency Houston Group.

Marc Newson, who has helped design Qantas’ lounges, the A380 cabin and the iconic Skybed, said:

“Aircraft tails are fantastic canvas to work on and the Qantas logo is one of the most recognisable in the world. This re-design aims to retain the fundamental essence of the flying kangaroo but also move the brand forward.

“This new brand is more streamlined and the shading behind the kangaroo gives a better sense of movement and depth. A silver band now extends from the tail to the rear of the fuselage, to give a more premium feel.

“The typography for the word Qantas, which measures almost two metres high on the 787, has been carefully streamlined. And Qantas will appear on the aircraft’s belly, so you can tell when it’s the national carrier flying overhead,” Mr Newson added.

In another link to the airline’s heritage, the classic winged kangaroo that appeared on tails across three decades will feature under the cockpit window and incorporate the individual name of each aircraft.

The new design will gradually appear across the Qantas network from today, starting with digital assets, signage and advertising. Inventory of other items – such as pyjamas – has been run down in preparation for the new logo. Updating branding on aircraft will be sequenced with scheduled re-paints, to be completed in time for the airline’s centenary in 2020.

The updated brand follows the introduction of new cabin crew uniforms in 2014 and new pilot uniforms, unveiled earlier this year, that roll out today.



  • A streamlined Kangaroo on the tail of the aircraft, with shading to give it a sense of depth and movement. The Kangaroo itself has been simplified for a cleaner, more modern look.
  • A silver band has been added to the rear of the aircraft, flowing from the tail through to the rear of the fuselage for a more premium feel and more contrast between the red tail and the rest of the aircraft.
  • A new, slimmer font for the world ‘Qantas’ on the side of the aircraft and the colour made slightly lighter.
  • The word Qantas is added to the belly for increased visibility when aircraft are flying overhead.
    Adding the Kangaroo to the inside curved edge of the wingtips so that they are in-flight and meaning they will also appear in pictures people take out the aircraft windows.
  • Replacing, centring and enlarging the Kangaroo that appears on outboard engine cowls, so that it is more prominent and identifiable.
  • Re-introducing the iconic ‘winged Kangaroo’ that featured on Qantas tails in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s by placing it under the cockpit window and integrating it with the aircraft name currently in this position (note: the actual aircraft names are unchanged).
  • The classic ‘Qantas red’ and white of the fuselage are unchanged.

Top Copyright Photo: QANTAS Airways Airbus A330-303 VH-QPJ (msn 712) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 935336. The pictured VH-QPJ is the first to wear the updated look and arrived at the Sydney base on October 27, 2016.





SAS takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo


Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), has taken delivery of its first of 30 A320neo aircraft ordered, becoming the first Arline in Scandinavia to operate the world’s most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft.

SAS ordered the A320neo as part of its strategy to modernize its fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft, reducing environmental impact such as emissions and aircraft noise. The A320neo will join SAS’s existing Airbus fleet of 25 A320 Family aircraft, eight A330s and eight A340s.

SAS’s A320neo is configured in a comfortable single class layout with 174 seats. The aircraft is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines and will be deployed on short to medium-haul routes from its Scandinavian home bases to destinations throughout Europe.

Photo: Airbus/C. Brinkmann. Airbus A320-251N LN-RGL “Sol Viking” (msn 7290) was handed over on October 21, 2016.


Alas Uruguay operates its last revenue flight

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Alas Uruguay (Montevideo) has operated its last revenue flight. Boeing 737-36N CX-OAC (msn 28563) operated flight YZ163 from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Montevideo on October 24, 2016.

The carrier has now suspended all operations.

The airline recently commenced operations on January 21, 2016.

Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile:

At dusk of October 24 2016 (19:55), the Boeing 737-300 registered CX-OAC of Alas Uruguay, took off from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery bound for Carrasco airport near Montevideo, Uruguay. The airliner performed the flight YZ163 which is to date, the last of this short-lived airline.

According to local media, the lessor of CX-OAC asked for the return of the aircraft because of debts, while CX-OAA has been preserved some weeks ago before returning it to the owner; it has been said that OAC would be leased by the Chilean company LAW. Before the last flight, Alas halted operations between Montevideo and Asunción, Paraguay last week because of poor loads.

A statement published on Twitter by Alas, indicated that passengers who had bought tickets from October 25 onwards must contact the airline for finding a solution as the flights were cancelled “because of operational reasons”: 300 passengers are affected by this situation.

What would happen to the airline constituted by ex-Pluna workers? Some sources say that there are talks with foreign airlines interested in the routes and the AOC, but current evidence states Alas (wings, in Spanish) is not to fly anymore, as Uruguay government said no more economical aids would be given to the company after supporting it with USD $15 million.

A complex situation not only for Alas’ workers and passengers, but also for the Uruguayan taxpayers.

Copyright Photo: Alas Uruguay Boeing 737-36N WL CX-OAA (msn 28569) GRU (Rodrigo Cozzato). Image: 932748.

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Singapore Airlines launches its nonstop Singapore – San Francisco route

Airbus celebrates the "10,000th Airbus Aircraft" delivery with a special logo

Singapore Airlines has launched its new Singapore-San Francisco service, linking Singapore with the US West Coast on a nonstop basis. The new flights will be operated daily using Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

The inaugural flight, SQ32, departed Singapore Changi Airport at 0925 hrs local time on October 23, 2016 and arrived at San Francisco Airport at approximately 0850 hrs local time the same day. The aircraft deployed for the inaugural flight is Singapore Airlines’ sixth A350-900, which also happens to be the 10,000th aircraft delivered by Airbus (pictured). This milestone aircraft was received at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France earlier this month and has a “10,000th Airbus Aircraft” logo on the fuselage.

The new flights are the longest in the Singapore Airlines network. Flying time will range between 14:35 hrs and 17:45 hrs depending on direction and time of year.

With advanced technology and superior operating efficiency, the A350-900 offers customers an improved travelling experience with features such as higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra wide body and lighting designed to reduce jetlag.

Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first A350-900 in March and now has six of the aircraft type in its fleet, with another 61 on firm order, including seven of the ultra-long-range A350-900ULR variant. Singapore Airlines is the launch customer for the A350-900ULR, for which deliveries will begin in 2018. The aircraft will be used to re-launch nonstop flights between Singapore and both New York and Los Angeles.

SIA serves San Francisco twice-daily, with the other flight operating via Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines also serves the US cities of Los Angeles via both Seoul Incheon and Tokyo Narita, Houston via Moscow, and New York JFK via Frankfurt. (Houston services will be operated via Manchester rather than Moscow with effect from October 30, 2016).

Copyright Photo: Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-941 F-WZFD (9V-SMF) (msn 054) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 935104.



Sunwing Airlines introduces its Jameson promotional livery

Sunwing Airlines' 2016 Jameson promotional livery

Sunwing Airlines (Toronto) has introduced it latest promotion for Irish whiskey maker Jameson.

The pictured C-FPRP was rolled out on Wednesday evening out in Toronto then it flew to Dublin Thursday morning, October 20.

Jameson is a blended Irish whiskey produced by the Irish Distillers subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.

Copyright Photo: Sunwing Airlines ( Boeing 737-8FH SSWL C-FPRP (msn 39959) (Jameson) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 935249.


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British Airways to resume flights to New Orleans

British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJA (msn 38609) LHR (Karl Cornil). Image: 922460.

British Airways has announced it is returning to New Orleans from London (Heathrow) with Boeing 787-8 service operated four days a week starting on March 27, 2017.

BA operated the route between May 1981 and October 1982 according to Airline Route from London (Gatwick).

Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-ZBJA (msn 38609) LHR (Karl Cornil). Image: 922460.

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Frontier Airlines takes delivery of its first A320neo

The first Airbus A320neo for Frontier Airlines is delivered

Frontier Airlines, headquarters in Denver, Colorado (U.S.), took delivery on October 19, 2016 of its first Airbus A320neo. Frontier is the first U.S. airline to receive an A320neo with CFM engines, and the aircraft is the first of 80 A320neo Family aircraft the low-cost carrier has ordered. All of Frontier’s A320neo Family aircraft will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines.

Each of the Frontier’s A320neo Family aircraft will feature lightweight composite Sharklets, 2.4-meter/94-inch tall wing-tip devices and new CFM’s LEAP-1A engines providing operators with double-digit improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service.

In addition to the A320neo delivered today, Frontier currently operates a fleet of 64 Airbus aircraft, including 30 A319s, 24 A320s and 10 A321s. Their current backlog of Airbus aircraft is comprised of 18 A319neo, 2 A320ceo, 61 A320neo and 6 A321ceo.

Frontier took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft in 2001 and has since transformed into an all-Airbus, all-A320 Family fleet, allowing the airline to optimize efficiency and economy by streamlining crew training and maintenance operations. The A320 Family also offers the most comfortable single-aisle cabin in the sky at a full seven inches wider than competing aircraft allowing for 18”-wide seats in comfort economy as standard.

Photo: Frontier Airlines (2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWDA (N301FR) (msn 7141) (Wilbur, the Whitetail) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 933681.


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