JetBlue celebrates Puerto Rico and supports tourism to the island with its newest livery: Bluericua

"Bluericua", a salute to Puerto Rico

JetBlue Airways has today officially announced its new “Bluericua” logo jet in support of Puerto Rico although the aircraft has been flying in this livery since September 15, 2018. Here is the formal announcement:

JetBlue Airways, Puerto Rico’s largest airline, has unveiled its latest special livery, which is dedicated to “La Isla del Encanto.”

The Airbus A320 aircraft – registered as N779JB – is named “Bluericua,” blending JetBlue’s brand with the affectionate name for people of Puerto Rican descent. This custom-designed livery is inspired by JetBlue’s admiration for Puerto Rico’s dynamic culture, stunning beauty and the passionate spirit of its community.

Bluericua is a very public display reaffirming JetBlue’s commitment to Puerto Rico and takes the airline’s celebration of Puerto Rican culture to new heights. This special livery reminds those who see it of the reasons they should choose Puerto Rico for their next vacation and will inspire Puerto Ricans outside of the island to take a trip home to visit family and friends.

Bluericua was designed with help from a group of JetBlue crewmembers based in San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce, Puerto Rico. Together, they identified the quintessential cultural symbols that will promote Puerto Rico as Bluericua travels throughout the JetBlue system.

Bluericua’s starting point is its vibrant shade of blue – the brightest JetBlue has used in its fleet, in keeping with the vibrancy of the island. Emerging from this vibrant backdrop is the iconic Puerto Rican skyline near El Morro, where seven kites are being flown, representing seven symbols of the island’s culture that include:

  • A Single Star, as inspired by the Puerto Rican flag
  • A Hexagon Kite, in the traditional “chiringa” style for Puerto Rico
  • Dominoes, the ever-present game at gatherings, with the double 6 being the highest tile
  • A Coqui, the singing tree frog and the unofficial symbol of Puerto Rico
  • A Hibiscus, the national flower of Puerto Rico
  • An Iguaca, the parrot found exclusively in El Yunque National Forest
  • and a Tambourine, to celebrate the importance and popularity of music in Puerto Rican culture

Flying kites is a beloved pastime for the Puerto Rican community, and Bluericua celebrates this tradition that brings together family and friends. Bluericua’s kites start out at the Puerto Rican skyline and fly in unison toward the aircraft’s tail fin, evoking feelings of being carefree and happy – all emotions that a trip to Puerto Rico can deliver.

“Bluericua is our way of celebrating Puerto Rico’s resiliency and its culture. There is so much that Puerto Ricans can be proud of, and our crewmembers did a great job of identifying those prominent symbols that represent the island’s rich culture, heritage and natural beauty,” said Marty St. George, JetBlue’s executive vice president of commercial and planning. “We remain committed to promoting tourism to Puerto Rico, as the island is open and ready to welcome visitors, family and friends.”

“The Government of Puerto Rico acknowledges and thanks JetBlue for its firm commitment to the development of local economy and tourism of the Island, creating new jobs, expanding its routes and frequency of flights to Puerto Rico, through its JetBlue 100×35 initiative, and now celebrating and giving wide visibility to the Puerto Rican culture with the newly designed Bluericua livery,” said the chief executive.

Rosselló also added that “very few destinations have a dedicated aircraft, much less as a gift from JetBlue. We are honored to receive this detail from this important partner for us, which demonstrates the strong collaboration between JetBlue and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company”.

“JetBlue has been a great partner and ally of the Puerto Rican community for over 16 years. The airline’s commitment to the Island, has been showcased during the past year, with the implementation of a series of programs to support every step of our recovery. The partnership between the Government of Puerto Rico and JetBlue is stronger today than it has ever been. Today, we thank JetBlue for this new livery, which celebrates Puerto Rican culture. ‘Bluericua’ will generate great attention for our destination in all markets that JetBlue serves and will serve as a reminder of the diversity and authenticity of our offering,” said Carla Campos, executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Bluericua made a special visit to San Juan with a lively airport celebration hosted by JetBlue and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, with the governor of Puerto Rico, Ricardo Rosselló, on hand to welcome the aircraft to its cultural home for the first time. Bluericua later operated its first commercial flight for customers from San Juan traveling to Boston, continuing the celebration in the air.

Celebrating the Puerto Rican Community and Its Recovery

JetBlue recently launched a campaign that pays homage to the beloved practice of spontaneous applause once a flight lands in Puerto Rico, along with some of the island’s iconic music. JetBlue teamed up with Puerto Rican musicians Ángel “Cucco” Peña and Víctor Manuelle to create a surprise and delight experience for customers traveling on a recent New York JFK-San Juan flight to celebrate the tradition. Victor Manuelle led an improvised rhythmic chant, incorporating the famous applause with live music, all while inviting JetBlue customers to join the fun during an aircraft-wide celebration.

Earlier this spring, JetBlue returned to pre-hurricane capacity, offering up to 48 daily flights between Puerto Rico and 13 cities in the mainland US, the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic. JetBlue also welcomed 50 new ground and airport operations crewmembers. Puerto Rico is home to nearly 500 JetBlue crew members who support the airline’s operations in its focus city of San Juan, as well as in Aguadilla and Ponce.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JetBlue): JetBlue Airways Airbus A320-232 N779JB (msn 3811) (Bluericua) SJU (Raul Sepulveda). Image: 943618.

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United Airlines to add more seats to Las Vegas for CES 2019 from 15 U.S. cities in January

United Airlines Boeing 777-222 ER N216UA (msn 30549) LHR (SPA). Image: 924672.

United Airlines today announced it is offering customers more ways to get to Las Vegas in January by adding more than 8,500 seats from its U.S. hubs and eight other U.S. cities connecting more customers than ever to Las Vegas for CES 2019, the popular trade show where new products are unveiled and next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. Tickets are now available for purchase.

In addition to United’s regularly scheduled daily nonstop services between its seven hubs and Las Vegas, United has added nonstop service to Las Vegas from eight other cities across the United States including Austin, Texas; Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; San Jose, California; Boston; Pittsburgh; San Diego; and Seattle/Tacoma.

Inbound to Las Vegas

Date

Depart

Depart

Arrive

Time

Aircraft

Jan. 6

Boston (BOS)

9:00 a.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

11:58 a.m.

B737-900

Jan. 7

Boston (BOS)

9:00 a.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

11:58 a.m.

B737-900

Jan. 7

Austin (AUS)

4:05 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

5:05 p.m.

B737-700

Jan. 7

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

1:00 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

3:55 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 7

Pittsburgh (PIT)

3:45 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

5:20 p.m.

A319

Jan. 7

Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

12:35 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

3:00 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 7

San Diego (SAN)

4:00 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

5:15 p.m.

E175

Jan. 7

San Diego (SAN)

7:45 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

9:00 p.m.

E175

Jan. 7

Seattle (SEA)

4:00 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

6:30 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 7

San Jose (SJC)

10:30 a.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

12:00 p.m.

E175

Jan. 7

San Jose (SJC)

3:30 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

5:00 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 7

San Jose (SJC)

7:30 p.m.

Las Vegas (LAS)

9:00 p.m.

B737-900

 

Outbound from Las Vegas

Date

Depart

Depart

Arrive

Time

Aircraft

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

3:30 p.m.

Boston (BOS)

11:35 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

4:30 p.m.

Austin (AUS)

9:10 p.m.

B737-700

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

12:30 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

8:05 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

12:40 p.m.

Pittsburgh (PIT)

7:55 p.m.

A319

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

12:45 p.m.

Raleigh-Durham (RDU)

8:10 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

11:00 a.m.

San Diego (SAN)

12:10 p.m.

E175

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

7:00 p.m.

San Diego (SAN)

8:10 p.m.

E175

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

3:00 p.m.

Seattle (SEA)

5:40 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

10:30 a.m.

San Jose (SJC)

12:00 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

2:40 p.m.

San Jose (SJC)

4:10 p.m.

E175

Jan. 11

Las Vegas (LAS)

6:50 p.m.

San Jose (SJC)

8:20 p.m.

B737-900

Jan. 12

Las Vegas (LAS)

3:30 p.m.

Boston (BOS)

11:35 p.m.

B737-900

From its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United will offer up to 48 nonstop daily flights to Las Vegas between January 6 and January 12, 2019.

To help connect more customers to Las Vegas and CES 2019, United will operate select flights between Las Vegas and Newark and San Francisco with Boeing 777-200 wide body aircraft (top), which are typically reserved for international flights.

Beginning January 13, 2019 United will resume regularly scheduled flights between Las Vegas and its hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

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American Airlines announces nonstop Philadelphia (PHL) to Melbourne (MLB) flights

American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N437YX (msn 17000366) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104821.

American Airlines has made this announcement:

American Airlines announced today that it will begin American Eagle nonstop flights to Melbourne, Florida (MLB) starting on February 16, 2019.

The flights will depart Saturdays from Philadelphia at 8:05 a.m., arriving in Melbourne, Florida at 10:48 a.m. with Embraer 175 aircraft.

The return flight to PHL departs at 11:24 a.m. and arrives in PHL at 1:55 p.m. The new service will be operated by Republic Airline.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Republic): American Eagle Airlines (2nd)-Republic Airlines (2nd) Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (ERJ 175) N437YX (msn 17000366) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104821.

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Alaska Airlines experiments with VR entertainment at 35,000 feet

Alaska Airlines has made this announcement on its blog:

Guests enjoy catching up on the latest movies and TV shows when traveling. The popularity of our streaming and tablet entertainment systems is proof.

For a limited time, we’re taking it a step further by creating a movie theater-like experience at 35,000 ft.

We’ve partnered with innovative French company SkyLights to pioneer a new immersive virtual reality (VR) headset. Wearing the headset is comparable to having a personal movie screen in front of you. When paired with noise-cancelling headphones, it’s easy to feel like you’re at the movie theater instead of flying.

From September 23-27, First Class guests onboard 10 flights between Boston and Seattle and Boston and San Diego will have a chance to experience it for themselves and offer feedback.

With this trial, Alaska becomes the first airline in North America to trial virtual reality headsets as an inflight entertainment device.

Testing VR headsets is part of our continuous effort to elevate the inflight experience. Already this year, we introduced new, West Coast-inspired food and drink menus, reimagined our lounges with the opening of the Alaska Lounge at JFK featuring a barista, and vastly expanded our streaming entertainment library. Later this year, we’ll unveil our first aircraft to feature our new custom interior with a custom First Class seat design, mood lighting and tablet holders.

First Class guests onboard one of our 10 VR trial flights can choose from a selection of 2D and 3D blockbusters provided by SkyLights’ partners 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers and EIM. Noteworthy titles include Academy Award winning “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” in 3D, and the family-friendly “Ferdinand.” There are also several 360° immersive experiences that let guests explore different worlds by just slowly moving their head around.

“I’m really excited to see this technology onboard. I was impressed with SkyLight’s Allosky headset early on as it’s the smallest, lightest, and most stylish VR headset in the inflight entertainment market,” said David Scotland, Alaska Airlines Manager of Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity. “These trials will help us understand how comfortable our guests are using the technology, if they prefer it to our current offerings, and let our flight attendants share feedback about its impact to our inflight service flow.”

A member of the SkyLights team will fly on each of the test flights to ensure guests and flight attendants have support. The test is limited to guests traveling in First Class.

“We’re testing with guests in our First Class cabin as it makes for a nicely contained focus group in the air,” Scotland said. “We’ve made no official commitments to pursuing VR long-term but this trial will help us shape our future strategy.”

Feedback from Guest Advisory Board:

Alaska and SkyLights partnered last year to get feedback from the airline’s Guest Advisory Board on the headset. Group members include some of our most frequent fliers. Guests were enthusiastic about the potential for using the technology inflight. Feedback from this session led to design tweaks – including more intuitive buttons for navigating the menu and a wider array of lens adjustment options. As Alaska launches these trials, we’ll monitor if that excitement carries over to the flight experience.

About SkyLights:

SkyLights is an American-French company specializing in immersive in-flight entertainment. The company first showcased the Allosky device, which offers Full HD resolution (1080p per eye), a sleek, lightweight design, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi at the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Expo in September 2017.

Photos by Ingrid Barrentine.

Silk Way Airlines disputes “deliberate misinformation campaign”

Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silkway West Airlines) Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVB (msn 44444) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943624.

Silk Way Airlines has issued this statement:

Silk Way Airlines strongly refutes the recent false claims put forward in several online articles attempting to smear Silk Way’s trusted reputation.  Void of any merit, these articles are a result of an organized campaign of misinformation penned by geopolitically motivated authors perpetrated to be in direct collaboration with Armenian connections.

Contrary to the false claims made in the articles, Silk Way dutifully followed all applicable protocols and methods under national and international aviation regulations and legal provisions concerning the transportation of goods by air, including International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.  As a standard operating procedure, prior to conducting the flights in question, Silk Way always obtained, without any diplomatic immunities, all necessary permits and exemptions required to transport dangerous cargo.

In addition, so-called ‘secret flights’, published in the articles referred, besides their fictitious quantity, were operated in full compliance with all established procedures and were ordered by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), while all consignors and consignees were designated by the mentioned authority. Thereby, the statements questioning the nature of these flights and their consignors and consignees lack all legal or substantive elements.

On the contrary, Silk Way’s proper handling of this cargo has been confirmed by multiple authorities, which have since publicly refuted the false claims of misconduct in official statements, one of them made available here.

The very same authors who attempt to describe Silk Way as a company involved in illegal activities, admit in their posts that high-ranking institutions such as the U.S. military including U.S. Transport Command, Boeing and Boeing Global Services, the Canadian Department of National Defense, the German Armed Forces, the French Army and the United Nations, have a long-standing contractual relationship with Silk Way.  These partnerships reaffirm the outstanding reputation of our airline and are a testament to Silk Way’s commitment to quality services, safety, reliability, and corporate compliance.

Having failed to substantiate its claims of illegal flights, the misinformation campaign then engaged in a libelous character assault on Silk Way Group President, Mr. Zaur Akhundov and questioned the financing of Silk Way’s fleet expansion.  The articles fabricated information about Mr. Akhundov’s professional credentials and experience, attempting to portray him as an unknown ‘mystery man’ who took control of the Silk Way brand.  In truth, however, Mr. Akhundov was critical to the founding of Silk Way, has been a leader of the Silk Way team from the beginning, and brings decades of valuable experience in developing the aviation industry in Azerbaijan. Mr. Akhundov has no ties to any government or political party.

Concerning the allegations related to the financing of Silk Way’s fleet expansion, our airline has cooperated transparently and as a result has built trusted partnership with many well-known international financing institutions, including notably, the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States.  The Ex-Im Bank is a federal agency with the primary policy of supporting the acquisition of U.S.-made products such as Boeing aircraft.  Before Silk Way legally obtained loans at the prevailing market rate which were backed by the Ex-Im Bank, the airline successfully passed all steps of compliance procedure, including due diligence reviews by the U.S. government.  Furthermore, the guarantee that Silk Way obtained from the International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBAR), was required by the Ex-Im Bank as additional security and has been provided to our airline based on standard market terms and conditions, the airline’s rating, and without any privileges to Silk Way. In addition to the airline’s rigorous executive vetting processes, Silk Way upholds a vigilant ‘Know Your Customer’ protocol and strictly adheres to best international business practices, proactively vetting each prospective client for any potential risks or illegal activities. Silk Way’s history of corporate compliance has not only minimized risk, but also forged and strengthened business relationships across the globe. Any information to the contrary, including the inflated amount of Silk Way’s loan, is categorically false.

Silk Way’s trusted team, strong worldwide partnerships and ethical, safe operations will proudly continue delivering the best services the air cargo industry has to offer to the more than 50 destinations worldwide to which we operate.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Silkway Azerbaijan Cargo (Silkway West Airlines) Boeing 747-83QF VQ-BVB (msn 44444) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 943624.

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interCaribbean announces it has an interest in InselAir, Curaçao

 

InselAir McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) PJ-MDB (msn 48021) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 931449.

The Government of Curaçao and the Administrators of InselAir International BV have confirmed it is in discussions with interCaribbean Airways.

interCaribbean Airways is a regional airline based in the Turks & Caicos, founded 26 years ago and forms part of the InterIsland Aviation Services Group.

interCaribbean Airways has expressed an interest in InselAir International BV where it can quickly respond to re-establish the company and its routes, and the opportunity to bring both brands under one umbrella, to create synergies in offering greater options for pan Caribbean travel.

CEO, Mr. Trevor Sadler stated we have been speaking with the Administrators of the company and look forward to next steps.

Lars de Brabander, Executive Chairman for InselAir International BV stated that while details are to be finalized, we firmly believe that this is good for Curacao, the shareholders and the customers of InselAir. The current operation of interCaribbean would fit well into the current and previous network of InselAir, connecting the south Caribbean seamlessly with the northeastern and eastern Caribbean and although discussions with other possible strategic partners continue, this seems like an option toward a smooth strategic aviation alliance.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the two airlines): InselAir McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82) PJ-MDB (msn 48021) CUR (Ton Jochems). Image: 931449.

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Aurigny adds a second generation Dornier 228

Aurigny Air Services Dornier 228-212 G-OAUR (msn 8305) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 933761.

Aurigny has taken delivery of its second New Generation Dornier 228 aircraft, marking an important investment in its Alderney, Southampton and Dinard services.

The aircraft is due to operate its maiden commercial flight later this week. It arrives with the registration, G-ETAC (below), in homage to Les Etacs rocks in Alderney, an iconic islet and home to a large colony of gannets.

The new G-ETAC went into revenue service on September 20, 2018.

It joins Aurigny’s other New Generation Dornier G-OAUR (top), which arrived in 2015. They will now provide the majority of inter-island flying, with back up from a Classic Dornier aircraft.

The arrival of G-ETAC had been delayed by the manufacturer RUAG. Due to the delay in delivery, RUAG provided Aurigny with another Classic Dornier aircraft, G-OMAF, to ensure adequate cover on the inter-island services. This loan comes to an end with the arrival of G-ETAC and G-OMAF has been returned.

Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said: “We are delighted to take delivery of G-ETAC. The aircraft is equipped with the latest New Generation systems and has comfortable seats, to provide the very best customer experience.

Alongside G-OAUR, our other New Generation aircraft, it will provide the backbone to the fleet and operate a majority of our inter-island services. This was an important investment in our Alderney operations and ensures we have a fleet that can serve us well for years to come.”

The States of Alderney CEO Andrew Muter said: “I’m delighted with the news that the new Dornier will shortly be serving Alderney. The availability of reliable, modern aircraft with up to date technology is a real plus for the Island and for its visitors. I very much welcome this investment by Aurigny and look forward to flying in the new plane.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aurigny): Aurigny Air Services Dornier 228-212 G-OAUR (msn 8305) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 933761.

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