Alaska Airlines unveils its new “Honoring Those Who Serve” veterans logo jet

Alaska Airlines unveils its new "Honoring Those Who Serve" veterans logo jet

Alaska Airlines has introduced a new logo jet honoring the country’s veterans. The airline also made this announcement:

Alaska Airlines is flying 23 military veterans and their guardians from the state of Alaska to Washington, D.C., to view their war memorials. Veterans on today’s Honor Flight fought in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Veterans from Anchorage, Ketchikan and Fort Yukon will be treated to a four-night, five-day trip, courtesy of Alaska Airlines and the Last Frontier Honor Flight. From Anchorage, the group will connect in Portland, Oregon, before continuing on to Washington Reagan National Airport.

This is the second Honor Flight departing the state of Alaska this year. Since 2012, Alaska Airlines has donated over $250,000 in free air travel and discounted companion travel to the Last Frontier Honor Flight program. Alaska Airlines is the only airline to operate Honor Flights for veterans in the state of Alaska and also operates Honor Flights for veterans in Washington and Oregon.

Veterans will return to a hero’s welcome on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. A public reception is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Alaska time at the airport near TSA before security.

Honor Flight Network is a national organization working to transport America’s veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-990 ER WL N265AK (msn 62682) (Honoring Those Who Serve) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 935223.



Binter Canarias to establish Binter CV in the Cape Verde Islands

Binter Canarias ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-LFA (msn 902) LPA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927665.

Binter Canarias has announced it will establish a new subsidiary in the Cape Verde Islands with the name of Binter CV.

The new subsidiary will initially operate with two ATR 72-500s that the company is phasing out for newer ATR 72-600s.

The fleet is expected to grow to four or five aircraft.

According to Binter, “It is expected that in the coming weeks Binter CV will obtain from the Cape Verdean authorities an operator’s certificate in order to begin offering inter-island flights in the African archipelago, where it plans to replicate the existing system of air transport in the Canary Islands, in order to contribute to its development bringing the experience of more than 27 years of connecting islands. It is anticipated that its workforce will made up of more than 80 people, mostly professionals in Cape Verde, many of whom have already passed through the Canary Islands Binter facilities for training.”

Binter’s relationship with Cape Verde began in 2012, when it started operating direct flights between the two archipelagos.

Copyright Photo: Binter Canarias ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-LFA (msn 902) LPA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 927665.



The new Eastern’s founder departs the company

Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8CX WL N277EA (msn 32359) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402999.

Eastern Air Lines Group (2nd) issued this statement about the departure of its CEO and founder Ed Wegel:

Eastern Air Lines Group Inc. announced on October 17, 2016 that, effective immediately, James Tolzien has been appointed the company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. The move also marks the departure of former CEO Mr. Edward Wegel. Mr. Tolzien will continue to lead Eastern’s growth while the Board of Directors conducts a global search for a permanent CEO. The search will be led by General (Ret.) Ray Odierno, Chairman of the Board of Eastern Air Lines and assisted by the global executive search firm Korn Ferry.

Mr. Tolzien has been Chief Financial Officer of Eastern Air Lines Group since its inception in 2011. Mr. Tolzien has over 40 years of executive experience across the travel industry. He has served as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for several major corporations, including Alamo Rent A Car, Budget Car Rental, and the corporate travel management company TravelLeaders.

“We remain committed to our business plan of providing world class charter air service with our fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft,” said General Odierno. “Our Board is unconditionally committed to supporting Eastern’s continued growth. We have complete confidence in Jim’s leadership and we are certain we will attract a world class industry veteran to take Eastern to the next level.”

Copyright Photo: Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8CX WL N277EA (msn 32359) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402999.



Iberia joins Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair in joint business on flights between Europe and Japan

Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.

Iberia will join Japan Airlines, British Airways and Finnair on October 18, 2016 in their joint business between Europe and Japan.

The joint business means that the four airlines will share revenue and cooperate on scheduling and pricing between Japan and Europe, providing customers with more flexible routing options and an attractive range of fares.

Last August Japanese regulators gave approval to the airlines’ plans to include Iberia in the joint business between British Airways, Japan Airlines and Finnair. The Spanish airline starts today with thrice-weekly non-stop flights Madrid-Tokyo-Madrid.

The joint business opens up all four airlines’ networks between Japan and Europe and allows the airline partners to cooperate on expanding their presence in this growing and important market. The agreement also strengthens the oneworld alliance and enables it to compete more effectively around the world with other global alliances.

Copyright Photo: Iberia Airbus A340-642 EC-LEU (msn 960) LHR (SPA). Image: 928592.




China Eastern’s 2016 “Shanghai Disney Resort” promotional special livery

China Eastern's 2016 "Shanghai Disney Resort" promotional special livery

Copyright Photos: China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-6120 (msn 720) (Shanghai Disney Resort) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 935215.

China Eastern's 2016 "Shanghai Disney Resort" promotional special livery

From Wikipedia:

Shanghai Disney Resort is a themed resort in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is the first Disney park resort in mainland China and the second in Greater China, after the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The resort opened on June 16, 2016.

The resort features Shanghai Disneyland Park, an entertainment district, two themed hotels, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs. Additional phases will see the development of two additional theme parks at the resort.

Forty-three percent of the resort is owned by The Walt Disney Company and the remaining 57 percent by Shanghai Shendi Group, a joint venture of three companies owned by the Shanghai government.

The resort was approved by the Chinese government on November 4, 2009.


Sundair plans to start Airbus A319 operations in April 2017


Sundair is a new German independent, middle-sized air carrier for the European market. According to its website, the new airline will offer leisure flights, ad-hoc charters and subservice flights.

Sundair is planning to start flight operations in April 2017 with Airbus A319s.

The prospective airline is based in Stralsund, Germany.

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Porter Airlines’ “Ottawa 2017” promotional livery for Canada’s 150th birthday

Porter Airlines' "Ottawa 2017" promotional livery for Canada's 150th birthday

The Ottawa 2017 Bureau and Mayor Jim Watson, in collaboration with lead partner CIBC, are thrilled to welcome Porter Airlines as the Official Canadian Airline for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in the nation’s capital.

“As the nation’s capital, Ottawa will be at the center of celebrations for Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Robert Deluce, president and CEO of Porter Airlines. “Porter proudly embodies the modernity and founding spirit of Canada, so this partnership is a perfect fit for us.”

Porter will provide flights for artists, contests and promotions, as well as collaborate with Ottawa 2017 on pageantry items at the Ottawa International Airport and other marketing initiatives. Additionally, the airline company will add the Ottawa 2017 logo (below) to the exterior of all of its aircraft and two planes in the Porter fleet will have their tails wrapped with the colourful look of the celebration.


Canada’s 150th celebrations will offer Canadians and visitors from around the world an exceptional and memorable year of exciting experiences while bringing a record number of visitors to Ottawa in 2017 to celebrate this important milestone for our country.

Copyright Photos: Porter Airlines Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) C-GLQB (msn 4130) (Ottawa 2017) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 935182.

Porter Airlines' "Ottawa 2017" promotional livery for Canada's 150th birthday