Belavia introduces a new brand with the delivery of EW-455PA

Belavia introduces a new "Valoshka" brand with the delivery of EW-455PA

The pictured EW-455PA was delivered on August 13, 2016.

According to Boeing:

“The new livery is the result of a collaborative effort between Belavia, Boeing and the design firm Teague. Before creative concepts were drawn, Boeing’s Airline Partnership Marketing team and Teague provided guidance and training through a series of brand workshops.

The logo was inspired by the cornflower (“Valoshka” in Belarussian), which is a national symbol of Belarus– representing beauty, friendship and prosperity.

The airplane’s interior combines a blend of cornflower blue, light grey and white with the Boeing Sky Interior lighting.”

Copyright Photo: Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-8ZM WL EW-455PA (msn 61421) BFI (James Helbock). Image: 934262.

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Lufthansa’s 2016 “F.C. Bayern Munchen” logo jet

Lufthansa's 2016 "F.C. Bayern Munchen" logo jet

On July 25, 2016 Lufthansa made this announcement:

The FC Bayern Munich took off on July 25, 2016 on a Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 for an eleven-day USA trip on the “FCB Audi Summer Tour 2016”. To mark the occasion, the long-haul aircraft with the registration D-AIHK has been covered with a special FC Bayern Munich design. In addition to the FC Bayern Munich logo, ten players from the club are also pictured on the fuselage: Jérôme Boateng, Robert Lewandowski, Manuel Neuer, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal. Also shown in sporting action: Franck Ribéry, David Alaba, Thomas Müller, Philipp Lahm and Arjen Robben. The Lufthansa Airbus will be flying from Munich to four continents with this design for a year.

Lufthansa has been the official carrier of FC Bayern Munich since 2004. In addition to its long-term cooperation with FC Bayern Munich, the airline also works with the German Football Association (DFB) and supports numerous popular sports. Moreover, the airline is a national sponsor of the sports foundation Deutsche Sporthilfe, and has been a partner of the German Olympic Sports Committee (DOSB) for many years. This traditionally includes flying the German team to the Olympic Games and, as a partner of the National Paralympic Committee (DBS), to the Paralympics.

D-AIHK is now back at the Munich base.

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Airbus A340-642 D-AIHK (msn 580) (F.C. Bayern Munchen) MUC (Arnd Wolf). Image: 934249.

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Mauritania Airlines finalizes its order for one Boeing 737-800

The island of Fogo in the republic of Cabo Verde, with clouds over its mountainous volcanic landscape

The island of Fogo in the republic of Cabo Verde, with clouds over its mountainous volcanic landscape

Mauritania Airlines and Boeing have finalized an order for one Next-Generation 737-800 airplane, valued at $96 million at current list prices.

Based in Mauritania’s capital city Nouakchott, at Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport, Mauritania Airlines was founded in 2010 and currently serves more than 10 destinations across Africa and Europe. The Mauritanian flag-carrier currently operates a fleet which includes one Next-Generation 737-700 and two 737-500s.

Image: Boeing.

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Prime Air is unveiled in Seattle on August 5, 2016

Prime Air is unveiled in Seattle on August 5, 2016

On August 5, 2016 Amazon.com Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the first Prime Air-branded Boeing 767 at Seattle (Boeing Field) operated by Atlas Air (“1997” is a prime number).

Amazon previously announced in May 2016 it would lease 20 Boeing 767s from Atlas Air. This followed a previous deal announced in March 2016 to lease up to 20 767s from Air Transport Services Group.

Amazon also utilizes FedEx and UPS for its Prime deliveries.

Amazon issued this statement:

Amazon on August 5, 2016 is showcasing its first ever branded air cargo plane during Seafair’s Air Show, an annual community celebration taking place in Amazon’s hometown of Seattle. The Boeing 767-300, operated by Amazon’s air cargo provider Atlas Air, is flying in the Seafair Air Show to thousands of Seattle residents and Amazon employees.

“Creating an air transportation network is expanding our capacity to ensure great delivery speeds for our Prime members for years to come,” said Dave Clark, Amazon’s senior vice president of worldwide operations. “I cannot imagine a better way to celebrate the inaugural flight than in our hometown at Seafair alongside Amazon employees and Seattle residents.”

The airplane, named Amazon One, is one of 40 that Amazon has agreed to lease through air cargo partners Atlas Air and ATSG. There are currently 11 dedicated airplanes flying for Amazon as of today with additional airplanes rolling out over time. In an ode to its Prime members, Amazon’s first airplane in its dedicated fleet features a tail number made up of a Prime number.

In the last year, Amazon has launched several initiatives to ensure great delivery speeds and supply chain capacity for its customers, including Amazon Flex, the company’s mobile application that allows individuals to sign-up, be vetted and begin delivering for Amazon, a dedicated network of 4,000 trailers to increase trucking capacity and, now, the network of air cargo planes. These efforts join Amazon’s robust worldwide network of more than 125 fulfillment centers and over 20 sortation centers where the company uses high-end algorithms, robotics, machine learning and other technological innovations to increase delivery speeds for customers. Amazon is now bringing the same technological expertise to efforts in the transportation space to increase shipping capacity for its customers.

Copyright Photo: Prime Air (Atlas Air) Boeing 767-33A ER (F) N1997A (msn 27310) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 934097.

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Southwest to fly from Oakland to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta starting on February 12, 2017, extends schedule through late April with new routes

Southwest to fly from Oakland to Cabo and Puerto Vallarta starting on February 12, 2017, extends schedule through late April with new routes

Beginning on February 12, 2017, Southwest Airlines will fly nonstop daily between Oakland and both San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

In addition, beginning on March 9, 2017, Southwest will add daily service between Houston (Hobby) and Omaha and between New York/Newark and Ft. Lauderdale./Hollywood.

Also starting on March 11, 2017 and furthering its network development of the carrier’s near-international service, Southwest has published new nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays between Denver and Belize City, Belize.

Also on March 11, 2017, Southwest launches nonstop service to operate seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays between Dallas Love Field and Jacksonville.

This coming weekend, on Sunday, August 7, 2016, Southwest will inaugurate international service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Nassau, The Bahamas.

Copyright Photo: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8H4 SSWL N8658A (msn 36899) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 931547.

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Emirates Boeing 777-300 A6-EMW crash lands at Dubai and burns, passengers and crew evacuated

Emirates 777-300 A6-EMW (99)(Apr) DXB (PDN)(LRW)

Emirates (Dubai) has issued this statement:

Emirates can confirm that today, August 3, 2016, flight EK521 travelling from Trivandrum International Airport in Thiruvananthapuram, India to Dubai has been involved in an accident at Dubai International Airport. There were 275 passengers and crew on board.

The Boeing 777-300 aircraft (A6-EMW), departed at 10.19 am from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50 pm at Dubai International Airport.

We are in the process of opening our customer assistance line and will share these details soon but at this stage we have no further information on what may have caused the accident. Our priority remains with the passengers and crew involved.

We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-31H A6-EMW (msn 32700) was delivered on March 28, 2003. The airframe has been destroyed by the accident.

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