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QANTAS Airways to introduce a Boeing 737-800 retrojet in November

QANTAS logo (large)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) is going to introduce a retrojet in November with the delivery of its 75th Boeing 737-800 (VH-XZP). The airline issued this statement:

For the first time in QANTAS’ 94 year history, the airline will introduce a “retro” livery on one of its brand new Boeing 737 aircraft as a flying tribute to 70 years of its iconic kangaroo logo.

The original kangaroo symbol, that was adapted from the Australian one penny coin, was initially painted beneath the cockpit of QANTAS’ first Liberator aircraft G-AGKT in 1944 following the airline’s decision to name its Indian Ocean passage the Kangaroo Service.

Group Executive for Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth said the kangaroo that now features on the tail of every single QANTAS aircraft is well and truly part of the Australian story.

“For 70 years the flying kangaroo has been a symbol of aviation innovation around the world, driving higher standards in safety, technology, product and service,” said Ms Wirth.

QANTAS Kanagroo

“Our kangaroo logo represents our proud history, inextricably linked with the development of commercial aviation in Australia. It has also become a symbol of ‘home’ to Australians travelling both here and abroad.

“A retro livery is the perfect tribute to our iconic flying kangaroo logo and its 70th anniversary. While it serves as a nod to our heritage, having it fly on one of our brand new Boeing 737-800s highlights our commitment to being an aviation innovator when it comes to new aircraft and modern technology.

“QANTAS has flown under many liveries throughout its 94 year history and I know this historic design will bring back a lot of memories for many of our customers who have chosen to fly with us over the years.”

QANTAS will take delivery of its new Boeing 737-800 from the Boeing Factory in Seattle in late November. It will be the 75th Boeing 737-800 to join the QANTAS fleet.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. QANTAS Airways’ Lockheed 188C Electra VH-ECD (msn 2008) shows a smaller kangaroo logo on the tail portraying the basic 1959 modified livery that was introduced with the Lockheed Electras.

History of the flying kangaroo:

The original Kangaroo symbol appearing on QANTAS aircraft was adapted from the Australian one penny coin.

1944 – The kangaroo was first painted beneath the cockpit of QANTAS’ (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services) first Liberator aircraft G-AGKT, following QANTAS’ decision to name its Indian Ocean passage the Kangaroo Service. The symbol featured on all later aircraft.

1947 – The winged kangaroo symbol was created for the introduction of QANTAS’ Lockheed 749 Constellations. They were the first QANTAS aircraft to carry the Flying Kangaroo and the first to operate right through to London with QANTAS crews. The Flying Kangaroo was later placed in a circle in 1968.

1984 – The Flying Kangaroo lost its wings once again in an updated logo and was refined to a more slender, stylized presentation.

1995 – A logo created for the airline’s 75th anniversary year was added to all QANTAS jet aircraft. It brought together the Flying Kangaroo symbol and the words ’75 years’ to mark QANTAS’ contribution to civil aviation.

2007 – QANTAS unveiled a new interpretation of its iconic logo, designed to reflect the changing structure of the airline’s new generation aircraft, and keeping with Qantas’ increasing focus on contemporary design for its in-flight and on-the-ground products.

QANTAS Airways: AG Slide Show

A history of the QANTAS logos:

QANTAS historic logos

 

Evergreen International Airlines files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

Evergreen International Airlines (McMinnville, Oregon and Marana, Arizona) despite denials of rumors by senior management, in the waning hours of December 31, 2013, filed for voluntary Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in a federal court in the state of Delaware. The company will be liquidated.

According to this report by Bloomberg, some of Evergreen’s creditors filed papers on December 17 in a Brooklyn, New York court to force the airline to pay its bills. This filing forced the bankruptcy filing.

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Evergreen International logo

The airline was established by Delford M. Smith and commenced operations in 1960 as Evergreen Helicopters. It acquired the operating certificate of Johnson Flying Service (later Johnson Air) (Missoula) and merged it with Intermountain Aviation to establish the current Evergreen International Airlines on November 28, 1978.

Previously the airline issued this statement on November 8, 2013:

McMinnville, Oregon — November 8, 2013

As has been previously reported in the press, Evergreen’s business has been adversely impacted over the past several years by decreased demand in military spending and weakness in global economic markets. Management has moved to aggressively address these challenges, including through the divestiture of businesses and assets and the significant reduction of secured debt. Evergreen is in discussions with its significant constituencies and is exploring available strategic alternatives with those constituencies. While Evergreen generally does not comment on market rumor or conjecture, rumors that a decision has been made to cease operations at this time are false. Evergreen remains committed to continuing to address the current business environment with its customers.

Delford M. Smith
Chief Executive Officer,
Evergreen International Aviation, Inc.

Top Copyright Photo: Bernhard Ross/AirlinersGallery.com. Evergreen International was the famous operator of the Boeing 747 “Supertanker”. Formerly operated by Delta Air Lines, Boeing 747-132 (SF) N479EV (msn 19898) taxies at Hahn, Germany as the “979 Supertanker”.

Evergreen International Airlines: AG Slide Show

Johnson Air: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Before it was Evergreen International, the company was Johnson Air (Johnson Flying Service). Ex-Western Airlines Lockheed 188A Electra N7137C (msn 1074) rests at the earlier “Big Sky” Missoula, Montana base.

 

An End of an Era: Atlantic Airlines retires its last Lockheed Electra

Atlantic Airlines (UK) (Coventry) yesterday (April 27) reached a milestone for the company.

Atlantic Airlines’ last airworthy Lockheed Electra, the pictured 188C (F) G-LOFC (msn 1100), ferried from Katowice to Coventry in the early hours of April 27 after operating the final Electra commercial flight from Leipzig on behalf of DHL.

The converted freighter has been sold to Buffalo Airways (Yellowknife) and departed for Keflavik just after 1045 local time. Atlantic Airlines
staff were out in force to wave it off, the departure was filmed for “Ice Pilots”, it received a water canon salute and then made a final approach and flyby before departing to its new home.

There are still two derelict Electras parked up at Coventry. However G-LOFC was also the last airworthy Electra in Europe.

This aircraft was originally delivered to American Airlines as N6123A “Flagship Nashville” on October 22, 1959.

Thank you to Gordon Stretch for this report and photos.

Atlantic Airlines (UK): AG Slide Show

Copyright Photos Below: Gordon Stretch. G-LOFC is given the traditional water cannon salute on its departure from CVT. The last operational Electra leaves Europe.

Atlantic Airlines (UK) 188CF G-LOFE (Grd) CVT (GST)(LR)

Atlantic Airlines (UK) 188CF G-LOFE (Tko) CVT (GST)(LR)

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) is facing tough negotiations with three unions

Philippines (Philippine Airlines) (Manila) is facing difficult negotiations with three of its unions. Next week could be a difficult one for the flag carrier.

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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Airbus A330-301 RP-C3332 (msn 188) prepares to land at Singapore.