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Delta customers, employees begin saying ‘goodbye’ to iconic Boeing 747-400

Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-451 N663US (msn 23818) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 913623.

Delta Air Lines issued this statement:
Delta customers and employees began saying their goodbyes to the airline’s iconic Boeing 747-400 fleet as the aircraft operated its final Tokyo-Narita to Honolulu flight. It then made a rare appearance on two domestic flight legs earlier this month.

 

After arriving in Honolulu from Tokyo-Narita for the last time, the aircraft was routed through Los Angeles on its way back to Detroit. The flights from Honolulu to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to Detroit were expected to be the final domestic 747 flights by any U.S. airline before two 747s were sent from Detroit to Orlando last week to help assist with Hurricane Irma evacuation efforts.

Employees in Honolulu paid tribute to the aircraft, which regularly operated the Honolulu-Narita route, with traditional Hawaiian customs by fashioning a maile lei big enough to fit over the top of the aircraft as a sign of respect (below). The team also held a gate celebration, and several employees held back tears as the group sang Aloha Oe and watched the aircraft depart Honolulu for the last time.

Photo Above: Delta Air Lines.

The Los Angeles team also had a chance to say their goodbyes to the “Queen of the Skies.” Employees lined the ramp at LAX and waved orange wands as it made its late-night departure to Detroit. Employees in Detroit met the aircraft when it landed, though the 747 will continue flying through Detroit for a few more months.

A group of 50 Delta Diamond Medallion customers joined in on the festivities as well. When one member of a Diamond Medallion Facebook group saw that the 747 would be flying two domestic legs, he notified other members of the group, who jumped at the chance to take one last flight on the aircraft. The group booked nearly the entire Delta One cabin and some of the Main Cabin as well, and they flew in from all over the country to catch one last ride on the 747.

​​Additionally, employees in Los Angeles hosted a reception for the group in the Delta Sky Club, and each member of the group received model 747 aircraft as a parting gift. All customers on the flight received commemorative ear buds in celebration of the final scheduled domestic flight.

Delta expects the remaining 747s in its fleet to be retired by the end of 2017. The retiring aircraft will be replaced by the Airbus A350.

Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-451 N663US (msn 23818) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 913623.

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Boeing and Malaysia Airlines sign Memorandum of Understanding for 16 Airplanes

Boeing and Malaysia Airlines Berhad (Malaysia Airlines) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 16 airplanes during a ceremony at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington D.C.

The signing was witnessed by Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry and in the presence of The Honorable Dato’ Sri Muhammad Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as members from the airline and Boeing.

The announcement includes eight 787-9 Dreamliners by converting eight of Malaysia Airlines’ existing order of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and eight additional purchase rights of the 737 MAX 8s as well as Boeing’s Global Fleet Care service to maintain the national carrier’s current and future Boeing airplanes. Once finalized, the deal will be posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website.

Malaysia Airlines currently operates more than 50 Next-Generation 737s and has an additional 25 737 MAXs on order, including 10 for the new 737 MAX 10.

Image: Boeing.

Southwest Airlines quietly takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The new MAX 8 for Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) decided it did not want a ceremony afterall at Dallas (Love Field) for the delivery flight arrival of its first new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (N8710M). The airline cancelled the delivery event at its base due to the on-going flooding of former Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

Southwest was the launch customer of the new Boeing type but delayed its delivery and was not the first airline to take delivery nor the first to put the new type into revenue service. Malindo Air (Lion Air) will hold that title.

N8710M, operating as flight SWA8701/WN8701, departed from Boeing Field at 10:58 am and arrived at DAL at 15:16 (4:16 pm) local time on August 29, 2017 according to FlightAware.

Southwest has ordered 200 copies and plans to receive a total of 14 this year.

The new type will enter revenue service on October 1, 2017. The carrier decided to delay the inaugural flight until it could retire its last Boeing 737-300 as previously reported.

The last Boeing 737-300 revenue flight is currently scheduled for September 29, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Sister Ship: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 N8706W (msn 42559) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 937642.

Boeing, Air Lease Corporation finalize order for 12 737 MAXs

Boeing and Air Lease Corporation have finalized an order for 12 737 MAXs first announced at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The agreement also includes two new orders for the 787-9 Dreamliner.

The deal includes five 737 MAX 7s and seven 737 MAX 8s, bringing ALC’s total MAX orders to 130. The leasing company has now ordered a total of 49 Dreamliners.

BOC Aviation finalizes a deal for 10 Boeing 737 MAX 10s

Boeing and BOC Aviation Limited have finalized a deal for 10 737 MAX 10 airplanes. The announcement, first made at the 2017 Paris Air Show, is valued at approximately $1.25 billion at list prices.

Image: Boeing.

Boeing delivers the first 737 MAX 8 to flydubai

Boeing and flydubai on July 31, 2017 celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX 8, making the Middle East carrier the first in the region to operate Boeing’s newest single-aisle airplane.

This delivery is the first of 76 737 MAX airplanes the airline will be adding to their all-Boeing fleet of Next-Generation 737s.

Flydubai currently operates a fleet of 58 Next-Generation 737-800s and has built a network of more than 95 destinations in 44 countries, from Russia in the north, Czech Republic in the west, Thailand in the east and Tanzania in the south.

Photo: Boeing. The pictured Boeing 737 MAX 8 temporarily registered as N60436 (msn 60966) became A6-MAX on the handover.

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Southwest Airlines and Discovery Channel team up for “Shark Week”

Southwest Airlines and the Discovery Channel are teaming up once again to bring television’s most anticipated summer event, Shark Week, to new heights. Southwest revealed a Shark Week- themed 737-700 aircraft, the pictured 737-7H4 N944WN (msn 36659), with an all new, larger-than-life underwater scene depicting five shark species along the fuselage. The plane will fly the skies as part of the Southwest fleet through August 31, 2017, as millions tune in to Discovery’s Shark Week airing July 23 through July 30, 2017.

Customers and Shark Week fans who spot the Shark Week plane throughout the summer are encouraged to take a photo and share it with @SouthwestAir and @SharkWeek, using the hashtag #SharksTakeFlight.

While Shark Week fans anxiously await the July 23 premiere of Shark Week, Southwest Customers are getting in on the jawsome action early. Continuing throughout the summer, Customers onboard WiFi-equipped aircraft can enjoy a pre-premiere episode of African Shark Safari through Southwest’s onboard entertainment portal via the Shark Week ondemand Channel. Customers flying during Shark Week can tune-in live via the entertainment portal live TV on Discovery Channel July 23 through July 30. Southwest and Discovery will also host a surprise takeover on a special flight to kick off Shark Week!

This exciting partnership with Discovery’s Shark Week is an opportunity to celebrate the carrier’s newest international destination, Grand Cayman, which Southwest serves with nonstop flights from Ft. Lauderdale. Want a bite of the nonstop action? Southwest and Discovery will send a winner and three guests on an adventure of a lifetime through the Dare to Dive Sweepstakes.  Customers and Shark Week fans can enter for a chance to win the Dare to Dive sweepstakes which includes roundtrip Southwest air travel for four (Government-imposed per passenger travel taxes of up to $150 per person are not included and are payable by each of winner and guest prior to travel), a $2,000 Ritz Carlton gift card, and a $1,000 Visa gift card for an aquatic adventure of the winner’s choosing.

Top Photos: Southwest Airlines/Stephen M. Keller.

Copyright Photo Below: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 WL N944WN (msn 36659) (Shark Week) MCO (Westley Bencon). Image: 938747.

Southwest's 2017 "Shark Week" promotional livery