Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) (Manchester) is planning to move its Orlando operations from Orlando-Sanford International Airport in Sanford, Florida (SFB) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) for the summer season of 2014. MCO will be serviced from Glasgow, London-Gatwick and Manchester with Airbus A330s per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-243 G-TCXA (msn 795) climbs beautifully away from Toronto (Pearson).
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ (SEAS) celebrated 25 years of partnership today with the unveiling of the airline’s newest specialty aircraft, Penguin One— Boeing 737-7H4 N280WN (msn 32533) co-branded with images of one of SeaWorld®’s iconic animals.
Southwest and SeaWorld revealed the aircraft at a ceremony this morning at Orlando International Airport (MCO) with real penguins, Southwest and SeaWorld Employees, community members, and executives including Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment President and CEO Jim Atchison. The plane, filled with Southwest and SeaWorld employees, also made stops in two other SeaWorld cities, San Antonio and San Diego.
The partnership between the two companies dates back to 1988, which began when SeaWorld opened in San Antonio. Southwest and SeaWorld launched their partnership in a high-flying way—with the introduction of a new Boeing 737, Shamu® One!
The featured penguin species on the aircraft is a gentoo, one of the species found at SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin™. The attraction includes a first-of-its-kind family ride that transports guests into the penguins’ icy world.
This morning’s ceremony celebrated the introduction of Penguin One in a spirited way as attendees waved black-and-white pom poms, enjoyed black-and-white-themed snacks, and cheered as executives christened the aircraft while SeaWorld‘s Pete and Penny Penguin looked on.
Penguin One joins 12 other 737s in the Southwest fleet that carry a unique paint scheme: Shamu One, Shamu Two,Arizona One, California One, Colorado One, Florida One, Illinois One, Lone Star One (Texas), MarylandOne, Nevada One, New Mexico One, and Triple Crown One (unveiled in 1997).
From the “Nuts About Southwest” blog (all photos by Southwest Airlines):
We kicked off Penguin One’s debut at Orlando International Airport (MCO) with more than 500 local Employees and community leaders, along with Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly, and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment CEO, Jim Atchison (shown below). Also on hand to meet the newest member of the family were famous SeaWorld mascots Pete and Penny Penguin, Penguin One’s real life counterparts (We think we got their approval!).
We had a lot of fun with our “Tuxedo” theme, as attendees waved black and white pom-poms, snacked on black and white themed snacks, and cheered as Kelly, Atchison, Pete and Penny, and the SeaWorld Aviculturists officially christened the aircraft. The celebration may have started in Orlando, but it didn’t end there! A team made up of Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Employees boarded Penguin One and took the party to two other SeaWorld cities—San Antonio and San Diego—to celebrate with local Employees.
In 1988 when SeaWorld® opened in San Antonio, two great companies in the tourism world launched a new partnership in a high-flying way with the introduction of three co-branded 737 jets; Shamu One, born May 23, 1988; Shamu Two, born May 30, 1990; and Shamu Three, born September 7, 1990. Upon the retirement of Shamu One, we’re excited to welcome Penguin One to our fun fleet of SeaWorld specialty planes!
Penguin One Fun Facts:
Born: June 20, 2013
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Resides in: 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries
Length: 110 feet, 4 inches
Weight: 84,100 lbs.
Parents: Southwest Airlines Employees
Hobbies include: Flying high, keeping Southwest Airlines’ Customers comfortable, and displaying a strong relationship between Southwest Airlines and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
The largest penguin on Penguin One is over 26 feet long
Painting Process Facts:
Penguin One is painted in seven different colors
Nine day paint operation (24 hours around the clock) compared to the three day turnaround for our standard paint scheme
35 people over three shifts
100 gallons of paint applied to the fuselage
The Gentoo penguins on Penguin One vary in length from 12 feet to more than 26 feet, about five to ten times the size of the average Gentoo penguin! The aircraft is also covered with a clear coat of paint to protect the design and keep Penguin One looking great for years to come.
Spirit Airlines (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood) has announced that it is adding daily nonstop service between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) starting February 14, 2012.
The flight will also operate as new one-stop continuation service via Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) as DFW-IAH-MCO and MCO-IAH-DFW, complementing Spirit’s existing nonstop service between DFW and Orlando.
Spirit introduced its ultra low fare service to Houstonians in September with twice daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth, and started daily nonstop service from Houston to both Chicago O’Hare and Las Vegas in October. Spirit offers connections from Houston to 12 destinations throughout the Americas, including Baltimore/Washington, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, Oakland, Mesa, Portland (Oregon), Tampa, and Toluca.
Spirit offers Orlando customers nonstop service to Atlantic City, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and now Houston.
In other news, Spirit Airlines also announced it is adding nonstop service between Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Denver International Airport (DEN) starting on February 14, 2012.
Initial service will operate daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and increase to daily service on March 1, 2013.
Spirit started service at Denver International Airport in May 2012 and currently offers nonstop daily service to Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Las Vegas and Mesa.
Spirit currently offers nonstop daily service from Detroit to Cancun, Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Fort Myers, Las Vegas, New York LaGuardia, Orlando and Tampa.
Additionally, Spirit Airlines has moved up the start date for its new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Philadelphia and between Dallas/Fort Worth and Minneapolis/St. Paul. The new daily nonstop service for both flights begins on April 4, 2013.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Airbus A320-232 N611NK (msn 4996) lands at Baltimore/Washington.
JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (November 29) launched nonstop service between the Sunshine State of Florida and the carrier’s 75th destination: Providence, Rhode Island. The carrier now operates two daily flights from T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and one daily flight to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
Service between Providence and Florida will be operated on the value airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring many premium offerings, including a first checked bag free (b), assigned leather seating with legroom to spare, and more than 140 channels of complimentary live television and radio on personal seatback screens (c). The airline, well-known for its superior and personable customer service, also offers a free and unlimited assortment of name brand snacks and drinks for the ride.
JetBlue’s schedule between Providence and Orlando:
PVD to MCO:
MCO to PVD:
Depart – Arrive
Depart – Arrive
8:00 a.m. – 11:03 a.m.
3:15 p.m. – 6:17 p.m.
11:55 a.m. – 2:33 p.m.
5:40 p.m. – 8:18 p.m.
– Flights operate year round –
Customers traveling between Providence and Orlando can conveniently connect onwards to three other cities in JetBlue’s route network: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; or Nassau, The Bahamas.
JetBlue’s schedule between Providence and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood:
PVD to FLL:
FLL to PVD:
Depart – Arrive
Depart – Arrive
4:30 p.m. – 7:44 p.m.
12:55 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
– Flights operate year round –
Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Airbus A320-232 N534JB (msn 1705) climbs away from the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has officially landed at Key West International Airport (EYW), extending the airline’s Florida presence to the southernmost point of the country in the Florida Keys. Key West, a popular tourist destination, becomes the eighth city the airline serves in the state of Florida and the 78th city added to the airline’s vast route map.
Southwest attributes its entrance into the market, beginning today, to the roots planted by its wholly-owned subsidiary AirTran Airways. Southwest will take over AirTran’s two daily nonstop departures to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Tampa Bay International Airport (TPA). In addition to the two daily nonstop flights, Southwest will introduce an entirely new market with daily nonstop service to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport beginning on March 9, 2013. With this nonstop service, Key West Customers will have access to Southwest’s extensive network with additional connecting service to more than 75 destinations nationwide.
Copyright Photo: Tony Storck. Boeing 737-7H4 N945WN (msn 36660) “Florida One” arrives at Baltimore/Washington.
Sun Country Airlines (Minneapolis/St. Paul) announced today details of their 2013 winter schedule out of the Lansing Capital Region International Airport. Sun Country’s newest additions to the schedule include twice weekly nonstop service to Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning December 27, 2012, as well as weekly nonstop service to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico during the winter season, beginning February 1, 2013.
The airline will also resume nonstop service to popular winter destinations: Cancun, Punta Cana, and Orlando via Orlando International Airport (MCO).
In addition, Sun Country has nonstop service to Washington D.C. six days per week and connections through Minneapolis/St. Paul to Phoenix, San Diego, Palm Springs, Fort Myers, Seattle/Tacoma, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Copyright Photo: James Helbock. Boeing 737-73V N711SY (msn 30245) approaches San Diego for landing.