Posts in the category "liveries":

Party for Air New Zealand’s new 787-9

Air New Zealand and Boeing had a party Tuesday night at the Future of Flight in Everett, WA in advance of the official physical delivery of the first 787-9 Dreamliner, painted with a striking black livery, scheduled on Wednesday morning July 9.

Here are a few snaps from Tuesday evening’s event, which was attended by special guests and perhaps 1000 of the Boeing employees who worked on the airplane.

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After speeches and gift-giving, curtains opened to reveal black T-shirt clad Boeing employees and – behind the smoke – the new airplane.

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Here’s a closer look at the tail end of the new plane:

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And, for country music fans, here’s a photo of the evening’s surprise entertainment: The Band Perry.

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More photos tomorrow – when I get to go inside the plane.

Fresh liveries flying to the World Cup

Airlines are getting pretty darn excited – and creative – about the World Cup and their role in flying fans and teams to the games.

Lufthansa has a ““Fanhansa” livery on more than a half dozen short and long-haul aircraft.

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And Brussels Airlines just sent their Red Devils soccer team to Brazil on a plane that looks like this on the outside.

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And which had turf replacing the carpet on the inside.

BRUSSELS TURF

Back with more World Cup liveries tomorrow. If you’ve spotted one, please share your photos.

Seahawks make-over for a Boeing 747-8 Freighter

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As you might imagine, things are getting a little out of hand – football-wise – here in Seattle as Super Bowl game time gets closer.

One example: today the plane-maker showed off a 747-8 Freighter painted in the livery of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Boeing also shared these airplane-themed Seahawks “Fun Facts”

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New Hobbit-themed plane from Air New Zealand

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AIR New Zealand has a new Hobbit-themed airplane and it’s headed our way.

The plane features the mythical dragon Smaug from “The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug” and is on its way to Los Angeles International Airport after being unveiled in Auckland.

I’m on my way to LAX to see if it’s as cool in person. More photos and details later.

Hobbit fan? Air New Zealand has a contest for you.

Hobbit fan?

Air New Zealand, which calls itself “the official airline of Middle-earth,” is holding a contest to send three Hobbit fans (and their friends) to the red carpet premiere of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in Hollywood on December 2 and to send one big winner (and a guest) to New Zealand (aka Middle-earth).

Sound like fun? Here are the details:

1. Watch the fun video above.
2. Then go here to enter.
3. Entries must be in by Tuesday, November 26, 2013

AIR NEW ZEALAND HOBBIT

On December 2, Air New Zealand will also be unveiling a Boeing 777-300 aircraft with a special Hobbit film-inspired livery. The plane will start out in Auckland and arrive in Los Angeles in time for the premier of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Perhaps they’ll reprise this Middle Earth briefing video – or offer up something new.

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