Last week at Heathrow Airport, British Airways debuted a retro -liveried Boeing 747 (registration: G-BYGC) painted in the iconic design of its predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).]
BA 100 will remain on this Boeing 747 until the plane is retired in 2023. And by then, British Airways, like most commercial carriers, will have retired the majority of its 747 fleet. To find out where you might spot the plane in person, check Flight Radar.
There’s another retro livery to look for this week.
An Austrian Airlines A320 aircraft (registration OE-LBO) is flying with a livery from the 1980s, when Austrian Airlines re-entered the intercontinental flight business, “after a very long break,” the carrier notes.
The design has an angular logo arrow, grey aircraft belly and the traditional red-white-red flag on the tailfin of the aircraft.
“Considering the colorful era of the 1980s, it was, all in all, a restrained branding on the part of Austrian Airlines”, said Isabella Reichl, Head of Marketing for the countrey’s national carrier.
The carrier says the the retro look is a homage to the destinations of Tokyo and New York. Th plane’s first appearance is in Vienna today.
Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel opens on March 8, (International Women’s Day) and, in anticipation of the big day, Alaska Airlines unveiled a special-edition plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport today featuring Marvel Studios’ first female Super Hero lead.
The Captain Marvel-themed plane took off from SEA to Orange County, California.
The livery shows Captain Marvel taking flight and commanding the attention she deserves as a female pilot who has the necessary special powers to fight for the greater good.
Passengers boarding this plane will see a film logo when they board and an image of Goose the cat (a character in the story) over the wings.
The Captain Marvel-themed 737-800, tail number N531AS, begins flying throughout Alaska’s route network today.
Alaska Airlines is running several film-related promotions on Twitter and on Facebook.
First up: From Feb. 6-9, Alaska Airlines social fans and followers can enter for a chance to win one pair of tickets to the premiere of Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel, including roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two in Los Angeles. Terms and conditions are available online.
What’s the big deal with this Captain Marvel film?
Set in the 1990s, Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel” follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes. While a galactic war between two alien races reaches Earth, Danvers finds herself and a small cadre of allies at the center of the action.
JetBlue unveils a new special livery dedicated to Puerto Rico and people of Puerto Rican descent.
The Airbus 320 aircraft – tail N779JB – is named “Bluericua” and blends JetBlue’s brand with the affectionate name for people of Puerto Rican descent.
The airline says this custom-designed livery is inspired by JetBlue’s admiration for Puerto Rico’s dynamic culture, stunning beauty and the passionate spirit of its community.
It also is one way JetBlue is reaffirming its committment to Puerto Rico and a way for the carrier to remind people to consider Puerto Rico for their next vacation – or to consider a trip home.
JetBlue got help on the Bluericua design from JetBlue crewmembers based in San Juan, Aguadilla and Ponce, Puerto Rico. They identified key cultural symbols to help promote Puerto Rico as Bluericua travels around.
First up: vibrant shade of blue – the brightest JetBlue has used in its fleet, in keeping with the vibrancy of the island.
Layered on that backdrop is the iconic Puerto Rican skyline near El Morro, where seven kites are being flown, representing seven symbols of the island’s culture that include:
A Single Star, as inspired by the Puerto Rican flag
A Hexagon Kite, in the traditional “chiringa” style for Puerto Rico
Dominoes, the ever-present game at gatherings, with the double 6 being the highest tile
A Coqui, the singing tree frog and the unofficial symbol of Puerto Rico
A Hibiscus, the national flower of Puerto Rico
An Iguaca, the parrot found exclusively in El Yunque National Forest
and a Tambourine, to celebrate the importance and popularity of music in Puerto Rican culture
Bluericua’s kites start out at the Puerto Rican skyline and “fly” in unison toward the aircraft’s tail fin, to evoke, says JetBlue “feelings of being carefree and happy – all emotions that a trip to Puerto Rico can deliver.”