November 2012 Archives
To accompany this lovely picture posted on our AirSpace gallery, here's the accompanying caption from contributor EnoAeroPics: "The sun finally broke through in the late afternoon of 7 November 2012 when Boeing 747-406BC c/n 30455 (l/n 1302) PH-BFY "City of Johannesburg" of KLM lifted off runway 06-24 at Schiphol Amsterdam airport. The aircraft first flew on 30 March 2002 as N6005C and was delivered to KLM on 10 April 2002." More of their images here.
Air New Zealand, the self-proclaimed 'airline of Middle-earth', arrived on England's fair shores yesterday in a livery inspired by the soon-to-be-released movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Fresh from releasing its "Unexpected Briefing" in-flight safety video - viewed over 10 million times on YouTube - Air New Zealand painted its 777-300 to take the cast and crew over to New Zealand to attend the film's premiere in Wellington on November 28.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe says the imagery, which extends the full length of the 73 metre long aircraft, is simply stunning. "This aircraft is going to excite passengers and fans of Sir Peter Jackson's award-winning cinema fantasies alike when it begins regular Air New Zealand services between Auckland, Los Angeles and London from this evening. (NZT).
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As the Royal Australian Air Force prepares to say goodbye to its H-model Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules at the end of the month, a specially liveried aircraft has embarked on a tour of the nation, here pictured on a flight over Sydney. The variant has been in-service with the RAAF for 34 years. And yes, that's the second Herc shot this week, for which I make no apology. So there.
Xiamen Airlines joined the SkyTeam alliance this morning and on the back of this, the grouping has released the charming image below. To while away ten minutes, why not see if you can identify which airline each stewardess works for? We managed about half of them, but the plethora of identical blue uniforms had us a little stumped. (We'd also forgotten Tarom was in it).
A few weeks ago we posted an image of Alaska Airlines' Salmon-Thirty-Salmon livery, that adapted perfectly to the shape of the Boeing 737.
Here is another example of an animal-themed livery fitting an airframe perfectly, this time an eagle, decorating a Colombian Air Force C-130 Hercules that was visting the Farnborough air show last summer.
Aeroflot's CEO, Vitaly Savelyev, has announced the Russian flag carrier's new retro livery on Twitter today.
It will be painted on Aeroflot's new Airbus A320s but it get its inspiration from the colour scheme sported by the carrier's Tupolev Tu-104 aircraft during the Soviet era.
It is becoming a tradition that, at this time of the year, many men start growing a moustache during the whole month of November in support of the Movember campaign to raise awareness and funds in the fight against prostate cancer.
Well, I said men grow moustaches...but aircraft can too!
Because British Airways has joined the Movember campaign by decorating one of its Airbus A319 with the "connoisseur" moustache that you can see in this picture!