Week In Review

December 18, 2009

Week In Review

More articles by »
Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
Alask Airlines' "Spirit of Disney II" 737-900 N318AS

Alask Airlines' "Spirit of Disney II" 737-900 N318AS

• Of course the big story of the week is the first flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Check out our extensive photo and video coverage. [NYCAviation]

• JAL reports that they are likely to choose Delta’s SkyTeam alliance partner, leaving American’s OneWorld team, for their future restructuring plans. This is after American offered a $1.1 billion investment into JAL, whereas Delta offered an aid package of about $1billion, plus a $500 million equity investment.

• A man is seeking an apology from an American Airlines flight attendant lost her mind on him, for what many witnesses say was literally only asking for a glass of orange juice. In an apparent effort to cover her tracks by turning the tables, she had the Captain fill out an official warning of potential federal charges on the passenger for interfering with the flight crew.

• Alaska Airlines has created its first special scheme on a Boeing 737-900. The aircraft registered N318AS is now painted in a light blue scheme that is covered with various Disney characters called “Spirit of Disney II”. This aircraft replaces a 737-400 that had a similar scheme which was recently retired.

• Senator Chuck Schumer had to apologize for his comment made to an US Airways flight attendant who had told him to shut his cellphone off during a flight. After calling her a beeeeeeooootch,  he said his choice of words during his period of displeasure were poor.

• British Airways’ OpenSkies will reportedly be changing New York airports, instead operating at Newark instead of JFK beginning January 10, 2010. [AirlinerRoute.net]

The Spotting Review of the Week goes to Rafal for his stellar collection of shots from Frankfurt.

And we leave you with a great clip of aircraft operating at JFK. Have a great weekend!



About the Author

Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.




 
 

 

JetBlue Unveils Bruins Themed “Bear Force One”

JetBlue's "Bear Force One," a jet featuring the Boston Bruins hockey team's black and gold logo, was unveiled to the public on May 13, 2019.
by Michael Lothrop
1

 
 

The Legal Responsibility of Passengers During an Airplane Evacuation

Following a plane crash, it's imperative that the aircraft evacuation move quickly. But what are your legal responsibilities as a passenger?
by David J. Williams
0

 

 

We’re Going To Do What!?! Formation Flying In A Motorglider

Come ride along as we go flying with the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum's motorglider demo team, the world's widest four-ship airshow act!
by Mark Kolanowski
0

 
 

Emotional Baggage: Passengers Taking Their Bags During Airline Emergencies

Over the past several years, there have been multiple instances of air passengers retrieving their belongings before exiting an aircraft while under evacuation orders, despite instructions to leave these items behind. This has ...
by William Rizzo
0

 
 

Joining the ‘First Flyer’s Club’ Aboard Delta Air Lines A220

The Airbus A220-100 entered service with Delta AIr Lines on February 7th. NYCAviation was onboard the first flights and we share our thoughts.
by Ben Granucci
0