The newest Gemini Jets are here and behind each model is a story. Below are just some of the interesting stories behind these model airplanes.
The new Boeing 737 transatlantic service from Norwegian launched June 15 with flights between Newburgh-Stewart International Airport to Edinburgh, Scotland. This is Norwegian’s first of many transatlantic routes to use the Boeing 737 and soon Norwegian will be the first to operate the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 on flights to and from the United States.
Getting excited about Delta’s first Airbus 350? We are too, and the plane just took the next step toward delivery. This week the first Airbus 350-900 emerged from the paint shop in Toulouse, France with a fresh coat of Delta Air Lines colors.
In late February 2017, JetBlue rolled out their first special livery on an Embraer-190 Jet, and it’s one of the most interesting designs they have ever created. Seemingly designed for avgeeks, the new Blueprint livery shows the bones of the aircraft, giving a look to what might be on the inside, including technical aspects of the plane itself and all sorts of interesting cargo too.
We’re excited about this latest announcement from Icelandair – this new special livery is a follow up to the Hekla Aurora and it looks amazing. Can’t wait to see the models – no word yet on when but we’ll make announcements when we hear!
— Icelandair (@Icelandair) May 15, 2017
Just to add a little fuel to the fire, Alaska Airlines and Delta finished 1-2 in the Airline Quality Rating for 2016. These bitter rivals have been fighting over slots at Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport since Delta decided to build up its own hub right in Alaska’s back yard. They announced the termination of their codeshare partnership at the end of 2016, which took effect on April 30, but now Alaska has landed the latest blow by just beating out Delta in the rankings, moving up four spots from number five in 2015 to the top. Delta also improved from number three to two, but it wasn’t enough to beat Alaska.
On May 1, Hawaiian Airlines unveiled their new livery with a freshly painted Boeing 717. By the year 2020, Hawaiian expects to complete the entire fleet including their Airbus 330 aircraft as well as the forthcoming Airbus 321neo models.
GeminiJets has just announced 18 new model airplanes in 1:200 scale and 1:400 scale and we have them all here for you. This batch features more non-US airlines than any we have seen. 11 of the 18 models are non-US and of the US airlines, only two (well three technically) are based in the continental US – Delta, FedEx and Alaska (based in Seattle). There are four new Hawaiian Airlines models and three new ones from Air Canada, two of which feature their new darker 2017 color scheme as well as a Royal Canada Air Force C-17. Out of the Middle East there is a Saudi Arabian Airlines 747SP and an Iran Air Airbus 330 and from South East Asia and Down Under we feature models from Cebu Pacific, Vietnam, and Qantas. Rounding out the collection from Mexico we have Aeromar and from the UK, everyone’s favorite, Virgin Atlantic. You can view all the models here or keep reading for more details about each…
Put a sticker on nearly 1000 airplanes – sounds easy right? American Airlines found out just what it takes to do it in just three months.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) April 5, 2017
The fasten seatbelt sign is definitely on. Last year in preparation for the 2015 Paris Air Show, Boeing took a Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and made it do things you don’t often see an airliner do. This year, getting ready for the 2016 Farnborough Airshow they did the same with an ANA 787-9. Here’s the video…
Some of the tricks are the same, like the extremely steep, seemingly near vertical takeoff, but they’re still cool to watch. The next time you have a rough flight just be glad it’s not like this!
These flights are conducted by some of the best test pilots in the world. They fly the plane virtually empty – no passengers or cargo – and that lack of weight allows the plane to do some crazy stunts, like safely bank at 75 degrees without stalling.
Chances are you can’t fly a 787 like a fighter jet, but the next best thing is playing with a 787 model airplane and making it do whatever stunts you want (or just letting it rest in display mode). There are tons of Boeing 787 models available from a variety of airlines like Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines and even the Boeing House Colors if you’re not partial to any particular airline.