Alaska Airlines is showcasing the importance of employees to the carrier by incorporating employee signatures into a special livery. The carrier emblazoned "Employee Powered" near the L1 door on one of its Boeing 737-800s, which also features signatures from more than 8,500 Alaska employees.
Gogo has installed its in-flight Internet on its 2000th aircraft, fittingly on an American Airlines plane -- the carrier was Gogo's first customer. More than 300 of the 2,000 aircraft accommodate ATG-4, Gogo's fastest technology, and the company hopes to add the technology to around 200 more aircraft by the end of the year.
United Airlines announced it completed a test flight of a Boeing 737-800 equipped with a new winglet design. The carrier plans to retrofit its Boeing 737-800 and 737-900ER fleets with "split scimitar" winglets. "This advanced winglet improves on the existing blended winglets United currently has on its next generation 737 fleet," United said in a statement.
According to a source, Ryanair will purchase about 200 Boeing 737-800 jets and announce the deal soon. The Irish Independent reported that the $18 billion deal would likely include a discount for a bulk order of the older model. The airline says that the 737-800 incurs lower charges from the European Union.
With plans to buy a total of 130 new Boeing 737-800 jets by 2013, American Airlines is retrofitting its 152 existing 737-800s to standardize interiors across the fleet. About 40% of the older planes have been outfitted with slimmer, more comfortable seats featuring articulated bottoms for better weight distribution. American's goal is to replace older MD-80s with 737-800s that are about 35% more fuel efficient on a per-seat basis.