On November 7, the newest themed airplane in Alaska Airlines’ fleet arrived at John Wayne Airport (JWA) on its inaugural flight. The “Cars” themed aircraft features Cars Land residents Mater, Lightning McQueen, Guido and Luigi. The colorful Boeing 737-800, named “Adventure of Disneyland Resort,” is the fifth Disney-themed aircraft in the partnership between Alaska Airlines and the Disneyland Resort.
Mater himself made a satellite appearance from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, providing travelers with updates on the arrival of the plane. After the inaugural flight, the aircraft officially joined the Alaska fleet and will fly throughout the carrier’s 65-city network.
Joining other passengers on the flight were four children from Washington and Alaska, ages 3 to 7, and their families, sponsored by Make-A-Wish Foundation, who spent the next several days at the Disneyland Resort.
In other airline news:
- Frontier Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, was recently purchased by Spirit Airlines, owned by Indigo Partners. Spirit Airlines, a low cost carrier, operates routes throughout the continental United States. Frontier will continue operating at JWA as Frontier Airlines, with no expected impacts to passengers.
Frontier Airlines was also recently ranked FIRST in the annual Airfarewatchdog.com report that rates airlines on a number of factors including customer service, on-time arrivals and baggage handling. Frontier offers their award-winning service at JWA with three daily flights to Denver. For more information, visit www.flyfrontier.com.
- The merger of American Airlines and US Airways is official and the combined company will become the world's largest airline. On December 9, 2013, AMR Corporation and US Airways Group Inc., formally became American Airlines Group Inc. American and US Airways will continue to operate at JWA as two separate airlines for the time being and will maintain their separate locations in the Riley Terminal. American Airlines Group has advised that passengers flying on a codeshare flight should check in with the airline operating the first segment of the trip. Additional information about the merger can be found at www.aa.com/findyourway.
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