Let’s Have a look at the Flagships for U.S. Airways

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A TWA, that includes the Boeing 707, advert seen in The Saturday Occasion Submit in 1959 – Picture: Jeremy’s Collection

I like trying again at previous airline ads that promote a brand new sort of plane that can quickly turn out to be the flagship of the fleet. We’re speaking concerning the iconic birds of yesteryear; just like the Lockheed Constellation, Boeing 707, Douglas DC-8, McDonnell Douglas DC-10, and Lockheed L1011. Nevertheless, there was one plane that permit the world know that your airline has arrived (actually and figuratively): the 747 Jumbo Jet.

Earlier than I proceed, let’s make sure that we’re on the identical web page concerning the definition of “flagship.” I actually hate it when individuals simply say “nicely, Merriam-Webber defines <insert phrase right here> as…” as a result of it’s only a tremendous lazy option to get your level throughout. No matter, it’s very easy to do it that approach…

flag·​ship |  ˈflag-ˌship  
1: the ship that carries the commander of a fleet or subdivision of a fleet and flies the commander’s flag
2: the best, largest, or most vital one among a bunch of issues (resembling merchandise, shops, and so forth.) —usually used earlier than one other noun

In AvGeek phrases, the flagship is usually the best airplane that they’ve that can make passengers assume “golly gee, that may be a swell aircraft and I need to fly on it, I’m going to take that airline” (I really tried to make that sound sarcastic, however that’s how I legit really feel when I’m searching for flights).

With so many airways shifting to smaller plane (B737, A320, E-Jet, and A220) and working growing older fleets (B767,B 757, A330ceo, and so forth), what plane do they see as their flagship at present? I discovered some that had been fairly apparent, and others that had me scratching my head. I’m making my greatest guesses based mostly on the knowledge that airways put on the market to the general public, so I is likely to be unsuitable. With one or two, I’m fairly certain that I’m unsuitable. Let me break it down by airline, let you already know what I discovered, and also you inform me when you disagree.


Though Alaska’s Boeing 737s nonetheless have “Proudly All Boeing” printed on them, I’m having a tough time shopping for it any extra. Sure, whereas there have been Q400s and the E-Jets flying with the Alaska livery, they’ve been operated below the bigger Alaska Air Group. However now Alaska mainline is flying Virgin America’s A320-family of plane and though they may have been planning do away with them when the leases had been up, who is aware of at this level. My guess is that they had been hoping to make the MAX their new flagship, with a brand new fancy inside, however since it’s delayed, they’re rolling out their up to date (and spectacular) product on their Airbus A321. So for now, I believe that the “Proudly All Boeing” fleet of Alaska at present has an A321neo as their flagship. Based mostly on my recent flight on one of their A321s, this isn’t actually a nasty factor.


Years in the past, even when the 747 was nonetheless in Delta’s fleet, I assumed it odd that Delta used a 737 of their advertising. Perhaps they went that route since extra passengers are prone to expertise a Delta 737 vs one other plane? I’m reaching right here. It doesn’t matter what, it was bizarre and I didn’t prefer it.

Delta uses a cover photo of an Airbus A350, which I feel is their flagship - Screenshot: Twitter.com

Delta makes use of a canopy photograph of an Airbus A350, which I really feel is their flagship – Screenshot: Twitter.com

Now, it’s extra apparent that Delta prefers to make use of their newer Airbus A350 as their flagship, and it isn’t a nasty alternative. I ponder if Delta would have saved the Northwest 787s that were on order when they merged, would these have been their flagship as a substitute? Personally, I consider the A350 as extra of a flagship vs the Dreamliner (greater, and I kind of like it better). I’m simply glad that I’m not seeing the 737 as a lot, since they’ve extra attention-grabbing planes.


American highlights their people vs their airplanes - Screenshot: AA Facebook

American highlights their individuals vs their airplanes – Screenshot: AA Fb

American calls their premium lounges “Flagship Lounges,” so you already know they perceive the idea. Nevertheless, their flagship plane wasn’t tremendous apparent — in all probability for good motive. On their Twitter and Fb, they use the identical photograph of staff. Yea, I get it… that’s completely factor, but it surely makes my job of discovering their flagship plane a little bit tougher. Even their Instagram actually focuses extra on the individuals, the place the airplanes are blurry within the background. Nevertheless, I’ll say that that is in all probability one of the best photograph ever:

Can I say that their flagship is a Boeing 747-100 and a DeLorean? In all probability not. After some browsing, I believe I discovered the reply…

If you wait a while, an AA Boeing 787 will show up on their website - Screenshot: AA.com

When you wait some time, AA’s Boeing 787 will present up on their web site – Screenshot: AA.com

Once I went to America’s web site, they’ve biking photographs with tales associated to them. One entails a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Then, if you go to their fleet page, there’s a good massive photograph up prime of the 787.

It is a plane, but is it a real flagship (as in not computer generated)? - Screenshot: AA.com

It’s a aircraft, however is it an actual flagship (as in not pc generated)? – Screenshot: AA.com

The bizarre factor about this “photograph” is I’m fairly certain it’s faux. I get utilizing a faux photograph when the aircraft is new to the fleet, however gosh darn it, that silver paint on the 787 appears good… why not use an actual flying {photograph} in your flagship plane?


Southwest's flagship might be a heart or hotdog stand - Screenshot: Twitter.com

Southwest’s flagship is likely to be a coronary heart or hotdog stand – Screenshot: Twitter.com

I attempted onerous on this one of us, however couldn’t discover what sort of plane Southwest sees as their flagship. I’m leaning in the direction of the 737, however I have to do some extra analysis. I’ll replace after I discover something new.


Facebook cover photo for Hawaiian Airlines - Screenshot: Facebook.com

Fb cowl photograph for Hawaiian Airways (and so they use the identical on Twitter) – Screenshot: Fb.com

In all probability not an enormous shock, however Hawaiian continues to be rocking the Airbus A330 on all the pieces that I might discover. I used to be form of questioning if the Airbus A321neo would present up, however I’m guessing that they need to present passengers that they’re nonetheless utilizing wide-bodies, whereas many different airways go for the only aisles.

Section of Hawaiian's website that shows the A330 times two - Screenshot: hawaiianairlines.com

Part of Hawaiian’s web site that exhibits the A330 occasions two – Screenshot: hawaiianairlines.com

Though I’m calling the official flagship for Hawaiian the Airbus A330, I’m giving a detailed second to the Boeing 717. There isn’t any knowledge to again this up and I couldn’t discover any photographs of the aircraft (aside from their fleet page and that photograph wasn’t so nice), however it’s such a cool chook.

You have to love the Boeing 717 with its classic look - Photo: Aero Icarus | FlickrCC

You need to love the Boeing 717 with its traditional look – Picture: Aero Icarus | FlickrCC


The cover photo for United's Twitter account is a Boeing 737. Weird - Screenshot: Twitter.com

The duvet photograph for United’s Twitter account is a Boeing 737. Bizarre – Screenshot: Twitter.com

Oh United… you’re the bizarre one. Unsure if that’s good or unhealthy. For years United has used the 747 in a lot of their advertising. Now with the aircraft retired from their fleet, possibly they’re nonetheless making an attempt to fill that hole. I say that as a result of on the time I appeared for this story, they’re utilizing a Boeing 737-800 for his or her Twitter and Fb cowl photographs. Type of snoozer city, USA.

One of the scrolling stories on UA's front page has a not super great quality photo of a 787 Dreamliner - Screenshot: United.com

One of many scrolling tales on UA’s entrance web page has a not tremendous nice high quality photograph of a 787 Dreamliner – Screenshot: United.com

The entrance web page does have a 787, however it’s a bit hidden and never tremendous apparent to most individuals what sort of aircraft it’s. Not fairly on the flagship stage.

Let's add a little CRJ action to the flagship mix - Screenshot: United.com

Let’s add a little bit CRJ motion to the flagship combine – Screenshot: United.com

I assumed I used to be on to one thing after I noticed (and clicked) on the “Our Fleet” tab on the homepage. A pleasant little welcome message popped up speaking about their new Bombardier CRJ-550 configuration. Okay, however I need to see the fleet. I clicked on the “Be taught extra” hyperlink but it surely took me to a page just about the CRJ-550. The web page is fairly cool (and value a go to), but it surely didn’t assist me in my flagship quest. I needed to observe down UA’s actual fleet web page a distinct approach (I really feel just like the tab ought to say “Our CRJ-550” and never “Our Fleet.”)

Hello Dreamliner! - Screenshot: United.com

Howdy Dreamliner! – Screenshot: United.com

On prime of the fleet web page is the 787 Dreamliner. I’m curious what United will put as their flagship after they lastly take supply of their Airbus A350 (2027 as of now).


Positive, there are different U.S. airways, however I believe most of them are fairly apparent since their fleet isn’t tremendous numerous. I really went into this pondering it will be fairly apparent, however I used to be fairly excited to see that issues weren’t as straight ahead as I assumed they is likely to be. I loved trying these up, so don’t be too stunned to see one other story sooner or later taking a look at worldwide airways. I might like to see how airways working each the 747-8I and A380 deal with their flagship.

Do you agree with my tremendous scientific conclusions? Would you select a distinct plane to be your flagship when you ran any of those (or different airways)? Did I miss a US airline that I ought to have coated? Share your ideas within the feedback.

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