What we’re reading: Special paint schemes, Russian airline plans 652-seat A380, wireless gambling at Indy airport



Video compilation: special paint schemes!

If you’re into planespotting and love to keep an eye out for different paint schemes for an airline, you’ll enjoy watching how the paint scheme is put on the planes.

Completing a special paint scheme can take anywhere from a few days to over a week working around the clock, depending on the complexity of the design. Southwest’s well known ‘Florida One’ scheme took eight days, just as an example.

At 652 seats, Transaero’s A380s could top all others
JetBlue partners with Russia’s Transaero

Russian carrier Transaero ordered an A380 with 652 seats, which could be the largest capacity of any commercial airline.

Transaero CEO Olga Pleshakova tells Today in the Sky that the airline will outfit its four A380s with 652 seats in three classes of service.

“Imperial Class is 12 seats, which are designed as suites,” says Pleshakova, describing Transaero’s A380 layout through a translator. “There are 24 seats in business class – these are full-flat seats and all-around access. And 616 is for the economy, for the total of 652.”

In a related story, the airline has signed an interline agreement with JetBlue.

Transaero hopes the agreement will bolster demand for its New York-Moscow route by expanding passengers’ connecting options on either end of the flight.

“This is our newest and largest partner in the United States,” Transaero CEO Olga Pleshakova told Today in the Sky about the tie-up with JetBlue.

Proposal would allow ‘wireless’ gambling at Indy airport

Phil Sicuso and Joe Champion of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP say that bringing wireless gambling to Indianapolis International Airport could bring in more revenue to support more non-stop flights.

Sicuso, a former general counsel for the Indiana Gaming Commission, suggests the airport could create lounges in which travelers over age 21 could play games on handheld devices that are connected to a central server. He said the setup wouldn’t compete with existing casinos because it would serve only travelers with tickets.