Oceanic Airlines

Posted: February 24, 2009 in ความบันเทิง


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The Oceanic Airlines logo from the ABC television series Lost

Oceanic Airlines (sometimes called Oceanic Airways) is a fictional airline used in several films and television programs.

Its most famous appearance is in Lost, where Oceanic Airlines is featured branded with a highly-stylized logo depicting an Aboriginal dot painting that resembles a bullseye, an island, or an “O” (for Oceanic). The show’s storyline begins with the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 on a mysterious island.


The airline has also been featured in many other media. The original occurrence of Oceanic Airways was in the 1996 film Executive Decision. The film’s producers shot extensive footage of an actual Boeing 747 but with a different logo and livery to that used on the later Lost Oceanic flight. This stock footage has been reused in several films and television programs, spreading the Oceanic Airlines brand across various and unrelated fictional universes.

The Boeing 747-200 filmed in Executive Decision (Boeing 747-269BM, registration N707CK, Nee.9K-ADA) was actually hijacked in 1988, under similar circumstances to those in the film. The aircraft was operating for Kuwait Airways at the time of the hijacking.

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Occurrences of Oceanic Airlines

The following sources feature Oceanic Airlines:


    * Executive Decision: Oceanic Flight 343 from Athens to Washington, DC was skyjacked by Islamic terrorists.              
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Executive Decision

The film opens with a raid on a Chechen mafia safehouse by a United States Army special forces team whose objective is to recover a stolen Soviet nerve agent, DZ-5. The raid is unsuccessful, and one of the commandos is killed. The team is led by Lieutenant Colonel Austin Travis (Steven Seagal).

We are introduced to Dr. David Grant (Kurt Russell), who is taking a flying lesson and nervous about flying on his own for the first time. Later, at the office, he is informed that the world’s most feared terrorist, El Sayed Jaffa (Andreas Katsulas), has been taken into custody.

Oceanic Airlines Flight 343 a Boeing 747-200 takes off from Athens bound for Washington Dulles. Soon after, the 747 is hijacked by Jaffa’s number two man, Nagi Hassan (David Suchet), and a number of Jaffa’s men. In London, a suicide bomber blows up a Marriott hotel restaurant, and the American embassy is notified by one of Jaffa’s men using a tape recorder playing into a public telephone. The bombing is meant to underscore Hassan’s seriousness.

Back in Washington, we see Dr. Grant as a bit of a ladies’ man as he attempts to charm a woman at a party with a pair of hockey tickets. His efforts are thwarted, however, as he is interrupted by a U.S. Marine on guard bearing news of the hijacking.

On the plane, an air marshal (Richard Riehle) hides his gun in an ankle holster. Flight attendant Jean (Halle Berry) notices the words “ARMED AIR MARSHAL” on the passenger manifest, and hides it from Hassan in order to keep him from finding out about the air marshal.

Dr. Grant heads over to the Pentagon, where he and several Pentagon officials, including Colonel Travis, listen to Nagi Hassan demand the release of Jaffa. Dr. Grant, however, does not believe Hassan wants Jaffa released. He believes that Hassan actually arranged for Jaffa’s capture, that the hijacked plane is carrying a bomb loaded with DZ-5, and that Hassan wants to detonate the bomb over U.S. airspace, killing 40 million citizens.

Back on the plane, Hassan addresses a man revealed to be U.S. Senator Mavros (J.T. Walsh), a potential presidential candidate.

At the Pentagon, a plan is worked out that will involve a mid-air transfer of a commando team onto the hijacked airliner using an experimental “Remora” aircraft. The plan is approved, and Colonel Travis assembles his commando team at Andrews Air Force Base. They board with Dr. Grant and engineer Dennis Cahill (Oliver Platt). Much to Cahill’s dismay, Travis insists that the engineer come with them when they board the airliner.

The boarding process is complicated by the fact that the pilots and terrorists on the plane are unaware of the presence of the commandos. When the 747 attempts to gain altitude, the commando’s aircraft is forced to break away. Most of the team makes it over, but Sergeant “Cappy” Matheny (Joe Morton) is seriously injured and two other team members are electrocuted by some sparks in the Remora. Colonel Travis is caught between the two planes and killed, but not before he manages to close the plane’s hatch (however, the F-117 is destroyed in the process, and the pilot manages to parachute out to safety). The commando team quickly sets up in the 747’s lower deck.

Because of the botched transfer, military command on the ground does not know whether or not the commandos made it on board. A carrier group has been ordered to intercept the plane and shoot it down over the Atlantic if necessary, killing over 400 passengers on board.

Hassan forces the copilot down into the lower deck to investigate a malfunction caused by the transfer. While down there, the copilot sees the commandos and almost gives their presence away, but recovers and tells Hassan it is merely a fried circuit. In the lower deck, Cahill and Grant reveal that if they fail in their mission before the plane enters US airspace in 3 hours and 50 minutes, the Pentagon will order the plane shot down. With limited options, the commandos begin to search for the supposed DZ-5 bomb. In the cockpit, the copilot quietly mentions to the captain that he saw American soldiers in the lower deck.

As the team discreetly moves through the structure of the plane, setting up cameras that peer into the cabin and searching for the bomb, Senator Mavros’ aide encourages the Senator to negotiate with the terrorists, as it will greatly enhance his public image if he is successful. Suddenly, Jean spots Dr. Grant in the elevator of the plane as he is moving between decks. He signals for her to keep quiet. Hassan approaches and grows suspicious, but finds nothing. Jean manages to steal a page from a book in Hassan’s coat, which diagrams the blast radius of the bomb over Washington D.C. Senator Mavros, meanwhile, approaches Hassan in an attempt to open a dialogue with him. The team finds the bomb, and Dr. Grant comments that there is “enough nerve agent to wipe out half the eastern seaboard.”

On the ground, officials decide to release Jaffa in order to resolve the situation. In order to be set free, Jaffa must convince Hassan to land the plane in a remote location, whereby the terrorists will be given passage to a nation of their choice. Jaffa agrees to try and convince Hassan, “in the interests of peace.”

Cappy, although injured, starts examining the bomb. Cappy is immobile, so the team must enlist the help of a reluctant Cahill to tamper with the bomb’s arming device, which is barometrically activated. While Cahill and Cappy work together to disarm the bomb, Grant and the other commandos get ready to storm the plane and take out the terrorists. After a few tense moments, Cahill seemingly disarms the bomb, but suddenly someone runs a system test on the bomb and it is revealed that there is another trigger. The team is forced to abort.

Jaffa calls Hassan from a private jet, telling him he is free, but Hassan will not be swayed from his plan, saying “Our destiny is to deliver the vengeance of Allah into the belly of the infidel.” Hassan’s second-in-command takes exception to this, and the two get into a heated argument. Hassan shoots him. Grant realizes that only Hassan knows about the bomb, none of his men do – which means that whoever ran the system test is not one of Hassan’s men, but a sleeper – one passenger among 400.

Cahill determines that in order to disarm the bomb, they have to bypass the primary power sources by adding a power source of their own. He sets to work with Cappy on the task. Meanwhile, Grant enlists the help of Jean in order to find the sleeper. As he explains the task to her over the plane’s interior communications system (find a passenger with a small electronic device), Hassan discovers her but again his suspicions are allayed. Jean moves through the cabin, handing out magazines and newspapers. She stops at the air marshal’s seat, quietly whispering, “They’re here”, and pointing at a headline about American soldiers. As Jean helps a lady with her medication, she spots a man with an electronic device. While the man’s face is not revealed, she takes down his seat number, 21K, and informs Grant.

Cahill and Cappy seem to be making progress disarming the bomb, until Cahill makes a mistake and the bomb does not detonate. They realize the electronics they have been working on are simply decoys; the real bomb is underneath. Outside, fighter jets arrive demanding that the 747 divert course. Grant and the commandos realize they are about to be shot down, and frantically work out a way to communicate with the jets using the plane’s taillights and Morse code.

In the tense cockpit, Hassan calls on Senator Mavros to negotiate away the planes, but instead of letting the Senator talk, Hassan shoots him and threatens the death of one passenger every minute unless the plane is allowed to stay on course. With no other choice, the fighters get ready to shoot the 747 down, but the Morse code message comes through just in time, and the fighters back off. The team is granted 10 minutes to do their job. Captain Rat (John Leguizamo) gives Cahill and Cappy 5 minutes to finish disarming the bomb before the commandos storm the plane. Cappy protests that it will take a lot longer than 5 minutes, but Grant simply tells him to “do the best job he can.”

Grant contacts Jean again and tells her to take the elevator down to the lower deck. When she comes back up, Grant is with her with a gun to her back, posing as a terrorist. He takes the man in seat 21K by surprise, but what Jean thought was an electronic device was merely a case of diamonds. Frantic, Grant looks around and spots the real sleeper: Jean-Paul Demou, the man who built the bomb.

Grant fires at him, but misses. Hassan attempts to fire at Grant, but is shot from behind by the air marshal. At that moment, the commandos storm the plane, and a firefight ensues. Most of the terrorists are killed. Demou manages to enter the code to detonate the bomb, but at that moment, Cahill disarms it and the detonation fails. One of the terrorists gets shot by the storming U.S. soldiers and dying, fires his AK-47 randomly and blows a hole in the side of the plane, and Demou is sucked out to his death. As the plane spirals out of control, Cahill and Cappy struggle to retain control of the bomb. Finally, the pilots manage to bring the 747 back into control, and they receive clearance to land at Dulles International Airport.

In a last-ditch attempt, Hassan kills both pilots, hoping the bomb will detonate if the plane crashes. Hassan is shot by Rat, but Grant is forced to attempt to land the 747 despite his limited piloting experience. He misses the Dulles runway, but recognizes the airfield where he normally practices flying and decides to try there. With Jean’s assistance, he makes a sloppy but relatively safe landing.

On the ground, the team says their goodbyes, and it is clear the commandos have developed a newfound respect for Dr. Grant. Although called to the Pentagon, Grant invites Jean along for a cup of coffee. As they drive away, Grant asks Jean if she likes hockey….

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Executive Decision: Flight 343 from Athens to Washington 

* For Love Of The Game : An Oceanic Flight is announced over the PA system in the airport lounge near the end

   of the movie.


* Nowhere to Land: A Boeing 747-200 from Sydney to LAX flying with a bomb programmed to detonate one hour
prior to landing at LAX.
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Nowhere to Land

* Code 11-14: an FBI agent searches for a murderer aboard Oceanic Flight 816, a Boeing 747SP, bound for
Los Angeles  from Sydney.

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Code 11-14 (2003)

Towards the end of the Serial Killer movie “Code 11-14″, and after the serial killer’s identity has been revealed to the audience, the killer radios leading man David James Elliot (who has since figured out the killer’s identity as we

ll) and taunts him with this line, “It sure took you a long time to figure it out.” To which I chuckled and thought, I second that!

David James Elliot (TV’s “JAG”) plays the impossibly unobservant FBI agent Kurt Novak, who is chasing a serial killer that preys on beautiful women in L.A. After a suspect is captured in Australia, Novak flies over to the home of Crocodile Dundee with his neglected wife Michelle (Terry Farrell) and son Johnny (Myles Jeffrey) in tow. After the Australian police decide that they’ve caught their man, the Novaks return home, only to discover that the real serial killer is onboard their plane and this time he’s targeting them!

The first thing that should occur to you it this: “Wait a minute. An FBI agent chasing a serial killer decides that it’s a good idea to take his wife and child on the manhunt with him? No way!” According to writers Kearns and Lafia, “Yes, way.” Directed by Jean de Segonzac, who painted a visually entertaining film with “Mimic 2″, “Code 11-14″ is surprisingly very plain. The movie offers nothing by way of visual stimulation, and there’s almost no action until a brief fight between the Novaks (yes, that’s right, all three of the Novaks) and the serial killer at the very end. This ain’t no “Air Force One”, and definitely nothing close to “Turbulence”.

The screenplay for “Code 11-14″ is the real villain here. It’s all the more irritating because the film really showed some promise at around the halfway point, when the movie managed to surprise me with its gradually developing suspense. Unfortunately it all falls short because I knew who the real serial killer was the first time I saw him. It also doesn’t help that the film fails to provide any thoughtful red herrings for us to suspect. In fact, I had to delete the name of the actor playing the serial killer from the credit listing because it gives away the killer’s identity.

The star of “Code 11-14″ is David James Elliot, whose FBI agent doesn’t exactly give me faith in the observant powers of the FBI. Nanci Chambers, the real-life Mrs. James Elliot, plays Novak’s partner, who helps Novak uncover the killer’s identity from the ground. Terry Farrell has the unenviable distinction of playing the worst mother in the history of movie moms. On at least 4 occasions, and after having been informed by her FBI agent husband that a serial killer is onboard their plane and is targeting them, Farrell’s motherly instinct-challenged mom leaves her son all alone. Gee, I’m so shocked that the serial killer finally abducted the boy. Who would have thunk it?

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“Code 11-14″ is not a very good movie. It lacks logic on more than one occasion, and its story is as constricted as its plane location. David James Elliot looks the part of an FBI agent, but his character is so dense that one wonders how he ever passed the tests to become an agent in the first place. The direction by Jean de Segonzac is strangely uninteresting and a big letdown considering his previous work.

Also, for a movie about a serial killer on the loose, “Code” has very little gore, blood, sex, or violence. Everything is just so…TV-movie-of-the-week-ish.

    * Lost: The show explores the aftermath of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 from Sydney to Los Angeles.

       The producers of Lost also created a website for the fictional airline, including clues and

       references to the  show’s plot. In flashforwards, a group of the characters that survive the crash

       are nicknamed the “Oceanic Six”  (Hurley, Kate, Jack, Sayid, Sun, and Aaron).  

* Alias: Oceanic’s flight to Sydney is briefly mentioned in an announcement when the show’s lead character

   Sydney Bristow is at Los Angeles International Airport. Alias and Lost were both created by J. J. Abrams.


* LAX: 01.13 “Senator’s Daughter” (first aired 16 April 2006): Advertisements and computers in airport terminals

       in LAX read “Oceanic Airlines”.

    * Pushing Daisies: 01.01 “Pie-lette” (02 October 2007): An Oceanic Airlines advertisement is displayed in the travel agency.

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    * Chuck: 01.02 “Chuck versus the Helicopter” (01 October 2007): Chuck is viewing a series of photographs when one prompts

       him to recall the secret information to which he had been exposed by Bryce Larkin.

       He begins revealing apparently unconnected secrets,including, “Oceanic Flight 815 was shot down by a surface-to-air…

       ” This suggests a different cause for the explosion on  Oceanic Flight 815 from that revealed in Lost.

    * Fringe: 01.09 “The Dreamscape” (25 November 2008): When the FBI was checking the apartment of

       a murdered Massive Dynamic employee, Agent Olivia Dunham found an airline ticket from Oceanic Airlines.

       The flight destination printed on the ticket was Omaha, Nebraska, and the date of the flight, 22 December.

       Fringe was also created by JJ Abrams.

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    * Alex: Bankers Alex Masterley and Clive Reed appear as the only survivors of an Oceanic Airlines aircrash

       in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.


Reused footage

Stock footage from Executive Decision was also reused in the following:

* After the Sunset: In the trailer, Max and Lola fly on Oceanic Airlines to their retreat in The Bahamas.

   The footage does not appear in the film’s final cut.

* Category 6: Day of Destruction: Oceanic Flight 762 was forced to make an emergency landing at O’Hare International Airport

   after being struck by lightning. During landing, the hole in the aircraft’s fuselage from Executive Decision is visible.

* Diagnosis: Murder: 04.23 “Murder in The Air” (24 April 1997): Flying between Los Angeles International Airport and

   Switzerland on Oceanic Flight 456, Dr Mark Sloan and Amanda Bentley carry out an airborne investigation after the first officer

   is murdered and several aircrew personnel are incapacitated by a mysterious illness.

* JAG: 03.06 “Vanished” (28 October 1997): an Oceanic Airlines flight to Washington, D.C. carrying a delegation from

   the Palestine Liberation Organization is the target of a terrorist plot involving a missing United States Navy F-14 Tomcat.

* JAG: 05.18 “The Bridge at Kang So Ri” (29 February 2000): Oceanic Flight 343 is skyjacked by North Korean extremists

   who accuse a passenger of ordering a massacre during the Korean War.

* Nowhere to Land (2000 television movie): A man suffering from mental illness brings a deadly nerve agent on board

   Oceanic Flight 762, also from SydneyLos Angeles, in the run-up to the 2000 Summer Olympics. At takeoff, the hole in

   the aircraft’s fuselage from Executive Decision is visible. to

* Panic in the Skies! (1996): A Royce Air International Boeing 747 is struck by lightning shortly after takeoff in America,

   en route for Europe. In some scenes, the Royce Air International logo is not visible, with Oceanic Airline markings in their place.

* The War at Home: 01.20 “The West Palm Beach Story” (16 April 2006), which featured a gag about a Middle Eastern man and

   the threat of airborne terrorism on board an Oceanic Airlines flight.                
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What Kind of Plane Was It?

Originally most people thought that it was a Lockheed L-1011. Here’s why: the producers used a retired L-1011 for the crash site set, it’s just the first plane they think of when they see two aisles in the cabin, and the planes on the mobile that the Others provide for Claire’s unborn child (picture) in “Maternity Leave” (S02E15) are L-1011’s.

Turns out, though, it’s a Boeing 777 :There’s no engine in the tail section, the
Oceanic Airlines website lists it as a 777 (in the title bar), and, finally, it is a 777-200ER.

Boeing 777 Oceanic Airlines

Model Airplane: Boeing 777 Passenger aircraft
Wingspan: 16.89″
Fuselage Length: 17.1″
Scale: 1/142
Manufacturer: Boeing
Company: Oceanic Airlines (Lost TV Series)

Model Airplane Factory offers handmade Lost Oceanic 777 Flight 815
model plane, artistically created by master craftsmen. The B777
Oceanic Lost model airplane will undergo stages of fine crafting,
between primer coats, to produce a silky smooth finish ready for final
painting. This Boeing 777 Lost model plane has a dimension of 16.89″
wingspan and has a length of 17.1″. This Lost TV Oceanic B777 airliner
display wood made of mahogany comes with a metal stand and wooden base.

Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 departed from Sydney, Australia on
September 22 2004, at 14:15, from gate 23, flying to Los Angeles,
California, USA where it would arrive at 10:42. There were 324 people
on-board the Boeing 777. After apparently six hours into the flight,
Flight 815 encountered problems with their radio. The pilot decided to
turn to Fiji, and approximately 2 hours later, the plane hit turbulence
after being over 1000 miles off-course. This makes the total flight
time before turbulence eight hours.

Boeing 777 Oceanic Airlines is a made-to-order model. Production &
Delivery time for a Made To Order model is approximately 12-14 weeks.

More Information : Model Airplane Factory

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