Quite often, when a story calls for a plane crash, an in-flight incident, or some other misfortune to happen to a passenger plane or airline service, Hollywood (and sometimes other media) decides to name the service Oceanic Airlines. Naturally, real airline services wouldn't want to associate with these stories, since it would imply to the audiences that their service is unreliable. Nevertheless, it's bizarre, almost uncanny, that Oceanic Airlines keeps popping up in totally unrelated stories. Those who fly Oceanic are apparently not very Genre Savvy. A form of Fictional Counterpart specific to airlines.
- New Perspective Evangelion: The plane crash was an Oceanic Airlines flight, and the airline is apparently run by one John Locke.
- Alias: An Oceanic Airlines flight to Sydney was mentioned in passing.
- FlashForward (2009): An Oceanic Airlines ad appeared during the pilot episode.
- Fringe has an ad for Oceanic.
- An Oceanic plane crash kicks off Lost.
- JAG: An Oceanic Airlines (how typical) flight to Seoul gets hijacked by South Korean radicals in 5th season episode "The Bridge at Kang So Ri". Luckily enough our heroes take care of the situation.
- The X-Files, "Synchrony": Agents Mulder and Scully search the hotel room of the mysterious old guy who seems to have come from the future. Scully finds a note pad in his room. There are the words "Pan Oceanic flight #1701" written on it.
- In Dead Island, planes occasionally fly overhead. The one from Oceanic Airlines, naturally, sends a distress signal shortly before crashing onto the island.
- Derelict: Dang comes across a crashed passenger jet which is sporting an Oceanic Airlines logo
- Strawberry Dragon Project: From Episode 3: "Oceanic Airlines denies all responsibility."
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