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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.
Part of this is due to Prop Recycling
and Stock Footage
: For the film Executive Decision
, a pair of Boeing 747s were painted up in the livery
of a fictional airline, Oceanic Airways. The aerial shots were reused in other works (because putting a pair of planes in the air just to film one of them in flight is expensive), and the planes themselves saw use in later films. From there, a tradition was born.
Those who fly Oceanic are apparently not very Genre Savvy
A form of Fictional Counterpart
specific to airlines.
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- The original example is the 1996 film Executive Decision, about a team of commandos (and Kurt Russell) performing an in-flight infiltration of an airliner that has been hijacked by terrorists intent on using it to attack Washington D.C. Aerial from this film was reused in other films and TV shows as a cost-saving measure, causing Oceanic Air to get plenty of free PR.
Live Action TV
- 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.
- An early episode of Chuck mentions Oceanic flight 815 being shot down in passing.
- In Dead Island, planes occasionally fly overhead. The one from Oceanic Airlines, naturally, sends a distress signal shortly before crashing onto the island.
- In The Wolf Among Us, an Oceanic advertisement is seen on the roof of a taxi.
- Derelict: Dang comes across a crashed passenger jet which is sporting an Oceanic Airlines logo