Oceanic Airlines, and less frequently, Oceanic Airways and Oceanic Air, is a widely known fictional airline that appears in various media.

Description[edit | edit source]

A lot of information about Oceanic Airlines is revealed in the TV series Lost. As mentioned in a fictional 2009 commercial, Oceanic Airlines was founded in 1979, and claims they have a perfect 30 year safety record. The canonical status of this video, and how it contradicts all previously established facts, is presently unclear. Their slogan is also revealed in this ad: "Our skies lead to your destiny."

A press release occurred on September 29, 2005 on their fictional, now defunct website as a response to the crash of Oceanic Airlines flight 815 which greatly affected operations:

"After 25 years of service, we are forced to close our doors. Due to financial difficulties in the wake of the Flight 815 tragedy, we are no longer able to sustain service. We are deeply sorry that we can no longer serve our loyal customers, and apologize for any inconvenience our decision will cause."

A second press release occurred on December 27, 2007:

"We are very eager to resume flying and apologize for any inconvenience our temporary closure may have caused our loyal customers. Oceanic Airlines is proud to be a top tier flight provider and looks forward to providing travelers with many more years of unparalleled service."

Background[edit | edit source]

Airlines with this name have been featured in other media, starting as early as the 1960s. Before Lost, the most prominent use of Oceanic Airlines was in the 1996 film Executive Decision. The film's producers shot extensive footage of two actual Boeing 747s with Oceanic Airlines logo and livery, though not the same logo used later on Lost. This stock footage has been reused in several films and television programs, spreading the Oceanic Airlines brand across various otherwise unrelated fictional universes.

Employees[edit | edit source]

A good portion of the employees working for Oceanic have been revealed in Lost (Note: this is an edited version of the list found in Lostpedia. Unnamed employees have been removed):


  • Michael Orteig

PR employees

  • Georgia Cavanagh
  • Karen Decker


  • Seth Norris
  • Frank Lapidus (formerly)

Flight Attendants 

  • Cindy Chandler
  • Hunter (possibly)
  • JD
  • Michelle
  • Sonya

Ticket Agents

  • Chrissy
  • Robin
  • Roxana Castillo

Gate Agents

  • Jenna

IT Technicians

  • Sam Thomas (formerly)

Employee Relations

  • Sean Dowling


  • Courier
  • Arnie Bocklin

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Films[edit | edit source]

  • Executive Decision(1996): The entire plot happens on Oceanic Airlines Flight 343 flying from Athens, Greece to Washington/Dulles.
  • Bridget Jones the Edge of Reason. Bridget and Daniel Cleaver fly to Thailand on an Oceanic Airlines Flight.
  • For Love of the Game(1999): An Oceanic flight is announced over the PA system in the airport lounge near the end of the movie.
  • Nowhere to Land (2000 television movie): A Boeing 747-200 from Sydney to LAX flying with a bio-chemical agent bomb programmed to detonate one hour prior to landing.
  • Code 11–14 (2003 television movie): an FBI agent searches for a murderer aboard Oceanic Flight 816, a Boeing 747SP bound for Los Angeles from Sydney.
  • Survivor(2015): A flight from Heathrow, London to Chicago carried out by Oceanic Airlines.

TV Shows[edit | edit source]

  • Alias "A Clean Conscience" (27 Apr 2005): 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.
  • Castle "In Plane Sight" (27 Apr 2015): Oceanic Air appears as the airline Richard Castle and his daughter Alexis are on during a flight from New York to London. The air marshal is murdered, and Castle and his daughter must find the killer with the help of the NYPD from the ground.
  • Colony "Eleven.Thirteen" (12 Jan 2017): Maddy looks up her husband's Oceanic Airlines' flight on her tablet which reads "Flight Status Not Available" prior to the Arrival.
  • Chuck "Chuck Versus the Helicopter" (1 Oct 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..."
  • Crossing Jordan "Conspiracy" (17 Mar 2003): Jordan and a detective chase down Henry Ross, a man who framed his wife for his faked death, to an airport just before he attempts to use a $30,000 Oceanic Airline open-ended, multi-stop ticket to escape the country. Damon Lindelof, who co-produced this episode, was often a writer and/or producer for this series, as well as Lost.
  • Diagnosis Murder Season 4 "Murder In The Air" episode. The episode happens aboard an Oceanic Airlines flight to Switzerland.
  • FlashForward "No More Good Days" (24 Sep 2009): The FBI agents Mark Benford and Demetri Noh are staking out taking photos of a woman, a billboard with the Oceanic Airlines logo can be seen. The tagline states "Perfect Safety Record".
  • Flipper "The Ditching" (30 Oct 1965): Sandy and Flipper's plane Oceanic Flight 17 crashes in the sea.
  • Fringe "The Dreamscape" (25 Nov 2008): When the FBI was checking the apartment of a murdered Massive Dynamic employee, Special Agent Olivia Dunham found an airline ticket from Oceanic Air. The flight destination printed on the ticket was Omaha, Nebraska, and the date of the flight, 22 December. Fringe and Lost were both created by J.J. Abrams.
  • Futurama "Möbius Dick" (4 Aug 2011): The aircraft tail, which couldn't be initially found in Lost, is shown to be placed in the fictional Bermuda Tetrahedron.
  • The Goldbergs "The President's Fitness Test" (1 Apr 2014): It ends with Barry outside of the airport.
  • LAX Senator's Daughter" (16 Apr 2006): Advertisements and computers in airport terminals in LAX read "Oceanic Airlines".
  • Once Upon A Time "The Stranger" (29 Apr 2012): A plane with the Oceanic logo is seen flying overhead.
  • The Pretender "Flyer" (19 Oct 1996): When Jarod returns to the junk yard where the retired planes are, you see an Oceanic airplane in the background.
  • Pushing Daisies "Pie-lette" (3 Oct 2007): An Oceanic Airlines advertisement is displayed in the travel agency.
  • The Strain (season 3 episode 8): When Dr. Goodweather and Dutch are listening to the Regis Air 753 voice data recorder, they hear JFK air traffic control instructing the pilots: “Regis 753, foxtrot short at four left. Follow the Oceanic 737 to the ramp.” The pilot responds, “753, crossing four left, Oceanic in sight. Turning left at foxtrot.”
  • Transformers: Cybertron "Inferno": The pilot of a military jet fighter identifies himself as, "Oceanic Flight 815, requesting clearance for landing."
  • Up All Night "Travel Day" (16 Feb 2012): Reagan and Chris travel with Amy for the first time. At the airport check-in, the camera pans to Oceanic Airlines, the counter next to the fictitious Pathway Air that the couple was heading to.
  • White Collar "Whack-A-Mole" (11 Dec 2014): The plane targeted by the Pink Panthers is Oceanic Flight 1097 scheduled to land at JFK 3 days later.
  • The X-Files "Synchrony" (13 Apr 1997): Oceanic is on a note in the future guy's hotel room.
  • Zero Hour: In promotional material of a magazine named Modern Skeptic-published by a main character- a cover asks, "What really happened to Oceanic Flight 815?", and features a photo of the Island just before it moves.
  • Grey's Anatomy (season 12 episode 11): Oceanic Airlines is visible as Jackson Avery approaches the check-in desk, and again behind him as he tries to board the flight his wife April has already boarded.
  • Criminal Minds Beyond Borders (April 12, 2017): Flight attendant murdered aboard Oceanic flight to Singapore on flight 815, the same plane from Lost.

Video Games[edit | edit source]

  • Dead Island(2011): After the first boss fight, the player hears a radio dispatch from Oceanic Flight 1012 stating that the plane will land in the jungle. When the player gets to the roof of the building, they can actually see the plane pass by the coast as it prepares to crash in the jungle. The plane has also broken into 3 parts (cockpit, midsection and tail), as did Oceanic 815.
  • The Wolf Among Us(2013): An Oceanic Airlines advertisement is displayed on the roof of a taxi.
  • Supertuxkart(2015): An advertisement featuring Oceanic Airlines can be seen in the lobby of the island airport and in a stadium.
  • Real Flight Simulator(2019): Oceanic Airlines appears with 2 liveries (based on the Executive Decision livery) for the Boeing 767-300.

Comics[edit | edit source]

  • Alex: Bankers Alex Masterley and Clive Reed appear as the only survivors of an Oceanic Airlines aircrash in the Amazon Rainforest, in Brazil.
  • Daredevil: Oceanic Airlines advertises on a cab in the opening page of issue 104.
  • Buffy the Vampire SlayerSeason 8 had an Oceanic flight lose a wing and almost crash before being saved by one of the major protagonists.

Radio[edit | edit source]

  • Cabin Pressure (25 Dec 2010): In the Christmas special "Molokai", officer Richardson accidentally wishes a Shinto-Buddhist captain of an Oceanic flight a merry Christmas.

Apps and Internet[edit | edit source]

  • Apple iPhone OS 3.0 launch (17 Mar 2009): While demonstrating cut and paste features on the iPhone 3G, Scott Forstall is seen creating an email which shows the times of a flight he has booked on Oceanic Flight 815.
  • Google Inbox: The mobile and web app Google Inbox displayed Oceanic Flight 22, SFO-JFK for December 4, 8:00 AM as an example reminder on first use for web app users.[

Fleet[edit | edit source]

These are the following aircraft Oceanic flew over the years:

  • Boeing 737
  • Boeing 747-200
  • Boeing 747SP
  • Boeing 767
  • Boeing 777-200ER
  • Douglas DC-3
  • Lockheed L-1011 Tristar

Fleet Gallery[edit | edit source]

Destinations[edit | edit source]

Oceanic Airlines is known to fly to the following destinations:

United States[edit | edit source]

  • Los Angeles, California
  • New York City, New York
  • San Francisco, California
  • Washington D.C.

Europe[edit | edit source]

  • Athens, Greece
  • Sydney, Australia
  • London, England
  • Zurich, Switzerland

Asia[edit | edit source]

  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Singapore

Central America[edit | edit source]

  • Costa Rica

Accidents and Incidents[edit | edit source]

Flight number Incident description Occurrence Aircraft used
1097 Carrying money for the Federal Reserve Bank. White Collar: 06.05 "Whack-A-Mole"
1012 Crashed onto the island of Banoi during a localized zombie apocalypse. Dead Island Airbus A310
816 Serial killer pursued by FBI agent on Boeing 747SP. Code 11-14 Boeing 747SP
815 Explosive decompression caused by electromagnetic pulse. Lost Boeing 777-200ER, Lockheed L-1011 used as prop wreckage.
815 Shot down by surface-to-air missile. Chuck: 01.02 "Chuck versus the Helicopter" around 06:55
762 Forced landing caused by lightning strike. Category 6: Day of Destruction Boeing 747-400
762 Nerve agent attack threatened by mental illness sufferer. Nowhere to Land Boeing 747-200
456 First officer murdered in-flight and aircrew members afflicted by illness. Diagnosis: Murder: 04.23 "Murder in the Air"
408 Brought down by a magical storm over Canada. Champions Online
343 Skyjacking by Islamic terrorists; both pilots murdered; aircraft retaken in-flight by special forces. Executive Decision Two aircraft used: Boeing 747-200 and Boeing 747-100
105 Skyjacking by North Korean extremists; aircraft retaken in-flight by JAG personnel. JAG: 05.18 "The Bridge at Kang So Ri"
017 Aircraft ditched in the Atlantic Ocean, 80 miles south of Miami, Florida. Flipper: 02.07 "The Ditching" Douglas DC-3
009 Out to Sea
57 The crew must solve an air marshal's murder on a NYC-London flight with the help of a mystery writer and his daughter. Castle: 07.21 "In Plane Sight" Boeing 747, possibly the -200 variant
Unknown Forced to turn around after Adam Goldberg begged them to. "The Goldbergs: 03.14 "Lainey Loves Lionel"
784 A flight from Heathrow, London to New York carrying a terrorist. "Survivor"

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Oceanic Airlines logo has 18 dots spread around concentric circles, creating a total of 4 circles. Also, when the letters of the name are counted they add up to 15 and when the logo is used as an "O" in the Oceanic Airlines heading, it has 16 dots spread around it. The logo incorporates a motif that is reminiscent of Australian Aboriginal glyphs.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

TV Shows[edit | edit source]

Video Games[edit | edit source]

Comics[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]


Oceanic Airlines Commercial 2009

2009 commercial

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