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Airports Using Speed Dating to Woo Prissy Airlines
Your ears perk up, your heart begins to race and your face flushes--could it actually happen? Could you find your true love at first glance flying the friendly skies? While it may be possible thanks to innovations like Virgin's seat-to-seat messaging and services like AirTroductions, it's more likely that the airline you're flying with has just made its own love connection with your destination airport.
At a convention Inspired by the to-the-point business approach of "wham, bam, thank you ma'am"-style speed dating, the Dallas News reports that airports lined up to use their best lines in order to snare the pretty young thing airplanes being delivered to airlines like American and KLM. Here's how the deals went down:
The Network USA 2009 event brought 300 airline and airport representatives together for a series of 20-minute meetings modeled after the popular dating scheme. In good times, the meetings were flirtatious fun during which airports angled to land some of the new planes that carriers planned to add.
It's meetings such as these which get the ball rolling for seemingly odd routes such as Dallas/Fort Worth direct to Amsterdam or Tampico, Mexico. We can imagine the giggly conversations now: "I totally got Air France's digits! How'd you do with nuzzling up to Swissair?" If this is the case, then Boston-Logan is totally the new big pimp in town.
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