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How Five Airlines are Sharing Special Extras to Celebrate Christmas

December 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Flying during the holiday season is frustrating at best, and you can better believe that the airlines and airports know travelers aren't exactly happy to be paying top dollar for packed flights, likely during winter weather. Thus, airlines attempt to create smiles for the season by introducing little festive touches to their inflight service.

The littlest things can go a long way to get passengers in a positive mood. Here is the list of those airlines going the extra mile, getting into the spirit, and giving back to their passengers with something special:


Christmas onboard a SWISS flight can be as festive as the Alps with special holiday-inspired menus. Long-haul First and Business Class passengers will receive freshly baked-on-board Christmas cookies, but not before a full holiday meal of ham, turkey, or salmon with all the fixings. First Class will score some traditional Sprüngli chocolate before landing. Even the lounges are getting in the mood by offering Grittibänz (like gingerbread) and Christmas cookies.


The folks over at KLM are straight-up giving away gifts. With their KLM Wannagives program, friends and family of passengers nominate them to receive a physical present at 35,000 feet. If you know anyone worthy of a little gift and flying KLM soon, head on over to their website to choose a gift, checkout, and have it delivered before landing.

Virgin America:

A little bit closer to home, Virgin America is serving up some holiday spirit in the form of liquid refreshments. Two bespoke cocktails have been crafted with the season in mind, and passengers may sip on either (or both). There's the Big Apple Jack, inspired by the Hudson Hotel NY, or a Calimocho, inspired by Mondrian LA. The former is a hot coffee cocktail spiked with Jack Daniels, lime and a splash of apple juice. The latter is a red wine blend, fizzed with Coca-Cola and served on the rocks with a splash of lemon.


Since the modern observance of Christmas carries plenty of German tradition, Lufthansa is sharing the merriment with a 'rolling Christmas market' for its First Class Passengers. If you are lucky enough to sit way up front on any international flight, you will be treated to plenty of Weihnachtsessen. Expect chicken and cabbage to potatoes and sausages, as the trolley will be stocked with all good eats plus an assortment of delicious German cookies. On select flights, cabin crew will also be distributing stocking with gingerbreads, Pfeffernüsse, nuts, and fruit.


If you haven't heard what WestJet did, prepare yourself for a tear-jerking story. Under the shadow of night, the airline installed a camera set-up for two specific flights from Toronto and Hamilton. The giant present was where each passenger told Santa (via webcam) what they wanted for Christmas. Little did each passenger know that Santa (WestJet employees) was going shopping once they buckled their seat-belts. Upon landing at their destination, the baggage carousel was filled with wrapped presents each addressed to every passenger, containing exactly what they asked for.

[Photos: Lufthansa,SWISS,Virgin America]

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