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Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.
2013 is a year for change in the airline industry. Now, you could argue that nearly every year is a "year for change," but 2013 is only half over and already it's brought fresh uniforms, frequent flyer program updates, entirely new airports and terminals, andour focus for todaythe rebranding of several airlines including American Airlines, Fiji Airways/Air Pacific, Avianca/TACA, Germanwings and we're probably forgetting a few more.
Thanks to the talents at JustTheFlight, there's now an infographic detailing how 17 major airlines have reinvented their look over the decades. Enjoy:
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Someone over at Finnair is probably not having a good week, as an idea for a unique airplane paint job did not turn out as well as planned. The new livery was slapped onto the side of a plane as intended; however, it sounds like the original artwork might not have been truly original.
The Airbus A330 with the custom paintjob will be updated as soon as possible according to officials at Finnair, as they’re rushing around to fix the problem. Just the other day they were proud to show off a time lapse video of the airplane getting its new look, but now that video has been removed.
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It’s not quite an IKEA in the middle of the airport, but one pop-up shop over in Denmark is bringing a little Scandinavian style to the terminal.
Danish designers have set up an area to display their goodies, as the new shop is doing its thing at Nytorv next to Tax Free (New Square). Things kicked off on May 8, and it sounds like you have a couple weeks to enjoy the offerings from different artists and manufacturers.
There will be an on-site jeweler doing her thing, as well as those putting together some bicycles with a little more style than usual. Woven cane chairs will be assembled right in the middle of all the airport action, as airport officials are all about showing off in what they’re calling a “live showroom.”
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Earth Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t meant that we can’t continue to go green all year long. We’re excited about some of the products that Tierra Ideas have been cooking up, as not only do they recycle old stuff into new—but they do it with discarded airplane bits and pieces.
From purses and pouches to messenger bags and duffels, their main focus is on all types of bags. Seatbelts from old cars and tire inner tubes are just some of the trash that they turn into treasure; however, what we’re most interested in are the airline seat covers.
Let's face it, sometimes we all feel a little out of place at art galleries. Some are stuffy, the free ones are crawling with kids (literally), and others feel more like convenience stores with the gift shops pushing touristy trinkets which have nothing to do with the art hanging on the walls.
While we can all appreciate the masters, sometimes we need to be inspired by fresh, new artists injecting their techniques and talent into vector graphics, sculpture and good old brush and canvas. The best place to see this type of work is at Pick Me Up London.
Pick Me Up London is the UK's original graphic arts festival, held annually at Somerset House in London. The 11-day festival focuses on contemporary graphic art, design and illustration. It consists of two floors of paintings, colorful giclée prints, zines, lectures and demonstrations, and a chance to meet some of the artists behind it all.
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It's not only American Airlines that's got a shiny new toy to play with this month. Nopewave goodbye to Air Pacific and say "Bula" to Fiji Airways, as this week they officially received the keys to their newest baby: a brand spanking new Airbus A330. Let's have a look!
PAR-TAY! It's hot, it's humid, and there's much to celebrate in Fiji this week. This arrival of their first A330 is not only a milestone for the airline, but it's the first physical peek at the hip look of the new Fiji Airways brand. Fun fact: Fiji Airways is the original name of the airline; they only became Air Pacific in 1971 and it's about time to switch things up.
What's more is that the new colors and Fiji Airways name is a return to the cultural heritage of the islands; gone is the rainbow tail that looks like someone drew it in Microsoft Paint, and now we see an intricate pattern taken straight from traditional Fijian Masi tribal designs and tattoos. It's a pount of national pride, this airline, so Fijians turned out en masse to greet the plane at Nadi International Airport yesterday, with a welcome ceremony and some traditional kava drinking.
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There was a little bit of news out of the Turkish Airlines camp over the weekend, and it wasn’t exactly positive. Apparently a sneak peek of their new cabin crew uniforms was leaked out across the interwebs, and let’s just say the feedback was a little less than positive.
It doesn’t appear that Turkish Airlines has officially confirmed that this is the direction that they’re going in with their new uniforms, but if they listen to the masses they might want to throw these new uniforms in the trash and start over. Things on Twitter have kind of calmed down, but every once in a while you can still catch someone comparing these new uniforms with those from the 1960s.
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Airline memorabilia collectors, beware! There's no need to longingly look at the china on your meal tray when flying, now that Qantas sells everything you need to complete your own premium class set-up at home.
Probably in an effort to curb the "5-finger discount," the Red Roo has begun selling their Marc Newson-designed tableware that is not only stylish, but quite practical on land as well. The bright white, modern bone china pieces would make a nice addition to any set table, not to mention their potential to start travel conversations over dinner.
Therefore, for your design geek pleasure, we point you to the Delta Museum's Guide to Delta Logo History. It's a wonderful look at the crop dusting Delta of 1928 all the way through today, Just be sure to cover your eyes come 1985.
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SXM. It's an airport code every avid traveler should know because it's more than just an airport; it's a kickass, bucketlist destination on its own.
SXM is Princess Juliana International Airport on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, aka the one that's split between Dutch (St. Maarten) and French (St. Martin) and aka the one that has what is arguably the best up-close plane spotting in the world. Photos and videos of the extremely low over-beach landings at St. Maarten are almost a YouTube genre in themselves.
While SXM has been a hotspot for plane spotting, island hopping and nude beaching (that last one on the French side!) for decades, it only got a modern terminal back in 2006. Now the airport will update to the tune of $132 million, which is roughly equivalent to half the draft budget of the entire St. Maarten government. So yeah, it's kind of a big deal.
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So, what's the verdict?
Judging from the opinions on social media and the comments on our Instagram, it's not the fresh font or logo that's getting travelers fired up. Instead, the most divisive design detail seems to be that of the striped tail. Gone is the "AA" and gone is the eagle. The fleet will now sport tails with a reversed American flag, rendered in graphic, gradient stripes from top to bottom.
It's a drastic branding change, and we're reserving our own thoughts until we can see what it looks like in person. For now, let's take a look back at 13 other new airplane paint jobs in recent years (just the tails!):
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"Becoming a new American."
These are the first words you'll see over at American Airlines' flashy new website detailing their just-announced rebranding. But happens when one becomes a "new American?" For a person, it involves lots of study, a citizenship test and an official swearing-in ceremony with an oath of loyalty. For an airline, it's as simple as updating a logo. Or not so simple.
This rebranding for American represents the stride of a multi-million dollar effort to give the airline a new life via a fresh look, new onboard products, new airplanes, and new hope following the bankruptcy of 2011 and the shadow that cast over all of 2012. In this case, today's unveiling is more a re-christening than a swearing-in.
In American's own words, this massive move to rebrand and the new look "symbolizes our passion for progress and the spirit that is uniquely American."