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Guess the Airline: Whose Airplane Carpets are Made of Recycled Flight Attendant Uniforms?

November 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (3)

There's an airline out there quickly working to revamp their fleet with brand new seats. Sure, that describes a slew of carriers, but there's only one we know of now using carpeting made of recycled flight attendant uniforms. This is just the tip of the innovative iceberg, but can you beat us to the punch by guessing the airline from this snapshot?

Hints:

· The airplane obviously has two levels, as evidenced by this staircase.
· The colors at play here are integral to the brand identity of the airline.
· This carpeting will likely see lots of clean-up from spills of gin, cheese, and chocolate.

Think you know? Throw your best guess into the comments below, and return Monday to see if you're correct when we unveil a full, first look at the entire cabin.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Ryanair's Flight Attendants Again Strip Down for Their 2014 Crew Calendar

October 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

So much for naked farmers, it's that time of the year when flight attendants strip off their suit jackets and snap photos for annual calendars.

Today, Ryanair announced the availability of their crew calendar for 2014, all proceeds from which go to charity. For 2014, that charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust. The Ryanair calendar tradition goes back to 2008, and thus far the airline has managed to raise over 700,000 Euros in the six years.

The filming of the "making of" video and on-location shots took place in Ryanair's 55th base: Chania, Crete. Check it out:

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8 Travel-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas

October 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | Comment (1)

Well, Halloween is right around the corner and if you haven't even begun to think of your costume for this year, you better get cracking. We already showed you what some airplanes are donning for the spooky holiday, and now it's your turn.

We've hand-picked several travel-related costumes to provide some inspiration. Since there's a week yet to go for perfecting your look, note that some of these are pretty easy while others require more time.

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Tip a Flight Attendant? Over Our Dead Body!

October 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM | by | Comment (1)

Should FAs get a tip just for securing the overhead compartments?

Airfare Watchdog recently conducted a survey of 900 fliers and found that 27% of them have tipped flight attendants for their service. Obviously this is a small sample size, but the site followed up the survey by saying that tipping in the skies was something to get on board with, since we tend to tip so many other people in the travel industry (think hotel staff, sky caps, drivers, etc.)

This contributor has a pretty firm and direct response to their call for action: Over my dead body. And, luckily, 73% of the people surveyed felt the same, citing "no, they get paid for their job" as the number one reason for not handing out singles.

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Want to Be a Flight Attendant? American Airlines is Hiring Plenty

October 7, 2013 at 9:33 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’ve mastered Flight Control and love traveling up in the air, then we’ve got some news for you: American Airlines is getting ready to hire a whole bunch of pilots and flight attendants. Okay—you probably need a little more school and a lot more training to become a pilot than the hours you've logged on that cell phone game, but your mastery of all those virtual takeoffs and landings should count for something.

Over the next five years, American Airlines will welcome back any and all furloughed pilots and add around 1,500 new ones to the cockpit as well. It sounds like 40 or 50 will be added to the payroll each and every month, so if you have the résumé ready—they’re waiting for you. Head over here to check things out, but do so quickly as your application needs to be completed in the next couple of days.

For those that would rather hang out in the main cabin and sling drinks, the carrier has been busy hiring flight attendants, too. The positions are posted on their main career website, and they’re looking to fill plenty of spots. Those with foreign language experience have their very own openings, so if you also speak Korean, Spanish, French, German, or Italian you’re all set. However, if you lost your copy of Muzzy—no problem—they’re cool with English speaking applicants as well.

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Why a Pink Plane and Pink Lemonade are on Delta's October Schedule

October 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bust out the pink, as October brings National Breast Cancer Awareness Month to pretty much everywhere—including the skies. Plenty of airlines offer up their support during the month, but Delta seems to take things a step further than most.

As they’ve done during past Octobers, Delta is bringing some specialty drinks to the in-flight beverage cart. Minute Maid Pink Lemonade is making an appearance up in the air, and if you choose to enjoy one all proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Sure it’s just a few bucks, but every little bit helps.

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Five Fun Surprises of American Airlines' Flagship First Class

September 27, 2013 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

Nearly two years ago American Airlines filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in US Bankruptcy Court. It was a dark time, with AA suffering from an old fleet and style that was more shabby chic than chic. In that time, the airline has managed to re-brand, take delivery of new aircraft, introduce new seats, and overall "get with the picture."

We recently took a tour through the Flagship First Class cabin onboard one of AA's new Boeing 777-300ERs and were shocked—SHOCKED—at how far the airline has come with their reinvention. Although there's still a ways to go before AA makes Economy cool (a fool's errand), at least paying for First Class now yields the passengers a worthy experience.

Without further ado, the five things we're surprised to see in American Airlines First Class:

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A Bikini-less Flight Attendant Calendar Hits the Stands for 2014

September 27, 2013 at 1:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Flight attendant calendars don't exactly have the best reputation. Despite the presence of attendants on flights for the safety of passengers, sexualizing them is all too common, even decades past the hotpants of retro Southwest.

While Ryanair continues their bikini calendars and Aeroflot goes fully nude, there's one airline still keeping buttons buttoned.

After a hiatus, Japan Airlines is reintroducing a cabin attendant calendar for 2014. Each month features a female crew member, sometimes with and something without an airplane, but always clothed (in new uniforms introduced this year!) and always smiling.

JALflyer finds that the calendars are only for sale in Japan at select bookstores or via the in-flight shopping magazine for 945 JPY ($9.62) each. Keep an eye to eBay!

[Images of past calendars: JAL]

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Tis the Season for Dirndls and Lederhosen on Lufthansa's Special Oktoberfest Crew

Where: Germany
September 24, 2013 at 2:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've said it before and we'll say it again: Oktoberfest season is one of the best seasons! There are so many reasons, least among them all the special beers and the crispness of fall in the air. On the travel end, it means Lufthansa flight crew dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes.

2013 is the eighth consecutive year for the team of 14 known as the Lufthansa "Trachten Crew," but you'll only find them passing out pretzels and greeting you with a hearty "Grüß Gott" on specific flights into and out of Munich.

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MEGA Photo Gallery: 77 Pics of EVA Air's Hello Kitty 777 Party

September 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

"This Hello Kitty jet is for everyone. On it, every day is a happy day. We are spreading a message of happiness." - EVA Air's Chairman (and Captain) K.W. Chang

In 2005, EVA Air painted Hello Kitty on the side of a plane. Then they did it again in 2006. The two planes turned frowns upside-down for a few years, but went away in 2008. Then, in 2011, we showed you the return of the Hello Kitty planes, though these newest versions only flitted around Asia at the time. Now, the US finally gets in on the kawaii action as the airline debuts their first Hello Kitty Boeing 777 and a first trans-Pacific route for the cute Sanrio character: Taipei to Los Angeles.

"Other airlines only do the exterior job [of theming a plane], but we've done it all," says Chang. "We want everyone to share our world," before connecting to other Star Alliance flights and returning to their world. You've already read the 11 coolest facts about these airplanes, but see exactly what Chang is talking about in our 77 original photos of outside, inside, and all around the new 777:

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A First Glimpse at the 'Futuristic' New Fashions of JetBlue

September 6, 2013 at 5:43 PM | by | Comments (0)


Cufflinks!

As it's officially Fashion Week in New York City, it's only appropriate to mention what NYC's "Hometown Airline" JetBlue is up to on the other sort of runway.

We've already laid out the details and sketches of the new uniforms, but here we have actual photos of the fresh duds, the first uniform refresh by JetBlue in its 12-year existence.

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Delta Buys Loads of Nokia Phones for 19,000 Flight Attendants

August 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

The internet is anxiously awaiting the next generation of the iPhone to arrive, but in the interim there’s another mobile phone announcement worth talking about. Delta is going all in with the Windows Phone platform, at least when it comes to what they’re doing up in the air.

The carrier must have ordered a whole bunch of these suckers, as a slew of flight attendants are now toting these onboard like each and every Delta flight. The handheld devices will be used to take orders, process payments, and do all kinds of other up in the air things—all without the use of paper and with plenty of technology.

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