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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 shockedSHOCKEDat 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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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.
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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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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"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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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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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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First leaked in April, the news is that JetBlue, after 12 years, has sat down with a design team (Stan Herman and Michael Schwarz) to brainstorm and sketch a complete wardrobe revamp. Schwarz describes their inspiration as "fresh and new and almost future, but still maintain that heritage of JetBlue." Seeing as how JetBlue hasn't even been around for 15 years yet, that "heritage" is actually all modern in one way or another, so throwing a little futuristic flash into the flight fashion is the only direction they can move.
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The airline industry is notoriously super competitive when it comes to saving cash and adding some extra fees to make bonus bucks. After all, look at Samoa Air charging passengers per kilogram.
Don't worry, we aren't going to announce a new ridiculous fee from a low-cost carrier; instead the news comes in the form of cost savings from a private Indian airline called Go Air. The 8-year-old LCC has announced they are hiring new flight attendants, no doubt to expand their services in India and the region, and they only want females. The rationale for this sexism? In theory, women weigh less than men and that equates to fuel savings..
Members of Hawaiian Airlines' Outrigger team
Flight attendants do more than serve coffee and demonstrate how to inflate a lifevest, you know. Sometimes they even hop in boats and row, row, row in the name of their airline, as is the case with both Singapore Airlines' dragon boat team and Hawaiian Airlines' outrigger rowing team.
The latter will travel from Hawaii to New York this weekend for the annual Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge outrigger canoe race, in association with New York Outrigger (NYO). It'll be more than just the first official event held at the rebuilt Pier 26 of Hudson River Park; it'll be open to the public to try their hands at outrigger racing.
Here's the deal:
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There seems something innately disingenuous about illustrating a story on the history of flight attendants solely with GIFs, but alas good ol' Buzzfeed has gone and done it. Luckily it's for good reason; it seems NBC has dug up an old documentary of theirs on Pan Am flight attendants from 1969, entitled "Every Young Chick Wants to Fly."
If that title offends, then just wait until you watch the short film. Head over to Buzzfeed to view, but here's two of the creepier lines to prepare you:
'Stewardesses, like jetliners, must be slinky sex symbols. Pilots may be homely and bald.'
'The stewardess works an average of 18 months, then quits…Some get married, frequently to passengers'
A flight from Singapore to London on a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380 is normal enough, an everyday occurrence of 13 hours with a few meals and hopefully some nap time over oceans and continents. That is, it's all routine unless you were onboard the flight one week ago when the doubledecker aircraft flew through "Clear-air turbulence," literally shaking up the cabin.
None of the 328 passengers and 28 crew onboard were seriously injured when the plane lost several hundred feet in altitude in a split second somewhere between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal, but breakfast trays and hot coffees did take their own flights. Instagrammer/passenger @alan_crossx managed to capture some of the resulting mess.
Yet more airline crew uniforms news! This time it comes from north of the border with Air Canada's newest little baby carrier, Rouge. Continuing the "rouge" (red) theme, the leisure carrier has launched trendy uniforms in deep reds, completing a corporate identity which will no doubt turn heads in the airport.
These duds feature the the airline's signature burgundy color with a few fun flourishes. Ladies bring a red-zippered cardigan and colorful scarf with the "R" logo pattern in reds, blue and gold (by Canadian designer Marilena Cobuzzi). Comfort is key when it comes to footwear; Vancouver shoe brand John Fluevog specially designed a heather grey, double Mary Jane with burgundy trim and soles. For primping, L'Oreal and Redken worked to provide custom makeup and grooming products.