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It's that time of the year again, the time when the year just plain ends. Alas, we can't just let 2012 go that easily, especially since travelers spent it both up in the air and up in arms over a crazy range of topics. Needless to say, we're ready for 2013, but first we're taking a brief look back at the best of 2012 with the Jaunted Travel Awards,or as we fondly refer to themThe Jauntys.
This year, real life flight attendants were on their best behavior but, luckily for us, the fictional ones made up for it!
The stewardesses (as they were known back in the day) on ABC's short-lived soapy drama Pan Am had enough naughty secrets under those crisp blue uniforms and girdles to make us long for the days when flying was glam.
Perhaps it's the exotic airports or the fun flashmobs and cute videos. Maybe it's the red, Richard Tyler wrap-dresses. It could also be the desire to work side-by-side with the famous Deltalina. Whatever it is, there are a lot of people who think they have what it takes to put air passengers' safety first and still maintain a killer smile. That's what we deduce from the recent job post from Delta, which garnered a staggering number of interested responses.
The airline geared up a recruiting drive to add about 300 new flight attendants to their already massive work force. Little did they know that their human resource department would be working overtime when they began to get about 2 applications every minute. In the first week, 22,000 eager flight attendant hopefuls threw their name in the hat for a coveted job at 36,000 feet, and the listings aren't even closed.
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Can you handle one more airline holiday video? We promise it's good, and not a flashmob for once!
Back in October, Delta got a few good flights attendants and pilots and ramp staff and red coats out on the tarmac at LAX in the wee hours of the morning to film what would be their 2012 Holiday Card to the world. Above is the finished product, which takes marshalling (signalling at aircraft with those handheld lightsticks) to a new, awesome level andshockershows airline employees smiling!
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ANSWER: Because you need to turn off your cell phone for flight.
You know, you don't hear much about Air Malta. Trust us that they're a legit airline based inyou guessed itMalta and (surprise surprise) we've actually flown 'em! It was a short hop from Rome to Malta, but still.
Anyway, Air Malta spent 2012 rebranding to a fresher, more modern image and are now determined to make a final impression with a PSA for their travelers to turn off their phones in flight.
The video (below) depicts a full (staged) flight where the flight attendants dance down the aisle to Psy's hit "Gangnam Style" and the pilot unfurls the final message.
Yep, it's time for yet another travel flash mob as Cathay Pacific, for the first time, joins in the trend for holiday synchronized dancing. Forget for a moment that the flight crew are due to stop smiling and reserve service to argue for a pay increase this season, and just enjoy that they can still get together for a good cause. This performance of 115 crew at their Hong Kong HQ (named Cathay City) helped solicit donations for the charity Operation Santa Claus.
It's too bad that they didn't pull this off inside an airport terminal, but the touch of the Macarena is nice, as is the moment of simulated airplane seating when the attendant walks down the "aisle" with the holiday decoration bedecked cart, but we won't spoil anything else for you. Just watch it, below.
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Here's some news of a looming airline strike just in time to throw a wrench in holiday travel plans. This time it's Cathay Pacific and, instead of reduced flying schedule or cancelled flights, the cabin crew will be cancelling meals and reducing smiles.
Last week, Cathay's flight attendant union asked for a 5% pay increase, but the airline only offered an additional 2% with a 13th month bonus. The union isn't cool with this and voted to withhold meals, drinks and smiles from passengers during the busy holiday season. If it comes down to not serving some food, the union will notify passengers to bring their own food aboard.
In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Air Berlin's flight attendants in red calfskin leather gloves.
Air Berlin has traditionally been recognized as a low-cost carrier, but recent years have proven they're more full service than one would expect. For example, they offer Business Class on their A330s and free snacks and drinks on all flights, plus complimentary hot meals on long-hauls. Also, fun fact: the airline was founded by a former pilot of the famously full-service airline, Pan Am. For now, however, let's take a moment to focus on the very classy touch to their flight attendants uniform: leather driving-style gloves.
If you’ve ever dreamt of flying around the world (or at least across the region) while earning a paycheck then we’ve got some good news for you. You’ll need to brush up on your emergency slide procedures and of course practice parallel parking the beverage cart. However, if you’re able to pull your weight up at 35,000-feet then there’s one airline that might just want to talk to you in a little more detail.
Despite the fact that they’re short on cash—that pesky bankruptcy and all—American Airlines is thinking about opening up the human resources floodgates in preparation for plenty of resumes and applications. The carrier is looking for a few good men—and women—to serve as their newest flight attendants, as apparently there’s the need for like 1,500 to serve up in the skies.
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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means it’s time to wear plenty of pink and donate in support of breast cancer awareness programs. There’s all kind of institutions and organizations to get involved with if you’re looking to get out the word and raise some cash, but it goes without saying that we’re most interested in what the airlines are doing to support the cause.
All the major carriers in the United States seem to be jumping on the pink bandwagon, and Delta leads the way. They’ve had a pink plane flying the skies since 2005 and actually go about raising money for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation by selling pink lemonade and pink headsets onboard. They’re also lighting their administrative building in a nice shade of pink, and of course the flights attendants will be eager to show off their support with pink uniforms.
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It’s a good week to be a flight attendant aboard Southwest Airlines, and it's not just because there's less stress during the boarding process—bags fly free of course. Flight attendants—at least the ladies—are scoring some new uniforms.
The days of hot pants and go-go boots are long gone, but it also looks like the khaki shorts might be taking a hike as well. Southwest Airlines just announced that they’re phasing in some navy blue dresses, as well as some cardigans and a snazzy new scarf. It doesn’t appear that Southwest went out and collaborated with a name brand designer like some other carriers, but we can’t fault them for their choice of trench coat, blazer, or black boots. Check out the new look right here.
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Just the other day we were talking about the pilots over at American Airlines getting their paws on iPads in the cockpit, and now it looks like the carrier’s flight attendants will also be scoring some electronic doodads.
The plan is to distribute roughly 17,000 of those half-tablet-half-phone Samsung Galaxy Note things. The devices have been used as part of a test, but apparently they've been enough of a success that the decision's been made to roll them out now through 2013. American Airlines wants the cabin crew to utilize the technology to easily access passenger information, and of course they can use the devices to remember if you prefer regular Coke or Diet Coke.
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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.
2012 is the seventh 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.