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Oh hey, guess what!? Thomson Airways will not only be the first UK airline to take delivery of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner when theirs rolls onto a runway in spring 2013, but they're also claiming the fame of being first airline to allow the public to name one of the fancy-schmancy new birds.
That's rightit's a plane-naming contest! And it starts now.
How to enter:
It’s all smiles over at Thomson Airways, as the carrier just launched one of the first renewable fuel flights in the United Kingdom. Things were originally scheduled to do their thing over the summer, but after some extra tests and a few delays, the plane just recently took to the skies.
The flight wasn’t too far or fancy—just Birmingham to Arrecife in the Canary Islands—but it’s still something to talk about. There was some jet fuel involved with the flight of the Boeing 757, as this test flight was more of a mix of the usual stuff along with some they’re calling waste fat—gross. We weren’t on hand to witness the take-off or landing, so we’re curious if the emissions smelled a little bit like french fries.
Airlines have developed a suspicion - from where, we have no idea - that we passengers aren't really listening to their pre-flight safety instructions. Apparently they feel that their prerecorded soliloquies about emergency doors and water landings are being adhered to with something less than rapt attention.
In response, they're going out of their way to get passenger eyeballs onto video monitors. Virgin America changed up the game first with their cartoon safety instruction video which has tongue-in-cheek humor and shows a cute girl with a bad nicotine habit and a nun that is more plugged in than a 13-year-old boy.
And how could we forget Deltalina? In fact, we really wish we could forget the image of her botoxed face telling us to put on a seatbelt.
Now, everyone of course knows about Air New Zealand's new naked safety video, which we covered while it was being produced. The final commercial is currently inching its way toward 4 million views on YouTube. Reasonably attractive but suitably everyday male and female attendants in body paint. It's viral magic.