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Video Interlude: A Spanking New British Airways Ad for Two Sparkling New Planes

September 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM | by | Comments (0)

This has been a week of ups and downs on social media for British Airways. After sailing on positive press for their new A380 and 787 aircraft, a hit came in the form of a single promoted tweet bashing their luggage handling. More on that later.

For now, we return to their bright and shiny planes new to the tarmac, both of which will take to the skies on their inaugural routes within 30 days of each other. In fact, the 787 already has set up and out on its route from London to Toronto, but it's the London to Newark route inaugural on October 1 that'll be the real trophy. To prepare for this and the September 24 start of the A380's service between Los Angeles and London, BA is launching a fresh ad campaign, first debuted this morning on social media channels.

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Throwback Thursday: 15 Hours to Buenos Aires on Panagra

August 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

Never heard of Panagra? We wouldn't expect you to, since the heyday of this airline—a partnership between Pan Am and Grace Shipping Company—happened back in the 1940s and '50s. Panagra exclusively specialized in routes from the United States to South America, routes instrumental in the founding and expansion of Pan Am Guesthouses, what you may know better today as InterContinental Hotels.

This particular magazine ad flaunts their direct service from New York to Buenos Aires on the DC-8s jets, a journey lasting some 15 hours one-way. Today, and since the 1990s, you'll find American Airlines on the route, a nonstop journey of 10 hours on a Boeing 777.

To view more classic ads like this, visit the "Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life" exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery (and do so before the exhibit closes September 15).

[Photo: Jaunted]

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Throwback Thursday: Finnair Celebrates 90 Years of Nordic Aviation

Where: Finland
August 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

This year, the world's northernmost airline, Finnair, celebrates 90 years of flying from here and there, bringing happy Finns to foreign lands for almost a century. Naturally with a huge milestone birthday like this, the folks over at the airline will dig into the archives, and they've already unearthed some fun television commercials bragging about their history and roots.

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Ryanair's Out to Make Another Buck by Using Planes as Billboards

July 22, 2013 at 8:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Talking about what Ryanair charges for—and might charge for—gets kind of old, but their latest advertising initiative is a little more unique. They’re taking things outside of the cabin and away from the airport, as Ryanair is offering up the opportunity to slap your slogan, logo, or name right along the outside of one of their planes.

We’re not totally sold that this is going to happen, because after all this is the carrier that is constantly promising—or threatening—to add a pay-to-pee in-flight lavatory.

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Alec Baldwin Reimagines Eero Saarinen's TWA Flight Center as a Villain's Lair

July 16, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

You know that we have a thing for old airport stuff, and that’s definitely the case when it comes to our love for the landmarked TWA Flight Center over at New York’s JFK Airport. We’ve been inside and taken some awesome pictures—if we do say so ourselves—and now it looks like someone else has also snuck inside.

Alec Baldwin is the latest to show a little affection towards the old home of TWA, as the building makes an appearance in his latest commercial from Capital One bank. We’re not going to tell you whether or not the credit card is a good one, but we will tell you that we like the commercial.

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Video Interlude: Cute Bunnies in Hotel Beds

July 8, 2013 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Jaunted writers have for many years availed ourselves of Ibis hotels. The buildings are often well-placed, clustering around airports and city centers. The rooms are usually fairly affordable, with the hotels being somewhere above budget and below luxury. Last fall the chain even unveiled "Sweet Beds," and put out an accompanying video showing how the beds were built and why they were so comfortable.

Apparently publishing the technical specs of a bed on YouTube doesn't really inspire people to rave about how awesome it is. So the good people at Ibis circled back again, and approached London advertising firm BETC. The creatives over at BETC sat around a table and brainstormed for a while, before coming to what should have been the obvious conclusion: cute bunnies.

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5 Retro Travel Ads for the South Pacific

June 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we mention the South Pacific, what comes to mind? Palm trees swaying in the tradewinds? Yep. Crystal blue waters prime for snorkeling, paddleboarding and, overall, chillaxing? You've got it! Locals who are so freaking friendly, you might make plans to stay a little longer? For sure. The region is synonymous with island paradise and far-flung travel, but this is hardly a new development.

Here's a compilation of the finest retro travel ads we've yet to come across for the South Pacific. Be forewarned that these might prompt you to book a trip to Tahiti or Fiji!

South Pacific: Pan Am wanted to send passengers on the ultimate tropical vacation with island hopping around the region.

[Photo: Zazzle]

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The American Airlines 777-300ER Onslaught Continues

April 5, 2013 at 3:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

As you may have heard - say, when we excitedly wrote about it here and here, or when we did the definitive description of it here, or when we posted the definitive photo gallery of it hereAmerican Airlines has a line of new Boeing 777-300ER airplanes.

They're neat and, more to the point, American wants you to know they're neat. They've put out two new videos highlighting that neatness, which we're going to go ahead and steal from AAdvantage Geek. The videos are embedded below.

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Oh Snap. Amtrak Takes Subtle Digs at Air Travel in New Ad

March 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Speaking of high-speed trains, Amtrak is hoping you'll fall for their newest ad campaign, which involves making sly jabs at air travel.

The commercial, which will soon be interrupting your favorite TV program, shows off their high-speed Acela service on the East Coast. All statuses show "On Time," passengers move freely move about the train, using their electronic devices, and some even head to the bar car for socializing. All this—Amtrak subtly reminds you—is the rule on their trains, but the exception when you chose to be bound by the rules of flying.

There's just one problem. Travelers who have taken the Acela before won't be fooled. For example, we just hopped an Acela last month, traveling from New York to Boston, and our train was delayed an hour. The WiFI onboard may have been free, but it wasn't speedy enough for us to work as normal, so we did end up spending much of the time in the bar car, our hands sticky with spilled coffee as we attempted to add sugar while the train rocked ahead, not nearly traveling at "high-speed" speeds.

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Skip the Slings and Just Get Lost in Singapore

Where: Singapore
February 13, 2013 at 10:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

A tourism campaign that asks travelers to "get lost" may sound like the opposite of what's typically intended, but that's where the folks over at Your Singapore have gotten creative by designing a campaign that uses the play on words to lure travelers.

The TV commercial is actually designed to attract more Australians to the city-state, but is a good showcase of what the city has to offer while dispelling common myths about the mega-metropolis. Singapore, like other major cities, has it's tourist misconceptions, but here they're attempting to embrace those frowns and turn 'em upside-down.

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Mmm, New Airplane Smell.

February 5, 2013 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven't had quite enough of the news of American Airlines' rebranding from the internet, then get ready for the onslaught on your TV. AA just yesterday released the first commercial for their "New American" look, and it's a stunner.

"Get ready for a lot more of that 'new plane smell,'" it teases. We generally joke about enjoying "new plane smell," but it's a real thing (kinda like a toy freshly unwrapped on Christmas morning) and we're psyched to see that American is picking up on the lingo to both modernize their fleet and tone.

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Making Sense and Sentences of Airport Codes

January 17, 2013 at 7:14 AM | by | Comment (1)

We love us a good advertising campaign, and that’s especially the case when it’s clever, creative, and involves plenty of travel tidbits. The latest print pieces from Expedia and their arm over in the UK utilize baggage tags from airports all over the globe to illustrate where you need to go and when you need to leave.

The marketing gurus over at Ogilvy cooked up the new advertisements, as they pieced together three letter airport codes to create a little bit of a story. This isn’t the first time that these IATA airport codes have been used to sell stuff, but we’ve got to say that this has got to be one of the more clever applications.

Creative Review has the backstory on how things were thought up. In total there were around nine ads that finally made the cut, but the firm promises that there were many more created that will never see the light of day—including some that might be less than appropriate for print.

[Photo: Expedia.co.uk/Ogilvy]