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We last shared the news back in April, how Qantas plans to revamp their flight attendant uniform to modernize the look and, possibly, turn heads while cruising around airports. The official launch isn't until December, but some cabin crew have been test-wearing them for a few months now.
On a recent flight on the Red Roo, we caught a flash of fuchsia whizzing by our seat and realized it was a new uniform, in the wild. Then we saw it as she turned the galley corner; the navy shift-dress with pink and red highlights and matching neck scarf.
We briefly got the lowdown on what our attendant thought of the new Martin Grant-designed uniform and she had nothing but positive praise for the look, with the exception of the Trilby hat, which is a bit too hot for summer months.
Keep an eye out for the new duds on Qantas flights this month, and absolutely in December when the fresh uniforms become standard. After seeing the new uniform coupled with perfect hair and makeup, all we can say is (Trilby) hats off to Qantas!
[Photo: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]
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?
· 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.
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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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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.
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.
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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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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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:
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.