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Air France – KLM EUR 1 Billion Offer For Alitalia

Alitalia has been struggling with financial difficulties for a long time. In the past few months more airlines were bidding for it, but in the end all of them backed down.

Thus today’s news were surprising, that finally Air France – KLM offered Eur 1 billion for it. According to gossips in the industry another offer is expected from Lufthansa.

Alitalia is making loss of EUR 2 million per day and so far no investors were interested in buying it.

By Szafi 
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Sexy Stewardess Uniforms

It has been a long time I wanted to take the time and write this post. It is a little bit long, but I ensure you it is not just the photos that are interesting! ūüôā

Who can become a flight attendant?

Not everybody qualifies for a stewardes. Flighat attendants need to go through a 6 weeks to 6 months training period that includes psychological, IQ and physical tests (depending on the airline’s requirements). Safety training includes, but is not limited to: emergency passenger evacuation management, use of evacuation slides / life rafts, in-flight fire fighting, survival in the jungle, sea, desert, ice, first aid, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation, ditching/emergency landing procedures, decompression emergencies, Crew Resource Management and security.

But even those, who pass these tests and trainings, may fail. Some airlines have height and weight requirements. While airlines using bigger jets have minimum height limit, because air hostesses cannot reach the overhead compartments, regional carriers have maximum height limit as the ceiling of the aircrafts is very low. Weight is almost always a concern. Even if they do not communicate it, almost all airlines hire only girls with regular weight. Neither underweighing, nor overweighing applicants are accepted. Even later if somebody gains some weight do the airlines give out a new uniform to anyone.

Playmates, beauty queens

Sex has always been associated with flight attendants. There have been several playmates and former bueauty queen working as stewardesses. No wonder that if we take a look at the series of known women who worked as flight attendants before or after they became famous.

Some of them were:

  • Ester Codet was a playmate of the motnh in October 1974
  • Avis Miller was playmate in November, 1970
  • Julie Woodson was playmate in April, 1973
  • Jennifer Hosten was Miss World in 1970, first to win this title for her home, Grenada.
  • Kate Linder is still an active US actress
  • Evangeline Lilly is a Golden-globe nominated actress, most known for her role in Lost. She worked for Air Canada.

Ester CodetAvis MillerJennifer Hosten

Kate LinderEvangeline Lilly

History of airline uniforms

Old Delta Airlines uniformThe first stewardess uniforms were designed to be durable, practical, and inspire confidence in passengers. The first stewardesses for United Airlines wore green berets, green capes and nurse’s shoes. Other airlines, such as Eastern Air Lines, actually dressed stewardesses in nurses’ uniforms.
Perhaps reflecting the military aviation background of many commercial aviation pioneers, many early uniforms had a strongly military appearance; hats, jackets, and skirts showed simple straight lines and military details like epaulettes and brass buttons. Many uniforms had a summer and winter version, differentiated by colours and fabrics appropriate to the season: navy blue for winter, for example, khaki for summer. But as the role of women in the air grew, and airline companies began to realise the publicity value of their stewardesses, more feminine lines and colours began to appear in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Some airlines began to commission designs from high-end department stores and still others called in noted designers or even milliners to create distinctive and attractive apparel.

Famous fashion designers ‚Äď famous uniforms

British Airways new uniform designChristian Lacroix designs uniforms for Air France. British Airways flight crews and staff now sport designs by Givenchy star Julien Macdonald. Los Angeles-based celebrity designer Richard Tyler presented Delta Air Lines’ new line-up alongside his ready-to-wear collection during New York Fashion Week. Korean Air launched new outfits by Italian designer Gianfranco Ferre, including pants for the first time in the airline’s history.

Sexiest airline uniforms

And now let’s look at the list of the most sexy airline uniforms:

1. Hooters Air

Hooter AirHooters Air

2. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

3. Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia AirlinesMalaysia Airlines

4. Delta Airlines

Delta Air LinesDelta Air Lines

5. Thai Airways

Thai Airways

6. Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways

7. Gulf Air

Gulf Air

8. Air France

Air FranceAir FranceAir France

9. Wizz Air

Wizz Air

10. Sky Europe

Sky EuropeSky Europe

If you liked this collection, check out our other post about special aircraft paintings and our other post about airline meals!

By Szafi

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Lufthansa Joins Others In Run For Alitalia

Alitalia had a board meeting a few days ago, regarding the potential sale of the carrier during direct negotiations with potentially interested parties, after the failed open tender earlier this year. The shortlist of six potential buyers was compiled following consultation with Citigroup and industrial adviser Roland Berger. 

The list comprises Aeroflot, Air France-KLM, AP Holding (Air One), Cordata Baldassarre, Lufthansa and TPG (formerly Texas Pacific Group). This means four out of the six potential buyers are from the airline industry. Aeroflot and Air One (and TPG) have taken part in the auction process earlier this year, but both withdrew after learning about the actual situation and state of the troubled Italian carrier, and Air France-KLM has expressed their interest some time ago as well. But Lufthansa has not yet previously taken part in any negotiations (at least not publicly). The Italian government wants to sell most of its 49.9% in AZ and asked Chairman Maurizio Prato, who was appointed in July, to identify potential buyers after its own selloff efforts failed.

“The board has resolved to carry out discussions to assess the interest” of the six identified parties, Alitalia said, adding that it intends “to complete such discussions in the shortest possible timeframe.”

Corriere della Sera reported yesterday that AF KLM is seeking to acquire an initial 15%-20% stake in the loss-making airline through a share swap and would consider a full integration only if the Italian flag-carrier’s earnings improve over the next 2-3 years.

Air France-KLM has previously said it would be willing to listen to any proposition Alitalia makes but would not do a deal unless it created value for the airline.

A Lufthansa spokeswoman said a partnership with Alitalia must make sense for both sides, adding the German airline was basically open for possible talks. Knowing how Lufthansa has turned around the troubled Swiss carrier, Swiss International Airlines, it would make sense to repeat the same procedure with Alitalia, but the Italian airline is in a much worse financial crisis and situation these days…

We will keep you posted on the developments

by balint01

Air France-KLM Preparing Bid For Iberia

Following earlier indications by British Airways, who are joining a consortium to bid for Spanish Flag-carrier Iberia, Air France-KLM has yesterday admitted that they are preparing to launch a bid for Iberia¬†together with several Spanish companies, Madrid’s Expansion newspaper reported. The consortium likely would include investment firm Torreal and publishing house Grupo Planeta, which currently is the largest shareholder in Vueling Airlines (a Spanish low-cost). The AF KLM offer would keep 51% of Iberia in Spanish hands, allowing it to maintain its traffic rights for non-EU¬†and US routes. In recent weeks, as Airlineworld has reported as well,¬†AF KLM Chairman and CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta has stated several times that the group is “studying” the Iberia dossier, while admitting that they will be open to Alitalia as well, would the Italians decide to talk to them.

British Airways is also planning a potential merger with Iberia though a consortium which would also probably leave 51% in Spanish ownership for the same reasons (flight rights) as AF-KLM.

It is really interesting to follow this story, that includes several players: Iberia – the bride, with fellow oneworld member BA and bigger rival AF-KLM in the role of the potential grooms! But knowing that AF-KLM is also considering proposing to the ripped-off Italian girl: Alitalia if she would express her interests… What a love-circle! ūüôā

by balint01

Air France KLM Adds Alitalia As Potential Merger Target

Air France KLM Logo Air France KLM has once again admitted their interest in Iberia and Alitalia, which airlines are basically on sale. Iberia, the Spanish national carrier is profitable, but the shareholders wish to find a new owner to protect the company in the long run, while Alitalia has been making losses for long decades by now, and the government is forced to sell it, basically under any circumstances.

Air France KLM wants to grow, and now emphasizes it once again. They are already the biggest European carrier, but they want to move forward and wish to become a major driving force behind the ongoing consolidation of the European Airline Market.

Iberia¬†logo¬†Air France KLM Chairman and CEO Jean-Cyril Spinetta yesterday said in an interview with the Financial Times, that they are indeed studying a potential merger with either Alitalia or Iberia. He said AF KLM has held “informal” talks with potential Spanish financial partners (see earlier report by Airlineworld), though it is not yet in official discussions with Iberia. The cooperation with Iberia would be a little more complicated, but the Spanish carrier is in good financial shape at the moment, and is the leading airline between Europe and South-America. AF KLM are one of the leading members of the SkyTeam alliance, while Iberia is a founding member of oneworld. How they would solve this situation, is not yet known, it is probably one of the major issues in the ongoing evaluations. According to Spinetta: “We are in the phase of evaluating the potential for cooperation with Iberia.

Alitalia¬†logo¬†He explained that AF KLM declined to participate in the failed auction earlier this year for the Italian government’s stake in Alitalia because it did not believe the terms and conditions set for the sale were viable. But the situation has changed with the appointment of a management team led by Maurizio Prato, who initiated a new restructuring effort, which includes cutting back traffic¬†at Milan-Malpensa hub, and has been asked by the government to sell the state’s 49.9% stake, he said.

If Mr. Prato wants to talk to us, we will listen carefully,” Spinetta said. “He has a clear mission to sell this stake, but how he sees this problem I don’t know.” He added that “the Italian market is very strong. There are huge business traffic flows and tourist leisure flows. The potential is very high.” And knowing that both airlines being members of SkyTeam, the traffic integration would not be that big of an issue in this case, but the financial situation is the one that would easily give a headache to AF KLM. Now, that several privatization attempts have failed for Alitalia, AF KLM may be in a better (and stronger)¬†position to discuss a possible solution face-to-face with Alitalia, and Mr. Prato.

by balint01

Smart Gift for Online Bookers at KLM

KLM has launched a new promotion, which is very-very smart and other airlines should take the idea and come up with similar campaigns in my opinion. So what is it and why is it so great?

Easy Boarding Bag by KLM

Good for the passenger: Free gift. It’s always good for the passenger when they receive something free, of course. And this gift is an “Easy Boarding Bag”, a very practical gift. It’s one of those bags that we all need to use in our hand luggages when boarding a plane or each time we go through security at an airport. I started using such a bag last October when these new regulations were introduced all around the EU and it worn out by Christmas. Then I bought a pack of 3 better quality bags, for EUR 1.5¬†that have a tougher zip and are made of tougher material. One of them is getting worn out by now again… And in case you’re not traveling that much, you would not want to buy such a bag, and would not have all those small packs and portions of toiletries at hand by default. You would have to go to a specialized beauty store (as the standard packages are bigger than 100 ml in most cases), which takes time, money and extra effort before you travel and have a thousand of other things to think about already… So besides being¬†a free gift, this gift makes your life easier! It takes away the hazzle to search for these toiletries, for such a bag, etc. AND in this campaign you get it before you travel, so you can be SURE that you don’t need to deal with these things at all, KLM has done it for you.

Good for the airport: More passengers will come to the security checks with the already prepared, standard and acceptable toiletrie bags, which speeds up the checks.

Good for the cosmetics company: Rituals is the cosmetics company that provides the toiletries to these bags. It’s a great promotion for them, they reach out for a target group that has money available and this way receives a free trial collection of all products bascially!

Good for the airline: As they have connected this free gift to online booking, the online booking engine will get more traffic, and maybe passengers will try it out, who have not used it before, thus the (cheapest) online sales¬†channel gets promoted. And of course customer loyalty raises as well, as people will talk about “the free gift bag I got from KLM” before their travel (“how nice it is that I don’t need to worry about all these small toiletries, they just gave them to me”), and if they are visiting family/friends, it could easily be brought up there too, especially if they share bathroom! ūüôā

So this is a very wise promotion, all players win from it, congratulations to whoever came up with this idea at KLM! (If the person may read this article, please drop us a comment!)

by balint01

Airbus A380 tickets

When I studied the blog statistics, I could see that many hits are coming from Google using the keyword A380 tickets. The following information is for them:

1. The new A380 has not started operating yet, although operation is scheduled to start late 2007.

2. The first customers, who placed order are: Emirates,Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Qantas, Air France, Etihad Airways, Korean Air, China Southern, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Kingfisher Airlines, cargo companies (UPS, FedEx) and a leasing company (ILFC).

I am sure once they will start operation, you will be able to find information on the websites of the above mentioned airlines.

You can learn more about the nice A380 on the official website, on Airliners.net and in the Wikipedia.

By Szafi


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