Posts Tagged 'fun'

Air New Zealand Marketing Videos

Funny and innovative safety videos for airlines are now a very trendy tool for marketing, especially as items for viral and social marketing.

Air New Zealand seems to be in the front line here, as they have created a very popular Hobbit version earlier in 2012 for the first part of the Hobbit trilogy: “An Unexpected Briefing” (a’la the title of the movie: “An Unexpected Journey”). They were followed with a pop-song like version of the safety instructions from Virgin America not so long afterwards.

So following the sometimes ugly creatures of the Hobbit Universe, Air New Zealand started 2014 with a different topic and a beautiful “partner”: the 50 year old Sports Illustrated – Swimsuit Edition!

To be honest, personally I like this one much better. What do you think? (the links to the other two are available in the first paragraph)

Not a safety video, but still worth to mention in the league of viral Airline marketing videos is the one that came with the second Hobbit movie last year: a short film of what a day is like at the official airline of Middle-Earth (aka.: New Zealand), starring real Air New Zealand employees from Flight Attendants to Engineers – and a plane slapping its wings like a bird. (title: “Just another day in Middle-earth“):

For the record, they also accompanied the second Hobbit movie (The Desolation of Smaug) with a special aircraft livery last year as well:

Air New Zealand Boeing 777 with Hobbit special livery - by  James Mepsted on

by balint01


Friday Fun: Terrourist!

Have You ever wondered what may happen if you get an (over) cautious pilot on your flight whose mind immediately goes into “yellow alert” based on a reported nail file and a can of grape juice?

Check out this funny video series by about a cautious Pilot and the “story” of his flight:

Are we Tourists or (potential) Terrorists nowadays? Or are we “Terrourists”? “It’s hard to tell these days…

One thing to remember: do not carry a nail file AND drink canned grape juice onboard at the same time on a French flight! 🙂

by balint01

Holiday Wishes

Even though we are passed the Christian Christmas period as well as the Jewish Hanukah, we are before the Orthodox Christmas as well as all the New Year celebrations around the world, thus we would like to wish all of our loyal Readers and Partners a Very Happy Holiday Season!

Check out this special Holiday Wish from the co-workers of TAP, the Portuguese National Carrier. They prepared a special show for their passengers right before Christmas at their Home Airport in Lisbon, Portugal, using the Airport Terminal as the stage and playing the accompanying music through the airport loudspeakers.

by balint01 and Szafi

Plane Landing “Art” Project

Aleksandra Mir is a Lublin, Poland born modern artist, who has previously claimed herself as the First Woman on the Moon in 1999 – among other strange artistic projects. My colleague, Péter has brought my attention to one of her latest artworks, which is referred to as “Plane Landing“.

Cameron Balloons Drawing

Plane Landing goes back to 2001, when she first came up with the idea of creating a special, large balloon with the shape of a landing passenger airliner and inflate it at places, where we would not expect to see a jet airplane. Then it turned out to be a relatively complicated engineering project at Cameron Balloons of Bristol (the company that gave us Darth Vader, Coke Bottle or Flying Cow shaped ballons just to mention a few) where the actual balloon was designed and manufactured. It became a science project rather than art at this stage with aeronautics, engineering and design playing the major roles.Cameron Balloons At WorkPlane Landing First Test Inflation - c by

The balloon became an impressive one:

  • Length = 20.8 meters
  • Wing span = 15 meters
  • Volume = about 100 cubic meters
  • 4 different fabrics = white gas fabric (white gas fabric with overlaid silver), black hyper last for the go-faster stripe, black window fabric and red doorframe artwork fabric.
  • Approximately = 1 km of thread and heat sealed seams

It was first inflated in Compton Verney, in the UK in 2003 with three successful test inflations and with the first crowd gathering around it in the park. Mir usually prepares a collage or a sketch of the location where she is planning to land the plane – and after approval she lands it. We have no information on where the plane had spent the following five years – maybe at the Mojave desert among the other parked planes or simply flying in the air – but the next documented landing only happened in July 2008 ,when the plane arrived in Switzerland. Contrary to the original idea, it showed up in a place where we would most expect it to be: at Zürich Airport! It was first inflated at dawn at the place where the plane observers watch actual planes touching down, while the second landing took place overnight at the airport tarmac, in front of Gate 44.

Plane Landing in Zürich 1

Plane Landing in Zürich - c by

Plane Landing in Zürich - c by

Plane Landing Art Project at Zürich Airport Gate 44 - c by

Just a little more than 3 months after landing in Zürich, the plane arrived to dowtown Paris in October 21-22-23, 2008 with inflations around the most famous locations such as the Eiffel Tower or the in front of the Louvre. You can see all Paris pictures at

Plane Landing Art Project in Paris - c by

Plane Landing Art Project in Paris - c by

Plane Landing Art Project in Paris - c by

I’m not fully convinced that this project can be categorized as art, but I very much like it as a gig, and hope to hear about its next landing somewhere in the near future!

Aleksandra, if you happen to read this post and plan to land the plane in Budapest, Hungary, please let us know, we would help you with organization and some publicity!

by balint01

Book Review : Air Babylon

‘Flying!’ says Tom, as Susan and I slip past him. ‘A champagne lifestyle on lemonade money. Don’t you just love it?’

Air BabylonWe do love it, and if you want to know more about it, or just a have a good laugh, this 2005 book by Imogen Edwards-Jones & Anonymus (where Anonymus stands for a number of unnamed airline and airport staff interviewed by the author) takes you behind the scenes of the world of flying in a very funny, entertaining way.

The book is basically a lot of anecdotes compiled in a fictional day of an Airport Duty Manager of the imaginery Air Babylon Airlines, organized in 24 chapters that span each hour of the day from 5am – til 5am the next day. We witness the Airport operations from handling flight arrivals early in the morning that arrive with dead people and criminals on board as well as with a snake that broke loose during the flight, through check-in and boarding, including the always required and sought after quick cigarettes on the apron as well as the must-have coffee breaks to fight the hangover from the last day… Our hero arrives at the airport at 5am with his shitty car looking around the parking lot at the Jaguars, Audis and BMW’s of the baggage handlers… We get an insight to the world of check-in for example, why and what the check-in agents are typing into the computer while we just stand there in front of them for a few minutes in silence. Why and based on what does the duty manager make the call about late comers allowed on the plane or being rejected, or another important “lesson” for the reader’s future travels is why complaining and whining around about the desired seat can result in a very unpleasant travel experience…

Later on during the day we witness “typical” airport situations such a boyfriend saying goodbye to his girlfriend and taking pills, a police escorted terrorist checking-in, or random sex happening around in the airport toilettes. The book also reveals the tricks of how we can get the worst seat on a flight or where is the best place to have sex on board an airplane or why we usually don’t see the panty-line on a stewardess’ skirt… On the other hand, I believe some parts of the story include an exaggerated amount of alcohol drinking by the staff and crew – they probably do drink while on the job, but I personally believe it’s not as bad as described in the book by Edwards-Jones. But of course I haven’t been working as a flight attendant, so I shouldn’t make any statements about that…The nose of an Airplane as seen from the apron

Even though the book is mostly about the airport life, it also takes us on an extremely eventful flight to Dubai to join the team of sex-hungry, alcohol-blooded airline employees celebrating the assistant airport manager’s birthday on a quick get-away trip. During this flight we learn about many typical situations on board – from heavy turbulence to breakfast fixing by the “hosties” or why the cabin heating seems to work much better after dinner.

The book reveals a large number of airline secrets that are good and fun to know for everyday travellers, and does this in a very entertaining, humorous manner. We at the airlineworld blog have both read it and suggest it for airline-fans as well as to regular passengers. Only one warning: if you’re afraid of flying, you should read it in a nice chair on the porch or in your living room (especially the chapters after 9pm), rather than onboard a long transatlantic flight – even though it would also make such a flight much easier to survive and the time would fly much faster!

by balint01

Friday Fun – If Airlines Sold Paint…

Thanks for Karen, we have received this funny (joke) conversation, that tries to show how airline pricing would work, if airlines would sell: PAINT for example. Really funny, even though it is exaggerating a little bit! And paint is not the same kind of “non-storable” product as airline seats flying away at a given time.

Customer: Hi. How much is your paint?
Clerk: Well, sir, that all depends on quite a lot of things.
Customer: Can you give me a guess? Is there an average price?
Clerk: Our lowest price is $12 a gallon, and we have 60 different prices up to $200 a gallon.
Customer: What’s the difference in the paint?
Clerk: Oh, there isn’t any difference; it’s all the same paint.
Customer: Well, then I’d like some of that $12 paint.
Clerk: When do you intend to use the paint?
Customer: I want to paint tomorrow. It’s my day off.
Clerk: Sir, the paint for tomorrow is the $200 paint.
Customer: When would I have to paint to get the $12 paint?
Clerk: You would have to start very late at night in about 3 weeks. But you will have to agree to start painting before Friday of that week and continue painting until at least Sunday.
Customer: You’ve got to be *&%^#@* kidding!
Clerk: I’ll check and see if we have any paint available.

Customer: You have shelves FULL of paint! I can see it!
Clerk: But it doesn’t mean that we have paint available. We sell only a certain number of gallons on any given weekend. Oh, and by the way, the price per gallon just went to $16. We don’t have any more $12 paint.
Customer: The price went up as we were talking?
Clerk: Yes, sir. We change the prices and rules hundreds of times a day, and since you haven’t actually walked out of the store with your paint yet, we just decided to change. I suggest you purchase your paint as soon as possible. How many gallons do you want?
Customer: Well, maybe five gallons. Make that six, so I’ll have enough.
Clerk: Oh no, sir, you can’t do that. If you buy paint and don’t use it, there are penalties and possible confiscation of the paint you already have.
Customer: WHAT?
Clerk: We can sell enough paint to do your kitchen, bathroom, hall and north bedroom, but if you stop painting before you do the bedroom, you will lose your remaining gallons of paint.
Customer: What does it matter whether I use all the paint? I already paid you for it!
Clerk: We make plans based upon the idea that all our paint is used, every drop. If you don’t, it causes us all sorts of problems.
Customer: This is crazy!! I suppose something terrible happens if I don’t keep painting until after Saturday night!

Clerk: Oh yes! Every gallon you bought automatically becomes the $200 paint.
Customer: But what are all these, “Paint on sale from $10 a litre” signs?
Clerk: Well that’s for our budget paint. It only comes in half-gallons. One $5 half-gallon will do half a room. The second half-gallon to complete the room is $20. None of the cans have labels, some are empty and there are no refunds, even on the empty cans.
Customer: To hell with this! I’ll buy what I need somewhere else!
Clerk: I don’t think so, sir. You may be able to buy paint for your bathroom and bedrooms, and your kitchen and dining room from someone else, but you won’t be able to paint your connecting hall and stairway from anyone but us. And I should point out, sir, that if you paint in only one direction, it will be $300 a gallon.
Customer: I thought your most expensive paint was $200!
Clerk: That’s if you paint around the room to the point at which you started. A hallway is different.
Customer: And if I buy $200 paint for the hall, but only paint in one direction, you’ll confiscate the remaining paint.
Clerk: No, we’ll charge you an extra use fee plus the difference on your next gallon of paint. But I believe you’re getting it now, sir.
Customer: You’re insane!
Clerk: Thanks for painting with Friday Fun Airlines!

Friday Fun – Pushback by Hand

Following our last Friday Fun Article about the Russian display at the Farnborough Air Show, here is another Russian related video, again nominated by my friend, Gaba – Thanks!

This time the strong Russians as pushing back the An-124 cargo aircraft by hand (weights 175.000 kgs empty)!

by balint01

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