Air New Zealand Safety Video: Cool or Cruel?

I have been pondering about what to say about Air New Zealand’s safety video. On 28th November 1979, Air New Zealand flight TE 901 took off from Auckland for a sightseeing flight over Antarctica. Due to a computing error, the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 slammed into  Mount Erebus a 3,794 metre (12,448 ft) volcano located on Ross Island. All 237 passengers and 20 crew were killed. This was followed by complex search and rescue mission and a bitter and complicated investigation. There was such grief in NZ as the small nation felt connected to the disaster…

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Qantas Spreads Aussie Culture through safety video

This year’s 2018 Qantas safety briefing goes further than the last ones. The safety briefings in 2016 and 2017 took us around Australia. Running for seven minutes, the video showcases how “far and wide the airline’s spirit goes” by taking viewers to global Qantas destinations with the soundtrack of “I still call Australia Home“. It also notes some of the Australian quirks that belong to the land downunder. The Introduction starts with young people saying farewell to their families at my home airport: Melbourne Airport before a pilot and crew welcome passengers aboard In New…

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World’s Most Popular Plane but I am not a fan 

The 737 concept first hit the drawing boards  back in 1964 and is now the world’s most popular aircraft having carried more than 22 billion people since that time. Right now, there is a 737 taking off or landing every one and a half seconds. Boeing handed over the 10,000th Boeing 737 ever made  to US Carrier Southwest Airlines (the world’s biggest 737  operator) this week. The event cemented their Guinness World record  for the most produced commercial jet, a distinction it has had  since  2006: Boeing says there are now about 4,645 of the Boeing…

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Thai Airway’s Beautiful new safety video

Just released. This is truly a work of art. It will grab my attention. Will it improve how people behave in an emergency? Thai Airways flies to 92 destinations with a slightly eclectic fleet of 82 planes including B787s, A380s, A350s, as well as B747s, B777s and A330s. I currently rate them at 92%.   The Verdict             Related Posts Laughing through the new British Airways Safety Video -for a good cause Airlines of Thailand receive key safety rating upgrade This year’s Heart Warming Heathrow Bears Ad makes eyes water-…

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The 20 Golden P and O Tickets don’t exist- Travel Scam Alert

People are sharing a competition on Facebook which supposedly means you can win A CRUISE for THREE people. Who would not want that? This is what it looks like… The deal is of course fake. The Golden envelopes are from the 2016 Oscars and contained the winner’s information for that year. The picture is a Los Angeles Times describing how the Oscars envelopes are made. When you follow the link and you add your name etc, you are giving your name details to a scammer. If you or your friends have shared it then you…

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Living with Social Media -Ten Commandments

I like Social Media (I am a blogger after all and am connected to Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!). It seems to me that there are lots of positives about Social Media connecting within friends,sharing ideas with many instantly etc etc.     There are also  four major negatives associated with Social Media for us users: 1. It is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE- social media companies have a financial incentive to create services that create compulsive behavior among their users. (Noting that I gain some income from the pages you visit on my blog) 2. It is…

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British Airways BA1484 All Women Flight for IWD 2018

To mark International Women’s Day, British Airways brought together 61 women from across the airline for the UK’s biggest ever all-female flight. BA1484 from London to Glasgow included women working as baggage handlers, pilots and cabin crew, loaders and push back teams, air traffic control security and airport teams.   I would like to see an aviation world where this is not such an unusual occurrence. Have you flown with an female crew with any airline?    

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Stunning Qantas 787 touches down in Red Centre

Warning: This post includes the names, images and information of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. I acknowledge these elders and their descendants as I type this on the land of the Jagera people. Qantas’ fourth Boeing 787-9 (rego: VH-ZND)has been delivered to the Australian airline. The plane operating as flight QF 6026 departed Seattle on Wednesday February 2018 at 21:15 local time and 15.5 hours later touched down at Alice Springs Airport at 06:21 local time after a 7,000nm flight. It is not the longest…

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A matter of life and death. Travel Hygiene

On the Bangkok Airport Skytrain, entry through the fare gates is via a round plastic token. The same token is swallowed by the fare gates at the other end. They are then emptied out of the fare gates and either stacked back into automatic machines sold by the human operators who collect coins and notes by hand and distribute the tokens with their hands. Over a year, that same token may be handled by up to a thousand people (i used three times a day). The amount of bacteria and germs that probably float along on…

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War Child’s Award Winning Video Challenges

Some 250 million children are confronted every day with the horrors of war. Fantasy is often the only way for these children to escape their reality. This video shows the fantasies of kids caught in war situations. It won the Golden Lion 2017 at Cannes! And the Silver Ciclope in Berlin and the Bronze Lamp ADCN in Amsterdam. The Londen International Awards awarded the Batman video with two times bronze for the categories Music and Post-Production and silver for Production! It was filmed with real kids in a small refugee camp in Lebanon. The camp is enclosed by…

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