Poll: What’s your favorite historic airline livery? (European division)

We love historic airline liveries here at L.A. Airspace. I’m sure some of my readers feel the same way, even if they’re too proud to admit it. So I ask you this: Among these European airlines, which paint job is your favorite?

For what it’s worth, I go with SAS. Also, I think I have my dates generally correct for the liveries, but if you know the timelines more exactly, please let us know in the comments section.

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British Airways says it knows how you feel when you fly

British Airways says it knows how you feel when you fly. Is the airline right? Photo: British Airways.

British Airways says it knows how you feel when you fly. Is the airline right? Photo: British Airways.

Have you seen the new British Airways study detailing the range of emotions travelers go through whilst flying? It released the findings last week.

Here is what we feel during the travel process, according to British Airways:

  1. Control. “Most travelers feel the need to start in control, often exhibiting behaviors such as ticking off check-lists and fibbing to partners by telling them the flight leaves earlier than it really does in order to get to the airport in plenty of time.”
  2. Empowerment. “Regular travelers will know which seat they want and will employ the shortcuts they know to get through the airport more quickly.”
  3. Security and belonging. Once on board the ‘secure’ and ‘belonging’ feelings kick in with fliers appreciating the (public address) announcement from the pilots, and a smile from the crew. At this stage most will arrange the space around them to their specifications.
  4. Enjoyment and convivial.  ”There is a distinct theme of suspending normal life for fliers with many of them admitting to breaking their own norms and indulging in calorific food, drinking alcohol first thing in the morning and watching three films in a row ‘because they can.’”
  5. Vitality. “The ‘vitality’ need – that desire to experience something new – rears itself at various points throughout the journey. It may manifest itself as planning activities, or being more open minded as to trying different foods. Excitement is a big factor too.”

The research was conducted by Ipsos MORI. The company says it used  850 hours of quantitative research to reach the conclusions.

What do you think? Do you experience these feelings when you fly?

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British Airways, which will bring A380 to Los Angeles, believes there’s plenty of demand for First Class

British Airways is bullish on first class demand between Los Angeles and London. Cabin photograph courtesy of airline.

British Airways is bullish on first class demand between Los Angeles and London. Cabin photograph courtesy of airline.

When British Airways brings its Airbus A380 to Los Angeles International Airport for the first time on Tuesday, it will have something slightly unusual for a new airplane: 14 first class seats. (To compare, Korean Airlines has 12 first class seats on its A380, while Lufthansa has only eight.)

The 14 first class seats are in addition to 97 seats in the airline’s Club World — or business class — cabin. In Club World, every seat converts to a fully flat and private bed.

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British Airways to add second Airbus A380 flight at LAX

By Spring 2014, British Airways should have two daily A380 flights to Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of British Airways.

By Spring 2014, British Airways should have two daily A380 flights to Los Angeles.   Photo courtesy of British Airways.

By next spring, British Airways should have two Airbus A380 flights between Los Angeles and London. Though it will usually have just one A380 flight, the airline is planning to add a second during the busy tourist season.

The change was first reported by airlineroute.net. It goes into effect April 10. That’s a long way away, so of course it can change between now and then.

British Airways, a new operator of the jet, starts its first A380 flight between Los Angeles and London in September. Los Angeles is supposed to be the first scheduled A380 service for the airline.

LAX sees more A380s than just about any other city in the world. Can you name all the airlines that fly the plane to LAX?

 

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Boeing 747 Video: Check out the view from the landing gear

Ever wonder about the view from a 747′s landing gear?

OK. You probably haven’t. But that doesn’t make the video above any less interesting. It’s especially cool at about the one-minute mark when the plane gets airborne. It’s a view you don’t usually see.

Amazing as it might sounds, people occasionally try to hitch a ride in an aircraft wheel well. And it generally does not end well.

A few days ago, there was the guy who died on a British Airways A320. He was discovered at London Heathrow after a flight from Turkey.

Then there was this guy, who authorities believe hid on another British Airways plane from North Africa in 2012. But just about the time of landing at Heathrow, he fell from the sky and onto a residential street.

After that incident, the BBC did a nice story on whether people can actually survive these flights. The answer is yes, though not very often. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials told the BBC that about a quarter of people caught as stowaways have actually survived. That, of course, means 75 percent die.

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