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.
Here is what we feel during the travel process, according to British Airways:
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.”
Empowerment. “Regular travelers will know which seat they want and will employ the shortcuts they know to get through the airport more quickly.”
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.
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.’”
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?
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.
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.
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.