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A Little Fun

April 3, 2012

A few of the airlines had a little fun yesterday with April Fool’s.  If you didn’t get a chance to see, I’ve listed them below in order of my favorites.

1) WestJet – Kargo Kids program.

WestJet today introduced Kargo Kids, an exciting new program allowing guests to travel on select child-free flights, creating a quieter and more relaxing inflight experience, while children travel in a “special VIP” area of the aircraft.

“As Canada’s low-cost airline, we are constantly looking for innovative and fun ways to enhance the guest experience,” continued Richard Bartrem. “The initial feedback on Kargo Kids has been quite positive and we’re looking forward to the peace and quiet while we get families where they need to be.”

Watch the WestJet Kargo Kids video.

 

2) Air New Zealand – Straight Up Fares.

Air New Zealand’s Domestic airline is proud to introduce STRAIGHTUPFARES™, the next step in the evolution of affordable domestic air travel on sale to anyone who can ‘stand it’. The special fares are part of the airline’s Grabaseat™ promotion.

For the April 1, 2012 launch date, the airline has installed hand holds on the cabin ceilings of selected aircraft to allow even more passengers per flight. The new “seating” plan can accommodate up to 69 extra passengers standing in the aisle for the duration of the flight, massively increasing Air New Zealand’s capacity and drastically lowering ticket prices.

The fares are offered at three different levels: STRAIGHTUPFARES™ – The standard offering includes carry on baggage only, STRAIGHTUPBAG™ – Includes carry on bag and one checked in bag up to 25kgs, and STRAIGHTUPDELUXE™ – Includes carry on bag and one checked in bag up to 25kgs, inflight refreshments and a interactive handhold.

Fare restrictions:
* Height restriction: 150cm Minimum height, excluding wheelchair passengers.
* Girth restriction: STRAIGHTUPFARES™ 100cm max waist, STRAIGHTUPBAG™ 120cm max waist, STRAIGHTUPDELUXE™ 150cm max waist
* Standing passenger must possess at least one fully functional arm and one fully function leg or equivalent. Wheel clamps provided for wheelchair passengers.

See Air New Zealand’s Straight Up Fares Website.

 

3) SpiritFlights to the Moon

Spirit Airlines is now offering Galactic flights to the moon from just $9* each way, based on roundtrip purchase, for $9 Fare Club members only!

If your travel plans don’t include a flight to the moon, click here to receive a $50 off coupon**, valid on non-space flights only.

Sign up today to get on the waiting list and receive other great sales from Spirit.

Terms and Conditions

* Individual lunar fares must be booked on spiritgalactic.com by 11:59PM ET on April 1, 2012 for travel as specified. Fares are based each way on roundtrip purchase and roundtrip travel is required, but these fares may be combined with other valid and applicable Spirit Galactic fares on other dates of travel. Lower fares generally available at the airport or on the moon and are subject to availability. To become a member of Spirit Airlines $9 Fare Club, click here for membership details and Terms and Conditions. Not all lunar markets are operated on a daily basis — please see www.spirit.com for details.

Air Travel departing from Earth

Quoted price includes the base fare.

Additional items are available for an extra fee, including:

  • Space Suit
  • Oxygen Mask
  • Rocket Fuel
  • Tang

Air Travel departing from the Moon

Quoted price includes the base fare. Additional fees include:

  • Moon Transfer Voucher Government Service Account Fee of $9.99
  • April 1st Processing Fee of $14.99

Additional items are available for an extra fee, including:

  • Space Suit
  • Oxygen Mask
  • Rocket Fuel
  • Tang

All Air Travel

  • All fares are subject to change until purchased.
  • All reservations are non-refundable and non-transferable except that refunds are allowed for reservations made 7 days or more prior to departure and provided that a refund request is made within 24 hours of initial reservation. Changes or cancellations made to itineraries will be subject to change fees, any fare differential, any differences in government taxes and fees and, with the exception of fees for carry-on bags and first and second checked-in bags, any difference in carrier’s ancillary charges.
  • We don’t really fly to the moon.
  • For a complete list of rules and regulations please refer to Spirit Airlines’ Contract of Carriage.

Visit the Spirit Galatic Flight website.

 

4) VirginJourney to Centre of the Earth

Richard Branson launches journeys to the centre of the Earth through Virgin Volcanic. Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks to join first expedition.

Only 500 people have been to space, only three people have been to the bottom of the ocean, but no one has ever attempted to journey to the core of an active volcano. Until now.

Using patented carbon-carbon materials pioneered for deep space exploration, Virgin is proud to announce a revolutionary new vehicle, VVS1, which will be capable of plunging three people into the molten lava core of an active volcano.

In its first three years of operation, Virgin Volcanic‘s VVS1 will target the five most active volcanoes in the world:

•    Etna – Sicily, Italy
•    Stromboli – Aeolian Islands
•    Yasur – Republic of Vanuatu
•    Ambrym – Republic of Vanuatu
•    Tinakula – Solomon Islands

Sir Richard Branson will go on the first expedition along with Tom Hanks, Academy Award winning actor and star of Joe Versus the Volcano; Black Eyed Peas recording artist and science enthusiast Will.i.am; actor/producer Seth Green; and two-time Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple.

Virgin registered Virgin Volcanic in the late 1990s in anticipation of the development of technology to explore active volcanoes.

Sir Richard said: “I have a long held a fascination with volcanoes having read Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth as a young boy. I decided that one day I would go there too. Alongside our adventures with Virgin Galactic and Virgin Oceanic, volcanoes are the next great unexplored terrain. What can I say, I lava challenge!”

Tom Hanks said: “A window seat for a journey to the liquid core of our home planet would be a bargain at twice the price.”

Documentary filmmaker Barbara Kopple has closed a deal with Virgin Produced to direct a documentary around the Virgin Volcanic project utilising groundbreaking 3D technology called VD. Additionally, recording artist (and passenger) Will.i.am plans to record the first volcanic soundtrack for the film, recorded entirely inside a live active volcano. The soundtrack will be released in conjunction with the documentary.

“I am thrilled and honored to be part of such a groundbreaking movement into the exploration of volcanos,” said Barbara Kopple. “Sir Richard’s continued quest to uncover the unknown never ceases to amaze. To document this journey on film by working with Virgin Produced and first passengers Tom Hanks, will.i.am and Seth Green, I am confident this adventure will prove truly rewarding both personally and professionally.

Volcanologist Frederick Smith, based in the Republic of Vanuatu currently conducting preliminary tests on Yasur, added: “The project will derive important scientific results to help control and monitor active volcanoes. It is believed a new level of the Volcanic Explosivity Index could be found above and beyond the current high of Level 8 – Supervolcanic.”

The team behind Virgin Volcanic believes going to the core of the five most active volcanoes is just the first step. In future this technology can be developed as a clean, safe and fast alternative to trans- continental commercial aviation. By taking the heat from molten lava Virgin Volcanic plans to develop a totally renewable energy source to power the VVS1. It is seen as a way to literally fulfill Richard Branson’s philosophy of screwing business as usual. This would involve going through the Earth rather than round it. Experts predict that one could travel from Hawaii to Naples in a couple of hours via the molten lava flows, with passengers boarding and disembarking from a network of “Earthports” close to the world’s volcanoes.

Seth Green is among a long list of Early Volcanauts, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Hawking, who have put down the $1m deposit to reserve an early seat. Seth Green commented: “Ever since filming Austin Powers, I’ve had this obsession with underground layers. I’ve waited patiently for Sir Richard to make the dream of traveling to the Earth’s core a reality.”

The first Virgin Volcanic trips are scheduled for 2015. Go to virginvolcanic.com to find out more. Do you have what it takes to join the Virgin Volcanic back-up team? Tell us why below, or use the #virginvolcanic hashtag.

 

5) SouthwestTOFUnuts

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today begins serving a delicious onboard snack in addition to the carrier’s legendary peanut offering, TOFUnuts. With the same salty taste, TOFUnuts contain more protein than Southwest’s lightly salted peanuts. Customers who stop in the airport terminal for that savory cheeseburger can wash away the guilt knowing that a packet of TOFUnuts will help lower bad cholesterol. Other benefits include appearing younger as Customers step off one of the carrier’s LUV jets since the isoflavones in the TOFUnuts scavenge free radicals to prevent premature aging.

“We didn’t think we could top our world famous peanuts, but this little baby has real potential,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Vice President of Marketing, Sales, and Distribution. “If you aren’t in the mood for our traditional peanuts, then get on the tofu train. I mean, a snack food and healthy skin—sign me up!”

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards A-List Customer Ross Brewer hosted an Inflight tweetup, giving a play-by-play of his eating experience between Denver and Chicago.

“It’s heart-healthy, tastes great, and keeps you full #SouthwestTOFUnut,” Brewer tweeted. Brewer followed up that tweet with “Whoa. The @SouthwestAir seatbelt sign is off and everyone’s dancing. It’s gotta be the TOFUnuts. I’m going for it, guys.”

TOFUnuts are just another way Southwest is improving the Customer Experience onboard. Check out a photo of TOFUnuts on www.swamedia.com.

“Working in our Provisioning Department, you get lots of creative ideas about what we should serve on our flights,”said Southwest Airlines Provisioning Agent Brooks McAllister. “I’ve had this idea for a while and finally suggested it—the rest is history!”

Southwest Airlines is known as a maverick Company and one to roll out enhancements based on Customer and Employee feedback. The launch of TOFUnuts will just be another milestone in the Southwest history book.
“I just love the light and salty TOFUnuts—it’s a game-changer,” said Southwest Airlines Communications Specialist Caleb Fox. “I can hardly wait for the honey roasted TOFUnuts!”

TOFUnuts will be served on all Southwest flights beginning April 1.  Based on Customer demand, the airline will determine whether to keep the offering onboard.
Happy April Fool’s!*

ABOUT SOUTHWEST
After achieving its 39th consecutive year of profitability, Southwest Airlines continues to differentiate itself from other low-fare carriers–offering a reliable product with exemplary Customer Service. Southwest Airlines is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and has acquired AirTran Airways, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. Southwest serves 73 cities in 38 states and remains one of the most honored airlines in the world known for its commitment to the triple bottom line of Performance, People, and Planet. To read more about how Southwest is doing its part to be a good citizen, visit southwest.com/cares to read the Southwest Airlines One Report(TM). Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 3,200 flights a day and has more than 37,000 Employees.

southwest.com

*Editor’s Note: If you have read all the way to this section and still not realized this is a ruse, then you are as silly as we are.  Happy April Fool’s!  No Southwest Airlines peanuts were harmed as a result of this joke

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