Among the year's stylish holiday presents is the classic Pan Am Innovator, the classic jet-age tote seen dangling from the shoulders of everyone from JFK to the Beatles. The vinyl carry-on features the airline's iconic globe logo, and sells on PanAmBrands.com for $75.
Few airline routes evoke the golden age of flying quite like New York City to Palm Springs. And to celebrate new seasonal service along that route, JetBlue jumped back to the 1960s this weekend—with a "Time Travel Agency" pop-up store in NYC, a retro version of its logo (with ads to boot) and even a specially painted throwback airplane. The pop-up store opened Friday on Wooster Street in SoHo, the same storefront where the carrier built an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine earlier this year. The Time Travel Agency, created by JetBlue agency MullenLowe, featured period characters and furniture, as well as 1960s fare deals and other giveaways.
Virgin America's First Class Shoe isn't just some plain old sneaker. Hand crafted in Milan, Italy, this snazzy high-top was assembled to reflect the amenities of Virgin's first-class cabins. White leather. Wifi. Mood lighting. Video display. USB phone charger. Stainless-steel airline-style belt buckle. It's all there! (Too bad the shoes can't buckle themselves.) "We really wanted to give people the chance to experience what it's like to fly Virgin's first class cabin with both feet still on the ground," says Mike McKay, chief creative officer at ad agency Eleven. "We spent almost eight months with Virgin America designing and executing the First Class Shoe. First, we looked at what was currently going on with wearable technology, and there didn't seem to be a shoe that could deliver this level of technology."
Who wants a song and dance from their airline? We'll soon find out, thanks to Southwest's glitzy musical ads from GSD&M, part of the carrier's overarching "Transfarency" campaign.
Emirates Airlines recently upgraded Casey Neistat to first class. He filmed the experience, and it's a nine-minute testament to obscene flying decadence.
Stroll through the busy streets of New York City (or any city, for that matter) and chances are you'll hear and see street performers playing beautiful melodies. If you're like most busy New Yorkers, though, you'll have your headphones in, head down, paying little to no attention to your surroundings.
If you think C-suiters are pompous and obnoxious when they're stone-cold sober with their feet on the ground, imagine how they'd carry on after loosening up with a few Heinekens on draught while cruising at 35,000 feet. Actually, you don't have to imagine. Just check out this clip from DDB & Tribal Amsterdam, which heralds the arrival of a fancy trolley that dispenses Heineken draught beers aboard select KLM World Business Class flights:
Southwest Airlines jets back to the future in new work from GSD&M, revisiting its "Wanna Get Away" campaign, which flew off the radar almost a decade ago. GSD&M developed the concept for Southwest in 1998, and the tagline propelled a series of ads that ran for the next 10 years. Lest anyone forget, the original spots presented folks seeking to escape from all manner of comically embarrassing situations.
To some extent, all brands seek to define themselves in ads. Airline KLM, however, takes this process to a reductive extreme in new work from agency Mustache, letting prospective passengers know that it is, in fact, above all else … an airline.
This is the story of an adventurous little suitcase that heads to Heathrow Airport in London, makes it through security relatively unmolested and falls in step with another cute carryall on the same journey. Oh, the romantic possibilities.