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Edmond Huot Interview

The market of airline liveries is ever-growing and is a topic that has captivated the modern design world. What exactly is airline livery, and what do their designers do?

Well, we sat down with Edmond Huot, a Creative Director and Airline Livery Designer, to answer all our burning questions about his work field. Huot’s latest project was with Northern Pacific Airways, designing their brand-new livery in San Bernardino.

Let’s hear from Huot on his creativity, and how he got into such a niche workspace.

Q: How do you find inspiration as a creative director?

A: Being in the business for more than thirty years exposes you to a lot. I remain curious and open to the world—traveling, meeting people, and always framing and curating my experiences.

Growing up on a rural farm in Canada, devoid of cable TV and city-living, I was extremely bored and, hence, was forced to use my imagination. As an early av-geek and disaster movie fan, I would lose myself in thought—creating entire story plots and visual scenes with model airplanes that I’d build, play with outside, and ultimately crash in some snow bank! I spent countless hours drawing planes on discarded paper bags and would act out scenes from Arthur Hailey’s Airport in my bedroom.

For me, creativity started with storytelling and creating entire fantasy worlds in my head. Years later, my talent for drawing and sense of theatrics led me to advertising, where those same core passions drive my professional pursuits to this day.

Q: Tell us your favorite part about having a career in such a creative filed.

A: Beyond the initial conceptual phase, where my team and I get to stretch our imaginations and aspirations, there’s nothing—and I mean NOTHING—that compares to walking into an aircraft hangar to see (for the first time) my design applied to a 137,000lb 155 ft long Boeing 757-200 series. The sheer scale of this aircraft in all of its aerodynamic and technological beauty is beyond extraordinary. It’s truly life-affirming!

Q: Can you explain exactly what an airline livery is?

A: A livery is synonymous with a ‘uniform.’ An airplane’s livery refers to the painted decal on the exterior of the plane. A plane wears a uniform the same way a chef or a doorman wears a uniform.

Folks within the aviation and travel industry are fascinated with plane liveries because not only a feat to paint such a large canvas but liveries are only changed once every 10-15 years.

Q: Did you encounter struggles while working on the Northern Pacific Airway livery?

A: A hurdle early on for me was understanding who the customer would be. Unlike larger, full-service multinational firms with the ability to cover more ground in terms of research and analysis, our agency is a smaller, more boutique company. We had to move fast, be resourceful, and quickly prioritize the core issues.

I worked closely with the client to better understand Asian cultural significance and hot points. At the same time, I was also speaking with the local team in Anchorage to highlight any concerns around misrepresenting their local indigenous communities.

Additionally, I developed a range of target profiling decks broken down into general categories such as leisure, business, and regulatory audiences. From there, I weaved all of those gathered quantitative insights into more contextualized thematic storytelling that gave a greater, more compelling meaning and purpose to the customer.

I titled the story: “We Are All Navigators.” So much of the subsequent design, including colors, typography, and positioning came from these valuable insights. By turning those data points into a greater story, I was able to elevate the brand in a more consumer-centric manner.

Another challenge that is often faced by start-up airlines involves maximizing relatively small resources. How do I make the most out of a budget? Both the investors as well as the operators are extremely sensitive to how we go about spending time and money. You’ve got to get it right the first time.

Q: What was the best part about creating for North Pacific Airways?

A: Northern Pacific will be the first airline that I fly on featuring my work. And for the record, when I say ‘my work,’ I really mean my team’s work. I could never do this without the help and dedication of some truly talented and inspired individuals. That is what’s really worth bragging about!

Q: What can we expect from Edmond Huot in the future?

A: I am looking forward to showcasing some new project work for another start-up airline based in Canada. Unfortunately, because of its sensitive nature, I can’t share any details at this point. I also want to expand my creative and design repertoire with travel and transportation-related assignments including private jet travel and environmental design application.

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FASTEST GROWING TOURIST ATTRACTION OF KOREA – INCHEON

Korea has quickly earned increasing global interest and attention with the rise of online cultural trends. So many people are intrigued by the experience of Korean culture, and since Korea has been continuously recuperating from COVID-19, the Incheon Tourism Organization predicts that international tourists will be able to indulge in trips to Korea very soon.

Seoul has been often regarded as the leading tourist attraction in Korea, but Incheon may triumph over Seoul modernly. Conveniently located by the sea amongst islands and numerous filming locations of Korean cultural content, tourists can now encounter trips in the area with Incheon’s smart tourist platform.

Incheon Tourism Organization suggests the following tourist locations to get to know the true essence of Incheon.

Wolmido Island – Location from Squid Game

Wolmi Theme Park (Wolmi My Land) opened in 1992 and is the oldest amusement park in Wolmido. The park has become exceptionally popular as it was the filming location of Squid Game, where Deoksu meets his gang members. Fans come near and far to get photo ops at Wolmi There Park, indulging in dalgona like the characters from Squid Game and to admire the breathtaking sunsets.

Yeongjongdo Island – The Heart of Korean Content

Yeongjongdo Island is typically the first site that tourists encounter, as many international airlines arrive in Korea via Incheon International Airport. One of the top art and entertainment resorts in Yeongjongdo Island, Paradise City, is noteworthy for the multitude of music videos, photoshoots and fan meeting sites for K-Pop artists. Paradise City isn’t the only filming location for Korean content from TV series to reality shows in Yeongjongdo Island. Eurwangni Beach is where BTS filmed one of their music videos, and is a must-visit for those looking to appreciate a stunning sunset in Korea.

Incheon Open Port – Smart Travel via Incheon Easy App

Incheon Open Port may just be the most significant historic tourist attraction that allows for an experience of the 19th century, and the present. Domestic and international visitors can take pleasure in these trips by using the Incheon Easy app. The app includes tourism suggestions, transportation reservations and a luggage keeping service. Download the Incheon Easy app if you plan on traveling to Incheon soon. (Available on Google Play and App Store).

If you’re in search of the perfect tourist destination that will submerge you in culture, entertainment and history, you’ve found exactly that in Incheon.

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Travel Tips During the Holidays

Travel Preparedness Expert Cheryl Nelson has generated a few travel tips to keep you and your family safe during the holidays! Let’s break down these travel tips.

Packing

Nelson encourages holiday travelers to not overpack! Ensuring that you and your traveling party have not overpacked can save a lot of time, stress and even money. Make sure that you only pack what you really need and know you will use! If you are traveling by plane and must check a bag, know your airline’s weight restrictions prior to check in. If you’re traveling with a roller bag, make sure that you can lift that bag into the overhead bin by yourself. If you also plan on buying more items on your trip, make sure to save extra space in your suitcase.

Another specific tip that Nelson has is to roll your clothes when packing them instead of folding. This surprisingly saves a lot of room!

When packing your medications, try not to pack every single medication or supplement bottle. Pack your pills in a pill container or small bags and label them. Nelson recommends keeping a cold shortening product with Zinc on-hand, such as Zicam, to deliver general health while traveling.

Vaccination cards

Travel expert Nelson recommends having your physical vaccination card on hand when traveling this holiday seasons. Some states and even restaurants (like New York City) require proof of vaccination, so it’s best to do your research on the area you’re traveling to beforehand. Definitely make note to bring your vaccination card when traveling outside of the U.S. Nelson also urges travelers to make copies of both the front and back of the card, and to also keep a spare copy in your luggage as well as at your home. Another smart tip would be to take photos of the card to keep on your smartphone.

Nelson suggests keeping your card in a sleeve like this to ensure its protection. She also advises to not laminate the card as there is a potential to add to the card with future booster shot information.

Read the updated CDC guidelines

Continue to consider the plans of your travel leading up to the anticipated dates of travel. Evaluate the amount of people you may be around, if there are COVID-19 outbreaks in the location and if there are specific restrictions in your place of travel. Although traveling by air is not risk-free, Nelson believes that traveling on a commercial airline to be safe. The cabin’s air is run through a HEPA filter and refreshed every few minutes, and airlines also still require masks as protection tactics.

Be mindful of others around you

Prioritize good personal hygiene throughout your trip. Wash your hands in warm water for at least 20 seconds, carry hand sanitizer and use it after touching common surfaces. If you are vaccinated and still feel more protected by wearing a mask, wear a mask. Throughout the duration of your trip, continue to make time for rest. Drink a lot of water and don’t forget to exercise, even by just walking. Remember that it is OK to give yourself a mental break! Nelsons encourages travelers to relax, and

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Delta Air Lines’ Revenue Drop

According to the research data analyzed and published by ForexSchoolOnline.com, Delta Air Lines’ revenue dropped by 88%. It led to a pre-tax loss of $7.01 billion and a GAAP net loss of $5.7 billion. 

Passenger revenue plummeted by 94% to $678 million while cargo revenue dropped by 42% to $108 million. For H1 2020, there was a drop of 56% in operating revenue with passenger revenue shedding 60% YoY as it went from $20.62 billion to $8.25 billion. The total operating loss for H1 2020 was $8.37 billion and there was a loss per share of $9.83.

Global Air Travel Drops by 95%, Industry to Lose $84.3B in 2020

According to Flightradar 24, global daily commercial flights dropped from 100,000 to 23,923. In April 2020, there was a year-on-year (YoY) drop of 73.6% in commercial flights, slightly improving to -71.7% in May 2020. 

Research from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) echoes a similar sentiment, noting a -95% drop YoY in global air travel in April 2020. It predicted that passenger numbers would halve to 2.25 billion compared to 2019. Similarly, passenger revenue would drop from $612 billion in 2019 to $241 billion in 2020. With airlines losing a cumulative $230 million daily, airlines would see a total loss of $84.3 billion. Asia Pacific will lead the industry’s losses with -$29.0 billion while North America will take the second spot with -$23.1 billion.

Booking, Entertainment, Airlines, Cruises/Casinos and Hotels/Resorts (BEACH) stocks are among the worst losers during the pandemic period. According to data from the Visual Capitalist, between February 19 and March 24, 2020, El Dorado Resorts was the highest loser. It lost 76% in market capitalization during the period while Norwegian Cruise Lines lost 72%. Overall, BEACH stock lost over $332 billion during this one-month period.

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TAP Air Portugal: Book With Confidence

TAP Air Portugal is bringing back its “Book With Confidence” program for next two weeks to support travelers from the US who are unsure about making flight bookings for the next few months.

TAP will offer free re-booking for all new tickets booked from July 1-15, for travel through October 31.

While the European Union is limiting arrivals from the US to those on essential or professional travel, or who are Portuguese citizens, residents and their family members, TAP is continuing to reinstate flights this month from Newark, Boston, Miami and Toronto – including two new nonstop routes to the Azores from Boston and Toronto.

A new Montreal-Lisbon service also starts on August 1. All three new routes are currently on sale, through July 8, with a 25 percent discount using a promo code.

US residents who are not Portuguese citizens or residents who travel for essential reasons must provide a negative COVID-19 test, taken within the previous 72 hours a rule which also applies to transit passengers connecting through Lisbon.

The “Book with Confidence” offer means that a one-time rebooking is free of charge on all flights operated by TAP, applicable on Discount, Basic, Classic and Executive fare products, but does not include any difference in fares or taxes for the new flight. For more information, click here.

Sale bookings for TAP’s new routes from Boston or Toronto to the Azores, and from Montreal to Lisbon, through July 8 receive a 25 percent discount and are also covered by the Book with Confidence program.  For more information and promo code, see here.

TAP also has introduced its Clean & Safe program, a new and demanding standard of hygiene, health and sanitary safety in line with the guidelines of EASA, IATA, DGS and UCS.  For more information on these procedures and recommendations, please visit here.

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Knowledge is Power: The Secret to Stress-Free Travel

Travelling is great. Whether it’s a road trip within your own borders or a transatlantic adventure, the act of getting out and exploring is something we all enjoy doing. But, before you can relax and have a care-free experience, you need to protect yourself and anyone that’s with you. Basically, the aim of travelling is to see new places, have fun, and escape the stresses of daily life. However, you can only be stress-less by getting your affairs in order before you go travelling. In today’s tech-first world, the internet has the prevention and solution to almost any problem. With this in mind, we’ve outlined the travel essentials you need to know before you pack your bags.

Know Your Flight Rights

If you’re planning a trip abroad, one of the most stressful hurdles you need to overcome is the flight. Just getting to the airport, making it through security on time, and boarding the plane are stressful enough. However, when delays strike and you’re stuck not knowing whether you’re going to fly, things get even worse. Fortunately, you’ve got rights. The team at Flightright are experts in all things travel-related. Using their 10 years’ of experience, the team not only fight for your travel rights in court (with a 99% success rate), they’re on hand to arm you with knowledge. When it comes to delays and flight cancellation compensation, their advice is evidence.

Collect proof of expenses related to your trip, alternative ticket costs and, of course, flight details. As long as you’re able to provide evidence on demand, you’re entitled to compensation of up to €600/$660 per person for delayed and cancelled flights. As you’d expect, getting something back from an airline isn’t easy. However, there are laws in place to protect you. So, by simply knowing that you’re entitled to compensation, without affecting your right to fly, you can sit and wait without any stress.

Be Sure to Insure

Although you don’t need travel insurance to claim compensation for delayed/cancelled flights, you will need it if anything else goes wrong. Medical coverage is the obvious expense you’ll need travel insurance for. However, the best policies will cover a variety of potential problems. MoneySuperMarket is just one comparison site that allows you to scan through dozens of insurance options. Perhaps the most important thing you need to consider when you’re purchasing insurance is what could go wrong. Standard policies will cover medical expense, personal liability, emergency assistance, and lost baggage.

However, what the average scheme won’t cover are things like extreme sports, pre-existing medical conditions, and natural disasters. Obviously, if you’re going skiing, this means you’ll need to take out extra cover. Additionally, if you’re going to a place that’s known for its tropical weather, such as Thailand during the stormy season (April to October), you might want to bolt on extra cover. Again, it all comes down to knowledge.

If you’re armed with the right information, you can react accordingly in all situations. What’s more, you can protect yourself from things before they go wrong. Even if you can’t stop every eventuality, you can at least be ready for them. That’s the best way to have a stress-free experience and get maximum enjoyment from your travels.

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Lufthansa Crew Fly to the US in Traditional Folk Dress

Just in time for the Oktoberfest in Munich, Lufthansa’s Trachten- crew is getting ready for takeoff. This year, the world’s largest crew in folk costume will take off in Lufthansa’s flagship Airbus A380 for the first time. A total of 21 Lufthansa flight attendants will be trading their uniforms for traditional Bavarian garb. The first Lufthansa ‘Trachten’ flight will take off from Munich on 23 September and head to Beijing while the flight on 3 October will be from Munich to Los Angeles. In addition to this, crews on a selection of European routes will also be taking off in traditional costume. 

Lufthansa employees in traditional Bavarian clothing

The traditional costumes worn by Lufthansa’s long-haul crew were designed and tailored by Angermaier, a Munich-based specialist for traditional Bavarian clothing. The dirndls of the female flight attendants are dark blue with silver-gray aprons, while the men will be wearing short lederhosen with dark blue vests made of the same material as the dirndls. As in previous years, Lufthansa passengers can also experience the ‘Trachten’ flights on a selection of European routes from Munich. In September and October, a Lufthansa CityLine crew will be exchanging their uniforms for dirndls. Their flight destinations are Amsterdam, Lyon, Gdansk, Milan, Sofia, Brussels, Ancona, Belgrade, Warsaw, Cologne and Münster. 

For Lufthansa’s passenger support staff in Munich’s Terminal 2, it has been a tradition for years now to welcome passengers in traditional costume during the Oktoberfest. In addition to the Lufthansa uniform, ladies may also wear dirndls and the gentlemen may wear traditional Trachten suits. 

Oktoberfest in the Lufthansa lounges

Munich’s Lufthansa lounges are also prepared for the Oktoberfest. In the twelve lounges in Terminal 2 and the satellite building, over 4,000 kilograms of Leberkäs’ will be served, along with over 38,000 pretzels and approximately 750 kilograms of Weißwurst sausages. This year’s Oktoberfest menu in the festively decorated Lufthansa First Class lounges will start with Festtagssuppe, a traditional soup, followed by farmers’ duck and closing with homemade apple strudel served with vanilla sauce, roasted almonds and rum-soaked raisins. In the Senator and Business lounges, passengers will enjoy typical Bavarian dishes such as Leberkäs’, Fleischpflanzerl meatballs and quark mousse with plum topping.

Air Italy opens Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto sales for summer 2020

Air Italy is delighted to announce that on March 29th 2020, will be recommencing its flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto, reiterating the airline’s commitment to North America in addition to its existing year-round services to New York and Miami.

The airline announced today the opening of sales for its 2020 summer season confirming Summer 2019 destination portfolio and providing an opportunity for early planning for both the trade and the public.

In addition to the above routes, all of the current 2019 summer schedule to Africa: Cairo, Dakar, Accra, Lagos and Sharm el Sheikh are also on sale for 2020.

Air Italy will also be continuing to serve daily multi-frequencies and connections with international flights from Rome, Naples, Palermo, Catania, Lamezia Terme, Cagliari and Olbia,

“Due to the excellent performance of our network during 2019, we are very pleased to be able to announce the commencement of sales for 2020 with the entire network remaining for next summer,” said Rossen Dimitrov, Chief Operating Officer. “This demonstrates our commitment to both the domestic and international market, our network strategy, and our desire to enhance the travel experience for our passengers once more, through early planning opportunities and continued service to our popular destinations.”

Milan Malpensa remains at the core of Air Italy’s 2020 network, with more than 170 weekly frequencies operating from the carrier’s main hub in the peak season, 26 of which are North Atlantic routes as follows:

Milan Malpensa – New York: daily annual

Milan Malpensa – Miami: 5 weekly annual

Milano Malpensa – Los Angeles: 4 weekly summer seasonal

Milano Malpensa – San Francisco: 4 weekly summer seasonal

Milano Malpensa – Toronto: 6 weekly summer seasonal

During the winter season 2019/2020, Air Italy will operate new long-haul seasonal destinations such as Maldives – which will be offered until the end of 2020 Easter holidays – alongside Mombasa and Zanzibar. These new routes will be launched in October 2019 and will be operated by the airline’s A330-200 aircraft during the winter replacing the summer seasonal flights from Milano Malpensa to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto.

The Favorite Airline in Africa

Trazee Travel, a unique interactive web-based publication for millennial travelers, names South African Airways (SAA) as the “Favorite Airline in Africa” for the fourth consecutive year.

The honorable airline is honored with the accolade at the annual The Trazee awards, which was hosted by Global Traveler magazine during the 2018 Global Business Travel Association Convention on Tuesday, August 14th of 2018 in San Diego.

Trazee Travel, created by Global Travelers’ parent company FX Express Publications, is designed for travelers aged 18-35 years as a one-stop online resource for news, tips, and reviews for travel products around the world.

The annual The Trazees celebrates excellence with the top travel companies and include airlines, airports, hotels, tourism destinations, and other travel providers. Nominations are collected via online ballot completed by their subscribed readers where the winners are chosen by a panel of travel experts.

“This important recognition by Trazee Travel strengthens SAA’s commitment to providing the very best service on our flights to Africa,” says Vice President of Sales of North America for South African Airways, Marlene Sanan.

“The sought-after millennial traveler seeks unique experiences and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, South Africa is the perfect destination to fulfill that wanderlust for the 10-35 year old traveler,” says Francis X Gallagher, publisher and CEO of FXExpress Publications Inc.

South African Airways offers the most flights from the U.S. to South Africa with daily non-stop service from New York-JFK Airport and daily direct service from Washington, D.C.-Dulles.

On board, SAA provides an inflight experience designed for pure comfort for long-haul travel. Customers enjoy fully-flat seats in Premium Business Class, industry-leading legroom in Economy Class, gourmet cuisine and a selection of complimentary spirits and award-winning South African wines and generous checked baggage allowance.

What’s also included are individual audio/visual entertainment systems that deliver an extensive menu of first-run movies and music choices.

Alongside with their regional partners, SAA links the world to over 75 destinations across Southern Africa and Africa’s Indian Ocean islands.

For SAA reservations and flight information, customers should visit www.flysaa.com, call SAA Reservations at 1-800-722-9675 or contact their professional travel consultant to experience what makes SAA the favorite airline in Africa.

 

 

South African Airways

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS HONORED FOR “BEST AIRLINE STAFF IN AFRICA” AT THE SKYTRAX 2018 WORLD AIRLINE AWARDS

South African Airways (SAA), the leading airline from the U.S. to South Africa with the most daily flights, was honored with the “Best Airline Staff in Africa” award at the 2018 World Airline Awards hosted by world renowned aviation experts Skytrax™. The award presented at a special ceremony held at the Farnborough International Airshow attributed South African Airways’ success to the efforts of all the ground and inflight staff in excelling to achieve high product quality and standards across all categories.

Skytrax™ is known worldwide as the leading, independent research authority on airline quality and service. The awards are based on a consumer satisfaction survey conducted each year by Skytrax™, giving travelers an opportunity to rate their experiences in the air and on the ground with over 200 airlines worldwide and ultimately serve as a global benchmark of airline excellence. “We are thrilled to, once again, be the proud recipient of the Best Airline Staff in Africa award from Skytrax” said Todd Neuman, executive vice president – North America for South African Airways. “This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of SAA employees globally as we showcase the very best in African hospitality. We will continue to strive to provide our customers with sterling service in our effort to maintain our standing as Africa’s most awarded airline.”SAA’slow cost carrier, Mango Airlines also secured the top spot for the “Best Low-Cost Carrier in Africa” for the third time at this year’s prestigious awards. SAA was also noted for “Best Business Class Lounge in Africa”, “Best Cabin Crew in Africa”, and “Best Airline Cabin Cleanliness in Africa”.

Earlier this year, Skytrax™, also awarded SAA with the 4-Star rating for the 16th year consecutive year, following detailed service audits of SAA Premium Business and Economy Class product and service across all customer-facing categories. For reservations and information, customers should visit www.flysaa.com or contact South African Airways at 1-(800) 722-9675.

About South African Airways

South African Airways (SAA), South Africa’s national flag carrier and the continent’s most awarded airline, serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York-JFK and direct flights from Washington D.C.-IAD (via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal) to Johannesburg. SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada to SAA’s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-star rating for 16 consecutive years.

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