Growing up I thought that by the year 2020 we’d all be living in space, globetrotting using teleports and I’d be a multi-millionaire. Instead we’re on the brink of World War 3, Australia is burning out of control, Prince Harry and Meghan are abandoning the Royal family and I’m still channelling my inner Delboy Trotter chanting the mantra each day ‘This time next year, we’ll be millionaires.’
Not only is it a new year, it’s a new decade and despite the doom and gloom in the news there’s still plenty to look forward to, so here at Trolley Dolly HQ we thought it was the perfect time to look at a few of the things coming up this year in our aviation world that we’re most excited about.
Read on for some much needed reasons to be cheerful.
New Threads For BA
First up, the exciting new uniform coming soon for British Airways. The airline announced in 2018 they would be teaming up with British designer Oswald Boateng OBE to create new threads for its 32,000 uniformed staff. The new look was meant to be unveiled as part of BA’s centenary celebrations but plans were delayed and Boateng and British Airways agreed to postpone the rollout. Attempting to design a new uniform for thousands of staff across different areas of the airline is no easy task, especially when crew uniforms are currently under such intense scrutiny, causing numerous health issues for its staff (American, Delta, Alaska Airlines). And of course sadly BA’s centenary year didn’t go as smooth as it would have hoped, with pilot strikes and much negative press towards the carrier. The new look is now expected to debut towards the middle of this year and we wait with bated breath to see what the Boateng has in store.
And For Aer Lingus
Another IAG member who will be introducing a new look for its crew is Aer Lingus who, after launching a new look livery last year, announced they would be introducing a new uniform for all its staff. The airline’s current teal green apparel was launched in 1998, and was created by Irish fashion designer Louise Kennedy, who has again been commissioned for the revamp. Aer Lingus said it had carried out “extensive feedback” with staff to get their views on the current uniform and to “discuss what the new uniform should address in terms of frontline ground agents and cabin crews’ needs in today’s working environment”. Like many airlines Aer Lingus has also announced that it will be relaxing its uniform guidelines, no longer requiring its female crew to wear make-up or skirts. The new designs are expected to be rolled out in the coming months and we can’t wait!
Plus More Mile High Fashion
Of course 2020 will also see us take a look at the worlds ‘Top Ten Cabin Crew Uniforms’ in our Style in the Aisles review later in the year. This will be our seventh year reviewing cabin crew apparel from across the globe and as always there are some very strong contenders including new looks from United and brand new carrier ZIPAIR Tokyo. Stay tuned for more details.
Goodbye Flybe Hello Virgin Connect…Maybe?
We will be saying bye bye to Flybe and hello Virgin Connect later in the year, as the British low-cost airline begins its rebranding after being taken over by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic last year.
Or are we? On Sunday January 12th news broke that the airline was in frantic talks to secure additional financing to stave off bankruptcy amid mounting losses, more than 2,000 jobs are at risk. Currently flights continue as normal and the airline has added “We don’t comment on rumour or speculation”. Stay tuned to Confessions of a Trolley Dolly for more news as we get it.
Currently there are little details of what the new airline will (hopefully) look like, but it’s understood that we will see the Flybe purple giving way to a red livery, as well as a new website and ancillary items. Judging by the website so far, the branding will be very much in line with Virgin’s corporate identity. One thing is for sure though that the Flybe crew are very excited to get themselves in to that gorgeous Vivienne Westwood uniform.
Happy Birthday Qantas
On November 16, Qantas will be joining the centenary club when the airlines celebrates 100 years of operations. The celebrations actually started in November last year with the arrival of the second-ever non-stop flight from London to Sydney. As one of Qantas’ ‘Project Sunrise’ research flights the specially decorated Boeing 787 Dreamliner with 52 passengers on board took 19 hours and 19 minutes to reach Australia. Plans at the moment include special commemorative coins, memorabilia adorned with the Qantas 100 logo, plus an exhibition of fascinating Qantas artefacts and memorabilia will also tour the country in the coming year. However, what affect the devastating fires that continue to rage across Australia at the moment will have on these celebrations remains to be seen. Stay tuned to Confessions of a Trolley Dolly for our very own celebrations of this iconic carrier.
From 100 year old airlines to some brand new ones.
First up, the brand new US domestic airline currently known as ‘Moxy’. Now this isn’t just any old airline start-up. Moxy has been created by JetBlue founder David Neeleman, who has also been co-owner of TAP Air Portugal and founded Brazilian carrier Azul. If rumours are to be believed the airline could launch flights this summer by borrowing planes from Azul’s current fleet while they wait for the delivery of their 60 brand new state-of-the-art Airbus A220. Plans are to operate point-to-point services across secondary cities in the US, with the potential to offer long distance flights to South America and possibly even Europe. Time will tell what exciting plans Neeleman has for his new airline, but if JetBlue is anything to go by then exciting times lie ahead.
Then there’s PLAY, the new Icelandic low-cost carrier established by two former WOW air executives, Arnar Már Magnússon and Sveinn Ingi Steinþórsson. The airline announced in November 2019 they would be starting services this year with two Airbus A321’s in a rather striking colour scheme, chosen to symbolise “The passion accompanying this colour,” said Magnússon. The airline will initially serve destinations in Europe before expanding in to North America later in the year.
And finally, making (yet) another comeback is Eastern Airlines. During its heyday Eastern was one of the original big four US domestic airlines, ploughing routes across the States before collapsing in 1991. This year the airline is taking to the skies once more beginning with a route to Guayaquil, Ecuador out of New York JFK. It’ll also serve Georgetown, Guyana and Jinan, China utilising a fleet of eight second hand Boeing 767 aircraft in a very striking livery. Designed by the creative agency Mechanica in partnership with brand strategy boutique Playbook Studio, the new logo will eschew Eastern’s classic “hockey stick” bird and two-tone blue livery for a topographic print unique to each destination.
BA Heads Back Up t’North?
Could British Airways be about to relaunch long-haul flights from local airports here in the UK? Well if rumours are to be believed the airline may soon be taking on Virgin Atlantic operating long haul flights from Manchester. The failure of Thomas Cook last year left travellers in the north with a huge void, although Virgin Atlantic did step in and pick up where the failed airline had left off. According to anonymous sources from BA HQ the worlds “favourite” airline could soon be heading back up the M6 to launch long haul flights from the North West. I’m sure my mixed fleet dollies can’t wait to deal with the stag and hen parties on those min rest Vegas trips, buy-on-board long-haul services and back to back Orlando bullets.
Boeing 737 MAX Returns To The Skies?
Will the Boeing 737 MAX returns to the skies this year? The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating nearly 4,700 orders from more than 100 customers worldwide. But its global grounding has brought the US manufacturer under intense scrutiny and further potential design flaws have recently emerged including wiring and engine issues that could once again delay its service re-entry. Whether the MAX taking to the skies again is actually something to be excited for time will tell, but it will be interesting to see how Boeing and airlines around the world react to its re-entry. How do you feel about the MAX? Would you be happy to fly on it?
Changing Aviations Effect On The Environment
Pressure grows every day on the aviation industry to reduce its massive impact on the environment and this year airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers etc will have to make even more drastic changes to make their operations to more sustainable. First up is JetBlue who announced that they plan to become carbon neutral on all domestic flights by July this year, as well as using sustainable aviation fuel in mid-2020 on flights from San Francisco International Airport. We also expect more airlines to explore renewable ‘bio-fuel’ options and ways of cutting emissions. Airlines such as easyJet, KLM and Volotea are also investing in technology that could see electric aircraft take to the skies soon. What is your airline doing to help the environment?
Angels Of The Sky Memorial Day
And finally, on July 24 we will once again pay tribute to the heroes and heroines of our industry in our annual ‘Angels of the Sky Memorial Day’. Launched back in 2014, the memorial day saw cabin crew around the world adding a small black ribbon to their uniform as a mark of respect for their fallen colleagues, following a series of tragic air disasters. Year after year the celebration has grown and this year we hope to make it bigger and better than ever before. Stay tuned for more details.
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