• Boeing 787-9 Amazing Maneuvers

    We’ve had the opportunity to fly the Boeing 787-8 airplane from on United’s DEN-NRT route a couple of times over the past year.  Being a passenger in this plane makes for a great flight experience.  Lower cabin pressure means less jet lag.  Larger windows and better luggage bins mean a lighter, airier cabin.   It’s just a much better flying experience.

    Now with the new Boeing 787-9, a larger version able to carry more passengers, the bar is set even higher.  Here’s a video of the new Boeing 787-9 performing “out of the ordinary” maneuvers while practicing for the Farnborough UK airshow.  It’s pretty spectacular to see this large of plane, be able to do these things so easily.  Enjoy.

  • A Boeing 777 Replica Made from Manilla Folders

    Some may call this crazy.  But hats off for the effort and detail.  Who else would have the patience to build a replica of a Boeing 777 out of nothing but manilla folders?

    Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been working for years on a replica Boeing 777-3000ER made out of nothing but manilla folders.  You can check out more in his Flickr photo feed as well as some cool time-lapse videos on his YouTube channel.


  • Latte at 30,000 Feet

    Long haul flights with multiple connections are torture.  Even if you’re not a fanatical multi-cup a day coffee drinker, sometimes you just want some coffee with your “breakfast” on a plane.  Now we do realize that “breakfast” on a plane could be anywhere from a cookie to a full on plate of food if your in First or Business.  But, coffee on planes isn’t the best.  Starbucks Via to the rescue.  The tiny packets mean they’ll fit in just about any pocket.  Now, we prefer a latte to just a plain old cup of joe.  All you need from the flight attendant is a cup with a small shot of hot water (about an ounce or so), a stir stick and another cup about 3/4 full of milk.  In less than a minute, instant latte.  And, no matter what you think of Starbucks coffee, it’s almost certainly better than the sludge coming from the airlines coffee pot.  For ourselves, we prefer the Starbucks Via Mocha flavor.  Two packets, an ounce or two of hot water, a cup of milk and some ice and voila, your own iced latte, at 30,000 feet.

  • Air New Zealand’s “Bare Essentials”

    Air New Zealand, one of our favorite airlines is trying to solve the problems of those tired, old safety videos you have to watch, listen to (or avoid) before departure.  The novel idea, involves using actual ANZ staff in the videos, performing completely naked.  Now, before you think it’s shameful, the employees are all wearing body paint that mimics their uniforms.  Plus, there’s some very artful camera work that keeps everything to a PG level.  ANZ hopes that this will make people finally stop and listen to the announcements.  Based upon the videos, ti certainly should at least for awhile with those who fly frequently.  To build even more “buzz” around the safety videos, they’ve also incorporated the same theme into their basic advertising.

    Of course, as with any video shoot, you also have the “outtakes” or “gag reel”.  Now that you’ve seen the edited video, see what didn’t make the final cut…..

    And to see how they shot the video, check this out….

    And last but not least, the TV commercial entitled “Nothing to Hide”….