KIWIS BRINGING LOVE AT 30,000 FEET...AIR CANADA WI-FI TEST
The Aussie tourism folks made a big splash earlier this year with a campaign that gave someone a job of blogging from a lovely, semi-tropical island. It was a good stunt that got a lot of media attention.
Now come the Kiwis, and it seems they're determined to go one better.
Air New Zealand is asking
frisky, sorry, "adventurous" singles to join them on what they're calling "the world's first matchmaking flight."
"The perfect trip for those who would travel the world for love and for those who have felt sparks for the stranger in the middle seat, Air New Zealand is flying singles to the opposite side of the Pacific with the aim of finding each a partner in (the) air or in New Zealand," according to the airline's press release.
Canadian singles will hop on board a plane from Vancouver to Los Angeles on Oct. 13, then transfter onto the Matchmaking flight for Auckland. ABC's The Bachelor, Jason Mesnick, and his girlfriend, Molly Malaney, will join passengers on the flight as they head down to the country where they fell in love.
Passengers "will enjoy a complete matchmaking experience," officials say, with a party prior to the departure from LA and then, once they've reached cruising altitude, "complimentary party packs, an open bar, speed dating and other games." Once they land, there will be a Matchmaking Flight party with singles from North America and New Zealand.
One can only imagine what's in the party packs. And what about the lineups for the washrooms? You gotta think the mile high club is gonna have a whole bunch of new members by the time that baby touches down in Auckland.
Roundtrip tickets start at $1,198 Canadian dollars, so it's not a bad deal when you consider the frills and what it might cost for the companionship on the ground in, say, Yorkville or Yaletown.
For more information, visit www.thematchmakingflight.com.
AIR CANADA WI-FI UPDATE
I got an email from Air Canada yesterday updating they're wi-fi experiment. An official told me they're doing tests later this fall on two A319 aircraft flying between Toronto-San Francisco and Toronto-Los Angeles.
I'm flying out to SF to visit family in November and, with any luck, I'll be able to blog from the sky. It's not quite as exciting as the mile-high club, but it'll have to do.
MORE LIVE TV COMING TO THE SKY
Continental has installed DirecTV on 18 planes and by early 2011 expects to offer 77 channels of live television to passengers on some 220 of its jets.
Tours to Scranton, Pennsylvania normally are slightly less booked than, say, trips to Victoria. But that's starting to change thanks to folks who are doing tours of sites in the city used in the TV show, The Office.
USA Today's travel section has a fun piece on the tours, which take folks to places such as Poor Richard's Pub and Coopers Seafood House.