April Fools Day

How did airports & airlines celebrate April Fools’ Day?

Did you get pranked on April Fools’ Day? Or did you just have some fun?

These airports, airlines and travel companies did.

(Let me know if you spotted something fun that I missed.)

MIA Airport is working on its own beach!

London’s Heathrow Airport renames terminals

London Heathrow Airport shared a press release announcing that, in anticipation of the arrival of a new royal baby, it was going to be renaming its four terminals.

“…Terminal 2, previously known as the Queen’s Terminal will be christened with its new name following the baby’s arrival,” the release said, and “In preparation for the most significant re-branding exercise in the airport’s history, road signs will be changed, taxi drivers briefings are being arranged and satellite navigation systems will be updated.”

Terminal 5 will be renamed the ‘Prince George Terminal; Terminal 4 will be dubbed the ‘Princess Charlotte Terminal; and Terminal 3 will have its name changed to the ‘Prince Louis Terminal’, the airport announced.

Best of all, “Runway slots at the capacity constrained airport will be allocated in order of succession to the throne.”

WestJet and the Flyre Festival

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet, which has a history of great April Fools’ campaigns, did it again with its take on the debacle that was the Fyre Festival.

WestJet’s FlyreFestival promises models, more models and a swimming pig.

WestJet’s ultra-low-cost carrier, Swoop, offered this “Recline-for-a-dime” product.

For those who missed it, here is WestJet’s April Fools’ Day winner – Kargo Kids – from a few years back:

Emirates Airport Transfer – by drones

Emirates offered this teaser for 2020:

Virgin Voyages- arrive by air

Virgin Voyages announced a cool way for cruisers – uh, sailors – to arrive on board for their RockStar Suites.

“Inspired by The Runway, the red running track that sits atop of the ship like a halo, on Scarlet Lady, Virgin Voyages will soon give its Sailors the runway they deserve on its second ship. All Sailors staying in RockStar Suites will now arrive and depart via private jet transfer,” a press release announced.

Did you spot some other fun April Fools’ items from airports, airline or travel-related companies? Let us know your favorites and we’ll add them here.

For inspiration, here is our April Fools’ Day round-up from last year.

Airlines – and IKEA – join in on April Fools’ Day

Keeping with tradition, many airlines shared April Fools’ Day announcements. Here are a few:

 

 

 

 

 

We're taking to the skies with the launch of a low-cost airline: FLIKEA!We’re thrilled to announce plans to launch our…

Posted by IKEA on Friday, March 31, 2017

More April Fools’ Day aviation news

In addition to this list of April 1 travel tidbits sharing April Fools’ Day announcements from WestJet, Richard Branson and Denver International Airport, you should know about these April Fools’ Day announcements.

Southwest Airlines released a video saying “all the other guys are doing it,” so they were beginning a “bag fee bandwagon bonanza” based on bag color.

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Virgin Australia announced a special pre-flight lounge for pets.

 

Qantas Airways posted a note on its Facebook page announcing a slight change in the spelling of the carrier’s name:

Putting ‘U’ in QANTAS! So excited to today be adding a ‘U’ into our name, QANTAS, to acknowledge all of our passengers worldwide. Look out for the QUANTAS name change as of midday today!”

 

Delta Air Lines announced it would begin serving a version of its popular Biscoff cookies – made with kale.

Spirit Airlines announced Spirit Superiority Boarding at all U.S. airport locations.

Because “the boarding process for most airlines can be lengthy, confusing, and frankly insulting…these new boarding procedures will clear things up,” the airline said it a statement announcing a new line-up of boarding priorities that starts with gluten-free customers, members of the Illuminati, those with O-negative blood type and ends with people who eat kale and, finally… everyone else.

And, in Seattle, the Museum of Flight announced plans for adding real personality to some exhibits.

“Traditionally, an aerospace museum accessions an aircraft or spacecraft at the end of its service life to conserve and protect it for the enlightenment of future generations,” said museum spokesman Ted Huetter, “we now aim to treat the people in aerospace the same way. It’s that simple. And thanks to recent advances in the art of preserving human tissue, the exhibition of an aviator is no different from that of an old propeller or clock.”

Huetter noted that the museum has planes dating back to the 1920s and 1930s and that there are people alive today who flew in these planes. “When they pass away we will reunite them with the aircraft forever,” he said.

WestJet offers hands-free Clapper technology

Here’s an interesting idea:

Today WestJet announced that it is introducing Clapper technology on board its aircraft that will allow guests to operate amenities such as lights and live seatback television, simply by clapping their hands.

“Made popular on television in the mid-1980s, Clapper technology is making an in-flight comeback thanks to the addition of a newly patented transmitter. Guests wearing the transmitting device while seated can clap once to activate the reading light in the console above their head, clap twice to change the channel on their live seatback television, or clap three times to illuminate the flight attendant call button. Transmitters are available to purchase online for $19.95, and the devices come in a variety of colors.”

Unfortunately, this technology is not yet available because it’s just an April Fools joke. But WestJet is offering a real 10% discount code on flights booked today for travel through June 29, 2010.  Use promo code APR02 and the coupon code UYQGDGN.