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Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 03:12 PM
Delta and Virgin America just wrapped up new, choreographed versions of their in-flight safety videos, but it turns out they are already out of date.
After a study by aviation experts in September concluded that electronic devices would not hinder passenger or flight safety, the FAA announced that it is largely relinquishing its rules that prevented the use of personal electronic devices like cell phones, e-readers and mp3 players on flights, allowing passengers access to the devices throughout the duration of the flight.
According to USA Today, such devices will be allowed as long as the airlines show “that greater use of electronics won't interfere with each type of plane.” However, voice calls are still banned from the entirety of the flight (which is probably a blessing in disguise). The shift also means that changes will need to be made to “flight manuals, crew training and safety briefings.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 30, 2013 01:52 PM
Virgin head Richard Branson has never been afraid to spice things up a bit. His companies, like Virgin America, also have a bit of a flair for the dramatic. Throwing inhibitions to the wind, the airline had debuted its new safety video—a humorous song-and-dance number that runs through the air travel rules that most passengers snooze through.
An update to its current animated video, the new version features everything from sultry flight attendants to dancing nuns—and is admittedly hard to take your eyes off of, and certainly pushes the in-flight safety dance trend further than, say, Cebu Pacific Air's dancing safety demonstrations.
But as Ad Age notes, Virgin's video may wear out its welcome a whole lot faster: It “initially charms but then quickly becomes kind of exhausting," it comments. That probably isn’t the reaction Virgin was going for, though those that fly Virgin often are likely to feel that way after having to sit through the Glee-like performace a few times.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 5, 2013 09:03 AM
Apple faces a limited ban on product sales in wake of court victory by Samsung.
Toyota recalls nearly a quarter-million Prius and Lexus hybrids.
Allegiant Air emerges as most profitable airline in America.
Amazon plans major expansion of grocery delivery, report says, while it is attacked by French culture minister as "destroyer of bookshops" and reaches deal with Viacom to stream kids' shows.
Bloomberg begins fund to invest in startups.
Carl's Jr and Hardee's go after McDonald's disaffected Angus customers.
Chrysler challenge of federal recall effort on Jeeps is unusual.
Delta plans to reduce operations at Memphis hub.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 10, 2013 09:20 AM
YouTube launches paid channels after rumors swirled earlier this week about subscription partners.
ESPN may subsidize wireless-data plans.
JPMorgan Chase is sued by California over credit-card cases.
AT&T returns to chatty kids for Mother's Day ads.
Amazon is reportedly developing a smartphone with 3-D screen.
Caterpillar and union suspend talks.
Chrysler faces uphill climb for Jeep in China.
Costco now offers travel packages to members.
Dell may see rival bid by Carl Icahn group.
Delta sees new terminal as symbol of air-travel makeover.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 3, 2013 09:01 AM
JCPenney slashes CEO Ron Johnson's pay, woos fashionistas with store-in-store bijoux bars.
Facebook dispute over Timeline trademark will go to jury trial; faces questions about new smartphone.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk will personally guarantee car buyback values as company introduces leasing.
A&W introduces Mini Polar Swirls via Vine.
Angelina Jolie opens school in Afghanistan funded by her jewelry collection.
Apple begins production of refreshed iPhone this quarter.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 24, 2013 01:02 PM
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg unveils $12 million ad campaign (above) for Mayors Against Illegal Guns that lobbies for background checks to reduce gun violence, while NYC's municipal data geek squad makes headlines.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz defends same-sex marriage support to shareholders as brand expands loyalty rewards to other retailers.
PepsiCo shares jump on Mondelez merger speculation sparked by Telegraph story which Pepsi "downplays."
Apple acquires indoor GPS startup WiFiSLAM for mapping, patents iPhone drop protection technology and faces EU scrutiny following iPhone and iPad distribution complaints — and may report first quarterly dip since 2003.
FTC "pay for delay" generic drug case, set to go before US Supreme Court on Monday, will be closely watched by pharmaceutical industry and economists.
Below: BlackBerry, Blockbuster, Dell, Diageo and other brands in the news —Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 11, 2013 09:03 AM
Pope Benedict XVI plans to resign due to poor health in move that hasn't been seen for centuries.
Grammys honors Mumford & Sons and FUN, as Chevrolet bows new "Find New Roads" campaign, Honda launches music-related campaign with the show, and Miracle Whip launches video campaign.
American Airlines and U.S. Airways are seen as likely to obtain U.S. approval of a merger.
Apple sees buzz develop about potential "iWatch."
Cadillac targets 35-percent gain in retail sales this year.
Chrysler donates $1 million to Future Farmers of America after Super Bowl spot scores with viewers as its dealers hunger for more Jeep Wranglers and Grand Cherokees.
Coca-Cola plans to relaunch Vanilla Coke in U.K.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 23, 2013 09:07 AM
Apple continues to demonstrate brand cachet but faces worry about budget-conscious iPhone buyers and iPad rival in China.
Boeing's largest plane buyer praises its communications during Dreamliner safety crisis as battery woes put FAA on hot seat.
Google stems ad-price drop but keeps struggling with mobile.
Acer defies PC industry downturn.
Allergan plans to buy MAP for $958 million.
Air New Zealand launches "blind gate" promotion.
Beam sells off value brands to focus on premium as Global Brands shakes up drinks portfolio.Continue reading...