Traveling somewhere soon? Chances are, you are going to fly to get to your destination. With the number of flying customers increasing and the fuel costs decreasing, flight prices are now becoming very competitive and attractive. Yet for some reason, air travel is not best known for its customer service. Airports are ranked as one of the most stressful places ever. Airplanes are even worse–flight meals, customer service, leg room are not particularly known to be the best. Air travel is probably the most dreaded part of the trip. But not all airline services are the same–you get what you pay for after all. Here are 10 of the most unique airline services you will find.
Air Malta Gives Economy Passengers Massages
Air Malta provides all their flyers to and from Gatwick with various services, including free beauty product samples and hand, feet and neck massage. Everyone was also treated to $35 dollar worth of vouchers for Myoka Spas.
Air Malta says that the services were only ‘just the beginning’ and will continue to launch similar projects to improve and enhance customer experience.
VietJet Offers Bikini Performances to Passengers
VietJet, Vietnam’s privately owned airline, is quite controversial in the aviation industry for having young and attractive flight attendants clad in only a bikini. They even put on a performance during inaugural flights. While the gimmick has earned plenty of bad press and criticism, it has also earned the company huge amounts of profit.
The ‘bikini performances’ are available on certain routes particularly to summer destinations, where attendants only put on string bikini tops and colorful sarongs.
Air New Zealand Offers ‘Cuddle Seats’
Air New Zealand offers families and couples a so-called ‘cuddle seats’ or ‘Sky couches’, which is an equivalent of three economy seats where you can relax, stretch and cuddle more comfortable, or have enough space for your kids to play in.
This option is only available for the Los Angeles to/from New Zealand route.
Germany Offers World’s First Nude Airline
In 2008, Germany offered the first nude airline in the world–where passengers can show their love for nudism and take off their clothes 30,000 ft on air. Passengers need to be fully clothed when boarding and disambarking the plane, but are free to disrobe and wander around the cabin after taxi and take-off.
Qantas Offers World’s First Virtual Reality Entertainment Experience
Australian airline Qantas paired up with Samsung last year to offer their first-class passengers VR headsets on long haul flights to and from Australia and USA.
Gear VR by Oculus can be operated with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 which provide awesome 360 degree views outside of LAX airport, and a 3D look of the Kakadu National Park, Australia.
Icelandic Airline Has A Plane Named ‘GAY’
Icelandic WOW airline was recently launched their plane called ‘GAY’, a big pink plane coming from the collection of WOW pink and purple themed Airbus A330s and flies from Iceland to/from San Francisco. The planes are named in honor of the LGBT movement.
Fly The World’s Worst Airline
North Korea’s national Airline, Air Koryo, is best known to have been the only carrier awarded with one star ranking by SkyTrax, the benchmark for airline standards. It has the unique distinction of being the world’s worst airline for 4 straight years.
The airline provides a completely unique ride with attendants speaking very little foreign language, no in-flight magazine, older planes, the cooling system dripping on passengers and in-flight entertainment limited to the Moranbong girl band singing patriotic songs to their North Korean leader.
Nevertheless, some experts say that while it will be a plane ride you are not used to, it is fairly reliable and will get you to your destination in one piece.
On-Board Art Gallery
First class passengers on Virgin Atlantic between New York and London on Feb 2013 were given the opportunity to enjoy the first ever commercial art gallery on air.
‘Gallery in the Air’ exhibition featured the works of Ben Eine, which can be purchased from 2,500 to 15,000 pounds. Ben Eine is a British artist best known for his typography style artworks. David Cameron presented President Obama with a Ben Eine work during the prime minister’s first visit to Washington.
Airline Offers Massage Chairs and Michelin-Star Food
La Compaigne is best known for its extravagant luxury: their seats are all massage chars that recline into beds, Samsung tablets used for in-flight entertainment, and Michelin star food for meals. You are treated like royalty!
La Compaigne only flies between Paris and New York, and it’s not cheap either. Standard fare is around $1,400 USD for a one way Transatlantic flight.
United Airlines First to Offer Uber to their Passengers
If you’re sick of queuing for a taxi at the airport, we have good news: you can get Uber straight from the plane if you’re flying United AIrlines. They have the app specifying available vehicles, wait times and prices so you can have your ride ready as soon as you leave the airport. Genius!