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Treasure trove of TWA toy planes in Kansas City, MO

A favourite discover from our visit to Kansas City, MO a while returned is the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures.

The museum boasts both the sector’s biggest collection of nice-scale miniatures and one of the largest collections of historic toys on public display.

If you had a favorite toy while you were a kid, it's miles likely on display on the museum.

There are many aviation-themed toys within the series, but we’d like to jet on over now to look a new showcase inside the museum’s Hall of Collections.

On display are greater than two dozen Trans World Airlines (TWA) toy airplanes from the collection of retired TWA pilot Cooper Weeks.

Here’s some of the TWA history shared on the sign by means of the showcase:

The series ..”harkens returned to the heyday of the airline, one known as the Airline of the Stars. Initially shaped in 1930, TWA have become one of four important domestic airways after World War II. The airline become established in Kanas City, MO and in 1962 opened a hub for global flights at Idlewild (later known as John F. Kennedy) Airport in New York. TWAS become obtained via American Airlines in 2001.

Qantas has a amusing new protection video

Qantas Airways is celebrating its one hundredth anniversary with some classic throwback motion.

First up is that this new in-flight protection video presenting ‘80s mullets, ‘70s moustaches, Nineteen Forties flying boats and Twenties propeller plane.

The protection video briefing features contemporary-day Qantas group contributors in cautiously recreated historical settings onboard aircraft and in airport terminals.

Qantas has also put together an exhibition showcasing the beyond, present and destiny of the airline, with artifacts, lifestyles-sized replicas and interactive installations.

The exhibition may be touring Australia for the subsequent year, however here are a couple of highlights that appear pretty cool.

This is a reproduction of a Qantas 747 First Class Lounge from the Seventies.

Qantas unique B747 Nineteen Seventies Lounge

And this is one of the scrapbooks that belonged to Qantas co-founder Fergus McMaster.

Miniature houses have big function in KLM records

Well-acknowledged airways such as Pan Am, TWA, US Airways and Virgin America are lengthy long gone. And in only the past years more than two dozen different airways went from soaring to shuttered.

So, it's miles noteworthy that KLM Royal Dutch Airlines became a hundred on October 7.

The Dutch flag carrier isn't always handiest one of the global’s oldest airlines, it is also the oldest airline nonetheless flying under its authentic name.

It’s also the handiest airline wherein the guest of honor at its annual birthday celebration is the most recent model of the three-inch tall porcelain residence talented to business class passengers flying on the provider’s intercontinental routes.

The history of the homes

Back in 1952, KLM started out giving its first-rate passengers a present of a miniature Delft Blue pottery residence portraying a historically or architecturally extensive Dutch building.

Because there had been policies and bounds regarding the value of gifts to passengers, the airline crammed the homes with gin so that they were technically no longer items but loose cocktails that simply passed off to be served in memento containers.  

New variants of the souvenir homes have been created on and stale for many years until 1994 – KLM’s 75th Anniversary – when the airline commissioned a bonus capture-up batch of miniature houses so that the number of souvenir homes inside the series covered up with airline’s age.

Now one of the airline enterprise’s most sought-after complimentary inflight amenity, a new miniature Delft Blue porcelain houses full of Bols Genever, a popular Dutch gin, is unveiled on the provider’s birthday celebration every October 7. The new house is cycled into the assortment of miniature homes business magnificence passengers can choose from on each flight.

A handy app enables passengers and creditors song the KLM homes they have, or nevertheless want. Swapping is popular and there’s a strong secondhand market in Amsterdam shops and online, with expenses ranging from about $15 for the commonplace houses to upwards of $550 for some of the rarer variants.  

Over the years, KLM’s miniature houses have depicted the entirety from the house of Dutch amazing dancer and secret agent Mata Hari to the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House.

In 2014, KLM’s miniature house portrayed the Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam.

Hotel New York in Rotterdam

Rotterdam’s Hotel New York, within the former headquarters of the Holland America line, turned into the featured house in 2016. And the house in Haarlem in which Dutch aviation pioneer and plane producer Anthony Fokker once lived changed into honored with a miniature gin-stuffed residence in 2017.

KLM Delft miniature house #98 depicted the home of Dutch aviation pioneer Anthony Fokker in Haarlem

KLM’s a hundredth anniversary residence

KLM’s much-anticipated a hundredth Delftware miniature building became discovered at the provider’s 100th party, held in a hangar at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on October 7.

The event became attended by using more the 3500 people, a number of whom had flown in only to be a few of the first to get their fingers on the most recent miniature house.

Courtesy KLM

The 100th residence is a duplicate of Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague, the present day domestic of the Netherland’s King Willem-Alexander and his circle of relatives.

The palace become built in the mid-17th century for Prince Frederik Hendrik of Orange and his spouse Amalia van Solms and became selected to be KLM’s one hundredth miniature house to honor the robust ties between the Dutch Royal Family and KLM since the airline’s early days.

The future of the KLM houses

While KLM’s Delftware miniatures are enormously collectible and carefully tied to the service’s branding, KLM is also committed to creating aviation more sustainable.

To that quit, the carrier makes use of electric powered bags towing tractors, purchases carbon offsets, operates many flights the usage of a biofuel mix and works to reduce waste and weight on flights.

But ditching the miniature porcelain houses to lighten loads has now not been taken into consideration.

“There are belongings you should do and things which you shouldn’t do. Period,” stated KLM’s President and CEO Pieter Elbers, “For sustainability, we're investing in light-weight packing containers, trolleys, cargo nets, bottles, glasses and lots of other matters to lessen weight on our planes,” said Elbers, “But the ones homes, we gained’t touch.”

(My story approximately KLM’s 100th Delft miniature house first seemed on CNBC.)

KLM turns a hundred on Oct 7

KLM, Royal Dutch Airways, turns 100 on October 7 and celebrations marking the milestone occasion are already underway.

A incredible exhibit drawing from KLM’s big collection of more the 250,000 photographs has been on view on the Amsterdam City Archives.

And on October 7, a hoopla occasion will take area in a KLM hangar at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. During that birthday celebration, the tons-awaited ‘reveal’ of the one hundredth tiny Delft residence filled with Bols Genever (a Dutch gin) will take location.

The small homes are a given out as complimentary items to tourists flying World Business Class and there’s usually a wave of excitement in the cabin while the cart with the homes start being rolled down the aisle.

Airport Search will reachable for this 12 months’s big monitor and we’ll proportion information on that as quickly as we’re able.

Stuck at The Airport was commemorated to be on site for the reveal of KLM’s 97th miniature Delft House, which turned into made in the likeness of the Hotel New York in Rotterdam.

The resort is on the web page of the former headquarters of the Holland American Line and for many years, starting in 1872, the company’s ships sailed among Rotterdam and New York and numerous other U.S. towns.

Airport Search become also onsite for the reveal of KLM’s miniature Delft residence #98 – which depicts the circle of relatives home of aviation pioneer Antony Fokker.

In increase of its birthday, KLM has been busy with occasions, promotions and announcements celebrating the organisation’s past – and seeking to the future.

Take a look at those brief videos, especially the “Fly Responsibly” video that sincerely encourages tourists no longer to fly.

Hawaiian Airlines: why all the gum?

On Monday, journalists amassed at Hawaiian Airlines’ Honolulu headquarters for the service’s first international media day and the statement that the airline is adding lie-flat seats to the top rate cabins on its fleet of A330 plane.

hawaiian airline seats

During the event, refreshments have been laid out for the attendees. And in with the coffee, water, fruit and path blend were containers full of packs of Doublemint gum.

The gum regarded like an unusual supplying until it turned into defined that remaining November, while Hawaiian Airlines was celebrating the 85th anniversary of interisland passenger provider, Doublemint gum became a part of the festivities.

The cause: lower back in 1929, the primary inflight amenity offered to passengers was a stick of Wrigley’s gum to assist relieve ear pressure.

Hawaiian Airlines revived that culture throughout its anniversary day party on November eleven, 2015 by way of once again handing out Wrigley’s Doublemint gum to passengers (in conjunction with some different sweets) to the extra than 12,000 passengers taking neighbor island flights that day.

Hawaiian gum offer

Hawaiian Airlines gum box

But not all the gum Wrigley’s despatched to Hawaiian Airlines for the birthday party changed into used.

Not through a longshot. Which is why Doublemint gum is now there on the refreshment table at a variety of Hawaiian Airlines events.

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