Luckily I'm just out of range in terms of age for this novel (or horrifying depending on your point of view) speed-date outing that SkyEurope is pioneering. I'll let you guess which end of the age range (25-42) I am.
The headline of the release reads: Speed Dating on board of a SkyEurope 737 from London to Prague.
The release is self-explanatory:
"On 28 November 2007, SkyEurope Airlines will organise a speeddating event for singles between 25 and 42 on a flight from London Luton to Prague. This UK SkyDate is one of the speed dating events that are organised from different European countries (the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and UK)."
And there's more:
"SkyDate is a brand-new and relaxing way to get to know new people on board of an aircraft. Each participant gets a reserved seat in the aircraft. As soon as the captain has switched off the fasten seatbelt sign, the speed dating begins.
"After 5 minutes a signal is given and the men change seats. The second round begins. This process is being repeated until the participants have met about 10 SkyDaters.
"The participants will also get to know enjoy the Czech capital better. An overnight stay in a 4-star hotel, a guided city tour and a taste of the city’s nightlife are included in the programme."
Karim Makhlouf, Chief Commercial Officer of SkyEurope, explains: “20 years ago there were only two categories of airline passengers: corporate travellers and tourists. Thanks to the low cost carriers, which made air travel far more affordable, a new passenger group emerged: people visiting friends and relatives.
"Now SkyEurope is taking it one step further: our airline wants to bring people closer together even in the aircraft in an original and relaxing way. Therefore, the SkyDate concept fits perfectly in our positioning as a lifestyle airline.”
A SkyDate ticket costs just £99 ($200), which is a bargain even if you don't manage to secure a date, much less a kiss.