Straight & Level 17 June

EasyJet steps up a sartorial gear
EasyJet cabin crew have come a long way since the early Stelios era when – as if to stress the carrier’s low-cost, anti-establishment ethos – the dress code for trolley-pushers was shapeless orange sweat shirts and matching baggy fleeces for those blustery January mornings standing on the apron at Aberdeen. You know, the ones that made Poundland employees look like Italian carabinieri.
The airline has come a long way under Carolyn McCall, not least in its dress code for cabin crew. But things could take a further step forward on the sartorial front. McCall has just been appointed a non-executive director of luxury brand Burberry. Orange tartan trench coats and matching handbags/manbags all round?

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The mouse
that soared
Last month, a British Airways Airbus A380, G-XLEA, had to be removed from service at London Heathrow following its arrival from Los Angeles – and replaced with a Boeing 777-300 for its leg to Hong Kong that evening – after a mouse was spotted on board the aircraft.
There has been no news on the fate of the rodent, which was likely to have been equally inconvenienced by finding itself midway over the Atlantic Ocean.
But as Robert Burns reflected: “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men, gang aft-a-gley [often go awry]. An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, for promised joy.” Perhaps Keith Williams should invest in some cats.

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Kylie coup
Qatar Airways boss Akbar Al Baker promised a finale to remember for the recent IATA summit in Doha.
Delegates were unlikely to have been disappointed with spectacular fireworks, a set from Kelly Rowlands and a star turn by none other than Kylie Minogue.
Could securing the pint-sized Aussie warbler have had anything to do, asks Graham Dunn on the Airline Business blog, with the fact that a certain other airline down the road in Abu Dhabi has been using Kylie’s slightly less successful sister Dannii in its advertising? Surely not.

Was this unfortunately registered German aircraft – spotted at Newcastle International –  taking dermatologists to an international conference, wonders Andrew Laurie?


It’s no yoke
Erik Reed Mohn writes with a remarkable scoop. After years of promoting its sidestick concept, “Airbus has finally relented and started installing old-fashioned yokes”, he discovers.
The picture below – from the “venerable and always reliable” Flight Safety Information, is captioned: Female pilot Nguyen Kim Chau in the cockpit of an Airbus A330.



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