In the 'best Christmas card' category, we have a tie between Lumexis' very clever graphic of Santa seated in front of rather antiquated-looking in-flight technologies (I'm certain Lumexis would be happy to remedy that) and US Airways corporate communications team's funky sweater-wearing greeting (are these folks having too much fun or what?)
Ironically (well, depending on how you define irony), US Airways was the trial customer for Lumexis' first generation system. While the carrier ultimately didn't opt to equip its domestic narrowbodies with the system, the trial - and its flawless execution - helped Lumexis snag a 737 customer (no, it's not Southwest but nonetheless a good start for Lumexis).
Next up, we have the 'best Christmas swag' category. This little piece of history arrived in my mail box yesterday. There are some seriously happy campers in Charleston right now, and, frankly, there are some seriously happy in-flight entertainment manufacturers, which are looking forward to seeing their systems fly on the 787.
Lastly, but certainly not least, we have the 'best Christmas promo' with Aircell's announcement that it has completed installation of its Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi on Santa's sleigh.
Little St. Nick just received a big upgrade, making it easier than ever for Santa Claus to come to town. Thanks to a recent Gogo Inflight Internet installation, Santa's sleigh will be equipped with the same speedy Internet service that thousands of travelers use every day.Merry Christmas everybody!
Citing previous communication delays with both the elves and Mrs. Claus, Santa put in a request this year for a Christmas present of his own: to equip his sleigh with Inflight Internet. The elves went to work, partnering with Aircell - the leading provider of inflight connectivity and creator of Gogo Inflight Internet - to ready Santa's sleigh for this year's trip.
The sleigh was Gogo-equipped after just one overnight at the workshop. "I was impressed with the speedy installation, although I can get quite a lot done in one night as well," said Santa with a wink in his eye.