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Emirates in-flight pool rhymes with April Fool

April 3, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Emirates on Saturday revealed plans for an enormous three-decker airliner including a grassy park, a swimming pool and a game room – and on the same day Virgin Australia announced it would unleash a canine cabin crew and Virgin Atlantic came up with a revolutionary new propulsion system.

What could these remarkable innovations have in common? For a start, the date: April the First.

Saturday, April Fool’s Day, coincided with the release of some impressive travel-related inventions and services. In an age of fake news, it’s getting harder to tell reality from fantasy.

Emirates posted three renderings of its amazing new three-deck plane, with normal seating on the top deck and part of the second deck, and the rest of the aircraft devoted to a games room, park and grand swimming pool complete with shrubs. The name of the plane: APR001. (Nudge-wink!)


Virgin Australia, in a world-first initiative, unleashed its new Canine Crew.

“On select flights, a Canine Crew member will work alongside our award-winning Cabin Crew team to offer a range of additional services,” the airline said.

Not ’arf! And here they are:

Virgin Atlantic and its founder Sir Richard Branson got into the act too, breaking new barriers with an astonishing breakthrough in aircraft propulsion. It had the internet in a flap.

British Airways came up with a new class of travel for its most illustrious canine passengers – corgis, in the form of Corgi Class. The seating is suitably royal.

Travelodge announced it was introducing alarm clocks that emit the smell of frying bacon. Named Rise & Sizzle, the service was aimed at sleepy guests at airport hotels: alarm clocks puff out the smell of bacon instead of waking guests with the standard annoying beeps.

Not to be outdone,  Travel Insurance Direct launched a handy “tattoo spell checker” app, designed to counter an alarming rise in “tattoo fails” among Aussie travellers abroad. Ever wondered what tattoos in foreign languages really say? Now you can find out.

Youth operator Contiki, meanwhile, launched Artificial Intelligence Trip Manager robots by the name of ATITA “to create a new, state-of-the-art travel experience” for young travellers.

“ATITA is programmed with a database of more than 1.5 billion travel facts, tips and recommendations as well as 100,000 jokes that are seamlessly executed for every situation, ensuring that every experience feels totally authentic.”

And here it is in action!

Written by Peter Needham

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