The Pillow Fight Seen ‘Round The World

Here’s how a viral video starts: First, a few FlyerTalkers upload footage to YouTube of the pillow fight that broke out on our PHX-PAE leg last week. In order to protect the dignity of the FAs and keep the whole incident our private joke, the video is rendered invisible to the general public. Then I go ahead and post it to Facebook anyway (along with many others), where the editor of BroBible sees it. He reposts it, and then it immediately starts trending on Digg. (His plan all along, he later confesses.) At first, a few U.K. newspapers notice it, then the Phoenix ABC affiliate, and then the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. And before you know it, it’s on the Today Show. Amazing. And speaking on behalf of my fellow journalists, it’s not that we don’t know this was a privately chartered flight; it’s that we just don’t care. Next stop: NBC Nightly News.

Click here to view the embedded video.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/40090995#40090995

(The first version of the video was removed from YouTube; this is another copy from another participant on the flight. -Ed.)

Inside the A380 final assembly building

It has been a few days since my last post about the A380 factory tour and most of faculties have finally returned.  You’ve seen many of the pictures already but I also have some video shot inside the factory with Richard Carcaillet, the Director of Product Marketing for the A380.  He talks about some of the details on the final assembly, demand for the A380 and assembly time, as well as the value proposition for the aircraft.

There are also a couple videos from inside the mock-up center.  Airbus uses the facility to show off interior design options to customers from seating arrangements to overhead bins to trim details.  I never thought I’d see eleven different cabin configurations on a single plane but there they were in the A380 mock-up.  Very cool stuff, though sadly no photos allowed inside the mock-ups.  Still pretty interesting.

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