April Fool’s Day is the one day a year marketing teams get to have a little fun with their brands. I’m not going to lie, April Fool’s Day is one of my least favorite days of the year. Maybe I’m a old curmudgeon, but I just don’t find anything humorous about the day. Different strokes for different folks, I suppose!
Even though it’s not my favorite, here are 4 travel-related April Fool’s Day pranks from this year:
1. The Emirates triple decker
Per Emirates Facebook page, they’re introducing the world’s first triple decker airplane:
Emirates unveils plans for the world’s largest commercial aircraft. The triple-decker APR001 includes a swimming pool, games room, gym and park.
I mean, I guess if you’re already carrying water for showers, what’s a little extra water to fill a pool? 😉
2. Bucklr, by Southwest
Introducing Bucklr, a new dating app that makes connections click. pic.twitter.com/Mu2z5Ajur4
— Southwest Airlines (@SouthwestAir) April 1, 2017
Up for a little romance? Southwest’s got you covered!
3. WestJet rebrands as…Canada Air?
Effective immediately, we are now Canada Air. Learn more about how we’re rebranding as the #MostCanadian airline – https://t.co/LLclRMqvDS pic.twitter.com/d1VVcELzoZ
— Canada Air (@WestJet) March 31, 2017
I wonder how Air Canada would feel about this? WestJet seems to have gone all out, changing both their Twitter and Facebook in hono(u)r of this very momentous day.
4. Germany to defect to GMT
In what is likely a jab at the United Kingdom’s “brexit”, the German embassy in London tweeted:
— GermanEmbassyLondon (@GermanEmbassy) April 1, 2017
5. Delta shoots for Mars
Once you fly to six continents across the globe, what’s stopping you from interstellar travel? Not much, if you’re Delta!
ATLANTA, April 1, 2017 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), no longer content to offer the industry’s most thoughtful customer service, most innovative products and most reliable performance only on its home planet, is planning to expand service to Mars in the summer of 2017. This historic network expansion will be the first offered between planets by an Earth-based airline.
“We continuously strive to offer our customers convenient ways to travel to their destination of choice, whether that be to Middle America to visit Mom, or to the Red Planet to search for signs of life,” a Delta spokesperson said. “It’s a bold move that comes with a few logistical challenges and an aggressive timeline, but Delta people have shown again and again they can handle anything.”
Delta’s planned service is contingent on regulatory approvals from the U.S. government, United Nations Security Council, Star Fleet Command and the Galactic Empire. And also the development of a landing facility, any type of infrastructure and an atmosphere that can sustain Earthlings.
Remember, it’s April 1st, so take everything you read today with a grain of salt!
Were you fooled today? If so, who got you? Let us know below!
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I played a good one on my friends and family…. I’m currently on a two week trip around the world and while in Bangkok I checked in to BKK saying I was traveling to Pyongyang. I did a good couple lines about how I kept this a secret until that moment because I didn’t want anyone to talk me out of it, then I posted a link to a video I said explained my rationale for visiting North Korea. Those who did follow my link were directed to a video of Rick Astley’s “Never gonna give you up.” Funny thing is a lot of people didn’t follow the link to be Rick Rolled and thought I was serious. I definitely got a kick out of it and I think my friends did too.
The RickRoll is a great staple of April Fool’s Day – good one! 🙂
A weird thing happened after I posted it tho, it took about 20 minutes for it to show up on my feed. I wouldn’t be surprised if DHS looked at this first. We’ll see if the CBP has a sense of humor when I come back home haha
Anyone see the one for Wyndham? https://www.extraholidays.com/promotion-april-live-in-local.aspx?lid=live-in&gaevent=eh-home-banner-live-in-local
I would love to travel on the plane with the swimming pool! Ha.
The best April Fools ad I saw was a couple years ago when Caribou Coffee introduced clear coffee so you don’t stain you teeth getting your caffeine fix. Did you catch that one?