5 travel-related April Fools Day jokes

Here are just some of the April Fools’ Day announcements that made their impact on the travel world over the last few days.

“Ryanair to Offer Child-Free Flights. Real or April Fools Marketing Genius?”
From David Parker Brown:

Yesterday Ryanair “officially” announced that they will start offering child-free flights starting in October. Is this real or another free-publicity tactic by Ryanair? Well, the catch is that Ryanair might be crazy enough to do this. However, the fact that it is April Fools day tomorrow, makes me suspect this might all be a ruse. Also take into account that they have a history of pulling April Fools jokes in the past, from providing moon flights, offering first class seating and selling porn on board, Ryanair has been a fun little jokster.

“WestJet introduces state-of-the-art money-saving feature”

April 1, 2011 – WestJet today introduced a new state-of-the-art money-saving feature on board all flights aimed at countering the rising price of jet fuel. Effective today, WestJet will be using air mixed with helium in the ventilation system to lighten the weight of the aircraft.

Helium is approximately 85 per cent lighter than nitrogen, which accounts for 80 per cent of the air we breathe. With a maximum takeoff weight of more than 150,000 pounds, adding helium to the air mix will provide fuel savings of approximately three to four per cent on board WestJet’s Boeing Next-Generation 737s. This will, in turn, allow WestJet to pass the savings on to its guests.

“Branson Going for Space Monopoly? Buys Pluto and Reinstates as Planet”
Sir Richard Branson is always up for a bit of a joke. On the Virgin Airlines website on April 1 was this report:

Pic: Virgin Airlines

Richard Branson has bought Pluto and intends to have it reinstated as a planet.

Sir Richard Branson is setting his sights on the final frontier in his latest business venture announced today.

In a universal first Sir Richard has revealed that he has bought the former planet of Pluto for an undisclosed sum.

As a firm supporter of small businesses Sir Richard is hoping to set an example for struggling entrepreneurs facing setbacks by having Pluto reinstated as an official planet, after its declassification by the International Astronomical Union in 1996.

Read more here.

“Air New Zealand have introduced ‘pay what you weigh'”

From Flight Global:

Charging an airfare based on weight has been joked about, but innovative Air New Zealand has once again showed its astute commercial approach by being the first airline in the world to actually charge passengers based on weight, effective for flights booked starting today.

“The bean counters tell us more weight = more fuel = more cost, so we are introducing a new pay what you weigh fare,” Air NZ says. The fare structure “will allow you to combat the recent rise in ticket prices with a health conscious twist” that will help passengers “decrease your airfare and your waistline at the same time”.

Pay what you weigh

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“April 1 Brings Changes at JetBlue”

JetBlue had a list of new changes on their blog on April 1 about some of the new things to expect on upcoming flights:

No more mister nice guy for us. We’re tired of being different. We just want to fit in.

Starting today, we’ll stop being so friendly. You won’t be able to squeeze a smile out of us. We’re going to take away our signature free, unlimited brand name snacks. Maybe we’ll give you the empty bags to play with because we’re taking away our free 36 channels of DIRECTV. We’re also no longer going to give you the whole can. You can, though, have a small, flimsy cup with lots of ice and a drop of beverage.

We’re doing away with nonstop flights beginning today, so be prepared to check out Toledo, Kansas City and Missoula en route from New York to San Francisco.

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For those that really like this kind of thing, take a trip down memory lane to some other travel-related April Fools Day jokes here.