KLM Offers New Meet-and-Seat Service

Author: , April 27th, 2012

KLMWe’ve all had our share of uncomfortable flights thanks to the wrong seat mate. Flag carrier of the Netherlands, KLM, is about to let us take our seat-neighbor fate into our own hands with their new “meet-and-seat” service.

Once you’ve booked your flight aboard KLM, log on to a special website where you can link to your Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn and the website will connect you with fellow flyers with similar interests.

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Edge Media Names Scandinavian Airlines the Favorite Gay Friendly Airline

Author: , April 21st, 2012

Scandinavian Airlines Awarded for Gay FriendlinessScandinavian Airlines was named Favorite airline at the EDGE Awards after 70,000 online votes had been cast. The annual competition features a number of categories within travel, lifestyle and entertainment, and is organized by one of the leading LGBT media houses in the US, Edge Media.

SAS edged out other LGBT-friendly airlines such as Air New Zealand, American Airlines, JetBlue, LAN Airlines and Virgin America/Virgin Atlantic to win the coveted title as Favorite airline. In 2010, SAS launched what became one of that year’s most successful global media campaigns, Love is in the air, which concluded with the world’s first gay and lesbian weddings in the air on a flight between Stockholm and New York. Late last year, SAS created a gay video version of its popular SAS Crew Guide concept featuring Anton Hysen, the young Swedish footballer player who came out last year and currently the favorite to win “Dancing with the Stars” in Sweden.

“This is a major honor for SAS. In less than two years we have gone from being more or less invisible in the global LGBT travel market, an extremely loyal customer group with high spending on travel, to now be perceived as one of the world’s most LGBT-friendly airlines.

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LAN Airline Launches New Gay Travel Microsite

Author: , March 16th, 2012

Quick, what was the first South American airline to advertise specifically to the gay and lesbian market? Or the only South American airline to have been nominated as best in the world by both Edge and Logo’s TripOutGayTravel? And now, the first South American carrier to offer a dedicated LGBT travel microsite?

The answer on all counts is LAN, the fab Chilean airline that’s grown and upgraded by leaps and bounds over the last few years to become the preferred carrier across the entire southern continent.

Offering up gobs of news, info, and resources for gay travelers to South America, LAN’s new LGBT site, LANdiversity.com, also features travel packages from top gay tour operators to the myriad exciting destinations served by the airline, including not only hotspots like Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, Bogota, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, but also magical outposts like Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, and Machu Picchu.

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Latin American Airline Launches Gay Site

Author: , December 28th, 2011

LAN Airlines New SiteVia Press Release:

LAN Airlines is proud to announce the launch of its new LGBT travel website dedicated specifically to gay and lesbian travelers. The airline’s new dedicated LGBT site, found at www.LANdiversity.com, showcases the diversity found throughout South America, and is a one-stop-shop resource for LGBT travel to South America.

LAN’s new LGBT microsite features a host of information and resources for the prospective traveler to South America. It includes detailed descriptions of key South American destinations with information of interest to gay and lesbian travelers. The site also features recent LGBT-related news pertaining to countries throughout South America, as well as events of interest to gay and lesbian travelers to South America, including trips from leading LGBT tour operators.

“If you’re traveling to Buenos Aires, not only can you purchase your ticket from the online booking engine, but you can read current news relating to LGBT topics in that region, view dates for the Buenos Aires International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival or Buenos Aires Pride, and find restaurants and hotels in the city that are popular among gay and lesbian travelers,” said Katitiza Mandakovic, Leisure Director, LAN Airlines North America. “Our goal was to make LANdiversity.com a trusted source for news and information on LGBT travel to South America and we are so proud to be able to offer such a unique resource to travelers all over the world.”

The new LGBT microsite also features interactive Facebook and Twitter feeds to enable visitors to share their comments and connect with other like-minded travelers. Through the microsite, LAN will also offer periodic deals, specials and sweepstakes for travel to South America on LAN Airlines and its affiliate carriers.

LAN has been a major supporter of the LGBT community for a number of years. In 2009, LAN became the first Latin American airline to develop an advertising campaign specifically targeting the LGBT community. The campaign highlighted the importance of diversity and showcased South America’s diversity.

LAN has also been a proud sponsor of organizations such as the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and San Francisco Pride, as well as a Gold-level Global Partner with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, IGLTA.

LAN was nominated “Best Airline” in LOGO’s 2010 TripOut Gay Travel Awards and “Favorite International Airline” in 2011 by Edge Publications, the largest network of local LGBT news portals in the world.

“LAN is proud to be a supporter of the gay and lesbian community and is honored to be recognized as a valued partner,” added Mandakovic. “We pride ourselves on being South America’s premier airline and the best choice for LGBT travelers to the region. Our new LGBT travel site is a way to create an even better travel experience for gay and lesbian travelers and our hope is that more people will be able to discover the many wonders found only in South America.”

For someone who has dreamt about climbing Machu Picchu at sunrise, swimming with the giant turtles of the Galapagos, frolicking on Ipanema Beach in Rio, or experiencing any of the other wonders that can be found Only in South America – today LAN Airlines brings those dreams one step closer for LGBT travelers with the launch of the dedicated, new LGBT travel website.

To view LAN’s new LGBT microsite, visit www.LANDiversity.com.

Thailand: Airline Hires Transgender Flight Attendants

Author: , December 22nd, 2011

With how difficult it is for the transgendered population to find employment its refresing to see that a company like Thailand’s P.C. Airlines has transformed their policy to hire transgender flight attendants.

Recently 4 transgender flight attendants worked a flight from Bangkok which was publicized by the airline. The airline took the publicity to the next step by introducing a commercial where a young boy transforms into a beautiful woman…watch the video below.

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Latin American Airline Nominated for Best Gay friendly Airline by LOGO

Author: , September 29th, 2010

MTV’s LOGO has nominated LAN Airlines for the coveted “Best Airline” award in their second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN Airlines is the only non-U.S. airline to be nominated for this accolade. American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and Virgin America are also nominated.

LAN Airlines Marketing Communications Manager, Megan Kat, was excited about the airline’s monumental nomination. “LAN Airlines is honored to be the only non-U.S. airline nominated for ‘Best Airline’ in Logo’s second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN is South America’s leading international airline, offering award-winning service to and within South America from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Toronto.”

Kat continued, “LAN provides extensive service to the top destinations in South America for LGBT travelers, including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Lima, as well as more exotic tourist destinations such as Iguazu Falls, Easter Island, Cuzco/Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. LAN is also a proud and active supporter of several important LGBT organizations, including IGLTA, NGLCC, IGLCC and San Francisco Pride.”

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