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Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?  
User currently offlineSurf From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4868 times:

Remember this little extra? When did that dissapear? I remember it up until maybe the late 80's. Airline playing cards in my collection include, United (from the 70's and then a later set from the 80's) American (80's), Pan Am (80's) Delta (80's) National (70's) and Northwest Orient (70's). Now the NW cards are unique because they were "talking" cards. On one side of the cards were pictograms and phrases in english such as "Where is the hotel?" and "Where can I exchange money?" and stuff like that. The phrase is translated underneath in Japanese, Chinese, and Korean. They're pretty cool and look real retro 70's. There is also an instruction card included explaining how to use them. When I took British Airways LHR-LAX in Club World I asked for a deck of cards. What I got was this really cheap and cheesy deck of flimsy playing cards NOT with BA's logo on it or anything. Now in the Duty Free shopping catalog, there was a really cool deck of BA playing cards available with pics of old planes on them but they were like 5 pounds and I wasn't going to spend 10 US dollars (thereabouts) on a deck of cards!!! On the other hand my 35 pound Paul Smith belt....hahaha

I also have a deck of playing cards from the 1940's Southern Pacific Coast Daylight train, real cool they come in a burgundy hard slip cover box....oops..this is the plane forum not the trains... :-P

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User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1091 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4801 times:

when i flew to japan about 3 years ago, AA gave us full size plying cards with the words AA printed on the back. they were nice cards. on my next flight on JAL from nrt-syd they gave use JAL cards but they were tiny! really hard to play with, so i threw them away (i wasn't an aviation buff back then). I wish i didnt throw away my AA cards when i moved from Buenos aires last month! i had two types. an all blue type with big AA printed onthem and an white type with AA printed and the red, white, and blue cheatline....

around that same time i flew an MD-11(AA) to lgw from dfw and the lady gave me a coloring book   i was upset when i was waiting in line at customs and saw a kid with a Virgin Atlantic backpack that was probley full of cool stuff. I think teenagers like the kiddy toys more then the kiddies do  

not to brag, but all those flight above were in buisness class. maybe the cards and games are not for coach class(thats f*****g BS)

User currently offlineTAA_Airbus From Australia, joined Nov 1999, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 4785 times:

They still do as far as I know, well airlines down under do.

Just ask them and they usually get you a deck as they have them stowed on board somewhere

User currently offlinePurdue Arrow From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1574 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

American still does, I believe. They do not generally have them on single-aisle aircraft, but the transcons that feature American Flagship Service usually have them available, so I would assume that international flights would, too. In addition, they can usually be found when flying on a domestic flight in an international aircraft (i.e. the 767s that go from the west coast to ORD).

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

ATA still does...

User currently offlineAdam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4763 times:

My stepmom was a flight attendant for Eastern airlines back in the late 60's early 70's, she gave me a pack of cards that have a blue back with the eastern logo on them and eastern written on them.

User currently offlineTim From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 707 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4761 times:

Only last year, when I was flying Business Class Perth-Sydney on a 747-400. Flight attendant came around with two packs of Qantas Playing cards for me and my brother.


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4749 times:

I think Southwest still does, I'm not exactly sure.


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User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 981 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4742 times:

I have a pack of Air Canada Playing Cards. Funny thing the Air Canada Maple Leaf is Brown? I don't recall Air Canada's colour including brown!! Also I have the really old Air Canada wings that you used to get when you got up to the Cockpit. That was made from the really hard plastic that looked like it was made of steel!! Also When flying on Air Canada May of 98 I was in Exceutive First and I took two glasses off the flight!! I know I shouldn't have but they were really nice with the Air Canada Logo etched in the Glass. Also My mother has the intier set of silver ware from Air Canada about 10 times over!! When ever she used to get off the plane she would always be making all sorts of jingling noises from the Carry on with all the silver ware!!


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User currently offlineBeckaru From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4736 times:

I think that was before my time, but I've seen a lot of them being sold on on-line auction sites. I do have an oriental fan and some chopsticks that my dad got during various flights he took on business trips when I was a kid.

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