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User currently offlineTheFlyGuy2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Hi,

Do any of you know when airlines stopped giving out playing cards and stationary?

I heard that Midway Airlines gave out cards all through the 80's until their demise?

Did any others?

Also, when did airlines stop providing stationary?

Thanks,

AB

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User currently offlineSuperhub From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 478 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

I am sure many of the airlines which are struggling to make money (AA, DL, NW, maybe UA too) are cutting cost by not giving out any playing cards or stationary.

I know CX is still giving them out.


User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

no clue, i have one pack of piedmont cards, and 4 packs of pan am, pan am are slightly used, and piedmont unused in original box, unopened. Wont sell unless someone tells me theyd offer a hellofalot on ebay Big grin

User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 1986 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2970 times:

QF - Qantas papers, one pack of cards and pens
CX - Stationary, few postcards and one pack of cards
KA - Postcards
WN - Postcards
UA - Ted Postcards (hehe) if you buy UAL box meals
AS - Ask pilot to give ya an AS postcard or kid packs



The Spirit of AustraliAN - Longreach
User currently offlineBoeingguy1 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

Quoting Garri767 (Reply 2):
no clue, i have one pack of piedmont cards, and 4 packs of pan am, pan am are slightly used, and piedmont unused in original box, unopened. Wont sell unless someone tells me theyd offer a hellofalot on ebay

Actually, just picked up 2 packs of Pan-Am unopened, One pack of eastern, one pack of National and one from TWA for a combined total of $11.00, so good luck...  Big grin



Gatwick South! Id rather crash in Brighton!
User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20640 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

UA was still giving out stationery in coach (at least on flights to Hawai'i) in the early 80's. I wrote all my thank you notes for one Christmas on it and wrote "Onboard United flight 181" at the top to be cheeky. It was nice, substantial paper, too, with envelopes.


International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineMainliner From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 412 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2909 times:

A family friend brought me some United stationary from when he flew somewhere in Asia in the late 90s. I think they still gave it out to first class passengers. The last airline playing cards I have are from Southwest, from around 1999-2000 or so.

On a sidenote, I actually paid $20 for a pack of unopened Continental cards from the late 70's or early 80's. Rip off? Maybe. But at least they're mine now!  Big grin
(To those in the LA area, if you ever go to Laguna Beach I highly reccomend a stop at a store called Aviation Arts...it's mostly military aviation stuff, but at any given time they usually have a bunch of random airline models and artifacts such as cards, magazine advertisements, timetables, swizzlesticks, etc.)



Every flight counts.
User currently offlineLt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

I received ATA playing cards on a military charter to Saudi Arabia and other locations, on their L1011s back in 2002 and again in 2003.

I have some Pan Am cards from the 70s and my first flight also Big grin

Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Capt-AWACS, Texas Longhorns, 2005 Football and Baseball National Champs


User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5239 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2806 times:

I liked the Braniff playing cards. Each card had a picture, along with an English phrase that went with the picture and the Spanish and Portuguese translations.

My father used to complain that on Hughes Air West, the F/As used to pick up the playing cards before landing. As he said, "No wonder Howard Hughes is so rich. The cheapskate won't let anyone take a deck of cards."


User currently offlineSwabur From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 100 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2775 times:

WN still has playing cards and postcards. Just need to ask


C'Mon Mav, do some of that pilot sh**!!
User currently offlineThomas_Jaeger From Switzerland, joined Apr 2002, 2388 posts, RR: 28
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2726 times:

Got QF playing cards, pens, postcards etc. etc. because the F/A in my section of the aircraft was a spotter too and was so excited when I told him I lived in Shannon (at the time) and wanted to know about the An-124s there  Smile.


Swiss aviation news junkie living all over the place
User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2657 times:

sq still have stationary on offer, even for y class pax. you can find details at the rear of the silver kris inflight magazine.


Cathay Pacific, Now you're really flying
User currently offlineNikeshashar From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2654 times:

Ive got some old cards lying round still in their wrappers. 3 sets of BA ones with decent pics on them, and about 4 different EK ones all with different designs. They only stopped doing them recently cos I remember getting them in 96 on LHR - DXB flight with them.

But like everyone else, they will never leave my possession...they are too damn rare now to sell...


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