Independence76 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 378 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4806 times:
I would doubt it - it would cost the airline more money to pump certain scents on the aircraft for hours at a time (especially during long-haul). I've flown on multiple airlines and each time the aircraft only had slight differences in smell, but probably due age and proximity to galleys.
Leather vs. cloth and the age of those seats may also make a difference, as well as carpeting or condition of the panels.
tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12710 posts, RR: 80
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4766 times:
Quoting alitalia744 (Thread starter): Similar to how major hotel chains have a scent system, I was wondering if airlines also leverage this type of product experience.
It's certainly technically possible but I've never heard of such a system fitted on any commercial airliner. I would suspect any scent differences from airline to airline are much more likely to be the result of particular choices of cleaning products.
UAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4515 times:
I hope they never start doing that. After spending long periods of time in a high end hotel the smell starts to get really old and I would imagine the same thing would happen for those of us who spend a lot of time flying. Le Meridien hotels have a very distinctive smell and after a week or two it starts to be something at least I dread.
Using smell as a branding technique is not new. Since the 1990s, Singapore Airlines has been using its own fragrance, known as Stefan Florida Waters. Flight attendants wear it as perfume, it is blended into the hot towels served before take-off and it wafts through the cabin during the flight.
smi0006 From Australia, joined Jan 2008, 1638 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4310 times:
I know on QR they use a sweet smelling rose like water smell for their hot towels in business prior to take off, this smell generally lingers and permeates the entire cabin, perhaps AF uses a similar system?
They are certain sprays often used as air fresheners in the lavatories and cabins as well, the could become a subconscious smell of an airline.
Not to mention on many flights where quarantine restrictions require a cabin to be sprayed these sprays often have a lingering scent....
I'm not sure of which of the above two it is (air freshener or AQIS spray) but EK aircraft generally have a specific scent for me.
srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4100 times:
Quoting Centre (Reply 8): Wonder how "Smells cheap" will be like on FR?
They'd probably have a pine tree air freshener hanging up.......
Quoting smi0006 (Reply 7): They are certain sprays often used as air fresheners in the lavatories and cabins as well, the could become a subconscious smell of an airline.
There's a scent I associate with Delta because of the air freshener used in their lavs.
Quoting smi0006 (Reply 9): This is a new type of SQ grooming strictness! bit far perhaps? Do they all actually wear it?
I don't see it as being strict. If SQ uses a scent they want to have associated with their flights, having their F/As wear it just enhances the scent, as body chemistry and body heat react to cologne/perfume in a different manner than is it is merely sprayed in the air of used on hot towels.