TheFlyGuy2
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Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 8:31 am

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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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:01 am

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.
 
Garri767
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:02 am

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
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FlyboyOz
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 9:19 am

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
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boeingguy1
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:04 am

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
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AeroWesty
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:18 am

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.
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Mainliner
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:46 am

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.)
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:53 am

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

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ckfred
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:28 pm

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."
 
swabur
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 2:17 pm

WN still has playing cards and postcards. Just need to ask
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Thomas_Jaeger
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:59 pm

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.
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CXtra
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:26 pm

sq still have stationary on offer, even for y class pax. you can find details at the rear of the silver kris inflight magazine.
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nikeshashar
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RE: Airline Playing Cards And Stationary

Thu Feb 16, 2006 4:35 pm

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...