Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 11:48 am

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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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 12:16 pm

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)
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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 2:01 pm

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
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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 2:25 pm

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).
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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 2:45 pm

ATA still does...
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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 9:38 pm

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.
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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sat Jul 22, 2000 9:45 pm

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.

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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sun Jul 23, 2000 12:25 am

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

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RE: Remeber When Airlines Gave Away Playing Cards?

Sun Jul 23, 2000 2:32 am

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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No, But I've Seen Them On EBay

Sun Jul 23, 2000 4:52 am

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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