My most cherished collectibles, all of which (except #7) I obtained from the airlines:
1. My boarding pass from Jet Blue's first flight, autographed by David Neeleman
2. My boarding pass from Jet Blue's 2nd flight, autographed by Chuck Schumer and Rudy Giulani, who were on the flight with me.
3. My boarding pass from Pro Air's first flight, autographed by Pro Air's president
4. An etched cocktail glass, commemorating Pro Air's first flight - given to me as I deplaned.
5. A 1/4 inch thick etched green glass paper weight, made by Boeing to commemorate the first 737-400 delivery to Pro Air. These were passed out by Pro Air flight attendants when passengers boarded Pro Air's 1st flight.
6. Two menus, from my flight on an Air France Concorde
7. Ozark Air Lines' "Industry Service Award 1974", awarded by Air Transport World Magazine. I bought this item on Ebay for $10 a few years ago - if I hadn't bought it, it would have gone into the dumpster.
8. A large plastic bag, with TAP Air Portugal's logo.
The reason I'm so fond of the bag is because of the story behind it. I flew TAP EWR
in Sep 06, on my way to a week long vacation in LIS
. TAP still serves free wine in coach, poured from full size bottles. I had two glasses of Portuguese red wine on my flight. When the flight attendant poured my 2nd glass, I told her how much I enjoyed the wine. When I deplaned the next day, she discreetly gave me the bag, with a full unopened bottle of the wine I'd enjoyed so much. Every night when I came back to my hotel in LIS
, I'd have a glass of wine while looking out my hotel room windows at Lisbon's Castelo do Sao Jorge. The plastic bag brings back memories of the flight attendant's kindness, and one of my favorite cities.