I love old aviation ads, as it’s always fun to see how the airline industry has changed. Well, if you’re looking for an old aviation-related ad this Saturday morning, look no further. A friend sent me a link to a promotional video put out by London City Airport in the early 1990s (Londonist wrote about this five years ago). It’s kind of hilarious, kind of interesting, and oh-so-90s.
The nearly eight minute video is intended to showcase how much more convenient London City is than London Heathrow for business travelers, though based on the opening imagery, music, and commentary, you’d think you were tuning into an episode of Forensic Files (which, frankly, is probably what I’d otherwise be watching right now, so that works out — c’mon, folks, it’s always the spouse, look out for any newly acquired life insurance policies, and don’t let them poison you with cyanide, is it that complicated?!).
But nope, you’re just learning about Elizabeth James, “someone who is in a hurry, but who wants air travel to be the best.” After all, “she needs to be in the center of London, on time, ready to do business, without drama, without delay.”
I do find it somewhat amusing how Elizabeth is choosing to sit in the middle seat, with seats on both sides of her empty. And where did Elizabeth’s checked bag suddenly appear from when she gets ready to travel to Dublin? And then there’s how “the international departures lounge gives her time to relax, contact her office, and check up on the London markets,” even though boarding for her flight to Dublin starts as soon as she gets there.
As an avgeek, I also can’t help but stare longingly at the number of beautiful Avro RJ 85s featured in the video. You don’t see many of those flying anymore!
Anyway, you can watch the video here for yourself:
Like I said, I found the video to be both amusing and a nice aviation throwback. Though if you ask me, it’s the dramatic music throughout the video that really takes it to the next level.
What do you make of this London City Airport promotional video?