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Wed Apr 22, 2015, 06:47 PM

Airline world's tiny secret: infatuation with model planes

NEW YORK -- In America, businessmen shake hands. In Japan, they bow. But all over the world airline executives engage in a greeting that is all their own: the exchange of model airplanes.

When airlines start flying to new cities, make deals with other carriers or finance new jets, these high-quality models -- typically one to two feet long -- provide the perfect photo backdrop, can help break the ice or serve as a cherished "thank you."

While a business card might be quickly stuffed away in some desk drawer, models remain prominently displayed on the desk of politicians and industry power brokers. Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro García-Padilla, has models from JetBlue, Lufthansa, Avianca and local airline Seaborne in his office. Each has established or expanded service to the island since his 2013 inauguration.

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus took in 1,456 passenger plane orders from 67 airlines around the world last year. It also placed 30,000 of its own orders -- for model Airbus jets.

Multimillion dollar plane purchases are decided on the fuel efficiency of a jet, its maintenance costs, how much cargo it holds and how far it can fly. However, desktop models help start the conversation, says Chris Jones, vice president of North American sales for Airbus.





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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Wed Apr 22, 2015, 06:54 PM

1. With several family members whose carers were with airlines, I have seen many of these

Hanging from the ceiling and on stands on desks

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 22, 2015, 07:12 PM

2. My dad retired from AA.

I think I destroed a few of these with a BB gun.

I coulda probably retired on all the toys and models I shot up that would be worth real money now.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 22, 2015, 08:18 PM

3. I hear you there

Think Matchbox cars. I had over 100!

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