Saturday, 27 August 2011


(Above) Vozhd Airways,Gary Farrelly(2011)
Vozhd Airways have announced the inauguration of a new air service linking the autonomous coastal city state of Neustern with Pyongyang in North Korea. The new route becomes operational on August 21st. It will be operated 5 times weekly in both directions as a code share with Neustern International Airlines and North Korea's Air Koryo. Passengers travelling can expect a glamorous complimentary bar service as well as full in flight catering served with real cutlery and table wear. Entertainment on board will consist of light classical and eastern block jazz gently suffused into the cabin as well as copies New Obsessive and Pyongyang Times. Writing paper, type writers and office stationary will be offered to any passengers wishing to work. Initial fares will be set at a standard 850 Neumarks return.

Vozhd Airways,
10-14 Mitterand Avenue,
Sullinberger district,

Vozhd Airways

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Aeromozas. Chic or not Chic?

Mexican air stewardesses 'do a Calendar Girls' by posing up to help bankrupt national airline


Last updated at 1:58 PM on 26th November 2010

It could be the Mexican remake of the Calendars Girls - just swap the Women’s Institute ladies portrayed in 2003 for slightly more glamorous Latina flight attendants.

Ten stewardesses with troubled Mexicana Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in August and suspended operations, have launched a sultry aviation-themed calendar in a bid to call attention to their own plight and that of their airline.

‘It occurred to me because we all needed money, and I thought that with so many pretty girls (among Mexicana's staff) there were bound to be some who'd be interested,’ she said.

Each of the 10 ‘aeromozas’ - flight attendants in Spanish - who ended up posing paid out of her own pocket to help cover the £5,000 production costs.

‘The goal was to try to help ourselves because we lost everything overnight,’ said 26-year-old Maribel Zavala.

The calendar has sparked a media frenzy in Mexico and the first run of 1,000 was sold out even before yesterday's launch and a second edition of 3,000 calendars, which cost about £8 each is in the works.

The calendar's release came on the heels of Mexicana's announcement that a restructuring proposal might allow it to resume some flights by mid-December.

Under the plan, just 30 per cent of the company's personnel would be rehired.

Founded in 1921, shortly after Dutch carrier KLM and Australia's Qantas airline, Mexicana used to serve 65 destinations in Mexico, the U.S., other parts of the Americas and Europe.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011


Gary Farrelly, PAN-ULTIMATE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT(2008) mixed media on board, private collection, China.

The plans for Pan-Ultimate International Airport were drawn up by Gary Farrelly in late 2008. The plans were shown as an artwork in Paris later that year. The work proposes remote parking and road traffic linked to the terminal facilities via high speed/ high frequency electric railway lines. The airport would be initially composed of a T shaped terminal directly north of the railway station. The initial terminal would have a capacity to handle 8 million passengers annually. Subsequent extensions would not hinder the operation of the initial terminal building during their construction and could take the capacity up to 40,000,000 annually. The development of the airport would be hinged on the extension of the single super-terminal complex as opposed to additional separate terminal buildings. The colour scheme pervading is envisages as follows: beige, bashed bronze paneling, beauty board, Formica, brown, herring bone and orange. Gary Farrelly has designed over 140 airports as part of his art practice.

Miami Go-go

National Airlines launched in 1934 by George T. Baker (founder) and ceased operations in 1980 when they merged into Pan American Airline. Original headquarters Miami-Dade County, Flordia U.S.A

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


Today’s American airports are jam packed with people whose flights have been cancelled and angry passengers who elbow their way into the boarding line. Passengers pay for their luggage to be checked in and the avoid eye contact as they “greet” passengers at the cabin doors. Believe it or not, there was a magical time when flying was chic. Passengers would dress to the nines to travel and airports were filled with energy and happy smiling helpful staff. Stewardesses dressed in designer uniforms with matching hat, crisp gloves, perfect hair, immaculate make-up, and chic luggage.

In 1930, Ellen Church lent a feminine touch on air travel. She approached Boeing Air Transport with the idea of having nurses on board their flights. Boeing recognized her vision and soon Ellen, and seven other female nurses became the first stewardesses of the air. The ladies were required to wear military style uniforms and their tasks included serving food and drinks to the flight crew as well as loading luggage, refueling the plane and securing passengers wicker chairs into the planes floor with a hammer and nails. Stewardesses had height and weight requirements, hair and makeup rules and mandatory retirement once they married or reached a certain age.

*Photo of Ellen Church with United Airlines

Soon after WW II, airplanes became available for civilian transportation. Flying in the early 1950’s was very expensive, so airlines created luxurious travel services provided by a lovely young stewardesses with a smile.

During the golden age, Hollywood created a screen image to glamorize the career of a stewardess and the luxury of air travel. Teen magazines featured advertisements for Stewardess Colleges, claiming, “For girls who like adventure and travel plus a fine salary.” All of these ideas gave hope to young women who wanted an alternative female career path. With a career as a stewardess, a girl could greet on-coming passengers at lunchtime in New York and say good-bye before dinner in California. It was a glamorous career path that allowed women to see the world for the very first time on their own terms.

But not just any pretty girl off the street could become a stewardess. Each airline created their own training programs and the competition became fierce. In the 1950’s American Airlines founded the first stewardess college in Texas. Training courses included food service, emergency procedures and even airplane construction. A typical classroom would include a full scale mock-up of a plane which allowed them to properly practice pushing their carts between the passenger isles and serving food and drinks in a professionally elegant manner.

*Braniff airlines 1960's cabin

Once the lovely ladies made it through training, they were custom fit for uniforms and taken to the beauty shop for a proper makeover including hair, make-up and nails. Many of the girls wore wigs or falls to ensure the perfect hairstyle and strict regulations were placed on hair color and styles. National Airlines published a Stewardess Flight Manual with instructions on how cosmetics must harmonize with skin tones and they should refrain from repairing make-up in view of passengers.

By the 1960’s airlines began to commission world famous designers to design their uniforms. Valentino created chic cashmere for TWA airlines, Pucci launched a line inspired by space age fashion and with the sexual revolution in the air, uniforms went from dull and boring to short and sassy. Fun vibrant color combinations and patterns were introduced and paired with fishnets, go-go boots and big hair. Planes were designed with multi level dinning rooms and cocktail piano bars. Of course fashion had to advance along with the technology of the aerospace age. Companies like TWA introduced foreign accent flights were stewardesses would dress in costume to reflect styles from around the world. There was an Italian toga uniform, a French inspired gold mini dress, and a pajama uniform to mimic the Manhattan Penthouse Girl. The ladies would work to foreign music and serve foreign newspapers and magazines to create the exotic atmosphere. Another risky attempt to spark customer’s interest happened in 1965; Emilio Pucci showcased his Gemini 4 collection for Braniff Airlines, launching the "air strip" uniforms. Passengers were greeted by a hostess in a gabardine coat, pillbox hat and scarf, and during the flight, she slowly stripped down to a skintight silk turtleneck tunic and matching culottes.

*PSA 1960's advertisement

Well-known airlines created advertising campaigns to capitalize on their fun and sassy ladies of the sky. National Airline designed print advertisements featuring a beautiful young woman with fun flowing text “I’m going to fly you like you’ve never been flown before.” The ladies were professional career girls who traveled the world, yet sex symbols at the same time.

*Advertising for TWA and Braniff airlines

Although the days of cocktail hour around a piano bar, and three course meals served by a stewardess in fishnets and mini skirts are gone, we can still celebrate and recognize a time when flying was glamorous and being a stewardess was every girls’ dream. Hats off to the ladies of the sky!

Tara Tonini is the owner and designer of Sky Girls clothing and accessories. Her line draws inspiration from 1960’s stewardess, airplane architecture and the chic timeless style of the golden age.


Commercial for the now defungt airline BOAC televised in the last 1960's and early 1970's. Wonderful footage of the higly groomed staff and aspirational passengers on vintage VC10 airliner.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


(Above) IRANIAN SHAH AND HIS WIFE BOARD FLIGHT IN TO EXILE(1979), photographer unknown.

Boarding a flight by exterior steps recalls the image of departing presidents or dignitaries after a state visit. Mr and Mrs Kennedy ascending to air force 1 and turning back for a last wave to the assembled masses at Berlin Templehoff. The act has many highly iconic precedents yet many in the plebeian masses consider the act inconvenient. Are they so well coiffed that they must not come in to contact with the elements? Or is a deficient imagination to blame? They must try harder! Finding the world an interesting place requires force of effort! Sometimes boarding by steps reminds me of high profile flights in to exile. Images from 1979 of the Shah of Iran and his glamorous wife boarding a Boeing 747 at Tehran International Airport are noteworthy. The arrival of his replacement Ayatollah Khomeini just hours later was equally iconic. The Ayatollah disembarked his Air France Jumbo Jet by stairs. These images are wonderful to replay over and over again in the minds eye. I try to eradicate boring and mundane moments from my own daily life by overlapping real life with recycled images and fantasy. And as I leave the terminal building, the screech of jet engines, the smell of aircraft fuel cannot but easily arouse the senses to experiential elaboration.

(Above) Gary Farrelly, GOLDEN AGE(2008), drawing on paper, private collection Paris.

(Above) AYATOLLAH RETURNS FROM EXILE(1979), photographer unknown.

(Above) Gary Farrelly AIRLINER BOARDING BY STEPS(2009), oil paint on plastic, Galerie W, Paris

Sunday, 1 May 2011


(Above) FLIGHT TIME DISPLAY BOARD(2009), Galerie W, Paris.

Aviation imagery has been one of the dominant subject matters in the work of artist Gary Farrelly for almost a decade now. In pursuit of a Utopically instructive art, Farrelly has designed and drawn up detailed plans for over 131 airport terminals. Farrelly has also produced figurative and unclassified artwork inspired by airliners, and airports. Between 2009 and 2011 Farrelly bodied forth a series of works inspired by Flight Information Display Boards (FIDB's). Farrelly has reproduced the information typical to a FIDB in mixed media on surfaces as divers as bashed metal, formica, beauty board, cast concrete and cardboard. An interesting aspect of the works is Farrelly's redaction of the blank spaces between items of information. Perhaps this heightens the otherwise austere and bureaucratic work's fine art sensibility. The artworks produced in this manner are a striking and brilliant visualization of the international and glamorous mythology surrounding modern air travel.