When I was a kid, my family and I flew all the time. Having been born in Phoenix, Sky Harbor (PHX) was my home airport, so to a wide-eyed, imaginative boy such as myself, as far as I knew, PHX was the next best thing to heaven. Besides Orlando (MCO), of course. At the time, basically no other airports existed.
Fast forward a couple decades, and here you find me now working in the aviation industry, galavanting across the country here and there to experience more of the culture that aviation entails. Since departing my tender years of childhood, I have afforded myself the opportunity to visit other airports, both large and small, and in so doing have crafted my personal list of favorite airports, as well as a list of those that aren’t.
Last year, I visited perhaps one of the best airports in the United States: Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU). Since my visit, I’ve chatted with countless other travelers who share my affections for the airport, so much so that I now like to call RDU the “Goldilocks of airports.” During my visit, I was so enraptured, I couldn’t help but snap several shots of the terminals to share with you on my blog.
Ever since its conception on the back of a cocktail napkin in 1967 (true story!), Southwest Airlines has attracted fliers of all budgets and backgrounds from across America and beyond. The airline consistently wins awards, and accolades for its “warrior spirit, servant’s heart, and fun-LUVing attitude.”
But beyond its iconic branding, Southwest is a great airline for many other reasons. Below is a list of the ones that encourage me to remain loyal to the airline nearly every time I travel.
Shortly after the new year, I received word that Alaska Airlines was unveiling a new line of uniforms for its employees as the company embraces its first brand refresh in over twenty-five years.
Upon hearing the news, I made a few keystrokes and contacted the marketing team of Luly Yang, the Seattle-based fashion designer who partnered with Alaska Airlines to develop a new collection of uniforms to be donned by the 20,000+ employees who faithfully serve the airline that features the face a jolly, smiling Eskimo on each of its tail fins.
Luly's team was exceedingly accommodating, a true pleasure to collaborate with (special thanks to Angeline—you're amazing!). Luly herself is a very charming lady, too. She and I enjoyed a pleasantly spirited conversation, discussing a wide range of topics related to travel, fashion, music, the arts, and of course, Alaska Airlines. From the moment we first greeted each other, it was apparent why Alaska chose Luly.
For an airline which was just declared the fifth-largest in the United States, following its acquisition and merger with Virgin America, it's no surprise that Alaska selected a charming creative such as Luly to spearhead a pivotal moment in it's colorful history.
If you have any interest in commercial aviation, fashion, or travel, then this interview is for you. This story provides details of one of the most fascinating individuals gracing the aviation stage today.
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For the past several weeks, the ADH Team has been quietly preparing for a major move. Today, we are excited to announce that after thirteen years, Adrian will be moving from his current base in Jacksonville, Florida, three hours south to the city of Palm Bay.
Keep up on the latest with Adrian. Here he shares his blog and other news with fans and followers.