As a self-professed airline nerd, I enjoy just about every airline commercial. However, some are better than others…indeed, some are much better. Here’s a countdown of my 10 favorite airline commercials of all time.
#10 – Virgin Atlantic 25th Anniversary
I don’t think type of ad would fly in the “Me Too” world of 2020, but it tells a story and captures the allure (overstated, I must add) of flying on Virgin Atlantic.
#9 – Emirates featuring Jennifer Aniston
The flight attendants from the “other airlines” in the galley cracks me up every time I watch this ad.
#8 – Air New Zealand with Dave the Duck
Air New Zealand is better known for its oddball and sometimes outstanding safety videos, but this ad also has some great humor.
#7 – Lufthansa “Fanhansa”
I giggled at all the German stereotypes in the dream sequence. Hilarious!
#6 – Singapore Airlines Across the World
There’s always an aura of beauty surrounding the Singapore Girl and this ad also showcases the beauty of some of the destinations that Singapore serves.
#5 – Turkish Airlines Homage to Domestic Service
We usually focus on Turkish Airlines’ international route network, since the airline flies to more countries than any other airline. But this ad focuses on the Turkish domestic network.
#4 – Alaska Airlines Flying In The 80s
This extended commercial was way ahead of its time, predicting all sorts of cutbacks that we are now seeing today. It’s hilarious too!
#3 – Etihad Airways featuring Nicole Kidman
There is such elegance to this commercial and it reminds me of what Etihad Airways could have been, as the carrier now struggles for survival.
#2 – British Airways To Fly, To Serve
What a remarkable ad that features beautiful imagery, history, and a compelling message of service.
#1 – United Airlines A Life
Of course I’m more inclined to this ad as a very frequent United flyer, but I love the story it tells of United being part of his life…it is the story of my life as well.
Honorable Mention – Air France + ANA
While the two videos below did not make the top 10 cut, I enjoyed them both and wanted to include them.
Air France sells on its luxury and this unique ad is visually stunning
I love how this ANA commercial blends the warm hospitality of ANA with wider elements of Japanese culture.
What are your favorite airline commercials?