Thu, Jun 29, 2006
Got A Match?
You may ask yourself if
it’s really worth it. But, for a smoker sitting on a long
fight from Germany to Japan, it just might be. The German news
agency DPA says the world's first airline just for smokers plans to
offer its first flight next March.
Of course, the privilege of lighting up onboard will come with a
price. Alexander Schoppmann, the founder of Smoker's International
Airways -- also called Smintair -- says his carrier plans to fly
between Tokyo and Dusseldorf, Germany, where travelers can then
connect to other European destinations.
Schoppmann says currently there are no direct flights out of
Dusseldorf to Tokyo, and there is a large contingent of Japanese
business people who would be willing to pay high seat prices for
the privilege of smoking during a flight.
The airline reportedly plans to lease two Boeing 747s. Each
would offer 138 first-class and business-class seats.
So... how does Schoppmann expect to get the needed capital for
such a venture, and not end of the butt of a joke? He says he
expects to get help from sponsors... such as cigarette
If the idea doesn't go up in smoke, will the TSA have to stop
collecting those bins and bins of cigarette lighters?
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