July 18, 2016
The Pokémon Go craze quickly took over the US when it launched in early July. What is a Pokémon you may ask? Short for pocket monster, it’s a small animalian creature and the aim of the Pokémon Go game is to capture as many of them as possible. With the popular app’s much awaited release in the UK on 14 July, we knew we might catch a few Pokémon hopping aboard our flights from the USA to London to continue the fun across the pond.
Sure enough, on the day of the game’s UK release we had many critters crawling through our US airports. Staff checking in customers at Miami International Airport spotted them among travellers passing through on their way to security. Clubhouse managers reported that they popped by our JFK and Newark Clubhouses to refuel. Charmander was spotted helping our engineering teams on the tarmac to assist with a quick turnaround and even onboard, and all sorts of Pokémon were ready to keep customers company. Economy customers might have Doduo as a seatmate and Upper Class customers might spot Pidgey while enjoying a tasty signature drink at our onboard bar.
And our friends at Visit Britain are on the ground scouting which famous attractions in London are hotbeds for Pokémon activity once you arrive. Tip: there are allegedly Zubats in the Belfry at Westminster Abbey!
Note: Please seek out Pokémon responsibly.