Delta Launches Mile High Mentoring Program

Passengers Can Apply Via LinkedIn For An Inspirational Seatmate

Published On
Mar 20, 2014

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Forget the elevator pitch; Delta is offering its customers something more -- a mentoring program at 35,000 feet. The airline is offering its customers the opportunity to be seated next to a business leader during a three hour flight, via its new Innovation Class program, developed by Wieden + Kennedy New York. Delta will organize for selected business people to be placed next to an empty seat on certain flights throughout the year; other passengers can apply via LinkedIn to sit next to them. The first pairing, enroute to TED2014, seated James Patten, CEO of Patten Studio, next to technologist Eric Migicovsky, CEO of Pebble Technology, from Salt Lake City to Vancouver. The next is open on May 5, when one passenger will be allocated to sit next to Sean Brock, an Outstanding Chef finalist for The James Beard Awards in New York City.

The idea's reminiscent of the "Seatmates" effort from Dutch airline KLM, which allowed customers to choose their seating after perusing the Facebook and LinkedIn profiles, and was promoted via a contest that awarded passengers seats next to celebrities as well as a more recent effort from British Airways, "Ungrounded," which turns the flyer's planes into an "innovation lab" that brings together Silicon Valley talents to connect to solve big world problems.

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Date
Mar 20, 2014
Agency:
Wieden & Kennedy-New York
Brand:
Delta
Client:
Delta
Executive Creative Director:
Sean McLaughlin
Executive Creative Director:
John Parker
Copywriter:
Carl Jannerfeldt
Art Director:
Fabian Berglund
Developer:
Tim Holman
Developer:
Colin Nelson
Developer:
Dennis Plucinik
Quality Assurance:
Sean Jones
Designer:
Cory Everett
Designer:
Stephanie Laemoa
Technology Lead:
Alex Kaminsky
Interactive Producer:
Mutaurwa Mapondera
Interactive Creative Director:
Erik Norin
Executive Producer:
Nick Setounski
Broadcast Producer:
Kristen Johnson
Broadcast Producer:
Jesse Brihn
Director, Interactive Production:
Brandon Kaplan
Project Manager:
Lauren Amato
UX Designer:
Evinn Quinn
Production Company:
Elastic
Director:
Patrick Clair
Executive Producer:
Jennifer Sofio Hall
Executive Producer:
Megan Meloth
Producer:
Michelle Machado
Designer:
Paul Kim
Designer:
Jeremy Landman
2D Visual Effects Artist:
Elastic-Ekin Akalin
2D Visual Effects Artist:
Alan Chen
2D Visual Effects Artist:
Sean Garfinkel
2D Visual Effects Artist:
Steven Do
Sound Director:
The Lodge
Mixer:
Jeff Hinton
Post Production:
Joint Editorial
Senior Producer:
Michelle Carman
Assistant Editor:
Stephen Nelson

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