[JetSetCD, Jaunted - 13 Feb 2013] What is the turn of a new year without a flight attendant calendar controversy? This year, the award for naughty airline calendar goes to Thai budget airline Nok Air, whose slogan is "We Fly Smiles."
They also apparently fly scantily clad, as Nok's Facebook previewed three photos from the calendar as part of a contest to win a free copy. Each of the teaser photos (shown here) are now angering the Thailand Ministry of Culture, on the grounds that the image doesn't promote the country in a proper, positive light. That doesn't mean the Ministry of Culture can stop Nok from printing their calendars, though, so the contest to give away 300 of them continues.
On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being "not even doing a double-take" and 10 being "too sexy for the skies," we'd give the Nok calendar a 3. It's even more restrained than Snap-on tool calendars, and we take this view mostly due to the fact that the women in these Nok photos aren't even Nok employees—they're paid models. They also don't strip off any of that clothing, unlike the famously nude ladies of recent Aeroflot calendars.
Want to see what real Nok flight attendants look like? We flew the budget airline on a brief flight from Bangkok to Phuket and filed a full review and photos. The real ladies aren't too far away from being bikini models, owing to the airline's policy to run their recruitment like beauty contests, so actually it's pretty odd they found the need to pay professional models. Weird.