Category: Air Travel

New cross-strait flights launched by China Airlines

Taiwanese national carrier, China Airlines and its subsidiary, Mandarin Airlines, have announced plans to fly a larger aircraft between Taipei and mainland China. This move follows growing demand from travellers seeking more cross-strait flights. China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines will now fly an Airbus A330-300 on all flights from Taoyuan International Airport to Xian, Shenyang, […]

The best airport in the world... for five years on the trot

The best airport in the world… for five years on the trot

The ACI annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award has been won by Incheon International Airport once again and voted the world’s best airport for 5 consecutive years. Repeating its first place finish in the previous years, Incheon International Airport (IIAC) once again scored the highest marks in the ACI’s ASQ survey in three categories to […]

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways Premium Terminal

Qatar Airways, the 5-star airline, offers a private premium terminal for its First and Business class passengers at its hub at Doha International Airport. Qatar Airways’ Premium Terminal offers fine dining with specially selected wines and champagnes, some exclusive to Qatar Airways. Business travelers may utilize free wireless internet as well as meeting rooms that […]

New destination management company from Etihad Airways

New destination management company from Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is expanding the range of services it offers business and leisure travellers with the launch of a new destination management company – Hala Abu Dhabi. The new company will be  based in the nation’s capital but offer travel products, services and activities throughout all seven […]

Flying hotels... the future of luxury travel?

Flying hotels… the future of luxury travel?

Flying hotels… the future of luxury travel?  Who knows? But an aircruise concept from Seymourpowell in association with Samsung looks to be little more than a publicity stunt to us here at A Luxury Travel Blog.  Not only does it look an unlikely shape for such a vessel but the choice of hydrogen gas to […]

How-to-Heli Ski Camp with Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

How-to-Heli Ski Camp with Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole

Ever dreamed of experiencing the excitement of heli-skiing, but weren’t sure if you had the skills, or even how to go about it? This coming February Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole presents the How-to-Heli Ski Camp, a special three-day, four-night camp offered in partnership with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and High Mountain Heli-Skiing. Recommended for […]

Blink Foresight – an alternative to jetcards?

Blink has recently opened a base in Geneva to allow those in central Europe to benefit from its low prices, and has launched an advance purchase scheme – Blink Foresight. The Foresight scheme is much like jetcards that are offered by private jet firms such as NetJets. However, they differ in that Blink charges per […]

Updating Twitter from 30,000 feet

Updating Twitter from 30,000 feet

I’ve talked previously about innovative ways the travel industry is embracing Twitter and one of the latest comes courtesy of Lufthansa. With MySkyStatus they are allowing users to update their Twitter (or Facebook) accounts with their whereabouts whilst in flight.  While you’re in the air, MySkyStatus automatically sends altitude, location, departure and arrival updates.  And […]

The latest desirables from Heathrow

The latest desirables from Heathrow

Whether travelling for business or pleasure, take the time to indulge in some serious retail therapy at Heathrow this Autumn. Catering for your every want and desire, the airport is home to a wide collection of premium brands including Paul Smith, Prada, Harrods, Gucci and Sony – all at airport prices.  Here are their picks […]

Flight comparison sites - how helpful are they?

Flight comparison sites – how helpful are they?

As I’m sure you are aware, there are a number of flight comparison sites out there.  You would think they would all essentially do the same job, but they do have notable differences.  Many airline tariffs – particularly those of the budget airlines – are complicated by extra charges. This makes it very difficult for […]

A new reward option: Flights Anywhere

A new reward option: Flights Anywhere

IHG’s (InterContinental Hotels Group) Priority Club ® Rewards has unveiled a new reward option: Flights Anywhereâ„¢. This new program lets members redeem Priority Club ® points, or combine points and cash, to book flights on more than 400 airline carriers worldwide without restrictions on availability. It’s the first and only hotel loyalty program to offer […]

Does travel have a future on Twitter?

Does travel have a future on Twitter?

There have been some interesting uses of Twitter within the travel industry. Whilst JetBlue and United have used the medium to offer discounted flights, Hyatt have been using it as a concierge desk to answer questions from past, present or future guests.  That said, there are still many in the industry who aren’t using it, […]

Congress to spend $200 million on three private jets

Watch the video and tell us what you think of US taxpayers’ money being spent on private jets that will be used, at least in part, to fly members of Congress in luxury. Are you concerned by this? Post a comment and let us know!

Flying safaris in southern Africa: 'Out of Africa' revisited

Flying safaris in southern Africa: ‘Out of Africa’ revisited

Take a step back to the romantic appeal of the ‘Golden Age of Aviation’ as you travel through southern Africa in a DC-3. Experienced 4th generation local guides tailor the voyage to the interests of a select group of 14 travellers as you explore Zululand, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa with Travcoa Flying Safaris. […]

The best airport in the world

The best airport in the world

The results of the World Airport Awards from Skytrax are out. Congratulations go to Incheon International Airport in Seoul which beat last year’s winner (Hong Kong International Airport) into second place.   The top 10 were as follows: 1. Incheon International Airport 2. Hong Kong International Airport 3. Singapore Changi 4. Zürich 5. München 6. […]

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

An unparalleled experience is coming to the Maldives

The previously untouched southern Maldives is to get its first boutique luxury resort. Alila Villas Hadahaa  will open  in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in August 2009, an atoll which is rich in history yet unknown to all but the most intrepid divers. It is one of the largest natural atolls in the world […]

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