Category: Air Travel

Cell phones on flights - yay or nay?

Cell phones on flights – yay or nay?

The use of mobile phones on planes has long  been put on hold  because it was feared that it compromised a plane’s own radio communications and safety. More recently, however, airlines have begun testing the use of mobile phones on flights. Personally, I’m not a big fan of that prospect – I’d sooner travel in […]

Briton pays  £50,000 to fly in seat 1A

Briton pays £50,000 to fly in seat 1A

A 38 year old  British man living in Sydney, Australia, who sold his internet business Direct Connection for an undisclosed sum in 2000, has paid £50,000 to fly in seat 1A in the first class area of  next week’s  inaugural flight of the Airbus A380 between Singapore and Sydney. Julian Hayward won an  online ticket […]

MAXjet turns two

MAXjet turns two

The business class only airline MAXjet turns two today and is celebrating the occasion with a second anniversary sale.   One way prices to/from London Stansted start from $499/ £279 for New York, $599/ £329 for Los Angeles, and $599/ £329 for Las Vegas, plus taxes of course.   The lowest fares are only available […]

Google founders get themselves another private jet

Google founders get themselves another private jet

News has it that Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are splashing out on another private jet which, from next month,  will be able to take off from the NASA-operated Moffett Airfield  just 4 miles from their Mountain View, CA headquarters.   This will be their fourth such jet with this privilege – something […]

World Airline Entertainment Association's Avion Awards 2007

World Airline Entertainment Association’s Avion Awards 2007

Ever wondered which airlines offer the best in-flight entertainment (known in the industry as ‘IFE’)? The 19th WAEA Avion Awards, the presentation of which was held in Toronto earlier this month, exist to recognise this particular aspect of the airline industry.   The best overall winners, large and small, are as follows: Best Overall IFE […]

Free helicopter transfer service from Continental

You may recall me mentioning a free helicopter transfer service last month, for passengers flying to  JFK with  Delta. Now business class  travellers flying transatlantic to Newark with Continental Airlines are being offered free helicopter transfers into New York City. The shuttle service runs on weekdays and  connects passengers to heliports in Downtown and Midtown […]

PamBee - is it really that good?

PamBee – is it really that good?

A flight attendent from Austin, Texas has designed a product to make you feel like you’re in first class when you’re stuck in the middle seat in coach. That’s the claim made by a TV station in Tampa that contacted me recently, about a new travel blanket called PamBee.   Unless the blanket has the […]

Next destination for Silverjet: Dubai

Next destination for Silverjet: Dubai

The all-business airline Silverjet has chosen Dubai as its next destination, with services from Luton starting in November.   They will be the first and only commercial airline to use the executive terminal at Dubai International Airport.    This will be  the first time a business class-only airline has covered a non-transatlantic route.

First year celebrations of the Etihad Guest loyalty programme

First year celebrations of the Etihad Guest loyalty programme

To celebrate the first birthday of its Etihad Guest loyalty programme, Etihad Airways is running a series of promotions throughout mid-September 2007. Register for various online drawings and you could win a trip to the Italian Grand Prix, to Formula 1 races in Belgium, to Thailand, or various other prizes from travel to diamonds. Membership […]

Thai Airways International’s Royal Silk class flat-bed seat

Computer-generated video of the new Royal Silk class flat-bed seat from Thai Airways International.

Free helicopter transfer service from Delta

Free helicopter transfer service from Delta

International BusinessElite ® passengers  with Delta Air Lines can now benefit from a free helicopter transfer to New York’s JFK International Airport from the city’s midtown heliports. The service is being  provided by US Helicopter  to premium passengers holding non-stop tickets for flights between JFK and destinations in Africa, Brazil, India or Europe, where BusinessElite […]

More limos from Gulf Air

More limos from Gulf Air

Gulf Air, which already offers a free chauffeured limousine service to its first- and business-class passengers in Abu Dhabi (AUH), Dubai (DXB), Muscat (MCT) and London (LHR), is extending the service to five more countries. Gulf Air premium passengers in Bangkok (BKK), Frankfurt (FRA), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Manila (MNL) and Paris (CDG) can also now […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Low priced private jet travel from Jump Jet Enjoy the culinary sensation that is Oud Sluis Discover the warmth of Barcelona at Hotel Majestic On an island off Mombasa, The Funzi Keys

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Helicopter rides in the Canaries from Blue Canarias Cosy Kenyan homestay courtesy of Ngong House Dine at Peter Goossens’ Hof van Cleve  in Belgium Where one great experience leads to another: Dubai

A chance to be on the first scheduled flights of the Airbus 380

A chance to be on the first scheduled flights of the Airbus 380

Although delays have put the Airbus 380 back a little, the first scheduled flights are guaranteed of the aircraft are guaranteed to be by Singapore Airlines, probably in October 2007, running  between Singapore  and Sydney.   And what’s more, the seats on those flights will be auctioned on eBay!   The airline, the fuel supplier […]

Silverjet and the Rolling Stones

Silverjet and the Rolling Stones

‘Get Stoned in London’ is how Silverjet is rather cheesily billing this one. Our friends on the other side of the pond may be interested to learn about this promotion which includes a business class round trip, admission to a pre-show cocktail party and tickets to a Rolling Stones  gig at the The O2 Arena […]

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