Category: Air Travel

EOS files for bankruptcy

First it was MAXjet.   Now it’s the turn of EOS. Having launched their service back in 2005, the airline is planning to operate its final flights London’s Stansted Airport and New York’s Kennedy Airport today. The current economic climate was cited as a reason for the bankruptcy by CEO Jack Williams. A statement on […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The travel collection from Nature & Kind Relax in the elegance of Amsterdam’s College Hotel 180 degrees from ordinary: Windstar Cruises Experience Flexjet fractional ownership

T5: a story of failed promises

A video about Heathrow Terminal 5, made around a year ago. They make a big thing about how efficient the baggage system is, and how the new terminal will “relieve the chaos”. With the benefit of hindsight, it makes for rather ironic viewing now.

Celebrity chefs are making their mark on US airlines

Celebrity chefs are making their mark on US airlines

Should you compromise on food just because your 30,000 feet up in the air?   An increasing number of airlines in the US  think you shouldn’t if you’re travelling first class.   USA Today has an article today about how the airlines have enlisted the help of celebrity chefs to raise their profile.   United […]

Would you pay extra for a preferred seat?

Would you pay extra for a preferred seat?

I know there’s been a lot of hoo-hah recently about airlines charging extra for preferred seating, with US Airways being the latest to say that preferred aisle and window seating in the front of its economy cabins will cost an extra $5 (unless you’re a Dividend Miles Preferred member).   But isn’t it just inevitable […]

Luxury items from Cathay Pacific for sale

Cathay Pacific  are  selling vintage and one-of-a-kind items to their passengers, both onboard and online. The collection will feature unique pieces from brands such as Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Rolex, with prices ranging from under $1,000 to $25,000 for a vintage Rolex Steve McQueen. Other premium items are century-old Louis Vuitton trunks,   and collectible […]

Hotel happenings in San Jose

Hotel happenings in San Jose

The Doubletree Hotel San Jose recently completed a $200,000 remodel of their front desk and lobby areas. In addition to making the lobby more user streamlined and user friendly, the lobby now includes two airport flight status screens and an airport check-in kiosk. Meanwhile, Tova Day Spa, at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, […]

Re-launch of Envoy from US Airways

Re-launch of Envoy from US Airways

A re-launched transatlantic business class service is available to over 20 European destinations, from Philadelphia and Charlotte, courtesy of US Airways. Envoy  is offering new menus, available on demand, and brunch on all departures before mid-afternoon. Their Boeing 767s offer ‘nearly-lie-flat seats’ (170-degree recline)  in a peaceful, private environment, whilst seats on A330s and B757 […]

Roman Skyline Package from Hassler Roma

Roman Skyline Package from Hassler Roma

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck saw Rome from the seat of a Vespa.   Now you can see that and more, touring the Eternal City via helicopter with the Hassler Roma‘s Roman Skyline Package.   Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Rome’s most famous sights as your chopper circles over the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, […]

Naomi Campbell in a huff at Heathrow T5

Naomi Campbell in a huff at Heathrow T5

You would think Heathrow’s new Terminal 5 had already had enough bad press for one week, but it seems there’s no abating.   This time, though,  it’s due to an unruly traveller of a celebrity nature.   Short-tempered Naomi Campbell has been arrested and handcuffed after allegedly spitting at a police officer.   It sounds […]

Advances with in-flight internet in the US

Advances with in-flight internet in the US

Aircell has obtained FAA approval for air-to-ground mobile broadband on US domestic flights, bringing us much closer to in-flight internet.   Approval is only for Boeing 767-200 aircraft at this stage, so you can expect to see developments with Virgin America and American Airlines fleets later this year.   Routes between Los Angeles, San Francisco, […]

Gordon Ramsay's Plane Food

Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food

Maybe Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food wasn’t the best idea for a  name for a  fine dining restaurant in London Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, but rest assured that we are talking about ‘plane food’ here, and not ‘plain food’. Currently managed by staff from his Box Wood Café in Knightsbridge, it will open on 27th March […]

American Express Travel offers around-the-world luxury trip via private jet

Due to increasing interest in the luxury travel market for around-the-world trips, American Express has teamed up with luxury tour provider Abercrombie & Kent to provide an ultra-luxe, 24-day worldwide itinerary by private jet to five continents and eight destinations. The price tag? A modest $97,970 per person. Los Angeles will be the starting point, […]

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Newsflash: man detained on Heathrow runway

Just one day before the launch of Heathrow’s new Terminal 5, there has been a security breach at the airport. A man scaled a perimeter fence with a rucksack and ran into the path of an Emirates flight before being surrounded by police and police dogs.   He is thought to have been acting alone, […]

Crystal Adventures

Crystal Adventures

Luxury specialist Crystal Cruises is raising its own shore-side bar with lavish, over-the-top Crystal Adventures in Europe. New “extreme luxury” tours, designed for a discerning few, boast European sports cars, helicopters and private yachts to explore European destinations in extravagantly different ways. Whether you are looking to explore Monaco in a Maserati or navigate the […]

Flying casinos from Airbus?

Flying casinos from Airbus?

Airbus are said to be holding talks with a number of interested parties, with a view to adapting an Airbus A380 superjumbo into a flying casino. With the advantage of 50% more floor space over Boeing 747s, Airbus’ David Velupillai has said that such a casino could become a reality by 2012.

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