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Monthly Archives for January 2011.

Braniff: Flying in the future

Have a look at this amazing video from the now defunct Branriff International. They revealed their image of what  flying in the future would be like in the supersonic age. Its quite fun. There are some things that have happened but many that have not eg supersonic jet? electronic valet on board? What was it with people in the 1960s -they didnt want to do any walking? Did you see the onboard entertainment meant you could watch three films at once? When you have that as context you wonder how much of this contemporary video from…

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Ryanair Boarding Pass Charge halted (for the moment)

So you turn up at the airport and find that you have stupidly    inadvertendly  deliberately left your Boarding pass at home. Assuming it is not with your passport, you usually dont have a problem! For example, in the USA, you can rock on up to a machine and get a new one printed. In other countries, a human usually has to issue you with a new one. Not so easy with Ryanair who has decided you must print your own pass at home. Forget to do so and Ryanair make you pay for a new one. Remember this is Ryanair,  the…

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Qantas Hola Dallas, adios SFO

Qantas has announced they will now fly direct to Dallas Fort Worth from Sydney from May, 2011 using a Boeing 747-400ER. It is intended when Qantas finally get their 787s, they will be used on this route. At 13 879 km (8,624 miles), this will be  the third-longest route in the world! The flights would take about 17 hours. There are three huge pluses about this: We can avoid LAX (my most hated airport) to get to the middle of the USA. DFW is a much more user friendly airport and is well connected to the rest…

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United CEO agrees with me! :)

I blogged about my last experience with United on the Aust-USA sector a few months ago because it was so bad.  Nice to see that  President and CEO of United Airlines, Jeff Smisek agrees with me in a recent article in Australian Business Traveller. “…the product on the 747 that United flies to Australia is not an acceptable level of product” “And I know that, I recognise that. But United on its own didn’t have the money to invest in that product. Now (with the United-Continental merger) it does, and we will.”  “You have to invest, because the price…

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Thank you to you!

As 2011, gets underway, I want to say thank you for three things:1. for reading my travel blog! (almost 4000 page views!)2. for those who have commented on it (both the 66 here and the many on Facebook)3. to those who have encouraged me in the blog sphere and by email and by offline (you know who you are!)4. for subscribing (hint hint!)The most popular posts for 2010: Three Airlines-one plane- comparing the A380  (10% of all readers ) — Sep 30, 2010, 7 comments Almost had $1200 stolen  (dodgy travel agent) Oct 25, 2010, —9 comments Good bye…

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Computer Says “No”

Today, I am taking the train from Brisbane to Grafton, a regional town about 250 kilometres (150 miles) away..Then I am going onto Sydney (another 600km 360 miles). I am using a pass called the East Coast Discovery Pass which allows you unlimited travel in one direction on multiple rail systems in three states along the Australian East Coast. This pass used to be reserved for non Australian tourists but a year ago, it was opened up to Australians too. Today, I wandered into a rail ticket office to buy my pass. Have you ever…

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Best and Worst Airports of 2010

Airports Picture this, You have been trapped inside a metal tube for 13, 15, 22 hours with your knees wrapped around your ears. The tube lands and disgorges you into an airport. Some airports give you a great welcome to that country and some make you think you are in some sort of on going hell. Here is my list of best and worst airports. Best Airports Singapore (SIN)- take a shopping mall, throw in a waterfall or two, add the most efficient processes for everything from customs to luggage retrieval (challenge you to try…

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Martin J’s Top Cities of the World 2010

My Top Ten Cities Paris remains my Number One in the world. What I like overall about Paris is that it works. The infrastructure is a dream with world’s best public transport , water, sewerage, and electricity systems. Add to that amazing culture, fantastic streetscapes and mind bogglingly wonderful food. I was shocked to find I can buy an apartment there for less than I can in my own city Melbourne, Australia. Tourists: buy breakfast at a bakery not your hotel and get lunch supplies at the local marches (markets) for amazing quality and a sense of authenticity.…

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