Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
European Festivals Association The European Festivals Association (EFA) is an organization representing more than 100 quality festivals and 11 national festivals associations in 38 European and non-European countries. On this site you can find a general view in the Festival section. There is also a detailed, up-to-date list of thousands of events and performances in the Calendar section.
Festivals.com Festivals.com includes over 40,000 community events worldwide. They specialize in the U.S.
Whatsonwhen.com This is my favorite of the three. Whatsonwhen can help you find out the best events around the world!
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
The plane was met by a huge crowd gathered on the north side of the airport. Visible while it was still more than a mile away, it grew larger by the second and came into full view just before set down, seemingly without effort. I was amazed at the plane's graceful landing and how quiet the engines were.
Immediately after arrival the A380 taxied to the south side of LAX for a private arrival ceremony though it was still visible from Imperial Highway. It ended its first day in Los Angeles by taxing to the Tom Bradley International Terminal where it will spend the night before departing tomorrow evening at approximately 7PM local time. Other news outlets have reported that its take off will be visiable from Dockweiler State Beach.
More than two years overdue to its "lauch" customers, which include QANTAS (the sponsor of LAX's plane), Lufthansa, Singapore and Malaysian Airlines, the A380 is a marvel to see. In a three class configuration it will seat approximately 555 passengers. Not since the introduction of Boeing's 747 series has a new "jumbo" jet made it into production.
The first commercial flights to Los Angeles are scheduled to begin in 2008.
Monday, March 19, 2007
My second emergency landing in 8 days
Friday, March 16, 2007
Have you ever taken your seat on a plane (or a train) and just before plopping your head back, you spot a long black hair dangling from the headrest? Yuck! It’s happened to me more than once – including in first class. Obviously, the airlines don’t change these covers for every flight because of their bottom-line budgets. So, if you want to be sure to keep your head sanitized from who knows what, you can now buy your own head covers. Travel Kleen sells these disposable headrest covers that easily attach to fabric, leather and synthetic materials without marring the surface and can be quickly removed for future use. They come two to a package, cost $9.95 and as a guerilla marketer myself, they make for fantastic promotional opportunities, as people/companies can brand them themselves!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Skytrax' annual World Airline Survey, boasting over 13 million responses, measures 35 aspects of passenger satisfaction with airlines' products and service standards. It includes business and leisure travelers, in all airline cabin types.
Blame it on Rio
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Here’s a great service for business travelers. I have been using this free service for over a year now and it occurred to me that others could benefit as well. All you have to do is sign up for an account – it’s free. Anytime you have a conference call with your colleagues (or friends), simply insert everyone’s email and a blast will be sent to notify them of the date and time, and request an RSVP (though RSVPing is not required). It’s an Iowan phone number, which is free for many U.S. telephone providers since they include long distance (it is for me since I use Vonage). If I’m abroad, I call in using Skype so it usually just costs a couple of cents a minute. The sound is crystal clear and the connection is secure and private. Up to 100 callers are allowed and the maximum time is 3 hours.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Emergency Landing In Tucson
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
In honor of traveling around the world, this is a perfect time to make AirTreks.com our Website of the Week. AirTreks.com has been in business since 1999 (the same year JohnnyJet.com launched). It's now one of the best online resources in providing customized, efficient and affordable air tickets for complex international trips. It's easy to plan a trip around the world, and price quotes are fast. I played around making a dream trip with 31 stops -- and it took me less than 2 minutes! The site also has city info for each destination you click. BTW: Sometimes round-the-world tickets are cheaper than flying just to Asia and back. So before you book, find out if you can throw another continent in. Here’s AirTreks.com in a Flash version (my favorite); here’s the HTML Version.
Sunday, March 04, 2007
If you're like me, you probably go batty when you call an airline for a reservation and the automated phone system makes you wait forever just to find out which numbers to press to get in touch with a human. Thankfully Paul English, a co-founder of Kayak.com, has created a website that lists which buttons to press so you don’t have to waste time listening to annoying automation. There are over 500 categories, including credit cards, finance, government, hardware, insurance, internet, mobile, pharmaceuticals, retail shipping, software, stores, telco, and of course travel.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Thursday, March 01, 2007
I’m always looking for a cool online map. I love Google Earth for its detail, but I've just discovered geonames.org. They incorporate Google Earth, and even make it a bit simpler to search. Just put in the city name or Zip code, and voila!