Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 February 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 27 February 2015

Good morning It has been another disgraceful week for the US air transport network, with weather related excuses erupting all over, yet again. How do you know the difference between a weather related excuse and a valid weather related reason (for flight delays and cancellations)?  It is difficult, but it is also fair […]

The Travel Insider - Now on Amazon, for Kindles

The Travel Insider – Now on Amazon, for Kindles

Amazon have added The Travel Insider as one of the blogs available through its Kindle publishing service.  You can subscribe and have each new article sent automatically to your Kindle device. Amazon charge 99c a month for this after a free 14 day trial.  I’d asked if they’d publish it for free, but […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 February 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 20 February 2015

Good morning Winter weather has been giving our airlines – and those of us forced to travel on them – a continued beating.  When will we reach the stage of enlightenment where we no longer accept ‘bad weather’ as an excuse for bad airline performance and a refusal to ‘harden’ their systems to […]

The BTC Catches the Airlines in a Lie.  What will DoT Do?

The BTC Catches the Airlines in a Lie. What will DoT Do?

The Business Travel Coalition recently wrote to the Department of Transportation, urging them to investigate what the BTC describes as violations of DoT regulations to do with the imposition of fuel surcharges. It transpires the DoT issued a guidance note in December 2012 that required the airlines to set fuel surcharges that had […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 13 February 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 13 February 2015

Good morning The first Black Friday of the year, to be followed by another one in March.  Superstition suggests it to be a bad day to travel – be careful. Yamaha motorcycles.  The Shinkansen ‘bullet trains’ of Japan.  And the classic Kikkoman soy sauce bottle.  What do these three things have in common? […]

Boeing's 757 :  What is Old is New Again?

Boeing’s 757 : What is Old is New Again?

We wrote a month ago about Boeing being (again) snookered by Airbus.  After winning an 8½ month sales advantage and some 1,000+ bonus sales of its new version A320 planes, before Boeing weakly countered with a tweaked 737, the last few months have been showing signs of Boeing again being beaten by Airbus, […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 February 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 6 February 2015

Good morning Belated happy 45th anniversary to one of the most notable and widely distributed photos of our modern age – the earthrise photo taken by the crew of Apollo 8.  I received an email commemorating the 45th anniversary of that event and with a link to a brilliant Youtube video a couple of […]

All You Wanted to Know About USB Power (But Didn't Know How to Find Out)

All You Wanted to Know About USB Power (But Didn’t Know How to Find Out)

Here’s a little gadget that few of us need, but at only $10, some of us might decide to get, anyway. I found it useful when testing a new six-port USB charger that claims to charge up six devices simultaneously, and all at fast charges/high current.  Did it really provide up to 10A of […]

Weekly Roundup, Friday 30 January 2015

Weekly Roundup, Friday 30 January 2015

Good morning Our Scotland’s Islands and Highlands tour has grown again, causing also its per person price to shrink.  We’re now at 18 people and the cost per person, originally $3295, is now delightfully down to $3045.  Another couple would see it drop further to $2995. So there are 18 people all hoping […]

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