Yes, I do like forms of transport that aren’t trains!
On my 2012 trip to Europe I flew with Qatar Airways – one of many Middle East based carriers who fly from anywhere to everywhere via their petrocurrency funded airports. At the time of my flight the current Hamad International Airport had not yet yet opened, so I passed through Doha’s original international airport – and it was quite the avgeek’s paradise.
When arriving into Melbourne Airport on an international flight, it isn’t Australia’s famous scenery that greets visitors, but massive queues. So what the hell is going on?
Earlier this week the temperature in Victoria plummeted, with a low of -0.6C being recorded at Melbourne Airport on Monday 20 July. The result – aircraft being covered with ice, and major flight delays due to trouble removing it. So what made the ice so hard to move?
The other week I headed up to Sydney, taking the train up on way, and a Qantas flight home. Unlike other airlines in Australia, Qantas still offers a full meal service on many of their domestic flights, so setting my my meal preferences was on my todo list.
I’m currently reading the 1987 book Struggle For Take Off: The British Airways Story by Duncan Campbell-Smith, and the start of chapter 4 contained an interesting anecdote about Sir Freddie Laker, founder of Laker Airways – free first class air travel on any airline!