New Long-haul Cabins: On the Plane: Travel Info: Air New Zealand – NZ Site

New Long-haul Cabins: On the Plane: Travel Info: Air New Zealand – NZ Site

From July 2005 Air New Zealand will offer new and better services on its flights. Soon all Air New Zealand seats on flights going to North America and Europe will have individual television screens and will offer audio and video on demand.

Following global industry trends, Air New Zealand will also offer introduce a new business class similar to those already offered by British Airways and alike. It has 22 inch wide seats that can turn into a bed and 10.4 inch personal tv screen.

The airline will also introduce its Pacific Premium Economy offering a wider seat pitch and a leg rest and a 8.4 inch personal tv screen. The premium economy class is located at the back of business class.

As for economy class, nothing has changed except that every seat now has its own 8.4 inch tv screen with audio video on demand.

A complete flash demo of the new service click here.

Although this is indeed great news I won’t fly Air New Zealand because it does not fly to Manila. Their air service to Hong Kong and Singapore (I’ve heard) which is closest to Manila is not at par with industry leaders.

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Air America Radio | The Majority Report

Air America Radio | The Majority Report

I’m listening to this “progressive” radio talk show now through streaming audio. The hosts of the show are Janeane Garofalo and Sam Seder. According to this station listening to it is “like Canada but a lot warmer!”

This show’s blog could be accessed here.

New airline to service Manila

Jetstar Asia Airways

Jetstar Asia Airways, the second budget international carrier to service the Philippines. (The first budget airline is Cebu Pacific). Starting 27 April 2005 this Singapore based airline will fly between Singapore and Manila.

Fares start from USD 193.00 return (roundtrip) or about SGD 99.00 (fare only and one way from Singapore) including most taxes and charges. I’m not sure if the PHP 1,620.00 Philippine travel tax is included if you buy return tickets.

This type of airline is quite innovative for the Philippines. Traditionally, Filipinos book and pay for their air travel using various travel agents. Although Jetstar would alse sell its tickets through traditional agents it will extensively use its call centre and website to sell its tickets.

Why Some Feasts Are Movable – How come Lent moves around while Christmas stays put? By Daniel Engber

Why Some Feasts Are Movable – How come Lent moves around while Christmas stays put? By Daniel Engber

Euromail – What Germans can teach us about e-mail. By Eric Weiner

Euromail – What Germans can teach us about e-mail. By Eric Weiner

Sharpen Up! (from an outdoor ad) 


Sharpen Up! (from an outdoor ad) Posted by Hello

Laryngitis

This morning when I woke-up I was shocked to find out that I have lost my voice or at least speak hoarsely. I had to ring my boss to tell her that I can’t come to work today and that I will seek medical attention for my condition.

In the afternoon I visited a local general practitioner to check my condition. Sixty dollars later he did not tell me anything new than what I have suspected about my condition. My doctor just confirmed that I have ‘laryngitis‘ and that I need to rest for a few days.

I still hope that my voice will improve tomorrow morning as I cannot afford to miss another work day.