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How to survive no-frills flights

Bookingholiday flights on a no-frills airline is like an obstacle course. No soonerhave I finished congratulating myself on avoiding all the online extra charges,all the queuing, and all the airport stress hot spots, when the ground attendantgreets me with “Madam you have two pieces of luggage. You will have to payextra unless you can get […]

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Sunrise over Heathrow

Thegood thing about a business day trip from Londonto mainland Europe is that you can travelultra-light. Just a presentation on a memory stick and some business cards andyou are done. Itis an early start, but the backroads to Heathrow are bright with cherryblossom, forsythia and magnolia. Mist is coming off the agricultural fields aroundSunbury. Closer […]

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Snowglobes are not allowed on flights

“Snowglobes are not allowed on any flights,” according to a sign at security at departures in Houston IAH airport.   That’s all. Nothing about liquids, guns or explosives – just snowglobes.   It suggests that snowglobe incidents have been giving airline officials some trouble recently.   The Blog resisted taking a photo of the sign, […]

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Four Things I Hate About Flying

It’s not that I’m a grumpy traveller, but there are some things which I just hate about long-haul flights …   1 The way they switch the lights out at 3pm, everyone dons eyeshades and is instantly asleep, and I’m the only one awake all through the fake night.   2 The one film I […]

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Boeing 787 plastic plane debuts at Farnborough

The Farnborough Airshow, which has been on all week and heavily covered by our sister publication Flight, reaches its climax today with the famous Weekend Flying Display. Since Farnborough is to the west of London, the Blog is looking forward to seeing the full flypast from the comfort of a sunlounger in the garden, particularly […]

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Volcanic Ash – the Norse Saga Ends (for one ICIS traveller)

Our own Ed Cox of ICIS Heren staggers back into London on Monday, after leaving Norway on Friday evening, describing himself as “totally shattered”… Here is photographic evidence that one group of intrepid travellers had success amid all the volcanic chaos. The eight of us are seen arriving at Brussels Midi on Sunday night, ahead […]

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Keep Oil for Petrochemicals – Porritt

The volcanic ash aviation crisis shows that there are only two ways we should be using oil – in petrochemicals and in jet fuel, said Jonathon Porritt, UK veteran green campaigner in a debate on BBC’s PM programme, I heard on my car radio as I drove home this evening.   Porritt, founder and director […]

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Training is on despite volcanic ash no-fly zone

When I first heard that so many people had signed up for the ICIS Training seminars in London in April that we would have to run two parallel courses, I thought this was just another sign of economic recovery. Coming on top of other incontrovertible signs like the sold-out Olefins Conference, our bumper Amsterdam training […]

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Arrivederci Norway

As the UK Transport Secretary Lord Adonis predicts that “significant disruption to most UK air services will continue for at least the next 48 hours,” due to the volcanic ash cloud from Iceland, our own Ed Cox from ICIS Heren makes plans to say goodbye to his enforced holiday retreat in Norway … Things are […]

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No ashtray, no flight

A story in today’s Times amusingly titled “No smoke without ire,” about a flight from Heathrow delayed in take-off due to a missing ashtray, reminded me of my own infuriating “Diary of a Flight to Amsterdam.” I bet the “unspecified piece of equipment” there was an ashtray too.

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