Category - Air Travel


The ins and outs of airline fuel – and how it affects you – Feb 2014

If Canadians are grumpy at the gas station, they should spare a thought to the airlines. Imagine the impact of an increase in few cents per litre when your gas tank (if you are flying a Boeing 777) holds 117,340 litres.   Fuel is a carrier’s second largest expense, after labour. So airlines keep a […]


Air Canada Business Matters: Special Edition February

Air Canada Business Matters


The Year of the Load Factor

Air Canada ended 2013 on a bullish note – and no wonder. The company reported a record load factor (percentage of available seats sold) not just for December but for the whole year as well.  President and CEO Calvin Rovinescu – who was named top Canadian executive of the year by the Globe and Mail  credited an […]


Welcome Aboard Air New Zealand

From North America to New Zealand, Australia, London and beyond, Air New Zealand flies travellers to 52 cities in 16 countries, presenting gourmet fine dining, award-winning New Zealand wines and the utmost en-seat comforts and high-tech conveniences. Consistently rated among the world’s best international airlines, Air New Zealand was named ‘Airline of the Year’ by […]


Cruising Turkey and Greece – flight home

We checked in and were pleasantly surprised that there was a Lufthansa Business Lounge where we could enjoy some coffee and pastries before boarding. As with our KLM flight from Amsterdam to Istanbul, we were disappointed by the business class configuration – 3 standard seats together with the middle seat blocked off, no extra legroom […]


Cruising Turkey and Greece – travelling to Istanbul

Day 1 of a 2-week trip featuring a 9 day Silversea cruise, 2 nights in Istanbul and 2 nights in Athens. We booked business class airfare with Silversea since they had a very good business class airfare promotion. Outbound was on KLM, Vancouver to Istanbul via Amsterdam. It was booked with just an hour connecting […]