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Gulf Air - Alcohol Free?

Gulf Air - Alcohol Free?

No, you make not have a drink.

If you are a frequent flyer of Gulf Air and like to have a drink or two on your flight, you might have to resort to going back to biting your nails for a little bit of nerve comfort.

Parliament in Bahrain unanimously voted to ban the serving of alcohol on the Gulf Air flights, since they claim it Islam bans then from serving alcohol.

Although it is sometimes hard to argue with forcing people to do something against their religions, Mona Almoayyed, who is president of Bahraini Businesswomen Society, points out that it might, “start with this and it will end up with restrictions on women.” That,”  it is a matter of personal freedom,” and , “it is not a matter of alcohol.”

Of course in this world economy and market for almost all airlines, they can’t really afford to lose much more profit. No matter what happens with this situation, I just hope it doesn’t spread to many other airlines.

Source: Gulf Daily News Image: TheAndy
We can do silly things to get that internet!

We can do silly things to get that internet!

On the ground we live in a world of easy communication. Access to the internet is pretty much everywhere, from Wi-Fi, to phones, to city-wide free wireless access. However, the technology has seemed to take a while to find a foot hold in the sky.

It would seem to make sense. People are willing to pay to use the internet at hotspots on the ground (even at the airports) why hasn’t the technology taken off (heh) in the air?

Connexion by Boeing used to be the beacon of hope. Here was a big name (you probably have heard of Boeing if you are reading this blog) that was to provide internet access to passengers on planes. It went online on May 17, 2004 and only lasted until December 31, 2006. Boeing stated, “the market for this service has not materialized as had been expected.”

Prices varied from $9.95 per hour to $29.95 for unlimited access. Even though this might be a little too pricey for some, it would seem cheap enough to provide enough entertainment, communication, and business productivity for those who are dropping at least a few hundred on a ticket.

So, where is the beacon of hope now? One of the brightest beacons is Row 44. It was also created in 2004 around the same time as Connexion, but unlike Boeing it is still around and with a hopeful future.

Row 44 currently has plans to set up trial runs on Alaska Airlines and Southwest Airlines. Unfortunately there was been a little delay due to competition for FCC approval. However they are on track now for testing to start in early 2009. The beauty for those of us in North America, is we might have a chance to use the system (Connexion was not in N. America).

One way or another, I have faith that sometime in the near future we will have seamless internet connection from the ground into the air. Many people have already made it clear they don’t want to be sitting next to someone for a few hours talking on their cell phone (including myself), but I know I would love to be entertained (and gosh maybe even write an airline blog) at 30,000 feet in the air.

Image: Juicyrai

ualfood_08-19-08-thumb-300x225Almost feel like should call this “The Airline Cutback Blog” but that is what keeps popping up in the airline news. This time United Airlines is stopping some free meal services on international flights. Meal cutbacks has not been anything new, but for a domestic airline to start cutting back on international flights is something new and not improved.

Also expect prices for buying food on United to increase by the end of the year.

Source: Bloomberg Image: Salt&Vinegar

emiratesa380_08-06-08-thumb-300x199This amazing plane, which will be handling the JFK to Dubai route, is wonderfully fitted. It has two showers (yes showers, although you get a max of five minutes to wash), two lounges, and 14 first-class suites.

How much would a ticket to have access to one of these showers cost? Only about $18,000.00. But at least it is included in the price and not an add-on fee!

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Source: LA Times Image: FlyKonstantin