TRAVEL TUESDAY – Wine

Have you purchased a great bottle of wine when travelling that you want to bring home, but have left it in the hotel for fear of it breaking in your luggage? Hoorah, you will never have to do that with a “wine skin”! You just insert the wine in the bottle-shaped bubble wrap bag and seal it up air-tight. The bubbles prevent it from breaking in-flight, but if you hit turbulence, the seal prevents any liquid from leaking out and ruining your clothes.
http://www.wineskin.net

Or alternately don’t buy any wine and just drink on the plane.

Singapore Airlines remains the world’s second biggest buyer of Dom Perignon Champagne and spends $16 million a year on wine and $500 million on inflight meals. The airline’s first class passengers go through 20,000 bottles of wine and champagne each month (even though no plane has more than 12 first-class seats!) That’s a lot of wine per passenger. Although if you are on the longest non-stop flight in world – Singapore to Newark, N.J. there is a lot of time to drink during the 18.5 hours and 10,317 miles.

TRAVEL TUESDAY – Airport Lounges


The quality of airport lounges have a big influence (for me anyway), on how early I get there for a flight. Holidays I always make an effort to make time for a glass of champagne pre-boarding to get into the spirit, but work trips not so much. So which lounges are the cream of the crop and what do they offer.

World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge (as voted on world airline awards)
1. Qatar Airways
Has its own luxury terminal with full spa facilities, martini bar, restaurants, bedrooms, sushi bar, children’s play area… and the list goes on!
2. Thai Airways
Spa, Restaurant, sleep rooms
3. Lufthansa
Restaurants, relaxing areas, bars

World’s Best Business Class Airline Lounge
1. British Airways
2. Virgin Atlantic Airways
3. Cathay Pacific Airways

Personally I would add Cathay, Emirates and Qantas to the first class lounge list, as not sure Thai and Lufthansa are that special. Business class – definitely Virgin number one, and from my experience Cathay and Singapore Air outshine BA.

But I will let you be the judge!

TRAVEL TUESDAY

Who do you chose to fly with for work? Unfortunately you can be limited by where in the world you live sometimes, but here is the best of the best.

The annual Skytrax World Airline survey – voted for by more than 18.8 million airline passengers from 100 different nationalities over 10 months, awarded the following:
Qatar Airways was named the world’s best airline,
Singapore Airlines second and
Asiana Airlines third.
Cathay Pacific Airways and Thai Airways International came in fourth and fifth, respectively.

It may be worth relocating to Asia just to fly in comfort :)