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Month: April 2015 (Page 1 of 6)

Madrid Fusion food congress debuts in the Philippines

Chef Margarita Fores had tuna sperm as the hero of one of the dishes she presented. Tuna sperm is allegedly said to taste and feel like foie gras, but at just $3 per kilograms.Chris Dwyer (CNN)

Uber v kratkem v Slovenijo?

Platforma poceni prevozov Uber, ki konkurira klasičnim taksi službam, se po hitri rasti po vsem svetu očitno vse bolj približuje Ljubljani. Svoje načrte naj bi razkrili prav kmalu.A. L. (Žurnal24.si)

Alitalia CEO Wants a 5-Star Airline and Hopes Etihad Can Help

By 2017, all Alitalia planes will offer Wi-Fi, better food, and new business-class seats decked out in leather, probably from high-end Italian furniture manufacturer Poltrona Frau. Cassano said he’s also considering a refreshed livery design to reflect the company’s rebirth.Tommaso Ebhardt and Chiara Vasarri (Bloomberg)

Kulinarik über den Wolken: Willkommen im fliegenden Weinkeller

Allein der Aufwand, den Singapore Airlines um den Wein betreibt, ist so kolossal, dass er sich bisweilen am Rand des Aberwitzes bewegt. Die Fluggesellschaft ist der größte Weinkäufer des Stadtstaates und die einzige Luftlinie weltweit, die Grands Crus aus dem Burgund an Bord kredenzt. Sie reserviert sich ihre Bordeaux-Jahrgänge auf eine Dekade im Voraus und lässt drei berühmte Sommeliers für die Business und First Class alle sechs Monate jeweils fünf Tage lang fünfhundert Proben blind verkosten – in einem schmucklosen Gebäude an Singapurs Flughafen Changi, das in dieser Zeit zu einer hochexklusiven Privatspitzenweinmesse wird.Jakob Strobel y Serra (FAZ)

Airbus A380 celebrates 10 years: Does it have a future?

While the initial flurry of orders has since doubled, the pace of sales has notably slackened, with the cumulative total now at 317, of which 156 are in service.Barry Neild (CNN)

Za Matjaža Hana v Termah Čatež ‘strateške’ vrtine

Hahahaha… 😀Žiga Sancin

Interview: Catalan Tourism CEO on Marketing an International Hub

What has changed is how people travel and especially how they decide where to travel. Intermediaries used to be more important and tour operators had more weight. Now, especially in local markets, people organize their own travel over the Internet.Xavier Espasa (Catalan Tourist Board)

United fleet shake-up includes Dreamliner swap, widebodies on domestic flights

United Airlines announced significant modifications to its fleet on Thursday. Among the biggest shake-ups: a deal for United to swap ten Boeing 787-9 jets currently on its order books for ten Boeing 777-300ERs. United says the larger 777 jets will provide a wider array of options to meet customer demand. […] Elsewhere, United says it now will keep 21 Boeing 767-300 wide-body aircraft in its fleet that had originally been slated for retirement. The company plans to extend their life with fuel-saving winglets and unspecified interior modifications. […] While much of the company’s fleet changes involve new and repurposed aircraft, United announced plans to remove scores of smaller, 50-seat commuter jets. The airline disclosed that 130 of those jets will exit the fleet by the end of 2015. Additional 50-seaters will be removed in 2016 and beyond as their leases end. […] Once the darling of the commuter jet fleets across the U.S., 50-seat jets such as the Bombardier CRJ200 and the Embraer 145 have fallen out of vogue due to age, high fuel use and limited capacity. They’ve also proven unpopular with passengers.Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren (USA Today)

Bo morala država Terme Olimia prevzeti, namesto prodati?

Država bademajstrov.Žiga Sancin

Portugal’s first luxury wine hotel hits all the right notes

The five-star hotel in Porto celebrates all things wine – Port wine, in particular – and has the feel of a place steeped in decades-old tradition, with a prime location, classic design and unblemished attention to detail. […] Guest rooms at The Yeatman face the river, and almost all of them are themed after a Portuguese winery. […] Like the rooms, each floor has a theme. Floor one, where the outdoor pool is located, is decorated with framed maps of Portugal, while other floors focus on local history or Portuguese discoveries.Chris Kitching (Daily Mail)

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