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Month: October 2017 (Page 1 of 3)

The Free Meal, Long Gone, Returns on Some Airlines

Customers look at flight price and schedule. Airlines want to get beyond that, so they are merchandising and adding things like Wi-Fi, free entertainment and meals.Dara Khosrowshahi (Uber)

Singapore Airlines is introducing sustainable plane food

The idea is being introduced to promote environmental sustainability; produce will be sourced from local farms in countries that Singapore Airlines flies to, and fish will be bought from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council for their sustainable fishing practices. The airline will also use less meat in its meals, as well as creating menus around local produce from each route’s destination, including cherry tomatoes, pumpkins, green beans and lettuce. Singapore Airlines says it will work with partners overseas to source as many sustainable ingredients as possible.Helen Coffey (The Independent)

Lufthansa Growth Has a Downside for European Flyers

In the wake of Air Berlin Plc’s collapse, investors expect Lufthansa to face less competition in its home markets, including Switzerland and Austria. Fewer rivals usually means less fare pressure on fares. Lufthansa’s yields have already started to improve. Great for investors; not necessarily for passengers.Chris Bryant (Bloomberg)

World’s most expensive beef noodle soup

Beef noodle shop Niu Ba Ba, founded in 1990 in Taiwan, serves just eight types of beef noodles — ranging from the classic Beef Father Beef Noodle Soup ($16) to the most expensive — the Presidential Beef Noodle Soup ($325). Each bowl of soup features at least four different types of premium beef cuts from the United States and Australia. Only the best and well-marbled cuts — such as ribbon steak and ribs — are used in the Presidential Beef Noodle Soup. Beef is braised and frozen for three days before being cut in a specific shape to achieve the perfect texture and flavor. Six stocks are blended to complete the broth. Five types of noodles can be paired with different options and preferences, allowing diners to customize their orders.Maggie Hiufu Wong (CNN)

Icelandic Airbnb landlord made £1.7m this year – where else can owners earn such a fortune?

The Icelandic capital is one of a several cities to be feeling increasing pressure from a rise in holiday rentals, with critics saying the tourist market has led to a hike in rents and property prices. Last June the city’s authorities moved to curb the number of residents offering properties for rent in an effort to balance the needs of the overwhelming visitor numbers and local population.Hugh Morris (Telegraph)

Paris named as most elegant city in the world

The wide-ranging list looked at factors from architectural beauty to accessibility to how each place was perceived by those who lived, worked or visited. Cleanliness, culture and style were also included with the scores provided by fashion experts, architects and others.Ted Thornhill (Daily Mail)

Best in Travel 2018

Top 10 regions: 3. Julian Alps, Slovenia.Žiga Sancin

Interview: ANA CEO on His Star Wars Strategy and Why Sushi Doesn’t Fly

It is very difficult to duplicate the same authentic sushi quality that you may be able to enjoy on the ground in the air, since the pressure is different and the cabin is very dry. As you might be aware, sushi is a very delicate cuisine. [To do it right,] we would need talented sushi chefs on board, and to store ingredients in a very fresh way, et cetera. That is certainly a possibility in the future, and we would like to explore the possibility.Yuji Hirako (ANA)

The Hotel Rooftop: Expensive Drinks, Priceless Views

Hotel rooftop development is not a new phenomenon. Earlier examples in New York include the Salon de Ning rooftop bar and terrace at the Peninsula on Fifth Avenue and the Plunge Rooftop Bar and Lounge at the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC hotel. And in San Francisco, there is the Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins. What is spurring the latest incarnations, said Henry Harteveldt, travel analyst for Atmosphere Research, is the marketing potential of the picture-taking opportunities that rooftops afford guests, who post their photos on social media, particularly Instagram.Jane L. Levere (New York Times)

These are the world’s most dangerous cities

The most dangerous cities were all located in South and South East Asia, the Middle East or Africa, with Karachi in Pakistan deemed the most dangerous using the index’s criteria. It was followed by Yangon in Myanmar, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Jakarta in Indonesia and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.Helen Coffey (The Independent)

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