Planet DMC

News and tidbits from the travel industry

Month: August 2019

The perfect French baguette

You could have exactly the same recipe. And if one person is more passionate than the other, they’ll have a better result. Even if you’ve done exactly the same thing, it won’t be the same. It’s like magic.Mahmoud M’Seddi (Boulangerie M’Seddi Moulins des Prés)

Indonesia picks site for new capital as Jakarta sinks

Concerns over the sustainability of the congested and rapidly sinking political center of Jakarta prompted the need for a new capital. The relocation was announced Monday by President Joko Widodo. The proposed location, near the relatively underdeveloped cities of Balikpapan and Samarinda, is a far cry from the crowded powerhouse which has served as Indonesia’s financial heart since 1949 — and Widodo acknowledged that moving the country’s capital to the island will be a mammoth and expensive undertaking. But Jakarta’s rapid expansion in recent years has presented myriad environmental, economic and safety concerns, prompting the government to look elsewhere and ease the strain on the massive metropolis.Rob Picheta (CNN)

Qantas Airways is testing ultra long-haul 19-hour flights to see how crew, pilots respond

For customers, the key will be minimizing jet lag and creating an environment where they are looking forward to a restful, enjoyable flight. For crew, it’s about using scientific research to determine the best opportunities to promote alertness when they are on duty and maximize rest during their down time on these flights.Alan Joyce (Qantas)

Why Do Airlines Suffer So Many Tech Glitches?

In other words, airlines have outsourced so many components they sometimes don’t understand how their tech stacks work. Executives defer instead to what third parties and consultants say about what can or can’t be fixed.Sean O’Neill (Skift)

First international cable car will link Russia and China

The cable car system will transport people over the Amur River between the cities of Blagoveschensk in Russia and Heihe in China. Each of the system’s four gondolas will have a capacity of 60 passengers, as well as extra space for luggage, and be able to take people between the two countries in just seven and a half minutes. They will leave every 15 minutes.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

Airline CEO calls for super low-cost flights to be axed

Should everyone be flying around Europe for €9? Probably not. But if that’s what it takes to get people to fly to Frankfurt on a Tuesday in November, we’ll take it.Michael O’Leary (Ryanair)

Five countries on the frontline of tech

Estonia, Finland, Israel, Canada, South Korea.Lindsey Galloway (BBC)

Why long-haul airplanes are getting smaller

We’ve used all of the talents of Airbus to come together on the XLR and really optimize the airplane from a passenger experience perspective. The airplane in terms of systems has been optimized for longer-range flights for up to 10-hour flights, whether it’s [lavatory] holding tanks, water storage or trash.Jeff Knittel (Airbus)

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