Friday, 14 October 2011

Worldwide live TV on Gulf Air

Gulf Air says is has launched the first jet with worldwide live television reception. Programmes will include coverage of Barclay's Premier League matches. The aircraft is an Airbus A300-200 which has been retrofitted with the latest communications equipment developed by the Panasonic' Avionics Corporation. The technology also provides passengers with in flight broadband internet access and mobile phone connections.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Holidaymakers rank safety, financial security above price

Travellers value personal and financial security above low prices when booking holidays, according to a survey by industry organisation ABTA. Asked to rate essential or important elements of a trip, 86% cited safe and secure accommodation and 79% listed financial protection of any sort – with 74% specifying the ATOL (air travel organiser's licence) scheme. Almost as many (74%) cited membership of ABTA. Knowledgeable staff at travel companies were mentioned by 67%. The fact that a company offered the lowest prices was crucial to a surprisingly small 53%. The figures emerged from ABTA's 2011 Consumer Trends Survey, which also found that the UK was regarded as the most “family friendly” holiday destination by those aged 55 or over.

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