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Spring break, grounded Boeing planes, bankruptcies, thunderstorms — perfect conditions for overcrowded and canceled flights. SmarterTravel editor …

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Tui travel firm warns Boeing grounding to hit earnings

Travel firm Tui has warned that the grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes could cost it up to €300m (£258m). Tui has a fleet of about 150 aircraft, including 15 of the grounded Boeing models.A further eight 737 Max planes are due for delivery by the end of May.The financial hit is due to the cost of aircraft replacements, higher fuel bills and other disruption costs.

Tui will use eight older Boeing 737s, plus spare and charter aircraft, to “guarantee” customer holidays.It said it would take a €200m hit should Boeing 737s resume flights at the latest by mid-July.However, if in the coming weeks it looks as though the planes will not be flying by mid-July, Tui said it would extend the measures it was taking until the end of September, costing the firm another €100m.Boeing grounded its entire global fleet of 737 Max aircraft earlier this month after one of the planes, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed, killing all 157 passengers and crew.

This came five months after a fatal crash involving another 737 Max plane operated by Lion Air in Indonesia Analysis:By Theo Leggett, BBC business correspondent.The grounding of the 737 Max was inevitably going to prove costly for the airlines using it.To avoid cancelling services, they have had to look around for replacement aircraft.Tui says it has had to use spare planes in its fleet, extend leases that were due to expire – and hire in extra planes.This has largely been done by so-called wet-leasing, where an aircraft is provided ready to use, with a flight crew.

It’s not cheap. A wet lease can cost upwards of $3,000 per hour.Fuel is also an issue. The main selling point of the 737 Max was its low fuel consumption.Using older, thirstier aircraft is inevitably going to cost more.These losses are not covered by insurance – though Tui admits it will be holding talks with Boeing.So although safety is undoubtedly their first priority, companies using the 737 Max will be very keen to see the aircraft back in the skies as soon as possible. CompensationIn a statement, Tui said: “The group is utilising spare aircraft of its fleet, extending expiring leases for aircraft that were supposed to be replaced by 737 Max aircraft, as well as leasing in additional aircraft.”A spokesman said Tui could not get insurance to cover this type of eventuality.However, Tui has a good relationship with Boeing, and has new aircraft on order, so should be able to recoup the cost in some form.Tui said: “No dates have yet been announced for modifications of the existing aircraft model by the manufacturer, neither for approval of such modifications by the Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.”Therefore, Tui has taken precautions, along with other airlines, covering the time until mid-July, in order to be prepared for Easter, Whitsun, and start of the summer holiday season and to secure holidays for its customers and their families.”

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A hotel room with exactly the right ‘chi’ – 5 crazy travel expense claims done in SA

The beauty of business trips is that you can expense most things to that super handy company credit card – even if sometimes you have to come up,In the US, there have been some pretty wacky items expensed on business trips – llamas, a human skull and a helicopter ride – but don’t think it’s just the Americans that are crazy.

SEE: This is what it takes to be a woman in the competitive MICE industry South African business travellers have their own little array of interesting items and requests, and entertainment and production specialists at Flight Centre Business Travel.The entertainment industry is not a 9-to-5 industry. It’s late hours, last-minute needs, group arrangements and VIP service within a restricted budget, explains Estment. Expense reports are notoriously boring, both for the traveller and the travel manager. However, once in a while an expense will be claimed like the ones below – that will have the travel manager sit up and take note, especially when working in the entertainment sector.

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When we travel faster, what do we lose?

This is the marketing language on the web site for Boom Supersonic, a jet developer creating a plane that will travel at twice the speed of sound and The question Boom asks strikes me as surprisingly poignant, although perhaps not quite in the way it’s intended.
Contemplating the query as I slowly paddle a wooden board across the Sarasota Bay, water lapping at my ankles, going nowhere in particular as birds fly by and dolphins swim alongside my old-timey conveyance, it sounds accidentally profound, even downright philosophical. It’s practically a Zen koan, like “what is the sound of one hand clapping?” This is the kind of riddle you might mull a lifetime it’s so rich.Think on it and you may attain enlightenment, going beyond conscious thought altogether.Boom’s query is so good because it’s deceptively simple yet leaves so much to deconstruct.
Considering its parts only raises more questions. Here are just a few: What is time? What’s half of that? And what is the point of travel? Is it destinations or the path? Or is it actually getting back home? And is this new airplane the innovation we need, societally or individually, practically or philosophically?Securing a seatBlake Scholl, the founder of Boom, foresees a future where we’re practically teleporting from one continent to the next, when distance and time are barely related and we’re liberated from physical constraints.“Imagine crossing the Atlantic, conducting business, and being home in time to tuck your kids into bed,” the company website suggests. “Leave DC at 6:00 AM and make a 3:30 PM meeting in central London.Take your clients out to dinner and still be back in DC by 7:30pm local.”Airlines are betting that Scholl is onto something.
Boom has received substantial investments from both Virgin Atlantic and Japan Airlines. If all goes according to plan, Boom expects to break the sound barrier with an experimental jet this year; by 2025 the business should be fully operational, supplying airlines with commercial planes that will change our relationship to time and space.
If Boom and competing supersonic plane developers—like Boeing, Spike Aerospace, and Aerion Supersonic—have their way, business people will someday be able to pack even more busy-ness into over-scheduled lives. But I’m exhausted just mulling this task-filled futuristic day on two continents.Is spending the night in a hotel in London really that bad? To me, this emphasis on speed seems anything but luxurious. I’m uncertain that supersonic travel will actually improve the quality of life of those who’ll be able to afford this rapid transport.
To me, this emphasis on speed seems anything but luxurious.This, of course, leads to another question.While Scholl says that speed will help bring people across cultures closer, it’s worth noting that it’s also quite likely to increase the experiential distance between the rich and everyone else. Securing a spot on a speedy 55-seat Boom jet—where all passengers get both an aisle and window seat—will cost the price of a business class ticket on a classic airplane, the company predicts.That’s cheaper than a ticket on the Concorde, the supersonic jet that stopped operation in 2003 and cost nearly $11,000 for a roundtrip between New York and London.But Boom’s prices aren’t as affordable as a typical coach seat today.
So whatever advantages speedier travel brings, they won’t be available to everyone, and certainly not immediately, which means the world will only get more accessible for a tiny percentage of people.Faster than the speed of sound Perhaps more important than affordability and practicalities, though, are the abstract questions raised by supersonic flight.
For example, what is lost when time is gained?Getting anywhere is rarely anyone’s favorite part of a trip. Literally and metaphorically, humans tend to relish the destination over the path, viewing the journey as an inconvenience to be suffered for some ultimate result: arrival.
And Boom is planning to capitalize on that human tendency. Its website urges readers to contemplate how great it will be when everyone’s zipping around the world at top speed.No relationship will have to be long distance anymore, far-off colleagues will become familiar faces, and it will be standard to hop on a plane to Asia from the US and back, all before the jet lag even sets in.If time is money, then being extravagant about the hours is a luxury, and being in a hurry is perhaps a kind of existential stinginess.
But maybe there’s also something to be said for journeys that reflect the distances we travel, for pacing and rhythm. Distorting the relationship between miles and time doesn’t always improve our experience.
After all, if time is money, then being extravagant about the hours is a luxury, and being in a hurry is perhaps a kind of existential stinginess.We know from countless books, movies, and songs, that there’s adventure found in between places and that getting there can be as central to a story as a destination.Take Caity Weaver’s recent journey from New York to Los Angeles by train, which she documented in a New York Times Magazine story. Weaver paid about ten times as much as a plane ticket for her Amtrak rail adventure, and it took ten times as long as a flight.
Yet it was precisely the inefficiency that appealed to the writer, the path, the slowness, the space for contemplation that she savored. Weaver writes:Scale on a rail trip is what’s most arresting. An extended train ride affords a chance not just to see a horizon but also to soak it up.To luxuriate in the far-off for uninterrupted hours. To exist, briefly, in the uncharted sections of the cellphone-coverage map.
And it feels as if you’re getting away with something—seeing more than you deserve.For Weaver, taking the time to stare at endless horizons feels almost deliciously criminal because it’s so rare.
As Jack Kerouac writes in the early pages of his classic travel novel On the Road, “Somewhere along the line I knew there’d be girls, visions, everything; somewhere along the line the pearl would be handed to me.”The Boom worldview suggests that the pearl—whatever treasure it is we seek when we leave home—is in a specific place and that the faster you get there, the better.The Kerouac perspective is that the adventure, the journey, the road itself, will yield treasures, and that destinations are secondary.In fact, the pearl might be found anywhere, on the journey, or upon arrival, maybe when you return home.
We may soon travel fast but that doesn’t mean slow paths are without value.Higher, faster—better?Scholl believes that Boom’s planes will go higher, faster, and better than any commercial airplanes ever have.He’s personally and professionally excited by the possibilities. “Supersonic is all about getting there faster and changing what you can do in a day,” he says on a recent episode of the podcast Should This Exist?But Boom has some technical and legal obstacles to overcome if this transformation is to occur.For one thing, many countries—including the US—don’t allow supersonic flight in their airspaces because of concerns about the effects of the loud, disruptive sounds the planes make. So even if Scholl gets Boom’s jets operational, they may have to fly at subsonic speeds in certain areas to comply with current regulations.
Boom argues on its site that in the long term, however, supersonic flight bans should “be reversed and replaced with a commonsense noise standard, set to promote efficient, affordable supersonic flight while disallowing nuisance.” It contends that its jets will make 30 times less noise than the Concorde did when breaking the sound barrier and that the dangers created by exposure to sonic booms are commonly exaggerated.The company also has to deal with heightened environmental concerns, although Boom claims that its planes will have the same fuel consumption and emissions profiles as classic subsonic jets with business class capacity and that high speed travel can be green. It plans to work with scientists and technologists to ensure the sustainability of supersonic travel, according to its website FAQ.
But given the many pressing transportation problems facing the world, is speeding up air travel even the best use of our precious intellectual and financial resources? “I look at the brilliance that it would probably take to create something like this and and part of me mourns for the problems that these people won’t be thinking about while they’re raising six billion dollars to create a 55-seat airplane that will essentially make it a little more painless for people whose lives are already painless to fly around the world,” says writer and editor Anand Girdharadas the episode of Should This Exist? Giridharadas wonders what those big thinkers could do with big budgets if tasked with solving big, pressing, serious issues, like addressing climate change.Giridharadas has a point.
It’s definitely worth reflecting on what value supersonic travel has and what it might do to humanity, now, while we still have the time. The steady march of technology has ensured that the pace of our lives has increased, too, just as relentlessly.And we might well be right to resist. Harried as we already are, exhausted by extensive use of tools designed to make our lives more efficient, it’s only natural and correct to ask if traveling faster to get more done in a day is really such a desirable goal.
But if transportation history is any indication, people will ultimately embrace this innovation and the world will change as a result. Before too long it could be common for passengers to drink champagne on a supersonic jet high above the Earth, toasting human ingenuity while hurtling faster than the speed of sound.Should This Exist? is a podcast, hosted by Caterina Fake, that debates how emerging technologies will impact humanity. for a more in-depth conversation on evaluating the human side of technology.

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Ethiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”

CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and SOLIDARITYE thiopian Airlines says its relationship with Boeing will last “well into the future”By Abdi Latif DahirMarch 25, 2019Ethiopian Airlines has said it has confidence in Boeing, a singular vote of confidence that comes as both companies face increasing questions following a deadly crash in early March.

In a statement today (March 25), CEO Tewolde GebreMariam said the company will work with the US manufacturer and other airlines to “make air travel even safer” and to “make the skies safer for the world.”Boeing is facing scrutiny and government probes after two fatal crashes involving its 737 Max 8 model aircraft occurred within months of each other in Indonesia and Ethiopia, leading to their grounding worldwide.Although the causes of the crashes are yet to be determined, questions have swirled around the plane’s automated system designed to direct the nose downwards if it was in danger of stalling.Transport officials in Addis Ababa have said there were “clear similarities” between the Ethiopian and Lion Air crashes in Indonesia.

Both planes flew with erratic altitude changes and crashed minutes after takeoff while trying to return to the airport.The Chicago-headquartered planemaker is the key supplier to Ethiopian, with the partnership between the two extending to the early 1960s.The ET 302 flight plane that crashed was less than five months old, and Tewolde said they took delivery of yet another 737 Boeing cargo planes of a different model less than a month ago.Tewolde also extolled Ethiopian’s relationship with the US aviation industry, saying their earlier pilots, crew, and mechanics were employees of the now-defunct New York-based airline, TWA.

Ethiopian Airlines was originally established after a visiting Ethiopian delegation requested American officials in 1945 to help establish a commercial airline for domestic air service.“Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing,” Tewolde said.“Despite the tragedy, Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines will continue to be linked well into the future.”Ethiopian Airlines’ renewed pledge to Boeing comes as the state carrier itself fends off allegations that it sacrificed expansion and profit for safety.The carrier is Africa’s fastest-growing with hubs across the continent and a 113-strong fleet servicing 119 destinations worldwide.A New York Times story last week reported that even though the airline had the 737 Max 8 simulator, the pilot on the ill-fated flight was yet to be trained on it.

A Washington Post report also found 2015 complaints in the US Federal Aviation Administration database from pilots who accused the airline of failing to update manuals and for instituting a “fear-based” management style.Ethiopian refuted both stories and even called on the Post to “remove the article, apologize and correct the facts.”When the Boeing 737 Max 8 was first introduced, Boeing and the FAA agreed pilots who had flown a related earlier 737 model didn’t need additional simulator training, nor training specifically about the automated system known as MCAS. Pilots qualified to fly the 737-800 only received training that amounted to “an iPad lesson for an hour.” Pilot unions have said that since the Lion Air crash, they have received formal instruction on the feature.Tewolde said in his statement their pilots “who fly the new model were trained on all appropriate simulators”—but still didn’t confirm whether the specific pilots on the doomed ET 302 trained on the simulator.Boeing currently continues to face the bulk of criticism especially after revelations that it charged extrawould add as standard feature following the crashes. And despite the expression of confidence, there seems to be a chance of fissure between Ethiopian and Boeing as investigations continue.In the aftermath of the Lion Air crash, “more should have been done from the Boeing side in terms of disclosure, in terms of coming up with strong procedures, stronger than what they gave us,” Tewolde told the Wall Street Journal today.

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