Category Archives: Aircraft

New International Airport in Mexico Unveiled.

New International Airport in Mexico Unveiled.

 

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It’s not every day that a new international airport is constructed, especially in these economic times, but Puerto Penasco, one of Mexico’s most remote locations, opened its first international airport on Thursday, making commercial access to the region that much easier.

Now travelers have access to the Sea of Cortez beaches, wildlife and recreation that once required a drive across desert and mountain terrain to get to.

The Mar de Cortes International Airport, launched by Grupo Vidanta, makes the destination less than an hour from Phoenix and less than two hours from Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Albuquerque. With its opening will come hotels, resorts, golf courses, homes and infrastructure.

So be one of the first to explore this exciting new region from budget hotel’s to five star properties.

 

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HOW MANY PASSENGERS!

HOW MANY PASSENGERS!

Did I hear 840?

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That’s one hell of a big airplane: Air Austral have ordered the first single class Airbus A380 double-decker super jumbos. These are so big they should require capitals – SUPER JUMBOS.

The capacity – a massive 840 passengers. Air Austral have ordered two. Based in La Réunion in the Indian Ocean, the carrier will operate the aircraft on the high-density route from La Réunion to Paris.

The A380 normally seats 525 passengers in a three-class configuration, but this one will have eight hundred and forty passengers on one aircraft. With its spacious and extremely quiet cabins, we will be entering a new era in terms of economic air travel, BUT

 Do we even want to think about how long the line up’s will be for the washroom and don’t even think about how long you have to wait for your checked bag?

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How to Avoid the Middle Seat

Rainbow Travel Blog - Don't want to get stuck with the middle seat?

Rainbow Travel Blog - Don't want to get stuck with the middle seat?

I started a 3 part series in my travel agency’s October  newsletter with suggestions on what you can do if you get stuck with the middle seat. Today’s blog post is about how to avoid the middle seat on a flight. 

– Provide your travel consultant with your seating preference. Most travel agencies will ask clients to fill out a Customer Information / Preferences form. This is your opportunity to list the frequent flier programs you are enrolled in, your seating preferences, etc.

– Whether you book with your travel consultant or online, find out the seating plan on the flight before making the reservation.

– Book your flight as early as possible.

– Double check your e-ticket for a seating assignment. Take a moment to refer to a plane seating chart just for peace of mind.

– Reconfirm all details with the service agent if booking over the phone.

– If you book online, most websites allow passengers to select their seats.

– At the airport, before you leave the check-in desk, make sure your boarding pass lists the seating assignment.

– Don’t check-in too late because you already have your preferred seating assignment. Reserved seats are released at a predefined time prior to departure in the event of no shows.

– If only middle seats are available for your flight, ask the agent at the check-in counter for the middle seat between 2 people with the same surname. They are usually family members hoping to claim the row to themselves. Usually, if you split them up, they will offer to trade for either the window or the aisle seat.

If you have any suggestions on how to avoid the middle seat, please share them. I’m going to end the series with how to make the best of being stuck in the middle seat.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits 18 Jan 2009

A380 AIRBUS BARGAIN FLIGHTS TO AUSTRALIA FROM $347.50* EACH WAY

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Wow!!! What an opportunity to fly on the new A380 Double Decker Airbus. These bargain airfares are being offered on a select number of one way flights from Los Angeles or San Fransisco and travel has to be between 01 May and 31 May 2009. Seats are very limited and may not be available on every flight. The starting price includes 3 nights accommodation at 3 or 4 star hotels in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne including day tours and transfers.  To find out more, contact Rainbow Travel Inc for details.

* Prices do not include any taxes, govt fees, or surcharges.

HAWAII NIGHT SNORKELING ADVENTURES

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Hula Kai has introduced its new Manta Ray Night Snorkel and Dive making it Kona’s first-class manta adventure. Just before sunset, guests are whisked away from the pier at Keauhou Bay and arrive a few minutes later at Manta Village, in water around 25 feet deep, to observe the sea’s most graceful creatures. Staff members are on hand to serve warm soup, delicious breads, hot drinks and other snacks. The two and a half hour Hula Kai excursion departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The cost per snorkeler is only $89 including snorkel gear and wetsuit, $110 for certified divers including equipment. 

COSTA RICA CREATES A NEW PARK

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Costa Rica has just completed it’s newest national park, Los Quetzales, covering approximately 4,000 acres. It’s approximately 1205 km southeast of San Jose. The park was previously called Reserva Los Santos.  The new name, Los Quetzales, is derived from the unique emerald-green and ruby-red quetzal bird which lives high in the canopies of the Talamanca Hills. The park is located in one of the rainiest parts of the country with an altitude of 2,800 metres. Among some of the endangered species located here are the quetzal, puma, jaguar and tapir.

Additionally , the park is home to 3 types of forests and 14 ecosystems. The park owes its extreme biodiversity to the 7 diferent levels of altitude that house 25 unique local species, 116 types of mammals, and wetlands such as seasonal lagoons. With direct charter flights from Vancouver and many other Canadian gateways there has never been a better time to visit Costa Rica.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 19 September 2008

Travel Tidbits from Rainbow Travel Inc:

WestJet Eliminates Fuel Surcharges

WestJet has just announced that they are eliminating fuel surcharges effective immediately.  Travelers will save $20 to $45 each way! Fuel surcharges have just been dropped on all routes including these two great fares we came across:

– Calgary -> Las Vegas …. $99

– Toronto -> Las Vegas …. $149

You must book by September 22 2008. This offer is valid for Travel on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday flights through December 17 2008.

Also, WestJet has introduced a new destination from Vancouver to La Ceiba in Honduras.  This begins December 12 2008 using their Boeing 737 800 series planes.  Watch this space for more updates on WestJet.

Air Canada Eliminates Second Bag Fee

In response to decreasing fuel prices, Air Canada is eliminating all second checked-bag charges implemented this spring on North American Tango and Tango Plus fares and they are incorporating fuel surcharges for flights within North America. These initiatives were made possible by the recent relief from all-time high oil prices. Here are the details:

– Effective September 23 2008, the elimination of the $25 fee for second checked bags that was introduced May 15 for Tango and Tango Plus fares within North America.

– Starting September 18 2008, Air Canada is incorporating into its advertised prices the one-way, add-on fuel surcharge that currently ranges between $20 and $60 on domestic and U.S. transborder flights. The company will adjust its published fares to include the total cost of fuel in its advertised base fares. This will provide customers simple, transparent and low fares.

– Starting October 14 2008, Air Canada is simplifying its excess baggage fees by introducing a single $75 fee for travel within North America ($100 international) for overweight and/or oversize pieces. This new policy replaces the standard industry practice of imposing individual fees for each situation. For bags exceeding the free allowance, the excess piece fee will now include any applicable overweight or oversize fees. A 10 per cent discount on excess piece fees is offered when fees are paid while checking-in online or at an airport self service kiosk.

Idol Comes To Disney

An “American Idol” attraction will bring the TV series to life at Walt Disney World in Florida. Located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests will be able to experience auditioning, performing, and getting judged on stage. Guests register in advance to audition in front of a producer.  After backstage preparation work including time with a vocal coach and hair/make-up, registered guests will perform live in front of an audience to get scored.

Free Entrance to Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Disney announced its marketing theme for 2009 will be “What Will You Celebrate?”.  Disney is encouraging guests to visit the parks for birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, honeymoons, weddings and other celebratory gatherings. As part of that campaign, Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney Parks & Resorts, announced that everyone who visits a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort theme park on their birthday in 2009 can get in free, as Disney Parks embrace the new trend in family travel called Celebration Vacations. The free birthday admission requires a valid ID including proof of birth date.

Three Special Offers From Norwegian Coastal Voyages

CRUISE ONLY DISCOUNT ON CABINS, INCLUDING SUITES:  When you book selected 12, 7 and 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing in October, November and December, 2008, you will receive a 20% discount on best available cabins at the time of booking, including suites.  This offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. It is valid on the QJ suite rate with best available cabin category up to category MG on MS Trollfjord and MS Midnatsol, M cabin on MS Finnmarken, and Q cabin on MS Polarlys, MS Nordkapp, MS Kong Harald, MS Richard With and MS Nordlys. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Offer is valid for new bookings only. Restrictions apply. Contact us for details.

2 FOR 1 CRUISE ONLY BARGAIN PROMOTION: Book selected 12, 7 and 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages departing in October, November and December 2008 and your companion travels FREE. Offer is not valid on suites and cannot be combined with any other discounts. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Offer is valid for new bookings only. Restrictions apply. Contact us for details.

FREE AIR SPECIAL OFFER: Book a selected 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage and receive FREE air from New York (JFK) airport or Newark, NJ (EWR) airport or book selected 7 or 6-day Norwegian Coastal Voyages and receive 2 for 1 airfare from New York (JFK) airport or Newark, NJ (EWR) airport. Both offers are good for voyages departing in October, November and December 2008. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion, is valid for selected departures and restrictions apply. Offer is valid for bookings made by September 30 2008. Contact us for details for select sailing dates and details.

Special Singapore Stopovers From Only $42 CAD

Singapore Airlines is offering stopover holiday packages that include the following:

– 1 night hotel, airport transfers, unlimited rides on the SIA Hop-On bus, free entry to the Singapore Zoo, Sentosa Island, National Orchid Garden, Jurong BirdPark and a River Boat Cruise

Discounts available on food, beverages and more.  What a bargain! So take this opportunity to contact us for details.

Rainbow Travel Tips & Tidbits – 5 September 2008

Travel Tidbits from Rainbow Travel Inc:

Air Transat delivers More Room in Economy:

The space between each row of seats has been increased by about 2 inches from 30 to 32 inches. By doing this, Air Transat has reduced the seating on it’s Airbus 310‘s from 259 to 249 seats and on their Airbus 330‘s from 362 to 342 seats. Air Transat operates a fleet of 13 Airbus A310’s and four A330’s.

Toy Story Opens at Two Parks

Disney Park guests are now able to enter a wild and wooly 4-D world, Toy Story, featuring Woody, Buzz and other favourite characters. This exciting new feature is available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It’s a high energy adventure that puts guests right in the heart of the action as your game play triggers fun surprises that provide a fourth dimention of fun. Upon entering the attraction, guests are welcomed by Mr Potato Head. More than 5ft tall, this state of the art audio animatronics Mr Potato Head makes two way conversation and asks you to ” step right up” for the incredible Toy Story Experience.

Everyone gets a front row seat when they put on their 3-D specs, shrink to the size of a toy, and board Toy Story Carnival tram ride cars.

Players can pair up and shoot at a variety of targets and because of the 4-D special effects, they can be amongst the action on their exciting journey where objects seem to whirl past as they pop out of the 3-D scenes

Very Affordable Tropical Cruises:

Signature Vacations new Tropical Cruise Programme this winter will feature two itineraries in the Caribbean aboard the 1450 pax Thomson Destiny cruise ship. Thomson Destiny will sail every second Sunday from La Romana in the Dominican Republic visiting Grenada, Dominica, Antigua, St Martin and Tortola before returning to La Romana. The second itinerary will feature The Coral Islands, St Lucia, Barbados, Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Tortola due to Monday and Tuesday flights from Vancouver from Nov 10th onwards.

The Thomson Destiny offers a Kitzone with daily activity programmes, two pools, 24Hr per day buffets, two restaurants, Broadway style shows, library, video, gym and sauna, and all the cruises include port taxes and tipping. There is even an option to pre purchase your alcoholic beverages.

La Machine: The Giant spider, La Princess, brings Liverpool to Standstill

Celebrations for European city of culture continue in my home town, Liverpool (U.K.)

A GIANT spider appeared in Liverpool, Lime Street today. Stunned onlookers stared in amazement as the 37-tonne, 50ft creature dangled high above the street from Concourse Tower. The massive arachnid is the first glimpse of the mysterious La Princess, the mechanical creature at the centre of the La Machine extravaganza. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected on the streets of the city, many of which will be closed off, as the five-day street theatre event unfolds this weekend. The Capital of Culture event will see “scientists” arrive in the city to investigate the creature. The spider, named La Princesse, is the brainchild of François Delarozière and his company La Machine. This is his first spider, and its appearance is part of the city’s capital of culture celebrations. La Princesse is a big girl, weighing 37 tonnes, and a marvel of engineering. She has 50 hydraulic axes of movement, took a year to build, and trundles along the road at two miles an hour.