Top Airlines in 2011

Many airlines are growing fast in serving international destinations. The services from different airlines are also top rated and offer customers great hospitality.

Asiana Airlines

It is a South Korean airline established in 1988 and its headquartered at Osoe-dong, Gangseo-gu, Seoul. It is member of Star Alliance and operates its domestic hub at Gimpo International Airport and its international hub at Incheon International Airport. It serves a number of international destinations in four continents including Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania. It operates a frequent flyer programme, ‘Asiana Club’ with five tiers of membership including Silver, Gold, Diamond, Diamond Plus and Platinum. Asiana Airline has won several awards including, ‘airline with best in-flight service’ by Global Travelers Magazine, ‘Airline of the Year’ by Skytrax in 2010, ‘Best Airline in Northern Asia’ in 2010 and many more. It is also ranked as a 5-star airline by Skytrax.

Singapore Airlines

It is a flag carrier of Singapore established in 1947 and its headquartered at Airline House, Singapore and is a member of Star Alliance. It operates its hub at Changi Airport and operates service to 62 destinations in 35 countries. It serves six continents, but has stronger presence in the Southeast Asian region. It operates its frequent flyer program in two categories namely KrisFlyer and The PPS Club and the in-flight entertainment system ‘KRISWORLD’. Singapore Airlines is ranked one among world’s top airlines in different categories.

Qatar Airways

It is a flag carrier of Qatar established in 1993 and its headquartered at Qatar Airways Towers, Doha and operates its hub at Doha International Airport. The airline operates services to 101 destinations in 55 countries in six continents including Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania. It is member of Star Alliance and has codeshare agreements with a number of airlines. Privilege Club loyalty programme of Qatar Airways has agreements with the loyalty programs offered by different airlines and also tie-ups with many hotels and car rental companies. Qatar Airways is one of the fastest growing airlines and is currently undertaking major expansion.

Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways is a flag carrier of Hong Kong established in 1946. The airline is headquartered at Hong Kong International Airport where it operates it hub. The airline serves 115 destinations in 36 countries and territories, thus forming a well connected Asian Network. It is the founding member of Oneworld alliance and operates codeshare agreements with many other airlines. The airline offer two loyalty programmes namely, The Marco Polo Club and Asia Miles. Cathay Pacific Airways was awarded ‘Airline of the Year’ in 2009 and is also rated a 5-star airline by Skytrax.

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is a flag carrier and national airline of New Zealand established in 1940. The airline is headquartered at Western Reclamation, Auckland City, New Zealand and operates its hub at Auckland Airport. The airline serves 27 domestic destinations and 26 international destinations in 14 countries in 4 continents. The airline is a Star Alliance member since 1999 and operates codeshare agreements with many other airlines. Air New Zealand operates a frequent flyer programme called Airpoints. The airline was rated ‘world’s eighth best airline’ in 2009 by Skytrax and ‘Airline of the Year’ in 2010 and 2012 by the Air Transport World Global Airline Awards.

Travel Compression Socks – What They Are and Why You Need Them

Travel compression socks have served savvy travelers well over the last few decades. Their ability to decrease leg pain on international flights is legendary. There are varying strengths of compression, ranging from 10-50 mmHg (millimeters of mercury). In most countries you can buy any compression socks over the counter that is 20 mmHg and under; anything over this amount will require a prescription from your doctor.

A word to the wise: compression socks should not be used by diabetics, as they will greatly increase blood circulation in your legs and feet..

Travel compression socks real value is witnessed on long international flights, and once you begin using them, you’ll never go back. I recommend packing two or three pairs on your next trip: one for the flight there, another for any time spent at altitudes over 3000 meters, and a third for any strenuous activities that may cause soreness on your legs (e.g. hiking, biking or jogging).

If you purchased non-prescription strength travel compression socks, you can wear them all day; if you got them from your doctor, you should consult them regarding proper use. It is worth repeating that diabetics should not wear these socks.

Many travelers will also use compression socks when hiking, especially in high altitudes. It is safe to wear them throughout the day (if they are over the counter) and many people enjoy them even when they aren’t traveling.

Alright, enough about the health benefits, what about fashion? Don’t sweat it; compression socks range from knee-high to ankle. Heck, they even sell pantyhose style socks now!

Airport to Airport Transfers

The city of London is served by six international airports and many smaller airports. With millions of tourists visiting the city and commoners travelling out on business and leisure, London is the home to the world’s busiest airport system. These airports together handle sixty percent of the United Kingdom’s total air traffic. The six international airports of London are: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City and Southend. All these airports provide access to licensed taxi and minicab services. Tourists and Londoners prefer using these taxi services to public transport as they ensure more convenient and timely travel.

Heathrow to Gatwick

London Heathrow is the largest international airport and the busiest by the overall passenger interchange in the United Kingdom. The airport includes five passenger terminals and one cargo terminal. The airport is located in the London Borough of Hillingdon, West of London. The distance between the airport and Gatwick airport is about 38 kilometers and takes more than one hour’s travel. The most convenient is by pre booking a taxi or minicab service at any of the terminals in Heathrow and enjoy your ride through the city of London to Gatwick.

Heathrow to Stansted

Stansted airport is located in Essex, Stansted and is London’s fourth busiest airport. The distance between Heathrow and Stansted can be covered in approximately 90 minutes by taxi. For quick transfers between these two airports the best choice would be hiring a taxi service.

Heathrow to Luton

Luton airport is located in Bedfordshire, Luton is London’s fourth largest airport and the fifth busiest in the United Kingdom. Heathrow airport is about 50 minutes away from Luton. Luton is the headquarters of the low cost carrier easyJet and most tourists prefer this airline for internal transfers. When international passengers land at Heathrow and need a quick transfer to Luton, they prefer using the taxi service which gives them an anxiety free travel.

Gatwick to Stansted

Gatwick airport is London’s second largest international airport and the second busiest by total passenger traffic in London. The airport is located in West Sussex, about 30 miles south of Central London. To travel from Gatwick to Stansted airport passengers can use public transport means such as the train, buses or the National express coach and taxis are also available at both of the terminals. Like most other airport transfers, passengers prefer using taxi services for small groups and minicabs for larger groups.