Charter Flights

Charter Flights – What Could They Do For Your Business?

Companies throughout the country are chartering planes in growing numbers. They’re doing this for good reasons. Charter flights save both time and money and in the current economic times, no one can afford to waste either of those valuable resources.

Companies that use air charters get most of the benefits of owning a private fleet without incurring maintenance costs, supporting specialized staff and pilots or the bad press that companies like the major American auto manufacturers dealt with after they flew their private jets into Washington DC. They also don’t have a very expensive asset sitting around on the ground when they don’t have immediate use for it.

The benefits of flying privately can be huge for businesses:

– Sales teams can plan and work on private and charter aircraft in ways that are simply not viable on commercial flights.
– Executives can personally oversee multiple projects, fitting meetings that would take weeks into just a few days.
– Work groups can arrive at clients’ businesses rested and ready for a full day of work rather than fatigued after hours of commercial travel.

And that doesn’t even cover the personal benefits of private air charter. With our two income households, most people have personal responsibilities as well as business ones. These can be difficult to juggle when business travel is required.

Air charters from regional airports save business travelers time in the car (driving to the airport), time in line (negotiating security), time at the gate waiting area (flight delays and cancellations), time in the air (commercial flight times may be significantly longer than air charter flight times). And time is money.

London Heathrow

Brussels to London Heathrow – The Tale of a Fantastic Flight

Brussels – London Heathrow. The most exciting flight of my whole life! And I flew a lot.

The airline doesn’t matter, as my experience has been of pure aviation. Leaving from Brussels we hear the captain’s voice through the speaker: “…the outside temperature is +12°, we will be flying at 32.000 feet, and the weather is actually quit bad: we have very strong winds, and we’ll go through heavy turbulence. Enjoy your flight, and thank you for choosing Virgin Express.” He must have been a psychologist before being an aeroplane pilot…

I am not worried at all, as I feel quite comfortable into turbulence, as being a pilot myself, I know that turbulence is not dangerous and it’s within the ordinary… actually on large airliners I fall asleep much easier when the plane shakes rather than when it goes smoothly.

In Great Britain the sky is “alive”. Clouds move fast and beautifully. The sky never looks the same for too long, especially up in Scotland. It looks like clouds are dancing in all directions, composing incredible scenarios and playing with the light the sun offers. This is due to the jet stream that undulates over Northern Great Britain.

Back to our flight, as we get closer to the “island” I decide to start looking outside, as a way of greeting the country on sight. Suddenly the pilot pulls back on the engines of the small Boeing 737, and we start descending with quit a drop, and the ears clog slightly. The sky is scattered, so I can see here and there and I can spot Leigh-on-Sea, where my Granny lives. I love spotting places and things from the plane, it makes me feel like I am flying the plane myself.

We get through some clouds, and I can see more of what is below. I can spot a small airport at the horizon, but I don’t know which one that is. The plane starts turning left and right here and there, suggesting that we entered the extra busy “class B” airspace of London Heathrow; one of the world’s busiest airspace. It’s late in the afternoon, and the sun is kind of low giving that great yellow/orange light over everything. I try to look what’s underneath the plane, and with my great surprise and curiosity I see a big Boeing 747 flagged “Pakistan Airlines”, flying in our same direction slightly slower, and at just 1000 feet below us. It’s fantastic to see this kind of “life” in the sky. When flying on a big airliner, one has always the impression of being alone in the sky, because there are not that many chances of spotting other aircraft as a passenger. Seeing two big airliners flying in formation (sort of) is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen. It’s like seeing two buildings flying together. The 747 then banks to the left and I lose sight of it.

Meanwhile we arrived over London. The pilot slowly extends the flaps, that in an airliner look more like if a robot from a Japanese cartoon was transforming itself into a prehistoric beast in slow motion or vice versa. At this point I try my best to spot the places I know, convinced of the fact that the plane will never fly right over central London, and that if it ever did we would have had everything covered by clouds. Well, time goes by, and I suddenly spot the Themes river. “Fantastic!” I said. Now I am looking for the City, then for Tower Bridge. Many bridges go by, but I can’t see the one I am looking for. We are very low over the city, maybe 3000 feet. Everything is so clear, and the light is superb. There it is! Tower Bridge! Then after that as in a chain reaction, I immediately spot everything else. As I am scanning the ground with great interest, the pilot banks to the right (luckily my side) to enters a “360”. This is what I had been waiting for, just over London, and I could have never imagined that it was going to happen. The “right 360” was probably ordered by “Heathrow Tower” for spacing to let the Pakistan Airlines 747 land before us. At this point I really begin to enjoy the view. While we turn, the light inside the plane changes as if the sun was moving instead of us. Everything is so clear, and I can spot right away whatever I am looking for. Damn! I don’t have my camera handy, this is really worth some shots. The sun reflected over the Thames river backlights the buildings, and the fast moving clouds that touch our wings and the once farther away, tell us that we are moving and not just looking at a postcard. It looks like a dream; I feel like Peter Pan flying over London in the famous Disney’s cartoon.

Once we got back to the correct heading I see Richmond Park that from the sky, and with that particular light it looked simply fantastic, followed by Richmond Golf Course. After that we can only see houses, and the view becomes more ordinary; sign that we are arriving at Heathrow airport.

Once talking to a British Military pilot, I asked him how it feels to fly around London, and he told me without thinking twice about it, that… “it can give you pretty big headac

Singapore Expo

Singapore Expo

The Singapore Expo is the largest convention and trade exhibition venue in Singapore and is the most highly and completely equipped center in all of Asia. It was first built in 1997 and was officially opened in 1999. Due to its remote location as compared to the old Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center (also known as Suntec Convention and Exhibition Center) and the untimely Asian Financial Crisis, the halls turned out to be under utilized during the first few years.

With the opening of the Expo MRT station in January of 2001 however, the venue was given a positive boost and by 2003, the demand for a larger exhibition space prodded the Singapore Expo to then push through with its expansion plans. To its already 60,000 sqm area, another 40,000 sqm expansion was added.

To date, the Expo center is composed of ten large multipurpose halls that are 10,000 square meters in floor area per hall and are interlinked to be able to provide a total of 100,000 square meters of column free indoor space.

The venue also has ten conference halls that have a size range from 89 to 844 square meters per hall, which can accommodate some around 150 to 1,000 guests. There are also small meeting rooms available that can seat around 15 to 125 people at a time. For outdoor needs, the fairgrounds have 10,000 square meter open-air area suited for outdoor events. It has a car park that can accommodate 2,200 vehicles that can also be converted to a 25,000 square meter outdoor exhibition space.

The Singapore Expo hosts more than 600 events yearly and attracts more than 9 million visitors including church goers who attend weekly church services at the exhibition hall. The Megatex, which is the most complete and has the widest area in CE and IT, showcases its latest products and innovations at the Singapore Expo.

Media in Manchester

Media in Manchester

Manchester is a large city located in the south central part of North West England. The city saw a lot of expansion at the beginning of the 19th century and you can even see today the difference that this expansion did to the way how the city is constructed as the urbanization of the city coincided with the Victorian era and the industrial revolution.

Manchester can be considered to be a center of arts, the media, higher education and commerce and it is considered to be the second largest city in the UK. It is highly populated and it is considered to be the third most visited city in the UK by foreign visitors. Manchester hotels are very reasonably priced and there are many other facilities that you will find in this city to be very well managed and maintained.

Manchester is one of the three main BBC bases in England. It is also the base for BBC One North West region so programs like North West tonight are produced here. BBC is also planning to shift some of the channels that they have in London to the area of Manchester.

Manchester has its own TV channel which has been in operation since 2000. All local and international content is found in this TV station and is available nationally on the BSkyB TV. As far as radio stations are concerned, Manchester has the highest number of local radio stations besides London, which include BBC radio, Key 103, Galaxy, Piccadilly Magic 1152, and many more. You can also find student radio stations at the University of Manchester and at the Metropolitan University.

The Guardian is a newspaper that was founded in Manchester in the 1800’s and its head office is in the city. Also, the Manchester Evening news is a newspaper with a very large circulation all over the UK and it is free in the city on Thursdays and Fridays. The Metro North West is available free of cost at the metro link stops and at the rail stations.

Save on Business Travel

Companies really need to save money on workforce travel in today’s tight economy, so everyone is looking for deeply discounted rates on hotel rooms. Some lodging management program providers offer membership programs to business travelers, providing significant savings on hotel rooms, walk-in room availability, and 24-hour lodging support – all without the bother of tedious online price comparisons, finding hotel coupons and or remembering discount codes.

Here’s how it works: Lodging management providers have big business clients who purchase literally millions of hotel rooms each year. That volume drives room rate negotiations that cut business lodging costs for all their clients.

The resulting hotel discounts add up to great savings on workforce travel for savvy companies that sign up for a business savings card with the lodging management provider. Participating companies with drivers, field crews, sales reps and other companies who regularly travel the nation’s highways credit these member programs with saving their companies significant amounts of money each year — often thousands of dollars.

Members are asked to use the business savings card only for company lodging, but membership eligibility doesn’t depend on the size of their business. Whether members come from sole proprietor businesses, small or independent firms, or larger companies with work crews or driving fleets, they’re eligible to participate.

Members register their credit card at sign-up, and are billed after their hotel stay by the lodging management provider, not the hotel. In return for access to the discount hotel rate for business lodging, members pay a small transaction fee for each night of their stay.

Those who join must show their membership card at the front desk at check-in. There is a small, one-time membership fee that sometimes is waived during special marketing campaigns or promotions.

Thousands of hotels are included in the members-only network, including numerous locations within several well-known chains. While the program is particularly good for companies whose employees typically stay in economy or midscale hotels, locations in all price ranges (including upscale) are included.

Memorial Day

Japan Celebrates Constitution Memorial Day

Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day: May 3, 2010 Constitution Memorial Day is a public holiday in Japan.

Japan commemorates the coming into effect of its new 1947 constitution. Japan’s constitution reflects Japan’s total abolition of war and military armament. Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day is one of the four public holidays in the Golden Week which also includes Emperor’s Birthday, Greenery Day, and Showa Day on April 29, Greenery Day on May 3, and Children’s Day on May 4.

History of Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day

Two years after the end of World War II, Japan promulgated a new constitution. It was recognized as a holiday since the passing of the new constitution on May 3, 1947. The renouncement of war is considered as Japan’s sovereign right and using war as an instrument to settle international dispute is forever banned. Article 9 of the Japanese constitutions states that:

ARTICLE 9. Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. (2) To accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized.

A number of known personalities, writers, and members of media in Japan have long been criticizing the above law such as the 2003 editorials in some major newspaper publications in the country.

Japan’s Constitution Memorial Day: Traditions, Customs and Activities

During this day, the National Diet Building, housing Japan’s upper house, the House of Councillors and lower house which is the House of Representatives (National Diet of Japan), becomes open to the public.

Also, the Japanese government calls for a nationwide reflection on the meaning of democracy in Japan and its forever renouncement of war as stated in the controversial and criticized Article 9 of the 1947 Japanese constitution.

Constitution Day

Poland Celebrates Constitution Day

Poland’s Constitution Day: May 03, 2010 Constitution Day is a public holiday in Poland.

Poland, a central European country, marks its annual celebration of Constitution Day on May 3. Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the World’s first constitutional Monarchy in 1971. It was, however, short-lived because Poland was partitioned among other the Russian Empire, Kingdom of Prussia and Austria following the collapse of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Russo-Polish War of 1792.

Poland suffered remained under the influence of the three invading states until its independence in November of 1918. The holiday’s local name is Swieto Narodowe Trzeciego Maja.

History of Poland’s Constitution Day

The many inimical issues surrounding the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth were keys to the creation of The Constitution on May 3, 1791. The constitution aims to address among other things, the issues of the Golden Liberty, the liberum veto, and destructive anarchy. Also, it helps to establish a more democratic constitution and government in the commonwealth.

The institution of the new constitution sparked protests among the nobilities and monarchies in the commonwealth’s neighboring countries which saw the new constitution as an act to limit the power and privileges of the nobilities in the region. The constitution only managed to exist for a year until Polish-Russian War erupted in 1792.

The Polish-Russian War was a war started out by the Targowica Confederation composed of influential people and nobilities in Poland and Lithuania, and the Russian Empire during the reign of Catherine the Great of the Russian Empire. Poland was defeated and later underwent three phase of partition by the invading countries; first on August 5, 1772, second, January 23, 1793 where Austria did not participate, and October 24, 1795 where it technically put Poland as non-existent. However, the constitution served as a guiding light in the continued hopes of Polish citizens in attaining their nation’s sovereignty and freedom from occupation and the reestablishment of the republic. Poland regained its independence on November 11, 1918 (the Second Republic).

Poland’s Constitution Day: Traditions, Customs and Activities

Constitution Day is one of the very important public holidays in Poland. Military parades are conducted in Warsaw with concerts and cultural programs and exhibitions in schools, and other major cities and towns. This is a work-free day and public offices are closed.