Ok, so Star Alliance has had its ups and downs (excuse the pun).  After finding this map on the Star Alliance website, I wonder if their staff should be required to have some knowledge of geography?

Spot the mistake!


Have You Seen Uncle’s Sack?

Monday 6th December, 2010

Uncle’s Sack (illustration of similar item above) was last seen in Aqaba, Jordan.  If you have seen Uncle’s Sack, please contact via telegram as the urgency to reunite the Sack with Uncle is high.  There is a possibility that mistakenly S. Interklaas from Spain has picked up the Sack by mistake as it seems he was delivering last night in the vicinity.  Many thanks for your alertness.

By special request

Friday 10th September, 2010

UPDATE 16-05-2010 14:55

Abu Mousa Tareq (co-piloot)
Alhnasci Jihad Abdullah (steward)
Altarhuni Nazim (co-piloot)
Bashir Shaiban (security)
Belaid Gaddafi (stewardess)
Hilali Mohamed (steward)
Marwan Murad Gammoudi (security)
Mohammed Said Abu (hoofdsteward)
Osama Saad Mohammed Ali (steward)
Saadi Bashir Yusuf (commandant)
Salam Ahmed Tijani (steward)
Sufian Yousef (steward)
Triumph Zawawi Said (stewardess)

Althanning Herman
Althanning Marian
Artemyuk Svitlana
Berfelo Rutger
Bijl Carla
Bijl Dick
Beltman Andy
Beltman Herman
Brouwer Trudie
Burggraaff Richard
Burggraaff Ralf-Michiel
De Beck Peter
Den Adel Annelies
Denekamp Joeri
Donders Pim
Donkervoort Gemma
Donkervoort Ginie
Donkervoort Paul
Donkervoort Paulien
Dreyer Frans
Gruintjes Ellie
Gruintjes Joep
Helmus Judith
Helmus Klaas
Hemmen Herman
Hemmen Marjan
Jakobsen Jeffrey
Kamp Bert
Kamp Lydia
Massarrat Mehran
Mathee Anton
Mfekayi Cynthia
O’Mara Bree
Peters Nigel
Pijlman Janneke
Pijlman Mart
Poelmann Adri
Poelmann Peter
Poucan Emilie
Rapati Jos
Rombouts Suzy
Rotsteeg Joyce
Rotsteeg Julia
Schuurs Arnold
Schuurs Nel
Smith Renske
Stuart Brenda
Sufian T.
Taferner Norbert
Taferner Paula
Thieme Linda
Tillett Cathrine
van Assouw Enzo
van Assouw Patrick
van Assouw Ruben
van Assouw Trudy
van Dam Frank
van Dam Noor
van Dam Sandra
van Dam Stijn
van den Hoven Jos
van der Meijden Louisa
van Dijk Dirk
van Dijk Karin
Van Noppen Joëlle
van Oeveren Jeanette
Verhoeven Ger
Webber Robert
Weijers Corney
Weijers Maxime
Weijers-Van der Straten Gabriëlla
Wolfaardt Hans

Het blijft voorlopig onmogelijk een volledige namenlijst te publiceren.

Nationaliteiten :

67  Nederland
13  Zuid-Afrika
4   België
3   Oostenrijk
1   Duitsland
1   Zimbabwe
1   Frankrijk
1   U.K.
11 Libië (crew)
2 Libië (security)

dodental 103:104 -> 1 overlevende : Ruben van Assouw uit Tilburg (NL)

Hieronder het ramptoestel van Afriqiyah Airways : 5A-ONG

Een wereld zonder vliegtuigen

Sunday 18th April, 2010

By Alain de Botton

The philosopher, writer and recent writer-in-residence at Heathrow airport imagines a world without aircraft.

In a future world without aeroplanes, children would gather at the feet of old men, and hear extraordinary tales of a mythic time when vast and complicated machines the size of several houses used to take to the skies and fly high over the Himalayas and the Tasman Sea.

The wise elders would explain that inside the aircraft, passengers, who had only paid the price of a few books for the privilege, would impatiently and ungratefully shut their window blinds to the views, would sit in silence next to strangers while watching films about love and friendship – and would complain that the food in miniature plastic beakers before them was not quite as tasty as the sort they could prepare in their own kitchens.

Sydney at dawn

Want to visit Sydney? Take a yacht

The elders would add that the skies, now undisturbed except by the meandering progress of bees and sparrows, had once thundered to the sound of airborne leviathans, that entire swathes of Britain’s cities had been disturbed by their progress.

And that in an ancient London suburb once known as Fulham, it had been rare for the sensitive to be able to sleep much past six in the morning, due the unremitting progress of inbound aluminium tubes from Canada and the eastern seaboard of the United States.

At Heathrow, now turned into a museum, one would be able to walk unhurriedly across the two main runways and even give in to the temptation to sit cross-legged on their centrelines, a gesture with some of the same sublime thrill as touching a disconnected high-voltage electricity cable, running one’s fingers along the teeth of an anaesthetised shark or having a wash in a fallen dictator’s marble bathroom.

Uncynical, unvigilant

Everything would, of course, go very slowly. It would take two days to reach Rome, a month before one finally sailed exultantly into Sydney harbour. And yet there would be benefits tied up in this languor.

Those who had known the age of planes would recall the confusion they had felt upon arriving in Mumbai or Rio, Auckland or Montego Bay, only hours after leaving home, their slight sickness and bewilderment lending credence to the old Arabic saying that the soul invariably travels at the speed of a camel.

Terminal 5 of Heathrow Airport

Heathrow – the museum

This new widespread ‘camel pace’ would return travellers to a wisdom that their medieval pilgrim ancestors had once known very well. These medieval pilgrims had gone out of their way to make travel as slow as possible, avoiding even the use of boats and horses in favour of their own feet.

They were not being perverse, only aware that if one of our key motives for travelling is to try to put the past behind us, then we often need something very large and time-consuming, like the experience of a month long journey across an ocean or a hike over a mountain range, to establish a sufficient sense of distance.

Whatever the advantages of plentiful and convenient air travel, we may curse it for being too easy, too unnoticeable – and thereby for subverting our sincere attempts at changing ourselves through our journeys.

How we would admire planes if they were no longer there to frighten and bore us. We would stroke their steel dolphin-like bodies in museums and honour them as symbols of a daunting technical intelligence and a prodigious wealth.

We would admire them like small boys do, and adults no longer dare, for fear of seeming uncynical and unvigilant towards their crimes against our world.

Despite all the chaos and inconvenience of our disrupted flight schedules, we should feel grateful to the unruly Icelandic volcano – for allowing us briefly to imagine what a flight-less future would envy and pity us for.

Read the original article on the BBC’s news website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8626000/8626927.stm


Friday 2nd April, 2010

Oe ist met de Dyson?

Waar gaan we naartoe?

Sunday 28th March, 2010

Leeds Bradford base opens with 1m pax pa

2 aircraft, 17 routes and 1m pax p.a.

Ryanair, the World’s favourite airline, today (25th Mar) opened its 34th base at Leeds Bradford with two aircraft and 17 routes which will increase Ryanair’s traffic at Leeds Bradford to 1m passengers p.a. and sustain 1,000 jobs at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Ryanair celebrated this new base and 17 routes by releasing 1m €5 seats for travel across its European network in late April and May which are available for booking on http://www.ryanair.com until midnight Monday (29th Mar).

Speaking in Leeds Bradford today, Ryanair’s Dara Brady said:

“Ryanair is delighted to open its Leeds Bradford base which offers passengers 17 routes in a total investment worth over $140m. Ryanair’s Leeds Bradford base will deliver 1million passengers p.a. and sustain 1,000 local jobs.

“To celebrate the opening of our Leeds Bradford base we are releasing 1m €5 seats for travel in late April and May on over 500 Ryanair routes throughout Europe”.

Ryanair’s 17 Leeds Bradford routes
















Venice Treviso


Blunderende lottoverkoper terecht: “Ik heb een fout gemaakt”

De dagbladhandelaar uit Oostende die maandag op de vlucht sloeg nadat hij een normaal winnend lottobiljet niet had geregistreerd, is weer terecht.

Door die blunder liepen enkele spelers zo maar even 73.000 euro mis. Martin Daemen geeft toe dat hij een fout maakte. “Ik heb die mensen een ondertekend deelnemingsbewijs gegeven. Er stond niet op dat er niet gespeeld zou worden als er geen tien deelnemers waren”, vertelt hij aan Het Nieuwsblad. “Een van hen had op voorhand zelfs gezegd dat hij desnoods voor verschillende mensen wilde spelen. Toch heb ik het biljet niet geregistreerd. Een fout.”

De 62-jarige lottoverkoper doolde in de voorbije uren door het noorden van Frankrijk. Hij nam onder meer de tram.

De Nationale Loterij heeft Daemen voorlopig geschorst als verkoper. “Een definitieve beslissing nemen we nog niet. We wachten nu eerst op het einde van het onderzoek”, aldus woordvoerster Sofie Van den Bussche.

Voor de mensen die dat grote bedrag misliepen, kan de loterij naar verluidt niets doen.

Vooral als je denkt dat de target marketing groep passagiers met auto’s en bussen is…

Het vroegere RMT-schip, de Prins Filip,
wordt opnieuw ingezet tussen Oostende
en het Britse Ramsgate.

Daarvoor slaan de rederijen LD Lines en
Trans Europa Ferries de handen in
elkaar. Er wordt gemikt op toeristen
die met de auto of de bus de overtocht
willen maken, passagiers te voet kunnen
voorlopig niet mee.

De Prins Filip verandert niet alleen
van functie, ook de naam wordt
gewijzigd. Voortaan zal het schip
Ostend Spirit heten. Het zal twee keer
per dag worden ingezet. Het is van 1997
geleden dat het schip nog in Oostende

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