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TRAVEL VIA THE MOON

AGCM Claude R. "Moon" Mullen, USN RET

Source: Aerograph February 2018

The Queen is retired! And yes, that affects you…particularly if you do a lot of flying. It all started back in 1970. Back then, if you planned a trip to Hawaii flying with United, your travel agent would tell you something you never heard before: you will be going on a brand-new airplane, the 747, called the Queen of the Skies. But it ended on 7 November this year where it all started…California to Hawaii.

Boeing announced plans for this large aircraft on April 1966, followed by the test-flight from the Boeing factory in the Seattle area in Feb. 1966. Its first commercial flight was from New York to London for Pan American World Airways, the leader in world travel airlines. United flew the four engine DC-8 with 180 to 220 passengers to Hawaii for a whopping $1455 round-trip coach and $2000 first-class.

With the advent of the 747, airlines like United could carry almost 400 passengers on a flight…and it you were lucky enough to be in 1st Class you could have gone to the upper-deck lounge after take-off where an elegant buffet of Hawaiian food and free-flowing mai-tais awaited you. Those were the days…people used to dress up to fly…even in coach/economy. Multi-course meals were served even in coach on some flights.

Airline economics have changed over the past years as more fuel-efficient planes like the Boeing 777 and Airbus A350 started covering the same routes at lower cost. Trans-Atlantic flights by British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa & Virgin Atlantic continue to use the Queen on long-haul routes with large numbers of passengers…British Airways with the most 747s (36) in service.

Along with United, Delta is expected to drop their 747 flights early this year leaving the A380 the largest plane…and yes, on this plane you’ll still be able to go to the upper deck for seats, but not for a lounge or snacks.


Maybe not the large planes we once had, but they’re better than the choice at “Kittyhawk NC” a few years ago. Enjoy you flight—you deserve it.



Source: Aerograph November 2017

Imagine you’re at the airport in Hawaii, Vancouver, Cancun or even Paris. It’s the end of your trip and your flight home will board in less than an hour. Look around and what do you see?


In most airports, you’ll find places to eat because unless you are going first class you probably won’t get a meal, so many folks will consume their breakfast, lunch or even dinner at the terminal before getting on their flight.

You’re also likely to see places to shop – souvenir stands in particular --.convenient places stocked with items themed to the area you’re now leaving. You had time in the past few days to browse real shops where you could have bought mementos of your stay for yourself or as gifts for others, but you didn’t! And now you’re at the airport where every third store offers you the chance to overpay for the baubles, trinkets and doodads. Now you realize I could have bought those items to take along home for a lot less (and a much better selection) while walking around during the past couple of days.


So, what should I do that will CORRECT this from happening on my next trip? 

Two things. Plan in advance. At the beginning of your trip, take 5 minutes and make a list of people you want to buy something for. Then, while there and passing those stores/areas that have a variety of places/items, you can pick up those items that make your purchases smarter. This list also makes “kids” gifts, and selections by your kids, a lot easier than waiting until getting on the plane to go home. Thoughtful. You can select for your parents, children, or friends what will really appeal to them. And remember that a good gift DOES NOT have to cost a lot of money to be appreciated.


Enjoy your trip…and others will enjoy your thoughtfulness!



Source: Aerograph August 2017


                   Submitted by AGCM C. R. “Moon” Mullen USN RET
 

  
Source: Aerograph May 2017


Submitted by AGCM C.R. "Moon" Mullen, USN RET



Source: Aerograph February 2017


                                                                             Submitted by AGCM C. R. “Moon” Mullen USN RET



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