Deciding if ATOL is Worth It

Dave Pflieger explains whether or not ATOL is worth it for passengers.

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As the summer gears up for many in the United Kingdom, plenty of travelers question whether or not ATOL protection is necessary when booking holidays through various travel agencies in the UK. Since 1973, ATOL, Air Travel Organiser’s License, has helped protect UK citizens when booking holiday travel through UK travel agencies. In 2012, it was expanded to include certain online bookings.

At a cost of £2.50 per traveler, a steal at that bargain rate, the tourist insurance offers added protection against unknown circumstances out of the would-be explorers’ control. ATOL travelers’ insurance covers each person in case various companies involved with the holiday travel cease to do business. For example, airline strikes, the company goes under, or other unseen problems which may arise. Per Money.co.uk, “As well as cancellation and delay caused by a travel company or airline going bust, you might find your trip being put on hold or called off altogether because of strike action, a natural catastrophe, or a breakdown of your plane, train, coach, or bus.”

All vacationers do have the option of booking through non-UK companies and save the £2.50 per person in the vacationing group. Doing so will result in the traveler(s) bearing responsibilities should something go wrong with the airlines, lodgings, or other forms of travel booked for the holiday. While having a credit card as backup may seem to be enough, the added cost of finding the proper passage to return can cost more than the original booking, and none of which will be guaranteed a refund.

It should be noted ATOL only applies to flight package based holidays. For cruises and self-driving trips, Brits should learn about ABTA [Association of British Travel Agents]. All covered agencies must supply a certificate of coverage as well as a four or five digit number which can be checked through the CAA’s [Civil Aviation Authority] website.

The monies are added to an insurance pool which the CAA uses to help stranded passengers return home or receive a full refund depending upon circumstances. While it may seem it doesn’t matter if they book through an ATOL covered company, the small fee may become the one addition that turned a vacation from breaking the bank to one in which a near disaster was averted.

The Bombardier Jet is Breaking Records

Dave Pflieger highlights the Bombardier jet’s record-breaking achievements.

Joseph Armand Bombardier established his first company in 1942. He manufactured snowmobiles. By 1986, he decided to expand his horizons by venturing into the aeronautical industry. Today, the company is widely known for creating luxury personal aircraft and other business jets. The crafts created by the company include the Lear, Challenger and Global jet series. Recently, Bombardier’s Global 7500 jet broke the record for distance and speed.

In early March, a Global 7500 jet left Van Nuys Airport at 7:01 A.M. Pacific time. The jet landed at Teterboro Airport in New York three hours and 54 minutes later at 1:55 P.M. Eastern time. The flight broke the coast-to-coast flight from one major financial city to another. During the course of the flight, the aircraft flew at an average speed of Mach 0.92. During the flight, the craft was able to achieve a top speed of Mach 0.925. The previous record was held by an aircraft manufactured by a different company.

On March 24, 2019, a Bombardier Global 7500 jet left an airport in Singapore and arrived in Tucson, Arizona. The jet flew 8,152 nautical miles in 16 hours. The flight was the longest accomplished by a business jet. The plane averaged Mach 0.85 during the course of the flight. The jet also flew at a sustained speed of Mach 0.925 for two hours.

A few days later, a Global 7500 lest Westchester County Airport in New York at 6:26 A.M. Eastern time. The plane landed at London Luton Airport five hours and 26 minutes later at 3:52 P.M. The flight was deemed to be the fastest for an aircraft of its class between two international cities. During the flight, the jet achieved a top speed of Mach 0.925 and averaged a speed of Mach 0.92.

Distance, Speed and Luxury

Business passengers are not only able to arrive at their designated destination at impressive speeds regardless of distance, clients additionally travel in style. The Global 7500 jets feature four separate cabin areas referred to as the Club Suite, the Conference Suite, the Master Suite and the Media Suite. The Suites also feature seating equipped with controls to regulate lighting, multimedia systems and temperature. the Master Suite.

The Conference Suite also serves as the dining area complete with a dining table and six chairs. The Master Suite comes with a full-sized bed, a shower and a fully functional kitchen along with a crew suite.

The Design Feature and Marketing That Made the Wright Brothers the Inventors of the Airplane

David Pflieger explains how Wilbur and Orville Wright set themselves apart from their competition and became pioneers of aviation.

We’ve all heard of the Wright brothers, but do you know exactly how they impacted the field of aviation and why they were different from their predecessors? Wilbur and Orville Wright were actually not even the first people to create a machine that flew in the air, but they are nonetheless credited with the invention more than anyone else, and they were definitely the most successful at it.

According to History, 1903 was the year that Wilbur flew the plane that the brothers had designed. He flew it for only 59 seconds, but he was able to safely land it. This was actually a huge step in aviation. Several other inventors had already been able to get a plane off of the ground, but the problem was that there was no control, and the aircraft often crashed. By observing how birds modulated their wings, they learned that this was the key to creating a flyer that the person flying it would be able to control. And this is also part of the reason why they are credited with creating the first successful airplane.

But having a machine that could both fly with control and land without crashing was only part of the success of the Wright brothers. It’s also only part of the reason that we have so long credited them with the invention of the airplane. When they first made claims in America that they had a machine that would fly, most people didn’t believe them. So Wilbur decided to take their invention over to Europe. The story was exactly the opposite there. In Europe, Wilbur found many people who were interested in their flying machine. By 1909, Orville had joined Wilbur, and they were giving rides to political figures and journalists. The interest grew, and soon after, Orville and Wilbur were setting up contracts both in Europe and the United States. After a few years, they were wealthy businessmen.

So although several other people were able to make machines that flew, the Wright brothers were the first ones to not only make one that could both fly and land without crashing, but they were also the first people to be able to market their invention to an interested public. On top of that, more than 100 years later, airplane designs still feature the modulated wing design that set their machine apart from the others that failed.

Rebranded Fiji Airways Aircraft Reflect Spirit of Fiji

During his tenure as the Managing Director and CEO of Fiji’s National Airline, Air Pacific Ltd., Dave Pflieger implemented a complete restructuring, re-fleeting, and re-branding of the airline transforming it into a highly successful and profitable carrier renamed “Fiji Airways”. Re-fleeting work included retiring and adding several new aircraft types.

In 2012, Fiji Airways (as Air Pacific) chose a day of national celebration to unveil the visual model of its new aircraft, showcasing the updated designs for the first time on “Fiji Day“, October 10th (the day the country celebrates its independence day). The re-fleeting offered the airline its first-ever opportunity to customize aircraft to its own specifications, which it did by purchasing brand new Airbus A330-200s. The A330 offered significantly better fuel efficiency over the airline’s previous Boeing 747 and Boeing 767s, and the new planes also allowed for a much improved passenger experience with lie-flat business-class seats, in seat power, and new Panasonic in-flight entertainment in both business and economy. Additionally, the aircraft’s payload and range created an opportunity for the airline to fly more weekly flights to new and existing markets in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, and China.

Fiji Airway’s new aircraft livery featured unique, attention-getting Masi artwork and designs that reflected Fiji’s distinctive island culture and history. According to Mr. Pflieger, the company aimed to develop a brand and look that was “distinctive, unique, and true to Fiji” and he viewed the aircraft re-design as the capstone of its transformation into a revitalized, new, and modern airline. Fiji Airways released the details of its new fleet selection, crew uniforms, airport and lounge designs in 2012 in an effort to ensure maximum visibility for the airline and the country’s tourism-based economy. By 2013, the end result was a highly successful three-year turnaround, re-fleeting, and re-branding that had transformed the airline into an internationally acclaimed, award-winning carrier with record profits.