Hazards of high flying

It's almost New Year, and with an early Lunar New Year coming up soon, hundreds of millions of Asians will be on the move, travelling for leisure or to close that elusive business deal.

Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am

No consensus on Legco by-elections

One of four proposals to fix what the government calls a 'loophole' in rules for Legislative Council by-elections garnered the most support in a public consultation, the administration said yesterday. But it also said there was no consensus on how to address this perceived problem.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay Pacific shells out to replace its shell seats

Cathay Pacific Airways will change its economy class seats back to the traditional reclining variety on most long-haul destinations after the newer fixed-back shell type was criticised by passengers.

The seats have been hit by problems since being launched in a refit programme in 2007, with claims that they were uncomfortable.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Suite surprise

4 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

St John Hotel, London

What is it? Opened in the spring, St John Hotel is not quite the new kid on the block you might expect, being a long-established venue with promises of seafood etched in bold letters on its fa?ade. Fortunately, it's all in French, so only those who speak the language may question an absence of lobster or mussels on the menu inside.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Sky clears of paper planes

Airlines are using iPads to improve the efficiency and productivity of their employees inside their aircraft.

The use of iPad instead of paper flight and training manuals is expected to give the staff easy access to the latest information, and to reduce printing and distribution costs.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Petit Ermitage, West Hollywood

What is it? If actress Sienna Miller were a hotel, she would be West Hollywood's Petit Ermitage. The Queen of Boho would be right at home among the quirky decor that fills the low-rise, 80-suite hotel, which lies nestled in a quiet residential street. The design vibe resonates unbuttoned creativity laced with a lack of inhibition. There is no cookie-cutter sleek minimalism here.

13 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lufthansa gives First Class an upgrade

Flying first class is becoming an increasingly rare experience as major airlines scale down or eliminate luxury cabins from their long-haul flights.

Some - such as Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, and Air Canada - have dropped their first-class offerings for expanded business class cabins.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Resorts catch a wave

Competition among luxury properties on Australia's Gold Coast has intensified with the opening of Hilton's flagship resort in September and the completion last month of a major refurbishment at Marriott.

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

China Postal plans near-sixfold expansion of air-freighter fleet

China Postal Airlines, the express courier division of China Post, has confirmed plans for an almost sixfold increase in its air-freighter fleet as it targets expansion of domestic and international operations.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Skies sustain flying start

In recent months, Hong Kong has sustained solid growth in passenger volume and aircraft movements, creating greater job opportunities for flight crews.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Curfews hold back growth in air cargo

Night curfews and a shortage of take-off and landing slots are hampering the development of courier air cargo operations on the mainland, express freight airlines have complained.

Carriers said the problem is severe in western provinces where the infrastructure for night-time cargo operations is lacking.

27 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Parents could ease traffic congestion at schools by using public transport

I fail to understand why parents continually drive their children to school when Hong Kong boasts one of the most efficient, clean and safe public transport systems in the world, with a daily ridership of about 11.6 million passenger journeys.

23 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

What's being said on

A badly injured child was left for dead in traffic in Guangdong:

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Budget push into mainland market

Privately owned hotel investment company Red Planet Hotels plans to raise US$100 million from its shareholders to help finance a planned foray into the mainland's competitive budget hotel sector.

19 Oct 2011 - 12:00am