THE BROAD VIEW

Is there finally a fix for Boeing?

BOEING says it has a fix for the B737 MAX 8 jet that is currently grounded worldwide. This relates to a software fix for the MCAS (Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System), which is believed to have sent two planes into a fatal nosedive. This should be good news for travellers. Is it?...

THE BROAD VIEW

Cathay tries the limbo rock, finally

THE big screen is rife with maudlin yet tickling tales of wealthy mandarins who open their homes to penurious scamps to "civilise" them at considerable risk to the practised calm of the manor.

Aircraft certification process in the US is an accident by design

IN 1959, a French passenger plane took the aviation world by storm with its sleek design and rear-mounted twin engines. Passengers flocked to enjoy the novel Caravelle jet service as airlines raced to place orders, abandoning the crash-plagued de Havilland Comet, which had spectacularly ushered...

SATURDAY SOAPBOX

When ordinary people become extraordinary - and unreal

HAVE you ever had that vague feeling that you know people you meet but cannot place them? It happens to me all the time. Especially when I travel. It's not forgetfulness or a case of too many friends. It's something called Facebook....

SATURDAY SOAPBOX

Need service? Talk to the room

VOICE recognition is not a new phenomenon. It has been around ever since your mother hollered: "Your father wants to speak with you, NOW!" as you crept home from a school date, way past the curfew hour with a déshabillé gin-soaked "study" companion in tow. It was a very...

For a taste of the weird and wonderful, head to Japan

WHEN the burger place Five Guys opened in Hong Kong just in time for Christmas it was such a novelty that the queue - and the aroma - ran all the way around the building, and lingered. Now I marvel at "hand-cut" fries and "handmade" burgers....

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The case of the disappearing General Manager

WE ALL recall the dapper hotel general manager who shook hands with an endless stream of guests as he welcomed them to his particular piece of paradise. He knew many by name and they in turn warmed to his compliments, promising to return. That was how the hospitality business earned its brand...

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Greenbacks and green travel

HAVE you ever wondered why your 500-thread count linen is not getting changed daily? Or why that bespoke spa menu is just a solitary if heroic leaf of lettuce? Or why your unwashed soggy towels still lie in wait to enjoy the comforting camaraderie of your expanding waist? It's because...

The airports that never sleep

UNLIKE the celebrated Iranian refugee Mehran Nasseri whose botched Paris transit in 1988 resulted in an 18-year residence at Charles De Gaulle airport, most air passengers would be quite happy if they never had to deal with airports at all - whether it be lumpen security officials, overpriced...