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Southwest Airlines A Trip For Lifetime

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If you are looking around for a vacation trip or a business trip through a airlines then you shall find that Southwest airlines is a cheap airlines as compared to other airlines. It is one of the largest airlines in the U.S. and you can enjoy a whole lot of destinations such as Florida, Wynn, Walt Disney World, California, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Las Vegas and so many.

Southwest airlines provide the facility to its customers for easy online ticket reservation, through phone or an agent whereby you shall get some great deal as well. If you purchase the tickets well in advance before you travel then you can save somewhere around $10 depending upon your destination.

While you make your online reservation you can also check the different flights and their arrival and departure times that fit your schedule. There are many special rewards and discounts offered by the Southwest airlines and at the same time you can avail discounts and gifts fro your next travel.

Recently, it has also started purchase of gift cards and certificates as gifts because people are hard to buy for and people usually love to travel but do not have the money. As such you can purchase these certificates fro holiday travel or anytime you need it and this is something really great for the relative's home from the holidays.

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The Early History Of British Airways

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In 1919, as Europe emerged from the First World War, travel moved into the forefront of people's minds. Buoyed up on the new technologies of the day, the forerunner of BA, Aircraft Transport and Travel (AT&T), launched the world's first daily international scheduled air service. It offered a service from London to Paris and ushered in the modern age of air travel.

Within 5 years there were already a handful of start-up airlines offering their services in Britain. In March 1924, the four best known of these: Handley Page, Instone, AT&T, and British Air Marine Navigation merged into one larger company called Imperial Airways and offered flights around the British Empire.

As Imperial Airways grew in size, it became a forerunner of a modern airline, offering flights to countries all across the world including Canada and Australia, and competed effectively with the Airships that dominated the era.

In 1935, a rival arrived on the scene. British Airways Ltd was formed from a number of small privately owned companies and quickly developed into a company of similar size. By 1939, just before the Second World War broke out, the British Government nationalised the two airlines and created a new, government owned agency known as the British Overseas Airways Corporation or BOAC for short.

The final stage in these early decades of BA came in 1949, when BOAC was separated into two separate entities: British European Airways, which carried out short haul flights into Europe, and BOAC, which continued to serve the rest of the world. These two siblings served the world at the beginning of the jet age in the 1950s, and became iconic leaders of British innovation.

By the 1970s, fuel costs and industrial concerns over economy saw the government of the day decide that the two companies had become bloated and inefficient and by 1974, after a 4 year process, the tow companies came together as one: British Airways, just in time for the birth of the supersonic age with the Concorde in 1976.

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Southwest Airline Flights Fares

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Recently, southwest airlines have announced their new flight schedule and fares from Philadelphia from May 9 2004. Now customers can easily purchase tickets for the new service with airfares starting from as low as $29 one way.

Even the most expensive airfare offered by the Southwest airlines to and from Philadelphia is quite inexpensive. In the beginning these airfares started at a mere $49 one way to Providence and they top out at only $299 one way for cross country flights to Las Vegas, Phoenix and the west coast. You are not required for an advance purchase or overnight stay on these unrestricted fares.

Southwest airlines is quite popular for its low fare leadership and the legacy carriers that serve Philadelphia are charging up to a whopping $497 one way for an unrestricted ticket to Providence (Boston area) as compared to southwest's meager $49 one way unrestricted fare to Providence. In the same way, the walk up fare of the southwest between Philadelphia and Chicago midway is only $99 one way.

In case you purchase at least 14 days in advance of your departure and within one day of making reservations, southwest offers a non refundable fare between Philadelphia and Chicago for only $79 one way as compared to its competitors who charge $123 each way. Therefore you can easily find a comparable savings across the board.

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Jet Aviation Sold To Permira Funds

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Jet Aviation has announced that they have been sold, pending antitrust clearance, to the Permira Funds a leading international private equity specialist. Ending several years of speculation, the Zurich based operator of business jet services has finally accomplished what had long been expected: the sale of the Hirschmann family business to outsiders.

As early as 2000 the sale of Jet Aviation had been expected by employees as well as by industry insiders. Indeed, Jet Aviation management had been marketed openly throughout 2001 by Goldman Sachs, but the sale was cancelled when a suitable buyer was not found and the terrorist attacks put a further drag on an already downturning economy. Still, rumors of the sale of the company persisted and heated up recently with speculation that one of Warren Buffet's companies, i.e., Gulfstream Aerospace, may have been interested in the company's maintenance facilities.

Currently, Jet Aviation is a Zurich-based concern employing 3500 people worldwide. US operations remain strong with the bulk of the employees working out of Teterboro [NJ] Airport.

Even with the probable sale of the company to Permira, speculation is persisting as to what will become of the company after the sale is completed. Some industry leaders believe that the company is more valuable for its parts than as a single entity. Thus, parts of the company could be sold off and a scaled down Jet Aviation might remain in place. Areas of the company thought to be susceptible to a sale include:

1. US Maintenance Facilities. With prime locations at Bedford, Teterboro, West Palm Beach, and Dallas the American facilities are capable of providing expert airframe support to just about any type of business aircraft.

2. Completion Centers. Some or all of the company's award winning completion centers are thought to be highly marketable. From the Boeing BBJ to the Gulfstream 550, and to the Sikorsky S-70A aircraft delivered "green" to Jet Aviation facilities are outfitted with state of the art interiors.

3. FBOs. Jet Aviation's group of fixed based operations which provide domestic and international flight handling, line maintenance services, refueling, passenger and crew transportation, catering and hotel accommodations and immigration and customs services are an important asset for the company. Indeed, the Dubai facility - Jet Aviation's newest FBO - is considered by some to be unmatched in the industry.

4. Jet Professionals. Founded in 1983, Jet Professionals - an aviation personnel service provider - became part of Jet Aviation as part of the acquisition of K-C Aviation Transportation Services in 1996.

5. Aircraft Management. Over 160 aircraft worldwide are managed by Jet Aviation including more than 50 in the US alone. Many of these aircraft are also available for charter. US operations could be sold to Jet Aviation's strategic partner, New World Jet Corporation, a FAR Part 135 charter certificate operator.

In all, the sale of Jet Aviation ends one big area of speculation while, at the same time, it has opened up other areas. In the world of business aviation speculation is business as usual.

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Don T Rush Into Airline Reservations

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Whenever you get the time and money to take a special trip, you should not rush into the details of planning and make a mistake. Rather, you should absolutely take your time and plan your trip wisely and with care. One of the biggest mistakes that I have seen many people do over and over when planning a trip is to rush into making their airline reservations.

Naturally, when people first get excited about a trip, they start thinking about how they are going to get from here to there. They start looking to book airline reservations before it is time. All too often people rush into airline reservations and then wind up with plane tickets that they paid way too much for and they end up without any other details of the trip planned.

As a former travel agent, believe me when I say that I have seen these mistakes too often. One of my biggest warnings to potential travelers is to take their time and think through the details of their trip before booking airline reservations. many other details of a trip can be cancelled or changed, but airline reservations are often permanent once made or very costly to change.

Take time to look for potential places to stay and for activities to enjoy in a certain location before you make airline reservations. You never want to make airline reservations and then wind up in a boring location or in a spot without a hotel room. This just takes a little planning and a little patience.

Another huge reason why I caution people against jumping into airline reservations is that often novice travelers have no real idea where to look for good deals. Take your time and do a vast search of prices before making any airline reservations. Do not jump into the first offer that you see, but take your time and compare offers that are given. You can book airline reservations over the phone, through a travel agent, or online. So take time and do a search well.

I love nothing more than to see people enjoy a great vacation. But I also love it when they have taken time to plan or get help planning a great trip. I love it when they have been patient and then discovered great airline reservations. So take my advice! Be patient, ask around to other travelers, and then proceed to making airline reservations with caution.

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Cheap International Flights And Travel

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If you've been shopping for cheap flights online, you no doubt have occasionally found yourself in the "Twilight Zone" of international travel costs. I speaking of course about the difference in valuations of the various currencies used throughout the world. Unlike a national purchase where everything is dollar based, the international market uses a basket of currency or the local currency of the country where traveling. This can lead to some very unpleasant surprises if not careful.

So how can someone see the world without going bankrupt while trying to get to see it all? The answer is careful shopping. Last minute deals are available for those with a less than strict time schedule. This method of travel has been known as "stand by" air travel for years. Using this method of cheap travel, you go to the airport, buy a ticket and sign in to wait if you can get on the plane. Full fare customers come first, then if any seats are left, they are offered to stand by folks at the heavily discounted rate.

Of course, not all of us have the time or inclination to for leisure flight times. The next best alternative to full fare, expensive international air travel tickets is the consolidator. Here, a wholesaler, or consolidator purchases a block of tickets for a specified flight, day or time. These blocks of seats have been discounted to the wholesaler because the purchase was made as part of an ongoing agreement or simply due to the "buy in bulk" discount.

Care must be taken as travel agencies will sometimes use the services of consolation companies to gain low cost tickets to sell. The travel agency will then typically add service charges to cover their overhead and profit. This can sometimes be significant but may be the only way to get at least a somewhat discounted rate for some of the more popular travel destinations

A quick search on the web can deliver all types of potentially cost saving offers for cheap international tickets. Care must be taken because although many will claim the lowest prices, the fact is that additional charges, fees and costs may not all be included in each offer. Be sure to measure apples to apples when pricing tickets from a variety of consolidators. Some have been known to lower the price of the fare then charge extra high service fees to make it for the seemingly lower fare. Make certain when to find out the final, total cost for your international airfare ticket before making the commitment!

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Online Airline Guide

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Many of you travel through different modes of transport such as car, bus, train etc. Traveling through air is considered to be luxurious and also reduces the time span of your travel. It's very fast and convenient while you travel via air. While you plan to travel via air, airlines guide helps you to know the different places your flight shall make a halt, flight schedules and other necessary information.

Most of the airline companies have launched their online websites where you can find all the latest information with the click of your mouse. Such online air travel guide informs the following:

1. If you want to know the shortest route or flight duration between your departure and destination place, you can easily find it online.

2. You can find the direct destination from where you depart just by entering the correct information about the places in the boxes you find on the website.

3. You could easily find the terminal from where your flight departs from and arrive into just by entering the online code and flight number.

4. You have the ease to find all the routes an airline flow on a particular date just by entering the name of the airline.

5. You can find all the destinations that you need to fly by selecting the maximum amount of time you want to fly.

6. You can also find airlines that fly direct on specific routes.

7. You can find first and last flights of any particular airline on a specific day.

8. If you want to know which airline is operating your flight you can easily find it with the help of airlines guide.

9. All the relevant information about air fares, hotels and restaurants on the airports and maps and directions of your perspective flight.

10. You will find it very beneficial in case if you are carrying much luggage as it also gives cargo information.

In each way, considering an airlines guide is very beneficial to plan out your future air travel.

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It S Great To Travel With Southwest Airlines

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Air southwest was incorporated on the March 15 of 1967 by Rollin King and Herb Kelleher and has received this recent name in the year 1971 with its headquarters located in Dallas, Texas.

Traveling is much easier and fun because of the facilities provided by Southwest airlines.

Southwest Airlines Special

1. The fare offered by southwest airlines are much less because it uses Boeing 737 aircraft that uses low maintenance costs and enables quick turnaround times for flights.

2. It provides service with frequent flights through short routes.

3. Many of the cities across America get the benefit of the air service by southwest airlines that provide discounted frequent air flights.

4. It has an open seating arrangement where passengers are boarded with cards "A" first, followed by "B" and then the "C".

5. There are facilities such as infants under the age of 2 are allowed to travel for free if they are on the adults lap. The fares for youth between the age of 12 and 22 and can be booked at the reservation centers. Children who are between the ages of 5 to 11 and are not accompanied by their elders could travel after a form is being filled which is available both online and at the reservation center.

6. There are special senior citizen fares for those above the age of 65. These prices could vary from city to city and are easily refundable or exchangeable.

7. Refunds can be made online where you need to cancel the reservation or you can do so by calling the reservation number.

8. There are several flights that are at least of two hours long whereby you are served with peanuts and pretzels. If you are on a non stop flight, then a packaged snack will be served. Other complimentary tea, coffee, non alcoholic drinks are also available but some product such as beer, wine may be charged.

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Airline Safety Increase Your Odds

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Long before, but especially since the 911 airline hijackings, people are weary of airline travel. A lot of people want to know they are riding on a safe airline. Airlines for the most part are safe, and the most dangerous factors usually include flying conditions (such as storms, or mountain terrain). Proper planning of destinations and good airline security lessens the chance of terrorists, bombs and hijackings. Of course there are always the rare occasions that something horrible will happen, but it is said to be 100s of times more dangerous to travel by car than it is by plane. That statistic should be comfort enough. The International Aviation Safety Assessment is a guide to which countries meet the airline safety checks, not the airlines themselves.

The majority of airline accidents occur on take off and landing, so you should try and book flights that don't have a stop over destination. That's a good preventative measure right there, not only that, but you wont have to sit and wait to change planes half way through your flight. Another good way to fly safer is to know that larger airplanes have stricter rules and the passengers have a better chance of survival if the plane should crash, so you might want to consider booking your flight with a large airplane of thirty or more passengers.

Like anything else, always be aware of the closest emergency exit, and consider keeping your seat belt on at all times while seated. This is especially true if you are nervous about turbulence; which is often unexpected and can cause injury. You should also keep anything too heavy out of the overhead carrier in case of turbulence. You don't want anything to fall on you or anyone else. Also, allow the flight attendants to handle your hot drinks and food as they are trained to handle it and can safely manage giving it to you. You don't want to be walking around with a hot cup of coffee in your hand and have some turbulence spill it all over you or someone else.

As far as airplane crashes go, they are very rare. However, if the incident should occur, try to remain calm and listen to the flight attendants. They know how to handle situations and keep you safe. Often the very front or very back of the plane is the safest. Sitting close to the wings is the worse place to sit. If the plane wings get torn off in a crash it could tear the fuselage and cause death to anyone near the carnage.

But don't worry, airline travel is safe. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just believe you will live and you don't have anything to worry about.

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