We’ve just spent a wonderful 2 weeks back in Australia for a mix of work and pleasure. Hopefully blogging will get back to something resembling regular soon.
Travelling internationally knocks me around a bit. I find that the combination of long hours and airline travel leaves me feeling a bit ordinary for a day or so. After flying to Australia I picked up a virus that took me out for a couple of days.
On this recent return journey we arose at 7am Adelaide time for a 10:50am, 2 hour flight to Sydney, made it through to Sydney’s International Terminal (domestic and international terminals are connected by a bus) mooched around for a few hours due to our flight being delayed by 2 hours (technical problem on our A330 in-bound from Melbourne), watched 3 movies and some TV on the 9 hour flight, cleared customs, collected bags, just made the Sky Limo taxi service to the Huang Gang border (driver had a lead foot, up to 140 klicks), crossed the China border and took a taxi back to our apartment, arriving at 12:45pm local time (3:15am Adelaide time).
Obviously, the journey back to China was a long and detailed sequence of events but it’s one that we’ve done quite a few times now and, thankfully, can do in our sleep. Sleep is exactly what we did when we got home too, Gail sleeping through till well after midday.
I’m not quite exactly sure how those who flit from country to country as a daily part of their jobs cope. I don’t think I could do overnighters followed by a day of meetings and another overnight flight in the evening, not without having a bed on the plane anyway.
Speaking of beds on planes, Qantas is going to be introducing a new Premium Economy seat that is sort of halfway between Business and Economy classes, to be introduced progressively during 2008 on routes operated by 747’s and A380’s. For your extra cash you’ll get a bigger seat that is more adjustable, a bigger TV screen with more functions, better food and noise cancelling headsets. The price will be about 75% more than super budget economy seats (about 25% above off-the-shelf economy fares) which does beg the question, what does business class offer over and above this to justify it’s huge price tag?