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Experience trumps expectation

Experience, it is said, is a great teacher. Given these four experiences I could have coped with ignorance. My wife and I set out from Wellington to New York – a long-planned trip. That was the easy bit. Here are four expectations we made, make that I made, that were not met. Experience trumps expectation
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Reason for airlines to worry

There’s reason for airlines and the travel industry to be concerned about public attitudes to travel. An on line poll on the Yahoo website in New Zealand on 24 July attracted over five thousand responses, and 72% said they were concerned to a greater or less extent about travel. The poll asked if the respondent’s perceptions of airline travel had changed. A third (32%) said they were concerned and another 40% said their perception had changed a little, “but it wouldn’t change anything.” Only 27% said their perception had changed “not at all.” On line polls are not reliable because they are not random or particularly scientific, but with enough votes they do capture something of the public mood. The willingness to travel is related to desire for new experiences and also to the wealth of a country’s population; countries where travel is a habit and is affordable, travel a lot. In Australia and New Zealand extensive “overseas experience” has been a rite of passage for young people for many generations. But in the short term factors like crashes, weather
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Asian Carriers “best” say travellers

The world’s best airlines as rated by travellers have been named overnight and the ratings reflect the shift in power that has taken place in world aviation over the last decade. Cathay Pacific was named as the world’s best airline, and significantly five of the top ten were Asian based carriers. Four were from the Middle East and only one – Lufthansa- was a European carrier. No American carriers were in the top ten. In the Skytrax awards more than 18 million passengers were surveyed between August 2013 and May 2014, and the surveys covered more than 245 airlines. The world’s top 10 airlines according to Skytrax 2014 are: Cathay Pacific Airways Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Emirates Turkish Airlines ANA All Nippon Airways Garuda Indonesia Asiana Airlines Etihad Airways Lufthansa Qantas and Virgin Australia beat Air New Zealand in the South Pacific category. Garuda Indonesia was recognised for having the best cabin staff in the world.
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