Posts filed under “Travel”

Winging South (but not on Jet Blue)

It is 8:30am, and I am sitting in the Business Class section of a 7:30 am American Airlines flight to Miami. I was delighted to learn there is onboard wifi/internet. It will a race to see if this iBook G4 battery dies before the “all electronic device must be stowed” announcement is made.

A few years ago, my firm required lots of travel, and so I flied Jet Blue as much as possible. New planes, good crews, timely service and reasonable fares were only part of the appeal. To an easily bored and restless person (like me) the kicker was the onboard entertainment — 50 channels of TV plus 4 movies to choose from. It made the chore of traveling much more tolerable.

Then something funny happened: We were combining a business trip to California (Santa Rosa, North of San Francisco) with a pleasure trip thru the vineyards of Sonoma and Napa. The onboard movie was Sideways –perfect for our jaunt thru wine country. We hadn’t seen it yet, saw the great reviews, and were looking forward to it.

Then came the line — F%&king Merlot! — that sent Merlot sales down by 40% for the next few years.

Only that wasn’t the line we heard on Jet Blue: Instead, it was “Friggin Merlot.”

I was aghast — it ruined the film. You are left wondering what else was cut out, how much you missed. As soon as we landed, I fired up Amazon, and ordered a 9″ Panasonic portable DVD player.

I still don’t understand the editing of the movie, nor have I ever heard a good explanation why this is done: Its an R-Rated film, that only adults can order with their credit cards. Its on a seatback, its heard thru headphones, why mess up the seminal line of the film? What was the point of this artistic blasphemy?


But here’s the interesting corporate aspect: I still fly a lot — but not nearly as much as I used to with Jet Blue.

I have both the laptop and the DVD player. I brought a few movies, the first season of Entourage, and the Best of Larry Sanders.

Its weird, but with that inexplicable film edit, Jet Blue lost their competitive advantage as a carrier for me

I wonder: What other bonehead corporate moves have cost firms revenue and sales by alienating their key customers? Are they explainable, defendable, even rational?

Category: Corporate Management, Travel, Weblogs

Actual Footage: US Airways Flight 1549 Landing in Hudson

Watch the white box in the middle left portion of the screen. (Starting at 2:00 minute mark) US Airways flight 1549 crashes in Hudson Bay NY. The flight plan was from LaGuardia to Charlotte. All passengers survived. The plane was a Airbus A320. Both engines were reportively sucked multiple birds possibly geese and both engines…Read More

Category: Travel

Reinventing the Car

General Motors veep Larry Burns previews cool next-gen car design: sleek, customizable (and computer-enhanced) vehicles that run clean on hydrogen — and pump energy back into the electrical grid when they’re idle.

Larry Burns is the vice president of R&D for GM. His job? Find a new way to power cars. Full bio and more links

Category: R&D, Travel, Video

Aurora Borealis from Orbit

Astronaut Don Pettit created an astounding video using a sequence of still images he shot of the aurora borealis (northern lights) from the International Space Station.

Category: Science, Travel, Video

Holiday Travelers, Airlines Battle Economic Slump

Recession kills travel plans for some during holidays; about 41 million Americans travel this Thanksgiving; Analysis by Ray Neidl of Calyon Securities.

Bloomberg, November 27, 200

Category: Economy, Energy, Travel, Video

Light Travel Day

> Normally, I am on the earliest flight out of NY to get to Chicago on Thanksgiving Day. This morning, travelling with my 83 year old M-i-l, we took a later (9:15am) flight. I braced myself for the crush at security and — nothing. We walked up, were the 3rd people online, and breezed through….Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Economy, Travel

The world’s fastest police car

Sweet! A Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, in Italian state police trim. > Source: Lambocop Stalks Italian Speeders NYT, October 27, 2008, 6:05 PM JERRY GARRETT

Category: Consumer Spending, Digital Media, Travel

The Candidates’ Campaign Travels

Via the WSJ, we can see exactly how many times each candidate visited every state: Source: The Campaigns’ Travels WSJ, NOVEMBER 1, 2008

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Politics, Travel

Drink with Europeans!

Category: Food and Drink, Politics, Travel

Gasoline Prices

Category: Current Affairs, Finance, Travel