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(KATU)   Middle East is called "new" global travel crossroads. Ancient Sumerians, Babylonians, Jews, Egyptians, Persians, Romans all shake heads in disgust   (katu.com) divider line 15
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2013-03-05 08:20:30 AM
What, no love for the Polynesians?
 
2013-03-05 08:22:18 AM
My bad, that wasn't even close to being right. I meant Phoenician.
 
2013-03-05 08:24:54 AM
No love for the Ottoman Empire?
 
2013-03-05 08:25:34 AM
The British would like a word...
 
2013-03-05 08:28:39 AM
Yup, Dubai is a great transit point.
 
2013-03-05 09:29:53 AM
Marco! Polo!
 
2013-03-05 09:34:28 AM
to be fair, previous travelers would have had a more difficult time getting into and out of these locations, not to mention a much longer travel time.
 
2013-03-05 10:10:02 AM
media.lonelyplanet.com
 
2013-03-05 12:19:02 PM
The airplane in the picture is an A320, not A380.
 
2013-03-05 12:34:05 PM
Isn't that basically what the Guns Germs and Steel guy was on about?  If you couldn't trace your culture back to the Fertile Crescent, you were doomed to be conquered by the descendants of those who had.  According to him, everything came because the Mesopotamians figured out it's easier to grow food in one place than keep moving to look for food.
 
2013-03-05 12:35:32 PM
Watch out for the devil with a oud..
 
2013-03-05 12:35:43 PM

Tr0mBoNe: The airplane in the picture is an A320, not A380.


You noticed that, did you? Plane-spotter? Pilot?

For my part, I would like to point out that the BALPA spokesman was wearing the British Psychiatric Association Dinner Dance Club cuff-links.
 
2013-03-05 12:44:26 PM
I like the idea of more direct flights between smaller cities. Since the major airlines got greedy and decided to fill seats for filling seats sake, regardless of the inconvenience, health or safety of the passengers, inter-city routes have become a ridiculous gauntlet of detours and lay-overs.

Where are you flying from? Boston.

Where are you flying to? New York.

Where are you now? Atlanta, Chicago's O'Hare, Kinshasa, Heathrow, the New Jersey Wilds.

Apparently only one of these airports is not on the route between Boston and New York. But Philadelphia is.

That's why I stay on the ground complaining about airlines instead of flying.

Of course, the only reason that Middle Eastern airlines fly direct routes is not that they aren't greedy but they simply can't get the routes to screw their passengers. The same is true of a number of small airlines in other places. Regional carriers tend to have more direct routes because they can't play "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?" with you and your luggage. They're barely allowed into the big air hubs if at all.
 
2013-03-05 06:57:04 PM

brantgoose: I like the idea of more direct flights between smaller cities. Since the major airlines got greedy and decided to fill seats for filling seats sake, regardless of the inconvenience, health or safety of the passengers, inter-city routes have become a ridiculous gauntlet of detours and lay-overs.

Where are you flying from? Boston.

Where are you flying to? New York.

Where are you now? Atlanta, Chicago's O'Hare, Kinshasa, Heathrow, the New Jersey Wilds.

Apparently only one of these airports is not on the route between Boston and New York. But Philadelphia is.

That's why I stay on the ground complaining about airlines instead of flying.

Of course, the only reason that Middle Eastern airlines fly direct routes is not that they aren't greedy but they simply can't get the routes to screw their passengers. The same is true of a number of small airlines in other places. Regional carriers tend to have more direct routes because they can't play "Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?" with you and your luggage. They're barely allowed into the big air hubs if at all.


It really has more to do with the fact that their countries are either tiny or have a few very large cities separated by a lot of nothing and they can focus on longer international routes where demand suits one or two large planes per day with lower operating costs.

They also have zero issues with pensions or retirement and each Middle East Airline is secretly or openly funded by their respective government.
 
2013-03-06 02:58:14 PM
Byzantines and Mongols - settle for a FacePalm? Hittites shake tiny fists in rage. Assyrians mope in the corner, raising new standing armies.
 
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