UAE Relaxes Islamic Laws for Personal Freedoms The United Arab Emirates (which includes Dubai and Abu Dhabi) has announced major changes to the country’s Islamic personal laws. Allowing unmarried couples to live together, reducing alcohol restrictions and criminalising so-called “honour killings.” The reforms aim to boost the country’s economy, tourism and social standing and “consolidate the UAE’s principles of tolerance,” said state-run WAM news agency. The news agency offered only minimal details in the surprise Read More
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Why planes fly at 35,000 feet Planes fly at high altitude and actually the policy is the higher the better. One of the main reasons behind aircraft altitude is that. As the air gets thinner planes can travel more easily and therefore move faster and burn less fuel. Therefore saving money. The “sweet spot” of flying is regarded as between 35,000 and 42,000 feet .The airline industry still uses feet as its standard measurements. Too high Read More
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Kyoto Voted Best Big City in the World Kyoto was voted as the best big city in the world by readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine. For the magazine’s yearly Readers’ Choice Awards, readers vote on the best things in travel, including the best countries, cities, airports, trains and hotels. A record 600,000 readers voted from April 1 to June 30 using the Condé Nast Traveller website. The survey, which has been held for 33 Read More
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New ‘Flying-V’ Airplane Makes First Flight Researchers have for the first time flown a model of the Flying-V. This is a new type of airplane designed to carry passengers, fuel and cargo in its large wings. The model of the V-shaped plane was about 2.8 metres long, 3.1 metres wide and weighed 22.5 kilograms. Flown using remote control, it took off at 80 kilometres per hour and flew as planned. The plane is a project Read More
  Categories : Airbus A350, New Aircraft Launch, New York, Reducing emissions, Singapore   ,
Airbnb Launches Online Cooking Lessons with Famous Chefs Airbnb has launched online cooking lessons with chefs from well-known or Michelin-starred restaurants as part of its new Online Experiences service. The lessons include chefs talking about their favourite dishes and cooking a meal. A list of ingredients is shared ahead of time so viewers can follow the chef’s recipe and cook it at home. “As a chef we connect with our guests through our food, but Read More
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17August

Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic Shows Off Passenger Spaceship Interior Virgin Galactic has revealed the interior of the company’s rocket plan. Space Ship Two, which is being tested in preparation for commercial service. During an online event on the 28th  July 2020. The company showed off the cabin’s 12 viewing windows, seats for each flight’s six passengers, 16 cameras to document the adventure and, naturally, mood lighting. Virgin Galactic was founded by British billionaire Richard Branson. After the Read More
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Balloon to Fly Tourists to Edge of Space Whilst the travel industry is focused on the current pandemic, here at Altitude Flights we are delighted to report on something totally different. In Fact, it’s out of this world.   Two companies, Space Perspective and PriestmanGoode, are working together to make a balloon that will fly passengers to the edge of space. I will be called Spaceship Neptune. The balloon will use hydrogen to float up Read More
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Ride the World’s Longest ‘Flying Fox’ in New Zealand New Zealand calls itself the home of adventure tourism, with many exciting activities for tourists around the country. One example is the Skywire ride — the world’s longest “flying fox” — found at Cable Bay Adventure Park, outside of Nelson, on the South Island. A “flying fox” is what New Zealanders call a “zipline” — where a person uses a pulley to move down a cable Read More
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Skiplagging: Cheap Flights that Airlines Hate Did you know that you can sometimes save money by buying more airfares than you actually need? This is called skiplagging. For example. Let’s say you want to fly from New York to San Francisco. A direct flight might be $400, but a flight from New York to Seattle with a stop in San Francisco might be $250. So you could save $150 by buying the Seattle flight and getting off Read More
  Categories : Cheap flights, Travel Tips
A Tour of Europe’s Best Christmas Markets Christmas markets are a popular holiday tradition. Some people go to them to buy gifts, and others to enjoy food and drinks with friends. Here are some of Europe’s best Christmas markets. Cologne, Germany Cologne is home to many Christmas markets, with the biggest taking place in front of Cologne Cathedral. As many as 4 million people visit it every year. As well as market stalls selling toys, Read More
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