THE FLYING CRITIC - AN UNDENIABLE EXPERT
This has been long overdue but I’m about to take on another challenge as The Flying Critic for which I am more eminently qualified to take on, than most travel writers.
Over the last 25 years I have been involved in planning worldwide meetings for such notable entities like International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers Associations (IFACTA). Those and many other entities still ring loud today with their varying subjects liek wake vortex, live animals on board (LAB), baggage tracking, security systems, terrorism and volcanic ash.
I was even one of the very few non-airline personnel that had his own SITA number allowing me to communicate with any airline department, in any country, in the world.
And then there is the more juicy history as a wholesales and consolidator for major airlines like British Airways, Malaysian Airways, Kuwait Airlines, South African Airlines and Finnair. The vast number of military and diplomatic personnel I handled; movie stars and producers; recording artists; a mini-catalogue of varying royal family members; and ordinary people like you and me.
PUTTING AIRLINES UNDER SCRUTINY
The most I have ever flown in one year was 42 times. And when you’ve been on that many aeroplanes covering the most moden fleets in the Middle East, to some of the worst airlines in Africa, you kind of pick up a few observations (and fears) on route. I pay attention to the little details.
With the upcoming launch of The Flying Critic, I add to my stable of interests by taking on an integrated approach to air travel from an authoritative reviewer’s perspective, to a veteran in the travel industry, and a very seasoned traveler.
Though I’m less avid with my soaring adventures, I will cover everything from the moment the decision is made to fly, to the moment I re-enter my home again: reservations, ticketing, check in, phone and serving manners, personnel, uniform, baggage handling, seat space, comfort, flying in all cabin classes, food, premium lounges, limo services, amenities, access for the disabled, elderly or infirm.
The list may be huge, but my reviews will be incredibly thorough, informative and unbiased.
Look out for the first in my series of reviews. They will be published here on The Walking Critic and on The Flying Critic in due course.