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February 27, 2012

Another French airline is making its way across the Atlantic to give both US and European air carriers a little competition on the Paris route. ​I happen to like Air France quite a lot, but they have a new competitor for the affections of American air travelers. It’s called XL Airways France.../ ➝

February 27, 2012

After a couple of decades of quietly making its mark in regional aviation, Embraer may be ready to give both Boeing and Airbus a run for their money. If you get the sense over the next few years that you’re seeing some new aircraft silhouettes around your airports, jet airliners almost the siz.../ ➝

February 26, 2012

A roundup of the good, the bad and the bizarre from the world’s best travel media ​ RETURN OF THE TRAVEL AGENT? The Internet has given us all the ability to search out the lowest price on all things related to travel, so we really have no need for travel agents anymore, right? Not necessaril.../ ➝

February 22, 2012

​ A new national museum devoted to black American history and culture is being built in Washington DC. When it opens three years from now, Black History will have a permanent home and headquarters in this country for the first time.​ Some time today, President Barack Obama will break ground on t.../ ➝

February 19, 2012

SITE:The Other Africa TYPE: News/information mashup NOTE: Not to be confused with other Web sites with the same name You’ve already got the mainstream media to bring you the latest horror stories from the Mother Continent. When you want to know what ELSE is going on in Africa, you can look her.../ ➝

February 18, 2012

My ongoing experiment with the hotel reservation site BackBid continues. The site, still in beta, lets competing hotels bid to beat the price of your existing hotel reservation. After two weeks, with one week to go before my original reservation takes effect, BackBid just produced a third competing .../ ➝

February 18, 2012

Music is as good a reason to travel as food, scenery or culture — and presents you with great opportunities to enjoy all three. Looking for a great new travel experience? Follow that sound! The English writer William Congreve, 1670–1729, assured the world that “Musick has Charms to sooth a.../ ➝

February 15, 2012

The 21-string harp that forms the core of traditional West African music takes center stage for two weeks this spring in the Gambia. Of all the instruments that have helped define traditional African music, none may be more iconic than the signature musical instrument of West Africa, the kora. And t.../ ➝

February 11, 2012

America’s first licensed black female architect, she designed airports and embassies. Every time you catch a flight or meet a flight at Los Angeles International Airport, you are standing on a piece of Black history, courtesy of one Norma Merrick Sklarek. When she passed the New York state exa.../ ➝

February 10, 2012

A pilot program that would make security screening at US airports faster and more dignified is being expanded across the country. Don’t look now, but something strange and seldom seen may be coming one day to the security screening process at an American airport near you. It’s already ap.../ ➝