Just a few years ago, you would find that the most high-tech piece of equipment at an airport for travellers would be pay phones or fax machines filling terminal walls with ugly plastic boxes. However, times have changed with the technical age and now airports are entering the 21st century with some of the most innovative technologies in the world. We take a look at how technology has improved the world of travel in these changing times.
10 years ago, to check into your journey you would have to arrive hours before your flight and join an endless queue of equally bored individuals and families (and you would not have had a mobile phone to entertain you and your group). However, incessant queuing is no more as check-in can now be done online, meaning you can print off your boarding pass and select your seat from the comfort of your own home. If you have hand luggage only, you can even walk straight through to security, into the terminal and onto the plane – cutting down the amount of time you need to spend at the airport or increasing the amount of time you can spend in duty-free if you prefer! Kiosk check-in’s are also available at most airports now so you do not even need to speak to airport staff if you have not checked in beforehand.
With all the new technology making our world a smaller place it is truly difficult to understand how a Boeing 777 carrying 239 people can totally disappear. However that is what has happened in the year 2014.
On Saturday it will be 2 weeks since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing and there is still no evidence to suggest where one earth it could be, which is deeply upsetting for the families and friends of those who boarded that flight.
The internet has run wild with theories and speculation but the truth is there is still much doubt over what is going on and what could have possibly happened. Here is what we do know:
Not only flew during 38 years, but he also took pictures of all of it. After retiring in October 2012, Rand has been sharing his stories and knowledge, as well as his love for photography with all of us through the Internet. If you want to have a great time, don’t miss this site, it really is moving!
The team here at World Airport Codes are obviously well into our travel, especially planes and airports, but we also enjoy a good film too.
So I thought it would be fun to see what we, as a company, thought were the best aviation films ever. The only condition is that the film has to revolve around a plane, airport or flight. Also mentioned are one or two films that we didn’t think much of.
This film about racing planes, a spin-off from the Cars franchise, is probably mostly favoured amongst our younger enthusiasts out there. Although Planes was not officially published by Pixar studio it was co-written and directed by the some of the same team who were involved. The story revolves around the tale of Dusty Crophopper, a cropduster plane who really dreams of becoming a race plane.
Although Planes was quite harshly reviewed on various review sites, I don’t feel it was that bad. The animations were nice and the children are sure to enjoy it.
They’ve also recently been working on a sequel ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ which is due for launch later this year, July 2014. Here’s a trailer for the upcoming release:
The world’s third busiest airport with the traffic figures reaching 72.3 million in 2013, London Heathrow is anticipating an exciting moment in its history – the opening of Terminal 2 in June this year.
We look at some of the more interesting facts and figures surrounding this new exciting addition.
What’s in the name: Terminal 2 is The Queen’s Terminal, recognising the 60 year relationship that the airport has had with Her Majesty the Queen.
Art: T2 will feature the Europe’s largest privately funded sculpture, called Slipstream, consisting of 23 bespoke pieces and created to resemble the shape and movement of a jet’s vapour trail. The sculpture designed by Richard Wilson weighs 74 tonnes, is over 70 metres long and hangs suspended up to 20 metres above the ground.
On a wild Tuesday afternoon in February, the World Airport Codes team decided to find out who had been to the most airports in the world. We discovered we were a pretty well travelled bunch and put it on a Google map just to show you where on earth we had all been:
If you click on a destination you can see which member of our team has visited that airport.
As you can see we have been all over the shop! Our HR manager Britt Hughes trumped all travellers having been to over 70 airports worldwide, followed by our Head of Finance Paul Charlton who had passed through 56 airports.
How many airports in the world have you been to? We would be interested to know who is our most experienced traveller who visits our site!
Whether you work in aviation or are a keen reader of anything related to airports, this blog post is for you. From avid photographers to private pilots that started in aviation even before they went to school, the websites listed below won’t leave you indifferent. Read, enjoy, and if you like it… spread the word!
Made by aviation geeks for aviation geeks, the Airline Reporter is a referent for those who work and or have interest in the aviation business, paying special attention to the airline industry, and reporting news in a simple and different way.
The House of Rapp first went live in 1995, and it’s managed by its creator, Ron Rapp, an ATP-rated pilot who has logged over 7,000 hours over the past fifteen years, whose start in aviation came at the early age of… 6 years old!
Here at our offices of World Airport Codes, we are frequent flyers. And every time we take a flight, whether it’s for work, leisure or paying a visit to the family, the same question pops up into our heads: ‘Which airline should I choose?’
There’s no easy anwser to this question, but we will try to give you three important key factors to keep in mind for the next time you have to choose one.
Of course, the first thing we all look for is the price. Booking in advance or online are some of the best known tips for saving that bit of money when we fly, also choosing a less well known lowcost airline over an international more expensive brand is usually our choice. This can be a disadvantage to us, since the trend shows that when making a booking, we tend to always look at the same type of airlines, forgetting completely about the other ones, and sometimes lowcost can get as expensive as a normal one.
That’s why unlike any other guides out there, we strongly recommend that you look at any possible airline that flies to your destination. ‘And how do I know which airlines fly to my destination?’ It’s easy, let’s say you want to fly from Malaga (AGP) to Paris (CDG), all you have to do is go to our detailed airport page and click on ‘Destinations’ in the left menu and search for your destination airport, as simple as that! And now that you’re aware of which airlines fly from your outbound airport, you can check the websites of the airlines, or check them through our own airport pages on the ‘Services’ section, under the tab ’Flights’.
It’s an amazing piece of work from a technical, historical and just interesting point of view. Showing you all the planes travelling at one point and how we got to this point, it provides us with great audio and visual delights that will really show you how far we have come in the 100 years people have been flying planes commercially.
From the first passenger flight from St. Petersburg, Florida to Tampa, Florida, to looking at the possibility of space flight in two years time, there is a wealth of knowledge to be found that will leave you clicking around for hours finding out new information!
Last year was a massive year for World Airport Codes (WAC) and the team.
Fubra Team are all smiling after successfully relaunching our World Airport Codes website! :-)
2013 saw an increase in the number of airports on our database, with more airports still to be added. WAC Mobile Apps were developed and released for all Android and iOS devices. Top Airports lists and other details were updated and/or built on. Features were enhanced. Facebook and Twitter accounts were created and maintained. And returning visitors to the site would of course already have noticed the complete overhaul to the website’s design:
Original – 2003
2006 – 2013
New – 2013
We’ve kept that motivation to improve WAC over the Christmas holidays and all came back into work, full of energy and ideas, ready to continue with our plans.
What to expect in 2014?
We’re still working towards creating great and informative guides on useful local services, such as; Taxis, Hotels, Car Hire and Airport Parking from all major airports around the world.
Both our Los Angeles Taxis & Heathrow Taxi pages are currently in progress and will soon be finalised. Once completed and live, we begin on another location or two and so on.
Top Secret glimpse of our new page for London Heathrow Airport Taxis & Transfers.
We are also still trying to improve the functionality of the site further. By increasing the page load speed, tweaking the layout and improving the information we’re sure that we can make your (and our) experiences with World Airport Codes even better!
This blog will always be kept up to date as well, with all of our (and aviation or airports in general) latest and most exciting news… So, don’t leave luggage unattended and be sure to check-in with us again soon.
Please feel free to share any thoughts, ideas or suggestions you may have in the comments section below this blog post. Thanks for reading!