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:
Die Hard 2: Die Harder I’m always faced with strong opposition whenever I try and ‘claim’ that Die Hard is a Christmas film, despite the unavoidable festive references such as ‘Ho Ho Ho I have a Machine Gun’! However with this list of the best aviation films, the Die Hard series can finally receive recognition it deserves. The second film in the series, Die Hard 2: Die Harder. is set and partly filmed at a major US airport, Washington Dulles International Airport.
The plot of the film is based entirely at the airport, Washington Dulles International Airport in the US, John McCann (played by Bruce Willis) must once again save the world from evil terrorist’s plans which are operating from and involving the Airport.
Con Air Con Air is just an awesome film. Being set on a plane allows it to be included in this list, but it would still be a great film regardless of that.
Written and Directed by Jerry Bruckheimer, the film is about a group of dangerous, odd and even heroic criminals who are being transported together, for various reasons, in an escorted prisoner plane. The main protagonist is Cameron Poe, played by Nicholas Cage, a war veteran and ex-Army Ranger who had been sentenced for protecting his pregnant wife from a drunk attacker. The majority of the film is set 8 years later once Poe had been granted parole and on route for his release, other passengers of the plane have other ideas it eventually get’s taken over by a criminal leader who was on route to a new Supermax Prison.
This image was recently posted on Twitter by Jeff Cadiente, a Stunt Director, who had been working on the Con Air during the filming. In the background of the image you can see the ‘Con Air’ plane which had slammed into the Vegas Casino.
There are many other popular aviation films which myself or others will feature on the the blog at a later date. Comments are also welcome (below) for you to add your own favourite or worse aviation and flying movies for us!
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.
Duration: Five years. Terminal 2 closed on 23 November 2009, and with the opening date set for 4 June 2014, the duration of the project will be 1654 days.
Facilities: A new T2 building, a 522 metre satellite pier (T2B), a car park boasting 1,340 spaces, an energy centre and cooling station.
Estimated traffic: It is estimated that London Heathrow’s T2 will see approximately 20 million passengers going through it a year. On average 55,000 passengers are expected to arrive and depart from Terminal 2 each day. (more…)
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!
Started after Oshkosh 2010 and formerly known as AirplanePorn.com, the Airplane Guy aims to become a place to visit for those seeking aviation entertainment, awesome pictures, videos, podcasts, apps and any sort of thing related to aviation.
Harriet Baskas is a writer and an award-winning radio producer, who after spending eight hours waiting for a flight home to Seattle decided she needed to become an airport’s guide. In her blog Stuck at the Airport, Harriett not only speaks about airports, but about fun facts, amenities and airport related things that are a bit out of the ordinary.
Sometimes flying can be boring, especially when you have to queue for hours before boarding, or need to wait for your luggage once you arrive at your destination. If you have a look at Sleeping in Airports you will see airports have a funny and sometimes “wild” touch too. Visit Sleeping in Airports and discover… the other side of the story!
And this is it. Not had enough? No worries, this is just the beginning! For more interesting aviation websites, keep an eye on our Blog, Part II is almost there :)
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’.
For many people (especially lovers of flying) another important factor is the aircraft. It’s true that when taking a long-haul flight, the difference between one plane or another can be massive, but then again, most of us aren’t airplane geeks so for our second factor, we should look for a good in-flight service. Of course, this is a tough one to value, I’m sure that many of you have flown with the same company more than once and each time received a different service (if not, either you’re very lucky or you didn’t fly enough), and that’s not the only factor. We’re all different and we crave for different needs, but even if you rarely use the in-flight services, you should take them into consideration, you should always keep in mind that the crew is there to help you!
So, how do you easily identify an airline with a good service? I’m sure you already know how to… you can ask people that have already flown with that precise airline, you can check forums or reviews on the internet… and you can also check if that airline has been awarded for their excellent staff! For example Skytrax gives one of the most renowned awards in the industry, so don’t push things and pay a visit to their website or search for other awards or reviews and make sure they’re the latest ones, a review from 2008 won’t help you much!
Our last ingredient is a bit of special, and it is you. It’s entirely up to you to set up this last advice, for two main reasons we’ve been pointing out along this guide: not everyone has the same needs and flying can sometimes be a bit of a gamble. So it’s your turn to decide what you will value most when flying, maybe it’s having enough legroom, the schedule of the airline, seat positioning, time performance and reliability… it’s entirely up to you. Just remember, don’t rush it, just because you book 20 minutes later, it doesn’t mean the price is going to increase so get comfortable on your seat, stretch your legs and enjoy your hunting for the perfect booking.
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!
You can now visit some of the world’s biggest airports without stepping out of your house, and know exactly where the currency exchange point or a cling film luggage wrapping kiosk is situated, and where the shuttle bus would drop you off should you decide to fly from that airport.
As of November 2013 Google maps offer virtual walks past the shops, check-in counters and meeting points at 16 airports worldwide, such as Madrid’s Barajas, London Gatwick and Tokyo International Airport. You can even explore the inside of an Emirates Airbus A380 at Dubai Airport.
This interactive map shows all the new Street View transit locations worldwide, that are not limited to just airports; the tool will let you virtually explore over 50 train and subway stations, as well as a cable car station in Hong Kong.
So if you would like to know how far you’d need to walk from the main entrance to the escalators, or from the lifts to the nearest WC, you can have a quick look around the airport buildings, find where to drop off your oversized luggage, explore the architecture, look at what the locals are wearing or see the range of cafes, restaurants and shops if you still have to grab that last box of chocolates or a souvenir fridge magnet for someone special.
Airports across Spain and Japan are the most featured on Street View. Here’s a few examples of what you can find.
We are nearing the end of 2013 and we have seen many changes to World Airport Codes throughout the year with the launch of the new design and today, the first ever blog for the site! We plan on using this blog to share some of the most interesting airport related news stories, statistics, travel news, stuff of aviation geeks and developments with World Airport Codes.
To launch this new blog we thought it would be a great time to announce our new guides. These guides are to help those who are new to an airport and want to locate places to stay in the surrounding airport area and find out how on earth to get to and from the airport. The guides cover local taxi information and reliable drivers, the best hotels on offer, where to park at the airport and all the details you could need about renting a car at your airport destination.
Let’s start with the taxi guides; we had a think about what you would need when you arrive at the airport and realised: surely the easiest and quickest way to get away from the airport was to get a taxi! Taking a closer look at the taxi industry we discovered it was a minefield to get your head around all of the taxi options available and rules for getting a taxi, especially in the USA. Because of this we thought we would take off with taxi guides in US destinations. We contacted the leading taxi companies in New York and Chicago and added them to our guide, along with some in depth advice on getting a taxi, what taxis you can book and pick up, the average prices for a taxi and how much you should tip.
For those who prefer to drive themselves around town rather than being chauffeured, we put together a guide for car hire as well – it is only available for Malaga at the moment as we wanted to make sure we had the best guide possible. We think we have done this, including info on where to get your car hire at the airport, who to book with and even some fantastic Spanish phrases for those who want to learn a spot of local lingo.
Hotel was the the obvious next guide as passengers often need a place to stay. We got our in house travel experts to find the nearest hotels for the locations Chicago O’Hare International Airport and New York City JFK airports. You can view a map on the guide for all hotels in the area along with top information for each one.
The final two guides we created were parking guides for Chicago O’Hare Airport and New York City JFK airport. These guides should help you familiarise and plan your parking before heading to the airport.
We have just started with New York, Chicago O’Hare and Malaga airport transport and hotel guides for now but do not worry – your next destination will be there soon. What airport guide would you like to see next?