If someone drops a fork at Dinner in the Sky, a seven-ton platform may have to be lowered 50 meters (yards) to pick up a new one, so diners tend to keep a good grip on the cutlery. Joining a growing trend for extreme dining - from supper in the dark to eating in the jungle - Dinner in the Sky takes the concept to, well, new heights, with a select group of guests sitting around a table suspended 160 feet in the air. You could be eating above a forest, hovering above a beach or dangling in the midst of a European capital, floating above landmarks usually only seen from the ground. Whatever the location, the aim is to elevate dining out of the ordinary. That's the case with the Brussels edition of Dinner in the Sky, which during June gives 22 diners at a time the chance to enjoy gourmet food and champagne while suspended near sites such as the Royal Palace, the famed Atomium or the Cambre forest. "I just thought, wouldn't it be nice if we could eat up here?" Stefan Kerkhofs, one of … [Read more...] about “Flying table” lifts gourmet dining to new heights
In the suburbs of Hanoi an aircraft with the Vietnam Airlines emblem circles through the air as a crowd of spectators on the ground watches in envious wonder. But out of nowhere a blue jet appears and the two planes collide in the air, exploding instantly. The crowd gasps in disbelief and one man down on the ground shakes his head in disgust. As the pilot and owner of the mock-Vietnam Airlines aircraft, Pham Minh Tu has just witnessed his VND5 million $284) investment turn to dust. “I just bought it last week. I was only testing it now,” says Tu, who had never crashed a model airplane before today. “I cannot understand how I could make such a stupid mistake.” However, controlling a model plane at speeds of up to 100kmph is no easy feat. That’s why model airplane owners, like Tu, practice flying and landing on a computer before trying the real thing. Even if the owner has mastered his technique for flying, the models could have an electrical fault … [Read more...] about I wanna fly… high!
A big asteroid made its closest fly-by of Earth in 200 years, but there was never a chance of a crash landing as it zipped past our planet, NASA said. A big asteroid made its closest fly-by of Earth in 200 years, but there was never a chance of a crash landing as it zipped past our planet, NASA said. Photo: AFP Astronomers around the world aimed their telescopes to catch a glimpse of the 2005 YU55 asteroid, which is about as big as an aircraft carrier but was not visible to the naked eye when it passed by at its closest point at 2328 GMT. "Frankly, for anybody this is going to be really hard to see. This is 100 times more dim than what the human eye can see. You need a good telescope," NASA spokeswoman Veronica McGregor said before the fly-by. The near-spherical, 1,300-feet (400-meter) in diameter asteroid often travels in the vicinity of Earth, Mars and Venus, but "the 2011 encounter with Earth is the closest this space rock has … [Read more...] about Large asteroid nears Earth for rare fly-by
Traveling with pets can be a nerve-racking adventure for first-time fliers - and even more so for their owners. But preparing ahead, from organized feeding schedules to vet visits, is a strategic way to guarantee you and your furry friend will be fine 35,000 feet in the air. Online travel adviser Cheapflights.com (www.cheapflights.com) offers its top 10 tips for flying with pets. Reuters has not endorsed this list: 1. Calculate the costs The charges associated with carrying pets onboard - whether checked or in the cabin - add up quickly. Research airlines' different rates ahead of time and factor the canine and feline fees into the total cost of airfare - both yours and your pet's - before pressing book. Delta Air Lines for instance, attaches a hefty $200 fee per kennel to check a pet for one-way flights; cabin riders do less financial damage at $125 per kennel. And a good rule of thumb: like general airfare, discount airlines like Southwest ($75) and JetBlue ($100) often charge … [Read more...] about Travel Picks: Top 10 tips for flying with pets
Air carrier Cathay Pacific plans direct flights from Hong Kong to Washington, DC for the first time in late 2018.The airline will commence a four-times-weekly service to the city in September, which will complement its existing routes to the East Coast, including Boston and New York’s two main international airports, John F Kennedy and Newark Liberty.The service to Dulles International Airport, which will become the longest on the Cathay Pacific network in terms of distance at 7,085 nautical miles, will be operated by the all-new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.According to the company, the new flight will offer Vietnamese customers more choice on their routes to Washington WC. Recently, the airlines each week has 19 flights from HCM City to Hong Kong while 12 others from Ha Noi and 9 flights from Da Nang.Cathay Pacific Chief Executive Officer Rupert Hogg said the new service has been introduced to cater to the growing demand for travel to the capital region of the US and to provide … [Read more...] about Cathay Pacific to fly direct from Hong Kong to Washington DC