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the sorrow of flight

April 22, 2008


Twenty years ago, air travel was exciting, fun and exotic. Taking a plane to one’s destination was part of the journey and signaled the start of the vacation. People would dress well to board a plane. The flight attendants were courteous and helpful. Meals were not great, of course, but it was not the joke […]

more a380 problems

March 30, 2008


Oh boy, here we go again. More trouble from the world’s biggest passenger jetliner, the Airbus 380, the seven-storey tall behemoth of an airplane that could seat 449 passengers in its double decks. Singapore Airlines, currently the only carrier to operate the aircraft, had to announce mechanical problems of the plane today for the second […]

a380 bragging rights might not be worth it

March 27, 2008


You would think that a company as financially-savvy as Singapore Airlines would have thought long and hard before making the decision to be the first airline to fly the super-sized jumbo jet, the Airbus 380. In retrospect, it seemed to be a decision driven by vanity over other factors. The aircraft, which seats 470 under […]

the people’s car, the people’s nightmare

January 14, 2008


Tata Motors’ launch this week of the Nano, a little car that can seat 5 and costs $2,500, has attracted much attention for its potential to bring mobility to the masses. Technologically, it is significant, capitalizing on India’s plentiful labor and cheaper materials to build a car that could be affordable to people of lesser […]

Saints and tyrants

May 3, 2007


Mexicans must be be the most patient people in the world. They have to be. There’s just no choice. It’s not just the sheer numbers – 20 million people living in the greater Mexico City area, 4 million vehicles circulating on the city’s roads. Part of it also has to do with the tyranny of […]