Category: Dispatches

Brief letters from around the world.

LETTER FROM NEW YORK – THE FINE ETTIQUETTE OF ROAD TRIPPING

LETTER FROM NEW YORK – THE FINE ETTIQUETTE OF ROAD TRIPPING

Henry’s driving terrified me. I don’t scare easily. But there is something about a battered red semi-trailer barreling down on you at an aggregate speed of a couple hundred kilometers per hour while a...

EAST AFRICAN FLYER – LETTER FROM KAMPALA – CUSTOMER SERVICE A LA UG

EAST AFRICAN FLYER – LETTER FROM KAMPALA – CUSTOMER SERVICE A LA UG

Angela Kintu Customer service is a relatively new concept to Ugandans, seeing as we have only just started owning businesses of our own. In October we will be 50 years independent. For years before...

LETTER FROM JO’BURG –  SUPER-SIZE SEATS FOR PASSENGERS OF WIDER THAN AIRLINE AVERAGE GIRTH

LETTER FROM JO’BURG – SUPER-SIZE SEATS FOR PASSENGERS OF WIDER THAN AIRLINE AVERAGE GIRTH

SUPER-SIZE SEATS FOR PASSENGERS OF WIDER THAN AIRLINE AVERAGE GIRTH Letter from Johannesburg By Mwangi Githahu Over the last few years there have been reports from no less an august body than the World...

Laughing at yourself is good medicine – and business

Laughing at yourself is good medicine – and business

Angela Kintu Flying in an airplane is such a serious thing – from the rigorous security checks to the visa requirements and the prohibitive costs. International airports are awe-inspiring and the very idea of...

Taxi to Airport, Bringing Air Travel to the Masses

Taxi to Airport, Bringing Air Travel to the Masses

    I laughed merrily when I heard that South Africa’s chaotic minibus taxi industry had plans to launch an airline. Even though it was already July, I couldn’t help but think the news...

Catching an Inaugural Flight  the Ugandan Way

Catching an Inaugural Flight the Ugandan Way

Ugandans, like any good Africans, have their mini-cultures and habits, even when it concerns something as modern as taking a ride in an airplane.  Here, we refer to anything beyond our landlocked borders as...

The Qantas Dispute

The Qantas Dispute

  The Flying Kangaroo, aka Australian national carrier Qantas, celebrated its 91st birthday last week in mid-November with visits from two high-profile travelers – their ambassador, the actor John Travolta, as well as the...

Jack the Cat & Jim the Meerkat – or a Tale of Two Airports

Jack the Cat & Jim the Meerkat – or a Tale of Two Airports

  Late in the evening of Tuesday, October 25. One JFK Customs area’s many employees is minding their own business—or the US Government’s business—when a howling orange cat descends through the ceiling. This kind...