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May 23, 2005

Sic transit gloria mundi

The Flea is on the move again and regular posting should resume tomorrow from the not as sunny as it should be sounding Republic of Annexia. Some thoughts on discount airlines. The ticket price sounds good, yes, but the discount is eaten away by overweight baggage charges and the price of rail/coach tickets each way to and from your destination city and hinterland airport. Big savings for the inconvenience and expense are retained by the airline while each souvenir of your visit jacks up your fare to exactly where it would be had you flown with a proper carrier. At least, such is the guestimate of the travelling book collector. If stamps and other light-weight antiquities are your game you may not face the same problem.

Some further reflection for my airline: Air Transat, your customer service is everything I could have expected had I realized your corporate headquarters was in Quebec City. Your steerage-class in-flight cuisine is everything I have come to know and love from from the gourmanderie that is the Great White North. And while my first flight with you found all the electrics and tail parts still in working order on touch-down your peerless Canadian accident record leaves me crossing my fingers and offering prayers to a variety of ancient storm gods as I face the prospect of my return journey.

Once again: Air Transat, you are the sucking wind beneath my wings.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 23, 2005 06:50 AM

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Your steerage-class in-flight cuisine is everything I have come to know and love from from the gourmanderie that is the Great White North.

Poutine?

Posted by: urthshu [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 23, 2005 11:59 AM

hey urthshu, don't knock poutine! ;)

yeah, i'll never fly air transat again. better to wait for seat sales on air canada and pray that they don't go out of business before you're done your trip.

Posted by: mainja [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 23, 2005 07:20 PM

Nice knowing ya ;p

Posted by: beautifulatrocities [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 23, 2005 09:24 PM