Miscellaneous Ramblings by Tony Clegg Butt of Travel News

Posted on April 5th, 2013
Categories: News

TCB Why is it that on a particular airline, known locally as the Pride of Africa, they have such difficulty keeping their in-flight entertainment systems working? I flew with them long haul a couple of times last year on two different kinds of aircraft and had to endure long boring flights without my favourite movie or even major music.

It goes like this: you board, then scan the in-flight mag, see what you want to watch, and then once airborne, dive into the netherworld of fantasy and fiction, only to come up short with a malfunctioning system. My family recently flew round-trip to Europe with the Pride, trading as the Flying Dutchman, and on both flights nada!  I just flew to the coast on their new Brazilian jobs – Embraer 190s — again, a screen that said welcome, and welcome only.

I remember rumbling about this very subject many years ago. Good grief, nothing has changed, which is a worry in the grander scheme of things.

The former Commercial Director of this airline once made a joke while delivering an address to travel professionals about two things you could guarantee at his airline. Late arrivals and departures plus no movies. Unsurprisingly, no one laughed.

Eldest daughter whinges that the world’s favourite airline has old-fashioned in-flight equipment on the Nairobi run and few movies – but at least they work!

I guess we have all got used to flying with airlines that have state-of-the-art on-demand movies and TV with massive choice, and music systems that allow you to put together your own jukebox at the flick of a switch, and games, games, games. Busy you will be.

I hadn’t been to Mombasa town on business for a long, long time but recently spent 4 days there. With temperatures reaching 32C with 80% humidity, it was ugly.  Getting around town was a nightmare; take pity on the folk of Mombasa – we think we are hard done by in Nairobi, but compared to Mombasa, we have it easy. Of course, I speak of traffic.

Actually, getting from the airport was a triumph in itself. I’d hate to think what our overseas visitors think of the chaotic traffic and garbage everywhere, not forgetting the stench of rotting garbage. This sad state of affairs pervades throughout  the island town.

One oasis is centuries-old Fort Jesus.

Has it survived well?

Put it this way, it hasn’t got any worse than it was in the 80s when I last visited. Actually, if truth be told, it has improved somewhat.

It was clean, cool and calm, and a very interesting waypoint on anyone’s Mombasa itinerary.

I was fortunate to see the Sound & Light show performed, if that is the right word, in the fort most evenings, followed by a delicious buffet. This venture is all credit to the folk at the Severin Sea Lodge.

I’ll have to say I was very impressed and for a supposed know-it-all, I learnt a lot about the history of the fort, which was built in 1591. Showing off, I know..

My travel in the next month or so will take me to the updated and improved Island Camp on Lake Baringo, then to Bahrain for the Grand Prix and later to Bali on business, of course!!

Obviously you’ll be hearing about all of this in the coming months.

Peace reigns in Kenya… and talking of that the rains have started, which is always a blessing in Africa.

TCB

Why is it that on a particular airline, known locally as the Pride of Africa, they have such difficulty keeping their in-flight entertainment systems working? I flew with them long haul a couple of times last year on two different kinds of aircraft and had to endure long boring flights without my favourite movie or even major music.

It goes like this: you board, then scan the in-flight mag, see what you want to watch, and then once airborne, dive into the netherworld of fantasy and fiction, only to come up short with a malfunctioning system. My family recently flew round-trip to Europe with the Pride, trading as the Flying Dutchman, and on both flights nada!  I just flew to the coast on their new Brazilian jobs – Embraer 190s — again, a screen that said welcome, and welcome only.

I remember rumbling about this very subject many years ago. Good grief, nothing has changed, which is a worry in the grander scheme of things.

The former Commercial Director of this airline once made a joke while delivering an address to travel professionals about two things you could guarantee at his airline. Late arrivals and departures plus no movies. Unsurprisingly, no one laughed.

Eldest daughter whinges that the world’s favourite airline has old-fashioned in-flight equipment on the Nairobi run and few movies – but at least they work!

I guess we have all got used to flying with airlines that have state-of-the-art on-demand movies and TV with massive choice, and music systems that allow you to put together your own jukebox at the flick of a switch, and games, games, games. Busy you will be.

I hadn’t been to Mombasa town on business for a long, long time but recently spent 4 days there. With temperatures reaching 32C with 80% humidity, it was ugly.  Getting around town was a nightmare; take pity on the folk of Mombasa – we think we are hard done by in Nairobi, but compared to Mombasa, we have it easy. Of course, I speak of traffic.

Actually, getting from the airport was a triumph in itself. I’d hate to think what our overseas visitors think of the chaotic traffic and garbage everywhere, not forgetting the stench of rotting garbage. This sad state of affairs pervades throughout  the island town.

One oasis is centuries-old Fort Jesus.

Has it survived well?

Put it this way, it hasn’t got any worse than it was in the 80s when I last visited. Actually, if truth be told, it has improved somewhat.

It was clean, cool and calm, and a very interesting waypoint on anyone’s Mombasa itinerary.

I was fortunate to see the Sound & Light show performed, if that is the right word, in the fort most evenings, followed by a delicious buffet. This venture is all credit to the folk at the Severin Sea Lodge.

I’ll have to say I was very impressed and for a supposed know-it-all, I learnt a lot about the history of the fort, which was built in 1591. Showing off, I know..

My travel in the next month or so will take me to the updated and improved Island Camp on Lake Baringo, then to Bahrain for the Grand Prix and later to Bali on business, of course!!

Obviously you’ll be hearing about all of this in the coming months.

Peace reigns in Kenya… and talking of that the rains have started, which is always a blessing in Africa.

TCB

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