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In yet another post from a member ofTalisstaff in an aeroplane, I'm currently 12,192m above Ungava Bay in the very north of Canada, inbound to Chicagoen routeto Charleston and the eponymousconferenceat which I speak tomorrow. I'm not long returned fromMonterey,IanandSamhave reachedSan Franciscoin their grand tour, and Richard is now in the office deleting the mountain of email I sent him during his successful trip to South Africa last week.
I'm flying withbmitoday, and have the good fortune to be sat in the middle of the plane, in 'Premium Economy.' In this particular case, my seat proved cheaper than one further to the back where I usually lurk, in that space (a loose use of the word) I am sure some sick and twisted individual invented after reading a little too much Dante. Anyone who thinks travel is 'glamorous', 'exciting' or a 'perk' should try going any significant distance in an Economy class seat. I used to do it a lot. I don't miss it, and neither do the legs that were perpetually jammed against the chair in front of me, nor the laptop that couldn't get its lid open when the seat in front reclined.
Here, though, things are considerably more civilised. Leg room. A wider seat. At-seat power. My noise cancelling headphones. Staff rendered friendly and accommodating (the drinks circulate regularly which is welcome, even though I'm currently on the water) bynothaving to serve hundreds. There is something surprisingly powerful about being identified - correctly - by name before being handed your lunch. The experience is further enhanced by something I've not experienced foryears; an empty seat next to mine for my iPod.
bmi also earn kudos for the start of the journey, as it did not require me to go anywhere near Heathrow. They fly from Manchester.
So if you have to fly far, I wholeheartedly recommend both the airline and the class, and this is the second or third time that some judicious digging by those more adept with flight booking systems than I has turned up a Premium Economy seat forlessthan an Economy one... so it's always worth probing a little even if you work for an organisation like mine that (rightly) doesn't want to pour more than it has to into airline travel.