Editor's Travel Blog

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Value-For-Money Travel Products

Baboo Airlines
Usually when you head towards an airport and find that you are boarding a Dash8-400, the flight is operated by a budget airline and everything thing aboard the carrier including the Stewardess’s smile is for sale. So I was pleasantly surprised when my flight to Geneva on Baboo from London City turned out to be a propeller flight with a twist. The airline actually serves free onboard meals and the type of meal varies according to the destination and schedule. What is even more remarkable is that the flight is so noiseless that you forget that you are aboard a propeller.

The two class Baboo was founded by Julian Cook in August 2003 following Swissair’s decision to abandon the Geneva-Lugano route. The first flight to Lugano took place on November 3, 2003 with a Cirrus airlines aircraft. In May 2004 the airline obtained its AOC (Air Operator Certificate) licence from the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), allowing it to operate with its own aircraft - a 50-seat Dash 8-Q300 leased from the manufacturer, Bombardier Aerospace.

Baboo has grown constantly ever since. From 20 employees in its early days, it numbers 180 today. It currently serves 17 destinations (charters excluded) from Geneva which breaks down into permanent and seasonal destinations.

Baboo offers a very wide range of products and services. In addition to the various fare options for private individuals and companies and tailored packages, the airline has launched its “Flexi fares” range of products with Baboo Premium and Baboo Premium Economy for both private customers and business travellers.

Wakeup Copenhagen
After a very disappointing start in a renowned Copenhagen five star hotel, I was curious to see what a budget hotel in Copenhagen would offer. At about ten minutes walk from Copenhagen’s Central Station and eight minutes from Dybbølsbro Station, the Wakeup hotel is located in the heart of Copenhagen within walking distance of the Tivoli Gardens, Town Hall Square, the pedestrian shopping streets and the waterfront.

The Green Key certified and WiFi enabled Wakeup hotel offers more than a clean bed and breakfast. Owned by the Arp-Hansen Hotel Group, the hotel also offers:
Green sedum roofs (roof with planting)
Bicycles available for rent for guests
Extra effort to help guests find their way with public transport or mapping green jogging routes close by.
Linen washed by environmentally certified textiles cleaners
100% smoke-free restaurants
90% smoke-free rooms
Water saving devices in all rooms which allows guests to experience a soft and pleasant water flow but use only approximately half of normal consumption
At least 5% of food served is ecological
All faxes received electronically
There are four types of rooms at the Wakeup hotel – standard, sky, heaven and large and prices range from DKK500 to DKK1000.

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