Archive for July 31, 2014

tripchi Guest Blog: Social Media at Airports with Ian Petchenik

IanHeadshot-216x300This week tripchi is pleased to feature Ian Petchenik, a freelance aviation writer and social media strategist focusing on airline passenger experience. He’s been featured on sites like Airchive.com and the Huffington Post Live. He can often be found on an airplane or in front of a computer screen—sometimes both. When not inside an airplane he’s usually taking pictures of them. You can find him tweeting—a lot—at @petchmo, or visit his blog at petchmo.com.

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Getting a Pilot’s License – the tripchi airport app exclusive

Today we caught up with tripchi fan to find our about his journey to getting a pilot’s license.

tripchi fan Brian - amateur pilot

tripchi fan Brian – on his path to getting a pilot’s license

Brian works in the hedge fund industry and for years has traveled globally for work, especially to small airports in countries such as Bermuda and Grand Cayman.  He loves volunteering, Boyz II Men, outdoor activities, and a good cigar with friends.  His golf handicap is a constant reminder that he should remain at his current job. 🙂

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Airport Review: Lanseria and OR Tambo International in South Africa

Last week I penned a blog about Mango Airlines, a low-cost airline that flies to five destinations in South Africa and also to Zanzibar. The service was good and overall the airline was more than adequate. But we at tripchi are about the airports and our how we experience them. I was lucky enough to visit three airports over our week-long trip. One was Cape Town International, previously blog about here, the other two were Lanseria Airport and Africa’s biggest airport OR Tambo International. Both airports serve the Johannesburg/Pretoria region and hopefully soon they will be on the tripchi airport app. So without further a due let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

OR Tambo Arrival Hall

OR Tambo Arrival Hall

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Denver Airport: @SlickNickRicky review – tripchi airport app

tripchi editor’s note: You’ll find that Denver Airport is a breeze to fly through. With several security entrances (including a hidden and less crowded entry by the Terminal A footbridge), and two sides for passenger drop-off (East and West), getting in and out is easy. There’s a high-speed train that connects the 3 terminals underground, making it easy to shop and dine in a terminal other than where your flight is departing from. Finally, there’s a plethora of shopping and dining that reflect both the local culture of Denver, as well as the eclectic and global tastes of Denver Airport passengers. And, these options are available both pre- and post-security. We’re pleased to present Denver International Airport in the tripchi airport app – it’s not only our home airport, but it’s also an Airport 2.0.

And now, on to @SlickNickRicky’s review.

Denver Airport – the approach

Driving up to Denver Airport (DEN), you get a sense of how the new design is overtaking the classic terminal that used to be there. But once inside, it’s even better. A sleek, smooth flowing terminal design (round of applause to Fentress Bradburn Architects) transitions drastically into the world renowned peaked roofs (I liken it to an Indian tee-pee village) that covers the main Jeppeson Terminal of Denver Airport.

Driving up to Denver Airport

Driving up to Denver Airport

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Flying Low-Cost in South Africa

Trying to escape the Cape Town winter which often consists of rain, my girlfriend and I decided it was time for an adventure to see the South African bush and jump the border to Botswana. South Africa boasts two main low-cost airlines Mango and Kulula Airlines. Mango is owned 100% by South African Airways, which in turn is owned by the South African government. Kulula is a subsidiary of British Airways. We decided to fly to Lanseria Airport, which is a private airport located between Johannesburg and Pretoria. This airport is tiny and not close to the center of either city, but is usually cheaper to fly in and out of than O.R. Tambo International in Joburg. For our return trip we would fly out of O.R. Tambo. I will review both of these airports next week and hopefully we will soon cover them in the tripchi airport app.

Mango 737-800 Livery

Mango 737-800 Livery

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Airport Bars for Summer

Now that the heat of summer has hit, the tripchi airport app blog can help you stay cool (and hydrated) while at the airport. Take it from me, one of the best things you can do at the airport is to find an interesting watering hole (aka airport bar) and strike up a conversation with your neighbor (most are game). Not only are there some great airport bars out there (that you probably never knew about if it wasn’t to our tripchi airport app!), you also can take advantage of your airport time by meeting other similarly minded jetsetting, travel-loving, technophile interesting individuals!

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London Has A Capacity Problem

If you have ever flown from the continental US to London, you have most likely flown through Heathrow. I love flying through Heathrow as it holds a special place in my personal history. Heathrow was the jumping off point when I went to work in London for a six month stint and became enthralled with British culture and way of life.

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Did you have an airport 4th of July?

Now the that long weekend in the U.S. is over, the fireworks celebrations all in the rear-view mirror, and all our getaway travel at an end, we thought we’d check in on how American airports celebrated (or didn’t) Independence Day. Welcome to the airport 4th of July.

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Talking Irish Aviation and Airports with Trevor Buckley

For today’s blog, tripchi caught up with Trevor Buckley, Founder at Irish Aviation Research Institute.

trevorbuckley_1403130173_92Trevor has been an aviation “avgeek” for over twenty five years and launched Irish Aviation Research Institute Blog in July 2011. The blog has been nominated for the Blog Awards Ireland 2012 & 2013 and shortlisted in 2013. He also is a researcher for Flying In Ireland magazine. You can follow him on Twitter at @IrishAero, where he posts on a wide range of Irish aviation and transport topics. If you are thinking about traveling to Ireland and want some tips on Irish airports, he is the man to talk too.

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