63 percent of Aussies would fly out of their comfort zone

first_img63 percent of Aussies would fly out of their comfort zoneNews highlights:Curiosity, cheap local prices, and word of mouth round out top fourCheapest places to travel in 2018Tips for saving money when booking travelAustralians aren’t afraid of travelling to the back of beyond reveals research by finder.com.au, the site that compares virtually everything.Almost nine in 10 (88 percent) say they could be convinced to travel somewhere that isn’t on their destination list by factors such as bargain prices, a friend’s recommendation or travelling in a group.The survey of 2,005 respondents shows that cheap flights and package deals (63 percent) was the number one factor that would push Aussies to travel to an obscure destination.Two in five (43 percent) can be tempted to explore beyond their comfort zone out of natural curiosity, while cheap local prices for food and shopping would convince a third (34 percent) of Aussies.Angus Kidman, Travel Expert at finder.com.au, says that with low cost carriers, cheap travel can reach a whole new level.“It’s not surprising that affordable fares can make travellers consider a destination that isn’t in their plans. We’ve seen bargain deals crop up to Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Portugal.”Showing word of mouth should never be underestimated, recommendations from friends or good reviews are enough for 31 percent of travellers.With the foodie culture alive and kicking, reputation for awesome food is enough to entice 19 percent of Aussies, and a less touristy destination would make 18 percent Aussies wander off the beaten track.“It all depends on what makes you feel safer about travelling somewhere out of your comfort zone or to a destination you know little about,” says Mr Kidman.“For some, it’s having a planned itinerary with a tour group or knowing that a friend has been there. But for others, it’s journeying to far-flung destinations to recreate images they’ve seen on Instagram or show off that they are in a city no one’s heard of.”One in 10 Australians (12 percent) say there is nothing that would persuade them to travel somewhere unusual.“Spending hundreds or more on a destination outside of a traveller’s comfort zone might be too much of a risk, especially for family vacations and honeymoons.”finder.com.au also compared currencies worldwide to see where the Aussie dollar saw the greatest growth the past year* to determine the best bang for buck destinations to visit this year.Coming in at number one was Argentina, which will get you 26 percent more per dollar, followed by Ghana at almost 15 percent more per dollar (see here for a full list).Tips on finding affordable flight deals1. Take advantage of weekly salesDomestic airlines such as Jetstar, Tigerair and Virgin Australia offer regular sales and even bargain fares. If you’re intending to fly with one of these airlines, find out when these deals are offered so that you can find the cheapest deal possible.2. Price-match guaranteesMany travel agencies guarantee that they will beat any rate. You’ll often find cheaper prices online, so once you’ve found what you’re looking for, take advantage of these price-match guarantees.3. Credit Card vs. PayPalThere will often be different fees depending on which payment method you use. For example, paying by PayPal and POLi will probably incur lower fees than if you use your credit card. Figure out which is cheapest and pay for you flight this way.4. Purchase a ticket with a Y or B booking codeEconomy tickets with a Y or B booking code are considered “flexible economy” and will give you a higher chance of being upgraded without the extra cost.Source = finder.com.aulast_img read more

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Greensboro NC – Honda Aircraft Company Inc

first_imgGreensboro, N.C., – Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., today announced the expansion of sales of its advanced light jet HondaJet throughout North America with the selection of a retail sales and service representative for Mexico and a direct sales and U.S. service support plan for Canada. Honda Aircraft Company also announced its first fractional booking from Mexico with an order for 10 aircraft.HondaJet retail sales and service for Mexico will be provided by Servicios Aéreos Estrella, S.A. de C.V. (SAE), one of the country’s top full-service Fixed Base Operators (FBO), located at Mexico City’s Toluca International Airport (TLC). SAE will establish a new HondaJet sales and service facility at TLC for the nationwide retail sales and service operations for the HondaJet. SAE will begin taking customer orders immediately with first deliveries of the HondaJet expected in Mexico in 2012.“This is an important step to have our business plan in place in Mexico and Canada,” said Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “With its long-standing commitment to excellence in all its FBO operations, SAE offers HondaJet customers in Mexico the ultimate in sales and service support. We are confident that we have established the basis for exceptional customer support at a strategic location that will provide our customers with unparalleled quality and convenience.”“It is an honor to represent HondaJet in Mexico,” said Juan Gonzalez, SAE president. “Honda is famous in Mexico as a technological leader in advanced mobility products, and the HondaJet represents the cutting-edge in light jet aviation. We believe the HondaJet will offer our customers the best in fast, reliable and economical business and personal air travel in Mexico.”In conjunction with the expansion of sales to Mexico, Honda Aircraft Company has received a fractional order for 10 units of HondaJet from Aerolíneas Ejecutivas, S.A. de C.V. (ALE). The planes will be added to the company’s Mexjet charter fleet and will be delivered beginning in 2012. ALE operates one of the largest fractional owner and air charter businesses in Mexico out of offices in Toluca and Monterrey and utilizes the most modern fleet of planes in the country.Honda Aircraft Company also announced that it has opened HondaJet sales to Canada, with all sales to be handled directly from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Service support for Canadian customers will be provided through the U.S. HondaJet service facility closest to each Canadian customer’s location. Honda Aircraft Company began U.S. sales of the HondaJet in October 2006 and quickly amassed orders for well over 100 units. In order to answer increasing worldwide demand for the plane, the company is expanding sales internationally starting now with the inclusion of all of North America. About HondaJet HondaJet, Honda’s first-ever commercial aircraft, lives up to the company’s reputation for dynamic performance together with superior efficiency, delivering class-topping cruise speed and fuel efficiency, greater luggage capacity and a more spacious cabin with seating for up to eight people, compared to other products in the very light jet (VLJ) class. All major assembly and testing of the prototype HondaJet has been conducted at the company’s existing Greensboro, North Carolina, facility, which opened in 2001 as an extension of Honda’s global R&D operations. Working closely with the FAA, Honda Aircraft Company anticipates its first test flight of a conforming model in early 2009, with the overall timetable calling for the achievement of type certification in 2010. The company will begin deliveries of HondaJet to customers in 2010.All HondaJet customer deliveries will take place at Honda Aircraft Company’s new world delivery center, currently under construction along with its new world headquarters, R&D facility and production plant at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world headquarters and R&D facility are scheduled for completion in summer 2008, with the production plant and delivery center to be completed in late 2009.Worldwide HondaJet pilot training will be conducted in partnership with Flight Safety International, which will include the development of a Level-D full-motion flight simulator for HondaJet. The first simulator will be installed at Honda Aircraft Company’s new headquarters facility. Additional training facilities will be established in the future as HondaJet sales continue to grow.Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Founded in Japan in 1948, Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda’s first overseas subsidiary.Learn more about HondaJet at www.hondajet.com.View this release on hondanews.comlast_img read more

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