Categories
Travel Industry Travel News

Dreamliner Coming to United Airlines

United unveiled it’s Dreamliner 787 aircraft on August 2nd, however it will not be in commercial service until October. United has not announced what cities it will serve first, however it will ease into service on domestic routes before transitioning to long-haul service. By March the Dreamliner will begin non-stop service between Tokyo and Denver.

United has 50 Dreamliners on order, five of which the carrier expects to have in its possession by the end of this year.

This particular Dreamliner will come with signature advances allowed by the jet’s modern construction. They include: windows that are 30% bigger than those on other wide-body planes, storage bins built to accommodate roll-aboard bags common with today’s fliers, flights pressurized to the equivalent of 6,000 feet in elevation, and higher humidity levels, which Boeing and United say should mitigate issues such as fatigue, headaches, and jet lag.

Categories
Business Travel Travel Tips Vacation Travel

How to Reduce Jet Lag

It has now been five days since I returned to the United States from a recent vacation to Dubai (which was fabulous, by the way), and my question every day for the last five days has been: How do international business travelers do it? Because I have the worst case of jet lag!
Dubai is 11 hours ahead of my home time zone and my first few days back at work were “killer.” As I have sought to recover and get back on schedule myself, I’ve learned a bit more about what jet lag really is and how to reduce it.
MedicineNet has been a fantastic resource with their list of 12 tips for minimizing the effects of jet lag, which include: avoiding alcohol (which causes dehydration, disrupts sleeping schedules, and triggers nausea), moving around on the plane (which promotes mental and physical acuity), and changing your schedule as much as possible before leaving on your trip.
Many of their recommendations I already normally do, but some were good to add to my list. Perhaps some of them will help you too.
And my hat goes off to all those international travelers who have somehow figured it out better than me …. or have they? If you have any tips or tricks, please share!