I have heard people recommend Etihad on the basis of their in-flight meals, but until now I had never seen into the cabin of one of their planes. Mind = blown. I was bumped up to first a while back on another carrier, and the only difference was a slightly bigger seat.
The Etihad business class section is like something out of a science fiction film. The first class section is something else altogether. Individual cabins with classical Arabian screens to give you a little privacy. That would be nice on one of their long haul routes like the flights to Melbourne. Amazing. Even the economy class looks nothing like any mode of transport I have been on.
Kia, best known for making small city cars, have unveiled their attempt to break into the European dominated vans sector. Conceived as a modern-day “activity van,” the KV7 concept challenges the notion that vans are strictly for family transportation and reveals a vision for a vehicle with the functionality to transport a large number of people and their belongings while also serving as a connected social hub for groups of friends and adventure seekers.
The KV7 concept’s design stands in sharp contrast to the dramatically raked windshields and wedge-shaped noses found throughout the van segment, and builds on the philosophy of “embracing the box” established by Kia’s funky Soul urban passenger vehicle to create a unique and alluring design language that brings SUV like qualities to the segment, according to a spokesperson. Obviously, they seem to have forgotten that boxes are not very aerodynamic.
The KV7 concept’s most striking feature is its passenger-side gullwing door, which creates a massive point-of-entry to the lounge-like interior when opened in conjunction with the pillar-less front passenger door. It has not yet been confirmed whether or not it is capable of time travel.
Oh No! There is currently a growing trend among banks and building societies charging for overdrafts on their current accounts as they seek to concentrate on certain customer groups.
That is the view of Mark Bower, managing director of online resource Money Maxim, who has said that this move is also meant to discourage other potential consumers from opting for their products through a pricing plan – something which may then lead these individuals to consider other finance options such as a credit card or their savings accounts.
Earlier this week, Lovemoney.com revealed that more financiers are now attaching fees to overdrafts, with, for example, Norwich and Peterborough Building Society confirming it is to do so in the near future.
Mr Bower noted that this ongoing trend “makes it all the more important to read every piece of mail that comes from your financial providers and not assume it’s mere junk mail”.