Travel: Vive la Difference!

There is a pleasant conspiracy aloft these days, namely that although the air lines fly basically the same planes with the same equipment in the same time over the same routes, each airline is somehow distinctly and deliciously different. The sky's the limit for any frill or frippery, from gourmet menus to miniskirted hostesses, that will make the passenger exclaim, "Vive la difference!"

As a result, opulence in the sky has reached a new stratosphere, and air pas sengers here and abroad are turning into the most overstuffed, overcomfied, overentertained customers in...

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