‘Short final on 22 left!’ – a real runway from somewhere in outback Australia!

Having just returned from India after attending the Air Cargo India event – which I’m sure for anybody who attended, would surely agree it just keeps getting better each time – we thought this photo summed up our miserable experience at the airport in Mumbai.


‘Short final on 22 left!’ – a real runway from somewhere in outback Australia!


Having just returned from India after attending the Air Cargo India event – which I’m sure for anybody who attended, would surely agree it just keeps getting better each time – we thought this photo summed up our miserable experience at the airport in Mumbai. Yes Air India, you were late taking off by about…hmmm, two hours…and the Mumbai airport is such a lovely place to wile away the hours…

But wait, we want to digress back to the cargo event… we reckon that probably a lot of the enjoyment factor might have come from the fact most of the attendees gate-crashed a vodka launch party one night after the welcome cocktail (sheesh, these air cargo people are a thirsty lot)! For those of you who missed this…imagine the scenario…on one hand the hip-andhappening affluent youth of Mumbai out to impress in their latest designer street gear, along with some Bollywood ‘B-grade’ stars and on the other hand…a bunch of crotchety air cargo geezers thirsty for some free vodka! I don’t know who was more bemused! Sadly the vodka impaired our ability to operate our iPhone camera and we have no clue what the vodka brand is either!

Being the nice soft spoken, sophisticated and polite people we are here at Belly Ache Central, we hesitated to run this piece for fear of offending people with the language contained in it. But then we thought…oh what the hell, it was written by and eight year-old anyway! What you see above is a very sweet (well mostly!) actual letter written to a Qantas pilot by a child and passed to a flight attendant. We love you Nicola, you wanna come join us at Belly Ache!?