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Discovery Magazine is the in-flight magazine for Hong Kong-based airline, Cathay Pacific. The airline is the world’s third largest airline, measured in terms of market capitalisation, according to the International Air Transport Association. It operates to 168 destinations in 42 countries worldwide with a fleet of 139 aircraft. Discovery Magazine is also available online.

Travel 2013 April

All Hail

by Robert Michael Poole

Expert knowledge in London, spotless interiors in Tokyo and a multicultural experience in New York. Our writers check out taxi services at major Cathay Pacific destinations across the world. So how do they fare?

Tokyo’s taxis have come a long way since the first six Model T Fords rolled out of the Tokyo Taxicab Company 101 years ago, with a plethora of taxi companies now operating and mass fleets of Toyota Crowns slowly being replaced by the electric Nissan Leaf. More than a million passengers are driven daily, by some 67,000 registered drivers, most of whom are older than 60 and male. Politeness and cleanliness are the order of the day and tips or negotiations are practically taboo.