The Flight Detective

Trent is an Australian flyer in "exile" in Ireland. You'll find detail about his flights and other travel related experiences, all of which is self-funded. As a result of his undying passion for the premium classes, he has been reduced to an affordable diet of bread and water when at home.

Dazzling Displays at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum

The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum is a must see for any self respecting aviation geek or history buff. It is located a little over 35 kilometres from Limerick in Ireland which is well under an hour’s drive. Foynes is the airport where transatlantic flying boats would alight after their crossing and was vitally important during World War II. Services operated from 1937 to 1945 then Shannon Airport and land planes took over. Arriving At Foynes It is easy to find the museum. This is partly because it is well sign posted, partly because Foynes is tiny and...

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Review: The George Boutique Hotel Limerick

The George Boutique Hotel is located in the centre of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. It is less than ten minutes walk from both Limerick Colbert station and the bus terminal which is very handy. When I arrived at hotel reception, I was informed that my room was not ready. The desk staff offer to store your luggage which is excellent and I went off to tour the city. When I returned my room was ready so I checked in and headed to level four. George Hotel Rooms What I find interesting about the rooms is the mix...

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6 Reasons To Visit King John’s Castle In Limerick

King John’s Castle in Limerick in Ireland is one of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe. It is situated on the banks of the River Shannon a short walk from the centre of Limerick. The attraction is designed to engage visitors in multiple ways. Audio visual elements mix with tactile displays and original historical artifacts. Besides that, it is just damned fun to be inside a castle! Here are some reasons to visit. Grand Views As King John’s Castle is on a hill overlooking the River Shannon, the views are mighty. When you climb up inside the towers...

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Review: Irish Rail Heuston to Limerick in Premier Class

Iarnród Éireann or Irish Rail operate three different versions of first class. On the Belfast Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast, it is called Enterprise Plus or First Plus. On services between Dublin and Cork it is called CITYGOLD or First Class. Other services around Ireland feature Premier Class. All of these are referred to as first class when making a booking. Confusing, right? Price Difference The most cost effective way to book first class travel on Irish Rail is to upgrade your standard class ticket. When doing this I noticed there are two separate price points which show...

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Should You Pay In Your Own Currency or Local Currency?

Booking travel online direct with vendors means you will often pay in a foreign currency. This is a relatively new phenomenon as previously you would have paid your local travel agent in your local currency. A recent trend is for web sites to present the option for you to pay in your local currency rather than the currency of the place you’re booking. You also get this option on some point of sale machines when abroad. What should you do? A Recent Example Qatar Airways discounted flights from Stockholm in a recent sale and the service to Auckland was...

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History: Short Empire Flying Boat Videos

The Short Empire flying boat is a British designed aircraft which was in commercial service from 1937 to 1947. The airlines operating the aircraft were Imperial Airways, Qantas Empire Airways and TEAL. All three airlines are still with us today as British Airways, Qantas and Air New Zealand. World War II resulted in many long runways being built on land which made the flying boat redundant as an airliner. Therefore it is a very interesting and short lived period in aviation history where the flying boat was queen of the sky. The Qantas Flying Boat This little video lasts...

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British Airways Launch A New Safety Video (And It’s Fun!)

British Airways have created a new safety video which is scheduled to debut on flights in September. In a departure from the previous video, the new video features a host of stars being humorous while delivering the safety message. The video also informs customers about the Flying Start charity that British Airways operate in partnership with Comic Relief. This charity helps children who are living tough lives and has raised £16.5 million since 2010. The New Safety Video Apparently this version of the video is the Director’s Cut and the actual video will be slightly longer which is surprising...

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Why Such A Big Deal Over Ryanair’s Seating Policy?

Recent articles in the Irish Independent suggest that people are making complaints about Ryanair’s seating policy. The summer season is in full swing and people are complaining about being split up when travelling. Passengers who do not select a seat on Ryanair are automatically allocated a seat. The issue is that people on the same booking are being seated in different parts of the aircraft and not beside each other. The Evidence According to this article, people can see free seats together but their party is still being split up rather than allocated seats together. In my experience, the...

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What Is One Of The Best Uses for British Airways Avios?

At British Airways, the reward currency or miles are called Avios. These are earned when flying based on distance with bonuses for travel class and Executive Club level. There are also a whole host of partners which also earn Avios. This is all pretty standard fare when it comes to frequent flyer programmes. What is often not obvious is how to maximise the value of your points when making an award booking. Head To Australia As I come from Australia, I often use my British Airways Avios to make bookings with Qantas. Both airlines are part of the oneworld...

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What Options Are Presented During Booking With SAS?

Scandinavian Airlines or SAS is the airline of Denmark, Norway and Sweden though it is now second largest airline after Norwegian. The airline is one of the founding members of Star Alliance. For flights within Europe, the airline operates a simple fare structure featuring three different fare types. To compete with low cost carriers, there is SAS Go Light which is hand baggage only. Next is SAS Go which is a normal ticket featuring a bag included. Finally there is SAS Plus which features lounge access, an included meal, fast-track security, two checked bags and so on. This is...

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