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.

Review: LATAM 787 Dreamliner Premium Business Class

LATAM are a oneworld alliance airline based in South America, the result of Chile’s LAN Airlines taking over Brazil’s TAM Airlines. I think the new branding is very nicely done with its allusion to Latin America. Flights operate between Santiago and Sydney via Auckland and it is possible to book seats on the service between Auckland and Sydney. LATAM use the disappointing Qantas International Business lounge in Auckland which has seen better days. Boarding is announced in the lounge before it is announced at the gate, meaning you arrive just in time for priority boarding to commence. LA801 –...

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Why Did The Qantas Lounge In Auckland Leave Me With Such A Bad Impression?

Qantas have some stunning lounges around the world and it is a shame the one in Auckland is not one of them. This is an International Business Lounge which has all the amenities one would expect. There is food, drink, wireless Internet and even showers so on the face of it, things should be good. Despite this, there are several factors which make this lounge one of the most disappointing I have ever visited. Welcome and Shower Arriving at 4:45am immediately after arriving from Doha, I was delighted to find the lounge open. The ladies on duty quizzically looked...

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Review: Overnight In Luxury at Sofitel London Heathrow Terminal 5

At London Heathrow Airport, the only hotel connected to a terminal is the Sofitel at Terminal 5. All other hotels require a bus or Tube trip to get to which is a bit annoying when all you want to do is sleep. This luxury hotel features all the amenities you would expect from a top hotel. For example, there is an ESPA on premises with an extensive range of expensive spa treatments available. I’m here to tell you about the room. Walking Down Long Corridors When you arrive in Terminal 5, you follow the signs to the Sofitel which...

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Does Aer Lingus Have The Most Dated Cabin Crew Uniform In The World?

Let me tell you straight away – I am no uniform designer. My experience with fashion is limited to appreciating the look of beautiful clothing and making an attempt to buy clothes that suit me. Naturally those qualifications give me full rights to pass remark on the Aer Lingus uniform. I am not a fan of this uniform and never have been. Recently I was flying the airline and realised how hideous it really is. A Tired Old Uniform It is excellent that Aer Lingus have become a Skytrax 4 star rated airline. Clearly the people there care about...

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Ever Wondered What Cathay Pacific Serve In The First Class Lounge At London Heathrow?

Cathay Pacific have a wonderful first class lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3 which is clearly evident in this video tour I put together and posted recently. The design is very similar to the superb first class lounge at Hong Kong called The Pier. My favourite part of any lounge experience is the food. What is even better is when they offer a sit down restaurant dining experience as is the case at this lounge. Before we check out what they serve at the table, let’s look at the self-service options. The Pantry A fridge is filled with chilled...

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Here Is The New British Airways Club Europe Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea is one of my favourite things when flying British Airways. Finger sandwiches, cake and of course the glorious scones with lashings of jam and cream! A couple of weeks ago the airline introduced new catering in Club Europe, the European business class product. I have reviewed both the new brunch offering and also the new lunch offering for short to medium routes. How about afternoon tea? Ploughman’s Lunch Before the change, you were served one tray with all the items and offered scones from the basket. Now there is a choice and the first option is a...

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Hands Down The Best Security Experience Ever At The British Airways First Wing

Sometimes British Airways gets things right and in this instance it is the new First Wing at London Heathrow Terminal 5. High status passengers previously had access to Fast Track security which is not that fast since you need to line up with the many people who are eligible for Fast Track. As of earlier this week, there is now the First Wing which makes things just that much better. How much better? I am amazed at just how great this is! First Wing The new First Wing is a security screening and check-in just for first class passengers...

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Have You Ever Been A Victim Of Flight Time Myth?

You know how this myth goes. You are planning a trip with friends and debating which place to go. Various options are being considered and discarded for one reason or another, which is always enjoyable in itself. A destination is finally settled on and someone pipes up, “That’s great – it’s only an hour’s flight away!”. Everyone agrees that this is a plus as the city is so close. You, my friend, have been a victim of flight time myth! When Did It Ever Take An Hour? Recently, it struck me just how long it takes to get anywhere...

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I’m Telling You Right Now, Don’t Recline Your Damned Seat!

Ever been surprised at seat recline when flying? I know I have. Numerous articles have been written about this, asking flight attendants, frequent flyers and any of the great unwashed what they think about this issue. I’m here to give it to you straight. If it is light outside and your flight is less than 3 hours long, don’t recline your seat. It really is that simple. You can thank me for this amazing advice later! Early Recline Recently I was travelling on an afternoon flight from Amsterdam to Dublin. Now we’re talking about a journey of an hour,...

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Review: Fabulous Stays at Hotel Central Roosendaal

Everyone has a hotel where they stay regularly and the Hotel Central in Roosendaal is one of mine. Roosendaal? Where the hell is that? Roosendaal is in the Netherlands, about an hour or so south of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport by train. Each year, the International ABBA Fan Club hosts it’s annual ABBA Day in Roosendaal and people travel from all over the world to attend. I always stay in Hotel Central and here’s why. Modern Rooms With A Fun Twist Grey, brown and white dominate the colour scheme in the rooms which gives a clean and fresh feel. Each...

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