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.

Amazing Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 737 Formation Video

Seeing commercial aircraft flying in formation is very rare. Imagine passengers seeing another aircraft suddenly flying right beside their window – there would be a variety of reactions from fear to delight. The Boeing Company is one of the world’s major aircraft manufacturers and their latest products are showcased in a new video. This shows the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner and the Boeing 737 MAX 9 flying in formation. Formation Video One point to make about this two minute video is that no CGI has been used to produce it. I much prefer real photography over computer generated things trying...

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Which Airline Just Became World’s Number One For 2017?

Qatar Airways is again the world’s number one airline according to ratings agency Skytrax. This is the fourth time the airline has received this award indicating continued high quality at the oneworld carrier. World’s Best Business Class, World’s Best First Class Lounge and Best Airline In The Middle East are also awarded to Qatar. Watching along on Snapchat courtesy of the Qatar Airways account alerted me to all of these awards so well done. Is World’s Best Deserved? For the outsider, it is difficult to determine if an award is deserved. A person will need to fly regularly in...

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How Many Frequent Flyer Cards Do You Have?

Having a think about it, I have many more frequent flyer cards than I really should. The whole purpose of a frequent flyer card is to earn and burn miles with your chosen airline. The card attaches you to an airline and hopefully makes you continue spending money with them. That being said, some people boast of having high status with all alliances which begs the question – why? My Cards Qantas Frequent Flyer is the first programme I joined as an Australian. Probably a good choice since the competition ended up going bankrupt in 2001. I reached Gold...

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How Do You Upgrade To First Class On Irish Rail?

Irish Rail offer two classes of service on many services in Ireland. Standard class is the main service offered and there are also small first class sections available as well. First class offers dining at your seat which you must pay for and a quieter and more exclusive cabin. On some services, notably the Dublin to Cork and Dublin to Belfast trains, the seating is better as well. Upgrading On Irish Rail It is possibly the most convoluted process to upgrade on Irish Rail. Upgrades are €25.00 or €12.50 depending on the service. As mentioned above, the services with...

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Is Dine On Demand In Business Class The Future?

Dine on demand is now offered in business class on a number of airlines. As first class disappears, business class is now featuring many of the elements previously only available to the highest paying customers. Cathay Pacific are currently operating a trial of dine on demand on services between Hong Kong and Chicago. Qantas offer the service in business class as do Qatar Airways. My eyes were opened to this kind of dining on Qatar Airways between Pisa and Doha, then immediately after between Doha and Auckland on the world’s longest flight. My Dine On Demand Experience I will...

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Advice For Your First Time In British Airways Club World

A number of people at my work are travelling to India. All of them are booked to fly with British Airways in Club World which is business class. As none of them are frequent flyers, it struck me they would not know about all the perks. I put together a quick e-mail listing some hints and tips to enhance their travel experience. Thanks to the positive feedback on this, I thought I would share the details with you. Before Flying All of my people are flying Dublin to London and then on to Chennai or Delhi. Their bookings indicated...

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Do You Remember Your First Time In Business Class?

Flying in business class is an aspiration for some people and I remember my first time fairly well. I decided to head off on a one year working holiday to Ireland and a oneworld around the world ticket was purchased. It is very exciting to travel on your own across the world and doing it in business class made it that much more fun. As a self confessed avgeek, I looked forward to the flying almost as much as the trip itself. My First Time Being from Sydney, my first time was with Qantas on board a Boeing 747-400...

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Ryanair 60 Days Check-In, BA 50% Off Avios Redemptions

Two pieces of interesting news for European flyers that you need to be aware of today. Budget airline Ryanair is now offering online check-in 60 days prior to flight. Over at the full service end of the spectrum, British Airways is offering 50% off Avios redemptions on selected routes. These are operating throughout the summer timetable. Ryanair 60 Days Check-In Ryanair already offer a generous online check-in window, with passengers able to check-in up to 30 days before departure. The airline is currently running an “Always Getting Better” programme and now people can check-in from 60 days to 2...

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Review: British Airways Ibiza to Dublin in Club Europe

British Airways are flying once a week between Dublin and Ibiza through the summer. I took the inaugural service on Friday night and then returned on Sunday morning for a quick weekend away. Club Europe is excellent value on this route when booking in advance however there is no lounge access provided at Ibiza. This meant sitting in a terminal full of rubbish as the cleaners were on strike when I was there. It was a relief when boarding was called and I went down the stairs onto the bus. BA2348 – Ibiza to Dublin (IBZ-DUB) 21 May 2017...

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British Airways Giving Complimentary Status For 2 Years

British Airways are giving complimentary status extensions to people affected by the recent IT issues. Reports around the web are stating that Executive Club members are receiving e-mails notifying them of this. In case you missed it, British Airways recently experienced an IT problem which caused all systems to go down. Flights were cancelled for a couple of days causing many people to have ruined travel plans. Complimentary Status Executive Club members are reporting they are receiving e-mails giving them complimentary status for 2 years. The e-mail states, “… as a gesture of goodwill, we’d like to renew your...

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