The Flight Detective

Trent is an Australian frequent flyer living in Ireland. With a focus on airlines such as Aer Lingus, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Qantas, he is known for his detailed flight and lounge reviews. Articles posing flying related questions plus occasional articles on aviation history also feature from this author.

Does anyone remember the beautiful Lockheed Constellation?

The Lockheed Constellation, affectionately referred to as “Connie”, first flew on 9 January 1943. The aircraft initially entered service with the military, before starting regular passenger service on 6 February 1946 with TWA. Seating between 62 and 95 passengers, the sleek Constellation was the first pressurised aircraft in regular service. A total of 856 were produced, with the last one rolling off the production line in 1958. Lockheed Constellation Video Following on from last weeks video about the Boeing 707, this week it’s off to Lockheed to see a promotional film from 1955 about building the aircraft. This runs...

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Should airlines weigh all cabin bags to enforce the limits?

Cabin baggage is the scourge of airline travel today. People are bringing on board increasing amounts of luggage, taking advantage of online check-in to flout the rules. On time departures are being threatened as cabin crew have to try to shuffle bags around in the overhead compartments, trying to find space for everything. It begs the question, should airlines weigh all cabin bags? Australia Weigh All Bags There are four airlines in Australia. Qantas group have Qantas and their low cost offshoot Jetstar, while Virgin Australia group have Virgin Australia and their low cost carrier Tigerair Australia. Both budget...

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Qantas start Bendigo in 2019 and new Flight Planning Software

Qantas have announced their regional subsidiary QantasLink will start flying from Sydney to Bendigo in 2019. This marks the first time the Victorian airport has regular passenger service. Bendigo Airport recently completed construction of a new 1,600 metre runway, which will facilitate the service. Flights are expected to begin on 31 March 2019 and are already on sale. Where is Bendigo and Why? Located around 160 kilometres north of Melbourne, Bendigo is the fourth largest inland city in Australia with a population of around 100,000 people. While the Victorian Gold Rush during the 1850s made it a boom town,...

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Does anyone remember the magnificent Boeing 707?

While the Boeing 707 was not the first jet airliner, it was the most popular aircraft during the jet set era of the 1960s. First flying on 20 December 1957, it entered service with Pan American on 26 October 1958. Typically seating between 92 and 189 passengers, the Boeing 707 saw service throughout the world. Selling 1,010 examples, the last one was delivered to a military customer in 1994. Boeing 707 Video Following on from last weeks video about the Douglas DC-6, this week there is a look at the Boeing 707. This video runs for a little over...

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Malaysia Airlines is changing First Class to Business Suites

Malaysia Airlines are changing their first class product to Business Suites. This means the oneworld alliance carrier will no longer offer the highest class of service. The reasons for the change is to attract more customers into business class. On certain routes, the carrier experiences strong business class demand, so this will allow for even more people to be carried. Business Suites What is interesting about the change to Business Suites is that it is not a change at all. First class is presently offered on the Airbus A350 and the Airbus A380 at Malaysia Airlines. There will be...

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Official: Royal Air Maroc to join the oneworld alliance

The oneworld alliance has announced that Royal Air Maroc is to be their first new member in six years. The arrival of the Casablanca based carrier marks the first time the alliance has an airline in Africa. With Fiji Airways joining oneworld connect – a type of partial membership – the alliance continues to expand. Alaska Airlines is also reported to be looking into becoming a connect member, and Aer Lingus are a candidate for this also. Royal Air Maroc Operating out of Morocco, Royal Air Maroc will add a number of destinations to the oneworld map. New destinations...

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Have you seen Air Astana’s Snow Leopard Embraer E190-E2?

Kazakhstan’s flag carrier Air Astana has taken delivery of a new Embraer E190-E2 with a distinctive Snow Leopard livery. It was delivered to Astana’s Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport. Based in Almaty, Air Astana operates a mixed fleet of Airbus, Boeing and Embraer aircraft. All are configured with business class and economy class seating. Snow Leopard Paint Job Embraer has updated their long standing E-Jet family with the new E2 series. These aircraft started entering service in April 2018 and are powered by the ultra modern Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan. Air Astana has five aircraft on order and the...

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Does anyone remember the Douglas DC-6?

The Douglas DC-6 was designed to be a lengthened, pressurised version of the DC-4. First flying on 15 February 1946, regular service began with American Airlines and United Airlines in March 1947. Seating between 42 and 89 passengers, this popular aircraft carried passengers throughout the world during its heyday in the 1950s. Produced until 1958, Douglas sold 704 examples meaning it was very successful. Douglas DC-6 Video Following on from last weeks video about the Vickers Viscount, this week we go Stateside and look at the Douglas DC-6. This promotional film by United Airlines comes from 1950 and runs...

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Movie Star Airport: Washington Dulles International

Washington Dulles International Airport is a movie star! The Eero Saarinen designed terminal which opened in 1962 has featured in a number of Hollywood movies. Passing through the airport after seeing it on screen is quite something as it hasn’t really changed that much. Just like another movie star airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Dulles has some unique features which makes it suitable for film. Airport 1975 Movie Star Starring Charlton Heston, Karen Black and George Kennedy, Airport 1975 showcases Washington Dulles at the beginning of the picture very well. Opening with Karen Black walking through the terminal, you...

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Do you know airports have special VIP terminals you can use?

Airports around the world often have a special VIP terminal separate from the usual passenger spaces. This is to cater for important people such as Heads of State who may be visiting. What is not commonly known is that these services can be used by anyone willing to stump up the cash. You can treat yourself to an expedited departure or arrival experience for that special occasion. Dublin Airport Platinum Services In Ireland, you can book what they call Platinum Services for VIP passengers. You can see the video below showing the services. On departure, this gives you a...

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