The Flight Detective

Trent is a European based author covering airlines in the oneworld alliance, plus those flying in the Irish, British and Australian markets. He also produces comprehensive and unbiased flight reviews. For variety, Trent intersperses all of this with pieces on aviation history, commentary on current industry happenings and travel tips for frequent and infrequent flyers.

Revealed: These are the next three British Airways retro liveries

Since the utterly gorgeous British Airways Boeing 747-400 painted in BOAC colours made such a splash recently, it is good to know that there are more retro liveries on the way. With such a rich history, there are many different schemes for the airline to choose from. Pleasingly, there are three more due to arrive within the next month. The BEA “Red Square” Livery First up will be an Airbus A319 painted in the 1959 to 1968 British European Airways colours. The aircraft, G-EUPJ, arrived at the paint shop in Shannon, Ireland this weekend. Above is the image from...

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Have you seen the new BOAC Boeing 747 retro livery?

British Airways have unveiled a BOAC Boeing 747 in retro colours to celebrate their 100th birthday. After painting in Dublin, the aircraft arrived in London Heathrow today looking very good. This will be the first of four aircraft to be painted for the birthday celebrations. It is expected that the 1974 Negus livery will be on one aircraft, the 1985 Landor scheme on another, while the 1960s BEA colours will round out the quartet. The Original BOAC Boeing 747 Sometimes it is easy to forget how revolutionary the jumbo jet was. More than twice the size of the other...

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A sneak peek of the new Qantas Singapore first class lounge

Qantas have switched their flights to London back to Singapore, after a flirtation with Dubai for several years. This means the current Qantas Singapore lounge is unfit for the number of people using it. A two pronged solution has been devised by the Australian carrier. The main lounge is being expanded and is due to open in the middle of the year, while a new Qantas Singapore First Class lounge is to open by the end of the year. Qantas Singapore First Class Lounge There are very few first class lounges at Qantas. At international stations, they have a...

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Fantastic around the world business class fare out of Australia

Around the world tickets are wonderful things and are offered by the major alliances. You can get up to 20 flights on a single ticket at a rate which is far better than buying all the segments individually. My first experience in business class was on a oneworld around the world ticket that cost A$10,000 back in 2005. Right now, there is an excellent oneworld alliance around the world fare currently available out of Australia. The Around The World Fare Finnair is the airline selling this fare, and the sale lasts through to 16 March 2019. You can start...

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New premium lounge coming for eastern flights at Dublin Airport

The Dublin Airport Authority or DAA have put out a tender document for a new premium lounge at Dublin Airport. This new DAA lounge will be used by carriers operating long-haul flights to the east. There is already a lounge for western flights called 51st & Green, serving international flights to the United States. Located after US immigration, it is the nicest airport operated lounge in Dublin. Which Airlines Will Use The New DAA Lounge? Several airlines operate to the Middle East and Asia from Dublin. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways serve Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha respectively. Etihad...

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Revealed: Pricing of Aer Lingus’ European Business Class seat

Aer Lingus are extending their well regarded transatlantic business class seat to European flights. Arguably, this means Aer Lingus will have one of the best European business class seats in the market. New Airbus A321LR aircraft will feature these so called sleeper seats. Prime European business routes will see the new jets, which are being used in between transatlantic crossings. European Business Class Seat Seating will be exactly the same as that offered on the current Airbus A330 and Boeing 757 fleet. With ample storage, inflight entertainment and the ability to lie-flat, it is very comfortable. Looking at the...

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Does anyone remember the Douglas DC-7, the “Seven Seas”?

The Douglas DC-7 was the last piston engine aircraft produced in Long Beach by the Douglas Aircraft Company. First flying on 18 May 1953, it entered service with American Airlines later that year on 29 November. It was initially designed to operate coast-to-coast flights in the United States in around eight hours. Eventually it evolved into the DC-7C which could fly non-stop on transatlantic routes. This led to the aircraft being sold to many European carriers as it now fit their networks. United Douglas DC-7 Video Following on from last weeks video about the Fokker 50, this week we...

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Corendon Hotels bought an ex-KLM 747 for a secret surprise

Corendon Hotels have purchased a former KLM Boeing 747-400 and are moving it beside their Corendon Village Hotel in Badhoevedorp. It will be used by the hotel for an as yet unknown secret purpose. Formerly registered PH-BFB and named City of Bangkok, the 29 year old aircraft is in the process of being moved by road to its new location beside Schiphol Airport. You can follow along on the Corendon Mission 747 blog if you wish. Corendon Hotels Boeing 747 After it’s final commercial flight, the aircraft flew to Rome to receive its new colours. Once painted, it was...

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Delta start flying the Airbus A220 in passenger service

After a long and interesting journey, the Airbus A220 has entered commercial service with Delta Air Lines. After certain legal maneuverings, it looked possible that the aircraft wouldn’t start flying in the USA for a long time, if at all. Starting life as the Canadian designed and manufactured Bombardier CSeries, Airbus took over control of the programme in 2018. This was in response to US tariffs being slapped on the import of the aircraft, which were subsequently struck down. Start Flying On A Modern Aircraft With its spacious five abreast cabin reminiscent of the Douglas DC-9 and MD-80 family,...

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Qantas finally cancels their remaining Airbus A380 order

Australia’s Qantas has announced they have cancelled their remaining order for eight Airbus A380s. The 12 already in their fleet are all about to be completely refurbished and will remain in service until the end of the next decade. This is no surprise, as Qantas have stated as far back as 2016 that they had no use for the additional aircraft in the order. Today’s announcement is the formal cancellation. Remaining Airbus A380 Orders The remaining order book for the Airbus A380 is shaky at best, with two orders unlikely to result in aircraft being built. “Air Accord” has...

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