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.

Are these the most beautiful airline liveries from the past?

We live in a world where airline liveries are based on the euro white design. A white fuselage with the airline name, plus a tail design that wraps around underneath the fuselage is pretty much part and parcel in today’s aviation world. Delving deep into the past, airlines often had a much more creative approach to their liveries. Whether the design is simple, complex or somewhere in between, these are the ones that I feel are particularly striking. Braniff International Liveries The Geddis/Harper and George two tone liveries of Braniff International from around 1971 are unique. Rather than the...

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Belize and the United States sign open-skies agreement

Belize and the United States have signed an open-skies agreement. This allows for unrestricted passenger and cargo flights between the two countries. Having gained independence from the UK in 1981, Belize is a tourist destination in Central America. It is currently served from the USA by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. Beautiful Belize Featuring world class diving, fantastic people and a whole array of Mayan ruins, Belize has a little something for everyone. I stayed at Mata Rocks Resort on Ambergris Caye for four nights, getting accidentally sunburned in the process. Mata Rocks Resort...

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Aer Lingus showcase their business class product on X Factor

There is a long running television music competition which airs in the UK called The X Factor. Created by Simon Cowell, contestants compete to win a recording contract in this reality show. Each year, the hopefuls fly to a destination outside the UK for a segment called Judge’s Houses. Aer Lingus are the airline sponsor this year, flying them to Los Angeles. I’ve reviewed Aer Lingus Business Class and found it to be excellent. Aer Lingus Has The X Factor Aer Lingus have posted a video that runs a little over a minute on their Twitter account. It shows...

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Check out Air New Zealand’s Antarctica safety video

Air New Zealand have been producing innovative and catchy safety videos for some time now. Their latest one has been filmed in a place where most people have never been, Antarctica. I previously wrote about the shooting of the video. Billed as the “World’s Coolest Safety Video” – because it’s cold in Antarctica, you know – it was filmed on location at Scott Base. This is New Zealand’s research facility at Pram Point on Ross Island. Antarctica Safety Video It must have been a real treat for the Scott Base scientists and crew to take part in this video....

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Does anyone remember the Hawker Siddeley Trident?

Starting life as a de Havilland design, the Hawker Siddeley Trident was the world’s first jet airliner with three engines. With technologically advanced avionics and a high cruising speed, it formed the backbone of British European Airways (BEA) fleet. There are two videos about this jet below. Powered by the Rolls-Royce Spey, the Trident 1C first flew from Hatfield on 9 January 1962 and entered service with BEA on 1 April 1964. Other operators included Channel Airways, Northeast Airlines, Air Ceylon, Cyprus Airways and China’s CAAC. Trident Video Following on from last weeks videos on the Fokker 100, this...

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Amazing LATAM sale in business class for Sydney Auckland

There is a very competitive LATAM sale on at the moment for business class tickets between Sydney and Auckland. For those that don’t know, LATAM fly from Santiago to Sydney via Auckland daily with the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The oneworld carrier usually has decent fares on the route. Having flown Auckland to Sydney with them in business class on two occasions, I can vouch for the comfort, food and service. Business Class LATAM Sale Tickets are on sale until 16 October 2018, and travel must be completed by 30 November 2018. When searching for flights, the cheap fares appear...

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WestJet opening Calgary to Dublin and Europe with new 787s

Canada’s WestJet is due to take delivery of their first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in 2019. They will be based at Calgary and the first three routes will be from Calgary to Europe. Daily flights from Calgary to London Gatwick commence on 28 April 2019. Four times weekly service to Paris will start on 17 May, while three times weekly service to Dublin begins on 1 June. WestJet’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner Three classes of service will be offered by WestJet. Business Class will offer 16 seats with all aisle access lie flat seating. Premium Economy features 28 seats, arranged...

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Did you know you can fly United Polaris on domestic flights?

United Airlines passengers will be able to experience international standard Polaris business class on domestic flights from January 2019. The brand new Boeing 787-10 aircraft will operate certain transcontinental routes. This should up the ante in the transcontinental product wars in the United States. All the airlines have their best product on these services, but does Polaris pip them all? Polaris Business Class Seats in Polaris convert to a full flat 6’6″ bed for sleeping. On overnight sectors, this ensures a comfortable sleep regardless of your height. You can even use it for a nap during the day time...

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British Airways refurbished New York first class lounge open

British Airways have completed a refurbishment of the New York first class lounge. This is located at JFK airport in Terminal 7 and is part of a larger renovation of that terminal. New York’s Concorde Room has already been refreshed this year, plus there is a new Premium Zone for check-in. The new First Wing and first check-in are also now open. Upgrades to the Galleries Club lounge during 2019 will complete the project. New York First Class Lounge Flights to New York are the premiere transatlantic services at British Airways. There are ten daily flights from London Heathrow,...

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Qantas and KLM codeshare agreement starts 1 November

Australia’s Qantas is going to start a KLM codeshare agreement. This will allow passengers to connect between both airline’s networks over Singapore. Qantas has entered into a number of codeshare arrangements recently. There is an extensive arrangement with Cathay Pacific in place, as well as with Air France and Air New Zealand. Qantas and KLM Codeshare Passengers in Australia will be able to fly to Amsterdam, joining the KLM service in Singapore. As this will be on a QF code, they will earn frequent flyer points and status credits as though they are flying Qantas. Access to the KLM...

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