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.

Can You Guess Which Country Is Now Fokker Heaven?

Fokker was a Dutch aircraft manufacturer responsible for some excellent short haul aircraft. In fact, my very first flight was on a Fokker F28-4000 so you could say the Dutch have a lot to answer for when it comes to my love of flying. KLM recently retired their last one, ending 97 years of continuous operation of aircraft from the manufacturer. A country very far away from the Netherlands is now Fokker heaven which is quite unexpected. Alliance Airlines Australia’s economy relies quite a bit on mining and many of these are in remote areas. The mines contract airlines...

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18 Aviation Themed Stamps For Your Pleasure

Before the advent of electronic everything, people used to send hand written letters to each other. In order to show that you had paid for your letter, each one had to have stamps on it. These stamps always have an image on them for whatever theme the post office of the country is promoting at the time. Aviation is important around the world, so many stamps feature aeroplanes. Here are some examples. Australian Stamps Australia Post released some cool stamps for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands a few months ago. These feature some historical aircraft such as Boeing 727s and...

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Which Airlines Allow A Full Refund If You Make A Mistake?

Did you know that some airlines allow a full refund if you make a mistake when booking? Yes, it’s true! If you’re the kind of person who has been a victim of fat fingers (the phrase I use to write off any typos!) this advice is for you. I have had this problem once or twice and it makes me feel like a total noob when it occurs. I book a lot of flights, so you’d think I’d always get it right but not all the time. A Full Refund? But My Ticket Is Non-Refundable! Yes, even your ticket...

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Does Airbus A380 Service Add To Airport Prestige?

An interesting article in TheJournal.ie about why Emirates won’t be serving Dublin with the Airbus A380 was brought to my attention this morning. Instead of switching the services to the Airbus A380, they are looking towards a third daily Boeing 777 service. One of my friends expressed surprise that Dublin does not have Airbus A380 service. His comment was, ‘It’s the step to becoming an “important” airport.’ Is this comment actually true? Airbus A380 and Prestige A quick online search shows the definition of prestige to be, “widespread respect and admiration felt for someone or something on the basis...

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Here’s the new Qantas Aboriginal livery (Plus the others!)

Qantas have unveiled a new special livery on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner registered VH-ZND, their fourth aircraft to arrive. It adapted from an artwork by an Australian Aboriginal artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye (pronounced Emily Karma Nung-war-ray). The aircraft is also named after her. This is the fifth special indigenous livery Qantas has applied to one of their aircraft. They are very beautiful and really make an impression when overseas. Dreamliner Livery Emily’s 1991 painting, Yam Dreaming, has been adapted for the aircraft by Balarinji design studio who also worked with the airline on the previous special aircraft. Qantas have...

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Have You Heard About The Cardington Airship Sheds?

Just outside Bedford in England are the Cardington Airship Sheds, which have been around since the early 20th century. These buildings are quite enormous and are still in use today. These sheds have been part of some interesting developments in history. What is amazing is that they are once again in use today with a more modern airship. Cardington And The R100 And R101 Britain’s large airships were designated the R100 and R101 with the first flying in December 1929. In 1930, the R100 made a trip to Canada with the journey from Cardington to Quebec taking 78 hours....

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Is This The Most Valuable Frequent Flyer Status Benefit?

Frequent flyer status is a curious thing when it comes down to it. Some of the benefits are nice to have things that you might use on rare occasions – I’m looking at you extra baggage. Who takes three bags on a regular basis anyway? While lounge access is a favourite perk of elite status holders, there is one other excellent thing in my mind. It’s something that actually saves you wads of cash. Seat Selection I am going on holidays with a group of friends and we are all taking different flights. At one point, one of them...

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What was the worst flying experience you ever had?

It’s really easy for me to pick the worst flying experience I ever had. This is because I usually have a very good time on board an aircraft and leave looking forward to the next one. Some people seem to always have a complaint, but I am pretty easy going when it comes down to it. One time I stood my ground and ended up paying for it for an entire flight. First Class For The First Time Back in 2007, I cashed in 90,000 of my hard earned Qantas Frequent Flyer points for my very first flight in...

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Isn’t getting a deal for the flights you want just wonderful?

Sometimes you just need the cheapest fare possible, which can mean that the flights are not wonderful. You might find the intermediate stops are quite long, or perhaps there are too many stops. Recently I needed to book flights to the United States the cheapest way possible and I lucked out. Not only were the flights cheap, but everything I wanted came up in the itinerary at that price without any intervention from me. Searching, Searching… Usually I will hit Skyscanner when I am looking for the cheapest deal as it is great for price comparison. It’s an easy...

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Have You Heard This About Boeing’s Super Sexy 727?

It’s happy birthday to the super sexy Boeing 727, an aircraft that turned 55 years old yesterday. This short to medium haul aircraft was once the best selling aircraft in the world with 1,832 examples sold. Once a ubiquitous sight around the world, most people of a certain age have probably flown in one. One pilot who posts as MaxQ on Airliners.net remembers it for being “solid as a rock, yet delightfully responsive – the best handling narrowbody ever made.” Flying On A Boeing 727 I had the pleasure of flying on a Boeing 727-200Adv when I was a...

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