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.

Does anyone remember the Ilyushin IL-86, the first Soviet widebody?

The first Soviet designed widebody airliner was the Ilyushin IL-86. First flying on 22 December 1976, it entered service with Aeroflot over four years later on 26 December 1980. Powered by four Kuznetsov NK-86 engines, the aircraft had a typical range of 4,000 kilometres with a full passenger load. This made it a short to medium range jet, though it was used on long-haul services with fuel stops, such as Moscow to Havana, stopping at Shannon and Gander along the way. Ilyushin IL-86 Video Following on from last weeks video about the Tupolev TU-154, we stay behind the Iron...

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Finnair introduces new amenity kits with a focus on sustainability

Finnair has introduced new business class amenity kits and have improved sustainability at the same time. Keeping one eye on the environment is something all companies should be doing. The new kits are designed by Marimekko and feature L:A Bruket skincare products from Sweden. With eight different design combinations, they are both collectible and useful after your flight. Finnair Amenity Kits Small changes mean that Finnair expects to reduce plastic waste by a whopping 4,500 kilograms per year. For example, the slippers are made from recycled PET bottles and are wrapped in a cardboard band instead of plastic packaging....

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Aer Lingus rolling out mood lighting across the European fleet

When I visited Boeing in Seattle, a marketing executive speaking to us pointed out that it’s not actually called mood lighting. The correct term is dynamic lighting, which makes a lot of sense. Aer Lingus have announced that not only are they rolling out mood lighting, but that 25 aircraft have already been completed. This means it is already over half way complete. Mood Lighting Is Great Cobalt Aerospace are providing the LED based system for Aer Lingus and it will have four different settings. During boarding, “Strong Blue” will be used as this colour is said to keep...

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Virgin Atlantic ditches Flying Lady for Flying Icons on the A350

Virgin Atlantic are introducing the Airbus A350-1000 later this year, which will replace their Airbus A340-600 and Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Rather than the Flying Lady adorning the nose, a new set of five Flying Icons will be used instead. The reason for this is to focus on diversity and inclusion, even though all of them remain slim, youthful and scantily clad. With unusual names like Daley, Meera, Oscar, Rey and Zadie, they are certainly on brand for the British airline. Meet The New Flying Icons The graphics are all in keeping with the styling of the current Flying Lady,...

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Attractive Qatar Airways business class fares Europe to Asia

Competition for business class passengers is particularly fierce and you can find decent fares for long-haul travel. Qatar Airways have an award winning business class product, which is often cited as the best in the world. Occasionally there are good deals flying Qatar Airways, which are very handy for frequent flyers in the oneworld alliance. There are two from Europe to Asia right now. Fares to Bangkok Flights are available from Stockholm to Bangkok, which are priced at SEK 15,700, which is €1,500 or £1,300. You need to book these by 4 April 2019 and you can travel most...

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What is the best thing to do when you miss your flight?

When you miss your flight, there are a myriad of options available for contacting your airline. In the past, you would contact your travel agent or go to a ticket desk in the terminal. Today those options still exist, plus everything up to and including smoke signals or carrier pigeon it seems! Let’s have a look at some of the ways available today to help you on your journey. Twitter Virtually all airlines have a presence on Twitter these days. It allows the airline to make announcements directly to people following the airline’s account, plus passengers can contact the...

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Would you pay for long-haul business class without flat seats?

Travelling in a premium cabin on a long-haul flight is probably the best it has ever been, thanks to flat seats. Having a seat that converts easily to a bed is attractive to frequent flyers and the well to do holidaymaker. However, it does make you wonder if there is a space in the market for a business class seat that does not turn into a bed at the push of a button. The way pricing is arranged, you would think there might be room for this. Isn’t That Called Premium Economy? People might argue that it already exists...

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Does anyone remember the Tupolev Tu-154?

The most successful jet airliner produced by the Soviet Union is the Tupolev Tu-154. Powered initially by three Kuznetsov NK-8-2U Turbofans, it first flew on 4 October 1968. Aeroflot put the aircraft into service on 7 February 1972. With the engines at the rear, it resembles both the Hawker Siddeley Trident and the Boeing 727. Seating as many as 180 passengers in a six abreast arrangement, the aircraft can fly up to 5,280 kilometres. Tupolev Tu-154 Video Following on from the video last week about the Douglas DC-3, this time we have a look at the Tupolev Tu-154. Running...

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Did you know LATAM are introducing new cabins?

South America’s LATAM is introducing new cabins as part of a US$400 million investment. These new seats will be rolled out over the next two years and are an improvement over the current offering. Recent deliveries of the Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s will continue to have the current configuration. As you can see from one of my flight reviews here, it is still very comfortable. New Cabins at LATAM The oneworld carrier has statistics showing that 90% of business class passengers travel alone. This means the selection of new seats (seen at the top of this post), all...

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Which airlines are offering WOW Air rescue fares?

Icelandic low fares airline WOW Air has ceased trading, which has stranded people in the USA, Iceland and Europe. Many people took advantage of the cheap prices to fly across the Atlantic with a stopover in Iceland. Various airlines have put together rescue fares, which are designed to help people get back to where they belong at a lower cost than normal. Let’s have a look at what is out there. Icelandair Rescue Fares Icelandair has been around for years and probably has the most to gain from WOW Air leaving the market. Anyone who has already embarked on...

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