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.

British Airways to join American Airlines in New York JFK Terminal 8

British Airways have announced they will be moving to Terminal 8 at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport. The terminal will be undergoing an expansion of 6,540 square metres as part of a US$344 million project. At the same time, 5,340 square metres of existing space will be refurbished. This includes upgraded concessions, premium check-in areas, new lounges and items behind the scenes, such as aircraft stands and baggage systems. Who Uses Terminal 8? Terminal 8 at JFK is currently used primarily by American Airlines and there are two Admirals Club lounges available. One serves domestic flights and...

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Did you know airlines provide safety cards in Braille?

Airlines must provide safety information to all passengers, which is why you receive the demonstration at the beginning of each flight. This is usually a video or it is performed by the crew. Flying is so common nowadays that various people’s special requirements need to be taken care of. Since the safety demonstration and card is all visual based, what provisions are there for blind or sight impaired people? Braille Safety Cards Safety instructions are provided on special Braille cards for those people. Japan Airlines provide them and they appear to be aircraft specific, which makes sense to me....

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Japan Airlines explain how little details make for great flights

Japan Airlines has put out an interesting piece on how taking care of the little details makes for great flights. It’s called Baton Pass, to show the care taken at the airport, in the lounge and on board. I am a firm believer that taking care of seemingly insignificant details can change ones whole perception of the travel experience. We’ve all been on flights where little things can really make the difference between average and great. Japan Airlines Attention To Flights The pieces of the article I found interesting were where they describe how customer feedback has led to...

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Does anyone remember the Fokker 50?

The Fokker 50 is a short to medium range turboprop airliner designed and built in the Netherlands. Powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW125B engines, it first flew on 28 December 1985 and entered service with DLT (Lufthansa Cityline) and Ansett in 1987. A total of 213 were produced from 1985 to 1997, operating generally regional services for many airlines around the world. Several aircraft remain in service today. Fokker 50 Video Following on from the previous video about the Lockheed L-188 Electra, this week we head to Europe for a look at the Fokker 50. Below is...

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Aer Lingus has a very realistic chance to join oneworld Connect

Aer Lingus is probably going to join the oneworld alliance as a oneworld Connect member. This is according to comments made by Willie Walsh at the alliance’s 20th birthday celebrations yesterday. The Irish carrier is owned by IAG, so this shouldn’t be too surprising. IAG are the parent company that also owns oneworld carriers British Airways and Iberia among others. Oneworld and Aer Lingus Ireland’s flag carrier was a full member of the oneworld alliance, originally joining on 1 June 2000. The decision was the made to leave the alliance on 1 April 2007. The airline was beginning what...

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oneworld turns 20 and enhances digital experience and lounges

The oneworld alliance turns 20 today and have unveiled their new “Travel Bright” tagline and brand positioning. Major improvements in the digital experience for frequent flyers have also been announced along with new alliances lounges. Travel Bright is designed to communicate the character of the alliance. Three core themes – guidance, understanding and anywhere – are pointing to the fact the airlines work together providing a tailored service anywhere in the world. Digital Improvements Frequent flyers are going to benefit from a major improvement to the alliance airlines digital experience. At present, if you have an itinerary featuring multiple...

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A new trend in airline lounges: Yoga, Stretching and Wellbeing

Being mindful of your health and wellbeing before, during and after your flight is becoming a new trend. Cathay Pacific have announced new wellness areas in their Hong Kong lounge, The Pier. Qantas also offer something similar in their Perth transit lounge, which services the ultra long haul flight from Perth to London. Is this becoming a new trend? Yoga, Stretching and Wellbeing Cathay Pacific are offering what they call The Body Sanctuary and The Mind Sanctuary. Videos by Pure Yoga teachers lead guests in their routine, which is designed to improve circulation and relax you prior to travel....

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What would you want on board an ultra-long haul flight?

Imagine you are on board long haul flight in economy class for around 20 hours. Your seat has little recline and you’re sitting upright for the best part of a day. What would you want on board the aircraft to make your flight more comfortable? Qantas are working on Project Sunrise which will see non-stop 20 hour flights from places like Sydney to London and New York. As part of this, they have been taking suggestions from passengers on what they want. Long Haul Passenger Desires One thing I particularly like when flying long haul is a sense of...

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Is the new Bank of Ireland Aer Credit Card for Aer Lingus Avios any good?

Bank of Ireland and Aer Lingus have joined forces to launch the Aer Credit Card. This is the first consumer credit card in the Irish market which gives you certain perks when flying and also allows you to earn frequent flyer points. These kinds of cards are quite popular in places such as Australia, the UK and USA. You can link the new Mastercard to your Aer Lingus AerClub account and accrue Avios points on all purchases. Aer Credit Card from Bank of Ireland Benefits start as soon as you have the card. People will receive two fast-track security...

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Hainan Airlines to start Dublin to Shenzhen from February

Five star rated Hainan Airlines is opening a twice weekly service between Shenzhen and Dublin. Services are due to commence on 25 February, operated by the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The Chinese airline already operates between Dublin and Beijing, via Edinburgh. This new service adds another destination in Asia, which is a growing market. Cathay Pacific also opened Dublin to Hong Kong in 2018. Dublin to Shenzhen Schedule Flights will operate on Monday and Friday, with the flight from China leaving at 01:30, arriving in Dublin at 07:00. This journey will take 13 hours and 30 minutes. Hainan’s 787 Economy...

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