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.

Aww geez, do LATAM really have to leave oneworld?

So I check my e-mail this morning and find one from the oneworld airline alliance newsdesk, ominously titled, “oneworld statement on LATAM”. Naturally I wonder what this is all about. Surely they won’t leave the alliance? Upon opening it, I discover a relatively terse statement that LATAM is going to leave the alliance. It seems they have decided to “partner with an airline outside of the oneworld alliance”. LATAM Leave For Who? Delta Air Lines have decided to invest US$1.9 billion into LATAM, representing a 20% stake in the company. They are also purchasing four of LATAM’s Airbus A350s...

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Have you heard the Airbus A321neo is difficult to balance?

Months and months and months ago, I was chatting to a dispatcher who works at London Heathrow. That person mentioned in conversation that the Airbus A321neo was a bitch to load as it was hard to balance things correctly. Fast forward to now and reports are coming out that trimming the aircraft is difficult. It’s not of any concern, but it is something that crews have to watch. Keeping Seats Free To Balance The Airbus A321neo EASA issued an Airworthiness Directive limiting the centre of gravity envelope on 14 August 2019. It is quite precautionary as it says “This...

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“Aircrafts” is not a word, SAS – so stop using it!

One thing that is guaranteed to piss me off is the use of the word “aircrafts”. There is no such word in the English language, just like there are no “sheeps” – there is one sheep, two sheep and so on. It’s the same with the word aircraft, as I’ve written about before. I would have expected that people in the aviation industry would get this right, however it appears I was wrong. I stumbled across a real clanger recently and so I decided to share. Aircrafts Rears Its Ugly Head You may have heard that SAS has introduced...

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Lufthansa recycled an Airbus into lifestyle products you can buy!

When aircraft finish their useful life, they’re usually sent for scrapping as a lot of the material is recyclable. Lufthansa has gone one step further and turned an old Airbus A340-600 into lifestyle products. Product designers and recycling experts were commissioned to turn all the bits and pieces of a jet… into bits and pieces you can own and use. Some of the items are pretty cool actually and the best bit is you can buy them! The Lufthansa Upcycling Collection Pleasingly the German airline has put together a short three minute video about the collection. Of course it...

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Does anyone remember the Douglas DC-1?

The Douglas DC-1 was the very first commercial aircraft produced by the Douglas Aircraft Company. The “DC” stands for Douglas Commercial and it was built to a requirement from TWA, who needed a metal aircraft for their passenger services. Designed to seat 12 passengers, it first took to the sky on 1 July 1933 and could fly 1,600 kilometres at a cruising speed of 310km/h. TWA took delivery on 15 September 1933, which is a remarkably short time between first flight and passenger service. Douglas DC-1 Video Following on from last weeks video about the German Dornier Do X...

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Airbnb Avios do post to British Airways Executive Club

For some reason I am quite dubious about Avios posting correctly sometimes. Especially when it is a new provider added to the mix, such as Airbnb. They recently became an earning partner in the British Airways Executive Club. Not that I have any reason to worry though. One of the great things about the Executive Club is that everything generally works as it’s supposed to. So why was I worried? Airbnb Avios Recently I needed to book an Airbnb in my home city as I’m hosting some friends from University for a weekend. My own place is too small...

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How much does it cost to reconfigure an aircraft cabin?

We always read about it on the Internet. Airline X has a brand new seat, and they are going to reconfigure the fleet to install all the new items. Frequent flyers will follow this news closely, as a cabin refit means added comfort when flying. Have a guess at how much it might cost per plane. Do you think it is $200,000? How about $500,000? Maybe $1 or $2 million? Well, I recently found out the price and it’s certainly not cheap! It Costs How Much To Reconfigure A Cabin?! Imagine you have five Airbus A340-300s and have decided...

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Scandinavia’s SAS has a new livery and here’s what I think

SAS has a new livery, which is always news in the aviation world. It is only the fourth time the Scandinavian carrier has changed its colour scheme in its history. As the airline of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, SAS tends to shy away from any particular national colour scheme. When I fly with them, I enjoy the clean lines and Scandinavian influenced cabin decor. So, what about this new livery? The Old SAS Livery Taken from a brand manual, you can see the details of the old livery which was first introduced in 1998. Perhaps it will be useful...

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For once, I boarded a flight last and found it amazing!

Very little surprises me when it comes to flying, since I have racked up quite a few hours in the sky. During all this time, I have only boarded last once, which was a walk of shame moment since I had misread the boarding time. My frequent flyer status usually means I have priority boarding, so I’m usually first on. I like being able to park my carry-on bag overhead without having to play luggage Tetris in an attempt to find space. Why I Boarded Last On This Trip I was headed on a day trip, out in the...

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Ever seen anything like these beautiful rainbow contrails?

Now I’ve heard of contrails, those white streaks of cloud produced by a plane flying past at high altitude, but rainbow contrails are new to me. All I can say is that they are rather pretty. Contrails are produced when the water vapour from the exhaust of jet engines condenses and freezes, forming the visible trails. Their formation depends on the environmental conditions at the time. Rainbow Contrails Video Michael Marston is a Brisbane based photographer, who is on Facebook as ePixel Aerospace. He has revealed some excellent pictures and video of actual rainbow contrails. While you might think...

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