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.

Have you seen AeroMexico’s DNA Discounts commercial?

A commercial by AeroMexico is doing the rounds online at the moment, which is well worth seeing. It is poking fun at the general situation around President Trump’s planned border wall with Mexico. The tagline at the end of the commercial is “There are no borders within us” to highlight the fact a lot of people in the USA have a partially Mexican heritage. The aim is to inspire more people to visit Mexico. AeroMexico’s DNA Discounts Commercial It opens with a voiceover stating, “Mexico’s first destination is America but America’s first destination is not Mexico”. They travel to...

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British Airways to paint aircraft in retro colours for 100th birthday

British Airways are celebrating their centenary in 2019 and to celebrate, they are painting a number of aircraft in retro colours. These kinds of colour schemes are common among long established airlines and are quite popular with employees and the public alike. Airlines such as KLM, Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Qantas and many more have all done this. It is quite fun to arrive at the airport and appear to be going back to the future. BOAC Boeing 747-400 Retro Colours The first aircraft getting retro colours is Boeing 747-436 registered G-BYGC. Currently being painted in Dublin, it will...

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Does anyone remember the Lockheed L-188 Electra?

The Lockheed L-188 Electra was a medium range airliner powered by four Allison 501-D13 turboprop engines. It first flew on 6 December 1957 and entered service with Eastern Airlines on 12 January 1959. Most orders came from airlines in the United States, Australia and Netherlands. They were generally retired and sold on to smaller carriers by the end of the 1960s, having been replaced by the new short to medium haul jets like the Douglas DC-9 and Boeing 727. Lockheed Electra Video Following on from last weeks video on the Douglas DC-10, this week we head over to Burbank,...

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United Airlines goes with three designers for new uniforms

United Airlines is using three different designers for their new uniforms. Essentially one designer is responsible for the ladies, another for the gentlemen and a separate one for the non-customer facing staff. Usually a single designer or design house is responsible for all the various uniforms in an airline’s collection. For example, British Airways have engaged Ozwald Boateng for their new uniforms and designer Louise Kennedy will be responsible for those at Aer Lingus. Different Designers, Different Pieces One reason for the variety in designers is that the female staff at United felt they were wearing uniforms designed for...

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Aer Lingus officially unveils brand new livery for the 21st century

Irish airline Aer Lingus have unveiled their new livery, the first update to their branding since 1996. The familiar shamrock representing Irleand has survived the change, though with some minor tweaks. Leaked drawings of the new livery surfaced over the weekend and have proved to be quite close to the finished product. In conjunction with the new livery, employees will receive new uniforms later this year. A Quick Look At The Current Livery When an Aer Lingus aircraft pulls up at the gate at an airport, it stands out. All of that green is pretty hard to miss when...

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British Airways unveil new World Traveller Plus catering

British Airways are going to introduce new World Traveller Plus catering and the first images are now online. For those that don’t know, World Traveller Plus is the international premium economy class at BA. Considering the price differential over World Traveller, it is good to see some investment here. I’ve always found meals on British Airways to be great quality, so any improvement just adds to the experience. New World Traveller Plus Catering A lot of people in this class are those treating themselves to a little more, or are grey nomads used to the comforts of business class...

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Cathay Pacific’s lounge etiquette guidelines should be standard for all airlines

It’s no secret that I think Cathay Pacific have some of the nicest airline lounges in the business. The aesthetic is really welcoming and comfortable, like snuggling up in a blanket on a cold winter’s night in front of a warm fire. They have a set of lounge etiquette guidelines on their web site, which is something I haven’t really seen before. It is a good lesson in what should be normal behaviour, but human beings clearly need to have it spelled out. Lounge Etiquette Guidelines Looking at the list published online, it feels pretty comprehensive. It starts out...

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Is this leaked image showing the new Aer Lingus colours?

Aer Lingus are introducing new colours for their aircraft. The official unveiling is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 17 January 2019 in an event that will be closely watched in Ireland. What will happen to the green aeroplanes with their shamrock logo tails? People have been speculating that the brand refresh will mean a lot of white and this could be true. Leaked Colours In the digital age, it is becoming increasingly difficult for companies to keep things under wraps. The airline industry is no exception, as it’s not easy to paint an entire aircraft and then keep...

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Does anyone remember the unfortunate Douglas DC-10?

The Boeing 747 was the first widebody airliner, followed closely by the Douglas DC-10 which took its first flight on 29 August 1970. More successful than the competing Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, the Long Beach produced aircraft sold 386 examples, with the last one being handed over to Nigeria Airways in 1989. Unfortunately the Douglas DC-10 had a poor reputation due to a number of high profile accidents during its career. Some were attributed to design flaws, while others were just bad luck. The FAA went so far as to withdraw the certificate of airworthiness, grounding the aircraft for five...

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Boom Supersonic gains $100 million for their Overture project

Boom Supersonic is aiming to bring back passenger flight that is faster than the speed of sound. Since Concorde’s retirement in 2003, there has been no supersonic aircraft in airline service. There is interest in the aircraft from the aviation industry. Japan Airlines invested $10 million in the company at the end of 2017 and has options to purchase up to 20 examples. There are over 70 on option, with Virgin Atlantic holding 10 of those. Boom Supersonic Overture is the name of the aircraft being designed. It aims to fly at Mach 2.2 with a range of over...

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