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.

Royal Brunei ponders Oneworld Connect membership

Royal Brunei is the flag carrier of Brunei, which is a country located on the island of Borneo in South East Asia. It is reported they are thinking about joining the oneworld alliance as a oneworld Connect member. Operating regional services with the Airbus A320 and Airbus A320neo, and long haul services with the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, this small airline is what the oneworld Connect membership is designed for. About Royal Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital city of Brunei and home base for the airline. In the region, the airline serves Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines,...

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Did you know Qantas have a golden unique selling point?

Students of marketing are taught that a company is nothing without a unique selling point or USP. Without something to set you apart from the competition, your business plan is pretty much worthless. Qantas made a bold play by opening up the first non-stop flights between Australia and Europe with their Perth to London service. Since it began, it has been a major success for the Aussie carrier. A Unique Selling Point Translates Into Profit After six months of service, the new route was reported to be highly successful. Now that an entire year has passed, the numbers have...

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Aer Lingus and Qantas to end frequent flyer link from June

Since Aer Lingus left the oneworld alliance in 2007, they kept the odd link with alliance airlines for frequent flyers. Earning points remained possible with Qantas, Cathay Pacific and British Airways. Australian Business Traveller is reporting that the link between Qantas and Aer Lingus ends on 30 June 2019. After this date, flights will no longer earn points in either airline’s programme. Ending A Frequent Flyer Link At present, members of the Aer Lingus AerClub and Qantas Frequent Flyer earn points on each others services. That means a member of the Irish programme flying the Australian airline earn Avios...

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You can now part pay for flights using Aer Lingus AerClub Avios

Aer Lingus are now allowing passengers to reduce the cost of their flight by using AerClub Avios. This means that people with smaller balances of frequent flyer points can use them. Similar schemes already occur with the other airlines using Avios. In fact, Aer Lingus is the last of those airlines to offer this service, but it’s good to see it finally happening. Part Pay With AerClub Avios Imagine my surprise when I logged in to a well known forum and was presented with the below advertisement. Needless to say, for once in my life I actually clicked an...

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Does anyone remember the ubiquitous Douglas DC-3?

One of the most famous aircraft ever built is the Douglas DC-3 and its military variant, the Douglas C-47 Skytrain or Dakota. Originally called the DST or Douglas Sleeper Transport, it first flew on 17 December 1935. With a range of 2,400 kilometres and a cruising speed of 333km/h it was considered both fast and long ranged for the era. American Airlines put the first aircraft into service on 26 June 1936. Douglas DC-3 Video Following on from last weeks video about the Breguet Deux-Ponts, this week we return from France and look at the Douglas DC-3. Below is...

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How about you show me your flight history maps?

If you show me yours, I’ll show you mine? There are a couple of places online where you can keep track of your flight history. You enter all your details and you get a nice map as well as various statistics on your flying. Historically, I have entered everything into FlightMemory.com. However, it’s not possible to export your details from there and I was mildly concerned about losing my data, so I spent a good ten hours entering it all manually into myFlightradar24, which used to be Flight Diary. Flight History Keeping track of your flight history as you...

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€2,300 Cathay Pacific Business Class fares Europe to Australia

Cathay Pacific are offering some extremely competitive business class fares from Europe to Australia and New Zealand for November 2019. They are more than 33% cheaper than normal. There appear to be only a few seats left on the flights in question, however I thought it was worth mentioning. Someone may wish to visit the Southern Hemisphere before the Christmas season begins again. Europe to Australia Fares Departing from Stockholm, there seem to be deals on flights to both Australia and New Zealand. I originally checked Auckland in the hopes of a great Qatar Airways fare and found the...

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British Airways unveil the glorious Negus heritage livery

It’s been a big month for retro liveries, with British Airways putting out four of them to celebrate their centenary. Today marks the end of this parade with the Negus & Negus livery making its debut. This follows the very well received BOAC livery on a Boeing 747, the BEA Red Square livery on an Airbus A319 and the British Airways Landor scheme, also on a Boeing 747. Negus Livery Worn by Boeing 747-436 registered G-CIVB, the Negus livery is expected to remain until the aircraft is retired in 2022. It is great that these will be flying for...

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Will Qantas do more aircraft in a retro livery for their centenary?

Australia’s Qantas is to celebrate its centenary in 2020 and as British Airways have shown recently, painting aircraft in a past livery has proven to be popular. Things may be a little different down under though, as two aircraft already fly in their main past two jet liveries. However, there is an untapped area, so perhaps this will be what they decide to do. Current Retro Liveries Two Boeing 737-838s are painted up in the previous jet era colours of Qantas. The second one to debut actually has the original 1959 scheme introduced with the Boeing 707-138. Featuring the...

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Club Suite is the new business class seat at British Airways

British Airways introduced seats that convert to a flat bed for business class passengers to the airline industry with Club World back in 2000. An updated version arrived in 2006 and today the airline has announced its replacement, the new Club Suite product. Expected to debut when the Airbus A350 is introduced in July, the British carrier expects six aircraft to have the new product by the end of 2019. It will then gradually roll out to the rest of the fleet. Club Suite at British Airways On delivery, the new aircraft will operate short-haul services for crew familiarisation....

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