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.

Retro Jets: Like Pokémon Go, Do You Try To Catch Them All?

Airlines that have been around for a long time are extremely proud of their heritage. There has been an increasing trend in recent years towards celebrating this by introducing special retro liveries (or heritage liveries) on aircraft. This is usually one of the airlines former corporate liveries applied to a modern day aircraft and there are many examples of this. In the United States it is also common to commemorate the airlines that were absorbed by the modern day carrier. The aircraft are painted with the original carriers livery with the name of the current airline instead. It is...

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Review: Qantas Domestic Lie-Flat A330 Business Suite

Qantas operate the Airbus 330 on some domestic routes within Australia and these feature seats in Business Class that are referred to by the airline as the Business Suite. These aircraft are primarily deployed on transcontinental services between the east coast capitals and Perth, flights to Asia and Hawaii and certain services from Sydney to Melbourne and Brisbane. Let’s have a look at these on a short flight between Brisbane and Sydney. QF549 – Brisbane to Sydney (BNE-SYD) 21 April 2016 Airbus 330-200 VH-EBJ “Margaret River” Seat: Business Class 2A Departure: 18:25 Arrival: 20:00 The seats are in a...

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Review: Cathay Pacific The Pier First Class Lounge Hong Kong

Is Cathay Pacific’s The Pier lounge the best First Class lounge in the world? The Skytrax awards for 2016 were announced earlier this year and The Pier received their highest accolade in the lounge category. I made a point of sampling the lounge this year so let’s delve into the details and see if The Pier lives up to the hype. The Pier is located at Gate 63 at Hong Kong airport and is easily found by looking out for the signage. You proceed down the escalator and run the gauntlet of smiling Cathay Pacific people decked out in...

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Review: British Airways Washington Lounge Concorde Dining

British Airways are very fond of the fact they used to operate the supersonic Concorde airliner. There is a Concorde Room at London Heathrow, which is an exclusive lounge for First Class passengers and the crème de la crème of British Airways frequent flyers. The Concorde Room has a counterpart at New York JFK and together they used to serve Concorde passengers back when the aircraft was the fastest way between London and New York. A new lounge concept is being introduced at British Airways. Rather than having separate First Class and Business Class lounges, they now have a...

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Review: Qantas Domestic Business Class (Part 2)

Qantas has two different configurations for their Boeing 737 business class. One has seat back inflight entertainment and the other features entertainment streamed to your device. My first review featured a breakfast flight from Sydney to Brisbane on an aircraft with the seat back entertainment. This review will check out a flight on an aircraft with streaming. QF782 – Brisbane to Cairns (BNE-CNS) 19 April 2016 Boeing 737-838 VH-VXE “Coffs Harbour” Seat: Business Class 1A Departure: 09:45 Arrival: 12:10 After a short connection and lounge visit, boarding commenced for our flight to Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef....

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Review: Qantas Domestic Business Class (Part 1)

Qantas have an excellent domestic Business Class product for flights within Australia. This is the first part of a two sector trip from Sydney to Cairns via Brisbane. The flights were on different aircraft and I was able to experience both Boeing 737 configurations on this trip. Let’s dive straight in to the review which features the more modern version of the product. QF504 – Sydney to Brisbane (SYD-BNE) 19 April 2016 Boeing 737-838 VH-VZO “Bendigo” Seat: Business Class 2A Departure: 07:05 Arrival: 08:35 Qantas have self-service bag drop at the major domestic gateways. A feature of this is...

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Airlines on Snapchat

There is a mobile phone app called Snapchat which is very popular with millennials. The app is for image and multimedia messaging where you take photos and short videos with your phone and share them. The maximum duration for a photo to display or for a video is 10 seconds. Taking multiple videos in a row or many photos in a row forms a story when viewed in sequence. The idea is that the images are ephemeral. When a person views a private message it displays for however long the timer has been set and then disappears. It’s not...

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Log Flights Online

I have always been curious about how far I have flown and how many hours I have spent in the air so keeping a log makes perfect sense. There are web sites that let you record and log your flights and these are an ideal replacement for paper log books and spreadsheets as they do all of the manual calculating for you. They also come with maps and everyone loves a good map! Let’s have a look a couple of the sites. FlightMemory FlightMemory is completely free to use and you can pay a fee if you require more...

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Review: British Airways Club Europe From Dublin

Club Europe is the British Airways business class product for flights within Europe. European airlines have a business class cabin where the seats are the same as in economy class. In Australia and the United States there is dedicated business class seating featuring wider seats that are spaced further from the seat in front. The European model allows for a greater degree of flexibility. It is not unusual to see the first ten rows set aside for business class passengers and the product differentiator is the middle seat is kept free and of course the cabin service is substantially...

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Review: Cathay Pacific Premium Economy

Cathay Pacific is one of just eight airlines in the world to be rated as a five star airline by SKYTRAX. The service on board is some of the best in the sky and I always make a point of flying them when I am on my way to Australia. British Airways codeshare on the Cathay Pacific services between Hong Kong and Sydney so I am able to take advantage of this and still earn full credit with my frequent flyer programme. CX100 – Sydney to Hong Kong (SYD-HKG) 26 April 2016 Boeing 777-367ER B-KQQ Seat: Premium Economy 30A...

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