Great Trip Report. I particularly liked the detailed hotel review in TLV. As for the rest of it, thanks for reminding me yet again why I refuse to fly IB. Especially on the Premium services. I don´t know how much money you paid, but if it weren´t for the the seat, it looked like a Y class of servic...Jump to post
Good photos. The French Riviera does indeed look like a nice place. I've been to Paris a few times and although it doesn't seem to be as heralded as the Mediterranean areas in Spain and Italy, I'd like to visit Nice in the future. Thanks mke717spotter ! The French Riveria has a certain charm to it ...Jump to post
Nice report, thank you for sharing this! I am always intrigued by the different services offered on rails around the world: this wasn't any different to what one would expect onboard a plane anyway. I remember all the food I've tried onboard Indian trains, straight from a hot buffet car - but these...Jump to post
The End of the A340-600: Iberia Business to the Holy Land New Year’s Day 2020 – as I made the customary drive around the M25 to Heathrow, little did I know what this year in particular would have in store for us all just a couple of short months later. As it was, the first of January itself was a n...Jump to post
In the Footsteps of Film Stars: The InterContinental Carlton Cannes and the French Riviera October in Cannes – the crowds have gone, the weather is still mild (albeit variable) and hotel prices have started to fall, representing an ideal time to visit – provided sunbathing isn’t high on your list. ...Jump to post
airzona11 wrote:What a great report. Need to try this!
Nice TR, great pictures... btw. how many A320/A321 are equipped with IFE? Is the safety briefing done via the screens or manually? Thanks debonair , I'm glad you enjoyed the report! All of BA's shorthaul Airbus fleet (except the ex-bmi aircraft and second hand LGW aircraft) used to be equipped with...Jump to post
A Postcard from Portugal via The Qantas London Lounge Towards the end of September, a long weekend break to Portugal gave me the opportunity to sample both The Qantas London Lounge at Heathrow and the InterContinental Lisbon, both of which had been on my to-visit list for some time. With detailed r...Jump to post
Thanks for all of the comments so far! I will miss the sound and smell of the 125s however! Food looks great, slightly pricey however! I agree, the InterCity 125 fleet was a classic and one which I grew up with. I always found the noise from the engine at the rear of the train to be rather frighteni...Jump to post
Great report, Genius12! [...] Just so everyone is clear — there is no requirement that trip reports are limited to aviation reports. We have had several train trip reports in the past, although obviously not as common. There's still plenty of interest among readers, even for non aviation reports. T...Jump to post
Britain’s Last Restaurant Car: GWR First Class Pullman Dining An invention of the Great Northern Railway Company, the first dedicated restaurant car in Britain started operations in 1879. Almost 150 years later, Great Western Railway (GWR) is the only remaining operator of restaurant cars in the UK...Jump to post
Fantastic report all round! [...] What did you use to take your pictures? The clarity of the images is unbelievable, not to mention decent composition and what not. Really beautiful to look at, a total feast for the eyes. Quite looking forward to trying the Club Suite once we can fly again. Thanks ...Jump to post
A great insight into colonial Vietnam and French influence as has been mostly forgotten by the outside world. Also, every review of yours only serves to highlight how QR is only getting better and better at everything it does; no wonder you do not choose anything else for your trips between Scandin...Jump to post
The British Airways A350 Club Suite Experience The summer of 2019 might now feel like a distant (and rather fond) memory, but it was July of last year that British Airways took delivery of the first of 18 of their long-awaited new flagship aircraft; the Airbus A350-1000. Introduced primarily to rep...Jump to post
Scotron12 wrote:Absolutely wonderful pictures...thank you. Salivated from start to finish. Hotel in Hanoi looks teriffic...
Thanks for the replies so far!
Just to clarify, we stayed at the Radisson Blu Stockholm-Arlanda Airport Hotel at ARN (between the terminals), not the Arlandia (which is close to the airport). I'm unable to edit the report now to correct this.
HAN-HKG The Cathay Dragon check-in area at Noi Bai International Airport is jointly branded with Cathay Pacific, despite CX not serving the airport directly. Two desks were open for Business passengers and oneworld status members that afternoon, and before long our bags were checked in and tagged w...Jump to post
Hanoi and Hong Kong via QR and KA J featuring a Presidential Suite and CX First Class lounges I had always been curious about Vietnam given its prominent place in military history of recent times. In choosing where in the country to visit for a relatively short first-time trip, the capital of Hanoi...Jump to post
Excellent pictures too - what are you taking them on? Thanks for your comments ClassicLover ! I agree with you on CX's latest concept lounges in HKG (and those replicated around the world). I'll have reviews of The Wing and The Pier First Class lounges in my next trip report. I use a Canon PowerSho...Jump to post
Singapore via Qsuite and the World’s Most Audacious First Class Lounge A little over a year since my last trip to Singapore in February 2018, I was back to visit a few new locations in the garden city, to stay at one of my favourite InterContinental properties, and to experience the world’s best bu...Jump to post
Great report. I know how much effort goes into writing them! Good to see the hotel reviews too. I agree with your views on BA and they are thankfully on their way up. The lounges (and business hard product) and the major let downs. Hopefully the LHR lounges will be refurbished soon...those bathroom...Jump to post
In the Shadow of Concorde: The British Airways Premium Experience Revisited A little over 10 years ago, I wrote my second-ever trip report about my first-ever British Airways experience. The report covered a First flight from a then 4-month old Terminal 5 at LHR to JFK, followed by Club World from ...Jump to post
InterContinental Osaka As regular readers will know, InterContinental is more often than not my go-to hotel chain; their properties strike just the right balance between luxury and practicality. For our visit to Kyoto I had chosen to stay at the nearest InterContinental in Osaka, which although sti...Jump to post
Even to this point, this is an epic report! Well done, one of the best reports I've seen on here in ages :) Thanks so much for your comments ClassicLover and your detailed observations! I have to agree with ClassicLover, one of the best presented reports on here in a LONG while, makes me want to pc...Jump to post
A Five Star Journey Through Japan: Qatar Airways and Japan Airlines First Class Japan is a country that has long held my interest, and so it was with anticipation that this trip edged closer in the calendar. Taking advantage of some excellent ex-Italy fares with Qatar Airways, this trip began the d...Jump to post
Views of Venice with British Airways This report is a little unusual in that it covers a brief overnight visit to a destination that was to be a starting point for a much longer trip to Japan with Qatar Airways and Japan Airlines. Japan will be the subject of an upcoming trip report, but for now he...Jump to post
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The World’s Best Business Class Experience to the City in a Garden Ahead in this report: British Airways Club Europe on the 767 and A319 Qatar Airways Business Class on the 787 and A350 InterContinental Singapore and impressions from the Garden City A smorgasbord of lounges including QR, BA, QF and...Jump to post
Thanks for all of the comments!
Some interesting insight there, OA260.
Ancient Athens via Ancient 767s - BA Club Europe and the InterContinental (w/pics) Welcome to my final trip report for 2017 (published just a little behind schedule) telling the tale of an early October trip to the capital of Greece. I'll cover the British Airways Club Europe experience on two sect...Jump to post
beeweel15 wrote:Great report. Amazing pictures of Switzerland.
Nice report. I was very interested to read about AA's premium product across a range of different aircraft and routes. Not often we get to compare International, Transcontinental and North American in one post. The conclusion I drew is that the premium service is, overall, unpolished. On paper, eve...Jump to post
Scenic Switzerland – Lausanne, Montreux and Geneva via BA Club Europe LHR-GVA It was a typically British (ie. slightly overcast) mid-July day as we entered a busy Terminal 5 at Heathrow and headed to BA’s First Wing ahead of our flight to Geneva. There was a short wait for a desk to become free to ...Jump to post
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YVR-LAX We took the SkyTrain back to the airport where there was no queue to get boarding passes at the empty Priority desk. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4411/36205682262_b6c2a76443_c.jpg YVR have a slightly weird arrangement in the Transborder terminal whereby passengers have to take their own b...Jump to post
Thanks for all of the comments! when you come back to our city, stay at the Fairmont PACIFIC RIM We did consider this property, but wanted to check out the Waterfront as we'd stayed there previously and when we were travelling the restaurant wasn't open at the Pacific Rim. It will be on the list for...Jump to post
The FlAAgship Experience: Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York inc. CX/QF First lounges American Airlines; the airline that everyone loves to loathe. Up until now I had successfully avoided AA outside the US, but with a trip planned with stops in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York, it seemed the ti...Jump to post
theobcman , thanks, the fare was available for about GBP250, although I paid around GBP320 due to restricted dates that I could do the trip. debonair , yes I wish the flight timings had worked to allow me to try the A350! Another time, perhaps. Interesting insight into AY's operating protocol for t...Jump to post
To Finlonia with Finnair in Business Class (w/pics) Back at the very end of January I took advantage of a good (and now much-exploited) BA fare to Tallinn via Helsinki on Finnair. The fare is still available as of May 2017 although with limited availability, and often requiring one to book via a tr...Jump to post
Thanks again for the recent comments! pokfur , I hope you enjoy your FRA trip. You're right that BA's Club Europe catering has recently changed - presentation is more aligned to Club World, and there's new chinaware and other subtle soft product changes. Unfortunately on many routes portion sizes ha...Jump to post
Thanks so much for all of the comments and tips/insight on Hawaii, they are much appreciated. 9w748capt , yes AA have recoded domestic two class aircraft as J instead of F, which means now (from a BA perspective) one only earns business class Avios and Tier Points. Luckily I flew this trip just befo...Jump to post
IAD-LHR The British Airways Lounge at Washington is nicely appointed, located on the floor above the main gate area but bizarrely accessible only by a single lift, which led to a little queue when boarding was announced later that evening. https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3836/33671242311_1b03765e2e_c...Jump to post
HNL-LAX Due to my reasonably early checkout, I arrived spectacularly early with plenty of time to explore the fantastically quirky Honolulu International Airport. I had not been able to check in online for this flight or any of the subsequent flights, but the friendly AAgent at the Priority desk ha...Jump to post
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa and Two Days on Beautiful Oahu The Moana Surfrider is probably Hawaii’s most famous hotel, and was the first on Waikiki Beach when it opened in 1901. The hotel today is comprised principally of three buildings - the original Banyan Wing, the 1950s Diamond Wi...Jump to post
Hilton Newark Airport The shuttle bus took around 5 minutes to circumnavigate the roads around EWR, pulling up to a typically corporate looking entrance at the hotel, the driver helping with bags. Inside, there was just the one member of staff on reception and quite a wait whilst two other guests w...Jump to post
Operation Oahu: British Airways Club and American Airlines First Class to Hawaii After the best part of four years as BA Silver (oneworld Sapphire), it was time to return to Gold (Emerald) in anticipation of a much busier travel year for 2017. There’s only one way to do this relatively quickly and ...Jump to post
Thanks for all the comments! The lounge in MAD is just unbelievable... I am totally shocked! I spent this autumn some time in the same lounge - but it was a nightmare. There was NO food other than a cold pasta-salad and cold Spanish tortilla. Still can't believe the pictures. I guess it varies by ti...Jump to post
Memoir from Madrid - Iberia Business Class including the A340 in Europe Summer might now seem a distant memory, but back in early September some keen flight pricing and an InterContinental Ambassador free weekend night certificate sitting in the drawer was all the impetus I needed to concoct a long...Jump to post
MaverickM11 wrote:Nice trip report...
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