Category: Airlines

JAL First Class: The best flight I have ever taken

After another wonderful stay at the Tokyo Hilton, our trip home had to commence. @Macpsych and I had said our goodbyes at the hotel, as he was flying home via Seoul Icheon and Helsinki, as part of his mileage run to collect enough BA tier points to remain gold. (I have done a spreadsheet 😉). ...

Cathay Pacific: Hong Kong to Tokyo

My second flight on my trip to Tokyo was with Cathay Pacific on the CX526, a 17 year old A330-300. Being a OneWorld frequent flyer, I had redeemed 30K Avios to book a business class flight to Tokyo Narita. This was my second time flying Cathay and again, the service was good. Unlike the Virgin ...

Journey to Japan – Part three: to Seoul!

I've just landed in Seoul Incheon Airport after a superb flight with Finnair. I didn't get as much sleep as I'd planned, but that was all my own fault. I enjoyed a couple of hours in the very lovely Finnair lounge in Helsinki Airport before boarding my flight. The lounge is in the middle of ...

Journey to Japan – Part Two: To Helsinki!

After adequately refuelling on coffee in the lounge, it was time to get my flight to Helsinki. With little to keep me in the lounge, I headed to the gate with just under an hour to go. My experience with Finnair is that they board with plenty of time, so I expected us to be ...

A new look for Aer Lingus

Earlier today, Ireland's national carrier, Aer Lingus, launched its new aircraft livery. It's the first time the image has been updated in over twenty years . And for an airline which has basically owned the colour green, it's quite a departure. The new look will mean aircraft will be mostly white, with a strip of ...

I’ve booked a mileage run!

What madness is this? Booking a trip with the sole purpose of getting as many BA tier points as possible? Yes. This is my life now. I’m so comfortable with my BA Gold Status, that I’ll do whatever it takes to keep it. @TheFrankFlyer did a quick calculation of my (and his) airline miles status, ...

Improving the BA boarding experience?

Let's face it - boarding a plane is seldom an enjoyable experience. Boarding flights can be a very messy and difficult experience, especially when you consider the number of attempted queue-jumpers, the people who can't find their (clearly marked) seats and those who expect to be able to bring on more luggage than their allowance ...

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Restoring my faith in British Airways. 

My partner and I had the pleasure of using a British Airways American Express card 2 for 1 award voucher to fly to Japan this September in First Class, for our annual trip to visit this amazing country. In line with recent BA experiences, the outbound was particularly poor. Service was shockingly bad, with staff ...

London to Tokyo: First Class with British Airways

Our latest trip to Japan started in Heathrow Airport, with a tasty and much-needed breakfast in British Airways' Concorde Room. This is the lounge set aside for passengers traveling First Class. Yes, First Class. But before you jump to any conclusions, I can assure you that our tickets were not full price. We used a combination ...

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New BA safety information video is a welcome change

As someone who flies with British Airways a lot, I can tell you I was getting enormously sick of their safety information video. A slightly creepy cartoon, showing spaced-out passengers gliding around the cabin. They moved as if they'd been tranquilized and the voiceover made me shudder every time I heard it. Once you've seen it ...