We flew Royal Silk class on a Thai Airways International Boeing 747-400 aircraft from Sydney to Bangkok. Royal Silk is Thai’s branding for business class service.
Virgin Australia operate a single daily flight between Perth and Darwin. Serviced with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the flight departs Perth at 8:40am for arrival into Darwin at 1:45pm – as flight VA1433. From Autumn to Spring, Virgin Australia also add an afternoon service operating on Saturdays and Sundays.
For the second year in a row, Qantas have offered direct, seasonal flights between Auckland and Perth. Despite the fact that they only run on Saturday/Sunday, the service is welcome competition to Air New Zealand’s non-stop monopoly on this route. Qantas made the hard to understand decision to discontinue all regular international services from Perth on May 12th last year, so from December 5th-April 26th this is Qantas’ only international service to or from Perth.
Air New Zealand operate the only non-stop flights between the North American mainland and New Zealand. Its flagship product is marketed as Business Premier, which the airline’s website calls ‘utter luxury’.
The world’s largest commercial airliner has been a boon for major airlines hoping to get maximum traffic through the United Kingdom’s busiest airport. On 14 October 2014, Qatar Airways started flying their first Airbus A380 aircraft on its popular Doha – London Heathrow route. Qatar have only ordered 10 of these ‘Superjumbos’ which mean they will only be operated on Qatar’s busiest routes (compare for example, Emirates’ approach of operating them nearly anywhere they can).
Inside London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 is Qatar Airways’ Premium Lounge. Open only to oneworld business/first class passengers, this lounge is off limits to economy class passengers irrespective of their frequent flyer status. Given that the only other alliance member operating out of T4 is Malaysia Airlines, this lounge is almost exclusively used by Qatar’s own passengers.
As outlined in our earlier posts on this series, checking in and visiting The Private Room at Singapore’s Changi airport, we recently had cause to fly from Singapore to Hong Kong in Singapore Airlines’ (SQ) flagship product: Suites class. We found Suites class to be a very pleasant way to make the four hour flight from the Lion City through to the Fragrant Harbour.
We recently had cause to fly from Singapore to Hong Kong in Singapore Airlines’ (SQ) flagship product: Suites class. SQ operates on A380 service a day to Hong Kong from Singapore (SIN), SQ865 departing at 9:30am. Approaching SIN’s terminal three, our driver failed to make the turn off for the separate entrance for SQ’s Suites/first class private check-in area. Wanting to avoid a traffic accident, we ended up walking through the terminal and into the back of the dedicated check-in area (i.e. from the main terminal). We would come out of this door again after checking in, en route to…
We had an excellent flight on Japan Airlines (JAL) in first class from Chicago to Tokyo on flight JL9. In fact, this was a contender for the best flight we have had in a number of years.
American Airlines operate just four first class lounges. Found at Los Angeles LAX terminal 4, Chicago O’Hare terminal 3, New York JFK terminal 8 and London Heathrow terminal 3, these first class lounges are branded as the ‘Flagship Lounge’. The branding is a classic case of overpromise, underdeliver. What separates the Flagship Lounge from American’s regular lounges (the ‘Admirals Club’) is really the catering. There is food (the absence of which in the Admirals Club often coming to a shock to international travellers unfamiliar with the United States). There are also alcoholic beverages, served from what the Yanks call an…