Category: Flying

Virgin Australia Adelaide to Denpasar Bali in Business Class

Virgin Australia operates the main premium product into Denpasar from Australia. Although a domestic narrow body hard product, the service from the crew makes up well for what is relatively very short international flight departing Australia. Good catering and sufficient inflight entertainment make for a comfortable ride to Bali. Adelaide is a good...

Recreated the Scratch Map… from scratch 😑

I’ve always semi-maintained a scratch map, the sort of thing you see people post on social media occasionally of ‘countries visited’ most typically. Never inclined to succumb to using some rubbish ready for facebook tool, had maintained a basic one on my home page. Take a look at: http://jdr.id.au/scratchmap

Back to NZ. Cathay Pacific to Auckland in business

Transiting through Hong Kong from Bangkok all on a last minute whim. I would be going to New Zealand overnight on Cathay Pacific’s flagship business class product on the Boeing 777-300ER. The flight time is a surprisingly long 12 hours down to Auckland. A long overnight flight with this product...

Cathay Pacific New Bangkok Lounge and Hong Kong in Business Class

After spending several weeks in Thailand we suddenly would be leaving. As usual we hadn’t actually planned this, after getting back to Bangkok from Changi Mai on the train overnight, I had expected to stay for a couple nights. I had been hoping to use the next sector up of...

Kuala Lumpur – Auckland on Malaysia Airlines Business Class

Yet another route of Malaysia Airlines I have now flown. After overnighting in KL it was an early morning departure to all the way down to New Zealand. The extended flight time to NZ makes this more like a long-haul European service than regional flights within Asia and Australia. An added...

Renovated Cathay Pacific Pier first class lounge at Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific offers a true gluttony of lounges at Hong Kong International Airport. This has developed over time with business class lounges across the terminal space. The earliest two, The Wing and The Pier also included first class lounges. Not just a sub-section or exclusive area, these entirely separate lounges...

Qatar 787 Dreamliner Business Class Bar

Qatar Business Class Amsterdam to Melbourne via Doha

In the past week I decided to spend a few days in Australia, travelling from Holland. It’s a long way and I’ll a lot of this week on a plane so comfort is important. I had been keeping a few options open after I flew up here in Emirates first...

Rerouting from Nepal: easy Malaysia award change

Last week I made a visit to the local Malaysia Airlines ticketing office in Adelaide. Compared to the arrangement with local carrier Qantas, you forget how useful it is to have a local ticketing office to help sort problems out. Reservations over the phone works fine of course, but there...

EgyptAir to Dubai in Boeing 777-300ER Business Class

EgyptAir offered their long-haul 777 product on this route so I had a good flight in business class with a bed, decent catering and a fairly empty cabin. On a good 12+ hour flight I can imagine the seating to be adequate but that’s about all. You can sleep on it, what more...

Virgin Atlantic Little Red LHR-ABZ and Aer Lingus Gold Circle Lounge

Well it’s a day late but I eventually took a domestic ‘connection’ on Virgin Atlantic Little Red. This service is soon to be extinct. After the sale of BMI to IAG, Virgin Atlantic (VS) got the slots from Heathrow to Edinburgh and Aberdeen. They also had their own slots to Manchester...

Virgin Atlantic Revivals Lounge at Heathrow

Arriving into London on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class I visited their Revivals lounge to make plans for the day. Heathrow probably has more arrival lounges than any other airport and Virgin Atlantic have recently renovated their arrivals facilities. So in this case competition definitely is a good thing.

Virgin Atlantic A340 Upper Class Bar

Virgin Atlantic Hong Kong to London Upper Class and Clubhouse

Virgin Atlantic predominantly now traverse the Atlantic, having axed Sydney and most of their Asian routes. So for someone frequently travelling between Asia, Australia and Europe the airline is now more a distant thought but I was looking forwarding to flying them, even if it was a slight throwback to earlier...

Osaka Kansai to Incheon Seoul in Asiana Business Class

It had been a very fun and interesting fortnight in Japan but the time had come to depart. I had typically booked flights a day in advance to connect with a Virgin Atlantic award and was set to go. Arriving off the express train service from Kyoto, I walked the very short path connecting train...