Booked for me as part of a birthday treat trip to Northern Ireland - 8 hours and a private cabin to catch some sleep on the way to Ireland!
Yep, it’s the world-famous shortest flight on the planet, with Loganair. 2 miles and 90 seconds of flying between these two Orkney islands in Scotland.
Manchester to JFK with the Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747. Rumour has it that 2019 will be the last full year of 747 operation for Virgin, so this is a wonderful opportunity for me to experience the upper deck in a non-Business product (there’s also a small economy section there too, but PE was just a £100 surcharge return, and you know how it is…).
Travelling from New York LGA to DFW, Delta are the first major carrier in the USA to fly these brilliant new aircraft. I’m interested to see how the experience shapes up on a 3h+ long flight. Delta say this flight should include lunch, so let’s see if they can redeem themselves after my previous bad time on the 767!
Virgin’s latest acquisition in Florida is a high speed line…which isn’t fully high speed yet… But, it’s still the only wholly privately owned railway in the States and well worth checking out. I’ll be in Select Class, and I’m looking forward to it.
Norwegian are wet-leasing aircraft from several companies this summer to cover shortfalls in their fleet. HiFly’s A340 is one of the more interesting choices. It’s got the old Sri Lankan Airways flatbed product in the business class cabin, which is sold as simply “premium” on this flight. A definite upgrade from Norwegian’s recliner seats in premium!
Starting a long haul itinerary in Inverness means no Air Passenger Duty is payable, and is a great tactic for lessening the cost of your flights, if you can tolerate a night in the superb Scottish Highlands!
I cannot wait for this one - BA’s new suite with a closing door and the beginning of the end of awkward yin-yang Club World. Highly anticipated.
FlyGTA operate small turboprops on the 32 mile jaunt from Toronto Billy Bishop to Niagara District Airport across the lake. A unique experience given the downtown location of Billy Bishop Airport (accessed by a ferry!) and the use of small aircraft normally found in the private and general aviation scene.
A fine aircraft to transit the American continent on… part 2 of my Hawaiian trip with United!
One of the great trains of America. Amtrak’s long distance overnight trains are under serious threat in the current economic and political climate. Now is the time to do them! 36 hours of rail travel up the West Coast in a Superliner Roomette, sleeper class.
Back to Europe with Air Canada again, comparing the 777 to the 787 earlier in the year.
It’s here and I’ll be flying it… Virgin’s iconic A350 with a long awaited Upper Class product featuring direct aisle access and all window seats actually facing the window(!). Can’t wait for this very special flight, booked as part of a neat flight and hotel deal with Virgin.
Durham Tees Valley continues in passenger operation, in a zombie like state, a far cry from its heyday in the 80s and 90s. I’ll be flying KLM to Amsterdam and on to Helsinki.
18 hours of Q-Suite heaven (I hope). Surely the world’s most hyped business class product for many years. Looking forward to test-driving it on the aircraft it was designed for: the Airbus A350-1000. ~featuring a technical stop in Sydney.
Yep, AA are ferrying a transcontinental A321 between Boston and JFK, and naturally I’ll be on it, in the domestic first class seats. Lucky me!
I selected the day flight for this trip - 64K is one of the best seats in the house, and you’ll see why when I post the video for this trip!
9 across on an A330…this one with cheap French carrier XL is bound to be different! Can I stomach basic economy across the Atlantic?
La Compagnie, the Parisian all-business class “boutique airline” (whatever that is), are taking delivery of new A321LR aircraft with fully lie flat seats! Will this turn the airline into a compelling competitor across the pond? I’ll find out.
Lufthansa are operating some European wide body routes this summer. Perhaps the most interesting is Dublin to Frankfurt which sees regular A340-300 service. These old A340 models are approaching retirement and it’s a great chance to get on one before they disappear…cheaply too! No need for an expensive long haul ticket.
Quirky Brazilian carrier Azul will take me back to Europe aboard one of their new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. Looks like a great Business Class product!
A 4600-mile overnight flight with Mexico’s flag carrier into Sao Paolo, Brazil! Aeromexico are not a particularly often-reviewed carrier, so I’m curious to see how they stack up against their competitors.
My first time on Aeromexico, heading into Mexico City to connect with their 787 into South America.
Connecting into Calgary on a short hop in domestic J…
5000 miles of Canadian hospitality. The Air Canada lounge in Frankfurt is superb, and I’m looking forward to trying Air Canada’s top product. I expect to enjoy this one; Canadian service is usually understated and classy.
It’s incredible that Bae 146s are still flying, and WDL have a couple of examples which are OLDER THAN ME, having been built in early 1986. So, a real novelty to fly this superb British-built plane, surely one last time. This is operating for BA CityFlyer and I’ve stumped up for Business Class to celebrate what I think will be my last ever flight on this type (I don’t count the re-engined Avro RJs as quite the same aircraft!).
Economy class (I was tempted with Business but you know…). I’ll be flying this short hop between Dublin and Edinburgh and taking in my first Chinese airline. Promises to be an interesting experience.
The aircraft used for this flight used to fly for Virgin Australia, and has a proper 2-1 business class in the forward cabin. Almost unheard of in Europe! Flight is operating on behalf of BA CityFlyer, and I’ll be in Business.
A really exciting trip - LNER’s new Azumas will only have been in service for a week and I’ll be in First Class on the Hull Executive testing out these new trains…hope the roll out happens on time!
One of the world’s leading business class products. Need I say more?
Bahraini national carrier Gulf Air is resurgent, with new aircraft and business class products. This A320 ride is just shy of 2500 miles and will take close to six hours. So, it’s a good thing there’s a new business class on this aircraft with flat beds!
A much-requested airline - Air India! Taking their 787 on an internal flight of some 815 miles into Kolkata, where I’ll connect into an A319 bound for Dhaka, Bangladesh. Business Class. The fare? Just £169, one way.
Alitalia were very cheap for this one way fare. I’ll experience short haul business (they call it Ottima, for some reason) on their A321 into Rome from London. Then, I’m connecting to an A330-300 in long haul business (Magnifica) for the onward trip to Delhi. Another airline where the catering is supposed to be pretty good!
Britain’s jolly holiday airline operating flights into and out of JFK? Wouldn’t have seen this five years ago. I’m in Premium at the front of the aircraft and it’ll be interesting to see how they compare to established alliance carriers.
Yes, another long haul business config on a short route - not sure if I will film this one, but it promises to be a sweet flight of just two hours in good comfort (let’s ignore the fact I’m not a massive fan of the seat and just enjoy the privilege of flying this kind of route on this plane!)
Flying up front in the new Polaris business seats. A real treat and I’m hoping this goes some way towards making up for the disappointing experiences United gave me in 2018!
My first ever seaplane! The landing in Vancouver is supposed to be spectacular, and I’m hoping for some great views.
Meeting up with several other avgeeks for WestJet’s first flight from London to Calgary using their 787-9. They are introducing lie-flat business class with the 787 and I’ll be there…it’ll be an exciting day. WestJet are providing much needed competition in premium cabins with this move.