The Executive Pilot

Airline Transport Pilot rated in Airbus A-320/A-330. MSC in Air Safety Management Student. Giancarlo is a luxury travel blogger who uses his pilot's perspective. Preferred programs are Oneworld Emerald, Star Alliance Gold, and Skyteam Elite Plus.

American Airlines Miami-Lima Business Class Report

Dear Friends, Following a quick trip to Miami, I planned to fly to Lima aboard the new American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER Business Class Cabin. As part of the CIP (Cabin Improvement Program) American renovated their seats in the Business Class section of these classic ”birds”. The new seats features lie flat comfort, more personal space and a big table to work or eat during the flight. Inflight entertainment is still offered via a Galaxy 4 Tab with many movies and TV series to select at your own discretion. THE FLIGHT: AA 917 KMIA-SPJC  STD: 1625  STA: 2105  Flight Time:...

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Air France Long Haul Business Class Report

AIR FRANCE Founded in 1933, Air France (AF/AFR) is one of the largest air carriers in Europe and the World.  AF has a diverse fleet composed of mainly Airbus and Boeing aircraft with a total number of 235 aeroplanes and together with their partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines share one of the most extensive air transportation networks on Earth. THE AIR FRANCE PARIS – LIMA ROUTE Because of family reasons I had to travel from Europe to Lima,Peru. Air France has served Lima since 1966 but because of several problems, the airline suspended their services in 1994 giving way...

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Switching From Frequent Flyer To Private Pilot

IS IT FOR YOU? Some of our readers that visit TravelUpdate are loyal customers for business or leisure on Air Transport, stay in luxury hotels and love the lifestyle of being truly a world traveler. There’s not a huge gap between flying as a passenger and taking over the controls of a light aeroplane. After 40 hours of basic training you could be signed off for a checkride with a Certified Instructor and receive a Private Pilot License. You’ll be able to fly on your own leisure light aircraft with your friends or family. A Private Pilot License (...

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American Airlines New Premium Economy Product Outlook

Background A few days ago, I came across with the news of the recent introduction by American Airlines (AA) of their new Premium Economy (W) product which will be launched with the new fleet of Boeing 787-9’s that will be received by the American carrier later this year. I’ve had a long standing relationship with AA since 1995 when I first joined the AAdvantage program and started flying with them almost every six months from Lima to Miami for holidays on their classic Airbus A-300’s and Boeing 757’s. Having said that, I am aware of the up and downs...

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Flight Report: United Business First Lima-Houston

BACKGROUND After some days of eating, enjoying the beautiful Ocean and drinking many Pisco Sours in Lima, it was time to return up North with United Airlines. The last time I tried United was probably in 2012, immediately after the merger with Continental Airlines, United took over the Houston-Lima flight with their Domestic configuration Boeing 767-300. Due competition with the far superior products offered by Delta, AirCanada, American Airlines and LanPeru, United had to step up their offer and switch Lima to their Business First product on both Newark-Lima and Houston-Lima flights. A bit off topic, United had the...

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Flight Report: Qatar Airways First Class Doha-Bangkok

Dear Travelers,   Welcome to this Flight Report aboard the Flagship of Qatar Airways: The Airbus A-380 New First Class. After waiting three months since my ticket was issued finally the day arrived,  check-in was efficient and in no time I was invited to the shiny new Al Safwa First Lounge located inside the Hamad International Airport. First impression was of space, light and a warm welcome by the concierge assured me that this was going to be another amazing experience flying Qatar Airways. I was invited for a drink at the restaurant section, the waiter introduced himself and...

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Airport Security in Question: Bags Being Opened and Property Stolen

How unpleasant can it be to arrive to your destination and discover that your bag was opened and some of your valuables are missing? To be honest, not very pleasant. A few days ago after a quick trip to Barcelona, I took advantage of some spare Avios to fly in Business Class with Iberia to Madrid and a transit (with a separate ticket) with LATAM Airlines from Madrid to Frankfurt on the many times reported service aboard their Flagship Boeing 787. After arriving in Madrid T4, I proceeded directly to the Velasquez Lounge as my bag was checked in...

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Welcome to your Executive Pilot!

Dear Friends, Before starting to publish opinions, flight reports, industry trends and general aviation topics with you, I wanted to give you a short introduction so you can know a bit more about myself and my background. As the title of my blog states ”The Executive Pilot”, I am first of all indeed an airline pilot. Graduated in 2001 as a Commercial Pilot in Florida I earned my first flying experience aboard a Boeing 737-200 in Peru back in 2002. The first airline that took me for training was the now defunct carrier AeroContinente (N6/ACQ). After that enriching experience...

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