The Flight Detective

Trent is a European based author covering airlines in the oneworld alliance, plus those flying in the Irish, British and Australian markets. He also produces comprehensive and unbiased flight reviews. For variety, Trent intersperses all of this with pieces on aviation history, commentary on current industry happenings and travel tips for frequent and infrequent flyers.

Review: InterContinental Hong Kong

The InterContinental Hong Kong’s web site says it is “recognised as one of the world’s top hotels” which is a fairly bold claim to make. It is located directly on Hong Kong Harbour at Kowloon with easy access to the shopping of Nathan Road and close to a MTR station. This is the detailed review of my experience at the hotel and we will see whether the bold claim about being a top hotel is indeed true. Booking The InterContinental Hotel is one of the hotels available for booking with Rocketmiles and I chose to book through this channel...

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Dublin Airport Transfers

Dublin Bus have been handing out and delivering flyers about the launch of a new route between Dublin Airport and the City Centre which is expected to start in June 2016. This new route will be the first Dublin Bus operated route from the airport to service this part of the city and this will connect to Dublin’s light rail system (called Luas) near the Harcourt Street stop. I thought this was a prime opportunity to go through the options to get to and from Dublin Airport. You’ll note that all of these are road based as Dublin Airport does not have any kind...

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Delayed Aer Lingus ‘Aer Club’

The current Aer Lingus frequent flyer programme is called Gold Circle Club and it appears to be designed to primarily reward people who fly transatlantic on a regular basis. The earning for people flying regularly throughout Europe is low to non-existent as there are a variety of fare classes which are ineligible for points earning. The programme is much maligned by Irish frequent flyers including myself. When you join, you become an ‘Applicant’ which means you’re not a member of the club until you fly enough to get on the bottom rung. When you achieve that you receive a membership card and are...

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Top 5 Things To Do in Perfectly Weird Portland

Portland, Oregon is a place that had been calling me for years. Friends of mine had been there and recommended I visit. It seems my friends know me well enough as I thoroughly enjoyed it! The city has a wonderful vibe, great people and some really interesting things to do and see. Here are the top five things I think you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Portland! Lan Su Chinese Garden I really like Chinese gardens. The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland is an oasis of calm in the Chinatown area of the city. The area immediately around it is a little run down but...

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SuperJets for Ireland’s CityJet

There are three major airlines in Ireland – Aer Lingus, Ryanair and CityJet. You would be forgiven for not knowing CityJet as it is the smallest of the three carriers both in fleet size and network size. CityJet currently operates a fleet of 18 aging Avro RJ85 aircraft from its main base at London City Airport. From there it has routes to Dublin, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Nantes, Paris Orly, Florence as well as some seasonal routes. Air France/KLM has an extensive codeshare agreement with the airline on a variety of its own routes out of London City Airport also. The...

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Oneworld Alliance Baggage Changes

The oneworld alliance has made changes to checked baggage effective 1 June 2016. These changes are going to have a profound affect on frequent flyers, especially those who create itineraries that include mileage redemptions as part of the journey. Cathay Pacific have summed it up quite succinctly on their web site – With effect from 01 Jun 2016, all oneworld carriers have agreed that through check-in will apply ONLY to passengers travelling on an oneworld itinerary ticketed on a single ticket or where segments are ticketed separately but in the same PNR record. Therefore oneworld airlines are no...

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Farewell, British Airways First Class Tasting Menu

A unique feature of the British Airways Airbus A380 service in First Class was the presence of a set five-course tasting menu. Restaurants that feature in the Michelin Guide will often have a tasting menu as an option so you can get a good feel for the cuisine on offer, and that high end feel is probably what was behind the concept on BA. Disappointingly, British Airways has withdrawn the tasting menu in First Class as of 1 June 2016. As with any removal of a service item there was no press release trumpeting this, so I can only...

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Review: British Airways Transatlantic First Class

British Airways tout the First Class cabin on their web site with phrases such as, “haven of style and comfort”, “impeccable service and attention to detail” and “delicious and indulgent dining”. It all sounded very good! However, this is the same airline that says their lounges are “a world of calm and tranquillity” which a British Airways lounge most certainly isn’t. I had an opportunity to make my own judgement on this so I took it. BA217 – London Heathrow to Washington Dulles (LHR-IAD) 22 January 2016 Boeing 777-336ER G-STBJ Seat: First 1A Departure: 11:15 Arrival: 14:40 The bargain...

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Review: Shangri-La Hotel Cairns

My birthday is in April and I was visiting my family in Australia at that time. My Mother and I decided to go away on a short break to celebrate and after a couple of different ideas we settled on a trip to Cairns. For those that don’t know, Cairns is the main gateway to The Great Barrier Reef and the plan was to soak up the tropical atmosphere and visit the reef. Looking at the various hotels, it was obvious that the Shangri-La was going to be the most convenient as well as the kind of quality I wanted for a...

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Review: The Aer Lingus Dublin Revival Lounge

As part of the upgrade of the transatlantic Business Class product, Aer Lingus opened an arrivals lounge at their home base, dubbing it the ‘Revival Lounge’. The lounge has been open for around a year and is the only arrivals lounge at Dublin Airport. Eligible guests are passengers arriving from North America in Business Class only. I had arrived overnight from Boston in Business Class (detailed in this post) and I was looking forward to trying out the lounge as I had never used an arrivals lounge before. This is due to the fact I usually connect through London Heathrow...

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