Category Archives: AIRCRAFT

Swiss International Air Lines, Business Class – Airbus A 320: London Heathrow to Zürich

TRANSFER FROM HEATHROW T4 TO T2 The Gulf Air flight from Bahrain arrives in Heathrow at 06h50, on schedule. I now have one hour and forty minutes to make my connection to the SWISS flight to Zürich, which will depart … Continue reading

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Gulf Air, Business Class – Boeing B 787-9: Bahrain to London Heathrow

TRANSFER IN BAHRAIN We pull up on our stand at 23h40 local time. Bahrain is one hour behind Dubai. There are currently some major construction works going on at Bahrain airport for a new pier and terminal, with different parts … Continue reading

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Gulf Air, Business Class – Airbus A 320: Dubai to Bahrain

INTRODUCTION The course with the Emirates Flight Training Academy in Dubai ends at lunch time on Maundy Thursday. I have the rest of the day off, which gives me some time to relax and rest before I fly home in … Continue reading

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Air France, Business Class – Boeing B 777-300: Paris to Beirut… or maybe not

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT The Sheraton at Roissy Terminal 2 is not a bad hotel. And without a doubt there’s hardly a hotel here with a better view of the apron and the runways beyond. The hotel’s main entrance is … Continue reading

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Air France, Economy Class – Airbus A 318: Zürich to Paris CDG 2

Date: 10. January 2019Origin: Zürich KlotenDestination: Paris Charles de Gaulle, Terminal 2FSeat: 10FFlight time: 57 minutes INTRODUCTION Considering he’s an aerospace engineer, and rather a good one at that, it really is quite astounding just how little my friend, the … Continue reading

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TAP Air Portugal, Business Class – Airbus A 319: Lisbon to Basel

INTRODUCTION March 31 2019 marks the beginning of the northern hemisphere summer schedule for air travel, and the change to the new schedule is usually when airlines launch operations to new destinations. Today, TAP Air Portugal is launching a new, … Continue reading

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TAP Air Portugal, Economy Class – Embraer 195: Porto to Lisbon

INTRODUCTION Porto is a nice, modern city with a lot of tradition. It’s also very touristy. In Porto I stayed at the Intercontinental, but to be honest, I don’t think I’d stay there again. GETTING TO THE AIRPORT From the … Continue reading

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TAP Express, Business Class – Embraer 190: Zürich to Porto

INTRODUCTION Taking this trip is probably not a good idea. Four weeks after the pain started, my back is still no better. But, in the end I couldn’t resist. GETTING TO THE AIRPORT I catch the 16h31 train from Winterthur, … Continue reading

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Air France by HOP, Economy Class – CRJ700: Paris Orly to Basel

INTRODUCTION The last time I saw Tutankhamun was more than twenty years ago, when I was in Cairo studying Arabic. And so, when I read that there would be an exhibition with artefacts from his vast tomb treasure in Paris, … Continue reading

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Air France, La Première – Boeing B 777-300ER: Dubai to Paris CDG

INTRODUCTION The course with Flydubai was really good fun. The course participants were eager and keen to learn, which always makes my job a lot easier. I’ll be back in Dubai for another course with Emirates in three weeks’ time. … Continue reading

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