Category Archives: AIRLINES S – V

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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SWISS, Business Class – Airbus A 220-300: Brussels to Zürich

Introduction I have a colleague at work. For argument’s sake, let’s call him Mr. Bighead. In any case, Mr. Bighead worked on the development of the Bombardier CSeries. He recently gave me his candid, and of course totally unbiased opinion … Continue reading

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SWISS, Business Class – Airbus A 220-300: Zürich to Luxembourg

INTRODUCTION It’s Monday morning and I’m on my way back to the airport in Zürich. Today I’m travelling to Luxembourg again to give another course. With me is my boss, an aerodynamicist by trade, and he looks just a wee … Continue reading

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Helvetic Airways, Business Class – Embraer 190: Luxembourg to Zürich

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT It’s only just gone 13h on Friday afternoon, and the flying Dutchman P. has kindly offered to drive me to the airport. I suspect he probably just took pity on me, after I’d been nagging the … Continue reading

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SWISS, Business Class – Airbus A 220-300: Zürich to Luxembourg

INTRODUCTION It’s Monday morning. The holiday is over and I’m back to work. Today marks the first in a number of business trips that will see me travelling more or less nonstop until March. Still, never mind. If I close … Continue reading

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Singapore Airlines, First Class – Airbus A 380: Sydney to Singapore

INTRODUCTION I was going to start by saying that I’m on my way home. But given that I’ll only be home for something like 24 hours, let’s just say that, sadly, it’s time for me to leave Sydney and head … Continue reading

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Virgin Australia, Economy Class – Boeing B 737-800: Sydney to Melbourne

INTRODUCTION Next year I’ll be going on sabbatical for six months. Right now, the plan is that I will spend at least part of those six months working and living in Melbourne – if they’ll have me, of course. So … Continue reading

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Eurowings, Economy Class – Boeing B 737-800: Zürich to Köln

GETTING TO THE AIRPORT I’m on my way to Cologne to attend a meeting with EASA and ICAO. I finish teaching at 15h20, return to my office to collect my bag and then I’m off to the railway station. The … Continue reading

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