Category Archives: First Class

TGV InOui, First Class: Luxembourg via Mulhouse to Basel

I leave the Novotel Kirchberg at 10:06. My train back home doesn‘t leave until 11:24. But I figure I might as well get a move on, with my business here in Luxembourg done. Mudam is the tram stop closest to … Continue reading

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SNCF, TGV InOui – Classe Première: Basel via Mulhouse to Dijon

In August 2019 the Frankfurter Allgemeine, one of the most prestigious German-language newspapers, published an article that went by the somewhat unflattering title: “Höllenritt im ICE”, which translates roughly as “A hellish ride on the ICE”. Somewhat less extraordinary than … Continue reading

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TGV Lyria, First Class: Basel to Paris

I‘m on my way to Paris. I have a meeting with ICAO at their regional head office for Europe and the North Atlantic. Instead of taking the plane, this time round I‘ve decided to take the train. Basel has the … 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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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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Air France, La Première – Boeing B 777-300ER: Paris CDG to Singapore

Date: January 2019Origin: Paris Charles de Gaulle, Terminal 2EDestination: Singapore Changi, Terminal 1Seat: 1A – window on the port sideFlight time: 12 hours 10 minutes TRANSFER IN CDG 2 The driver takes me to Terminal 2E, which is where the … Continue reading

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Garuda Indonesia, First Class – Boeing B 777-300: Jakarta to London

INTRODUCTION Three days before my flight back to London, I receive an e-mail from the Garuda First Class concierge asking me a) what I had in mind for the complimentary pick-up, b) if I had any specific dietary requirements they … Continue reading

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Etihad Airways, First Class – Airbus A 380: Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow

Date: 17. April 2017. Departure: 07:50. Arrival: 12:30. Flight time: 7 hours 20 minutes. Seat: 2H, aisle seat. INTRODUCTION It’s just gone five in the morning as I exit the Plaza Premium airport hotel in terminal 1 and make my … Continue reading

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Cathay Pacific, First Class – Boeing 777-300: Frankfurt to Hong Kong

Date: 20 December 2016. Departure: 13:00. Arrival: 06:24. Flight time: 10 hours, 30 minutes. Seat: 1K, window on the starboard side. INTRODUCTION I awake just before seven in the morning. I open the curtains to take a look outside. It … Continue reading

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Amtrak, First Class – Acela Express: Boston South Station to New York Pennsylvania Station

GETTING TO THE STATION Transport: Walking. Journey time: 15 minutes. Departs from: Long Wharf. Arrives: Amtrak South Station. The boat from Provincetown arrives at Boston’s Long Wharf in the old part of the city. It is 12h35 as I step … Continue reading

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