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Airline Review: Flybe

Airline Review: Flybe

Airline Review Flybe is a regional domestic airline serving destinations in Europe and the United Kingdom. With several bases across the UK it serves domestic and regional destinations Flybe HAJ (Hannover)-SOU (Southampton) I purchased the ticket online. The process is fairly straight forward with three fare options available giving different degrees of service and flexibility. I went for the New Economy fare which gave me 20kg hold luggage and free choice of seat which you make during the booking. Check-in Check-in is done online and all that’s required is a bag drop at the airport Boarding The aircraft was on a remote stand at Hannover so we had to take a bus to the aircraft. Boarding could not be done by seat row from the bus so took longer than it would if it were at a terminal stand. Flight…

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Cabin Products: Singapore Airlines

Cabin Products: Singapore Airlines

I was invited by Singapore Airlines to review their brand new Boeing 777 and the next generation cabin products and Inflight Entertainment system. The aircraft with all the bells and whistles was launched on the London – Singapore route in August. The Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-ER’s interior has been redesigned throughout the aircraft. First class was designed by Designworks; Business Class by James Park Associates; and Economy by Singapore Airlines own design team. The inflight Entertainment system, introduced across all three classes, is based on a Panasonic Avionics hardware platform. Having flown economy with Singapore Airlines recently the biggest visible difference is the inflight entertainment system. The TV is larger a 28cm; not a big difference but it makes a world of difference. The picture is much clearer and a great deal sharper. The TVs in business and first are…

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Cafe Review: Chocolat Grand Cafe

Cafe Review: Chocolat Grand Cafe

Chocolate Week sadly has come to an end for another year. So to ease the pain I thought it might be an idea if I wrote about something chocolatey. I could have written about Brugges, Brussels or Biarritz, all famous for their chocolate. Bordeaux could be on the list too as it was the port where cocoa from the French colonies was brought into France and where several chocolatiers have plied their trade for decades. Switzerland might well have featured too. I decided however, to opt for Cologne instead and the Chocolat Grand Cafe. Usually when I review a cafe it is the coffee I go in for. This was not the case on my visit to Cologne though. The museum is located in a modern complex that tastefully incorporates two of the old buildings on the wharf beside the…

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Airline Review: SilkAir

Airline Review: SilkAir

SilkAir is the regional arm of Singapore Airlines. It is a full service airline serving destinations in Asia from Singapore. It has also inaugurated flights to Australia starting with Darwin in the Northern Territory using the Airbus A319 and A320. Flight: Singapore – Darwin This was the second leg of a trip from London to Darwin. The first leg of the route with Singapore Airlines is reviewed here Booking The booking was done online through the Singapore Airlines website as it was all part of the same journey. The website was very user friendly and everything went through smoothly. Check-in You can check in online 48 hours before departure and choose your seat. These are pre-assigned but you can easily change where you sit by clicking on seats that are not occupied. All that remained was to print the boarding…

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Airline Review: Singapore Airlines

Airline Review: Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is a full service airline with a strong presence in South-east Asia and on the “Kangaroo Route” from London and other European destinations. They were the launch customer for the double-decked Airbus A380 Flight: London Heathrow – Singapore This was the first leg of a trip to Darwin, Australia. A review of the second leg will be posted later. Booking Booking was done online and was simplicity itself on a very user friendly site. I also joined Kris Flyer their frequent flier program at the same time. Check-in 48 hours before the flight you can check-in online up until two hours before departure. Seats are already assigned but you have the option of changing them if you so wish. You are then supposed to be able to print your boarding cards. When I tried to do this the…

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Airline Review: Aegean Airlines

Airline Review: Aegean Airlines

Addendum (June 2013): On 18th June 2013 it was announced at 2013 World Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show that Aegean Airlines was the winner of the Best Regional Airline in Europe for the third consecutive year. These awards are considered as the most prestigious in the airline industry because they are the passenger’s choice. Aegean Airlines has won this awards four times – 2009, 2011,2012,and 2013. Addendum (September 2014): Since writing this review Aegean Airlines has won the award yet again. That’s five times in a row, an accolade they well deserve Below is my review, first posted on 31st May 2013 Flight: Athens-London Heathrow Aegean Airlines is a full service airline and the largest Greek airline by passenger numbers, destination and fleet size. Since 2010 it has been a member of the Star Alliance. It serves 47…

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More from the bookshelf

More from the bookshelf

It’s some time since I wrote about the reading matter on my bookshelf. This time I have chosen a novel, a guide, a How to… book and a personal account of a journey. First though guest reviewer Lizelle looks at a Shaun Ellis’ book about Wolves. The Wolf Within: How I Learned to Talk Wolf – Shaun Ellis with Penny Junor Animals and the hierarchy of the pack have always interested me so when I saw Wolf Within: How I learnt to talk dog I had to have it and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Through his “living with Wolves”, many of my own nascent thoughts on their behaviour were verified. The hierarchical system he observes within the wolf pack could well be used by us humans in our living together in a more harmonious way. The story of his…

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Kit Review: Flylite Bag

Kit Review: Flylite Bag

With every different airline setting their own limits to the dimensions of carry on luggage finding a “one size fits” all bag is well nigh impossible. Flylite claim they have the solution and offered me a bag to review. The package that arrived was much smaller than expected. The soft bag was wrapped up in itself. At least it would be easier to store than the three other cabin baggage sized bags I already possessed. The first thing I noticed was the zips that appeared every where. I was sent a flight bag that could adapt to the many different dimensions set by different airlines for their carry on luggage. This was achieved by zipping or unzipping the different zips. Most suitcases can be expanded upwards to create more capacity but flylite takes this one step further by allowing you…

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British Airways

British Airways

British Airways: London Heathrow – Dusseldorf British Airways is a full service global airline and part of the One World Alliance. It serves short, medium and long haul destinations internationally and also has a comprehensive domestic network. Booking I purchased my ticket online which was a fairly straight forward experience. The stated price was almost what you paid. There were no extras for check-in baggage, priority boarding, allocated seating or administration charges. There was a however, a rather steep £4.50 surcharge for using a credit card. This was mentioned earlier in the booking process but in the small print. Although you can book and guarantee an assigned seat for £5 charge I chose not to. This was only a short-haul flight and at check-in (see below) you can choose a seat from those left without a charge. In my view…

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