Special Flights

New Terminal, New Era: Onboard Jetstar Japan's Inaugural Flight from Tokyo to Shimojishima

New Terminal, New Era: Onboard Jetstar Japan’s Inaugural Flight from Tokyo to Shimojishima

Over the last couple of years, I took quite a few “special” flights – whether inaugurals or farewells. Among others, I was on Air France’s inaugural 787 flight, on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400CC inaugural flight, as well as on the Cathay Pacific 747 farewell flight. That said, I’d never been on an inaugural flight …

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Malev Lisunov Li-2, Ikarus 55 and Tupolev Tu-154

A Retro Weekend in Budapest: Flying on the Lisunov Li-2 Over the Danube

If the aircraft above looks familiar to you, then it’s because looks like the well-known Douglas DC-3. However, rather than being the DC-3 itself, it’s the license-built Soviet version of the DC-3, Lisunov Li-2. Back in October 2018, I had a chance to fly on a short sightseeing flight over Budapest onboard the last remaining …

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Aurora Australis

NASA 747, Cleared for Take-Off: Observing a SOFIA Mission

Every summer, NASA’s airborne observatory SOFIA leaves its base in Palmdale, California, and heads to Christchurch, New Zealand to observe the Southern Sky. Being in the southern hemisphere for a couple of months not only allows scientists to observe celestial objects that cannot be seen from the Northern Hemisphere, but it also allows them to …

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搭乗記:エアアジアX A330-300 ビジネスクラス(大阪関西〜ホノルル)

Flight Review: AirAsia X Inaugural from Osaka KIX to Honolulu in Business Class

Flight Information Date: June 28, 2017 Flight No.: D71 Route: Osaka Kansai to Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye Airline: AirAsia X Type: Airbus A330-300 Registration: 9M-XBA Back in February, AirAsia X announced that it would be launching its first route to the United States. The route – Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu via Osaka Kansai and back – was …

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Aloha! A Quick Look at the AirAsia X Inaugural Flight to the United States

Aloha! A Quick Look at the AirAsia X Inaugural Flight to the United States

Earlier today or yesterday, depending on where you are, I took the inaugural AirAsia X flight from Osaka Kansai to Honolulu. While I will post a detailed report later on once I am back in Japan, I wanted to post a brief overview with some of the highlights today. When I got to the check-in …

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Mahan Air 747-300 in Business: Mashad to Tehran

Flight Review: Mahan Air 747-300 Business Class from Mashad to Tehran Mehrabad

(Flown on November 15, 2016)

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong

Flight Review: Cathay Pacific 747-400 Farewell Flight, from Tokyo to Hong Kong

(Flown on October 1, 2016)

Boeing 727

Tour Report: Iranian Skies & Cities II – “Flying the Classics”

(Traveled on November 15, 2016 – November 17, 2016) The second Iran tour I organized together with Yukihiro was split into three thematic parts – Exploring Iranian History, Flying the Classics, and Kish Airshow 2016. The second part of the report takes a look at the main part of the tour – “Flying the Classics” …

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My Top 5 Favorite Flights of 2016

From Inaugurals to a Diversion: The Five Flights I Enjoyed the Most in 2016

As we are approaching the end of January, I decided to look back at the flights I took last year. Having flown over 130,000 miles on over 90 segments, it was the best year both in terms of the distance flown as well as the number of flights. During the year, besides taking flights to …

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