Special Flights

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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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)

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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Bienvenue, Air France Boeing 787-9! (Part 2)

Flight Review: Air France 787-9 Economy Class Inaugural Sightseeing Flight from Paris

(Flown on January 7, 2017) Having flown on most of the aircraft types that Air France currently operates, I was very glad to have the chance to try out its latest type – the Boeing 787-9. Actually, not only to try it out, but to be on its very first revenue flight, a sightseeing flight …

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AF787: Bienvenue, Air France Boeing 787-9!

Enjoying the Air France 787-9 Inaugural Event Before Taking One of Its First Flights

(Flown on January 7, 2017) Having flown on most of the aircraft types that Air France currently operates, I was very glad to have the chance to try out its latest type – the Boeing 787-9. Actually, not only to try it out, but to be on its very first revenue flight, a sightseeing flight …

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Wonsan Air Festival 2016 Pt. 3: Airshow Day 2

Tour Report: Wonsan Air Festival 2016 Day 2 – “Flying on Soviet Classics”

(Traveled on September 25, 2016) When I learned that North Korea would be hosting its first public airshow, the Wonsan Air Festival, I did not spend much time thinking about whether to participate or not. Participating turned out to be the right choice given the photo and flying opportunities the airshow provided. The third part of …

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Wonsan Air Festival 2016 - Day 1: Getting to Wonsan

Tour Report: Wonsan Air Festival 2016 – “Getting to Wonsan on Air Koryo”

(Traveled on September 23, 2016) When I learned that North Korea would be hosting its first public airshow, the Wonsan Air Festival, I did not spend much time thinking about whether to participate or not. Participating turned out to be the right choice given the photo and flying opportunities the airshow provided. Below is the …

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Four Aircraft Types You Can Only Fly in Iran

Four Classic & Rare Aircraft Types You Can Only Fly in Iran

For many years, Iran has been known among the aviation community as the go-to place for flying classic aircraft. With the ageing fleet and lifting of sanctions, the opportunities to fly on many of those types including the Tupolev Tu-154, Boeing 707 and Boeing 747 Classic have disappeared, but Iran still offers many interesting aircraft …

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Diverted: PK853 from NRT to PEK via TSN on an A310

Flight Review: PIA A310 Economy Class from Tokyo to Beijing with a Diversion to Tianjin

Fifth freedom flights are popular among enthusiasts as they offer them a chance to taste something exotic without having to go far away. This report covers Pakistan International Airlines flight 853 from Tokyo Narita to Beijing operated by an Airbus A310-300 that I took at the end of April 2016. Pakistan International Airlines Flight 853 …

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