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Qantas Lounge Hong Kong Bar

Review: The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge

Hong Kong airport is well-known, at least among oneworld frequent flyers, for its excellent Cathay Pacific lounges. Especially so for The Pier and The Wing first class lounges. However, there is also another oneworld airline – Qantas – that operates an excellent lounge at the airport. Having really enjoyed my visit to The Qantas London …

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Singapore Airlines Angle-Flat Seat 777-200ER

Review: Singapore Airlines 777-200ER Business Class from Singapore to Hong Kong

Singapore Airlines operates more than half a dozen daily flights between its base, Changi airport, and Hong Kong. These are operated using a mix of aircraft including the A350-900, A380, 777-200ER, and 787-10. Some time ago, Hirofumi reviewed the airline’s new A380 business class seat on the route. Last month, I flew on the not-nearly-as-luxurious …

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Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge at Changi Airport

Review: Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport

There are three Star Alliance business class lounges at Singapore Changi airport – two Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounges (one in terminal 2 and terminal 3 each) and a Thai Airways Royal Orchid Lounge. During my recent overnight transit at the airport, after visiting one of the SilverKris lounges, I had a chance to spend some …

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Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in Changi Airport Terminal

Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge at Changi Airport (Terminal 2)

Singapore Airlines operates two business class lounges at its base, Singapore Changi airport. One of those can be found in terminal 2 while the other in terminal 3. I had a chance to visit the former while making my way from Tokyo to Hong Kong with ANA and Singapore Airlines. Continue reading this review to …

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Trip Preview: A Poker Night in Macau

Trip Preview: A Poker Night in Macau

With one of my high school friends with whom I used to play poker a lot being in Asia, we could not skip a quick visit to Macau. And, of course, if I was to be making my way from Japan all the way to Macau, I could not skip planning the itinerary in a …

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NASA DC-8 Cockpit During Blue Hour

Flying on the NASA DC-8: Observing an Airborne Science Lab in Action

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center operates a number of aircraft out of Building 703 at Palmdale airport. Among those, two airliners from yesteryear – a Boeing 747SP and a Douglas DC-8 – that found a new life as research aircraft can be found. Last year, I had a chance to fly on the larger one …

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Star Alliance vs. oneworld vs. SkyTeam: Which of the Three Major Airline Alliances Is the Best?

Star Alliance vs. oneworld vs. SkyTeam: Which of the Three Major Airline Alliances Is the Best?

Recently, smaller airline alliances have started popping up here and there. However, practically speaking, there are only three major airline alliances that you need to know about – Star Alliance, oneworld, and SkyTeam. While airlines have been increasingly forming partnerships with airlines even outside their alliances, the alliances are still an important part of the …

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Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus Part 2: A330, A380, A350 & A220

Celebrating 50 Years of Airbus Part 2: A330, A380, A350 & A220

In the first half of this article celebrating the 50th anniversary of Airbus, I talked about its first few aircraft types – the A300, A310, A320 Series, and A340. In this part, I’ll cover the remaining types – the A330, A380, A350, and A220. Just like in the first part, I will take a brief look …

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Is Japan the Only Country in the World Where You Can "Buy" a Status with All Three Major Alliances?

Is Japan the Only Country Where You Can “Buy” a Status with All Three of the Major Airline Alliances?

Regardless of the country you live in, chances are high that there is some sort of credit card that allows collecting airline miles or points that can be converted to miles. There are also plenty of credit cards that offer free access to airport lounges – whether directly or through a complimentary Priority Pass membership. Similarly, …

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