Singapore Airlines’ Upper-Deck A380 Business Class, Melbourne to Singapore
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by Manu Venkat
1w ago
Singapore Airlines knows what it’s doing. No airline is perfect, but Singapore earns its status as a fan favorite for frequent fliers. Flying one of their long-haul premium cabins has been one of my AvGeek dreams for a while. So when I snagged a lucky award ticket during a trip to Asia/Australia — and on the A380, no less — I was EXCITED. I’m not going to bury the lede. This flight was about as good as it gets. It was the airborne equivalent of watching a seasoned orchestra perform. Read on for the full story about my time in Singapore Airlines’ upper-deck A380 business class. And don’t worr ..read more
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LAX planespotting: A winter classic
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by Francis Zera
3w ago
A Lufthansa Boeing 747-8i passes downtown LA on final for LAX A sunny break from the Pacific Northwest’s typically gloomy winter weather is always a pleasant opportunity. Last month I ventured south from Seattle for a couple days seeking some sun and planespotting. Winter sunsets come early, but it also presents some great nighttime spotting opportunities My wife and I stayed at our favorite LA hotel, the H Hotel Los Angeles. It’s walking distance from the airport and to the famed spotting viewpoint park at the end of runway 24R/06L, a.k.a. the In-N-Out park, so named for its proximity to the ..read more
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How to Get an Empty Middle Seat Next to You
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by David Parker Brown
1M ago
An empty middle seat is better than any amenity that an airline can give me I love flying with a middle seat open next to me (who doesn’t?) and I get to do it quite a bit. I wanted to give you advice on what has worked well for me, so that you too can fly high with an empty middle seat! This is not one of those “how to” stories that is just clickbait and will tell you “use your miles to upgrade” or “give chocolates to the flight attendants.” Nope… this is all from my own personal experience. You won’t need to do anything unethical, it isn’t that hard, and it often pays off. It will take s ..read more
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Our Favorite Stats and Other Nerdy Stuff of 2023
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by David Parker Brown
1M ago
Ahhh yes, this is the time of year to take a look back, before taking a look forward. I like to dive into AirlineReporter’s analytics and see what stories were the most popular and where you readers are from. Some of you maybe thinking “well heck David, there haven’t been as many stories this year.” Well, you would be right. I do not want to make any sort of grand statement that we will soon be back to the days of having a daily new story… but I hope we find a happy place in the middle. And for those who love to see our new stories, but aren’t sure when they post, make sure to sign up for our ..read more
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My Three Favorite Aviation Adventures
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by David Parker Brown
2M ago
I have been running AirlineReporter for over 15 years now and over that time I have been very lucky to experience some pretty rad things and I genuinely treasure all my adventures. Every now and again, someone will ask me which trip was my favorite and often my answers will differ. That said, there are three that consistently stand out. Since I was recently reminiscing about those good times, I figured why not share… #1 – RWANDAIR’S FIRST 737 DELIVERY FLIGHT (September 2011) RwandAir’s first Boeing 737-800 sits in a hangar at Boeing Field During the delivery of RwandAir’s first 737, I rememb ..read more
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Singapore Airlines A350-900ULR to New York… Going the Distance in Style
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by Manu Venkat
2M ago
The world’s longest flight. Many routes have held that honor over the years. But right now the unquestioned champion is Singapore Airlines’ service between Singapore Changi and New York JFK, clocking in at an impressive 9,537 miles. I’ve been dying to get onboard since it launched. At long last, I got my chance. The Airbus A350-900ULR was the clear star of the show. The “ULR” stands for ultra-long range. And the plane absolutely earns that title, handling 18-hour flights with ease. During our time in the sky with the ULR we appreciated the adaptations that allow it to handle routes that no ot ..read more
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Tokyo Haneda’s Excel Hotel: An Excellent Place For Planespotting
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by Manu Venkat
5M ago
Here at AirlineReporter we write a ton about aircraft. We write a lot about airports. We’ve dabbled in train reporting. We don’t usually publish stories about hotels. But for the right type of place, we’ll make an exception (HotelReporter?!). During a trip to Tokyo we spent a night at one of the world’s best hotels for planespotting, the Excel Hotel at Haneda Airport. You don’t have to take our word for it: the hotel is frequently named in lists of the best places in the world for AvGeeks to stay. And boy did it deliver. Watch our video report below for the deep dive, and/or read on below for ..read more
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Tokyo Haneda’s Excel Hotel: An Excellent Place For Planespotting
Airline Reporter
by Manu Venkat
5M ago
Here at AirlineReporter we write a ton about aircraft. We write a lot about airports. We’ve dabbled in train reporting. We don’t usually publish stories about hotels. But for the right type of place, we’ll make an exception (HotelReporter?!). During a trip to Tokyo we spent a night at one of the world’s best hotels for planespotting, the Excel Hotel at Haneda Airport. You don’t have to take our word for it: the hotel is frequently named in lists of the best places in the world for AvGeeks to stay. And boy did it deliver. Watch our video report below for the deep dive, and/or read on below for ..read more
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From the Taxiway: Spotting at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
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by David Parker Brown
6M ago
A Condor Airbus A330 with Mt. Rainier in the background. When you get a VIP invite to spend an afternoon spotting airplanes from the taxiways at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), you do not say “no”. You say something along the lines of “HECK YES!” AirlineReporter Director of Photographry Francis Zera and I prepped our gear (and plenty of sunblock) and went with a group of around 15 other AvGeeks to enjoy this special time. After getting our neon PPE, badges, and a security rundown, we were escorted to a few vans waiting for us on the tarmac (I think the words “herding cats” was ment ..read more
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Something Fishy Arrives to Seattle on Alaska Airlines
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by David Parker Brown
10M ago
I recently had the opportunity to welcome some VIP fish from Alaska to the lower 48. Did I enjoy the experience because of the Copper River salmon? Yes, it was quite entertaining seeing all the people wanting to kiss a 34 pounder at 8am in the morning (I typically don’t kiss fish before noon). For me it was more about having an excuse to get back on the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and hang out with Alaska Cargo up close and personal.  My combi ride back in 2016The fishing boats in Cordova A while back, I took a milk run up to Cordova, AK and watched as fishing bo ..read more
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