Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cessna hopping around Africa: Coastal Air ZNZ-DAR

After a few days in Zanzibar, it was  time to head home.

I had booked a DAR-DXB-DFW Emirates First Class ticket but first needed to get to Dar Es Salaam.

I booked a flight on Coastal Air which was operated by a Cessna 208, one of the smallest planes I've ever flown.

Coastal has a great reputation compared to other airlines flying the short flight between the two cities .
I had spent two night in Zanzibar which I found to be a fascinating and very interesting city. Being so close to the Equator , temperatures were boiling at times, but the sea was lovely.

I took a cab to the airport and "checked in" for the flight, it was a breeze and was given a boarding pass and told to board a plane that was waiting on the tarmac.

Sadly, the copilot seat was taken so I had to settle for a normal seat in the plane.

We were treated to some spectacular views as we crossed the sea over to the mainland.

 Precision Air lands at the domestic terminal which was quiet a distance to the international terminal.

But Precision Air provides a free Landside shuttle between the Domestic and International terminals. 

There are many flight options between DAR and ZNZ, but after speaking to several locals, Coastal Air is one of the best operators, with the vast majority of operators experiencing delays ,etc.

Here are some additional Stone Town and Zanzibar photos!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Satay Time!: Malayasia from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur!

Malaysia Airlines 
MH 140 Airbus 330 Business Class
Satay Time!: Malaysia Airlines from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur!

I had a leftover Lifemiles ticket ex-HKG and needed a way to get there from Sydney.
I found a seat (seems MH releases one seat in J at a time per flight) from SYD-KUL and built in a 20 hour layover before a KUL-SIN-HKG flight.

As  an American Airlines Executive Platinum I had access to the Qantas First Class lounge and tried it out before my flight up to Kuala Lumpur.
Entering the lounge. VR available!

Old School mechanical departures sign! Really cool!!

Calamari!!! :D

Mac or Windows?

Qantas First Class lounge @ SYD

Qantas First Class lounge @ SYD
The 330 is one of the newest planes in the Malaysian fleet but has a horrible seat which doesn't fully recline causing passengers to easy slip down the seat.

The flight was originally booked at 10% two weeks before the flight but filled up to about 50% on the day of the flight, loads weren't that great in Y either.

Service started with a small palate cleanser and then it was Satay time! I had both the chicken and beef stays and their reputation is true, they were absolutely delicious!

I had pre-order (via email since the website is broken) a 3 meat combo (my stock photo) which somehow became just a beef and sausage on my flight.

Since we were landing around 430I did my best to pass out after dinner, skipping breakfast to get some additional shut eye since I had a long day ahead of me.

We landed a few minutes ahead of schedule and it was a short ride on the train to the satellite lounge to get some breakfast and leave my bag at the MH locker before heading on a daytrip to Brunei.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Another week, another TATL... United EWR-BRU - Brussels

United 999
April 2015
Boeing 777 - Business Class

United just loves to keep their product secret from bloggers. Another much  more famous blogger got kicked off the plane when flying them last year. Even when not blogging about a certain product, I like to board early to compare various different products and service levels both across airlines with in the same alliance and also across alliances. 
I had booked this flight as part of a chainSAW Lifemiles ticket which allowed you to book flights to Istanbul and only pay intra-US business class mileage,sadly this fare is long gone...

The flight started as any other quiet TATL on United on their cattle car Boeing 777 Business Class which is configured as 8 across.

After the first three pictures, an FA approaches me and asks why I'm taking photos,I refer to their magazine which doesn't prohibit photography and I'm left alone but..."Thanks for flying the friendly skies"

Here is the Food and Drinks menu off the flight:

The dinner service was very uneventful, I had given up hard liquor for lent so had to try the various United swill/floor cleaners disguised as "wine".

Appetizer was forgettable and the shoe served as beef was tough as a rock, but the Ice Cream Sundae did make up for the dinner.

The best part of the flight: Ice Cream Sundae! Sadly just one cherry! :(
I was able to sleep for about two hours during the short flight and skipped breakfast in order to rest up a bit before the long day ahead of me..

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