Marriott and Starwood Tie the Knot…Any Guest Writers Want To Help Me Cover This?

I’ve been pretty busy working the past few days, but that doesn’t take me way out of the world. I’ve been observing Starwood and Marriott’s merger the past few days, and I’m sure all of you readers have as well.

So I guess it would be nice to nail in the hammer and make sure y’all know that Marriott and Starwood have tied the knot on September 23rd, 2016.

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Consistent ~HK$26,600 Fares to London on Swiss Until The End of the Schedule

While Swiss’s business class fares to Zurich are obscene sometimes, they can sometimes have comparatively better fares to other destinations. But normally I only see them happening within a month of departure, or during low season.

Well, Swiss is offering ~HK$26,600 business class fares from Hong Kong to London via Zurich for what seems to be the end of the schedule.

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While that’s no means a small amount of money, it’s more than what I’ve seen anywhere else. I do have another Swiss flight planned, but that’s more expensive, and is around two hours less flying, so isn’t as worth talking about.

IMG_0053Swiss Boeing 777-300ER Business Class Cabin

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Review: Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch

Introduction
Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Swissport Lounge London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
United Club Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich
Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Touring the Hotel Schynige Platte
Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Terminal A
Swiss Panorama Business Class Lounge Terminal E
Swiss 138 777-300ER Business Class Zurich to Hong Kong


Boy, oh boy, this must have been one of the most amusing hotel stays I’ve ever had. Not that I didn’t enjoy it, but writing this is going to be like writing a comedy. So let me begin…

We pulled up to the hotel around Monday afternoon. The exterior of the hotel looks pretty charming, as it’s a big, old hotel.

IMG_1520Hotel Victoria Jungfrau Exterior

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Cathay Pacific’s A330 Regional Business Class

Earlier today I wrapped up a really short trip to Taipei. While the flight there was something I’d done before (on one of Cathay Pacific’s regional 777-200s, something I won’t review due to how run-of-the-mill it was), the return was on a Cathay Pacific A330 in its regional configuration. I found it pretty special, so I’ll share my initial impressions.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A330 Regional Business Class Seat

Cathay Pacific features 2-2-2 seats in their regional business class, which is kind of standard (you won’t see 2-3-2 configurations in business class on an A330, but as far as angled-flat seats on shorthaul flights go you won’t see 1-2-1 configurations either). It is important to note that all regional Cathay Pacific A330s now only feature four rows, so it’s really cosy – borderline cramped, but not there yet.

img_2538Cathay Pacific Airbus A330-300 Regional Business Class Cabin

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The Best Reaction I’ve Ever Had To Taking Pictures At A Lounge

Hello from home after a really short trip to Taipei! I’m sorry about the lack of posts, since I’ve been busy all week. That’s changed, though, so I sort of have a free night.

img_2468Shifen Waterfall Park, Taipei, Taiwan

I just flew Cathay Pacific’s regional A330 in business class from Taipei back to Hong Kong (more on that later), and just in case I wouldn’t have the chance to ever again, I took the time to pop down to the arrivals lounge that they own, The Arrival. Much to my surprise the lounge wasn’t empty (not that it should be, but I don’t know why anyone would be there at 5pm with hotels to check in to/homes to go back to).

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Cathay Pacific 777-300ER Business Class: Has It Improved?

Posts are going to start going down as school kicks back in. I’ll try to get the Switzerland report out as soon as possible so I won’t be too behind.


Hello from Highstown, New Jersey. Around a week ago, I flew with Cathay Pacific to New York. Given that we haven’t actually reviewed Cathay’s Business Class product to North America, I’m going to be churning out a trip report. However, given that I’m going to have a hectic month or so (I’m kind of moving to the States for school…), I thought I’d do a quick little “First Impressions” post that Alvin seems to absolutely adore so that I could share some opinions about the flight. 

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Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Hong Kong Airport

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Cathay Pacific’s A350 Business Class Headrests

Earlier this year I flew Cathay Pacific’s new A350 from Taipei to Hong Kong. I felt like the seat was an upgrade, and while the finishing touches were just a little bit better, the comfort factor was a step up. I think it would be safe to say that Cathay Pacific’s new A350 business class is marginally better than their A330 business class.

IMG_0567Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Business Class

Well, despite assessments starting to come up, as one does I was looking through new reviews of Cathay Pacific’s A350 business class product.

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Review: Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt

Introduction
Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Swissport Lounge London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
United Club Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich
Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Touring the Hotel Schynige Platte
Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Terminal A
Swiss Panorama Business Class Lounge Terminal E
Swiss 138 777-300ER Business Class Zurich to Hong Kong


While I took lots of train and boat rides on the trip, I feel like this is the only report worth reviewing, so I won’t go beating a dead horse about the other train rides. There are bloggers who would probably get 600+ readers on a report on a five-minute MTR ride, though I’m not one of them – given that you guys are my few valuable readers, I might as well give you valuable content. The Glacier Express was the method that my parents chose to take from Zermatt to Andermatt, for a two-hour car ride to Interlaken. They also chose to book first class for ~HK$436 more, bringing a first class ticket price to ~HK$1,000.

Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 14.14.43Glacier Express First Class Prices

I played along – there’d be views, and I would be in first class – what’s not to love?😉

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Rwandair Takes Delivery of First A330: Emirates, Look Out

After the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, the Rwandan government scrambled to create a new means of transportation for people to get in and out of Rwanda. That’s how Rwandair was formed, and it hasn’t really had that much of a reputation. It hasn’t even gained enough recognition for Skytrax to rate them, so really they haven’t made themselves relevent in the airline market yet.

Well, Rwandair is about to launch Airbus A330-200 flights four times a week from Kigali, Rwanda to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates as of October 26th, 2016. This will be their inaugurating A330 flight, which will be a nice replacement to their 737 that runs the route at this moment.

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Why is this important?

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Review: Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich

Introduction
Virgin Atlantic 207 787-9 Economy Class Hong Kong to London Heathrow
Swissport Lounge London Heathrow
Virgin Atlantic 206 787-9 Premium Economy Class London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Plaza Premium Lounge Hong Kong
United Club Hong Kong
Swiss 139 777-300ER Business Class Hong Kong to Zurich
Swiss Arrivals Lounge Zurich
Glacier Express 902 Zermatt to Andermatt
Hotel Victoria Jungfraujoch
Touring the Hotel Schynige Platte
Hotel Baur au Lac Zurich
Swiss Senator Lounge Terminal A
Swiss Panorama Business Class Lounge Terminal E
Swiss 138 777-300ER Business Class Zurich to Hong Kong


Once I left the aircraft, I turned left towards immigration, passing by a Cathay Pacific 777. It seemed like Cathay Pacific was also on top of their aircraft game, by sending a relatively new 777. As much as I want to try new products, all things equal I’d take a reverse herringbone seat over a staggered seat any day.

IMG_0234Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER Zurich Airport

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