747 Lands At Hong Kong Airport Despite Highest Typhoon Warning Signal In Force

Today was a terrible day in terms of weather in Hong Kong. For the first time in five years, the Typhoon 10 signal was hoisted, which meant that winds passing Hong Kong exceeded a speed of 118 km/h. Typhoon Hato caused these winds, blowing up north from the South China Sea. The situation was much more tragic in Macau, since three people were killed as a result of the incident and the entire city seems to be out of power, though we still received some shocking videos this morning, and one person seems to have passed as a result of being pulled into the sea by huge waves.

Obviously that’s bad news on the airline front, and most flights out of Hong Kong were canceled or delayed for a significant number of hours.

Flight Cancellations at Hong Kong Airport

I’m not sure if I can add value to this, but I have to post this story as it’s interesting. During the height of the storm at 10 AM this morning, a KLM 747 from Amsterdam touched down in Hong Kong.

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Cathay Dragon Acquires 32 Airbus A321neos

While Cathay Pacific’s fleet consists exclusively of widebody aircraft, a fraction of Cathay Dragon’s fleet consists of narrowbody aircraft. It looks like their narrowbody fleet is about to grow, as Cathay Dragon has signed a memorandum of understanding to acquire 32 Airbus A321neo aircraft.

DSC01576Cathay Dragon Airbus A321 Hong Kong Airport

This deal is listed at HK$31.7 billion – while Cathay Pacific turned a huge loss this half year (they lost HK$2.5 billion, which is the greatest loss they’ve recorded thus far), they recorded fuel as the main reason for their loss, so buying fuel-efficient planes is technically taking Cathay Pacific back on the right track.

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Live Chat: The One Service I Wish More Airlines Offered

Lately I’ve found myself more onboard with booking flights and reserving tickets. Our family has a travel agent, who we’ve relied on for a long time – as much as she’s very reliable, I also like to have some fun with finding cheap(er) tickets in premium cabins. My family wants to go to Osaka next easter, and unfortunately, airline prices are over the roof. Redeeming for four people is also impossible at this point, so I ended up finding a decent business class price on Hong Kong Airlines, which we might be taking.

Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-300 Taking Off Hong Kong Airport

As part of the reservation I wanted to make sure that we had seats selected, so I went online – only to find that there’s no “Manage My Booking” section on Hong Kong Airlines’ website unless you’ve ticketed. Fair enough, but you can select your seats while you book (my travel agent found some cheaper discount fares, so she ended up helping us book our tickets), so I wanted to see if we could change our seats.

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Air Berlin Files For Insolvency

This news shocked me, as this airline seemed to have somewhat of a plan, and was even planning to launch flights to Hong Kong in a couple of months. That said, there’s been speculation that this was going to happen, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising.

As of today, August 15th, German airline Air Berlin has filed for insolvency. The main catalyst of this is currently suggested to be that Etihad, Air Berlin’s biggest shareholder, has withdrawn their financial support.

img_5033airberlin Airbus A320 Zurich Airport

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Hong Kong Airlines’ New A350 Routes And Interior Details

Hong Kong Airlines is an airline I’ve always wanted to try. They seem to have their branding set – they’re not focused on being a premium airline, but rather just to bring a functional, comfortable product that’s “very Hong Kong”. As much as I doubt “very Hong Kong” is always a good thing, at least they commit to their brand – I digress.

Hong Kong Airlines Airbus A330-300 Hong Kong Airport

The newest aircraft that Hong Kong Airlines is delivering is their A350. They’re up against stiff competition, as Cathay Pacific also has A350s, which feature great reverse herringbone seats in business class – I’d consider Cathay Pacific’s A350 seats some of the best airline seats across all cabins.

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Irregular Operations on Finnair: What Is It Like? What Should You Do?

On my recent trip to Europe, our flight from Bangkok to Helsinki was delayed for two hours, and we missed our connection on our onward flight from Helsinki to Bangkok. Here’s a recount of how Finnair handles irregular operations, as well as some tips as for what you should do in case this happens to you. 


My Experience

Finnair sent out an email prior to departure informing my family that our flight to Helsinki had been delayed for two hours, and told us to arrive at the airport three hours prior to the new departure time.

IMG_9814.jpgFinnair Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport Airport Drop-Off Area

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Cathay Pacific Will Fly A350s To Newark

Since Cathay Pacific introduced the A350 into their fleet in mid-2016, their A350 routemap has been growing at a really fast rate. I had the chance to fly the A350 in business class from Taipei to Hong Kong last year, and thought the hard product excelled. It’s a step up from their 777 and A330 business class product, and is currently my favourite business class hard product in the world, though admittedly my sample size is limited.

Cathay Pacific Airbus A350-900 Hong Kong Airport

I’ve also heard great things about their premium economy and economy product, which I will be seeking opportunities to try in the near future.

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How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Oryx Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


I try to stick to my travels by reviewing airlines, airport lounges and hotels on this site, but sometimes I can’t help but share the amazing experiences that I’ve had as a result of my travels. Imperial College was one of these times. I’ve met so many people that I can refer to in the future, and can look forward to seeing again should I earn myself a place at Imperial College in a couple of years. However, this is my travel blog, not my personal portfolio, so I won’t dwell on it.

However, I figured I’d share a bit of how it’s like to stay at an Imperial College dormitory, at least from my experience. I know that Imperial College rents out their dorms as hotels during summer time (July 3 to September 24 as of this year), so I figured I’d go ahead and share what the dorms are like. If you’re looking forward to your first year as an undergraduate at Imperial, this post is also for you.

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Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days

Introduction: 20,000+ Kilometers In Three Days
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy Hong Kong to London Heathrow
How Is It Like Staying At An Imperial College Dormitory?
Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport
Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha
Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


I love summer, as it usually means a huge amount of flying. I’ve been visiting the UK numerous times for university summer camps, etc. as I’d like to study there in a couple of years. My parents also like to travel during summer, and they love Europe, so my favourite part is always in between, where I get to fly from Europe to Asia back to Europe in a matter of days. Last year I flew from London to Zurich via Hong Kong, which I particularly enjoyed.

I had two subsequent tasks to do:

  • find a cheap direct fare for myself in economy or premium economy to London on specific dates for my summer camp
  • find a fare that could be marginally more expensive and preferably in business class for my whole family to fly to London

London, United Kingdom

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When Your Flight Special Request Backfires…

Earlier today I flew from Doha to Hong Kong, as the fourth and final segment of my discounted business class routing on Qatar Airways. I’ve shared my thoughts on Qatar Airways’ business class on the outbound, so I’ll refrain from doing so again.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-8 Business Class

This was a redeye flight departing at 2:50 AM and arriving Hong Kong at 4:15 PM. I have commitments tomorrow morning, so I wanted to be adjusted to Hong Kong time – as Doha is five hours behind, this was essentially an eight-hour morning flight for me.

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