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 The main catalyst of this is currently suggested to be that Etihad, Air Berlin’s biggest shareholder, has withdrawn their financial support.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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Review: Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich

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 Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Qatar Airways Flight 57
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Origin: Doha (DOH) Gate: A9 Dep: 07:20 (07:20)
Destination: Munich (MUC) Gate: B12 Arr: 12:30 (12:15)
Duration: 6 h 10 min (5 h 55 min)
Aircraft: Airbus A350-900
Seat: 5K (Business Class)

I boarded through the forward door into Qatar Airways’ stunning leased A350 cabin, owned by LATAM.

Qatar Airways Airbus A350-900 Leased Business Class Cabin

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Review: Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Lounge Doha Airport

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 Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Our Qatar Airways flight let out directly into the departures area, which I wasn’t expecting. We found ourselves following signage directly to the A gates.

Doha Hamad Airport Departures Area

Soon we found ourselves in Doha Airport’s impressive atrium, housing the 6.8-million-dollar teddy bear. From there we started spotting signage towards Qatar Airways’ Al Mourjan business class lounge, which I followed (my parents wanted to do some duty-free shopping, so I figured I might as well take a photo or 93, and we’d meet up after).

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Review: Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Hong Kong to Doha

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 Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Unfortunately I got rather sick during my “layover” back home, which meant that by the time I got to the airport I had completely screwed up my body clock. I got to the airport at around 10 PM feeling groggy and in need of a shower, so I decided to get one at The Pier, which I had access to as a oneworld business class passenger. I originally planned to re-review The Pier as I’d heard that the lounge had a lot of wear and tear by then, but it was good as new and as great a lounge as I’d remembered, so I won’t be reviewing it again.

Cathay Pacific The Pier Business Class Lounge Hong Kong

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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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Review: Virgin Atlantic 787 Premium Economy London Heathrow to Hong Kong

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 Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Virgin Atlantic Flight 206
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Origin: London Heathrow (LHR) Gate: 16 Dep: 21:55 (22:20)
Destination: Hong Kong (HKG) Gate: 27 Arr: 17:05 (17:10)
Duration: 12 h 10 min (11 h 50 min)
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Seat: 24K (Premium Economy Class)

Soon I found myself back in Virgin Atlantic’s premium economy cabin. I’ve reviewed the cabin extensively on my flights from London to Hong Kong last year and from Hong Kong to London on the outbound this year, so I won’t do so again.

First impressions – it was my first time seeing Virgin Atlantic’s cabins in the absence of mood lighting, and I was surprised to see how much more sterile the cabin seemed. Virgin Atlantic relies heavily on their mood lighting to add spice to their cabins, to the point where in its absence the cabins almost lack personality.

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787-9 Premium Economy Cabin

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Review: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse London Heathrow Airport

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 Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Doha to Munich
Hotel Bayerischer Hof Lindau
Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden
Mandarin Oriental Munich
British Airways Galleries Lounge Munich Airport
Qatar Airways A350 Business Class Munich to Doha
Al Maha Lounge Doha Airport
Qatar Airways 787 Business Class Doha to Hong Kong


Since Imperial College took care of my transfer to the airport, I was on campus until 5 PM, where I was bussed to the airport. My friend Albert was returning to Incheon, and his Asiana flight experienced a mechanical and was delayed until the next morning, which set us back a little bit. Asiana arranged a room at the Sofitel London Heathrow for him, which he said he enjoyed. Meanwhile, my friend Mohini ended up on the same flight as me, coincidentally also in premium economy.

We checked in at Heathrow’s Virgin Atlantic wing at around 6 PM, which was quick and painless. I originally wanted to select a bulkhead on the flight, mainly so I could review it, though the check-in agent was only able to put a request on my booking so I could vouch for a bulkhead at the gate. For the record, seat 21G was open on ExpertFlyer, though I couldn’t select it on Virgin Atlantic’s website. Seats 21A, 21D and 21E were shown as blocked (which means they weren’t taken, or else they’d be showing as occupied). She explained the boarding time, and since I also asked her about accessing the Clubhouse, she said that if I managed to get in the lounge, boarding would be called from inside the lounge.

Virgin Atlantic Premium Economy Check-in London Heathrow Airport

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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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