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Short Runway and Crazy Wind - New Zealand’s Most Challenging Flight


After 17 hour non-stop flight from New York to Auckland, I continue my journey to Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand. Queenstown is one of the best scenic and most challenging airports in New Zealand. I am flying on Air New Zealand A320neo in the cockpit behind the pilots. Captain Grant explains the multiple challenge factors due to the terrain, wind, low clouds and even snow in Queenstown. Enjoy the scenic ride across New Zealand. My next flight is to the capital of New Zealand; Wellington. The flight time from Auckland to Wellington was just 45 minutes. We flew at 34,000 ft on Air New Zealand A320neo. The pilot told me Wellington is usually very windy, and the runway is very short with just 6,000 ft making it even more challenging. Check out the landing!

Stormy Flight - Air France B777 NEW Business Class to New York


I flew on Air France's new Business Class seat on their refurbished B777-300/ER from Paris to New York. The weather in New York was bad with rain and low visibility. Watch the exciting landing at JFK. The newly configured Air France B777-300/ER has 48 Business Class suites, 48 Premium Economy class seats and 273 Economy seats. It features a privacy door in Business class. Row 1 and 9 has massive footwell and extra room due to the bulkhead position. Air France’s new Premium Economy seat came with a deep recline which is different from the current fixed shell design. 3 refurbished Air France 777-300/ER currently flies between Paris and JFK (AF22/15), Dakar and Rio with this new configuration. 9 more B777 will be refurbished by the end of this year. Before my flight, I visited Air France Operation Control Center (OCC) to see how my flight was dispatched. A rare behind-the-scenes discovery! The weather in New York was very bad with rain and low visibility. Our plane was on hold for 40 minutes before cleared to ILS approach on Runway 13L. Watch the exciting landing at JFK.

What Happened to Thai Airways? B787 Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur


Thai Airways was a great airline but started its decline in the early 2000s. Since COVID, Thai has lost about 50% of its fleet as their A380, 747, older 777s and A330 were all grounded. Thai Airways has also stopped flying domestically altogether. As a result, there are no more wide-body flights inside Thailand. This is my first Thai Airways flight in nearly 4 years. I started my trip at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport. I visited the new Royal Orchid Prestige lounge. There is good amount of food in the new lounge but many other Thai Airways lounges including the Royal Orchid Spa are still closed. The Thai B787-9 has the new individual pod seat in Business Class. However, Thai’s Business class product is generally one generation behind and with a lot of inconsistency across the fleet. The Economy Class seating on 787-9, however, has decent legroom with footrest. There are several cutbacks in service; there are no more printed menus, or newspapers and magazines. On regional flights, the cabin crew no longer wears the traditional Thai dress. The food in Business Class is fairly simple. I gave my final thought at the end of my flight.

World Cup Fever - Qatar Airways A380 First Class Flight


I traveled on Qatar Airways First Class from Dubai via Doha to Bangkok using just 50k award miles. The first flight is from Dubai to Doha on Qatar Airways B787-9. I shared my World Cup stories onboard the quick 40 minute flight to Qatar. Once I landed in Doha, I visited the garden in the new terminal expansion at Hamad International Airport. It was an amazing terminal experience and I couldn’t believe this was in the Middle East! My next flight to Bangkok is operated by the double-decker Qatar Airways A380. Very glad to see Qatar Airways brought them back into service. Many onboard products on this flight still feature the World Cup. Find out the Qatar Airways First Class experience and learn how to use miles to redeem the First Class seat.

EXTREME FLIGHT - Landing on Antarctica Ice Runway


I boarded a Hi Fly A340 chartered for White Desert Antarctica (Tour Operator) to fly to the seventh continent; Antarctica. The flight time from Cape Town to Wolf’s Fang Runway in Antarctica is 5 hours and 15 minutes. Flying from 33 degrees South to 71 degrees South in latitude. Commander Carlos Mirpuri explained the Antarctic flight operating conditions and requirements. During the flight, the founder of White Desert Antarctica Patrick explained what to expect in Antarctica. As we flew closer to Antarctica, passengers changed to winter clothing and got ready for the exploration. The Antarctic season is from mid-November to early February every year. The weather condition was good with clear visibility for landing at Wolf’s Fang runway. The runway friction index was also sufficient to allow the airplane to stop during braking. Our A340 landed at Wolf’s Fang runway (71º 32’ 00” S 8º 50’ 00” E) around 1930 UTC time. I was lucky to observe the Antarctic landing from the jumpseat. The runway length is 2500 m (8200') long and 60 m (196') wide. Wolf’s Fang Runway is operated by White Desert Antarctica and it’s the only blue ice runway. It takes 22 hours to groom and prepare the runway for every jet landing. After landing, we climbed a nearby Nunatak (small mountain) and were just amazed at the pristine landscape; the white desert! The sun never set during the Antarctic summer. I also visited the newly opened Echo Camp for refreshments before the flight back. Certainly one of "The Greatest Day" in my aviation and travel memory! For more information on Antarctica tour, visit

Ethiopian Airlines New Business Class - A350 to South Africa


I continue to discover behind the scenes at Addis Ababa Airport on Ethiopian Airlines operations. There are 2 peaks every day, one in the morning and one in the evening with many arrivals and departures connecting at Addis Ababa. Check out the latest Ethiopian Airlines Business Class lounge in Addis Ababa. I boarded a new Ethiopian Airlines A350-900 to Cape Town, it has a new Business Class in 1-2-1 staggered layout. The pilot showed the A350 cockpit and explained the high-altitude operation at Addis Ababa and its limitation on takeoff weight. Flight time to Cape Town is 6 hours from Addis Ababa, flying through Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana before reaching South Africa. During the flight, traditional Ethiopian cuisine is served with injera bread. Discover more about Ethiopian Airlines' service and flight operation on the A350 in my video.

Inside Europe's Busiest Air Traffic Control - Amsterdam


Amsterdam is Europe’s busiest airport, in terms of movements and top 3 in terms of passenger numbers. In 2018, it handled over 70 million passengers, with over 500,000 movements. I visited the Air Traffic Control Tower and Radar Centre in Amsterdam, to find out how the air traffic is managed in one of the busiest European Airports. The ATC tower controller explains all the working positions, runway configurations and movements inside the ATC tower at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. I was given a behind the scene tour and enjoyed some awesome plane spotting views up in the 101m tower. Then, I visited the LVNL Radar Centre. A controller explains how the radar controls work. In fact, once the plane leaves the gate it will remain in contact with the tower and many different area controls until it lands and arrives at the gate. The visit gave me a great insight as to how Air Traffic Control works in today’s crowded skies. To find out more about ATC in The Netherlands, visit 🤍

How To Survive Airplane Crash - Ditching, Fire, Jungle and Arctic


I visited Dynamic Advanced Training in Dubai, a comprehensive learning organisation specialising in aviation safety and security training. My aviation survival skills were certainly put to the test. First, I went into a hydraulic driven airplane cabin simulator; this is used to test scenarios like heavy turbulence, smoke filled cabins, oxygen mask drop-downs and crash evacuations. I was assisted by 3 qualified cabin crew, who are also friends of mine. Next, I experienced survival situations in both jungle and arctic environments. The mock up environments were hyper-realistic. My lunch break was spent inside a private jet mock up cabin, to practice how to serve my fellow passengers with McDonald’s BigMac and fries. Then, I went through firefighting training; to cool off after this, I jumped into the pool for emergency ditching on water practice. Thanks to Dynamic Advanced Training to provide me this valuable aviation training experience. For more info, please visit 🤍

Flying Ethiopian B787 - Can Africa’s Biggest Airline Do Better?


I flew on an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 from Vienna to Addis Ababa. Find out Ethiopian Airlines latest onboard product in both Business Class and Economy class. The flight was overnight and took 5 hours and 45 minutes. Before landing, a beautiful sunrise greeted all passengers. Join me for landing inside the cockpit of Boeing 787. After landing, I toured the passenger terminal and up to 10,000 passengers in the morning transit at Addis Ababa Bole Airport making it the busiest hub in Africa. I was given a tour of the Ethiopian Airlines Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) facility where a Boeing 767 is undergoing cargo conversion. Then I went inside an Ethiopian A350 passenger freighter full of cargo in the cabin. Last, I went on a day tour in Addis Ababa city. In next episode, I continue to explore Ethiopia and flew on their new A350 across Africa to Cape Town. Video: 🤍

Flying Turkish Airlines New A350 + My First Hot Balloon Ride


I flew on Turkish Airlines' new A350 from Montreal to Istanbul. I went behind the scenes on flight operations from the cockpit and in the cabin as a passenger to experience the brand-new aircraft. The mask is no longer mandatory on Turkish Airlines unless the destination requires it. Welcome drink, and full meal service have now been returned onboard. The Turkish Airlines A350 Business Class cabin has an understated luxury silver/gray decor with all aisle access. Window seats are even number 2/4/6/8. While the privacy is excellent, I found the seat to be quite narrow for myself. In Economy, the Turkish Airlines A350 feature standard 3-3-3 configuration with seat 28A and 28K have extra leg room with no seat in front. I continued my connection to Izmir from Istanbul. The 50 minute domestic flight in Turkey really impressed me with a full meal served. I traveled by car to Pamukkale to see the famous pools of Pamukkale. It was my first time in a hot balloon and what an experience! Follow Irem Ciray: 🤍 #goturkiye #gotürkiye

World’s Longest A380 Flight in First Class - Is It Worth It?


Last week, I flew on an Emirates A380 from Los Angeles to Dubai. Emirates has re-introduced the A380 back to LA. This is currently the longest A380 flight in the world. I was able to experience 16 hours of luxury in Emirates First Class. But is this First Class experience worth the extra price? LAX Bradley Terminal was very busy at check-in. I visited the Duty-Free shop and the Emirates Lounge, which have both now re-opened. I also had a quick tour at the new LAX West Bradley terminal before my flight boarding. There is a tunnel that links it to the original Bradley Terminal. A lot of domestic flights are also using the new Bradley extension. There are good windows for plane spotting opportunities at the new extension. The Emirates A380 took off very heavy out of LAX. Flight time was 15 hours 30 minutes, with almost the entire flight being in daylight as we travelled over the North Pole. Emirates has launched new Bvlgari amenity kits onboard and I was able to check out both the male and female versions. I enjoyed my flight in my private suite with private dining and rest. I also used the Emirates First Class Shower and Spa, to have a shower in the sky to refresh me before landing in Dubai. At the end of my flight, I share some good tips on how to upgrade to First Class on Emirates. I also make my conclusion

Flying New Dassault Falcon 6X - TransAtlantic to Paris


At the end of NBAA 2022, I hopped on the new experimental Dassault Falcon 6X, the latest Falcon jet transatlantic from Orlando to Paris. It was my first time flying on a private jet across the Atlantic and what an experience it was! The Falcon 6X is in a new category of Business Aviation: the Ultra Widebody business jet. It flies at a top speed of Mach 0.90 and has 5,500nm (10,186 km) range. My flight to Paris was an 8 hours overnight flight. We used just 4,500 ft of runway out of Orlando Executive Airport. The aircraft was extremely quiet with a cabin altitude of just 3,900 ft which is much lower than commercial aircraft. On this factory demonstrator, the rear sofa on each side can turn into a huge super king bed. I experienced a good night of sleep and watched the sunrise in bed with breakfast at 47,000 ft. Enough said for the private jet experience. 3 years ago at Paris Airshow 2019, I saw the Falcon 6X mock-up and today I have flown on the jet itself. The Dassault Falcon 6X is expected to be certified in 2023 and so far 19 examples have been built.

Ultra Long Haul - Air New Zealand B787 New York to Auckland Flight


Air New Zealand has just launched non-stop flights between New York and Auckland, New Zealand. I was invited to fly on the inaugural flight which is currently the fourth longest flight in the world. The flight time was 16 hours 35 minutes. The video documents the whole flight experience from takeoff to landing. However, the inaugural did suffer a setback with a storm enroute which required additional fuel for safety so some bags were left behind. The current inward-facing Business Class seat on Air New Zealand will be replaced by a new product in 2024. I visited the new Skynest mock-up in Auckland. For the first time ever, economy class passengers are going to have the option of stretching out for some sleep on actual beds during their flight. There are also some great views of JFK Airport and New York City from the helicopter by ZIP Aviation in this video. 🤍

The $20,000 Residence on Etihad A380


There's nothing like The Residence in commercial air travel. The Residence is above First Class; with a living room, separate bedroom and en-suite shower room, it is the only three-room suite on a commercial airline in the world. It is indeed the World's Premiere Flying Experience. I hadn't flown The Residence in 2 years and I was very keen to re-live this fantastic experience, so I decided to dress up for the occasion. This flight was Etihad's inaugural A380 service from Abu Dhabi to Seoul Incheon. On the return flight from Incheon to Abu Dhabi (next episode), I will be back in Economy to see the differences in travel experience on the same plane. - Join me for my third, spectacular experience in Etihad Airway’s The Residence! The Residence is completely out of this world within the field of luxury, commercial passenger aviation, far surpassing any first class service that you might care to mention. It is unique in so many ways from providing the only, true double bed in a public, commercial aviation setting within your cabin to the provision of your own personal butler whilst in The Residence lounge and also whilst up in the air, trained in the prestigious Savoy Hotel in London. I take the inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi international airport to Incheon Airport in Seoul, South Korea at the invitation of Etihad Airways, celebrating the launch of this new route in The Residence. I will be making the return journey in economy class in my next video guys, so watch out for that one! If you’d like to see my first and second Residence experiences, you can see these in my videos here: 🤍 🤍 The Residence flying experience provides a home from home on the ground and then in the sky where any need or desire you could think of is expertly and carefully taken of. The Residence experience starts with being chauffeur driven in a luxury car (typically Audi, BMW or Mercedes) to the first class, VIP terminal of the airport where you are met by your personal luggage carrier, butler and chef. Whilst waiting for your flight, you are housed in your own little palace with access to a spa (I opt to have an extremely relaxing and very nice and pleasant foot massage) and even a smoking room, lavishly decorated and stocked with the finest cigars, including Cuban, from around the world. Your own personal chef is on hand to deliver a Michelin Star level of dining experience, with each dish being hand crafted to your requirements and set in front of you with an explanation of each of the components of the dish before you begin eating. There are a wide variety of premium wines, spirits, beers and champagne to choose from. Within your Residence lounge, there is a large, wall-mounted television and library. The Residence on the ground experience is absolutely sublime and a true masterpiece of comfort and service for the passenger. At the gate to the aeroplane, I am met by the person who is to be my butler in the air. He introduces himself and up in the air, it’s clear that he cares – that’s what’s so great about Etihad Airway’s The Residence – the personal touch. They have researched my background before the day and present me with a number of aviation magazines to read and enjoy on the flight, as well as a framed photo of myself and a certificate to commemorate my travelling on this inaugural flight with Etihad in The Residence. I am extremely impressed with the food I receive on the flight, with a delicious steak and chips being put before me as the main course and delicious little Asian sandwiches with succulent meat as a starter. I am also treated to Bellini Cipriani wine and a wonderful post-dinner digestif of Cellar 28 Remy Martin – greater opulence you couldn’t imagine, honestly! After dinner, I can sprawl out on my double bed and watch TV in private, after taking a very relaxing and refreshing shower in my private bathroom on board. After sleeping, I rub my eyes to see my personal butler bringing a luxurious and mouth-watering breakfast of waffles and raspberries, served with champagne to get me in the mood to face a new day before we land. Overall, I am once again bowled over by Etihad’s provision for me within The Residence class on board and I hold Etihad Airway’s The Residence in the highest regard. Would did you think of the whole fantastic experience? Let me know in the comments – as always, I am very pleased to share these gems of an aviation experience with you, my audience, and I thank you for watching.

Flying KLM B747-400 Combi with Horses!


I travelled on a KLM B747-400 Combi from Amsterdam to Mexico City with a behind the scenes tour inside the KLM B747. First, I visited the newly renovated KLM Crown Lounge. The 2nd floor is a paid restaurant and bar with open terrace and good plane views. The first floor has the usual free buffet, drinks, shower rooms and a nice bedroom. I recommend lounge users to go to 2nd floor for more space. On the KLM B747-400 Combi flight, senior purser Eline gave me a behind the scenes tour on the many unique features inside the KLM B747; such as the long galley, the elevator inside the plane, the crew rest and the cargo deck behind the passenger compartment. To my surprise there were 10 horses travelling in the aft cabin, with their own horse groom, along with other cargo. This makes the B747 Combi a distinct aircraft, as it is able to carry such a mixed load of passenger and cargo at the same time on the main deck. This video pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747s first commercial flight, on 21st Jan 1970 with Pan Am from New York to London.

Nepal's Thrilling Mountain Flight - STOL Aircraft Let-410 to Jomsom


Get Surfshark VPN at 🤍 and enter promo code SAM to get 83% off and 3 months for free! I flew on Summit Air Let L-410 from Pokhara to Jomsom to discover what makes this flight one of the most challenging in the world. The flight took just 20 minutes at 10,500 feet and flew through a narrow valley passage around two 8,000m mountains (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) en route. The video highlights flying in Nepal’s rugged and challenging Himalayan terrain. Jomsom lies on the arid north side of the Himalaya and has operations only in the mornings because of high winds and cloud build-up during the course of the day. The route has seen many fatal accidents, and nearly all due to controlled flight into terrain (CFIT) during bad weather. The elevation of Jomsom Airport is 8,976 feet (2,736m) above sea level. The weather was excellent in the dry season but soon the wind picked up and flight operations between Pokhara and Jomsom were temporarily halted. I managed to explore Jomsom and finally took the last flight back to Pokhara. It was a beautiful mountain flight with the wings flying close to the high mountain terrain.

World’s Best First Class? Air France La Premiere 2021


I flew Air France from Nice to Dubai. During online check-in I decided to upgrade my ticket from Business Class to La Premiere, which is Air France's very exclusive First Class. I was escorted to the plane by an Air France agent in Nice. After a non-eventful one-hour domestic flight, I arrived at Paris CDG where I was met by my personal escort and a limo to the Air France Salon La Premiere (lounge). I enjoyed some of the great French food and drink there before I headed off for my next flight to Dubai. The Air France Paris to Dubai flight was a B777-300/ER. I was fortunate enough to be the only passenger in La Premiere. Take a look at the understated luxury design and elegance of the cabin. Combine with great French gastronomy and La Premiere remains one of my favourite all-time First-Class experiences. During the video, I also reveal the best way to fly in La Premiere.

Air Canada B787 Cross Country - Hits and Misses


After 3 days of raw aviation megafun with Buffalo Airways at Yellowknife, NWT. I am “back to the future” and flew out on Air Canada CRJ900 to Calgary. The CRJ even has a Business Class product. An impressive hot meal was served on the 2 hour flight. I stayed overnight in Calgary and flew on Air Canada B787-9 Dreamliner to Montreal the next day. The Air Canada lounge in Calgary has decent food selection. I met with two other Canadian travelers there, and they told me the airfare within Canada is sometimes higher than flights to Europe. My flight out of Calgary was delayed by an hour due to a late inbound flight. Once onboard Air Canada B787, the crew showed me the cockpit and the pilot crew rest area on the B787. A course-by-course full lunch was served onboard with a printed menu and paired wines. The Air Canada B787-9 also features Premium Economy Class. At the end of the 3.5 hour flight, I highlighted two observed issues with aviation in Canada. 1. The airfares are high. I was redeeming miles to fly for better value. 2. If you didn't get a refund but got a voucher instead, given the current high airfare and inflation, the voucher value is unlikely to hold.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Uncovered - Should You Fly SAUDIA?


Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) recently launched flights to South Korea. I flew on SAUDIA B787 Dreamliner from Seoul Incheon to Jeddah via Riyadh. It is interesting for me to see who travels on this new SAUDIA flight as the country only recently opened to tourism and transit. During the flight, I reviewed all the SAUDIA in-flight service offerings including an onboard chef cooking fresh eggs for breakfast. SAUDIA is a no-alcohol airline, there is a dedicated prayer area on their widebody aircraft. The transit in Jeddah was easy. Finally, the airport is under one roof. During the transit, I visited the new SAUDIA Al Fursan Lounge. The lounge is the largest lounge in Skyteam airlines, which can accommodate up to 10,000 passengers a day. During each Hajj season, the airline carries over 100,000 passengers within a few weeks in and out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I hope to document it in the next Hajj season.

Aviation Security + Safety & Emergency Training (SEP) at Korean Air


I visited the Korean Air Crew Training Center in Seoul and attended their aviation security class. First, the black belt instructor demonstrates how to restrain unruly passengers with a simple hand-twist trick. Then, the crew shows how to use a taser gun as a last resort to target trouble passengers. Next, I was invited to observe the emergency ditching class of Korean Air crew training. The airplane simulated a forced landing on water and passengers had to brace themselves. The crew demonstrates how to inflate the life vest and slide down the airplane in a stressful scenario. Next week, I will visit Korean Air Busan tech center including painting a B747-8, seeing how they manufacture Boeing and Airbus parts, visit Korean Air cargo at Incheon and take a look at the Korean Air catering center.

WHAT A FLIGHT! American Airlines B787-9 "Great Seats Bad Eats"


Last week, I flew American Airlines B787-9 from Los Angeles to Beijing in their Business Class. It was a total different experience to my American B777-300/ER experience. It was very fun and enjoyable. Subscribe to my channel, Sam Chui, for more travel & aviation content including trip report and flight report videos.

A Flight to Mount Everest + World’s Most Dangerous Airport - Lukla


Our helicopter was one of the first to take off at sunrise around 6:20am from Kathmandu Airport. There are many helicopter operators offering tours to see the majestic mountains in Nepal but there’s only a small window of season to do this. I’d recommend going in April or October when the weather is at its clearest and not so cold. Lukla is the gateway to Mount Everest. There is no road so no car can get there. A flight to Lukla is 25 minutes on a fixed-wing airplane or 40 mins by helicopter. We arrived there at 7am. We took off again after refueling and headed to Mt Everest, on the way we passed Namche Bazar, Syangboche airstrip, Khumbu Icefall… Mount Everest is the one with the sharp peak with snow blowing at the top. We were almost at 20,000 ft but Mt Everest stood really tall from where our helicopter was. We were trying to get up to Camp 2 of Mt Everest which is the absolute limit of the helicopter. We eventually landed at Kala Patthar. I was so frantically taking photos and videos and started to use the oxygen supply from the helicopter. Our next stop is the pristine Gokyo Lake. On the way, we saw the world’s highest glacier, Khumbu Glacier. It really amazes me how close we fly to those mountain terrains. After a brief stop on the lake, we headed towards the world’s highest hotel, hotel Everest view for breakfast. The whole trip took about 5 hours. The cost of doing it is about $1200 per person sharing on the helicopter. Helicopters don’t just bring tourists, they also bring cargo and bring down sick and fatigue trekkers from the mountain down on a daily basis. Way Point of our helicopter flight: 1. Kathmandu (4,390 ft / 1,338m) 2. Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860m) 3. Namche Bazar (11,290 ft / 3,440m) 4. Syangboche (12,402 ft / 3,780m) 5. Khumbu Icefall (17,999 ft / 5,486m) 6. Mt Everest (29,031 ft / 8,849m) 7. Kala Patthar (18,519 ft / 5,644m) 8. Cho La Pass (17,782 ft / 5,420 m) 9. Gokyo Ri (17,575 ft / 5,357m) 11. Hotel Everest View (12,729ft / 3,880m) 13. Lukla (9,380 ft / 2,860m) 14. Kathmandu (4,390 ft / 1,338m)

South African Airways vs Ethiopian Airlines - Which one is BETTER?


Who's the best airlines in Africa? Watch this video to decide! I have a pleasant flight on South African Airways from Harare to Johannesburg on their A320 in Business Class then catching Ethiopian Airlines A350 to Addis Ababa and B737-800 onto Dubai. Check out both airlines Business Class product offering. In this video - 0:01 South African Airways Lounge Harare 0:36 South African Airways A320 Business Class 4:45 South African Airways Premium Lounge Johannesburg 7:00 Ethiopian Airlines A350 Business Class 12:15 Addis Ababa Transit Experience 13:38 Ethiopian Airlines B737-800 Business Class I've redeemed 35,000 Avianca Lifemiles to fly between Africa and Middle East in Business Class. This is a great sweet spot to use Lifemiles to fly!

Flying to the Arctic - La Compagnie A321LR to the Northernmost Airport


I flew on La Compagnie A321neo all business class special chartered flights from Paris to Svalbard. Svalbard Airport is the main airport serving Svalbard in Norway. It is 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Longyearbyen on the west coast and is the northernmost airport in the world with scheduled public flights. This is not a scheduled flight but a chartered flight for Ponant, a luxury cruise company. The charter was arranged and managed by LunaJets. There are just 76 lie-flat business class seats onboard the La Compagnie A321neo. Take a look at the amazing scenic approach from the cockpit into Svalbard. Once I landed in Svalbard, I explore the isolated airfield and terminal before flying back. More information on charter: 🤍

Himalaya Adventure - Flying Nepal Airlines A330 to Kathmandu


Get Surfshark VPN at 🤍 and enter promo code SAM to get 83% off and 3 months for free! I flew on Nepal Airlines A330 from Dubai to Kathmandu as the beginning of my flying adventure in the Himalayas. I met Captain Vijay Lama onboard, he is a local celebrity and YouTuber in Nepal. The flight time to Kathmandu was 4 hours across the Indian subcontinent. Shortly after takeoff, a beautiful sunrise appeared as we fly to the East. Nepal Airlines crew showed me their uniform and food offering on the flight. The weather was good enroute. Before landing, many tall mountains appeared on the horizon. 8 of the world’s top 10 highest peaks are in Nepal. We can see Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, and many tall mountain peaks. The landing into Kathmandu is very exciting with mountains and high terrain around. Watch the final approach from the cockpit. Next week, I will share my experience flying to Mount Everest by helicopter. This is a once-a-lifetime experience.

Worst Airports and Airlines for Delays - 10 Travel Tips on Flight Disruption


2022 summer travel is mad! Long queues, delays, cancellations, and missing baggage. Sharing with you the latest data on the most delayed airlines and airports around the world. Think twice before you travel! Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) had the highest number of flight cancellations in Europe after its pilots went on a strike. The troubled airline has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US. Eurowings is another carrier that has cancelled about 8% of their flights last minute. Toronto Pearson Airport saw the most flight delays in North America, followed by Dallas Fort Worth and New York-JFK. 46% of Air Canada flights ran late. In the last 30 days, an average of one out of five flights a day arrived behind schedule in the U.S. I am also sharing some useful tips on how to travel these days. Fly in the morning on non-stop flights, bring only carry-on bags, download airline apps, knowing your rights and being patient are some of the key takeaways to survive delays and cancellations. At the end of the video, an aviation expert talked about when we will expect a smoother travel experience and how to fix the current problem. Claim your flight disruption compensation with AirHelp: 🤍 10 useful tips on how to travel these days: 🤍

ALONE in First Class on Asiana Airlines B747


I was the ONLY passenger on-board Asiana Airlines B747-400 from Taipei to Incheon in First Class so I have the whole cabin to myself and felt like my own private B747 jet! Check out the video to see what it feels like flying a B747 alone! To enter my Christmas Giveaway! Visit link below. Good Luck! 🤍 You can also enjoy 30% off shopping of all my merchandise using coupon code "samchui" at check out 🤍

Flying the World's Last Passenger Boeing 707


What is it like to fly on a Boeing 707? This video shares my memory of flying on the world's last passenger Boeing 707 flight of Saha Air in Iran. The Boeing 707 is Boeing's first jet, designed in the 1950s, and is almost 70 years old. It was incredibly loud with 4 JT3D turbofan engines. The Boeing 707 left a long legacy for future aircraft design, especially in the cockpit and the cabin. You can still find many similarities in modern airliners today. Flying on the original airliner, the B707 was an absolutely thrilling experience. My last B707 flight took me on an adventure from Tehran to Mashad. We took off with the B707s typical shallow climb. The Saha Air B707 has a simple interior with only open racks, instead of overhead bins. A big group of Iraqi religious pilgrims were sitting behind me, they were chanting Muslim prayers during take-off and landing. Saha Air B707 was originally converted from a tanker and then later, after it was retired from passenger service, it went back into service as tanker again. There are large refuelling observation windows onboard. Enjoy the B707 experience! Thanks to Shahram Sharifi, Alireza Khodakarami, SpeedBird HD and Boeing images for the footage.

BULA FIJI! Inside Fiji Airways and its Treasure Island


Bula Vinaka everyone! Fiji is my last stop in the South Pacific. I flew on Fiji Airways Airbus A350 from Sydney to Nadi. The island charm of Fiji started when I step inside Fiji Airways. I was on Fiji Time! Take a look at Fiji Airways new A350 product, meals, and services. The next morning, I traveled domestically from Nadi to Savusavu on a Fiji Link Twin Otter flight. Savusavu is located on the Island of Vanua Levu which has a short landing strip and it is a captain’s landing-only airport. The 1-hour scenic flight allows me to see Fiji from above. Watch the video for the exciting landing there. During my stay in Fiji, I also visited the Sigatoka River safari and went to a local Fijian village to learn about their culture. Lastly, I visited the recently opened Fiji Airways Aviation Academy. I met with trainees of Fiji Airways on safety training and flew a flight simulator.

Behind the Scenes - How Emirates Train Their New Cabin Crew?


I visited the Emirates Aviation Training College in Dubai where Emirates train their cabin crew. The new Emirates cabin crew (ab initio) went through an intensive 8 weeks of training and exams to be qualified to fly. I was given a behind-the-scenes tour of Emirates new cabin crew training including safety and emergency procedure (SEP) such as sliding, aircraft ditching, smoke and fire in the cabin. Then I observed First Aid Training (GMT) including CPR and newborn baby delivery. After that, I visited the image and uniform to see how the new flight attendants get groomed to Emirates standard. Last, I went inside the mock-up aircraft trainer to observe the new cabin crew service delivery. Emirates Aviation Training College is the world's largest Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 training facility— including flight simulators, pool for ditching exercises, emergency slides and real firefighting simulators. Mock cabin interiors, specialised training rooms and virtual, game-based training scenarios complete the immersive and realistic training environment. On average, 120 new cabin crew graduate from the Emirates Aviation Training College each week.

The World's LONGEST Flight - QANTAS London to Sydney


An in-depth trip report on-board Qantas Project Sunrise London to Sydney non-stop research flight QF7879. Check out all the unusual flight details, research, well brings and the secret of double sunrise on the World’s Longest non-stop flight. The flight is not a typical passenger flight; it is a delivery flight and a research flight. The brand new Boeing 787-9, VH-ZNJ painted in Qantas special Centenary livery operated this history making flight in just 19 hours and 19 minutes from London to Sydney non-stop covering over 17,000km! (10,500 miles) Qantas has named its endeavor “Project Sunrise” after the airline’s historic ‘Double Sunrise’ endurance flights during the Second World War, which remained airborne long enough to see two sunrises. This flight is a prove of overcoming the final frontier of aviation, linking non-stop flights from East Coast of Australia to London and New York. For more details, please visit my blog: 🤍

How to Survive Flying Emirates Economy Class (Top Tips)


I flew Emirates A380 economy class from Dubai to Zurich. In the video, I gave 8 good tips on how to survive or how to enjoy economy class flying. I am sure you will benefit from some of the tip I gave! The video also shows you the children's kit and meal on Emirates. Also Ramadan Iftar boxes are shown in the video. Enjoy the magnificent forward wing view with engine on the A380! Join me for a relaxed and fun flight from Dubai to Zurich with Emirates. I travel aboard the Airbus A380 aeroplane in Emirates economy class and I reveal eight tips and tricks on how you can enjoy and get the most out of your economy class flight. We can’t all experience the luxury of flying first class but this video aims to show that it certainly isn’t impossible to have a very enjoyable, relaxing and comfortable flight in economy class with just a little prior planning, research and thought. In this video, I also specifically examine some of the comforts offered by the Emirates airline within their economy class to help their customers. One thing we focus on is Emirates’ provision for children and we examine the complimentary items including blankets, bibs, baby wipes and colouring in books which are given out to families with young children. Tip #1 – Even if you’re flying in economy class, try and access a credit card lounge before the flight to make yourself more comfortable and prepared for boarding. You’re more likely to start the flight in a better mood and in a more positive state of mind, especially if you’ve had to wait at the airport for a while, if you’ve had something to eat, had a comfortable seat to sit on and been in relaxed and more quiet surroundings. If you are not eligible to enter one of these lounges, consider paying for entry; it is likely to be well worth your investment as one of the biggest reasons why people do not enjoy their flight in economy class is because they were not in the right frame of mind to begin with. Tip #2 – Use a website such as to see where clusters of empty seats are on the flight that you wish to take. By using this website, you may be able to purchase seats from the airline’s website which are in a quieter spot, with less people surrounding you. can show real time seat maps for your flight up to one hour before the departure of the flight, letting you make an informed decision as to the best seat location for you in economy class. Tip #3 – Use a website such as to get to know the layout of the economy class on your flight better so that you can select more advantageous economy seats with views over the engines, or, perhaps most importantly, with more leg room. There’s almost always a few economy seats with much, much more leg room than others because of the free space that has to be left in front of the aircraft’s mid-placed emergency exit. Furthermore, after coming on board, if there’s a very favourable seat which is vacant and unsold, grab it before anybody else does! Tip #4 – If you can, travel in the low season when fares are lower and when planes are less crowded. Low season months are February, May and November. During my flight in Emirates economy class, I was able to move around to a large number of different seats as, travelling in May, it was low season. I was also able to lie down over a complete row of four economy seats and get a quality rest as if I was in business class, but without business class prices! If you can, it certainly pays dividends to travel in economy class when it’s less busy in the low season. Tip #5 – Always bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated and avoid excessive alcohol consumption which can dehydrate you. Additionally, always bring an eye-shade with you so that you can get quality rest whenever you need it; these are provided on some longer haul flights but it’s always best to have your own, just in case. Tip #6 – Wear something loose and comfy to promote good well being and also good blood circulation whilst you’re up in the air. This is especially important when the flight is crowded and/or there isn’t a lot of leg room and movement is restricted. This follows on to… Tip #7 – Wherever possible, stretch your limbs and walk around the cabin – it doesn’t just help keep your blood circulating in what can be a cramped economy class but it keeps your mood happy too. Feeling confined and restricted in economy class is a big source of uncomfortable economy class flights. Tip #8 – Stay smiling and stay positive whenever travelling in economy class. Don’t forget to bring your headphones with you to listen to some of your favourite tunes whilst you’re in the sky! I really want to hear your opinion – do you have any thoughts about what makes for a good trip in economy class? Is there anything that you swear by? Leave your comments down below and, as always, thanks for watching!

Ice Pilots of Buffalo Airways - Raw Aviation in Northern Canada


It's the wild wild West in Northern Canada. The 1940s made Curtiss C-46 Commando, the world's last flying Lockheed Electra and other classic planes are still flying every day to deliver vital supplies to remote communities. I joined Mikey McBryan at Buffalo Airways to discover their unique operation. Pilots at Buffalo Airways need to roll up their sleeves, not only flying the plane but also loading cargo, refueling and servicing these classic airplanes. It is a full day of action following what these "ice pilots" do there. At the end of the video, pilots talk about the harsh and unique winter operation. It is extreme flying!

What Happened Inside the Airplane Graveyard?


I visited Mojave, California which is a famous airplane graveyard in the desert. More than 100 planes are stored here and it is end of the line for most planes that arrive in the graveyard. I went inside an ex Thai Airways B747-400 to take a look at the interior, much to my surprise the interior had been kept intact. Then I step inside an ex-Qantas B747 and found my way to walk on the 747 wing! I could almost touch the winglet! Then we drove to Victorville to meet up with an airplane scraper Huy, Huy gave us a tour and explained how they tear down airplanes using an excavator. The useful parts, such as the engines, the avionics and the interior, are usually stripped out for sale . We went inside an ex United B747-400 and ex Singapore/VIM B777-200 to take a look. Talaat Captan, owner of Air Hollywood, and Anthony Toth, co-owner of the Pan Am Experience, appear in this video as tour guides of the airplane graveyard storage.

The World's Biggest Airplane Model Collection

01.04.2020 is offering up to 25% off retail and free shipping, use code SAMCHUI at checkout! At such a depressing time like now, with the COVID-19 pandemic in full effect, I have turned to my hobby of die cast model airplane collecting to keep my spirits up! Earlier this month, I visited my friend Elliot at Gemini Jets HQ in Las Vegas, NV. I take a look at the entire Gemini Jets collection in 1:200 and 1:400 scale on display. These special die-cast model aircraft include a Qantas B787 100th,a Boeing 747 Dreamlifter, a Thai Royal Barge 777-300, a Lufthansa 747-8, a Emirates A380, a British Airways B747 and a KLM B747. I also look at a model airport set up and the warehouse of Gemini Jets. The 1:200 A380 in Gemini Jets weighs 3.8 lbs, that's a lot of weight for a model airplane! Are you a model airplane collector? If so, share with me your favourite model airplane. For more info, please visit 🤍

Flying My First Jet as an Airline Cadet - Emirates Flight Training Academy


I visited Emirates Flight Training Academy in Dubai, which is not a flight school but a dedicated airline academy. During my visit, I flew their Cirrus SR-22 and Embraer Phenom 100 jet with a professional flight instructor. Check out my takeoff, landing, and the flight. It was my first time flying a jet since I’ve received my Private Pilot License. After the flight, I visited the entire academy. The classroom with interactive teaching, the test room about all the qualifications, the canteen, and student accommodation. The entire airline academy program starts from zero to an integrated ATPL in 2 years. The student will build up 250 flying hours include multi-engine jet hours. The first-year program will be theory-based ground school. The entire cost of the program is approximately $180,000 include accommodation and food.

How a B747 Returns to the Skies After Years in Desert Storage?


2 Boeing 747’s have been given a second life and have returned to the skies after years of storage in the desert. It is quite unbelievable! In this video, I have documented the work behind the scenes. An ex-Eva Air Cargo B747-400BCF has been re-activated out of its desert storage recently. Find out the work undertaken in order to return the B747 to flying condition. In the video, I interview Ferry Pilot Gloyd Robinson. He has shared with me details about the test’s undertaken, such as engine runs, high speed taxi and rejected take-off. It has taken almost 6 months for the B747 to be returned to an airworthy condition, under the FAA’s Designated Airworthiness Representatives (DAR) supervision. This B747, Reg N27063, flew out of Mohave for San Bernardino on 30th July. It flew gear down. When it arrived at San Bernardino, it was put on jacks and performed a “gear swing” to ensure the landing gear was working. The new owner of this B747 is SkyOne FZE, based in the UAE. This B747 is expected to depart in a few weeks for heavy maintenance check overseas. This was not the first B747 to be recently re-activated out of storage, an ex-Korean Air B747-400BCF, registration N570B, recently flew out of Pinal Air Park in Marana, AZ. Instead of ferrying empty to heavy maintenance overseas, it carried 80 tons of medical aid cargo to New Delhi from the US. This humanitarian mission was organized by many partners, including Another Joy Foundation. Long live the Queen of the Sky! For more information: Jet Test International: 🤍 Another Joy Foundation: 🤍 Cover Image: 🤍

My Scariest Flight - Bomb Threat Onboard IL-86


After flying over 2,000 flights and 3 million miles, I am revealing my worst flight experience and scariest flight ever. It was onboard a Siberia Airlines IL-86 from Novosibirsk to Beijing in 2004. Ilyushin-86 is the first wide body airplane from the Soviet Union and it was the second four engine wide body airplane built in the world, preceded by the Boeing 747. The IL-86 is powered by 4 Kuznetsov NK-86 engines, these engines are underpowered and limit the range of IL-86 with full payload. The IL-86 has unique pull down stairs, which eliminates the need for airport infrastructure to board the plane. There are two decks, passengers board and store their luggage on lower deck before proceeding to their seats on the upper deck. There are no overhead bins in the centre, which gives the cabin a more spacious feel. There was a potential bomb threat on my IL-86 flight in September 2004 in Russia. During the boarding, 2 suspicious men went to the bathroom and then requested to leave the airplane after boarding. Russia was in a state of high alert during that period as the flight took place just after the Beslan School siege, in which 300 lost their lives and over 700 more were injured. Security forces came onboard with sniffer dogs to search the plane and passengers were sent back to terminal for additional security and interviews. After 3 hours we were cleared for take-off on the same plane, without the 2 suspicious men onboard. The IL-86 flew below a low weather pressure system over Siberia and shook violently all the way during the 4 hour flight to Beijing. This was probably the only time I wanted to leave a plane early. Footage used in the video from the following channels. Check out their channels: Loran: 🤍 TivatCZ: 🤍 Report Aero: 🤍 Ёжичек: 🤍

My Ultimate Flight - Flying the Supersonic Concorde


I flew on the supersonic Concorde in 2003 from New York to London in just over 3 hours at twice the speed of sound. This video shares with you the ultimate flight of my life; on-board the supersonic Concorde. Watch with a detail explanation of the Concorde cockpit's unique features plus a ride in the Concorde simulator. Several Concorde Pilots and cabin crew members spoke about their feelings about the Concorde. Special thanks to Brooklands Museum in Surrey England for the permission to film. They open year-round for visitors to enjoy the Concorde experience: 🤍 Concorde Drone Footage by John Carter/J2 Production Services In this video, we pay homage to and celebrate the extraordinary service life of the supersonic Concorde jet whose inaugural flight occurred 50 years ago on 2nd March 1969. Re-live the extraordinary and exciting 50th anniversary celebrations held at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey, England, which houses the only Concorde simulator in the world, and see for yourself why this aeroplane will always be on another level compared to all others. The Concorde jet was a miracle of engineering in many ways – a flight from London to New York could be completed in three and a half hours, allowing wealthy businessmen to, astonishingly, fly to New York for a meeting and return home the same day. The aeroplane’s top speed of just over twice the speed of sound – Mach 2.04 or 1,354 miles per hour – meant that time travel was no longer confined to the realms of science fiction; flights could take off in darkness in London in the evening and arrive in day-light in the early afternoon in New York the same day. Even today the aeroplane looks extremely futuristic which is a testament to how far ahead of the curve Concorde was at the time. In this video, we take a look at the internal features of this aeroplane which made it unique, including its fighter jet like cockpit with analogue controls, smaller than average windows to protect against decompression and cooling and heat protection system to deliver the plane from the effects of friction with the air, magnified many times due to the plane’s supersonic speeds. We also see the famous drooping nose and accompanying visor of the Concorde jet, giving greatly enhanced landing and take-off visibility when down and supreme aerodynamic efficiency when raised. The Concorde jet was developed jointly by Sud Aviation, now Aerospatiele and Airbus, and the British Aircraft Corporation, now BAE systems. Sadly, the production run of Concorde was much smaller than anticipated due to massive overruns in both time and budget – the original program cost of Concorde was estimated at £70 million but ended up being £1.3 billion. With so few planes, British Airways and Air France could never recoup the cost of the aeroplanes and so this was absorbed by the British and French governments respectively but their high ticket prices – a round-trip from London to New York typically cost $8,000 – still made Concorde highly profitable for the airlines, apparently ensuring that Concorde would race along the skies for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, the sonic boom of Concorde, was not welcome in populated areas and so Concorde was restricted to flights over the ocean. The fatal event for Concorde, however, came in July 2000 when Air France Flight 4590 crashed after take-off, en route to New York, before even leaving France, killing everyone on board. Subsequent reductions in ticket sales meant that the decision to retire Concorde was taken in April 2003 and attempts by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic to purchase the British Airway’s Concorde fleet were not successful. Sadly, fate cut short the service life of Concorde but she will always be remembered as the lightning bolt of the skies; able to go higher, faster and louder than any other commercial aeroplane. Her legacy survives in the likes of the Boeing 777, which make use of the electronic fly-by-wire acceleration systems that were first introduced in Concorde.

Flying on the World's Busiest Route - Korean Air and Jin Air


I traveled to South Korea and flew between Seoul Gimpo and Jeju. There are about 155 daily flights, with over 40,000 passengers flying on this route each day which makes it the world's busiest air route. My flight from Seoul to Jeju is operated by Jin Air B777-200. The staff at Jin Air wear jeans as the uniform. The flight time to Jeju was 50 minutes with the 390-seater B777. Once I landed in Jeju, I visited the island and tasted the famous Korean BBQ. I also did some plane-spotting in Jeju. On the way back from Jeju to Seoul, I flew on Korean Air's new A220. It has all economy seating in a 2-3 configuration. Find out more from my video on why Seoul to Jeju is the world's busiest air route by far?

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