Suite ExciteMint

Ever since JetBlue introduced its premium product, Mint, I wanted to fly it.With Mint, formerly all-economy class JetBlue ventured into a new territory.JetBlue has entered the highly competitive U.S. transcon market fighting head-to-head with established legacies of United, American, and Delta, as well as west coast power house Virgin America.

France is in the Air – AF Business (Part 2)

Paris (CDG) to Los Angeles (LAX) on the A380

France is in the Air – AF Business (Part 1)

San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG) on the B777-300ERIn February, Airways was invited by Air France to cover Paris CDG Airport's 20th anniversary as a hub.  I covered the story for Airways.  Air France covered my flights to Paris and back in Business Class.  Here are my trip reports.

Airways - April 2017 Cover Story

I am happy to report that my article about Air North’s Hawker Siddeley HS 748 is the cover subject in the April 2017 issue of Airways magazine – complete with a cover photo taken by yours truly!Air North is the last airline worldwide flying the HS 748 in scheduled passenger operations.Two ATR-42 Combi’s are to replace HS 748 flights in the first quarter of this year.Although Air North is keeping the HS 748 for charter and cargo flights, sunset has definitely come for this venerable British propliner.

This is a pretty special issue for me.  Long time aviation cohort Bill Hough has an article about the Ford Trimotor, featuring gorgeous air-to-air photos from yet another aviation buddy, Sagar Pathak.

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A Look Back at 2016

Whew!  It has been a busy final quarter of 2016.  In October, I flew onSingapore Airlines’ inaugural non-stop flight from San Francisco to Singapore, on board my first A350 (Trip Report).

Two weeks after near the Equator in Singapore, I found myself crossing the Arctic Circle in the Yukon.  I flew in an Air North Hawker Siddeley HS 748 before they to retire from scheduled passenger service in early 2017.  It was also my first flight on the HS 748 (and very well be my only/last flight).

Which leads into my final video trip report for the year.  The story to go with it was published in the April 2017 issue of Airways magazine.

Two weeks after the Great White North, I was back in the Tropics.  This time on a real vacation in Maui.

I certainly had a productive year in 2016.  Looking back at some highlights:

In January, I had a closeup look of the fire-damaged Dynamic Air 767-200 on the Florida Aviation Photography tour at Ft. Lauderdale (FLL).

In February, I took my first trip on VIA Ra…