Cathay Pacific First Class Suite - Photo: Mal Muir |

Flying Cathay Pacific First Class is always a treat – Photo: Mal Muir |

Earlier in the year I flew Cathay Pacific First Class from New York to Vancouver.  One of the (many) little perks of flying in First Class with Cathay was a lovely pair of pajamas.  Waiting on my seat for me was a pair designed by leading Hong Kong fashion house Shanghai Tang.

I had been waiting for years to get my hands on a pair of these and was totally over the moon to have them.  I was also sad knowing that Cathay was going to change over to a new provider.  I commented in my review that I was disappointed in the change, so the new provider decided to send me a pair of their pajamas to show that all was not lost.
Let’s first  look at the old pajamas, before we talk about the new.

Air Astana Boeing 767-300ER taken at Paine Field by Bernie  Leighton.

Air Astana Boeing 767-300ER at Paine Field – Photo: Bernie Leighton |

Air Astana is an airline based in Almaty, Kazakhstan and is the flag carrier of the country. The airline started operations in 2002 and runs a diverse fleet of aircraft including the Airbus A319, A320, A321, Boeing 757, 767, and the Embraer 190. They also have three Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order. According to the airline, they plan to “expand the fleet to 33 aircraft by the end of 2016, and to 43 aircraft by 2020.”


We are getting closer and closer to the next Aviation Geek Fest Seattle (#AGF14) and it is going to be bigger and better than ever. The dates have been locked in; February 15th and 16th 2014, which is President’s Day Weekend.

What is Aviation Geek Fest you ask? It is a two-day hootenanny of aviation goodness in Seattle. Pretty much if you are an AvGeek, you are going to LOVE it.

I just met with the Future of Flight on Friday and although we don’t have too many details at this point, we are in the process of making things happen and I think you will be happy with the results. But there are things that you can do to prepare now.

The Aviation Geek Fest 2010 peeps pose in front of a GE90 engine on a Boeing 777. Photo from Boeing.

The Aviation Geek Fest 2010 peeps pose in front of a GE90 engine on a Boeing 777. Image: Boeing.

There is meaning behind the color for the 777X. Image: Boeing

There is meaning behind the color for the 777X – Image: Boeing

With all the excitement of the new Boeing 777X orders announced at the Dubai Airshow, one might have missed the fact that the aircraft is showing off a new color for the Boeing livery. Is it red? Maroon? No, it is a very rich burgundy.

To date, we have seen a rainbow of colors showing up on new Boeing aircraft and the choice of burgundy is no accident.

I had the opportunity to speak with Rob Pollack, vice president Advertising, Brand and Market Positioning with Boeing to try answer why burgundy was to become the official color for the 777X.