Around the World

Miles flown for stories
2015: 290,939
2014: 363,407
Total: 1,212,540


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Touring the Exclusive Four Seasons Boeing 757

The Four Seasons Hotels 757 landing in Sydney, Australia last year - Photo: Bernie Proctor

The Four Seasons 757 landing in Sydney, Australia last year – Photo: Bernie Proctor

Last year, the Four Seasons hotel and resort chain did a hospitality industry first: They made an inclusive, sometimes round-the-world, travel experience called the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience. By inclusive I mean that everything you saw after arriving at the airport was either arranged or directly handled by them.

The biggest of the trips is the 24-day Around the World adventure. And because this is the Four Seasons, everything is going to be high-end. That includes transportation to your destination(s) on one very VIP Boeing 757. During a stopover in Seattle, I was invited to take a tour and I was impressed.

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ANA Shows Off Two New Star Wars Themed Liveries

All three ANA Star Wars liveries - Photo: ANA

All three ANA Star Wars liveries – Photo: ANA

YES — AvGeek and Star Wars goodness together!

ANA has just announced that they will be putting two new Star Wars themed liveries to their fleet, which will jin the previously announced R2-D2 ANA Jet on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The first will feature BB-8, a brand new droid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be on a Boeing 777-300ER.

Special Star Wars BB-8 and R2-D2 combo livery on a Boeing 767-300 - Image: ANA

Special Star Wars BB-8 and R2-D2 combo livery on a Boeing 767-300 – Image: ANA

The second will be a combination livery of BB-8 down one side and R2-D2 on the other of a Boeing 767-300. If you want to see more images, we have plenty to share…

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Civilian Dog Fighting with Air Combat USA

Departing KBFI in a formation flight – Photo: Kassy Coan | AirlineReporter

Departing KBFI in a formation flight – Photo: Kassy Coan | AirlineReporter

It was a normal day, full of work, wishing I was out flying, and instead, coming home to a Netflix marathon. I proceeded to search for any and all movies about planes. I came across this shorter movie, Ultimate G’s: Zac’s Flying Dream, which made me feel better about myself due to the smaller time commitment.

To this day, this movie remains one of my favorites. Two children, one male and one female, dream of flying, and one day become professional pilots. They do aerobatics, formation flying, and dog fight via lasers on the planes. It was fun and adventurous, combining the video game concept of competitive shooting with the real life environment of flying and aerobatics, all while maintaining safety as a priority. I needed more.

Two of Air Combat's aircraft at Boeing Field - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDL Multimedia

Two of Air Combat’s aircraft at Boeing Field – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDL Multimedia

Months passed, and despite my research and dreams of being able to participate in such an immersive flying, laser-tag-like experience, I was convinced that it was just a movie. While I was losing hope, every once in a while I would inevitably talk with fellow AvGeeks about the movie experience, which had since embedded itself in the back of my mind. Most people had no idea what I was talking about, or would say “yeah, that would be cool,” then dismiss the conversation as something too unrealistic. Then randomly, last month, one of my coworkers had a different response. “I did something just like that with my father-in-law one time!”

I couldn’t believe my ears. He directed me to a site called Air Combat USA. There it was, right in front of me – a traveling, civilian dog fight school. I checked the flight dates, and signed up. It was very convenient that they were based out of my city, Seattle, for most of the month of August!

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Business Class Review: Flying on a Qatar Airways 777-300ER Halfway Around the World

Tarmac de-planing from a Qatar 777-300ER in Doha

Tarmac de-planing from a Qatar 777-300ER in Doha

QATAR AIRWAYS BOEING 777-300ER BUSINESS CLASS REVIEW BASICS:

Airline: Qatar Airways
Aircraft: Boeing 777-300ER
Departed: Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
Arrived: Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Stops: Non-stop flight
Class: Business Class
Seat: 4E, inside middle [but also sat in 1A bulkhead on a leg and 2F on another]
Length: About 12.5 hours

Cheers: Great service and the food was (mostly) delicious.
Jeers: The hard product is getting a bit dated.
Overall: After so many miles and so many hours, I was still ready for some more.

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The business class seat on the Qatar Boeing 777-300ER. Notice the blue lighting.

Recently, I flew quite a few miles on a Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER in business class. Although my review will mostly concentrate on the leg from Washington Dulles (IAD) to Doha, Qatar (DOH), bits and pieces of my other legs, which were DOH to Bangkok (BKK) and then back towards home DOH-IAD will also make their way into this review. After flying over 17,000 miles on the product in a short amount of time, I think I got a pretty good feeling what it is all about.

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