My Top 10 Flight Experience in 2016

My Top 10 flight experience in 2016

As 2016 came to an end, it is time to review of my flight activities this year. I have flown about 130 sectors this year, adding another 200,000 miles to my flying logbook.

Here are the most memorable and outstanding 10 flights I have flown in 2016.

The ranking is totally subjective and personal! I rank them by the amount of pleasure provided to me and how much I have enjoyed the flight.



No. 10

Private Jet Legacy 650 Dubai to Cyprus

Not every day you come across an opportunity to fly in a private jet in total privacy. Definitely memorable!

Private Jet Flight Legacy 650 review
Private Jet Flight Legacy 650 review
 

 

No. 9

Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Abu Dhabi to London

It was another excellent flight in First Class Apartment, in particular the service delivery was perfect.

Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Abu Dhabi to London
Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Abu Dhabi to London
 
Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Abu Dhabi to London
Etihad A380 First Class Apartment Abu Dhabi to London


No. 8

Belarus Aviation Tour, Flying the An-2 and An-12

I could never forget standing behind the cockpit watching the pilots skillfully flying the An-12, and its cargo door lowered during the flight at 5,000 feet leaving a huge trail of black smoke.....incredible! The An-2 flight over a clear evening sky of Minsk was just so romantic, the perfect romance of flying form.
Belarus Aviation Tour, Flying the An-2 and An-12
Belarus Aviation Tour, Flying the An-2 and An-12
 
Belarus Aviation Tour, Flying the An-2 and An-12
Belarus Aviation Tour, Flying the An-2 and An-12
 
Belarus Aviation Tour, Flying the An-2 and An-12
Belarus Aviation Tour, Flying the An-2 and An-12
   

 

No. 7

Azerbaijan Airlines A340-500 Business Class Dubai to Baku

AZAL is an unusual airline and its A340-500 is difficult to catch. I was glad to fly her to Baku and witnessed a beautiful sunset overwing. There is even an in-flight bar in Business Class!

Azerbaijan Airlines A340-500 Business Class Dubai to Baku
Azerbaijan Airlines A340-500 Business Class Dubai to Baku
 
Azerbaijan Airlines A340-500 Business Class Dubai to Baku
Azerbaijan Airlines A340-500 Business Class Dubai to Baku
 

 

No. 6

Qantas A380 First Class Dubai to Sydney

Qantas has a solid First Class Product! I am proud to fly the Australian Airline back home for a visit. The food was totally Australian flavours and crew was straight down to the earth to help me enjoy the flight even more!

Qantas A380 First Class Food
Qantas A380 First Class Food
 
Qantas A380 Cockpit visit
Qantas A380 Cockpit visit


No. 5

Iran Aseman Airlines B727-200 Tehran to Mashad

 Staying in the cockpit and watch the pilot land the B727 in bad visibility and rainy weather. It was one of the most smooth landing, watch the video and you'll agree.

Iran Aseman Airlines B727-200
Iran Aseman Airlines B727-200
 

 

No. 4

Korean Air B747-8 First Class Hong Kong to Incheon

In Dec 2015, I made a failed attempt to fly the Korean Air B747-8, it was changed to B747-400. This December I made another attempt and I was rewarded handsomely. Not only I was the only passenger on this flight in First Class, I received the most polite and practically faultless service by Korean Air!

I have now flown B747-8 in all commercial airlines; Lufthansa, Air China and Korean Air.



 

No. 3

Iran Air B747-SP Tehran to Mumbai

This was my last time flying the Iran Air B747-SP. It was a splendid flight from the most kind and friendly crew. I missed it so much. Our flight was light, we climbed straight to 39,000 feet after takeoff in one go!

I could never forget watching the amazing JT9D engines in-flight and sitting up in the cockpit watching the SP cruising at Mach 0.88!

Iran Air B747-SP Tehran to Mumbai
Iran Air B747-SP Tehran to Mumbai
 
Celebration on my last Iran Air B747-SP flight
Celebration on my last Iran Air B747-SP flight
 

 

No. 2

Air France B777-300/ER La Première Paris to Tokyo

I have my best airplane meal ever on this flight!

La Première is an exceptional experience! I think Air France have a seriously wonderful First Class product that rivals any airline out there if not better. The attention and exclusivity was second to none, I was taken great care of in every process from transfer to the lounge, from onboard till arrival. The seat has an elegant design offering full privacy, with your own "bubble" area without the confined wall or cubicles.

Salon La Première is a destination of its own and the BEST First Class Lounge I've experienced.

Salon La Premiere
Salon La Premiere
 
Air France La Premiere
Air France La Premiere
 

 

No. 1

Etihad A380 The Residence Abu Dhabi to Mumbai

A truly unique and bespoke travel experience, delivered with complete discretion and limitless hospitality.

There's nothing quite like it! It has to be the BEST commercial airline travel I've done up to this day. Etihad team delivered a faultless travel experience. Every step of the travel is being taken care of. I think my photo and video have described the product well.

My own in-flight butler waiting and escort me onto the flight.
My own in-flight butler waiting and escort me onto the flight.
 
In the total privacy of The Residence Bedroom
In the total privacy of The Residence Bedroom
 
Dining caviar and cocktail in bed on the Residence of Etihad Airways A380
Dining caviar and cocktail in bed on the Residence of Etihad Airways A380
 


A big thank you for your support. Looking forward to 2017

 
Sam Chui Travel Map 2016
Sam Chui Travel Map 2016


What are your top flights in 2016? Feel free to share with us in the space below!



8 Comments on My Top 10 Flight Experience in 2016

  1. Hi Sam.
    My best experience this year was the first flight with Latvian national carrier AirBaltic`s Bombardier CS300.Have you already flown it?
    Cheers Robert

    • Thanks, I’ve heard great things about Garuda first class. There are already several reports and (much more) coming due to the shocking low fare sales they’ve had.

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