As 2016 came to an end, it is time to make a 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.
Not every day you come across an opportunity to fly in a private jet in total privacy. Definitely memorable!
It was another excellent flight in The First Class Apartment; in particular the service delivery was perfect.
I could never forget standing behind the cockpit watching the pilots skilfully flying the An-12, 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.
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 over wing. There is even an in-flight bar in Business Class!
Qantas has a solid First Class Product! I am proud to fly the Australian Airline back home for a visit. The food had totally Australian flavours and The Crew was down to earth, this really helped me enjoy the flight even more!
In Dec 2015, I made a failed attempt to fly the Korean Air B747-8; it was changed to a 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 faultless service by Korean Air!
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 so light that we were able to climb straight to 39,000 feet after take-off, 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!
I had 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. The attention and exclusivity was second to none, I was taken great care of at every stage of the process, from transfer to the lounge and from on-board until arrival. The seat has an elegant design offering full privacy, with your own "bubble" area without the confined walls or cubicles.
Salon La Première is a destination all of its own and is the BEST First Class Lounge I have ever experienced.
A truly unique and bespoke travel experience, delivered with complete discretion and limitless hospitality.
Etihad The Residence is a truly unique and bespoke travel experience. There is nothing quite like it! It has to be the BEST commercial airline travel I have experienced up to this day. Etihad team delivered a faultless travel experience. Every step of the travel is taken care of. I think my photos and video describe the product best.
A big thank you for your support. Looking forward to 2017
What are your top flights in 2016? Feel free to share with us in the space below!
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