Up close and personal with jumbos and superjumbos at Le Bourget in Paris, where Qatar Airways definitely stole the show!
I absolutely love London — it’s one of the few cities on the planet I could easily see myself living.
Checking out the new Jean Nouvel-designed Philharmonie de Paris (Paris Philharmonic), a real hunk of architecture in Parc de la Villette in Northeast Paris.
If you want pure bliss, spend 12 1/2 hours in the air with Cathay Pacific. Here’s a snapshot of my amazing flight from Hong Kong to Paris — definitely the best airborne experience of my life.
Cathay offered two full supper service menus – one traditional first class service and one created by the executive chef of the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. I opted for the Mandarin-inspired fare:
Supper service soup: Vichyssoise
Supper service starter: asparagus, truffle, ham
Supper service main course: Lamb
Among aviation geeks there’s a bit of lore around Cathay’s famous onboard rice cooker. When I asked Marcia from the cabin crew about it, she was more than happy to show it off along with the other fun features of the galley like her skillet!
The start of the 50,000-strong Vancouver Sun Run – always a beautiful race!
Over the holidays I had a chance to fly Singapore Airlines on the A380 between New York and Frankfurt and it was nothing short of spectacular.
JFK-Frankfurt meal service:
Frankfurt-JFK meal service:
Seen around Paris…
I had a chance to fly the new Air France regional brand HOP! between Frankfurt and Paris this week. The Crew was excellent (better than my experiences with Air France mainline) and it was a nice change to board the E190 old-school style via air stairs.
Boarding at Frankfurt Airport:
Terminal 2F at Paris-Charles de Gaulle:
Last week I had a chance to fly Lufthansa’s new 747-8 for the first time between New York and Frankfurt. It was an incredibly quiet, smooth ride and the service was excellent. On my return, I had a long layover in Frankfurt after connecting from Nice, so I had a chance to check out the huge Z Concourse Lufthansa Business Lounge.
Lufthansa Lounge at JFK:
Main deck of the 747-8:
Upper deck of the 747-8:
Late night JFK-FRA supper service in business class:
Lufthansa Lounge at FRA Z Concourse:
Plane-shaped gummy bears:
Dinner service, FRA-JFK business class:
Nice’s beach may have nearly no sand to speak of, but it does have a great view of plans on final approach to Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur!
Flying may have a slight speed edge over the TGV between Paris and Nice, but gliding through the countryside sure beats battling the airports.