Flying the flag of 2020

Boris Johnson said that the government had “underestimated” the extent of asymptomatic transmission and didn’t fully understand the coronavirus in the “first few weeks and months”. But now, 45,762 deaths later, they do understand. So that’s alright then.

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Epitomising the QR code

Maria, the member of the cabin crew who looked after me and other passengers nearby, was charming, warm and professional, nothing forced about her manner, simply an outstanding, natural human host and wonderful brand ambassador.

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What will I do with the leftover wine?

Tonight I’m down the back of the plane (in a middle seat goddamn it) but one of the benefits of having squillions of points is that I have access to some decent lounges whichever part of the big steel bird I am flying.

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Excellence on Etihad but Chanel hits the wrong note

Welcome to The Moodie Report Interim Etihad Airways Bureau. I’m on EY17 en route to London after a successful business trip through the Middle East and beyond. As noted on my outbound journey, Etihad’s superb inflight wi-fi service could well be a clincher in terms of my choice of airline in the future.

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A first-class economy experience onboard Etihad Airways

I’m onboard EY12 en route to Abu Dhabi and then onwards, my final business trip of a long year. EY, of course, stands for Etihad, one of the new-generation Middle East carriers that have so disrupted (and improved) the traditional airline industry. My flight today explains some of the reasons why Eithad (and its peers Qatar Airways and Emirates) have been so successful.

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Flying high at Dubai International and onboard the Emirates 380

For aviation aficionados it doesn’t get much better than flying on the Emirates A380, a magnificent gleaming, giant white bird of the skies. It’s not just the majesty of the aircraft I adore. It’s also what’s onboard. I’m writing this Blog from 37,004 feet, half an hour out of Dubai en route to Hong Kong

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Getting the royal (duty free) treatment

       Now this just could start a trend… The Daily Mail Online reported this week that Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were given £200 in duty free vouchers by British Airways as compensation after their inflight entertainment system failed en route back from the US.  The recently wed royal pairing

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