As 2023 kicks off, my single greatest aim for the weblog is to take as many assessment journeys as attainable. These will principally be “pure” assessment journeys, within the sense that I’m attempting to take whirlwind journeys that enable me to assessment as many merchandise as attainable, whereas minimizing my time away from house.
With that in thoughts, I’ve simply booked my first such journey of 2023, whereby I’ll be flying to Southeast Asia through Europe in each instructions. It simply occurred to me that this shall be my first time touring to Southeast Asia since 2019. Yow.
This journey is booked completely with Air Canada Aeroplan factors. Under are the fundamentals of what you may anticipate, after which in fact I’ll share extra particulars about how I booked once I publish the journey report collection.
Austrian Airways 777 & A320 enterprise class
To kick off this journey, I’ll be flying Austrian Airways throughout the Atlantic. I’ll be flying to Vienna on the Boeing 777-200, which I haven’t reviewed in round a decade. Then I’ll be flying an Austrian Airbus A320 inside Europe, to place for my subsequent flight. Whereas I reviewed Austrian a number of years again on the 767, I’m curious to see how the remainder of the fleet and comfortable product is holding up.
Gulf Air A321neo & 787-9 enterprise class
I’m undecided whether or not I’m extra enthusiastic about this or the following portion of the journey. Bahrain-based Gulf Air has reinvented itself lately, and I ought to expertise that with all parts of the journey.
I’ll be flying from Europe to Bahrain on a Gulf Air Airbus A321LR, that includes totally flat beds. Then I’m excited to take a look at Gulf Air’s new terminal and lounge in Bahrain. Then I’ll be connecting to Southeast Asia on Gulf Air’s Boeing 787-9, that includes Apex Suites, amongst my favourite enterprise class seats on the market.
Whereas I believe Gulf Air’s laborious product will impress, I’m curious how the service’s comfortable product is. I final flew Gulf Air almost a decade in the past, when the airline flew Airbus A330s.
Singapore Airways 787 enterprise class
Whereas I’ve flown Singapore Airways many instances earlier than, I haven’t flown the service’s Boeing 787-10. It is a pretty new addition to Singapore’s fleet, and incorporates a new regional enterprise class product. I’ll be flying this on a brief hop inside Asia, and am curious how this compares to earlier Singapore Airways flights. I’m additionally excited to take a look at Singapore Airways’ new lounge at Changi Airport.
Bamboo Airways A321 & 787 enterprise class
Okay, that is the place the journey will get actually enjoyable, and the place Aeroplan shines with its large number of airline companions. Bamboo Airways is the fascinating/unusual Vietnamese airline startup, which has began working lengthy haul flights.
I’ll be flying the airline each on a brief and lengthy haul flight. First I’ll fly the service’s Airbus A321 on a regional flight, after which I’ll be flying the Boeing 787-9 to Frankfurt. I can’t wait to see how this expertise is, as I’ve no sense of what to anticipate. I’m additionally curious to see the way it compares to Vietnam Airways’ product, as I’ve flown the service on the Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 787-9.
Air Canada 777 & 787 enterprise class
Whereas I really like Air Canada’s frequent flyer program, it has been a few years since I’ve flown Air Canada on an extended haul flight. Amazingly sufficient I managed to search out saver stage award area on Air Canada, so I’ll be flying from Europe to Canada on the Boeing 777-300ER, after which from Canada to Miami on the Boeing 787-8. I’m wanting ahead to seeing how Air Canada’s comfortable product is these days.
I’m excited to kick off 2023 with a enjoyable assessment journey that I booked with Aeroplan factors. I’ll be flying Austrian Airways, Gulf Air, Singapore Airways, Bamboo Airways, and Air Canada. I’m thrilled in regards to the routing and general factors worth I acquired, and can lay that each one out with the precise assessment collection.
Thanks for studying, and if anybody has any predictions about these flights (which shall be superior, which shall be terrible?) or ideas with these airways, please let me know within the feedback part!