Photos resized!

I resized the existing photos in this blog to make them clearer. For example, a photo like this:

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would look like this:

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However after the reface this blog will have a few pixelated pictures.

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Sorry…

Any comments? Please let me know.

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I want to fly the Hello Kitty Jet again…

I’ve made a few posts with coverage of the EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet already.

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However one thing I haven’t posted is my review. Don’t get me wrong, I’m pretty acquainted with the Hello Kitty Jet already, but my excitement, even after taking the Hello Kitty jet, still bubbles, mostly due to the fact that I’ve already taken it, but also due to the fact that I can take it again soon (we all loved Taipei).

It would be nice to stay at W Taipei again next year (or somewhere else, in that matter), and I personally think Taipei has a Tokyo-like vibe. Now that we’re avoiding Tokyo due to the radiation, I think Taipei is a nice “substitute” (for now).

If I were to go to Taipei again, I’d probably choose this itinerary:

HX 252 HKG – TPE 09:35 – 11:25 333 (first time I’d fly mainline HX)
——W Taipei——
BR 857 TPE – HKG 18:10 – 20:00 332 (the Hello Kitty Jet, of course! codeshare HX)

Lufthansa already out of direct flight seats for next Lunar New Year to Munich

Lufthansa is nearly out of direct (economy) seats to Munich in February next year.

I have stated that I have really wanted to go to Munich and Berchtesgaden, and if it’s not this year (in that case we’re not going to Fukuoka) it might be next year, if I can convince my parents to go.

Just now I did a dummy booking to see how to book on Lufthansa, and it was pretty damn easy to actually book – however, actually finding seats is a hard thing.

I might be able to convince my mother to take the August 2/August 9 seats to Munich on LH 731/LH 730, as we can spend 3 days in Berchtesgaden and 3 days in Munich as we did with Rotorua and Paihia in New Zealand.

However, we’re probably talking about the far future.

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Holy Crap!

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Are Berchtesgaden and Munich good destinations for both adults AND kids?

Earlier I said I wouldn’t be taking an A340-600 soon, but I think that’s subject to change.

I really want to go to Europe, and I think Germany is a pretty good (and safe) place to travel. Definitely, based on reviews, I think Berchtesgaden is the best place to go.

Holy Crap!

Holy crap…

In order to go to Berchtesgaden the best way is to drive from Munich, so what better way than to take Lufthansa to Munich? Of course, if we take a 12 hour flight to Munich, we have to stop over in Munich for a few nights, right, like our New Zealand trip (except we stayed at Rotorua and Paihia, not Rotorua and Auckland)?

Sadly, Lufthansa’s flight to Munich, LH 731, doesn’t have any CX codeshares (or any other OneWorld codeshares in that matter), so Economy Class is the best way to go.

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😦

At least, with those old seats with entertainment that I’m not sure of, it’ll make an interesting trip report. 🙂

Where should I stay? Are Berchtesgaden and Munich good places to go? What is to do in these two cities? Please comment below!

Aircraft types I need to try…

A long time ago I used to fly Business – all the time. I’ve flown Qantas, Cathay Pacific, Dragonair…all in Business. Then it came when there were limited award space on all these airlines. In this case I was pushed back into Economy. Looking back, I’ve tried Economy on the A319 (Bangkok Airways), A320 (Dragonair and Hong Kong Express), A321 (Dragonair), A330 (Dragonair, EVA and Cathay Pacific), A340 (Cathay Pacific), A380 (Singapore Airlines), 747 (Cathay Pacific) and 777 (Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand). I’ve tried the A319, A320, A321, A330-200, A330-300, A340-300, A380-800, 747-400, 777-200ER, 777-300ER and possibly the 777-300 or 777-200 in Economy…hooray!

This leaves the A318, A340-500, A340-600, the whole 737 family, the 747-8, the 757 family, the 767 family and the 787-8 I’ve yet to try.

The A318

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Hmmm…the A318 is a really tough one. There are no A318s departing from Hong Kong as of now, so I won’t be able to try the A318 soon (my mom really wants to go to both London and Paris but if then we’ll be on Eurostar through, sorry).

The A340-500

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Ooh…I just realised how small the number of A340-500 operators are…there are 34 A340-500 planes still flying. Nope. From Hong Kong, I don’t think that’s an option.

The A340-600

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I won’t be going to Munich with Lufthansa anytime soon, nor will I be going to Johannesburg with South African. On top of that I’ll definitely be Cathay-ing or British Airways-ing to London. So…I don’t think that’ll be an option soon, unless Virgin Atlantic suddenly becomes a really good option for me (I only have AsiaMiles, so if going to London I’ll definitely go snatch some good Biz seats, which means Cathay or British Airways, running on 777-300ERs and A380s respectively).

The 737

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I don’t know why I haven’t tried the 737 – there are so many airlines that serve Hong Kong with the 737. So stay tuned and I might be taking one soon.

The 747-8i

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I won’t be going to Frankfurt anytime soon, and no other airline serves Hong Kong with a 747-8i apart from Lufthansa. So…I guess not soon.

The 757

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This is a tough one. Apart from Air Astana, Nepal Airlines and Mega Maldives, I can’t think of any more Hong Kong 757s, but there should be a few more. Of course, if I go to the Maldives, I’ll be sure to use LV, just for you guys.

The 767

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Now there’s another one I’m not sure why I still haven’t encountered. Oh well. JAL and ANA, here I come!

The 787

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My only excuse to the 787 is that only Air India flies them to Hong Kong, and while I won’t be going to Delhi anytime soon either, their tag flights to ICN and KIX both have abysmally early flight times (they both leave at 7:45am).

So that leaves the 737 and 767 that I really have to try. See y’all later!