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Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 22, 19, 1:15 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

SYD-AUH: Etihad The Residence

Flight: EY455
Seat: 1A
Load: 1/1

Following the usual ritual, the Etihad PA came to get me and we walked to the gate. I was handed over to the butler and we walked straight in, after which...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 22, 19, 1:04 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

SYD Airport: No.1 The House Lounge

The Etihad driver and a porter were waiting for me at baggage claim at SYD domestic terminal. Because the two terminals are not connected internally (only via an outside train), Etihad was also very...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 22, 19, 7:20 am
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

CNS-SYD: Qantas Domesitc Business

Once again, the benefit of the first afternoon flight was getting the A330.

The lounge at CNS was surprisingly large (I think it got expanded and remodeled). I had some juice and was not hungry...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 22, 19, 7:11 am
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino Cairns: Junior Suite

After an incredible week of diving, I planned an overnight stay in Cairns to off-gas before flying.

For this stay, I chose the Pullman Reef Casino, which I think is better than the Pullman...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 19, 19, 6:14 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Thanks! Past days were too busy at work, but...

Thanks!

Past days were too busy at work, but I plan to continue during the weekend, to kick off the return journey!
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 16, 19, 3:07 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions – Part #2: Far Northern Turtle Spectacular Cruise

** Apologies in advance for a picture-intensive post **

I am passionate about diving, so wanted to showcase the underwater world a bit. I know this is a "flying" forum, but given all the...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 16, 19, 11:32 am
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions – Part #1: Low-Level Flight Over the Great Barrier Reef

I will let the images speak for themselves. We flew from Cairns to Lizard Island on a small plane, which offered stunning views. My friend was apprehensive but I ensured her it would be amazing. She...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 16, 19, 11:09 am
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Sydney & Cairns: Pullman SYD, QF Business, Pullman International

At the risk of sounding repetitive, I was met by my gracious Etihad PA, and we hopped on the buggy for the short ride to immigration, we used the crew/diplomat line with no wait. Moving to customs,...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 16, 19, 10:51 am
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

That was a big internal debate for me ... I ended...

That was a big internal debate for me ... I ended up collecting QF and EY to AA. My redemptions are normally flying to Japan, so I could use the extra AA miles (I think P class on EY gives 4x...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 15, 19, 5:01 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

I will tell you, the diving was amazing. When I...

I will tell you, the diving was amazing. When I get to the part, I will include some nice images. My hobby is underwater photography, and I think I got some cool shots on this trip.

LH/LX also...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 15, 19, 4:52 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Forgot about South Africa! You are right! I have...

Forgot about South Africa! You are right! I have never been there, but it is on my bucket list for a safari some day :)
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 15, 19, 3:05 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

AUH-SYD: Etihad The Residence?

At the lounge, I was already trying to imagine what could have gone wrong. Last minute equipment change? But I kept it together. ;)

After a few minutes, the butler came in and mentioned that the...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 15, 19, 2:43 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

I couldn’t resist :D:D

I couldn’t resist :D:D
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 15, 19, 6:00 am
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

AUH: The Residence Lounge

Back to the airport 15 hours later, I was greeted by the PA and porter at the curbside. Confirmed my luggage was already checked-in, we just breezed through security as my boarding pass was already...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 14, 19, 5:55 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Emirates Palace Hotel: Palace Suite

The drive to the Emirates Palace hotel took less than 30 minutes and I chatted with the chauffeur for most of the way. For those who are curious about details, car was a Mercedes S Class, so super...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 14, 19, 2:16 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

LHR-AUH: Etihad The Residence

Flight: EY26
Seat: 1A
Load: 1/1

The gate was very near the lounge, and in no time we made our way. Boarding had not been called as it seems the aircraft was still finishing being prepared. We...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 13, 19, 7:34 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

LHR: No.1 Lounge (The House VIP Private Room)

I deplaned from the short AF flight and the lovely Etihad PA was waiting just outside the jet bridge. As I was on a separate ticket, I had to collect my bags and re-check.

Walk to immigration took...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 13, 19, 6:40 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Spoiler alert ... on the way back, it was -2C at...

Spoiler alert ... on the way back, it was -2C at CDG and I had to go down the stairs and into the car in a t-shirt and jeans :eek:
I seriously considered asking to take the red blanket from the...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 13, 19, 2:23 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

CDG-LHR: Air France Business (Regional)

Flight: AF1780
Seat: 4D
Load: almost full

My PA escorted me up the stairs and we were the first to board. He passed me onto the purser, saying I was connecting from a long flight from GRU. I was...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 13, 19, 1:55 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Same here; the combination of excellent ground...

Same here; the combination of excellent ground services (especially in Paris) and solid hard/soft product is hard to beat.
Etihad Residence is better all around, but not really comparable though as...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 13, 19, 1:52 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Salon La Première - CDG

I cleared security on the private entrance to the lounge and it took no more than a minute, despite carrying my underwater camera gear with a lot of metal and batteries.

Happy to be on the warm...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 13, 19, 5:50 am
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

GRU-CDG: Air France La Première

Flight: AF454 (16:35 – 08:05+)
Seat: 1A
Load: 2/4

The La Première cabin really is the most elegant out there, in my view. Crew welcomed me onboard and was super nice. Bubbly on offer was...
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 12, 19, 3:20 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

GRU: Amex Lounge VIP Room

AF offers the best F service from Brazil, hands down.

Check-in was a breeze; I asked where the P line was and they addressed me by name (despite being the first to check-in and occupancy was 2/4)....
Forum: Trip Reports
Dec 12, 19, 2:35 pm
Replies: 43
Views: 20,308
Posted By burg_rtw

Ground Services Extraordinaire (and Inflight Too!): AF First / EY Residence

Hello; I have followed this forum for years but this is my first crack at trip report, so please be gentle LOL. Also, English is not my first language, so pardon my typos, mistakes, etc!

Let’s see...
Nov 22, 19, 6:51 am
Replies: 60
Views: 14,978
Posted By burg_rtw

LHR VIP room ...

LHR VIP room

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