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Breitling Roadshow in München

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Kooperation / Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

diese Woche habe ich eine Nacht im schönen München verbracht. Ich war erfreut als Gast bei der Breitling Roadshow eingeladen zu sein! Finde heraus wie Breitling mit der Luftfahrt verbunden ist, in welchem luxuriösen Hotel ich übernachtet habe und lerne mein neues Accessoire für meine zukünftigen Flüge kennen. Den gesamten Trip habe ich in einem Video auf meinem YouTube Kanal (@PilotPatrick) zusammengefasst!

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 Sophia's Bar im The Charles Hotel in München

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Breitling Roadshow

Breitling, ein innovativer Schweizer Uhrenhersteller, hatte mich zu seiner Roadshow in München eingeladen, um die neue Kollektion der Navitimer 8 und den neuen CEO, Georges Kern zu feiern. Über 150 Gäste aus Wirtschaft, Kultur, Unterhaltung und Sport sowie Vertreter nationaler Medien und meine Wenigkeit folgten der Einladung. Es war die Deutsche Veranstaltung einer internationalen Tour von Breitling, welche im Januar in Shanghai startete und als nächstes in New York fortgeführt wird.

Ich genoss ein Flying Buffet während ich interessante Menschen kennen lernen durfte. Ich führte Gespräche mit Geschäftsleuten und TV Stars. Außerdem gab es eine Ausstellung, sowie einen kurzen Filmbeitrag über die bedeutende Vergangenheit der Marke Breitling. Deren Vintage Modelle dort zu bestaunen waren. Für mich war diese Vorführung wie eine Zeitreise zurück in die Vergangenheit. Dabei lag der Fokus auf dem Design, den Innovationen und den Pionierleistungen von Breitling.

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Auf dem roten Teppich

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Neuer CEO von Breitling, George Kern, auf der Bühne

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Breitling und Luftfahrt

Breitling wurde 1884 von Léon Breitling in Saint-Imier gegründet. Breitling ist bekannt für ihre Präzisions-Chronometer, die nützliche Funktionen für Piloten bietet. Die Marke ist tief mit der Luftfahrt verbunden, seitdem ihre weltweit führenden Zeitmesser in Cockpits verbaut wurden. Breitling lieferte ihre Produkte an die amerikanische Regierung, sowie andere führende Flugzeughersteller und Airlines.

Im Mai 1962 flog eine Navitimer sogar in den Weltraum. Der NASA Astronaut Scott Carpenter trug das Modell Cosmonaute mit der 24 Stunden Anzeige an Board der Kapsel Aurora 7.

Breitling sponserte ebenfalls die erste erfolgreiche Umrundung der Erde mit einem Ballon, dem Breitling Orbiter 3. Unter anderem sponsert Breitling auch die Kunstflugstaffel Breitling Jet Team und die Breitling Wingwalkers. Ich hoffe, dass ich bald die Chance habe auf einem Jet Flug mitfliegen zu dürfen.

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Die neue Navitimer 08

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Die Geschichte von Breitling entdecken

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Meine neue Uhr

Es ist wie ein wahr gewordener Traum. Breitling hat mich mit einer Navitimer 01 Uhr ausgestattet. Das ist die legendärste Fliegeruhr. Sie wurde 1952 als funktionale Uhr entwickelt. In den frühen Tagen der Luftfahrt wurden Rechenschieber an Board dazu verwendet Treibstoffverbrauch, Driftwinkel, Geschwindigkeit über Grund, usw. zu berechnen. Während meiner Pilotenausbildung wurde ich geschult diese Berechnungen mit einem Rechenschieber durchzuführen. Heutzutage übernehmen das die Instrumente und moderne Computer.

Breitling war in der Lage den damals notwendigen Rechenschieber in eine Armbanduhr zu integrieren. Der Name leitet sich ab aus einer Kombination von Navigation und Zeit. Über die Jahre wurde das Design mehrfach überarbeitet. Ebenso wurden die Funktionen der Uhr weiterentwickelt. Seit 2011 verwendet Breitling ein selbst entwickeltes Uhrwerk.

Die Uhr ist legendär und deswegen habe ich mich gefreut die Navitimer auf der Roadshow in München zu tragen. Ich kann es kaum erwarten diese in Kombination mit meiner Uniform auf meinen nächsten Flügen zu tragen.

Das Modell welches ich trage ist eine Navitimer 01 in 46mm. Das Gehäuse ist aus Stahl. Das Zifferblatt und Armband sind in schwarz.

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In der Stadt mit meiner neuen Navitimer 01

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Das Charles Hotel München

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Nette Begrüßung im The Charles Hotel München

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Mein Hotel in München

Als Pilot übernachte ich in vielen verschiedenen Hotels größtenteils in Europa. Aber für gewöhnlich sind diese nicht so luxuriös und komfortabel wie das Hotel, in dem ich während meines Aufenthalts in München übernachtet habe. Das Charles Hotel liegt mitten im Herzen von München und wurde von Breitling für mich gebucht. Es ist eines der besten Hotels in München. Allein schon die Standardzimmer sind geräumig und komfortabel.

Das fünf Sterne Hotel, der Rocco Forte Hotelgruppe, hat mich freundlicherweise auf eine Executive Suite umgebucht. Die elegante Suite lag auf dem siebten Stockwerk und bot einen fantastischen Ausblick über München. Als nettes Willkommensgeschenk erhielt ich eine Süßigkeit, die mit einem Schriftzug "Pilot Patrick" versehen war. Obwohl ich nur eine Nacht dort verbrachte und einen vollen Terminkalender hatte, konnte ich mir das moderne Spa mit großem Indoor Pool und gut ausgestatteten Fitnessraum nicht entgehen lassen.

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Meine Executive Suite

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Indoor Pool im The Charles Hotel München

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Trotz meines vollen Terminkalenders konnte ich meinen Aufenthalt in München genießen! Insgesamt konnte ich sogar zwei Photo Shootings organisieren. Mit Max ich ein professionelle Fotoshooting im Hotel mit meinem Outfit des Abends. Alex, einer meiner Aviator, den ich von einem Meet and Greet aus dem letzten Jahr kenne, studiert Jura und liebt es in seiner Freizeit zu fotografieren. Beide Ergebnisse sind fantastisch und Du kannst Dir ihre Arbeit auf meinem Blog ansehen.

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Winter Wunderland München

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https://youtu.be/VubDZTtWW8w

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Safe travels and happy landings!

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Breitling roadshow event in Munich

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Cooperation / Advertisement

Hello my Aviator,

this week I spent one night in beautiful Munich. I was delighted to be a guest at the Breitling roadshow event. Find out more about Breitling's connection to aviation, the luxurious hotel I stayed at and meet my new luxurious accessory for my flights. In a YouTube (@pilotpatrick) video, I wrapped up the entire trip as well.

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At Sophia's bar at The Charles Hotel Munich

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Breitling roadshow

Breitling, an innovative Swiss watch manufacturer, invited me to their roadshow event in Munich to celebrate their new collection of the Navitimer 8 and the new CEO, Georges Kern. Over 150 guests of economy, culture, entertainment, sports, media and me followed the invitation. It was the German event of the international tour of Breitling which started in January in Shanghai and will continue in New York.

I enjoyed a flying buffet while meeting interesting people. I had conversations with business people and TV stars. An exhibition and a short movie revealed the history of Breitling and it was like a step back in time to see their vintage models. The display puts emphasis on the design, innovation and pioneering achievement of the brand.

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On the red carpet

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New CEO of Breitling Georges Kern on stage

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Breitling and aviation

Breitling was founded in 1884 by Léon Breitling in Saint-Imier. Breitling is known for precision-made chronometers useful to aviators. The brand is used to the world leading manufacturer of precision timepieces in the cockpit. They provided the U.S. government and many major aircraft and airlines with their products.

In May 1962 a Navitimer flew into space. The NASA astronaut Scott Carpenter wore the Cosmonaute with a 24-hour display on board of the Capsule Aurora 7.

Breitling sponsors aeronautical endeavors, including the first circumnavigation of the globe by balloon (Breitling Orbiter), the fixed-wing jetpack flights and aerobatics teams including the Breitling Jet Team and Breitling Wingwalkers. I hope I will have the chance to be on board of a flight of the Breitling jet team some day.

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The new Navitimer 08

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Discovering the history of Breitling

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My new watch

It is a dream come true. Breitling provided me with a Navitimer 01. It is the iconic pilot watch. It was invented in 1952 as a functional watch. In the early stages of aviation, slide rulers were used on board to calculate fuel consumption, drift angle, ground speed and so on. During flight training, we were taught how to use this ruler. Nowadays electronic board instruments and modern computers take care of the calculations.

Breitling was able to integrate the mandatory slide ruler into a wristband. The name of the watch is a combination of navigation and time. Over the years its design has been updated several times. The watch mechanism has developed as well. Since 2011 the watch mechanism is an in-house developed chronograph caliber 01 in 2009.

The watch is a legend and that is why I was excited to wear the Navitimer at their roadshow event in Munich. Now I cannot wait to take it on my next flights.

The model I am wearing is a Navtimer 01 in the size 46 mm. The case is of steel. Strap and the clock dial are in black.

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In the city with my new Navitimer 01

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The Charles Hotel Munich

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Warm welcome at The Charles Hotel Munich

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My hotel in Munich

As a pilot, I stay in many different hotels mainly in Europe. But usually, they are not as luxurious and comfortable as the hotel I stayed in Munich. The Charles Hotel in the heart of the city was booked by Breitling for me. It is one of the best hotels in Munich and their standard rooms are already spacious and comfortable. The five-star hotel of Rocco Forte hotel kindly upgraded me to an Executive Suite. The elegant suite was located on the 7th floor offering fantastic views of Munich. For a warm welcome, I received a treat with Pilot Patrick written on it. Even though I stayed only for one night I managed to visit the modern spa with a huge indoor pool and a well-equipped gym.

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My Executive Suite

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Indoor pool at The Charles Hotel

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I had a busy schedule in Munich, but I still enjoyed it a lot. I even managed to do two photo shootings. With Max, I was shooting my evening outfit. With Alex, an Aviator I meet during a meet and greet last year, studies law and likes to take photos during his free time. Both results were fantastic and you can see their work in this blog post. The YouTube video was created in cooperation with the company Media Bottle.

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Winter wonderland Munich

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https://youtu.be/VubDZTtWW8w

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Safe travels and happy landings!

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Revolutionärer Rasierer bringt Dich zum Abheben

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Kooperation/ Werbung

Hallo mein Aviator,

letzten Monat habe ich Dir meinen neuen Rasierer von EVO vorgestellt. Das Video kam so gut an, dass wir uns zum Dank etwas ganz besonderes ausgedacht haben! Gemeinsam mit EvoShave verlose ich unter allen Teilnehmern einen Hubschrauberflug mit mir über den Dächern von Berlin! Wie Du Dich für einen Flug mit mir qualifizieren kannst und was der Flug alles beinhaltet erfährst Du weiter unten.

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Wie Du teilnehmen kannst?

  1. Like und Kommentiere meinen aktuellen Beitrag auf Instagram.
  2. Gehe zu Deiner nächsten Rossmann Filiale und kaufe einen EvoShave bis spätestens 03. März 2018.
  3. Mache ein Bild mit Deinem bevorzugten EvoShave Modell und der Quittung von Rossmann.
  4. Veröffentliche das Bild auf Deinem Instagram Profil und benutze die Hashtags #evoshave und #pilotpatrick. (Falls Du kein öffentliches Profil besitzt schicke das Bild an evoshave@pilotpatrick.com)

Einsendeschluss ist der 03. März! Der Gewinner wird anschließend von mir und EvoShave nach dem Zufallsprinzip ausgewählt.

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Veröffentlichte ein Foto mit Dir, Deinem lieblings EvoShave und der Quittung.

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Was gibt es zu gewinnen?

LEISTUNGEN:

  • Start und Landung in Berlin-Schönefeld ab Terminal D
  • Sicherheitscheck am Flughafen, Limousinen-Shuttle zum Helikopter
  • Ca. 20-minütiger Hubschrauber-Rundflug: Berlin City-Tour
    Abflug von Sehenswürdigkeiten wie Fernsehturm, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz, Kudamm, Siegessäule, Funkturm, Olympiastadion (einziger Veranstalter mit Exklusivrecht über das Luftraum-Sperrgebiet Berlins zu fliegen)
  • Flugzertifikat

VORAUS- SETZUNGEN:

  • Mindestalter: 12 Jahre
  • Maximalgewicht: 120 kg (bei Überschreitung des Maximalgewichts muss ein zweites Ticket dazu gebucht werden)
  • Normale physische und psychische Verfassung

DAUER:

  • Ca. 60 Minuten (reine Flugzeit ca 20 Minuten inklusive an- und abstellen des Triebwerks)

ZUSCHAUER:

  • Zuschauer sind aufgrund der besonderen Sicherheitsmaßnahmen am Flughafen leider nicht möglich

KLEIDUNG / AUSRÜSTUNG (MITBRINGEN):

  • Personalausweis bzw. Reisepass
  • Keine spitzen Gegenstände
  • Keine Flüssigkeiten über 100 ml

SAISON / VERFÜGBARKEIT:
Die Saison für Hubschrauber-Skyline-Flug Berlin City-Tour - Flug direkt über Berlin - 20 Minuten in Berlin-Schönefeld ist:
April - Oktober

BESCHREIBUNG:
Schon immer faszinierend findest Du es, dass Prominente und Politiker teilweise in ihrem privaten Helikopter von A nach B gelangen? Dann erlebe doch auch mal solch ein Star-Feeling und gönne Dir mit dem Hubschrauber-Rundflug Berlin City-Tour mit allem Drum und Dran ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis über Berlin!

Der Hubschrauber-Rundflug startet am Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld, genauer gesagt am Terminal D. Hier starten und landen sämtliche Privatjets von den echten Stars – heute wirst Du Dich selbst fühlen wie ein Star! Nach dem Sicherheitscheck stolzierst Du über das Gate bis zu Deiner persönlichen Lincoln Stretch-Limousine. Der Chauffeur hält Dir die Tür auf, Du steigst ein und wirst mit einem prickelnden Glas Sekt herzlich empfangen – Wow! Mit der Limousine wirst Du nun am Flughafengelände zu Deinem Hubschrauber gefahren. Du wechselst das Fortbewegungsmittel und steigst ein in den Helikopter. Sobald Du Deinen Platz eingenommen hast und den Gurt angelegt hast, kann es losgehen mit dem Hubschrauber-Rundflug!

Die Rotorblätter drehen sich immer schneller und schon hebst Du mit einem Kribbeln im Bauch, das diesmal nicht dem Sekt zu verschulden ist, ab. Glücklicherweise hat Dein Veranstalter als einziges Rundflug-Unternehmen das Exklusivrecht hat auch über das Luftraum-Sperrgebiet Berlins zu fliegen. Mit dem Hubschrauber geht es nun mitten über die Innenstadt von Berlin. So entdeckst Du beim Hubschrauber-Rundflug sämtliche Sehenswürdigkeiten, wie das mächtige Brandenburger Tor, den Fernsehturm, den Potsdamer Platz, die Siegessäule, den Checkpoint Charlie, den Kudamm und jede Menge weitere imposante Bauwerke der Hauptstadt. Nach rund 20 Minuten geht der Hubschrauber-Rundflug zu Ende und Du landest wieder sicher am Flughafen. Zur Erinnerung an den Hubschrauber-Skyline-Flug in Berlin gibt es am Schluss ein Zertifikat mit Deinen Daten und der Unterschrift des Piloten!

WEITERE INFORMATIONEN:

Bitte beachte, dass dieses Erlebnis am Flughafen Berlin-Schönefeld startet und Du die üblichen Sicherheitskontrollen an Flughäfen durchlaufen musst.

Achte deshalb darauf, dass Du Deinen Personalausweis oder Reisepass bereit hältst und keine spitzen Gegenstände sowie keine Flüssigkeiten über 100 ml dabei hast.

Bei diesem Erlebnis werden folgende Sehenswürdigkeiten u.a. abgeflogen:
Eastside Gallery, Mercedes Benz Arena, Fernsehturm, Checkpoint Charlie, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag, Siegessäule

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Ich wünsche Dir viel Erfolg und freue mich auf unseren Rundflug!

Happy landings und viel Glück!

Dein PilotPatrick

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revolutionary shaving

Revolutionary shaving takes you up in the air

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Cooperation/ advertisement

Hello my Aviator,

last Month I presented to you my new razor of EvoShave. The video has done so well that we want to thank you in a very special way. Together with EvoShave I am giving away a helicopter flight over Berlin with me on board. Find out below how you qualify for the flight and what the flight experience includes.

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How can you join the contest?

  1. Like and comment my current post on Instagram.
  2. Go to your next Rossmann and buy your favorite EvoShave
  3. Take a photo of your EvoShaver and the receipt of Rossmann.
  4. Publish the photo on your Instagram and tag #evoshave and #pilotpatrick (In case you don’t have a public profile you can send an email to evoshave@pilotpatrick.com)

The contest runs until the 3rd of March 2018. Der winner will be picked according to the random principle by EvoShave and me.

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Post a photo with you, your favorite EvoShave and the receipt.

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What can you win?

You can win a 20 minute sightseeing helicopter flight over Berlin: Together with me on board, we will be seeing attractions like the TV Tower, Checkpoint Charlie, Potsdamer Platz and Olympiastadium from above.

Please visit the German version of my blog, to find out further details of the prize.

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Good luck and I am looking forward to our sightseeing flight!

Happy landings!

Dein PilotPatrick

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Best business class

Flug in der besten Business Class der Welt

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Cooperation - Advertisement

Hello my Aviator, it is a very long flight down to Cape Town in South Africa. I had the chance to travel in the best Business Class in the world. Even though I was not the pilot, I was really excited to go on that flight. In this blog post, I share my flight experience, give you tips when booking tickets and you can win a high-quality pajama of Mey bodywear. 

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Boeing B777 in Cape Town (CPT)

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How can I afford to fly Business class?

Most commonly it is believed that all crew and airline staff can fly for free or really cheap fares. For me, it is not the case. I have to pay full price for all my flight tickets. On long-haul flights over 8 hours, I try to book Business Class tickets. Of course, it is not cheap. For this round trip, I paid 2200€. This is a lot of money and about three times the price of an Economy ticket. I was pretty much open to fly with any airline, but Qatar Airways was for my travel dates almost 50% less expansive than other airlines. I do not fly long haul very often. That is why I invest in the comfort. Especially when going on vacation.

Tip: Compare prices and adjust travel dates. This way you may be able to save significantly. Sometimes a different airport of departure can help to save as well. Join a loyalty program and collect miles. This way I was able to fly First Class for less than 500€ last year.

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Rimowa Classic flight Cabin trolley

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Cheers - Excited for my first flight with Qatar Airways

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How did I do the booking?

I book all my flight tickets direct via the website of the airline. This gives me an extra feeling that the reservation went through and is confirmed. Additionally, I can manage my booking like changing seats and ordering special meals online. Qatar Airways offers the great advantage to reserve the current fare for up to 72 hours. This costs a fee but in my case, this investment was well worth it. I still had to wait for the approval of my leave. When I finalized the booking the fare increased by over 1000€, but I still only paid the old price.

My tip: In general fares are cheaper when you book well in advance. But it is still common that prices may go down just prior to departure. Reasons for that may be low booking numbers or special deals. I suggest subscribing to the newsletter of your favorite airlines so you do not miss any special discounts.

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Business Class Cabin Boeing B777

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Layover at Doha Airport

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The Best Business Class in the world

Qatar Airways is the World’s Best Airline at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards. Referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry”, which is voted by travelers across the world in an annual passenger survey. Furthermore, Qatar Airways won an award for the World’s Best Business Class.

That is why I was really excited to fly with Qatar Airways for the first time. My expectations were high. Especially when flying in their premium product.

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Breakfast in the sky

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Sky of central Africa

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The flight experience

I flew from Berlin Tegel via Doha to Cape Town. In total, I was about 16 hours in the sky for each direction. On all four legs, it was a Boeing B777-300. The aircraft are fitted with a 2 class configuration with the premium class up front. The Business Class consist of only 24 seats making the cabin really quiet. It is a 2-2-2 seating configuration.

The seat

Unfortunately, it was still the "old" Business Class seat on all flights. Qatar Airways recently introduced the Qsuite, which they call first in business. I really hoped that I will have the chance to test their new product.

Their "old" seat can keep up with any other Business Class seat. The extra-wide seats convert to a fully flat bed with enough space for your shoulders and feet. The rows are so far apart that they ensure privacy, space, and storage. Seats also have a massage setting and fully adjustable armrests, with precision controls to create the position that is right for you.

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Flying in a Mey pyjama

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City Center of Doha on departure

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Business Class catering

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Entertainment and service

The entertainment program seems endless. Food can be ordered whenever you want. The catering was all right. The excellent service made up for it. Especially the return flight was a lot of fun because the purser (head of the cabin) recognized me from my social media channels. Together with the crew, I did a boomerang for my Instagram story.

Tip: Stop in the amazing Business Class lounge in Doha. I had a layover of more than 7 hours at the airport. I went for dinner, took a shower and rested in private quite rooms. On board, I enjoyed row 2 the most. This row had no missing window, was not in the bulkhead and the full storage was available.

 

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Doha Business Class lounge

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Was it worth it?

Totally! My vacation already started on board and I arrived well rested at my destination. It is always hard to say goodbye to a great vacation. But knowing that I will be flying back comfortably, I am actually looking forward to my return flight.

Two years ago I flew to Cape Town in Lufthansa's Business Class. I paid about the same price for this flight.  The connection via Munich airport was a lot quicker, but the flight with Qatar Airways was a whole different experience.

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Thanks for the amazing flight with you

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Give Away

On both flights, I was flying through the night. MEY, a well known German fashion brand for day- and nightwear, provided me with a comfortable pyjama. I am already a big fan of their undershirts which I wear underneath my uniform. But now I love to sleep in their pyjamas as well. You can win one fancy MEY pyjama in my favorite color blue worth 120€. Additionally, I will send you an amenity kit with a personal note.

 

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Giveaway!

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Jens is the lucky winner!

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Here are the steps to join the contest:

  • subscribe to my newsletter with your email
  • leave me a comment just underneath this article with your clothing size
  • subscribe to my YouTube channel

I will randomly pick a winner on the 28th of February 2018.

Happy landings and good luck!

Your PilotPatrick

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Best business class

Best Business Class in the world

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Cooperation - Advertisement

Hello my Aviator, it is a very long flight down to Cape Town in South Africa. I had the chance to travel in the best Business Class in the world. Even though I was not the pilot, I was really excited to go on that flight. In this blog post, I share my flight experience, give you tips when booking tickets and you can win a high-quality pajama of Mey bodywear. 

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Boeing B777 in Cape Town (CPT)

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How can I afford to fly Business class?

Most commonly it is believed that all crew and airline staff can fly for free or really cheap fares. For me, it is not the case. I have to pay full price for all my flight tickets. On long-haul flights over 8 hours, I try to book Business Class tickets. Of course, it is not cheap. For this round trip, I paid 2200€. This is a lot of money and about three times the price of an Economy ticket. I was pretty much open to fly with any airline, but Qatar Airways was for my travel dates almost 50% less expansive than other airlines. I do not fly long haul very often. That is why I invest in the comfort. Especially when going on vacation.

Tip: Compare prices and adjust travel dates. This way you may be able to save significantly. Sometimes a different airport of departure can help to save as well. Join a loyalty program and collect miles. This way I was able to fly First Class for less than 500€ last year.

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Rimowa Classic flight Cabin trolley

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Cheers - Excited for my first flight with Qatar Airways

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How did I do the booking?

I book all my flight tickets direct via the website of the airline. This gives me an extra feeling that the reservation went through and is confirmed. Additionally, I can manage my booking like changing seats and ordering special meals online. Qatar Airways offers the great advantage to reserve the current fare for up to 72 hours. This costs a fee but in my case, this investment was well worth it. I still had to wait for the approval of my leave. When I finalized the booking the fare increased by over 1000€, but I still only paid the old price.

My tip: In general fares are cheaper when you book well in advance. But it is still common that prices may go down just prior to departure. Reasons for that may be low booking numbers or special deals. I suggest subscribing to the newsletter of your favorite airlines so you do not miss any special discounts.

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Business Class Cabin Boeing B777

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Layover at Doha Airport

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The Best Business Class in the world

Qatar Airways is the World’s Best Airline at the SKYTRAX 2017 World Airline Awards. Referred to as the “Oscars of the aviation industry”, which is voted by travelers across the world in an annual passenger survey. Furthermore, Qatar Airways won an award for the World’s Best Business Class.

That is why I was really excited to fly with Qatar Airways for the first time. My expectations were high. Especially when flying in their premium product.

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Breakfast in the sky

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Sky of central Africa

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The flight experience

I flew from Berlin Tegel via Doha to Cape Town. In total, I was about 16 hours in the sky for each direction. On all four legs, it was a Boeing B777-300. The aircraft are fitted with a 2 class configuration with the premium class up front. The Business Class consist of only 24 seats making the cabin really quiet. It is a 2-2-2 seating configuration.

The seat

Unfortunately, it was still the "old" Business Class seat on all flights. Qatar Airways recently introduced the Qsuite, which they call first in business. I really hoped that I will have the chance to test their new product.

Their "old" seat can keep up with any other Business Class seat. The extra-wide seats convert to a fully flat bed with enough space for your shoulders and feet. The rows are so far apart that they ensure privacy, space, and storage. Seats also have a massage setting and fully adjustable armrests, with precision controls to create the position that is right for you.

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Flying in a Mey pyjama

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City Center of Doha on departure

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Business Class catering

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Entertainment and service

The entertainment program seems endless. Food can be ordered whenever you want. The catering was all right. The excellent service made up for it. Especially the return flight was a lot of fun because the purser (head of the cabin) recognized me from my social media channels. Together with the crew, I did a boomerang for my Instagram story.

Tip: Stop in the amazing Business Class lounge in Doha. I had a layover of more than 7 hours at the airport. I went for dinner, took a shower and rested in private quite rooms. On board, I enjoyed row 2 the most. This row had no missing window, was not in the bulkhead and the full storage was available.

 

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Doha Business Class lounge

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Was it worth it?

Totally! My vacation already started on board and I arrived well rested at my destination. It is always hard to say goodbye to a great vacation. But knowing that I will be flying back comfortably, I am actually looking forward to my return flight.

Two years ago I flew to Cape Town in Lufthansa's Business Class. I paid about the same price for this flight.  The connection via Munich airport was a lot quicker, but the flight with Qatar Airways was a whole different experience.

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Thanks for the amazing flight with you

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Give Away

On both flights, I was flying through the night. MEY, a well known German fashion brand for day- and nightwear, provided me with a comfortable pyjama. I am already a big fan of their undershirts which I wear underneath my uniform. But now I love to sleep in their pyjamas as well. You can win one fancy MEY pyjama in my favorite color blue worth 120€. Additionally, I will send you an amenity kit with a personal note.

 

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Giveaway!

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The lucky winner is Jens!

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Here are the steps to join the contest:

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I will randomly pick a winner on the 28th of February 2018.

Happy landings and good luck!

Your PilotPatrick

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