Flight Review: Air Koryo JS 222 Beijing – Pyongyang


Last weekend I visited Pyongyang coinciding with the celebrations of the 105th birthday of Kim Il Sung.  My trip started at Beijing International Airport with my first flight ever on Air Koryo.

Air Koryo is the state-owned national flag carrier airline of North Korea, infamous not only for being the only airline to get a 1 star rating according to SkyTrax, but also for keeping this rating  for four years in a row (and counting). Vice called its mystery burger legendary, and it is one of the few alternatives available to visit the Hermit Kingdom.

EVA Air Hello Kitty Flight Check: Narita-Taipei & Taipei-Hong Kong


I had one partially used United award ticket from last year (read more here) and had them to rebook me on ANA’s 787 (SIN-NRT), EVA Air’s NRT-TPE-HKG & TG A380’s (HKG-BKK). I had not flown on EVA or Boeing 787 previously. I have had quite a few flights on Emirates A380 in both business and first, but not on TG’s.


I knew that EVA has some Hello Kitty flights and checked out the dedicated website the airline has set up for them. But I didn’t think too much about it, as there are only very few flights that has this Hello Kitty theme.

SriLankan Airlines Good Choice For Trips Around Asia – Beijing To Bangkok Review.


SriLankan Airlines LogoMost of the people wouldn’t give a second thought for flying on SriLankan Airlines (UL) based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I had visited Colombo few times, and flown in/out on Singapore Airlines. The airline has pretty good coverage within the Gulf region, India, and four Chinese cities via Bangkok. The fares, both in economy and business, are competitive.

The only drawback is the fact that UL doesn’t belong to any alliance. They used to be very close partner of Emirates, but the partnership soured rather suddenly two years ago. You can credit the UL flights, in addition to their own program, to Etihad or Malaysian. Overall UL’s FlySmiles doesn’t look worth accruing unless you are flying heavily on their metal.

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