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When you travel, do you ever wonder how you can be that person who is always ahead of the pack, even when things go awry? Hosts Vinod Viswalingam (@VViswalingam) and Geoff Dahl (@geoffdahl) are proud to present The Seat 1A Podcast.

Seat 1A aims to provide savvy travellers with advanced industry based knowledge to enhance the air travel experience and take off from the crowd. By arming you with an understanding of the systems, processes, rules and structures that define modern air travel, Seat 1A strives to give you the upper hand by examining real experiences from abroad.

Whether traveling in ultra-economy or first-class, with or without frequent flyer status, knowing how the operation works will keep you moving in front of the masses, especially when things don’t go as planned. Seat 1A provides tips and tricks on how to make your travel experience as smooth and efficient as possible. Our goal is that you'll be in Seat 1A all the time!

We have over 5 million miles of flying and over 10 years working for numerous airlines, enjoying all classes and cabins, and exploring airports on every continent. We're enthusiastic #avgeeks, with a keen interest in modern aviation trends and aim to share our knowledge in The Seat 1A Podcast. To learn more about who we are, check out Experience 010!

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Experience 019 Show Notes. On the RTW road with Vinny and Geoff.

Jul 17, 2019

Recorded 13 July 2019

Written by: Geoff Dahl & Vinod Viswalingam

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In this very special experience, we join Vinny and Geoff while they both are on the road. Vinny joins the experience from the Super Lounge at Istanbul Airport (IST), while Geoff joins in from Kuala Lumpur's Sentral Station. We share some of our experiences that we have experienced while on our RTW adventures.

Vinny shares initial impressions of the brand new gleaming white airport at IST and its massive lounge. He also lets us know about his unique arrival taking an airport bus from a parking location that he never experienced before. Geoff shares his interaction with the UA social media team, and a terrific customer experience with ANA for his neighbouring passengers. Geoff and Vinny both share their experience with The Jewel at SIN.

If you have questions or an experience that you would like to share, please email us at stories(at) or find us on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and Patreon. Show notes are available online at



  • The surface area at IST is 7,659-hectares (18,930-acres) ( | 3 May 2013)
  • MAHB [Malaysia Airports Holdings BHD] to proceed with Penang International Airport expansion plan ( | 02 July 2019)


  • What's in this experience? [00:00:48]
  • Vinny's experiences [00:01:13]
  • Vinny has a unique landing at Istanbul (IST) [00:02:55]
  • Geoff shares his experiences [00:05:36]
  • Shout out to United Airlines (UA) social media team [00:06:43]
  • Terrific soft product experience with ANA (NH) [00:07:52]
  • Vinny and Geoff share their thoughts about the Jewel at Singapore Changi (SIN) [00:08:18]
  • Wrap-up [00:10:25]