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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ask The Frequent Flyer

Stephen O'Sullivan,
Deutsche Bank's head of Latin America and EMEA research and oil and gas analyst:

Favorite destination
"There are two. Sydney -- a larger and much more cosmopolitan city than many think -- for its harbor, climate, people and healthy balance between work and life; and Tokyo which marries a cutting-edge, neon-lit 21st-century metropolis with an altogether older city full of quiet traditions and culture."

Favorite hotel
"The Datai, Malaysia. We've spent the past five Christmas/New Year's breaks in a villa there. It's a quiet and elegant resort hidden away at the end of one of Malaysia's islands, with impeccable service, efficient management, and one of the world's best -- and most private -- beaches."

Favorite restaurant
"Restaurant Guy Savoy, in Paris' 17th (where else?). Deservedly holding three Michelin stars, Savoy's restaurant serves outstanding food and has an extensive list of tremendous wines to accompany a meal. Add to that the efficient but amusing service -- as only the French can provide when hosting English guests -- and it's a firm favorite."

Best airport
"Hong Kong's Chep Lap Kok, without a doubt: 23 minutes from Central by train, fast-track immigration, virtually zero queues at the transfer desks, one of the world's best airport lounges operated by the flag-carrier Cathay Pacific and a much broader range of shops than Singapore's Changi. All airports should be like this. Hong Kong's was designed by Sir Norman Foster who clearly wasn't consulted over the design of Heathrow, which has now become one of the world's most dysfunctional airports."

Best airline food
"Overall this has to be Cathay Pacific, although Virgin Atlantic is also pretty good, albeit a little less inventive. Cathay's balyk salmon and caviar in first class is worth waiting for (although not worth paying the first-class fare for -- they're often kind enough to upgrade me). There's always a good choice of dishes that should satisfy most travelers' tastes and the service that comes with it is simply better than any of the European or U.S. airlines can manage. I also think the English breakfast on the BA872 is pretty good as well, in fact it's about the only good thing about that flight!"

What did you do on your last flight?
"This was an overnight flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong leaving just after midnight so I slept (a 3-year-old at home means that I sleep soundly on most overnight flights). It's a 15-hour flight, so I wrote some slides for a presentation, watched a Chinese arthouse movie which won't make it to the West and read a book called 'African Tears,' the story of the Zimbabwe land invasions."

What do you always take with you on a flight?
"My DVD player since -- as my wife reminds me -- most airlines have moved on from showing films and TV programs from the 1990s. Having been away from the U.K. for such a long time, there are just loads of good BBC series and films that I've never seen. I use flights to catch up on them on DVD while airlines (for some unknown reason) like to show very modern films and programs."

The Datai: Jalan Teluk Datai Langkawi, 07000, Pulau Langkawi Kedah Darulaman, Malaysia, (+60-4) 959-2500,
Restaurant Guy Savoy: 18 rue Troyon, 75017, Paris, (+33 1) 4380-4061,