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Topic: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: britjap
Posted 2012-10-29 16:31:38 and read 8350 times.

All Star Asian Peach – Peach Japan’s Int’l Inaugural

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INTRODUCTION

Greetings!

The main focus of this report is the inaugural international service flown by new Japanese LCC Peach Aviation. Though along the way I also hitched rides with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Starflyer & Asiana.

BACKGROUND

Peach Aviation is the so called first LCC in Japan. It was launched last year and began scheduled passenger flights on 1st March this year.



The build up to the launch of Peach had been long and well publicised and I had decided to make sure I was on the inaugural flight. Somehow or other I massively took my eye off the ball and before I knew it, Peach had already been flying domestic services from their new KIX base for a couple of weeks. How the hell did that happen??!

So I decided to make the best the situation and settle for the next best thing; to fly on their inaugural international service to Seoul, Incheon. The flight was scheduled for a regular Tuesday and so would mean time off work. Sadly I couldn’t find anyone else daft enough to take time off work for no reason other than to take a flight to somewhere they have no need to go to! So this was going to be a solo trip. But what the hell I thought, I had just secured a new job (started in August – Hoorah!) and this would be a little present to myself. So as soon as tickets became available I booked two days off work, and a seat to ICN for the first flight.

THE TRIP

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Stage One
Carrier: ANA
Flight: NH25
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Depart: Tokyo Haneda – HND/RJTT
Arrive: Osaka Itami Airport – ITM/RJOO
Departure time: 13:00

Firstly I needed to get from HND down to KIX. You can fly direct but I had almost all day to make the journey so thought I might as well use the opportunity to fly the 787. So my initial leg would be to Osaka, Itami. I set off from home mid-morning and two trains, a subway ride and a monorail later I was arriving at HND. I do like the ANA check-in system, and less than ten minutes after stepping off the monorail I was sitting at the gate.

The gate area looked like a gathering of extras from Men in Black just without the shades. I can’t mock though; on any regular weekday I would’ve been amongst the ranks of the dark suit brigade.

HND is not the best airport for taking shots from the gate.
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You just can’t beat a pair of these.
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Stepping onto the 787 I was pleasantly surprised to find that it still had the lingering remains of that new plane smell, and though I was only flying domestic, this 787 had the international seating configuration. Seems I lucked out. My good mood quickly turned to dismay however as I passed through the forward cabins and arrived at my seat. For anyone out there planning to have their first 787 experience on ANA – DO NOT FLY IN ROW 30!!!
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Bugger, Bugger,…. Bugger! I looked around to see whether another window seat might be available but this flight was quite full with only a smattering of empty seats between the aisles. Feeling rather grumpy and sorry for myself I resignedly sat down.

I did have partial access to the window, so though the position really hampered photo taking, at least I could still play about with the famous dimming function.

Three renditions of ANA’s livery.
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These wings really are gorgeous.
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On approach to Itami, looking down on Osaka. You can see the Umeda Sky Tower and if you know where to look you can just about make out the big wheel on the roof of HEP5.
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The new ANA Y-class seats which do not recline really are just awesome. I honestly wish IATA would make seats with this design mandatory amongst all its members.
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The 787 was a really nice aircraft. Apologies for the lack of detail on it here which may disappoint some.

Airside at Itami. It’s been more than twenty years since I was last here.
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My next task was to get to Kansai Airport KIX. I could of course get the train, and I think there is a bus that goes direct from ITM. But just for the hell of it I thought I would take the ferry across Osaka bay from Kobe Airport. Immediately outside the arrivals area is the bus terminal so I bought a ticket to Kobe and luckily, within a minute the bus arrived.
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Heading down the last stretch of the Meishin Expressway en-route to Kobe. The tower in the distance brought back memories. I spent a year living very near to it back in about 2005/6 whilst working for Japan’s primary landing gear company which is based in the area.
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Arriving in front of Sannomiya station in Kobe I headed straight to the Kobe Portliner Terminal area. From this ticket office you can buy a combined Portliner and Bay Shuttle ticket.
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The Kobe Portliner is neither a monorail nor a train. I’m not really sure what is should be called….But either way, it takes you all the way to Kobe Airport (UKB).
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The exit from the station leads directly into the check-in area.
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But about a five minute walk from the Portliner station in the other direction from the Airport terminal is the building for the Osaka Bay Shuttle.
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After about a ten minute wait the ferry arrived and we all jumped on. The front of the ferry has airline like seating. The back seemed far more comfortable so I settled down for the 30 min journey. There were probably only about a dozen other people on there with me.
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If you were lucky enough with the timing, and are in possession of some actual photography skills (ie. Not me!) you could probably get some good shots from this vantage point although there is no outside deck so you have to shoot through glass.
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The air seemed to clear a little as we head out across Osaka Bay.
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But on arrival at KIX, any attempt to capture incoming aircraft meant shooting through half a mile of filth and it was impossible to get anything. Perhaps another trip that would best be done in winter? A bus was waiting for us at the ferry port on KIX which took us straight to the terminal.

Stage Two
Carrier: Peach Aviation
Flight: MM009
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Depart: Osaka, Kansai Int’l – KIX/RJBB
Arrive: Seoul, Incheon – ICN/RKSI
Departure time: 18:40


Having spent the past three years in Tokyo, it’d been a while since I had used KIX and it was nice to be back again. Stepping into the terminal I noticed some commotion to the far right hand side of the building near the H counters, and sure enough, moving closer there were the tell tale signs of an inaugural.
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The new Peach self check-in counters. This was an extremely simple and quick process. Indeed it probably took all of about four seconds. Hold the barcode on your ticket (which you need to print beforehand) under the scanner, and out comes your boarding pass. Done! Not quite sure what would happen if you hadn’t already selected your seat online when you booked though. The boarding pass itself is printed on flimsy paper like a shopping receipt.
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Heading through security and immigration control didn’t take long and soon I was heading to the gate.
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Turning the corner I was a little taken aback to see dozens of Peach staff lining the walk way welcoming passengers. I strolled past feeling a little awkward but grinning ear to ear. I only stopped to take a photo after I had passed almost to the end.
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Finally I made my way downstairs to the gate. I had never been to a remote stand at KIX so this was the first time I had ever been to this area of the terminal.
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Just one of the many pro-photographers who were milling around the gate area.
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A short while later the Peach Crew bus pulled up outside. It wasn’t long before the Cabin Crew came downstairs heading for the bus with the camera crews in hot pursuit.
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It was the strangest scene I had seen in a departure lounge. It was the first time I had ever been on an inaugural such as this and it was quite surreal indeed.

Presently the passenger buses pulled up outside and the tension rose a few notches as the media people began their final preparations.
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Even the other regular passengers were caught up waiting for something interesting to happen.
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Final camera checks…
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Dozens of Peach staff started to fill the gate area.
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Some short speeches were made culminating in the group “Peach Pose”.
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This was the signal the photographers had been waiting for, and with that, the media maelstrom began. Well if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em... so I threw myself into the scrummage of photographers and started snapping.
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At some point I found myself right in front of the crowd at the gate so I showed my boarding receipt to the gate staff and stepped out and onto the waiting bus, though not before being handed a small Peach goodie bag. The send off from the gate was full of smiles and waves as we began the drive up to the remote stands at KIX. The drive takes you south along two thirds of the long straight terminal so all of the aircraft parked at the gates pass along on your left so make sure you sit on the left hand side of the bus. Unfortunately I found myself stuck on the right, so nooo photos for me!

Eventually the bus pulled up next to the covered airstairs that led up to the waiting open entrance of the Peach A320. The bus doors opened to reveal that the driver had pulled up so close to the bottom step, that it was like stepping through an airlock off the bus and directly onto the stairs. This was a bit annoying as it spoiled my only chance to get a shot of the whole aircraft. I did my best to get one shot from the ground before heading up the stairs.
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PEACHY!!!
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I took my seat a few rows from the back. By now the flight was running about 20mins late but shortly everyone was aboard and we began to taxi out and a few minutes later we were up in the overcast sky chasing the last rays of the sun westward.
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The flight was pretty full, but somehow I had managed to wind up in the only row with nobody sat in it. I remained the sole occupant of this row for almost the entire flight.
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Soon enough the food service got going. I decided to buy a simple sandwich. Nothing spectacular but tasted nice enough.
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As we flew over the Sea of Japan, we started to get thrown around a bit by turbulence. The food service had to be interrupted twice for the FAs to return to their seats, and what with all the photographers still moving around progress was quite slow. I was hoping to buy some Peach branded merchandise as a souvenir, but unfortunately, whilst they were shown in the catalogue, their actual items hadn’t been released for sale yet. That was a little disappointing.
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We began drawing closer to our destination.
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By the time were on approach to ICN it was dark outside and in typical ANA fashion (I guess it’s been passed down??) the cabin lights remained on throughout approach preventing any outside photos. Following a faultless landing at ICN though I got my camera ready to get shots of the water canon salute that I was hoping would take place… After a short taxi we pulled up at the gate. Wait,.. What??! Where was my water canon salute dammit?! I guess this is something that only happens during the hours of daylight??

As the seatbelt signs switched off the usual melee of people grabbing their bags was added to by many scrambling to get their final shots of the cabin. And yes, I was as guilty as any in that regard.
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So finally I had set foot in the ROK. I had decided that instead of returning directly from ICN I would head over to Gimpo and fly back from there. A couple of really cold individuals at the airline information desk and the currency exchange had left me feeling like I was rather unwelcome. Fortunately that changed when I spoke to a very warm and friendly lady at the bus ticketing counter who pointed me in the right direction for buses to GMP.
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Stepping off the bus at Gimpo I noticed that the moon was blood red. I am not sure if this was a natural phenomenon or a result of pollution but the effect was quite something.
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I made my way inside the terminal building to have a look around. The whole place was almost deserted. What with the moon outside it was quite an eerie feeling to be in there all alone.
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By this point it was already pushing midnight so I headed back out to the hotel across the road. Upon arriving at my room I finally got the chance to have a look at the gifts that Peach had been giving out. The bag itself was probably the nicest item. The cup reads: “I flew 1st, I fly Peach” along with the route and date of the earlier flight.
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Stage Three
Carrier: Asiana Airlines
Flight: OZ1125
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Depart: Seoul, Gimpo – GMP/RKSS
Arrive: Osaka, Kansai Int’l – KIX/RJBB
Departure time: 08:30

Gimpo in the morning felt far more alive than it had done the previous night and soon with new ticket in hand I was making my way through security towards the gate.
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The Asiana aircraft felt a lot warmer than Peach’s with lots of brown and beige. The most striking difference was the sheer number of FAs on this flight, all of them smiling and positive. Asiana cabin service really is excellent.
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Anyone lost an engine?
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Breakfast! Always best served at 35,000ft! Simple, but just what I needed in the morning.
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Landing back at KIX on the second runway meant a good view of the new LCC terminal during the taxi in, which was then, very much still under construction. Hopefully this terminal will help to develop new routes/links out of KIX when it opens its doors for business in the very near future (In fact I think it opened yesterday [28/10/2012]). I believe that Peach will become the exclusive occupier of this terminal but KIX has recently announced that they are planning a new third terminal which will be for LCC carriers other than Peach.
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Taxiing around past the lower end of the main terminal on our way to the gate. The Peach remote stands won’t be here for much longer.
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Stage Four
Carrier: Starflyer
Flight: SFJ024
Aircraft: Airbus A320-200
Depart: Osaka, Kansai Int’l – KIX/RJBB
Arrive: Tokyo Haneda – HND/RJTT
Departure time: 14:20

Finally back at KIX, there was only one thing left to do… Fly back home. I chose to make the return trip to HND on a carrier that I had wanted to try for years. Starflyer is something of an “up-market” domestic carrier based out of Kitakyushu in the south of Japan. Its network is still only quite limited but they operate KIX-HND flights which it codeshares with ANA, allowing you to book them through the ANA website and so gain miles for doing so. Earlier this year Starflyer also launched its first international service from Kitakyushu to Pusan. (I had intended to be on that flight, but luck was against me and I couldn’t get a hold of a ticket!)

Starflyer’s ground services at KIX are handled by ANA so it was off the domestic ANA counters on the second floor.
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Oshikiri Moe – You’re welcome on board my flight any time!!
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After check-in I still had a couple of hours before the flight home. I had intended to go and visit the KIX viewing deck which is in a separate building a short bus trip away from the terminal as I had never been there before. But at this point I was feeling a bit tired and decided not to bother. I made my way airside at a leisurely pace to sit down and relax whilst waiting for my flight. I have never seen the KIX domestic area busy and today was no exception. It’s a nice place to just sit and relax whilst watching baseball on the TV screens that are dotted about, all of course whilst seeing the planes coming and going just outside.
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JA803P – The same aircraft that took me to ICN the previous day, just returning to KIX from another flight.
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After a while watching the Seattle Mariners taking a beating on TV, my transport home arrived at the gate.
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Now let me just get this out of the way right now…If you come over to Japan and fly domestic… my recommendation is… FLY STARFLYER!!! This is must be the best domestic product I have seen flying in Japan by a country mile.

The seating is all styled in real black leather to match the livery. The seats themselves feel big, bulky and comfortable like a cabin full of lazy boy chairs. But before I show you that, take a look at the safety video.
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…How to deal with in-flight emergencies ninja style! You will still be asked to put your swords, throwing stars and other accessories in your checked luggage!!  

I’m not particularly tall, but the legroom is, well just take a look. The seat pitch almost gives enough room to get up and start doing floor exercises in the space between the rows.
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That small folded white paper tucked into the seatback is the safety instructions though they look more like a high quality menu.
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Every seat has its own in seat multi power socket.
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Probably the most interesting feature is the ability to fold down the seat back of the middle seat (when there is nobody seated there of course) to make a cocktail stand. Neat.
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Another A320 wing fence.
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Bogies back at HND… Red tail, red tail!
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We pulled up to a remote stand. The load on this flight had been very low (less than 50%) and it didn’t take long before everyone had piled off and into the waiting busses. I was the last off and holding everyone up, but I still grabbed the chance for a few last pics. One of the FAs saw me taking photos and asked if I liked aircraft. When I replied that I did (what else could I say?) she handed me a postcard featuring a Starflyer A320. Simple gestures really do make lasting impressions, and I will be using this airline again whenever I get a chance. I asked if I could take a final photo before leaving. She is on the right below.
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CONCLUSION

This was the first time I had been on an inaugural like this and it left me keen for more. The start-up of Pe

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: WROORD
Posted 2012-10-29 17:26:49 and read 8194 times.

Hey britjap,

Nice pics. Is the Starflyer associated with ANA or a stand alone airline. They do seem nice.

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: airbuseric
Posted 2012-10-29 17:43:52 and read 8159 times.

Really great to read about Peach and Starflyer. 2 carriers I know by name, but now also from inside. This was a nice trip for sure, good writing and nice detailed pics btw.

Regards
Eric

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: 767747
Posted 2012-10-29 18:44:25 and read 8028 times.

Really good report, and good to read about 2 interesting airlines not covered on this forum!

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew (767747)

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: SR117
Posted 2012-10-29 18:59:30 and read 8001 times.

Hey there, thanks a lot for the a-w-e-s-o-m-e report !

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
The main focus of this report is the inaugural international service flown by new Japanese LCC Peach Aviation. Though along the way I also hitched rides with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Starflyer & Asiana.

Nice, so one trip and no less than 4 carriers : ) I am curious about wether you managed to get a good fare on Asiana's GMP-KIX flight, I've taken a look at short haul one way fares sometimes and the fares seemed astronomical.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
On approach to Itami, looking down on Osaka. You can see the Umeda Sky Tower and if you know where to look you can just about make out the big wheel on the roof of HEP5.

Great views, every time I've flown into Itami I've been on the wrong side of the window for catching views of Umeda and Osaka Castle. The approach into ITM is pretty scenic.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Airside at Itami. It’s been more than twenty years since I was last here.

Itami has a certain charm... it usually looks so deserted when I've been there, which is odd given all the heavy traffic it handles.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
My next task was to get to Kansai Airport KIX. I could of course get the train, and I think there is a bus that goes direct from ITM

Ha, you really did want to take the fun route. BTW, what's with this salad express? I'm puzzled.. I only saw it from the outside but I was puzzled.. Salad Express? Does the interior have any vegetable themed decorations?


Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
After about a ten minute wait the ferry arrived and we all jumped on. The front of the ferry has airline like seating. The back seemed far more comfortable so I settled down for the 30 min journey. There were probably only about a dozen other people on there with me.

The ferry ride seems like fun and if you're in Kobe or east of Kobe I guess it makes sense to take the boat vs going round the bay to KIX.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Some short speeches were made culminating in the group “Peach Pose”.

I'm impressed at all of the celebrations that Peach put together for this inaugural, that was a lot of employees joining in the celebration, and yes, that fellow with the airplane hat hopefully gets a good review from his supervisor, ha. That "Peach Pose" is pretty funny btw, I wonder if we'll see it incorporated more into the airline's branding in the future..

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Soon enough the food service got going. I decided to buy a simple sandwich. Nothing spectacular but tasted nice enough.

Does Peach serve anything for free? How much was the sandwich and beverage?

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
By the time were on approach to ICN it was dark outside and in typical ANA fashion (I guess it’s been passed down??) the cabin lights remained on throughout approach preventing any outside photos.

I've noticed that on JAL too, I guess it's a Japanese thing.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Fortunately that changed when I spoke to a very warm and friendly lady at the bus ticketing counter who pointed me in the right direction for buses to GMP.

Sorry to hear about the rude staff at ICN, you can also take the A'REX train from ICN to GMP next time which is pretty cheap and takes you there in about 30 minutes.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
I made my way inside the terminal building to have a look around. The whole place was almost deserted. What with the moon outside it was quite an eerie feeling to be in there all alone.

Wow, that does look eerie !

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
By this point it was already pushing midnight so I headed back out to the hotel across the road.

Midnight? how long was your trip from ICN to GMP? : )

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Breakfast! Always best served at 35,000ft! Simple, but just what I needed in the morning.

That meal looks pretty good, Asiana is a great airline, I also got a pretty decent offering when I flew ICN-NGO on Asiana once:


Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
I believe that Peach will become the exclusive occupier of this terminal but KIX has recently announced that they are planning a new third terminal which will be for LCC carriers other than Peach.

A good thing that LCC carriers will get their own terminal, immigration checkpoints at the main terminal are very very crowded, I spent an hour clearing immigration coming in from HNL last month, hopefully it helps to spread out traffic a bit.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
I had intended to go and visit the KIX viewing deck which is in a separate building a short bus trip away from the terminal as I had never been there before. But at this point I was feeling a bit tired and decided not to bother.

The viewing terrace at KIX is very nice and gives awesome views, they also have a very informative screen that actually shows you a computer animation of the incoming arrivals so you can know what to expect. Unfortunately it's a drag to get there, as you have to wait for the bus about 10-15 minutes, then ride the bus for 10 or so minutes, and of course, do the same thing in reverse, it's actually quite time consuming, so if you don't have more than 1.5 hours to spare it might not be such a good idea to go.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Now let me just get this out of the way right now…If you come over to Japan and fly domestic… my recommendation is… FLY STARFLYER!!! This is must be the best domestic product I have seen flying in Japan by a country mile.

Wow, Starflyer looks nice, do they offer anything as on board service? or upgraded buy on board offerings at least? The hard product looks great.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
One of the FAs saw me taking photos and asked if I liked aircraft. When I replied that I did (what else could I say?) she handed me a postcard featuring a Starflyer A320. Simple gestures really do make lasting impressions, and I will be using this airline again whenever I get a chance. I asked if I could take a final photo before leaving. She is on the right below.

Very nice of them to give you a postcard, and great pic too (as well as the Peach crew you pictured). It's nice to see Peach and Starflyer crews have a good attitude towards people with cameras.

Thanks again for putting this together, it was very nice to read.

Cheers
Ricardo

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2012-10-29 20:03:10 and read 7856 times.

Hey Britjap! Finally a TR about Peach! Unfortunately I won't be able to read it thoroughly until Thursday; nonetheless I simply had to write so I can thank you for putting this together. I cannot wait to read it. You even took the ferry to KIX! What a treat!         

Will be back with my comments soon.

  

S.

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: britjap
Posted 2012-10-30 06:19:06 and read 7114 times.

MMmm, Seems my Conclusion got sliced off. Here it is for what its worth...

CONCLUSION

This was the first time I had been on an inaugural like this and it left me keen for more. The start-up of Peach, as well as other new LCC’s in Japan, should bring a raft of new exciting options for passengers so I look forward to flying with them again.

Writing this report has also made me realise that reviewing airlines is remarkable tricky, so I decided not to really bother trying. I will leave the analyses to more seasoned reporters, but I hope this gave a little idea of what Peach’s Int’l Inagural was like.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Regards.


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Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: britjap
Posted 2012-10-30 09:56:57 and read 6726 times.

Quoting WROORD (Reply 1):
Nice pics. Is the Starflyer associated with ANA or a stand alone airline. They do seem nice.

Thanks. As far as I know, Starflyer is its own stand-alone airline. Not sure what the shareholding is like though.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 2):
This was a nice trip for sure, good writing and nice detailed pics

Thank-you kindly. It has been a while since I have been able to read many reports. I see you have some new ones too. I'll take a look as soon as I can.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Thanks for sharing!

Hi Matthew. No Problem, glad you liked it.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
Nice, so one trip and no less than 4 carriers

Incidently, I also used 4 trains, the subway, the monorail, 2 highway buses, 1 regular bus, the portliner thing and a ferry. Not a bad mix I think.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
I am curious about wether you managed to get a good fare on Asiana's GMP-KIX flight

I arrived in the ROK without an return ticket so I woke really early the next day to make sure I could get a seat back that morning. I don't remember the exact price but I do remember thinking that it was very reasonable. But don't forget that at that time (and even now) the Won was VERY cheap against the Yen.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
BTW, what's with this salad express? I'm puzzled

Umm... sorry can't help you. Your guess is as good as mine on this one I'm afraid!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
if you're in Kobe or east of Kobe I guess it makes sense to take the boat vs going round the bay to KIX.

Well the problem is the ferry is not all that competitive. It takes about 30 mins to get to the dock from Sannomiya, and the ferry only leaves once an hour. So if you just missed the ferry, then you have a long wait ahead of you. Overall I think the bus is more convenient, but when you have time to waste it makes for a nice change.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
That "Peach Pose" is pretty funny

I have a photo of myself doing the Peach Pose with the ground staff!  
Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
Does Peach serve anything for free? How much was the sandwich and beverage?

Typical LCC model. Nothing is free. Unfortunately I have no recollection of the pricing. Sorry.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
Midnight? how long was your trip from ICN to GMP?

There is actually considerably more to this story that I left out for the sake of brevity (though I still managed to get my conclusion sliced off). I'll explain it to you if we ever meet.  
Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
The viewing terrace at KIX is very nice and gives awesome views

I have used KIX many times but have still not gotten around to going to the viewing terrace. The hassle always just puts me off. I hope to go one day though.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
Wow, Starflyer looks nice, do they offer anything as on board service?

You should definitely use Starflyer next time you are in Japan (You do seem to come quite often?). I think their free drinks service was similar to that of ANA, ie a little limited. I really should have written this up sooner though because I can't really remember anymore, Sorry.  
Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
thanks a lot for the a-w-e-s-o-m-e report !

Thank-you kindly. Really glad you liked it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 5):
I won't be able to read it thoroughly until Thursday; nonetheless I simply had to write so I can thank you for putting this together. I cannot wait to read it.

Hi WBR. Wow that sounds like a lot of pressure. Hope you're not disappointed!!   
I know you had a recent report as well. I will make sure I have a read sometime this week.

Regards.

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: Widebodyroga
Posted 2012-10-30 10:24:55 and read 6673 times.

Hey Britjap,

Let me revisit this delightful TR of yours with some more detailed comments. But first let me tell you again of how pleased I am to finally see a Peach TR here. I really badly wanted to try them last time I was in Japan but I simply couldn't pull it off. From what I see, they offer a fairly decent product. I also loved the show they put together before departure.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
I do like the ANA check-in system, and less than ten minutes after stepping off the monorail I was sitting at the gate.

I wish I could do this whenever I fly out of ORD. You gotta love Japanese efficiency.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Seems I lucked out. My good mood quickly turned to dismay however as I passed through the forward cabins and arrived at my seat. For anyone out there planning to have their first 787 experience on ANA – DO NOT FLY IN ROW 30!!!

Ha, I'm all too familiar with this feeling. I have an unusually high affinity for "window-less" window seats.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
The new ANA Y-class seats which do not recline really are just awesome. I honestly wish IATA would make seats with this design mandatory amongst all its members.

Amen, brother! I know that many people hate those seats but I think they are a great concept.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
The front of the ferry has airline like seating. The back seemed far more comfortable so I settled down for the 30 min journey. There were probably only about a dozen other people on there with me.

I love the idea of arriving at an airport on a boat. The closest I ever came to do this was in YTZ, but that's just a 1-min long crossing so I'm not sure it even counts... If I ever need to fly out of KIX I'll take the ferry, even if I have to get out of my way to do so  .

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
This guy deserves a promotion or at least a pay rise for that hat!  

I want one of these, now!

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
After a short taxi we pulled up at the gate. Wait,.. What??! Where was my water canon salute dammit?! I guess this is something that only happens during the hours of daylight??

Oh that's too bad! I'm convinced I've seen cannon salutes at night (albeit in Europe).

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
I made my way inside the terminal building to have a look around. The whole place was almost deserted. What with the moon outside it was quite an eerie feeling to be in there all alone.

Ha, are you sure you were in South Korea? All the ads notwithstanding, the absence of people makes it look kinda like DPRK...

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
The Asiana aircraft felt a lot warmer than Peach’s with lots of brown and beige. The most striking difference was the sheer number of FAs on this flight, all of them smiling and positive. Asiana cabin service really is excellent.

I love the OZ crew! They've always been awesome to me.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
After a while watching the Seattle Mariners taking a beating on TV, my transport home arrived at the gate.

This has to be one of the "baddest" liveries out there. Thumps up to that! Also (off-topic), do they still show Mariners' games in Japan now that Ichiro became a Yankee?

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
Probably the most interesting feature is the ability to fold down the seat back of the middle seat (when there is nobody seated there of course) to make a cocktail stand. Neat.

That's a pretty cool feature!


Thanks again for this awesome report! I know I said I'd read it no earlier than Thursday but I simply couldn't help myself. It was well worth it. You don't write TRs very often my friend but when you do they sure are special  .



S.

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: 817Dreamliiner
Posted 2012-10-30 10:27:49 and read 6668 times.

Great report! Was an interesting read, liked the pics as well! hope I can get to Japan one day. I really like the interiors of the A320s especially the Starflyer interior  . Speaking of the Starflyer interior what were the IFE options like on the ptv? Im curious since they dont really do longish flights

Quoting britjap (Reply 7):
Thanks. As far as I know, Starflyer is its own stand-alone airline. Not sure what the shareholding is like though.

From what I remember they are stand alone with shareholders from different Japanese companies but they have a code share agreement with ANA.

Thanks for sharing your report.

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-10-30 23:24:33 and read 6255 times.

Hello

Interesting report. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Interesting to see that Japan has more than JAL and ANA in the aviation scene.
Starflyer looks amazing
Nice to see the 787 and the inaugural Peach as well

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-10-31 13:09:32 and read 5891 times.

Hi Britjap,

Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
HND is not the best airport for taking shots from the gate.

- No but the observation decks are excellent!

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
By the time were on approach to ICN it was dark outside and in typical ANA fashion (I guess it’s been passed down??) the cabin lights remained on throughout approach preventing any outside photos.

- You know ANA is the only carrier I have flown that does not dim the lights on approach, I always find it quite odd.

Peach look a decent LCC, nice insight on Starflyer, can't recall a TR on them before, they look good.

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: I39OO
Posted 2012-10-31 15:39:01 and read 5793 times.

Hey Britjap!

What a read! Extremely interesting, thanks a lot for bringing this story up on the forum. It's extremely interesting to read how domestic and short international hops are made on the other side of the world, sometimes I forget that EasyJet and Ryanair aren't flying outside Europe...

Peach has always puzzled me: the looks, the name, the Peach pose, the whole idea of a LCC in a country with a high speed train service with frequencies that in other part of the world would've been normal for S-bahn services, the fact that it's up against big names as JAL or ANA... I'm surprised to see them going out of Japan and trying their luck internationally.

The service is classic LCC, it seems, but the 'funkiness' is something that we dearly miss here in the Old Continent... And Starflier is definitely a must-do, got to catch them sooner or later!

Thanks a lot again, it's been a very interesting read!

13900

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-11-01 02:41:54 and read 5598 times.

Hi britjap!

Thanks for a very interesting report on some very interesting carriers!

It looks like a great experience to be a part of an inaugural flight in Japan! Peach looks okay although it's a low cost carrier.

Starflyer looks very impressive and I love their livery!

Thanks again for posting !

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: britjap
Posted 2012-11-13 12:24:01 and read 4924 times.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
me tell you again of how pleased I am to finally see a Peach TR here.

Hey WBR, many thanks. I hope it lived up to your expectations.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
Amen, brother! I know that many people hate those seats but I think they are a great concept.

Well great minds think alike and on this issue we are definitely not wrong!  
Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
I'm convinced I've seen cannon salutes at night

Maybe it was just ROK hospitality then??  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
If I ever need to fly out of KIX I'll take the ferry, even if I have to get out of my way to do so

Please do, I think they need the business!   And it is quite a nice ride.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 8):
do they still show Mariners' games in Japan now that Ichiro became a Yankee?

This trip was back in May so I think it was before he moved?

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 9):
Great report! Was an interesting read, liked the pics as well!

Many thanks, I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 9):
what were the IFE options like on the ptv?

TBH I don't remember all that much. I was too busy taking photos to really try it out. There was a news bulletin (possibly Japanese only), a moving map, and I think there was a Starflyer shopping channel. There were no films as the flights are too short as you say. That's about all I can remember I'm afraid.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Interesting report. Thanks for sharing it with us!
Interesting to see that Japan has more than JAL and ANA in the aviation scene.

Thank-you. If you would like to see other EVEN MORE interesting flying options in Japan then please see my other trip reports listed in reply 6.  
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Nice report and pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

Many thanks.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
- You know ANA is the only carrier I have flown that does not dim the lights on approach, I always find it quite odd.

Yes, this is always a source of annoyance for me. I have only ever been on two ANA flights on which they dimmed the lights during landing. I wish they would make it standard practice.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Peach look a decent LCC

I for one wish them well.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
nice insight on Starflyer, can't recall a TR on them before

Well I do like to break new ground when I can.  
Quoting I39OO (Reply 12):

Thank-you for your comments.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 12):
LCC in a country with a high speed train service with frequencies that in other part of the world would've been normal for S-bahn services

Japan's domestic air services are considerably large despite the trains. I always choose to fly if I can rather than take the train though of course I am somewhat biased.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Thanks for a very interesting report on some very interesting carriers!

Thank-you I hope you enjoyed it.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
It looks like a great experience to be a part of an inaugural flight in Japan!

This was my first but not my last. I have a report to write about another (Will try and get it done before the end of the year)

Regards.

Topic: RE: All-Star Asian Peach - Peach's Int'l Inaugural
Username: 817Dreamliiner
Posted 2012-11-14 06:55:04 and read 4924 times.

Quoting britjap (Reply 14):
TBH I don't remember all that much. I was too busy taking photos to really try it out. There was a news bulletin (possibly Japanese only), a moving map, and I think there was a Starflyer shopping channel. There were no films as the flights are too short as you say. That's about all I can remember I'm afraid.

Thanks alot

Quoting britjap (Reply 14):
This was my first but not my last. I have a report to write about another (Will try and get it done before the end of the year)

Looking forward to it  


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