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MNL-NRT-PDX-LAX In NW World Business Class & AS F  
User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 15657 times:

Here's my procrastination at best  Wink: the final portion of my Trans-Pac adventure to the Philippines and Japan. For those that want to catch up, here's the links to the first two parts:

LAX-NRT-MNL-ILO On NW WBC & PR's New A319! (by N751PR Mar 17 2007 in Trip Reports)
ILO-MNL-NRT-NGO-CTS-NGO-MNL W/ PR & JL Y And NW C (by N751PR May 25 2007 in Trip Reports)

As I reported earlier, I got this business class ticket for $500 more than the cheapest Y bucket available at the time. Of course, there was a catch to this: I couldn't fly NRT-LAX nonstop on the return, instead choosing on either NRT-PDX-LAX or NRT-SEA-LAX with NW and AS or NRT-HNL-LAX with NW and DL if I wanted to maintain the cheap C fare. I've heard bits about this flight and, at one time it's possibility of being axed, so I decided to try this route out myself as well as maximizing my time in C seeing that the other two flights from NRT were shorter. The 2nd portion of my TR gets a bit fuzzy as I was knocked out. Well, I guess this is where I begin the trip report that I should've finished months earlier! Enjoy.  Smile


Flight 20, 2 January 2007
World Business Class
Boeing 747-451
MNL-NRT


Four hours after hitting the sack, worn out due to my hop from NGO w/ NW 71 the night before, I was woken up by my mother who, after our December 28 fiasco at the nearby (and now closed) Hyatt Regency, was extremely cautious on the time allocated prior to my flight. Once I showered up my half-awake, medication-induced self and quickly chugged down the only thing that had caffeine which was conveniently in sight, a can of Monster energy drink, we departed the Heritage Hotel to experience once again the early morning hustle and bustle of NAIA.

Expecting a larger horde of balikbayans going back abroad after a holiday season with family and friends, Terminal 1 was less chaotic than anticipated. NW72 to NGO was having it's final boarding call which made check-in much easier as there was just those of us on flight 20 with the only two other flights going out up to half an hour after us being just 5J and SQ. Ironically he agent that was to check my travel documents prior to checking in was Jason, the same one that helped me reschedule my flights and followed me through after missing flight 72 a few days earlier. Being such a recent event, he recognized me and asked if everything went well. Though tempted to tell him of the chaotic mess I went through in the journey to CTS, I just nodded and mentioned "Yeah, it went well, in the NW side of things at least." He smiled, gave me back my passport, and motioned me to the open WBC counter. Checking in itself was uneventful (for a change  Wink) and I was issued my boarding pass and the invitation to the WorldClub.

NW counters


With my luggage checked in and disposed of, I headed to the airport tax and immigration desks which ate up a lot of time. That, alongside the two security checkpoints that I had to go through unfortunately killed my chances of being able to relax in the WorldClub. Though safe enough for me to not miss the flight, it looks like I didn't allocate enough lounge time.  Sad

Immigration line


Getting to the gate






Prior to entering the third checkpoint, I gave one look at the boarding area for a quick trip of nostalgia. I was trying to imagine myself 13 years earlier as a six year old, playing around with three other children I met. At the gates, there was the UA 742 that was to take us to GMP while a LH 742 just arrived at the next gate. Though not as modern as it's other Asian counterparts, Terminal 1 still has a place in my heart as it is a part of an experience that made me the aviation enthusiast that I am today. I wouldn't visit this terminal again for another 12 years and by then, UA has long axed MNL from it's network, LH now uses the A346 via CAN, and those children I befriended are in high school and college scattered around the States, most likely never to meet them once more. Back to 2007, I finished my reminiscing and headed to the final checkpoint.

Ah yes, the memories...


Going through the third checkpoint was rather smooth seeing that a lot of the passengers were already onboard the aircraft. Boarding the 744 and walking up the stairs to the upper deck now became routine for me whereas ten months before, I would've considered it an experience in itself. Nevertheless, the small and more private-feeling cabin of the upper deck is still always a joy to ride. Big grin I greeted my seatmate in 77B, a middle-aged man probably heading back to the Midwest while I was setting myself up in 77A.

Yet another upper deck shot


Give me a couple years and the OJ will eventually become champagne.  Wink


Pushback and taxing to the runway was pretty quick, with just a PR A343 in front of us with a PR 733 and 5J A319 taking up the rear. The only visible aircraft parked in Terminal 1 was the SQ 772 and JO 742.

Here we go...


F-OHPK rolling ahead of us


Morning lineup


Climbing


Once leveling out, the F/As headed to the galley to prep for our meal service. Here's a bit from my menu:

Breakfast

Assorted juices

Fresh Fruit

Yogurt

Warm Breads

Choice of

Creamy mushroom omelet with grilled pork chipolata and tomatoes

Sautéed white fish and prawns in oyster sauce with braised egg noodle and vegetables

Cold cereal

Coffee or tea


In a nutshell: it's the same menu that I had when I flew out on December 28. Seeing that I was in the same flight five days later, I didn't expect too much of a change, though now I'm curious if and when NW rotates the WBC menus. Seeing that I already had the omelet five days earlier, I went for the noodles. Though the omelet was delicious, the noodles were by far the better choice. The pastry was also great but there was one side dish that I absolutely loved: freshly sliced mangoes. Another kudos to MNL catering.  bigthumbsup 

What's explaining a delicious breakfast without a picture?




Once the F/As cleared the trays for us, I settled down for a movie (which I am seriously having problems trying to recall) for the rest of the flight. Three hours later, the Honshu coastline began filling our windows as we started our descent into NRT.



After a quick and smooth landing and taxing, in no time we soon found ourselves airside of one of my favorite airports to connect in.

I presumed that this was going to be the last time I would be seeing an AZ a/c ever again. Six months later, I still saw that classic livery in NRT.


Thanks once again.  Smile


The winglet of my ride to PDX is sticking out in the right  Wink


I spent an hour of my layover in NRT in the Satellite 2 WorldClub where I caught up on the latest aviation headlines in my laptop. After finishing up on that, I went down back down to do some last minute souvenier shopping for some friends. It's amazing how much time you could spend debating which gift is suitable for who...before I knew it, the first boarding call for flight 6 was commencing and I was soon rushing down to Satellite 1.


Flight 6, 2 January 2007
World Business Class
Airbus A330-223, N857NW
NRT-PDX



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WBC/Y jetway signage


Once onboard, I was greeted by a couple *very* cheery F/As, somewhat of a rarity in my travels w/ NW.  Wink I was pretty excited to be onboard this flight as this would be my first NW A330 experience though there was some irony as I would be onboard my last NW DC-10 flight the following week. As I waited for my seatmate, I was overhearing one of the F/As jokes (which, again, I unfortunately don't recall entirely...next time I should seriously write these TRs ASAP when it's more fresh) to the two cheery ones in the nearby galleywhere the other two were puzzled by the joke whereas the F/A that was telling it noticed my chuckling and replied, "See, he gets it!" Just then, my seatmate, connecting from ICN, greeted me and occupied 4B. After a few minutes of browsing around the latest issue of the WorldTraveler magazine, we were finally ready for some pushback action.

A view from 4A


Preparing to pull away


The last time I'll be seeing an AA and CX a/c in Terminal 1 (thanks for leaving the Admirals Club with us though!  Wink)


And thus begins our taxi...


CI 744 and KA A330


The taxi itself was rather uneventful with us passing through the lineup of NW and UA a/c with just a KE 777 in front of us.

Holding for this NH 744


Ready to leave the cloud cover


A few minutes after the seatbelt signs went off, the F/As began to distribute the headphones and amenity kits. For once, I decided to dig into what my amenity kit has to offer since I usually keep it wrapped and save it for my next trips to the Philippines. The only thing I bothered using was the pen.  Wink



Afternoon skies over the Pacific


After tucking away my kit, I pulled out the PTV and immediately moved to select the movie I've been meaning to watch for quite a while, Flyboys. That had to wait as all the PTVs were treated with the routine showing of the in-flight exercise video that seriously needs updating followed by the immigration form video with everyone's favorite F/A, Steve Pacquin (after so many NW int'l flights, his name finally sticks), and the standard US Visit segment. While waiting for the videos bit to finish, the F/As began serving snacks. Finally midway through the snack service, I was able to get back to the AVOD.

Here be the mixed nuts, 7UP, and the aforementioned US Visit video.


Looking west to the dusk sky


Brings back memories of the oceanliner fan in me: the R.M.S. Aquitania


Just as I was about to get deeply engrossed in the movie, the meal service began. Perfect timing. Big grin Unfortunately I haven't been able to locate the menu for this flight and seeing that it's been nearly 8 months since I took this trip, I don't recall too much of the other choices in the meal.  Sad

Appetizer - chilled chicken, scallops topped w/ some roe, salad, and garlic bread


Main Course - Korean BBQ ribs


Dessert


Back to the movie


All the courses were delicious, especially the BBQ ribs. Thankfully they offered cake for dessert since I didn't get much of a chance to raid some of my favorite bakeries back in Sapporo. Big grin I spent the rest of my time awake finishing off Flyboys, however as I was 3/4 finished with the movie, the movie was paused as there was an "announcement in progress". At first I was clueless as to why the F/As would be making an announcement in the middle of the flight...and then it hit me. The F/A was requesting if there were any doctors onboard as there was a passenger in the "left side" of the Y cabin that was experiencing difficulties of some sort. The passenger in 3C turned his head to the Y cabin while I gestured to him if he saw anything, replying back with a shrug. Still concerned but knowing that I couldn't do much to help, I conceded and went back to finishing the movie. Once the movie was over, I finally surrendered to my drowsiness thanks to the meds, reclined my seat to fully flat, and spent the rest of the flight knocked out.

Several hours later, the cabin lights were back on and another announcement was made requesting us to bring our seats back into takeoff/landing position as we were about to land in PDX. I guess we didn't divert after all... Unfortunately the after-effects of the medication I took earlier were still with me and I went back to sleep, skipping on the joys of landing. The next thing I knew, we arrived at our gate, however, we were requested to wait as the passenger that experienced difficulties had to be evacuated from the plane. Once that was completed, the WBC cabin was cleared to deplane. I stuck around to ask the F/As if I could get a cockpit shot which they thankfully allowed.  bigthumbsup 

World Business Class cabin ready to deplane


Cockpit shot


I thanked the F/As as I deplaned, forgetting to ask the fate of the passenger, and somehow brought my half-awake self all the way down to immigration.

Somehow, my half-awake self still managed to take pictures  Wink


Baggage claim


Once I finished completing all the customs and immigrations formalities and properly re-disposed of my checked luggage, I headed back airside to connect to the AS flight that would take me back to LAX.


Flight 6, NW codeshare flight 4008, 2 January 2007
First Class
Boeing 737-881
PDX-LAX


After getting a quick and short boost thanks to a cup of coffee, I spent my time prior aimlessly wandering around Concourses B and C. Typical me.  Silly This was the second time I've connected in PDX with my first being six months before getting to EUG. It's always nice to find my way to this airport in the midst of my journeys. Big grin Once finished with my exploring, I headed down to C5 to hang around and for boarding.

Some shots of early morning PDX












A title well earned


Beautiful live music and a delicious cup of coffee, lovely way to start your morning. Big grin


Waiting to board...


FINALLY! Big grin


4F


73G N622AS waiting alongside us


Once settled into my seat while the effects of coffee were wearing off, I immediately went back to sleep...which pretty much explains what I did throughout almost the entire flight. Once I found myself completely awake, we just landed on 24R at LAX. To this day, I still can't believe I slept that much through a flight...in F too! Gah, so much for savoring the final leg of the premium experience... Sad

Lonesome JL 744 in the remote gates


A busy morning in Terminal 3 w/ the Tom Bradley Int'l Terminal in the right


A couple of F class pics I managed to take before deplaning




Now seeing THIS got me all perked up. Big grin


To match the busy ramp of Terminal 3, here's the passengers that make it possible.  Wink




The baggage claim of was a mess as we were meshed together with a couple (or more?) other AS flights. While waiting for my luggage in this mess, I struck another conversation with a couple other college/post-grad students whom just came out of the DCA flight. Definitely nice to have a few people to chat with in the middle of all this hustle and bustle... For some reason which I don't remember, it got to the point where all three of us exchanged e-mail addresses. Meh, I'm still figuring out what were were chatting about...:/ Once I recovered my luggage, I bade farewell to my two newfound aquaintances and headed off to the hotel and parking shuttles curb to get picked up by the Four Points LAX shuttle so I could store my luggage and head down to Santa Monica College to start Winter term.

Some pictures of the busy carousel




Deciding to arrive from Asia on the day that you are to start Winter term in a community college was probably one of the dumbest things I've pulled off, however, I only was taking a single class which involved providing skills to surviving college. An easy "A", you might say. I arrived in the classroom with my travel gear sans checked luggage looking like I spent the entire night awake, probably giving one hell of a first impression to my peers. To break the ice in our first ever session, our professor had us do an activity where we had to write something about ourselves and put it in a jar where we'd randomize it and try to figure out which person matched the description. At first, I was drawing a serious blank on what to describe myself, and then I glanced at my boarding pass for Flight 20 that I used as a bookmark and began scribbling into the scratch paper. When it comes to school, I try not to make much references to my passion for aviation (seeing that my Star Alliance bag with it's FlyerTalk tag should suffice  Silly) but at the time I was desperate and needed to jot something down before he began collecting the notes. The professor read out the choices: I want to eventually become a director and I love fast cars being a couple. However, there were a few notes that seriously caught the attention of the professor. One of them being: This morning, I just came out of a trip that involved flying from and connecting in Manila, Tokyo, and PortlandBig grin

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Thanks all for reading the final installment of my Winter Vacation Trip Report! Hopefully I'll have the last NW DC-10 flight TR finished sometime soon (hopefully within this year.  Wink)


"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
12 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 15398 times:

Sweet trip report!!! I'll be looking forward to your DC10 one.

User currently offlineRwSEA From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 3135 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 15229 times:

Great report! I love flying internationally on NW's A330s - they're so comfortable and quiet, with good AVOD. I've flown SEA-NRT-ICN and back, as well as SEA-AMS, but only in coach sadly.

You're right that PDX is a great airport. Certainly makes LAX (terminal 3) look bad by comparison (but then again, what doesn't  Smile ).


User currently offlineTranspac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3217 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 15210 times:

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 2):
Certainly makes LAX (terminal 3) look bad

Makes nearly any of the LAX terminals look bad!!

Quoting RwSEA (Reply 2):
I love flying internationally on NW's A330s - they're so comfortable and quiet, with good AVOD. I've flown SEA-NRT-ICN and back, as well as SEA-AMS, but only in coach sadly.

I did SFO-NRT back in May, on the A332 in WBC. If you can find any cheap fares for it, it's definitely worth it!!

I've always wanted to go to ICN, but sadly haven't been able to yet. How long were you there??


User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 14935 times:

Great report! Do you remember how full the NRT-PDX flight was (I don't think you posted it in your TR)?

User currently offlineChristao17 From Thailand, joined Apr 2005, 942 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 14896 times:

Very nice report. As they say, better late than never!

Isn't PDX a nice airport? I've always really enjoyed traveling thorugh there although it has been three years since my last trip.



Keeping the "civil" in civil aviation...
User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14496 times:

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 1):
Sweet trip report!!! I'll be looking forward to your DC10 one.

Thanks.  Smile I'll hopefully try to get it done soon. Still trying to find all the papers of the ground and cabin crew speeches.  Embarrassment

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 1):
Great report! I love flying internationally on NW's A330s - they're so comfortable and quiet, with good AVOD. I've flown SEA-NRT-ICN and back, as well as SEA-AMS, but only in coach sadly.

Thank you.  Smile Indeed, the A330 is a pleasure to ride in! I haven't tried coach on the A330 myself (nor the 744, thank heavens), but if possible when C is too far from my eyes, I'm definitely gonna aim on flying on an A330. Big grin

Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 4):
Great report! Do you remember how full the NRT-PDX flight was (I don't think you posted it in your TR)?

Thanks. Big grin Gah, I knew someone was bound to ask.  Wink Looks like I didn't report it in there, my bad.  Embarrassment Unfortunately I didn't venture into Y but C was 100% full. I was amazed myself as I was hoping to have 4B open, but then again being the holidays and such.  Wink

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 5):
Very nice report. As they say, better late than never!

Isn't PDX a nice airport? I've always really enjoyed traveling thorugh there although it has been three years since my last trip.

Thanks Chris! Indeed, PDX is one nice place to connect in. Just wish I can experience connecting through there more in my flights. Big grin



"Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. You will get two approaches for the price of one."
User currently offlinePetera380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14394 times:
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BTW, if you get caught taking pictures in the US Imigration area they'll take your camera away!

Peter  Wink


User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 14301 times:

For having nothing to do on a Tuesday, reading your trip report was very fun. I will be looking forward to your DC-10 trip report. Thanks for providing some great entertainment.  bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 

WN230



Judas Priest North American tour in '08 . . . cannot wait!!!
User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 13855 times:

Thanks for sharing your trip with us, NW World Business Class seems to have pretty nice catering with good portion.  Smile


cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17147 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13744 times:

Excellent TR. Really good pics. Thanks for sharing.


Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineSR 103 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1740 posts, RR: 39
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13650 times:

Another great trip report.

Those pictures of MNL look vaguely familiar to me as I used to use that terminal all the time when I lived in Manila. Have not been back in over 10 years. Good to see you enjoyed Northwest's WBC, a product that I tend to feel is very underrated by others.

Looking forward to the DC-10 report.

SR 103


User currently offlineN751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1249 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 13223 times:

Once again, thanks all for reading my TR!

Quoting Petera380 (Reply 7):
BTW, if you get caught taking pictures in the US Imigration area they'll take your camera away!

Usually I don't do such a thing, but, as mentioned, my drowsiness seemed to have trumped my common sense at the time.  Wink

Quoting SR 103 (Reply 11):
Good to see you enjoyed Northwest's WBC, a product that I tend to feel is very underrated by others.

Thanks! Indeed, WBC is a pretty decent product and is always a pleasure to fly in whenever I get the chance.  bigthumbsup 



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