Triple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 530 posts, RR: 1 Posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2126 times:
My last trip occured on a Northwest flight on the beginning of June 2000. It was a NW070 from Kuala Lumpur to Detroit with a stop and changeover at Osaka. The segment from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka was flown by a DC-10-30ER (N226NW ex-Swissair). It was an early flight departing at 6.20am. The cabin of the aircraft was clean, pleasing and looked brand new and it was in a 2x5x2 arrangement. The aircraft was only half full on this flight. I had the window seat (can't recall my seat number) on the right side of the aircraft just slightly ahead of the mighty GE CF6-50. The exterior of the aircraft from my vantage point of view was a real contrast to the interior. The wing of the aircraft, especially the leading edge, was heavily scratched....they certainly looked their age. The FAs began distributing newspapers/magazines and a little latter the cold towels.
The plane began its pull back and started taxiing from its bay. The new KUL airport is really big and it took a while for it to taxi to the active runway. The take-off was uneventful. On the initial climbout the sight from the window was breathtaking, I took snap shots of it. The journey was very pleasant, no bumps of any sort. The food served was adequate. I arrived in Osaka after some 6 hours of flying and touched down on a rainy city.
At Osaka I changed over to a 747-451B (N666US). Now this was an interesting flight. Still bearing flight NW070, this flight to Detroit was jammed packed. I sat right in the middle ! I began to worry about how I was going to pass my time just as I sat down. The thought of the 12 hours flight to Detroit while sitting between peoples at the centre aisle just killed me. I'm broad shouldered 6 footer and that was tough.
At climbout N666US seemed to struggle a little initially. I sat until my butt hurts and it was just difficult to get up and walk. The passengers besides me likes to sleep alot. Anyway the thing that strucked me most about this flight was during the meal time. The FAs made no attempt to wake up sleeping passengers or to get the other passengers to up-right their seats. When the FA came to my seat to serve our meal she made no attempt to wake the lady passenger on my right for her meal. I tried waking her but she was sound asleep. What the FA did was waited for ME to do the job of waking her. Anyway she didn't respond and the FA went on serving the others. Just as I unwrapped the foil of my meal the smell of the food must have woked the lady passenger up. As soon as she got up she frantically asked me "WHERE'S MY FOOD....WHERE'S MY FOOD ????" She got up and raced to the back of the airplane where the FAs now were and got her food ! Every meal time I had to ask the peole infront of me to "please up-right your seat coz it's difficult eating with your seat completely reclined !".
That was how my trip went across the Pacific. Upon approaching Detroit we descended pass the big lake of northern United States and I took some shots of it from the exit door on the right side of the aircraft...just beyond the right wing, an awesome shot.
SFO From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1865 times:
I enjoyed this report!
I travel accross the Pacific about once a year (to MNL from SFO) and I purposely plan my trips during slow periods so I won't have to sit in a packed plane in economy. During my last trip from NRT to SFO on JAL, the flight was packed full anyway but had a window seat and it wasn't bad. However, the guy next to me was in the middle seat (3-4-3 on a 744) was just tossing and turning trying to sleep during the 11 hour(?) flight.