This was part of my first trip to Japan. Since I only needed to get from Tokyo to Osaka for this trip, I didn’t bother with the bullet train. Besides if I could fly on a 777 for a short one-hour trip then why not? JAL was having a special Class J fare in April for my June flight. The fare was about $110USD or 9900Yen, I think. It was much cheaper than taking the train.
I was excited to be flying out of Haneda and I ended up buying all kinds of JAL memorabilia from the gift shop at the airport.
Here are some shots taken from the airport limo bus.
This is the feature between Terminals 1 and 2.
This is where we checked-in for the flight. The check-in process was incredibly easy and efficient. I wish airports in the US would be like this.
These were taken from the observation on the top of the terminal. It was incredibly windy so I didn’t stay long.
This is the new terminal that hasn’t opened yet.
At security, they scanned our computer printouts and printed out another small boarding pass thing. It seems that they use that two-dimensional barcode system. We had lots of time to wait and the flight didn’t even board until 15 minutes before departure time. I think there were about 19 flight attendants on our flight and it was not that full, maybe around 75% in coach, and 100% full in Class J. I didn’t see how many were in First Class.
These were taken from our gate, which was gate 16, I think.
Here comes our plane. I was so happy that it was a special livery and it is the exact plane as the model I bought in the gift shop.
When boarding commenced it was so orderly and by cabin. In the jetway a flight attendant was holding a basket of white envelopes that had the same green paper airplane pictures that is on the side of the plane. They contained seeds to plant a tree or bush or something. I can’t read Japanese so I have no idea what it is. Since there were so many flight attendants on this flight, the service was great. The plane had a front-facing camera and we could watch it on the main screens. The Class J seats are really comfortable and are slightly smaller than domestic first class seats in the States. The legroom was pretty good too. The neat thing is that the seat sinks when reclined, which enhances the reclining sensation. There was no food or snacks, but there was a choice of beverages. I had the iced green tea.
The flight time was only about 50 minutes, so food isn’t necessary. I got up to use the lavatory and a flight attendant escorted me to one that was not occupied and even opened the door for me. I couldn’t believe it. I have only ever experienced that on a Malaysian Airlines business class flight. I picked our seats on the right side of the plane thinking that we would pass Mt. Fuji and I was right.
The flight was too short and we were landing before I knew it. Itami airport is right in the middle of the city and it feels like you are landing right on top of houses. The terminal was empty and there were no other JAL planes there. There might have been 1 ANA plane but it was leaving as we pulled up. Here is the gate area.
I loved everything about our flight, JAL, and Japan. I can’t wait to return
-"...never have I been a blue calm sea, I have always been a storm"
airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4127 posts, RR: 51 Reply 2, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7707 times:
Hi, nice report. Congrats flying Ecojet.
Quoting castroprauxel (Reply 1): HUH?!
so what if it's a 50 minutes flight, they can at least serve a snack... some airlines do this even in Y for such flights!
In these routes, no snacks are served. Also not with the competition (NH). So there is no reason to do so.
Class J is always just 1000 yen more then regular Y-class seats. Therefore Class-J seems to be full most of the times. It's very popular, and people get off the plane quickly on arrival. That's a very important issue in Japan also.
Some nice pics from HND. It's a beautiful airport, although the ANA terminal (T2) is much more modern/nicer then the T1 used by JAL and Skymark.
Good catch on Mt. Fuji. When flying to Osaka indeed sit righthand side (HND-ITM). Flight to e.g. FUK you need to sit lefthand side since they take a different route.
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I might be wrong, but in my experience, F isn't used on the internationally-configured 777s that are operated domestically. On all the flights I've been on, the normal biz section (Shell Flat Neos) is sold as Class J and F isn't used. It would be pretty awesome to get a SkySleeper Solo or a Suite for the extra 10 bucks you pay to upgrade to Class J though!
Quoting Luv767s (Thread starter): I got up to use the lavatory and a flight attendant escorted me to one that was not occupied and even opened the door for me. I couldn’t believe it.
Yep, for all their problems, one thing JL is absolutely unbeatable with is the FAs. Almost all of them are young and attractive, smiling, willing to bend over backwards for you -- but they don't make you feel like they're doing you a big favor. I've had a few complaints while flying JL but the FAs were never, ever one of them!
Quoting Luv767s (Thread starter): Itami airport is right in the middle of the city and it feels like you are landing right on top of houses.
Right on top of my old house! I used to live a ten minute walk from ITM, almost directly under the flightpath for 32R. The spotting from my verandah was amazing!
Anyway, great report; it was nice to see pics of the Japanese airports I spent so much time in over the past few years.
triple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 711 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6908 times:
Your pictures at HND bring back many memories of being there when I lived in Japan. Both terminals have nice observation decks and the Japanese take their plane spotting seriously. HND is a great place for spotting although the emphasis there is almost all on domestic. Most of the flights in Japan are less than 2 hours, so the service on NH and JL is not elaborate but I do like it...from check in to inflight service.
When you fly HND to ITM you do get a nice view of Fuji San on the right side of the airplane.
Please do a TR of the rest of your time in Japan...from one who used to live there your TR brought back many happy memories of my time in Japan.
9MMAR From Malaysia, joined Jul 2006, 2102 posts, RR: 19 Reply 6, posted (3 years 4 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6176 times:
Very nice report on a special aircraft!
The new terminal that you mentioned in the report is the new Haneda International Terminal. Haneda finally opens its door to international flights (from airports located far away) and there will be a few airlines from my shore that will start flying there, beginning with Singapore Airlines with 2 daily B77W SIN-HND vv on 31 October 2010, then followed by Malaysia Airlines with 3 weekly B738 BKI-HND vv starting on 15 November 2010 and also the much anticipated AirAsia X 3 weekly KUL-HND vv which should be announced anytime soon.
mdavies06 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2009, 363 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5032 times:
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8): Quoting Luv767s (Thread starter):
The check-in process was incredibly easy and efficient. I wish airports in the US would be like this.
- Almost everything is efficient in Japan, guess you saw that whilst you were there.
Efficiency and being courteous are two key points when it comes to good customer service in Japan, so it is no surprise w.r.t the check in bit. they would even go all the way to open the door of the lav for you lol.
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8): The viewing deck @ HND is fantastic, though it does get a bit repettetive for reg spotters.
Those two decks in T1 and T2 are the best place in all of Japan to see those elaborate special liveries that NH and JL have, but yes this airport is all about NH and JL (and skymark to a much lesser extent).
Luv767s From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 270 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (3 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5016 times:
I'll post another report of my Delta flights to and from Japan from Honolulu as soon as I get the photos uploaded and organized.
One thing about JAL's Haneda terminal...I know it's older but it's still much nicer than most airports in the States. Besides the structure everything is modern and updated from check-in to the gate area. I could've stayed at Haneda for hours.
BTW: the 772 airplane model that I bought in the JAL store was the exact same plane as the one I flew on, so that made the flight extra special even though the model is in the normal red JAL color livery.
-"...never have I been a blue calm sea, I have always been a storm"