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Sado Island On An Islander – New Japan Aviation  
User currently offlinebritjap From Japan, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 280 posts, RR: 2
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Sado Island on an Islander – New Japan Aviation

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INTRODUCTION

Greetings!

This trip report is for a trip last October, so some of the content may be a little old. It highlights another little player in Japan’s airline scene and the airline in question is the smallest yet. No IATA codes here! This is also the first time I have gone on a journey for no other reason than to fly a specific route with a specific carrier without any other objective and no idea what I was going to do once I arrived at the destination. I think it all just about turned out well…

BACKGROUND

After buying the September issue of Airline magazine here in Japan for the first time in several months and I was pleased to find an article about the air link between Niigata and Sado Island having been restored after a hiatus of a few years without service. The route had previously been served by Kyokushin Air (旭伸航空), but unfortunately they went under. The new schedule will now be flown by New Japan Aviation (NJA) and I wish them better luck than their predecessor. There was a slight route launch discount until the end of October, so I decided immediately that this route was going to be my next trip.

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NJA are actually based in the south of Japan and their primary business is charter flights on small aircraft as well as pilot training. This route is the first time that they have ventured into the realm of scheduled service.

THE TRIP

Airline: New Japan Aviation (NJA) [新日本航空]
Flight: 101
Depart: Niigata Airport – RJSN/KIJ
Arrive: Sado Airport – RJSD/SDS
Departure time: 09:15

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Sat. 22nd Oct 2011 – The trip had actually begun the evening before with a mad dash in the rain through Shinjuku to the bus station. It was an overnight service from Tokyo to Niigata leaving just before midnight. How I had managed to become late for a departure for which I had hours to prepare for is quite beyond me! Despite the rain I was in too much of a rush to be able to actually use the umbrella I was carrying. So when I made it to the bus with only a minute to spare, I climbed aboard soggy, out of breath and a little miserable. Not exactly the start I had been hoping for…

Nevertheless, I tried to dry off and get some sleep.

We arrived in front of Niigata station early in the morning. After hanging around a little while jumped on the bus to the airport.
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The sign above the entrance written in Japanese, English, Korean, Chinese and Russian. The announcements on the bus had been the same.
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Once inside the terminal building I started look around for an NJA check-in desk but couldn’t seem to find one. Asking some of the staff on the ANA desk, they didn’t seem to know either. I suddenly got a terrible feeling I had made some huge mistake. Maybe I came to the wrong airport!!?? Fortunately a member of airport security was able to point me in the right direction. If you happen to come here looking for the same airline you need to look for this service counter which faces the main stairs/escalators leading up to departures.
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On the counter should be this small sign. The only thing in the terminal hinting at the existence of this little airline. It would normally be giving the flight information for the next scheduled flight but it was early in the morning and nobody had added in the info yet.
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I was told by a lady working at the counters that I needed to congregate by the sign about 15mins before departure, and someone from the airline would come to collect us. It was still quite early and I had some time to burn so I went and got breakfast at a nearby café. Very traditionally Japanese as you can see.  http://i1197.photobucket.com/albums/aa429/TwoIslandsUKJP/002%20-%20Sado%20Island%20on%20an%20Islander/006.jpg

As departure drew nearer I headed back to wait near the sign and soon enough a guy appeared with a clipboard. In total there were only going to four of us on that morning’s flight, and the guy with the clipboard guided us outside.
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There was a mini bus waiting for us and we jumped inside for the very short trip to the other side of the airport.
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We pulled up outside NJA’s own little office.
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Inside was the check-in counter / departure lounge with a TV with the days schedule displayed.
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At this point you pay for your flight. To be honest I didn’t even bother asking whether they accept cards. But booking is by phone only and you pay at check-in, so come prepared and bring cash.

After check-in we were given our boarding passes. I am in Row D. Anyone had a boarding pass even simpler than this??
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The flight safety demo was given on the TV.
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And once that was done we were led out the back through a small hangar to where our aircraft was waiting on the ramp.
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This was my first time on such a small aircraft. The seatbelt was a three point design but not like you would find in a car.
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We taxied out and in no time we were up in the air leaving Niigata behind.
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The weather was a little overcast and was threatening rain. The calm picturesque view hides the bumpy ride. We were getting thrown around a little. Nothing extreme but it made taking pictures a little difficult.
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It wasn’t long at all before we were already approaching Sado island.
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As we lined up on final, the pilot held up a sign saying LANDING! A nice photo moment. He had actually done the same just before starting the take-off roll, but I had put my camera down as I had been asked not to take pictures during landing or take-off -----Why???? Because of possible interference?? Is there even any electrical equipment on this aircraft?? I am not sure what they are afraid of, but orders are orders so I didn’t get that picture.
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Once down on the ground I hopped out and took a walk around the aircraft.
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Sado Airport Airside.
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The Check-in desk.
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Outside.
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I was now faced with the issue of what to do for several hours before catching the last flight back in the afternoon. I had done no prior research so I negotiated a deal with a taxi driver for him to take me around for a few hours to see a few local sites. First up was the Ibis sanctuary. These birds used to be common in Japan.
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Unfortunately the last indigenous Japanese bird died several years ago. Here he is poor chap.
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This sanctuary received birds from China and is breeding and reintroducing them into Sado. I wish them well.

This little island is very pretty.
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These rice fields would look much better in spring when they are full of water.
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This tree is said to have miraculously grown from the walking stick of the guy who founded Nichiren Buddhism; more about him later.
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This is the entrance to Chokoku temple.
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Housed at the top of the steps are three wooden statues of a goddess which are only unveiled to public view once every 33 years.
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There is a tale of a man who came here once and forced the resident monks at the point of his sword to show him the statues. Following this, the man was struck with blindness. Afterwards he came here repeatedly to pray and atone for his actions. He donated land to the temple and erected this pagoda.
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Eventually his sight returned. Large stones mark the spot where he is buried nearby.
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Not so far away is another temple, Konpon-ji, which honours Nichiren, founder of Nichiren Buddhism. He was banished to Sado and while here wrote some of his most important works.
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And here he is himself.
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And the spot he spent much time in meditation.
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The chap on the right is my taxi driver. Any history I am relating here is what I remember of what he said. Very nice man.
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Some other temple visitors.
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It was now time to be heading back to the airport.
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I was a little early so I decided to take up position at the very end of the runway to get a good shot of the Islander coming in to land.
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At about this point, a local farmer started burning stuff in a field nearby. It doesn’t come across well in the picture but the smoke drifting across the runway was getting so thick that a guy came out to check whether a landing would be possible.
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The all clear must have been given and a few minutes the little Islander was crossing the threshold. I don’t know why I bothered to wait though because even fully zoomed to 300mm I could barely see it.
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Towering above the area; a JASDF radar station, hints at the sometimes tense relations with our neighbours. People have famously been kidnapped from this island by the North Koreans.
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Dashing back now to catch my return flight, it turned out due to a couple of cancellations I would be the only one flying. I pleaded to be allowed to sit up front next to the pilot but alas to no avail. So I sat one row behind. They didn’t even bother giving me a boarding pass this time.
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No these are not golfing gloves!
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As we pulled on to the runway, I got ready to get my shot of the take-off sign. But as he was about to do it, he paused, looked at the sign, put it down, turned round and just shouted TAKE-OFF in Japanese at me. Ah well I kind of got the shot.
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The sunset was truly beautiful, but unfortunately we were flying almost due east, so I couldn’t really get a shot of it.
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Landing at back at Niigata.
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Good bye little plane.
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A one minute ride on the mini bus and I was back at Niigata main terminal. There was still a lot of time before the bus back to Tokyo, so I went up to the viewing deck to get some pictures in the last of the light.
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The sun fades over the hills on Sado.
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Tower.
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Viewing platform.
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CONCLUSION

Another nice little trip that can be done over a weekend from Tokyo. Flights cost JPY 6,500, and the overnight bus to Niigata is around JPY 3,000 ~ 4,000. To make it more worthwhile it would be best to stay a night on Sado. My taxi driver was a nice guy and cut me a good deal, but it still ended up being the most expensive thing. So probably best to rent a car.

Hope you enjoyed it.

Regards.

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20 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6324 times:

OK, what do we have here:

1)Unknown airline? Check
2)Unknown airport and destination? Check
3)Uber-rare aircraft type? Check
4)Japan? Check
5)Island destination? Check
6)Awesome destination photos? You betcha

One of the most fun TRs I've read in a while. Thanks for sharing it with us Britjap!

WBodyroga

PS: Loved those boarding passes!



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1849 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6286 times:
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Very nice report! Something very exotic   I love the boarding card! The pictures of the island look very nice as well.

Thanks for sharing and regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlinevolvair From Germany, joined Oct 2011, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6188 times:

Hi britjap,

thanks for sharing this well-written report and also thanks for the high quality pictures!

It is great to see a route covered by an airline unknown to most of us here. It seems to be a trip which is so different from the usual Japanese domestic flights covered here. Sado Island appears to be a very nice destination for a quick getaway.

I love the boarding passes and the proceedings at the airport. So very different from "usual" flights.

Keep your reports about those small carriers in Japan coming!


User currently offlineleopoldm From Belgium, joined Oct 2011, 3 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6130 times:

Great and very unusual TR indeed !

Well done, and thank you for taking us with you on this trip.


User currently offlinej-bird From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 108 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6110 times:

What a great report, from a great place.... having lived in Japan for a long time, this brought back many fantastic memories. The flight report was great, but the pictures from Sado-shima were fantastic as well - it's hard to remember the beauty of Japan from afar sometimes... (and after last year, it's very overshadowed). Thanks for sharing.

User currently offlinealsberg From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5969 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
OK, what do we have here:

1)Unknown airline? Check
2)Unknown airport and destination? Check
3)Uber-rare aircraft type? Check
4)Japan? Check
5)Island destination? Check
6)Awesome destination photos? You betcha

One of the most fun TRs I've read in a while. Thanks for sharing it with us Britjap!

WBodyroga

PS: Loved those boarding passes!

perfect review!


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5935 times:

Hey

Great report, thanks for sharing!

Nice to see there is other stuff in Japan than the 747 and 777!

Grs
Marc



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1170 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5914 times:

Funny.

That's the Austrian flag; red white red. Looks like Austrian Airlines.


User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2227 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5908 times:

wow, I didnt even know Japan had islanders!  Wow! great report and great pics as well, thanks for sharing!


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6505 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5830 times:

Hi !

Thanks for a very interesting report with a rare and small aircraft.

Very special to be the only passenger on the way back !

Sado looks very nice and peaceful as most places in the Japanese countryside do.

Looking forward to your next report !

The777Man



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User currently offlineTinosky From Canada, joined Mar 2010, 103 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5776 times:

Awesome report. This made me miss travels in Japan. IM hoping to live there soon enough. (just have to get the GF to find an extra space for me first ;P )

The shots you took are great! im really glad you were able to share this with all of us. Makes my memories livible again.

5Stars for you Sir!

Tinosky,


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (2 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5744 times:

Wow...excellent report!! Nice to see those little Islanders still flying too, even if it does look a bit on the rusty side - funny to think that it was probably built on the Isle of Wight!

Unfortunate name for an island though, but one has to appreciate cultural and linguistic differences!

Looking forward to the next report.

Cheers.

Andy.



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User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 5509 times:

Wow! Very cool and super unique! Thanks for sharing!

So at any time did they weigh you or ask your weight? For these smaller aircraft I would assume weight and balance are an important consideration!


User currently offlineryan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1535 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 5395 times:

A very interesting and exotic report.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
As we lined up on final, the pilot held up a sign saying LANDING! A nice photo moment. He had actually done the same just before starting the take-off roll, but I had put my camera down as I had been asked not to take pictures during landing or take-off -----Why???? Because of possible interference?? Is there even any electrical equipment on this aircraft?? I am not sure what they are afraid of, but orders are orders so I didn’t get that picture.

Interference in an Islander?. Apart from the radio can't think of what other avionics that could be affected.

As far as I know the Islander doesn;t have anything in the way of sophisticated navigation systems. The pilot looks out the window to see where he is going.



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5313 times:

Hi,

thanks for this interesting read from Sado! I didn't know about the BN2's operating on passenger flights in Japan, so it's really good to know. Not sure if this fits in my schedules but I keep it in mind for an upcoming holiday in Japan later this year. It's has been too long since I last visited the country. Really nice pictures too!

Eric



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User currently offlineLX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 391 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5214 times:

That island looks amazing! I think I want to go myself now. And again what a great flight experience, loving the walk through the hangar for boarding!

The terminal at Sado is very sweet.



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User currently offlinebritjap From Japan, joined exactly 8 years ago today! , 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4620 times:

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
One of the most fun TRs I've read in a while.

Thank-you, I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 1):
PS: Loved those boarding passes!

I am not sure I will ever get a simpler one. Will keep trying though.

Quoting volvair (Reply 3):
an airline unknown to most of us here

To be honest I think they are fairly well unknown here (Japan) as well.

Quoting volvair (Reply 3):
Keep your reports about those small carriers in Japan coming!

Thank-you, I will try. I have many ideas. The trouble as ever of course is £¥$.

Quoting alsberg (Reply 6):
perfect review!

I think that means you enjoyed the report, in which case thank you kindly.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 7):
Nice to see there is other stuff in Japan than the 747 and 777!

oooh yes yes. Please do see my other two reports for another couple of interesting flights in Japan.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 9):
I didnt even know Japan had islanders!

I know of one other airline flying them here, but I will be waiting for warmer weather before taking a trip with them. Please look out for that later this year!!  
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 8):
Looks like Austrian Airlines.

I see what you mean.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 10):
Very special to be the only passenger on the way back !

8 people can sit in the back. If you happen to be the 9th person on a full flight, you can sit up front next to the pilot. As I was the only one, I did my best to convince them to let me sit up front, but unfortunately wasn't lucky. It was good though being alone up there though.

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Quoting Tinosky (Reply 11):

Thank-you all for your kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed the report.

Quoting burj (Reply 13):
So at any time did they weigh you or ask your weight? For these smaller aircraft I would assume weight and balance are an important consideration!

I have been asked on previous flights. I might have been asked on this one too, but honestly I can't quite remember. I really should write reports quickly after the actual trips.

Quoting ryan h (Reply 14):
Interference in an Islander?. Apart from the radio can't think of what other avionics that could be affected.

As far as I know the Islander doesn;t have anything in the way of sophisticated navigation systems. The pilot looks out the window to see where he is going.

Exactly what I was asking. It beats me.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 15):
Not sure if this fits in my schedules but I keep it in mind for an upcoming holiday in Japan later this year.

If you need any more information let me know. And don't forget to take pics and post your version of this trip.

Quoting LX138 (Reply 16):
That island looks amazing! I think I want to go myself now.

Mmm, I wonder if I should claim some commision from Sado tourist office.   I'm glad you liked it.

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 12):
Unfortunate name for an island though, but one has to appreciate cultural and linguistic differences!

You know, somehow I never really thought about it until you mentioned it. But once you see it like that once you can never see it any other way again. Arrgh  

Many thanks again for all the warm words.

Until next time...


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4426 times:

Hi Britjap

Another fantastic report from you. I really enjoyed this one too. Your destination pics are always amazing as well. Thank you for publishing this report.

The Islander is pretty rare these days in most parts of the world. Nice to see you managed to add a flight to your log.

Interesting to see that the props were maintained in Bankstown, NSW as well!

Hope to see more reports from you - I know it's always a case of time and money!

Cheers P/jet



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4332 times:

Very nice report - lovely picture, espeicaly of Sado Island

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):

I was told by a lady working at the counters that I needed to congregate by the sign about 15mins before departure, and someone from the airline would come to collect us.

Ooh, that makes me a bit nervous only having to turn up 15 mins before departure. In Taiwan some of the flights only opened security 10 mins before.

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):
After check-in we were given our boarding passes. I am in Row D. Anyone had a boarding pass even simpler than this??

Brilliant BP! Wish all BPs were like this!

Quoting britjap (Thread starter):

As we lined up on final, the pilot held up a sign saying LANDING! A nice photo moment

Very cute, and terribly Japanese! Looks like you were in a taxi with those white gloves!



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3943 times:

Hello britjap

Nice report about something out of the ordinary! I liked it a lot.

The Landing and Take-Off sign story made me laugh. As gabrielchew said, it is indeed terribly Japanese!

Best regards,
LXM83


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