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Asia Travels 2012 - Part 2 - ANA NRT-PVG  
User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10306 times:
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Dear fellow A.Netters, welcome to my latest set of travels, this being part 2, part 1 can be found here

Asia Travels 2012 - Part 1 - ANA 787! (by ba319-131 Apr 14 2012 in Trip Reports)

The route planner for the entire trip looks like this



After having arrived into HND early in the morning, I took the free transfer bus from the international terminal over to the JAL domestic terminal, the plan was to spend a few hours spotting before getting the bus to NRT for the evenings ANA flight to PVG.

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The spotting was great was always, though it was very cold due to the strong winds, the winds were so strong it may it difficult to hold the binoculars straight, let alone the camera!

It's around 2 years since I had been spotting @ HND but I still managed a decent 55 new machines in about 4 hours, so well worth the time spent here, a few selected images:-

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Around 12 I decide the mornings innings had been good, the aircraft were starting to getting repetitive so I headed for the limousine service, that’s what the bus service is called, to NRT for a little more spotting before catching my evening flight to Shanghai.

Traffic was light so it only too 40 minutes, pretty good, during rush hour I have know the journey to take an hour and a half or so.

As expected, traffic was slower at NRT but I still made a few whilst nursing a coffee from Starbucks to try and keep me awake.

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As usual, there were a fair number of people on the deck

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around 15:30 I gave in and decided to check-in and get a shower in a lounge

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View from the terminal, I could be in Houston!

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Lot’s of departures and ANA advertising the 787

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Japanese

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English

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I arrived at area C for check-in

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a few moments wait before being called forward, documents quickly checked and my boarding pass with my pre-assigned seat of 3A issued.

Security clearance was quick as was the immigration clearance, once through I headed to the United lounge, the check-in agent had suggested I use it as it was closest to the gate tonight's flight would depart from.

United Lounge

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A welcome greeting at the lounge entrance their headed into a pack boiling lounge, the place was like a sauna, not an empty seat in sight either, so headed directly to the shower area.

The shower area is manned by a lovely older lady, she advised me that there would be a 2 to 3 minute wait whilst the shower is cleaned, she apologised profusely over the delay and gave me a beeper which would alert me to it being ready. I headed off to get a beer, had to lean against a wall to drink it, no free seats, but only managed half of it before the bleeped went off, impressiveness!

The shower room was a good size and came with what I assumed to be a United JCL amenity kit, the contents were pretty ok.

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after a shave and a good shower I felt human again.

The United lounge is huge, stacks of seating, nothing fancy just functional and bland to be honest.

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The majority of the window blinds were all down to try and cut out the afternoon heat from the bright sun, however the place was hot as hell, on top of that it was packed, hardly any empty seats, I eventually found one by a window but decided to leave after just one drink, I was starting to sweat it was that hot - I figured the ANA lounge would be better, also the F&B offerings were very poor for a JCL lounge.

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After a fair walk to the ANA lounge
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I was happily admitted however advised they would be closing the lounge in the next 10 minutes or so, I guess that also explained why it was so empty and the snacks were in short supply

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Snacks or lack of

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Good views from this lounge

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After one drink I headed back to the United lounge, upon arrival it had emptied out a bit so finding a seat was a little easier than before

Never heard of this Gin before

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Wine and soda/tonic tonic on tap

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Stupid sign, why the need the exclamation mark is beyond me

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Drink & ‘food’

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View from my seat as the sun sets

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Internal view

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They must be good if they are ‘Premium’ crackers!

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24-02-2012
NH921
NRT-PVG
777-281ER JA710A – First Flight 20-09-2000
Seat 3A BusIness Class
1st Flight on this aircraft, 17th 777 flight (5th -200ER)
Sch Dep 18:40 Sch Arr 21:10
Act Dep 18:52 Act Arr 20:46

I left the lounge around 18:10, when I arrived at the gate, boarding had just commenced

My plane at the gate

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I jumped straight into the priority line and despite a picture or two along the way, note the dual boarding gates, one for business the other for economy

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I was the third passenger to arrive in Business.

Greeted at door 1L by a friendly smiling FA and directed to my seat

My seat tonight

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Seat controls give you an idea that this bird is not that new

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Just to confirm the type

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she noticed me take a few cabin shots, below, and offered to take one of me in my seat, I thanked her but declined, nice gesture.

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Papers were offered but no welcome drink, this I have found to be the norm on ANA's regional JCL product.

The cabin is typical ANA, the seats are comfortable though I'm not keen on the colour of the bulkheads, coupled with the now yellowing lighting it makes the cabin feel quite old.

A great many Economy passengers must be blind thus just too the first jetway, as a result they traipsed through business to get to their cabin.

Menu’s for tonight’s dinner service were distributed

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Both of the cabin doors, 1L & 2L we closed around 18:30, the load in JCL was 10 out of a possible 25 seats, not great, Y looked quite light too.

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I dropped off after push back but woke up for take off, the cabin lights had not been dimmed so I decided not to bother with any outside pictures of the outside, wheels up at 18:52.

The seatbelt signs were extinguished about 5 minutes after takeoff, we were still in a steepish climb, well done ANA! – I needed the loo!

Just after 7pm hot towels we distributed, these were proper JCL type, thick hand towel type, very nice, though not that hot unfortunately.

I pulled out the IFE to put on the map, in contrast to the nice modern touch screen IFE on the previous 787 flight, this felt like it came out of the arc, slow to respond and on occasions not doing what it was supposed to.

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The crew came around to take pre dinner drinks and dinner orders, I decided to take the champagne (I was a bit Ginned out after the lounge, had quite a few....) and decided to stick with the international menu for dinner, too much fish on the Japanese meal for my liking.

The captain came of the PA, thanking us for flying ANA along with providing some flight information along with an early arrival time, expected to be 20:45, some 25 minutes ahead of schedule.

Whilst I enjoy my time hurtling through the skies in a metal tube, I sure liked the idea of an early arrival tonight, anything to get to the hotel quicker and go to bed for some proper sleep. Overnight flights in Y just don't make you feel good the next day, yesterdays flight was catching up with me, well it had been all day, but I could really feel it draining me now, thank goodness I could relax on this flight, more room and a comfy seat were sorely needed!

The champagnes arrived along with a packed of rice crackers, I had a few then gave up on them, some far to disturbing tastes in the for my liking!

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Dinner was quickly served which was a blessing, I felt like a dead may trying to hang on to the last remaining moments of consciousness.

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I have to say the presentation was excelled, as was the taste, and the beef, just perfect! The FA serving me suggested I take red wine with my main, well I think you know me well enough by now, how could I refuse!

To offset the alcohol I also took several cups of Japanese tea, you know that makes up for the booze, right?

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After a visit to the bathroom for a few pictures, this one was huge

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All very old school with the metal

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Current location

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I shut my eyes and dropped off, only to wake during the final stages of descent.

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Since the cabin lights were still on, pictures outside were impossible, wheels down at 20:46, almost 25 minutes early, nice.

On stand

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Immigration was a smooth affair and I was soon outside the terminal, amazingly in the correct spot to wait for the hotel shuttle too!

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Since I only had a short stay I decided to stay in the Shanghai Pu Dong, this is supposedly the closest hotel to the airport so ideal for this kind of stop, the price was not too bad either.

I woke up a bit when I arrived, think it was the cold air, so had a beer and some snacks at the hotel bar before bed, you can’t see here too well but the singer in the background was quite hot!

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In summary, ANA once again provided another great flight, I quite like their regional JCL product, though the IFE is looking a little dated these days, that said, I only need the moving map!

The United lounge in NRT is disappointing given the size of the operation the have there, the decent shower facilities are its only redeeming feature really, the F&B options were sorely lacking, it's certainly not a place to have an extended lounge visit.

I hope you enjoyed following this short trip, feel free to drop a comment or question.

Next up is the MU A300 to PEK!............

Thanks for reading.

Best Wishes

BA319-131 - AKA Mark


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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5090 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10148 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The shower area is manned by a lovely older lady, she advised me that there would be a 2 to 3 minute wait whilst the shower is cleaned, she apologised profusely over the delay and gave me a beeper which would alert me to it being ready.

= Aaah ... I remain convinced that the Japanese blend courtesy and efficiency like no other developed country. Good job!

Thanks for the writeup and the continued taking us along on your adventure. Amazing isn't it how good crew and food can make up for that rather shoddy and tired interior. ANA is great.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9951 times:

Hi Mark,

Great second installment. NH's service as usual looks great though as you said, the interior looks a little shoddy..

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The spotting was great was always,

Great to see that you spent some time at the observation deck's. Japan's probably the best place in the world to go spotting (at least facilities wise).

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
A welcome greeting at the lounge entrance their headed into a pack boiling lounge, the place was like a sauna, not an empty seat in sight either,

I guess the extra flights with the merger didn't help..

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
she noticed me take a few cabin shots, below, and offered to take one of me in my seat

  

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Dinner was quickly served which was a blessing

The meals looks great!

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1714 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 9925 times:

Hey Mark, great report!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I still managed a decent 55 new machines in about 4 hours, so well worth the time spent here, a few selected images:-

I must say that I'm not too keen on the new'ish JAL Livery. Really don't know what's up with these OW carriers lately, bringing back old liveries. First Finnair and now JAL, hope BA don't follow  
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Drink & ‘food’

Wow must say that the lounge looked simply awful, would not want to spend time in a lounge crowded like that one. Perhaps they should consider implementing some rules regarding guests at peak hours. The Gin brand looked quite interesting, perhaps it was a local Japanese brand?

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Papers were offered but no welcome drink, this I have found to be the norm on ANA's regional JCL product.

Hmm, IIRC pre-departure drinks are not served due to japanese regulations. Seems to be the norm on all Japanese airlines, also on flights leaving abroad heading back to Japan.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Since I only had a short stay I decided to stay in the Shanghai Pu Dong, this is supposedly the closest hotel to the airport so ideal for this kind of stop, the price was not too bad either.

So I'm assuming you picked a hotel near the LongYang Road station to easily access the Maglev train back to PVG, or did you continue further along to the Luijazui district of PuDong i.e where all the skyscrapers are?

Looking forward to the next parts!

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1937 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 9431 times:
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Great report, Mark!

Looks like you had a decent flight with ANA - food looks pretty good, but I'd agree with you on the older looking cabin ...

Looking forward to your next installment!

Best,

Matthew


User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2047 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 9398 times:

Hi Mark

Great report, thanks. I'm surprised you went back to the UA lounge. In the past, I used to use the UA lounge while in transit at NRT, but now I know better. The food at the ANA lounge is generally not so good, e.g. only sushi, and not a great variety, but you should've made use of the noodle bar! They make fresh udon or ramen noodle soups, and they are delicious, especially the tempura! The selection is not bad... If I remember correctly, they usually have 6 or 8 choices. Also, they have a sake bar, which I have yet to try! Finally, I find the shower rooms in the ANA lounge are some of the best.

All Nippon Airways: NRT – PVG Y Class (Pics) (by Coal Feb 6 2011 in Trip Reports)

Cheers
Coal



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User currently offlineAirAfreak From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 716 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9150 times:
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Hello Mark!!!

For ANA alone, I would be loyal to Star Alliance after reading yours and others' trip reports with NH on this forum! If only we could have ANA Regional Business in the USA versus "the others" with the shorter seat pitch in Domestic First. Thankfully, I am an a.net nerd and know to book a DL 77L BizElite Bed whenever it's available within the US  

Thank you Mark!

Bon Voyage in Greater China!!!

AirAfreak  



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User currently offlinenethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1086 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8481 times:

A quick cute ANA service intra-Asia, always a nice way to travel to/from Japan. Thank you for sharing.
I also admire the fact that you walked all the way to ANA lounge on the other end although your gate is 33.
Such a trip reporter spirit  

I had the same experience on my award ticket HND-HKG, full Business class with all the Japanese Business men!
I'm the only non-JAP onboard lol also on same aircraft JA710A back in late March.
I picked the JAP food but than ran out, so I had the international option.
I think it's because I'm on Star Alliance award ticket so my selection was not honored, although I'm a STAR gold.

net-hkt

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pics posted there  



Let's just blame it on yields.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1161 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8402 times:
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Hi Mark,
Good to see your next part online. Another very nice report!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
a few selected images

Nice pictures

Looking forward to your next part!

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7856 times:

Hi Mark

Another nice continuation of your report! ANA J looks very nice for a routing as short as this one.
Too bad about the UA lounge, thankfully you where able to move to the NH one!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26978 posts, RR: 57
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7828 times:

Hey Mark ,

Nice report always wanted to try ANA looks like even on their older products they still manage to impress  

Thanks for the pleasant read.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3268 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7413 times:

Very nice report Marc, almst mirroring my NRT-PVG flight last summer with NH in C.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
It's around 2 years since I had been spotting @ HND but I still managed a decent 55 new machines in about 4 hours, so well worth the time spent here, a few selected images:-

I didn't know NH had a retrojet 767 - not a big fan to the colours TBH. And great to see the crane back on the JAL planes - I LOVE it!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The shower area is manned by a lovely older lady, she advised me that there would be a 2 to 3 minute wait whilst the shower is cleaned, she apologised profusely over the delay and gave me a beeper which would alert me to it being ready. I headed off to get a beer, had to lean against a wall to drink it, no free seats, but only managed half of it before the bleeped went off, impressiveness!

2/3 min wait isn't bad at all. Was waiting 20 mins in FRA a few weeks ago. And that UA lounge looks terrible. Funny the NH lounge closed so early.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Papers were offered but no welcome drink, this I have found to be the norm on ANA's regional JCL product.

I think it's the Japanese CAA that prohibit pre-take off drinks.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I have to say the presentation was excelled, as was the taste, and the beef, just perfect! The FA serving me suggested I take red wine with my main, well I think you know me well enough by now, how could I refuse!

Food looks tasty, and beautifully presented.



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 7053 times:

Hi Mark,

Great to see another episode of your Asian adventures up! ANA looks decent, even though the hard product might be a bit dated on that oldish triple seven the soft product seems to be excellent!

Nice spotting shots from TYO too!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The spotting was great was always, though it was very cold due to the strong winds, the winds were so strong it may it difficult to hold the binoculars straight, let alone the camera!

Wow, that is some strong winds. Wonder how it felt inside the planes.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
View from the terminal, I could be in Houston!

Or Newark!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
she advised me that there would be a 2 to 3 minute wait whilst the shower is cleaned, she apologised profusely over the delay

Ahh, the Japanese. Always so polite and fussed over even the tiniest of details.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The United lounge is huge, stacks of seating, nothing fancy just functional and bland to be honest.

...and still packed to the gills. Typical American lounge then I guess, but with free booze!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Stupid sign, why the need the exclamation mark is beyond me

Check out www.engrish.com for a lot more of this stuff

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Seat controls give you an idea that this bird is not that new

Hey, a nice blast from the past! Such a difference to the high tech stuff on your inbound 787!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
too much fish on the Japanese meal for my liking.

Tsk tsk, here we go again - you know what I'd taken?  
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Overnight flights in Y just don't make you feel good the next day, yesterdays flight was catching up with me, well it had been all day, but I could really feel it draining me now, thank goodness I could relax on this flight, more room and a comfy seat were sorely needed!

See, I told your lack of sleep would come back with a vengeance! But I guess it worked fine to get you adjusted to the Asian timezones?

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
To offset the alcohol I also took several cups of Japanese tea, you know that makes up for the booze, right?

Ummm... yeah, right!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I woke up a bit when I arrived, think it was the cold air, so had a beer and some snacks at the hotel bar before bed, you can’t see here too well but the singer in the background was quite hot!

This is starting to remind me of that scene in "Lost in Translation". Hope you'll stumble upon a hottie the calibre of Scarlett Johanson on the next episode!


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1268 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6964 times:
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Great report Mark....

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):

Stupid sign, why the need the exclamation mark is beyond me

I guess that sign with the exclamation mark was to highlight the importance of the "hot" soup, so you don't accidentally burn yourself and then sue them lol

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
It's around 2 years since I had been spotting @ HND but I still managed a decent 55 new machines in about 4 hours, so well worth the time spent here, a few selected images:-
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
As expected, traffic was slower at NRT but I still made a few whilst nursing a coffee from Starbucks to try and keep me awake.


Very impressive 55!! Must have been very busy. I would have thought NRT was the more busier one.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The shower room was a good size and came with what I assumed to be a United JCL amenity kit, the contents were pretty ok.

Must have been really hot in Japan for them to even put a fan in the shower room!!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Dinner was quickly served which was a blessing, I felt like a dead may trying to hang on to the last remaining moments of consciousness.

that meal you were served was fit for a king, before a much deserved sleep!!


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 6603 times:
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Hi all, a few selected replied/comments,

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
I remain convinced that the Japanese blend courtesy and efficiency like no other developed country

- You are so right Alex!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
Thanks for the writeup and the continued taking us along on your adventure

- No worries, it's nice to have world class trip reporters such as yourself read my 'stuff'  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
Amazing isn't it how good crew and food can make up for that rather shoddy and tired interior

- Very true, just shows the newest and most shiny is only as good as the crew and catering.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 1):
ANA is great.

- I second that!

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Great second installment

- Cheers  
Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
as you said, the interior looks a little shoddy..

- Indeed, especially off of the state of the art flying machine.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Great to see that you spent some time at the observation deck's

- I always try and route my trips around some form of spotting.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Japan's probably the best place in the world to go spotting (at least facilities wise).

- Very true, just wish the rest of the world would follow suit.

Quoting aflyingkiwi (Reply 2):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
A welcome greeting at the lounge entrance their headed into a pack boiling lounge, the place was like a sauna, not an empty seat in sight either,

I guess the extra flights with the merger didn't help..

- Good point!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Hey Mark, great report!

- Thanks, glad you enjoyed.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
I must say that I'm not too keen on the new'ish JAL Livery

- I actually quite like it, I like the crane on the tail, always thought it was a loss when it went last time around.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Wow must say that the lounge looked simply awful, would not want to spend time in a lounge crowded like that one

- No, not a relaxing place to be when full.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
The Gin brand looked quite interesting, perhaps it was a local Japanese brand?

- I think it said English on the bottle, I don't recall seeing it in Sainsburys or Waitrose......

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
IIRC pre-departure drinks are not served due to japanese regulations. Seems to be the norm on all Japanese airlines, also on flights leaving abroad heading back to Japan.

- Ah, that would explain it.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 3):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Since I only had a short stay I decided to stay in the Shanghai Pu Dong, this is supposedly the closest hotel to the airport so ideal for this kind of stop, the price was not too bad either.

So I'm assuming you picked a hotel near the LongYang Road station to easily access the Maglev train back to PVG, or did you continue further along to the Luijazui district of PuDong i.e where all the skyscrapers are?

- Sorry, should have said, stayed in the Ramada, they have a regular shuttle service and it takes only 5 minutes or so, very convenient for late arrivals or early starts.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Looking forward to your next installment!

- Thanks  
Quoting Coal (Reply 5):
I'm surprised you went back to the UA lounge

- Me too, especially as I hated it so much!

Quoting Coal (Reply 5):
The food at the ANA lounge is generally not so good, e.g. only sushi

- True, not much there on my last visit prior to this.

Quoting Coal (Reply 5):
I find the shower rooms in the ANA lounge are some of the best.

- Yep, have used them, lovely!

Quoting AirAfreak (Reply 6):
For ANA alone, I would be loyal to Star Alliance after reading yours and others' trip reports with NH on this forum!

- Agreed!

Quoting nethkt (Reply 7):
I also admire the fact that you walked all the way to ANA lounge on the other end although your gate is 33.
Such a trip reporter spirit

- Ha, yes, all in the nature of the report  
Quoting nethkt (Reply 7):
I had the same experience on my award ticket HND-HKG, full Business class with all the Japanese Business men!

- I had two other westerners, both in suits and both ignored the safety demo and stuff like that, just rude!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 8):
Good to see your next part online. Another very nice report!

- Thanks, perhaps this week......

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Another nice continuation of your report!

- Cheers  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Nice report always wanted to try ANA looks like even on their older products they still manage to impress

- Hi Philip, thanks for reading, I think you would like ANA, perhaps one day?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
Very nice report Marc, almst mirroring my NRT-PVG flight last summer with NH in C.

- Cheers GC, I do recall your report now you mention it.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
I didn't know NH had a retrojet 767 - not a big fan to the colours TBH

- Nice blast from the past but I prefer the current livery too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 11):
great to see the crane back on the JAL planes - I LOVE it!

- Agreed!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Great to see another episode of your Asian adventures up!

- Thanks P, I'm not the quickest but we get there, I've a bit of a backlog!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
ANA looks decent, even though the hard product might be a bit dated on that oldish triple seven the soft product seems to be excellent!

- Indeed, it's like an old comfy sofa with a large bowl of popcorn and a cold beer, superb!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Nice spotting shots from TYO too!

- Thanks - you'll be seeing it yourself in a few months.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Ahh, the Japanese. Always so polite and fussed over even the tiniest of details.

- Quite right, nice  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
The United lounge is huge, stacks of seating, nothing fancy just functional and bland to be honest.

...and still packed to the gills. Typical American lounge then I guess, but with free booze!

- Free low grade booze!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Stupid sign, why the need the exclamation mark is beyond me

Check out www.engrish.com for a lot more of this stuff

- Thanks, will do.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Seat controls give you an idea that this bird is not that new

Hey, a nice blast from the past! Such a difference to the high tech stuff on your inbound 787!

- It's amazing how things change in a relatively short space of time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Overnight flights in Y just don't make you feel good the next day, yesterdays flight was catching up with me, well it had been all day, but I could really feel it draining me now, thank goodness I could relax on this flight, more room and a comfy seat were sorely needed!

See, I told your lack of sleep would come back with a vengeance! But I guess it worked fine to get you adjusted to the Asian timezones?

- You were right, but I knew this was the best way to adjust, sometimes a bit of pain is worth the gain  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 12):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I woke up a bit when I arrived, think it was the cold air, so had a beer and some snacks at the hotel bar before bed, you can’t see here too well but the singer in the background was quite hot!

This is starting to remind me of that scene in "Lost in Translation". Hope you'll stumble upon a hottie the calibre of Scarlett Johanson on the next episode!

- Ha, like it - sadly no  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
It's around 2 years since I had been spotting @ HND but I still managed a decent 55 new machines in about 4 hours, so well worth the time spent here, a few selected images:-
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
As expected, traffic was slower at NRT but I still made a few whilst nursing a coffee from Starbucks to try and keep me awake.


Very impressive 55!! Must have been very busy. I would have thought NRT was the more busier one.

- Oh no, HND takes the biscuit.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
Must have been really hot in Japan for them to even put a fan in the shower room!!

- Tokyo can get really hot, I was out of season but the late sun heats that lounge like a sauna due to the large glass area.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 13):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Dinner was quickly served which was a blessing, I felt like a dead may trying to hang on to the last remaining moments of consciousness.

that meal you were served was fit for a king, before a much deserved sleep!!

- Indeed!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5169 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6150 times:

Hey, Mark,

really good to follow you´re latest story and also the spotting places around Tokyo.
ANA doing well here, so it seems.
Never been on that airline myself, more interesting to follow.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):

I woke up a bit when I arrived, think it was the cold air, so had a beer and some snacks at the hotel bar before bed, you can’t see here too well but the singer in the background was quite hot!

Hey, sounds like the place to be for the short stay!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6107 times:
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Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 15):
I woke up a bit when I arrived, think it was the cold air, so had a beer and some snacks at the hotel bar before bed, you can’t see here too well but the singer in the background was quite hot!

Hey, sounds like the place to be for the short stay!.

- I thought that might appeal to you  

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6568 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 5885 times:

Hi Mark !

Nice report with nice pictures !

I did a similar trip with arriving to HND, then to bus to NRT and then left from there. I flew LAX-HND on NH and flew back on UA to LAX.

Always nice to see spotting pictures from both HND and NRT. Great places to spot! When I was at NRT last Sunday afternoon, it was raining hard so not good for spotting.

The departure board at NRT looks familiar; I've taken three of those flights mentioned there, all in the last two months.

I had a great flight with JA710A in 2002 NRT-IAD when it was fairly new but it looks like not much has changed.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6807 posts, RR: 77
Reply 18, posted (2 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5848 times:

Hi Mark,

good to see the next part online, great report!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
It's around 2 years since I had been spotting @ HND but I still managed a decent 55 new machines in about 4 hours, so well worth the time spent here, a few selected images:-

That's a really good result. I need to go to Japan again.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Seat controls give you an idea that this bird is not that new

At least the interior seemed to be in good condition in general.

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I have to say the presentation was excelled, as was the taste, and the beef, just perfect!

Wow, I'm very impressed by the meal!

Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Next up is the MU A300 to PEK!............

You didn't leave anything out on that trip, did you?


PH



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8542 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5433 times:
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Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Nice report with nice pictures !

- Thanks Lars  
Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
I did a similar trip with arriving to HND, then to bus to NRT and then left from there. I flew LAX-HND on NH and flew back on UA to LAX.

- And which was the better flight?........Need I guess, unless you got F or J on UA...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Always nice to see spotting pictures from both HND and NRT. Great places to spot!

- So right, both of these places are just cool for spotting.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
When I was at NRT last Sunday afternoon, it was raining hard so not good for spotting.

- I've always been lucky, so far.......

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
The departure board at NRT looks familiar; I've taken three of those flights mentioned there, all in the last two months.
Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
I had a great flight with JA710A in 2002 NRT-IAD

- Seems there have been a few of us on this bird here.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
good to see the next part online, great report!

- Thanks PH  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
It's around 2 years since I had been spotting @ HND but I still managed a decent 55 new machines in about 4 hours, so well worth the time spent here, a few selected images:-

That's a really good result. I need to go to Japan again.

- Always worth a day, the Japanese airlines always seem to be adding new machines.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Seat controls give you an idea that this bird is not that new

At least the interior seemed to be in good condition in general.

- Looking old but in good shape.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
Quoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
I have to say the presentation was excelled, as was the taste, and the beef, just perfect!

Wow, I'm very impressed by the meal!

- ANA meals are pretty decent.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 18):
uoting ba319-131 (Thread starter):
Next up is the MU A300 to PEK!............

You didn't leave anything out on that trip, did you?

- Yes, but not by choice............

Cheers

Mark



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