onlywaytofly From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 24 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 17943 times:
Hello airliners.net Community! I have lurked on this site for years enjoying a brilliant variety of Trip Reports. I thought I would give it a try. I will appreciate any comments and constructive criticism. Due to lack of time on my part I plan to let the pictures do most of the talking and I'll caption them for context. I will limit the report to the airport and in flight experiences. Thanks for reading!
I arrived at JFK from LAX on a red eye and literally slept the entire way so I don't have any documentation of that experience.
We landed at T2 and I was immediately able to get a shower in the T2 Skyclub. I had several hours to kill so I decided to check out the Oasis lounge in T4. It was a beautiful day at JFK. I snapped a picture from the lounge:
El Al pushing back from T4.
After enjoying some sandwiches and coffee I headed back to T3 to go through security.
The T3 rotunda
Since it was past noon I stopped at the first Skyclub I encountered for a cocktail.
The club on the west side of T3 in the Gates 11-18 area.
Boarding started around 1pm from gate 6. I boarded towards the beginning of the process to take some pictures.
Seat 12A. I enjoy this part of the airplane because the view of the wing and engines is a nice contrast to the scenery below.
12A with video monitor deployed.
Screen view from reclined position.
Another seat view with the pillow. I do appreciate the second smaller pillow.
We had a slight delay leaving the gate. Several announcements were made imploring passengers to pickup their duty free purchases at the door of the aircraft.
Taxi commenced and soon we were rolling down 13R.
View shortly after takeoff.
One of the advantages of 12A!
My preferred IFE.
Short flight today. I think it was actually longer in the end. I find these moving map figures to fluctuate.
Beverage service commenced. I ordered the champagne.
Appetizer, soup, and salad. My experience on previous flights had the salad served after the soup and appetizer.
Tasty salmon and slaw.
Main: Braised beef shortrib. Very enjoyable. I forgot to snap a picture of the fruit and cheese course.
Chilled junmai daiginjo after dinner. Getting excited about visiting NRT!
Time for a movie. Fantastic selection. I am a huge Tarantino fan so when I saw this one I had to indulge.
Mid flight snack. A cold plate of chicken breast, artichoke heart, and lobster salad (among other items). All very enjoyable.
Location after a nice snooze. These beds beat out the 777 IMHO. A little less confined. I find both to be excellent.
Afternoon over the coast of Chiba Prefecture.
We had a smooth landing on16R and short taxi to gate 17. I had about 1.5 hours until the flight to SIN boarded so I headed to the Skyclub in the North Satellite. I didn't get any pictures from this visit but have a few from a later visit on this trip. The view from the Skyclub in the South Satellite is the money shot anyway.
Boarding for SIN started about 5:30 local time.
View form 6B. A good seat if you can't get 7A or 7D. There is a little extra privacy from the closet to your left.
The preferred 7A.
After a powerful takeoff from 16R the beverage service commenced.
The champagne and snack mix.
The "mixed grill" entree consisting of lamb, beef and chicken. The smoked scallops are also nice.
You will notice 2 glasses of red wine on the tray. The Purser on this flight was so thorough and enthusiastic that when I ordered red wine he insisted I try them both. He wrote on the table linen what each was and placed them over their labels. he came back to see which I preferred and kept the glass topped up. I really appreciate this kind of touch.
At this point in the journey I was pretty tired so I don't have any more pictures of the flight. We arrived at Changi shortly after midnight and landed on 02L (I think). The windows on the plane fog up immediately and you know you're in SIN!
My travels this time out also took me to TPE and ICN on Delta. I have included some photos with captions of those experiences.
A snack at the Skyclub in the NRT T1 North Wing South Satellite
I know you can't really see it in this resolution but this is my first time spotting a 787. JAL landing on 16R from the Skyclub in the NRT South Satellite.
Yeah, I fixed myself a martini.
Upper deck on the way to TPE. I was on 73K for this one.
Another view of the PDB.
Beverage service NRT-TPE.
"Champagne supper" NRT-TPE.
"Champagne supper" NRT-TPE.
Seat 72A TPE-NRT.
Air France Salon Lounge NRT.
Air France Salon Lounge NRT.
Snack and wine, Air France Salon Lounge NRT.
My ride to ICN arriving from GUM.
A PDB on the way to ICN.
A nice curry dish NRT-ICN.
Airplane for ICN-NRT being towed to the gate.
Awaiting takeoff at ICN.
A look inside the cabin of the 75J ICN-NRT. This is a different plane that I am used to seeing when I've been to SPN or PUS. Perhaps someone can verify that?
Beverage service ICN-NRT.
View from 77K.
Beverage service NRT-LAX
Opted for the Japanese meal leaving NRT as I find them of high quality.
Japanese meal NRT-LAX.
Japanese meal NRT-LAX, salmon main.
Over California approaching LAX.
Downwind for LAX.
This concludes my images of my Delta flight experiences. I was traveling light so I did not have a proper camera on this trip and that explains the marginal quality of the photos. I probably got carried away here with the volume of pictures so if you made it this far I'm impressed. Thanks for looking.
Longhornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3509 posts, RR: 43
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 17894 times:
Outstanding first report, OWTF! On the contrary, there's no such thing as too many pictures, and yours served this fine report justice!
I look forward to reading future reports.
One suggestion I might make is to throw in more of your opinions on the service, both soft and hard products. It was nice to hear about your purser that went above and beyond, but I'm curious how the other flights fared.
767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2094 posts, RR: 23
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 17416 times:
Great photos from your trip! This report gave great detail of a ultra-long haul offering of Delta's J Class offering. Food looks pretty good, and I like the bigger wine glasses that they are now offering!
I didn't realize the flight time from JFK-NRT would be so short as 12 hours - that's amazing! From MSP, I think its 13?
triple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 779 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 16751 times:
This is impressive! The more pictures you can include, the better. I have flown JFK-NRT/HND and HND/NRT-JFK several times on AA 777-200ER's. I read an article about ultra long haul flying. The airplane that made this route possible was the 747SP. It is shorter, so it is lighter, can fly higher, giving it a longer range. Pan Am started JFK-NRT service with it in 1976 (I think they might have still been using HND at that time). The 747-400 came out, allowing the same range with a full complement of passengers.
Now you can do it on a 777-200ER/300ER/200LR every day.
I like your picture of LAX when on your approach pattern. I like flying into LAX because either side of the plane, (assuming you're by a window!) you get a great view. On the left side you fly over SFO, and downtown Los Angeles. On the right side, you get a beautiful view of the coast and LAX before you turn onto finals.
Please keep reports like this coming.
nethkt From Thailand, joined Apr 2001, 1107 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16084 times:
What a great trip! Wonderful report as well.
Love the cozy upper deck on the 747-400! Even better with the flat bed
Many thanks for sharing.
Quoting triple7man (Reply 4): I like your picture of LAX when on your approach pattern. I like flying into LAX because either side of the plane, (assuming you're by a window!) you get a great view. On the left side you fly over SFO, and downtown Los Angeles. On the right side, you get a beautiful view of the coast and LAX before you turn onto finals.
There's something about LAX, flying into, out off, changing plane, walking in the termianl etc.
Airport and terminals are a mess but there is a story and some meaningful feeling of it.
Maybe it gives me the "new HOPE" feeling everytimes I'm there.....
onlywaytofly From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 15510 times:
Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 1): One suggestion I might make is to throw in more of your opinions on the service, both soft and hard products. It was nice to hear about your purser that went above and beyond, but I'm curious how the other flights fared.
Thanks for the feedback Cameron. I think my haste to figure out how to get pictures up caused me to get skimpy on the details.
Quoting 767747 (Reply 2): I didn't realize the flight time from JFK-NRT would be so short as 12 hours - that's amazing! From MSP, I think its 13?
Hi Matthew. I think in reality the flight was in the 13 hr range and the moving map system was a little wonky as we first started out. It think it was a light wind day with a fairly north routing.
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 3): It's nice to see DL's product. Your photos are great so no worries.
Thanks for going easy on me Flightsim.
Quoting triple7man (Reply 4): I like flying into LAX because either side of the plane, (assuming you're by a window!) you get a great view.
I agree triple7. On a clear day it can make the LA basin actually look like a pleasant place to live! Normally we're into "June gloom" with fog/low clouds in the AM this time of year. Not so much yet this year, yet, allowing for great vistas on approach.
Quoting ghifty (Reply 5): Nice to see the new BE section on the B744.
Quoting nethkt (Reply 6): Love the cozy upper deck on the 747-400! Even better with the flat bed
Thanks for your comments ghifty and nethkt.
It's a solid seat arrangement. Especially upstairs. You have the same number of lavs (2) and the same number of FAs (2 also, I think) with fewer passengers.
bobloblaw From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1725 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 14787 times:
Nice TR!!!! This is what TRs should be. Not the endless pics of garbage like check in counters and toilets and transcripts of boring conversations with the crew.
I dont understand why DL and PMCO serve Breakfast when you arrive in Japan in the late afternoon. AA and PMUA always serve meals that are appropriate to your arrival not your departure city. Who wants eggs and french toast at 5pm???
Knightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1843 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 13677 times:
Thanks for the interesting report, the great pictures and your insights.
I must say, I am rather surprised. American carriers generally have quite a reputation for being utter crap, but I have to say, from your pictures at least Delta has certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Those seats facing the window look very nice and comfortable, I imagine one has quite a bit of privacy.
I particularly like the design and material of the meal trays. Did you by any chance notice if they're made of real wood?
stipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 427 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 13566 times:
Hi onlywaytofly !
congratulations on the first TR and you start with DL ,my favorite USA company ... the variety of offers in business class is unique ... and you've tried the most ... lucky you ... thanks stipica
Quoting Thread starter): You will notice 2 glasses of red wine on the tray. The Purser on this flight was so thorough and enthusiastic that when I ordered red wine he insisted I try them both. He wrote on the table linen what each was and placed them over their labels. he came back to see which I preferred and kept the glass topped up. I really appreciate this kind of touch.
- Now that's a great touch, not something I would have expected on DL, most impressive!
All in all, the DL meals look pretty decent, from my experience and from other TR's here, I think DL are currently the best US carrier by some margin.
floridaflyboy From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 2039 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 11740 times:
What an awesome report! I'm traveling to Japan for the first time this Friday (HND) in DL J class, so it was great to get a preview. The Japanese meal departing NRT looked awesome. I loved that you included so many pictures of the experience and the lounge
FlyASAGuy2005 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 7305 posts, RR: 7
Reply 25, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9612 times:
Very nice TR, sir!!
I have yet to get the chance to ride on a refurb'd 744 but when I am able to put some days off together i'll be doing my classic "Long way to Hawaii" flight!! That's ATL-JFK-NRT-HNL-LAX-ATL. I'm a nerd, I know...