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Asia 2: JALing It To Beijing. JL HND-PEK 777 In C  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 14224 times:

Asia 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 777 in C

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The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report:
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The map, courtesy of GC Mapper, of what is currently booked for this series:
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Previous Reports:
Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT

I’ll start off with a few photos of Tokyo, one of my all time favourite cities:

The Asakusa skyline
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Sensoji Temple
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Imperial Palace Gardens
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Meiji Shinre
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After a pleasant few days, it was time to head on to China. My original itinerary called for me to start in Guilin so I booked a flight from NRT to CAN (Tokyo Narita - Guangzhou) on the Japan Airlines (JAL) 767. However, it was soon decided (with my friend that I’d be travelling around China with) that we’d start in Chengdu instead. With a plethora of domestic flights to choose from, I could have stuck with my NRT-CAN flight. I had, however, noted that JL was operating their new 787s on the HND-PEK route….hmmm, sounds a bit more interesting. Without further ado, I cancelled my CAN flight, and booked PEK. My first 787 flight was booked! I was also happy to be able to add a new route to China, having already flown NRT-PEK quite a few times.

Sadly my elation was fairly short lived as not long before I was due to fly it was announced that the 787 would not operate the flight on my date (it had already been cancelled for all of August). The next recommencement date would now be 2 days after my flight. Argh! Never mind, there’s still time to fly the 787. Thankfully our plane was downgraded to the B772 rather than an old tatty 767. The 2 daily NRT-PEK flights are operated by 737, so it could have been even worse than the 767!

Working out which was the best train to Haneda took a little time…I worked it out in the end
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At the International Terminal
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The International Terminal is bright and airy…a nice building
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FIDS
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As you can see, the relatively new long-haul flights all leave before 0700 when the Asian departures start. Longhual ops are limited to between 2200 and 0700, which is something of a nightmare for airlines. for passengers too it’s a hassle as there is basically no night transport in Tokyo save for pricey taxis. I’m surprised even the airlines don’t run a night bus. Were I to be given the choice of a pre-7am flight to London from HND, or a midday from NRT, I’d always pick NRT.

I was checked in fairly quickly, and my boarding pass issued. I asked about the 777 downgrade, but the staff had no information (or sympathy). There was no fast track from immigration and security, but neither took long.

Airside yielded lots of expensive shops…
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The PEK gate was directly opposite immigration…here’s my plane. It was nice to get both a Oneworld logojet, and a bird with the new/old crane. I grew up in Tokyo, and all my plane drawings as a child featured this crane…I was so happy when the decided to ditch that awful red blob from the tail.
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My first 787 in the flesh
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Time to head to the lounge
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I asked the lounge staff if they had any 787 memorabilia. After a quick search, they came up with nothing, but did commiserate me on missing it. I decided to take a shower so I could add HND to my “airport shower” list (now stands at 11).
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Next stop was the buffet bar….lots of choose from today. The lounge was nicely decorated, but terribly crowded, so I didn’t take any photos inside.
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The views are pretty good though
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My last departure from HND was on Skymark from this gate
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A NH retrojet…the old livery was pretty ugly
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My last flight to HND was on CX last summer in C, but was operated by the 744
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Queuing at the gate. You can see there is no queue for Y, but a substantial queue off to the right for C
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September 2012
Tokyo Haneda (HND) – Beijing Capital (PEK)
Japan Airlines JL 23
Scheduled: 0910-1205 (3h55m)
Actual: 0928-1134 (3h06m)
Boeing 777-200 JA708J
Business Class



I was greeted at the door by a very friendly purser, and directed to my seat. All the shades were down in the cabin (I guess to keep the temperatures down), which made the place feel quite dark. Of course, as soon as I sat down, I opened my 3!
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Slippers, headphones and arrivals card were already in the seat pocket.
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Safety card…definitely not a 787


Seat Guide
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Magazine


IFE guide


Map
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Menu and papers handed out


And to drink today:
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And to eat, the Japanese menu:
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And the Western:
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As you may note, the “Western” meal was actually Chinese. I pointed this out to the purser who giggled, before confirming that indeed the Western menu was all Chinese. This wasn’t a problem, just quite amusing. I think there should probably be a 3rd choice in C on this route so Japanese, Chinese and Western can all be offered.

A basket of amenities was brought round, so I got some eyeshades, earplugs and a toothbrush
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Safety demo was done once the doors were closed. The load was light today, with the front C cabin having around 15 people spread over 35 seats. No idea about the rest of the plane.
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Old or new?
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Definitely the new one
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HND movements
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More 787s mocking me
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Off we go!
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Interesting view of the overwater tarmac
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The map
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14327 times:

Inflight news covering the “issues” with the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. The timing was made all the more interesting as flights this month are “celebrating” the 40th anniversary of the normalisation of relations between the two countries (note the special menu).
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The table is set for brunch
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What to drink? Water, champagne and JAL Original Drink “Skytime”!
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And some snacks
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Continuing our adventure
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The cabin
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As always, I go for the Japanese option when on a Japanese Airline. It was, er, interesting, but generally tasty.
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Sashimi and gold flowers
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Paper wrapped rice…nice!
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Overall I was quite satisfied with the food, although I was sad that the panda head was not sweet…red bean paste I think. I watch Dark Shadows over lunch – it’s not a funny as I thought it’d be.


Nice and sunny above the clouds
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We’re over Korea now, carefully avoiding the 38th Parallel
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I accept the pursers’ offer of coffee and dessert. The coffee is forgettable, but the ice cream is nice.
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The seat in semi-recline mode
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Leave a nice trail behind us
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With my coffee finished, I decide it’s late enough in the day to raid the mini-bar. I go for a Cointreau and some more snacks.
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Not far to go now
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One of my most pleasant memoires of China was sailing between these two peninsulas (Weihai to Dalian) whilst finishing off one of the Happy Potters on the sun deck
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Exploring Magic III
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The purser was buzzing around the cabin, chatting to all the passengers. When she stopped at my seat we had a little chat about the 787. She was sorry that I’d missed it. When I asked if she had any 787 gifts, she paused for a moment, before returning with these:
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I guess they were more aimed at the under 7s market, but I was appreciative! The purser in turn was delighted I liked them.
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Flying over the rather soulless centre of Tianjin
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The seat control panel. The seat was pretty comfortable, although I didn’t sleep in it obviously. There was a bit of a bug whereby if you pushed the seat recline button, the leg rest went up instead. The purser was horrified when I told her.
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The approach to Beijing was wonderful. The city was experiencing one of the rather rare very clear days. As the Chinese would say, 天高气爽.
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And we’re down, welcome to China!
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It’s clear enough to see the mountains in the background. A colourful CA A330
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And a colourful KA A330
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Without much hanging around, I was up and out and into the airport.
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PEK T3 is stunning.
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It’s just a shame you have to get a train to the main terminal from the international pier. Immigration was pretty quick, although as normal, the agent didn’t look or speak to me once.
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The glittering arrivals hall
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Once I’d collected my luggage, I headed outside and took a taxi into town to meet a friend for lunch ahead of my afternoon flight to Chengdu. But that story will have to wait for another time.

My verdict? Well, other than the tragic equipment change from 787 to 777 (First World problems indeed!), everything went perfectly. The flight landed early, the crew were super friendly, the catering was varied and interesting, and to top it all off, I got my 787 memorabilia.

The next report will cover my Chinese domestics from China United Airlines (1), China Eastern (3) and Grand China Air (1).

Future reports include:

CX HKG-TPE B744 F
TZ TPE-SIN B772 Y
MH KUL-DAC A330 Y
AI IXM-MAA-BLR A32S Y
SV BLR-DMM-JED-LHR A330/B773 Y

No doubt more flights will be added over time!

As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Asia Part 1: Limoncello with Alitalia. BA/AZ LHR-MXP-FCO-NRT
Va BeNe with Cityjet. RTM-LCY Fokker 50
Truly Great Britain: FlyBE EDI-IOM on Saab 340 & BA IOM-LCY on Saab 2000
Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily – LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6903 posts, RR: 77
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14075 times:

Hi Gabriel,

very interesting second part of your new series! JAL's J Class product looks fine, the catering in particular is really impressive. Catering was a big letdown on my TPE-ICN flight in KE's J Class, report to follow soon.

It's too bad that the equipment was changed, but there will be plenty of 787 options in the near future.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully our plane was downgraded to the B772 rather than an old tatty 767.

JAL's oldest 767-300ER is from 2002 and the newest frames joined the fleet last year. Most of JAL's 763ERs are younger than your 772ER.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I think there should probably be a 3rd choice in C on this route so Japanese, Chinese and Western can all be offered.

Probably there's not much demand for Western meals on that route. And I think it would be a bit excessive to offer three different main courses on such a relatively short flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As always, I go for the Japanese option when on a Japanese Airline. It was, er, interesting, but generally tasty.

Wow, very impressive tray!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
. When I asked if she had any 787 gifts, she paused for a moment, before returning with these:

Nice!


PH



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1771 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 13429 times:
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Hi Gabe,

Very good 2nd report of your next adventures! I as well definitely think the new JAL logo is much better than the old one.
Too bad about your 787 sub, but you'll have plenty of time to fly that one in the future.
The cabin looks actually very good and the service seemed alright as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully our plane was downgraded to the B772 rather than an old tatty 767. The 2 daily NRT-PEK flights are operated by 737, so it could have been even worse than the 767!

Well a classic 767 would do for me!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The views are pretty good though

Wow, that JAL MD looks mighty nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This wasn’t a problem, just quite amusing. I think there should probably be a 3rd choice in C on this route so Japanese, Chinese and Western can all be offered.

Hmm, don't think there is a demand for that, no? (except you of course). It is by all means an Asian 'domestic' flight.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As always, I go for the Japanese option when on a Japanese Airline.

A nice and different looking tray although I don't think I would like lany things on it...  Sultanils



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 13279 times:

Gab, a good read on my beloved airline. Flew these 772's a lot actually, and the cabin is still unchanged. Comfortable enough, and great birds. JA708J is one of the 'better' performers in their fleet (not so many technical issues).
I love the crane back on the tail but on the fuselage I miss the 'old' grey/red striping.
Nice Japanese catering, always good and for sure the best choice on JAL. I know the Japanese meal is best and also for the airline 'most expensive' to cater. You get best value here and the quality is outstanding in general.
Good amount of clear pictures, really enjoyable.

Regards
Eric



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User currently onlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 896 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 12979 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Great report! JL seems to be nice. I liked the older livery more, but I have to admit that the new one (along with the Finnair one) is starting to grow on me. I would like the titles to be less generic though...

Beijing is a place I'd love to visit someday. That approach looks beautiful. It wasn't as nice the last time my dad went there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU5QSUdPoU8. Terrible smog!

Looking forward to the Chinese domestic report!
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 12538 times:

Thanks for all the comments so far!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):

very interesting second part of your new series!

Thanks

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
JAL's J Class product looks fine, the catering in particular is really impressive. Catering was a big letdown on my TPE-ICN flight in KE's J Class, report to follow soon.

YYes, the catering was good. Sorry to hear KE's wasn't (i'm surpised)

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
JAL's oldest 767-300ER is from 2002 and the newest frames joined the fleet last year. Most of JAL's 763ERs are younger than your 772ER.

Oh, I should have said "the 767 with the older regional seats"!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 2):
Probably there's not much demand for Western meals on that route. And I think it would be a bit excessive to offer three different main courses on such a relatively short flight.
Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Hmm, don't think there is a demand for that, no? (except you of course). It is by all means an Asian 'domestic' flight.

I think 3 options in C within Asia is quite normal. My TG KTM-BKK flight which was shorter and had 3, and I think the SQ flight to CCU (also scheduled at 4 hours) had 4 choices.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):

Very good 2nd report of your next adventures!

Thanks Nils!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 3):
Too bad about your 787 sub, but you'll have plenty of time to fly that one in the future.

Yes, I'm sure i'll catch it somewhere soon!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Gab, a good read on my beloved airline

Thanks Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
JA708J is one of the 'better' performers in their fleet (not so many technical issues).

Interesting to know!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
I know the Japanese meal is best and also for the airline 'most expensive' to cater. You get best value here and the quality is outstanding in general.

Ha, good to know I went for the expensive meal!

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 5):

Great report!

Thanks

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 5):
I liked the older livery more, but I have to admit that the new one (along with the Finnair one) is starting to grow on me. I would like the titles to be less generic though...

The titles are quite generic, but they do look quite fresh

Quoting SRQKEF (Reply 5):

Beijing is a place I'd love to visit someday. That approach looks beautiful. It wasn't as nice the last time my dad went there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU5QSUdPoU8. Terrible smog!

Yes, Beijing often has terrible smog!



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 799 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 12175 times:

Hey Gabriel

Ahh yes, thanks a lot for this JAL report, I really wish I could sample them in biz one day !!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Asakusa skyline

Hehe, can't help but giggle each time I see the golden dog poo !

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I grew up in Tokyo, and all my plane drawings as a child featured this crane…I was so happy when the decided to ditch that awful red blob from the tail.

I think the red blotch looks great when illuminated at night and you see the plane from afar, but other than that I love the new crane look, it looks very clean and elegant, goes well with JAL's image I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The timing was made all the more interesting as flights this month are “celebrating” the 40th anniversary of the normalisation of relations between the two countries (note the special menu).

I love that pic ! and such a contrast to see the bright and fashionable JAL FA contrasted with the drab Chinese guys in Mao suits. Wish that JAL's current uniform was as stylish.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
What to drink? Water, champagne and JAL Original Drink “Skytime”!

Mmmm, skytime : )

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
As always, I go for the Japanese option when on a Japanese Airline. It was, er, interesting, but generally tasty.

I agree with you with the choice, however, gotta say both choices seem a bit seafood heavy for my tastes, I can take some seafood, but too much gives me an overload.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The purser was buzzing around the cabin, chatting to all the passengers. When she stopped at my seat we had a little chat about the 787. She was sorry that I’d missed it. When I asked if she had any 787 gifts, she paused for a moment, before returning with these:

That rocks, even if the gifts are a bit kiddy oriented, but hey, better than nothing, and it's nice that the purser took the time to get you something.

Pretty amazing that you got clear weather in Beijing btw !

Thanks again for the report
Cheers

Ricardo


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6645 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12067 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for a very nice report with nice pictures !

I wouldn't necessarily call it a downgrade when going from a 787 to a 777 especially since the 777 is larger....

Seat looks very similar to PMCOs BusinessFirst seat which is pretty comfortable.

Service looks nice and very kind of the F/As to give you 787 souvenirs!

Looking forward to your next report !

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12064 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Ahh yes, thanks a lot for this JAL report, I really wish I could sample them in biz one day !!

Save up your AA or BA miles....a floight with them is closer than you might think!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
I love that pic ! and such a contrast to see the bright and fashionable JAL FA contrasted with the drab Chinese guys in Mao suits. Wish that JAL's current uniform was as stylish.

Yes, it was a cool photo. I don't know what the panda loaders in Mao suits throught of this Japanese lady in her fancy 1970's uniform!

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
That rocks, even if the gifts are a bit kiddy oriented, but hey, better than nothing, and it's nice that the purser took the time to get you something.

The purser was really nice. Her English wasn't the best, but she was friendly, and took time with each passenger.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 7):
Pretty amazing that you got clear weather in Beijing btw !

Well, it does happen occasionally! Whne we were back 2 weeks later, we got 4 amazing days in a row



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 11691 times:

Hello Gab

Nice second part of the trip report series, Great to see it online.
Too bad you missed out on the 787, glad to see the 772 was great as well.
Seating and catering looks actually very good.

Looking forward to the next!

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8578 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 11620 times:
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Hi GC,

Another great read and nice selection of pictures.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ll start off with a few photos of Tokyo, one of my all time favourite cities

- Nice pictures. I've been to Japan 4 times, I've jet to see anything more the airport and views from the bus from NRT-HND, one day I'll take the time to see some of the country properly.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully our plane was downgraded to the B772 rather than an old tatty 767

- They do have quite a few new ones too. I must say the cabin of your JAL 772 look much better than my NH 772 back in Feb, that was positively dated inside.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The 2 daily NRT-PEK flights are operated by 737, so it could have been even worse than the 767!

- Ouch, at least NH still run a daily 767 from NRT.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Were I to be given the choice of a pre-7am flight to London from HND, or a midday from NRT, I’d always pick NRT.

- Agreed, not looking forward to my 01:20 departure to FRA next month.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The views are pretty good though

- Indeed so, is there any paid for access lounges @ HND?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I think there should probably be a 3rd choice in C on this route so Japanese, Chinese and Western can all be offered.

- Agreed, too much fish related dishes offered for my liking.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting view of the overwater tarmac

- Nice shot!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As always, I go for the Japanese option when on a Japanese Airline. It was, er, interesting, but generally tasty

- I think I would be rather hungry still at the end of it.......

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Future reports include:

CX HKG-TPE B744 F
TZ TPE-SIN B772 Y
MH KUL-DAC A330 Y
AI IXM-MAA-BLR A32S Y
SV BLR-DMM-JED-LHR A330/B773 Y

- Nice selection.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
No doubt more flights will be added over time!

- I've no doubt!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 11484 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):

Nice second part of the trip report series

Thanks

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Too bad you missed out on the 787, glad to see the 772 was great as well.

Yes, shame to have missed it...some day!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
Seating and catering looks actually very good.

Indeed they were. JL are a quality airline.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Another great read and nice selection of pictures.

Thanks Mark!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
- Nice pictures. I've been to Japan 4 times, I've jet to see anything more the airport and views from the bus from NRT-HND, one day I'll take the time to see some of the country properly.

Yes, you really should see a bit more of this amazing country

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
- Agreed, not looking forward to my 01:20 departure to FRA next month.

Well, it beats a 0620 departure

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
- Indeed so, is there any paid for access lounges @ HND?

Um, I don't think so

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
- I think I would be rather hungry still at the end of it.......

I'm sure the Y options were less "exotic"...i'm sure the crew could have come up with something?!



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 1014 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 10300 times:

Great report as usual Gabriel!
HND looks like a nice airport, shame about those limited departure times for long haul flights. The service on JL looks pretty good for a regional route, good that JL was able to survive and make a turn-around.


User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 10113 times:
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Hi Gabriel,

Nice to see part 2, another nice report with great pictures.
Despite the equipment change it looks like you had a nice flight with JAL.

Looking forward to the next part!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks ago) and read 9548 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
Great report as usual Gabriel!

Thanks Robert!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):

HND looks like a nice airport, shame about those limited departure times for long haul flights

Yes. I guess in time they will open up the times a bit more

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 13):
The service on JL looks pretty good for a regional route, good that JL was able to survive and make a turn-around.

Indeed, it's great that JL has been restructured. I don't think the Japanese Govt would have been happy with them going bust.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Nice to see part 2, another nice report with great pictures.

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 14):
Despite the equipment change it looks like you had a nice flight with JAL.

Yes, the flight was great - just a shame about the equipment.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27245 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 5 days ago) and read 9104 times:

Hi Gabriel  

Great report and lovely read . Nice presentation for the food and what a nice gesture to get you those B787 items. You dont care if they are aimed at kids its a lovely thing to keep.

Shame the coffee was not up to scratch but I guess HD made up for it  

Looking forward to reading the next part.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 8471 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Nice report!
Shame your 787 slipped away, but as you said; there will be more opportunities and the 777 isn't too bad either!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’ll start off with a few photos of Tokyo, one of my all time favourite cities

Very nice and thanks for including! I must go there one day!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
More 787s mocking me

Ugh, I don't like that 787 special livery. Not because it's bad looking but because it's there instead of the extremely good looking ANA livery.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When I asked if she had any 787 gifts, she paused for a moment, before returning with these:

Haha, very nice!

Martin


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Reply 18, posted (2 years 1 month 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 8453 times:

Excellent series! I just returned from Tianjin/Beijing and need to get cracking on my report. I was shocked the day of my departure to wake up and see the mountains from my hotel (24th floor at the Westin Chaoyang). It is always so smoggy and terrible visibility when I am there, so it was a real treat to "See Beijing" and the surrounding areas quite clearly (like photos on approach).

Thanks for sharing!


User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 1 month 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8130 times:

Hi Gabriel,

thanks for the TR. I'm a big fan of JAL and I do believe they are among the best airlines out there, bankruptcy or not. It seems that your flight kind of confirmed my belief!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
there is basically no night transport in Tokyo save for pricey taxis. I’m surprised even the airlines don’t run a night bus.

That's something my friend and I discovered with horror one night in Shibuya, when we've arrived at the tube at around 1AM only to discover we were 4 hours away from the first train...it was quite shocking, I wouldn't have thought that such a massive city, with such an impressive public transport network, could shut everything down as midnight comes.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
As you may note, the “Western” meal was actually Chinese. I pointed this out to the purser who giggled, before confirming that indeed the Western menu was all Chinese. This wasn’t a problem, just quite amusing.

Well, China is West of Japan, isn't it?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Flying over the rather soulless centre of Tianjin

It does look quite bland, reminds me of my first attempts with Sim City!

Looking forward to read the Chinese domestic flights, I didn't even know that China United Airlines and Grand China existed!



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User currently offlineAlwaysOnAPlane From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2010, 305 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 8036 times:

Hey Gabe.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Asakusa skyline

Ah, the golden dog turd!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A NH retrojet…the old livery was pretty ugly

I quite like the mohawk tail.

I agree though, the JAL livery with the crane is much better than the "red blob".

Bad luck to miss the 787 at this stage. Bring on AI!

The onboard service looked quite pleasant and the seat quite modern in style.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting view of the overwater tarmac

That is very cool!

Nice to get the 787 gifts. A little off with the age group, but I reckon you will pretend to fly the 787 model around your living room making engine noises  

Cheers, Lee.


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 7922 times:

Thanks for all the comments!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):


Great report and lovely read

Thanks Phil

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Nice presentation for the food and what a nice gesture to get you those B787 items. You dont care if they are aimed at kids its a lovely thing to keep.

Yes, they were a nie little souvenir

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Shame the coffee was not up to scratch but I guess HD made up for it

Indeed, the HD makes everything better!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
Shame your 787 slipped away, but as you said; there will be more opportunities and the 777 isn't too bad either!

Yes, and I just round to corner too with AI

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 17):
Very nice and thanks for including! I must go there one day!

You must! Esp now you've done HK and Taipei

Quoting technobie (Reply 18):
Excellent series!

Thanks

Quoting technobie (Reply 18):
I was shocked the day of my departure to wake up and see the mountains from my hotel (24th floor at the Westin Chaoyang). It is always so smoggy and terrible visibility when I am there, so it was a real treat to "See Beijing" and the surrounding areas quite clearly (like photos on approach).

It is nice when the smog goes away for a day or two.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 19):

thanks for the TR.

No problem!

Quoting I39OO (Reply 19):
I'm a big fan of JAL and I do believe they are among the best airlines out there, bankruptcy or not. It seems that your flight kind of confirmed my belief!

I just need to fly a few more sectors to be able to say they're good for sure

Quoting I39OO (Reply 19):
That's something my friend and I discovered with horror one night in Shibuya, when we've arrived at the tube at around 1AM only to discover we were 4 hours away from the first train...it was quite shocking, I wouldn't have thought that such a massive city, with such an impressive public transport network, could shut everything down as midnight comes.

Shocking isn't it. Did you carry on drinking?

Quoting I39OO (Reply 19):
Well, China is West of Japan, isn't it?

Ha, yes, I guess it is!

Quoting I39OO (Reply 19):
It does look quite bland, reminds me of my first attempts with Sim City!

HAHAHA, yes, it reminds me of mine too!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 20):
Hey Gabe.

Hey Lee!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 20):
Bad luck to miss the 787 at this stage. Bring on AI!

Bring on AI indeed!

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 20):
The onboard service looked quite pleasant and the seat quite modern in style.

Yes, great service, and a comfy seat

Quoting AlwaysOnAPlane (Reply 20):
Nice to get the 787 gifts. A little off with the age group, but I reckon you will pretend to fly the 787 model around your living room making engine noises

A gentleman never tells!



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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7880 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 21):
Shocking isn't it. Did you carry on drinking?

Obviously!



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 830 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (2 years 1 month 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 7805 times:

Well such things happen lol, is the seat full flat in the 787?

the catering is appealing indeed,

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When I asked if she had any 787 gifts, she paused for a moment, before returning with these

how on earth do they load such freebies on board?

Anyway that a fantastic gesture!


thanks for this report with countless of nice pictures



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3334 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (2 years 1 month 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7398 times:

Quoting I39OO (Reply 22):
Obviously!

Good to hear!

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 23):
Well such things happen lol, is the seat full flat in the 787?

I guess it must be atr least lie flat....I don't know to be honest though

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 23):
how on earth do they load such freebies on board?

It's Japan! They love stuff like this (and so do I!)

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 23):
thanks for this report with countless of nice pictures

No problem, glad you liked it!



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25 FLIEGER67 : Hi, G., really good to follow the second part of you´re "Travels around Asia" Story and the JL 777. Well done, also the pictures. I should go for the
26 christao17 : Nice report. Per your question, the most recent color scheme on JAL is definitely an improvement.
27 gabrielchew : Thanks Markus, glad you liked it Of course!
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