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Unexpected Commitments: LHR-NRT-LHR For A Weekend.  
User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11147 times:

Disclaimer
This is my first TR on these pages and, as with all beginnings, one doesn’t quite know what he’s signed up to. I feel therefore compelled to inform you, dear reader, about what you are going to read, so that you can make up your mind. Should you keep on reading, thanks a lot; should you not, no offense taken.
This TR is quite a lengthy one, despite covering only two pretty straightforward flights. The thing is, I love travel literature and, since I’m too coward and mainstream to hitchhike Japan or to paddle along the Niger like a Will Ferguson or a Kira Salak, writing in this section is my only way to daydream of being a writer of such books. Hence the abundance of words.
That’s it, basically. If you feel like reading, get yourself a cup of good coffee, some appropriate music (may I advise you this group? They’ve been my soundtrack on this trip) and make sure that you have 30, 40 minutes to dedicate to it. If you feel like leaving a comment, appreciative or not as it might be, please feel free. Thanks!


The beginning – An unexpected weekend commitment

Italians have an old adage to describe this Tuesday at the office: “When the cat’s asleep, the mice dance”. The meaning is easy to describe: our boss is away, busy in meetings at a company’s facility that’s comfortably faraway from where we are, to the point that a visit from him is out of the equation for today. This is enough to throw the whole office in a state of blissful contemplation of the surroundings, aided by an unusually sunny and warm day in this rainy London spring.

It’s 2PM and I’m exchanging some light-hearted chatting with my deskmate while pretending to be working on a big Excel file when the second in command invites me over to the canteen for a coffee. Softened by the general relaxation I don’t sniff any hidden agendas, not even when the guy in question, handing me over a fuming cuppa, asks

“Any plans for the weekend?”

To which I honestly answer negatively. The following question sends alarm beacons pounding all over the place:

“Got your passport in order?”

But, before I could claim its theft by the hands of some smuggler, I’ve said yes. The rest of the afternoon is history: we come back in the open space, to the compassionate looks of my colleagues – “he’s got the short straw, poor bugger” – and the plan unfolds in its magnificence to my eyes.

Simply put, there’s some job to be done in Narita. It’s an easy thing, more a legal nuisance than an actual job requiring muscles, or brains. All it’s needed are a hand, a pen and a set of valid documents. It’s all perfectly legal and can be done by almost anyone: here’s why the hot potato can be delivered to the bottom of the food chain, where I am. I’d be flying on Saturday, arriving there on Sunday and coming back on Monday with the promise of endless glory, shedloads of miles in my Exec club account and, even more luring, Tuesday and Wednesday off.

Now, I must admit that, unlike some of my colleagues, I am not at all bothered by this supposedly “hot potato”. I love flying, I really didn’t have anything to do on this weekend and the perspective of flying again to Japan, this time on board of British Airway’s brand new 77W’s, is absolutely ah-wesome, as the teens in the TV series say. Even the thought of a flight in World Traveller (new policy enforced after the financial meltdown) won’t do anything to quell my enthusiasm, which I hide very well as long as the working day lasts.


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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11126 times:

LHR-NRT

Saturday afternoon, at LHR’s T5, is a quiet affair. Hardly anyone queuing up at the bag-drop desks in zone C, where I head, and few people at security. Still, the gentleman before me forgets that an iPad is indeed a large electrical item and a toothpaste needs to be taken out of a bag, which results in a somehow longer-than-expected wait at the Caudine Forks. The BAA team manning this particular position must’ve slept during the customer care lesson, provided they’ve been given one, as they delight us with some spicy gossip on the, ehm, explosive promiscuity of some female friend of theirs. Oh well, should I ever walk into a pub in Hounslow I’d never feel left out of the conversation.
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Awkward attempts at semi-manual photoshooting leave me with greatly misjudged shutter opening time, hence the awful amount of noise in these pictures. Sorry!

Departure, today, is from C gates. Probably the most drab area of T5, C gates were built by a BAA on a saver, resulting in corners being cut here and there. It’s, still, a pleasant place to spend some time far away from the huffing and puffing of the main A gates. A long layover, rest assured, would yield boredom at a new intensity, but I’m more than content to sit down facing towards T3 for a couple of hours while my flight is prepared.
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An almost face-to-face encounter with a big 747, if only the “park assist” screen (the gray box) wasn’t in the way…

My solitude is short-lived: many other people trickle in, joining me in looking out of the glasswalls and prepping themselves for their flights. I guess that most of them, judging by their passports, will be my travel companions: they are mostly middle-aged Japanese tourists, heading home after some group tour of the Old Continent.
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Need some more variety? A look towards the fuel farm will provide plenty of, with the two QF A388 killing more than 19hrs worth of wait between one flight and the other to Singapore and Oceania

Some of them must still have some space on their SD cards and, apparently, have a particular interest in spotting, not just planes but everything airport-related: every appearance on the tarmac - let it be plane, pushback tractor, baggage tug, catering truck – is hailed by salutes of clicking shutters from our enthusiasts.
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Two VS planes, two liveries.

Boarding starts before they run out of memory and interest: I make my way downstairs as part of the first wave as I’m sat on 47K today. Making the honours, today, is G-STBC, third 77W delivered brand new to BA some two yea.rs ago.
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I know that, among the widest community of airplane buffs, ideas regarding BA’s long-haul offerings are quite polarized: some find them more than adequate if not absolutely up to the task, while others would simply dismiss them as ugly, badly designed, cramped and old-fashioned. I belong to the first group, even if I find hard to sing praise of the older WT cabins; this time, however, my Tony Blair-ish skills aren’t required as TBC sports the new interiors, BA’s vision of the future for the non-premium cabins, fitted on every 77W, most of the old GMIS 772s and, soon enough, the A380s and 787s.
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The World Traveller seat which I’ll be calling home for the next 12 hours is a work of class: sober blue and white colours, decent sized Thales IFE with touchscreen, a hammock-style adjustable headrest, good support and, on a 3-3-3 configuration, not cramped at all. Ok, the IFE is no ICE and the legroom isn’t as luxurious as what my limbs would enjoy on Singapore Airlines and there’s no mood lighting either but, at the end of the day, all you need is a solid product that can allow you to enjoy a flight no matter how long it is, and this cabin seems doing it just well.
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Getting comfortable takes just a couple of seconds, the time of getting rid of pillow, blanket and BA-branded headphones (your personal ones can be used, provided they have a normal 35mm jack) all while my neighbours, two petite Japanese ladies, wait patiently while the big, awkward Western man manages to mess up everything he’s doing. Moments later we’re all happily sorted and, with no further ado, TBC pulls back from stand and into the active taxiway.
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A rare-ish Privatair 757 and, strangely enough, a CX 77W parked away from its home turf at T3
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Hopefully next summer….

A departure on a 77W needs to be described, even if I know very well that most of you have already experienced it plenty of times. The noise is markedly higher than on an Airbus and, one would say, even the angle of ascent seems steeper than on the Toulouse birds. But there’s a lot more than that, it’s the feeling that’s different. Let me explain better.

Today is a really breezy day, with strongish gusts that push fluffy clouds across the sky at breakneck speeds. Days like these mean only one thing, i.e. hard landings and fun take-offs (they also mean reduced flows and delays, but that’s another story). I’ve found myself in similar conditions times and times again and, personally, the impression I gathered is to be at the element’s mercy, with the pilot’s skills and plane’s hardware incapable of coping with the weather should the Fate decide to turn his thumb down on us.
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Not today, though. This 77W, with her mighty GE90-115s, thunders through the agitated atmosphere with brute force, a neo-Conservative playing “Shock and awe” on the clouds and thermals. A 747 feels gentle, barely vibrating where a smaller plane would be bouncing up and down; this 77W, instead, simply goes through whatever Mother Nature throws at her and good luck to everyone unlucky enough to cross her path. It’s a fun ride and, until we settle at a more civilized cruised altitude, a boyish smile and a “Yuhuu!” uttered in soft voice don’t leave me for a second.
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Now, the IFE: it might take you a while to fire it up, as BA rules don’t allow it to run whenever on the ground, taxing or before reaching a certain altitude, unless for the customary safety briefing. Problem is, though, that the wait isn’t over yet: more safety info are broadcasted, this time featuring an Olympian twisting on a WT+ seat, then adverts on SIM cards to be collected upon arrival in London (very useful on an outbound flight) and then, I think, something more. On a short East Coast flight, I reckon, you’d already be in sight of Greenland by the time you can finally start to fiddle with the menus.
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Back-up IFE, courtesy of James Ellroy
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Another good way to obviate for the lack of IFE

The wait is, however, well paid. The selection of films is wide enough and one might call it mediocre only because, well, these day’s movies are so. There’re, however, plenty of sport series, some cartoons, episode of good-quality TV series and good music as well. And the moving map is quite cool.
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I settle in for some good music left in the background, while the moving map tells me about the flight path today: Scandinavia, Finland, the White Sea and, after Novaja Zemla, the luring wilds of Siberia. Unfortunately, though, most of these interesting lands will be hidden from my sight, as flying eastwards means shortening your day by a big factor.
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Early sunset over Siberia
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Lunch, or supper, comes straight after a drinks service and it’s another solid shot: there are two dishes on offer, either ravioli for vegetarians or Japanese-style chicken for everyone else. My seatmates opt for the pasta, while I decide to go Oriental with the chicken.

Now, people often complain about meals in cattle class and I tend to think that 90% of these complains are bollocks. First, because they’re usually made by guys who would willingly pay money for a BLT sandwich sold by a chemist, made at an industrial estate in Slough and filled with synthetic materials in numbers sufficient to fill an A4 sheet. Secondly, because they’re wrong. I mean, look at my tray today (well, when I say look I don’t really mean it…I haven’t snapped any photos of it). I’ve got a generous foil tray filled with chicken, sauce, rice and shiitake mushrooms as if they were going out of fashion. Some fruit salad, a side salad, a rocket-shaped bottle of water that screams “Come on! Throw me across the cabin! I can fly, I swear!”, a Rachel’s organic yoghurt tub, bread and butter. Everything is served in good quantities and the only thing I’d like to have more is a little bit of friendliness from the crew. They are quite detached, today, and not scoring well on the “to serve” part of their catchphrase. I mean, they tick every box but, you know, they’re not going that extra mile with smiles or personal touches.

Post meal time sees the dash for the lavatories, which I join happily with my BA branded toothbrush and paste. Moments later it’s shut-eye time for everyone, with my seatmates falling into Morpheus’ embrace almost instantaneously, probably thanks to the two mignon bottles of French red they’ve gulped down before.

I take longer to sleep as my body clock is still set to eight o’clock in the evening but, thanks to a Pinot grigio asked to one of the not very friendly crew members, I finally doze off, somewhere above the mysterious Ob river basin.
The light of the day awakens me when somebody, rows ahead, lifts the sun blinds. A quick look at the IFE informs me that the film I was looking has finished and that we are now above the Sea of Japan, with a few hours to go before touchdown. A delicious smell of meat comes from the galley as I begin to unravel myself from the webbing of headphone cables spinning around my torso, all without waking up the lady in 47J who’s decided to use my left arm as her headrest.
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As promised, breakfast comes in fast, waking up the sleeping beauty next to me. Usually, one would expect two choices from BA, a full English and something else, but that’s not for us in 47HJK. The FA arrives, tosses out three trays with the aforementioned full English, gets our orders for drinks and, without further comment, proceeds to the following row. I don’t mind this choice, as I had a sudden craving for bacon, but this is a far cry from the “treating everyone as an individual” boasted by BA.
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Flying over mainland Japan, a few moments’ away from NRT

Anyway, the flight ends with a treat of a distant, still-snowcapped mount Fuji and, barely indistinguishable in the distance, Tokyo’s skyline.
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The rice paddies and bamboo woods of Narita are gleaming in the clear air, with tiny cars dashing along perfectly maintained roads and highways. I’m back in Japan, the country that takes a special pride in polishing every polishable surface, and into cleaning everything else that can’t be polished. And it’s a good feeling.
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Arrival in Narita is a little bit of an anticlimax. Taxiing takes forever and deboarding too.
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A NH A320, curiously stripped of most of its livery titles.

I witness some curious ramp operation, with the belt conveyor driver stopping to assist her colleagues, busy with the bigger elevator, in his approach to the plane’s hold.
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Meanwhile a Filipino First Officer, issued with standard Top Gun-style Ray bans, checks every bit of his 77W bound to Manila.
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Work follows suit and – predictably – it’s easy and fast. Our Japanese colleagues know the tricks of the trade and are used to caffeine-starved Westeners, so welcome me with a big, steamy cup of black coffee, which I can barely finish before finishing the tasks of the day. Then they’re kind enough to carry me to my hotel in Narita, merely 30 minutes away on yet another shiny Honda people carrier.



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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 11096 times:

NRT-LHR

The bus leaves on time, with some 15 passengers on board. The weather is murky today and moods aren’t particularly high as we arrive on the kerb at T2 following a funny security check.
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Narita, as you all know, isn’t a particularly new or stunning piece of architecture, especially if compared to Incheon or Beijing, but it’s still a nice place to be. The check-in hall is ample and airy, with the BA’s own desks at the very right of the building. The atmosphere is quite warm and unpleasantly humid.
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Being the cynical Franco-Italian that I am I begin to suspect that the aircon is broken or, even worse, NAA are too cheap to turn it on. Instead, behind this interesting sign,
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Lies another one informing sweaty passengers that the airport, in order to show respect and do its part for the greater good of the post-tsunami Japan, has decided to reduce air conditioning to a minimum, allowing for some significant power saving. Similar notes, in an equally polite style, were hanging in my hotel room and, now as well as before, I’m more than happy to respect this request.

Airside hasn’t changed much from 2009 when I last visited these premises. The shops are more or less the same, a congregation of high-end luxury retail, the kind of activities whose employees always look at me as if I might scare off their clients.
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The only difference, and my God it’s a big one, is a complete lack of 747s painted with a big red disc on the tail. It’s a sad thought and memories of the old NRT-MXP service keep on coming afloat until I reach the big, floor-to-ceiling windows and see this:
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It is the second 787 I witness and doesn’t she look beautiful? I’m not the only one stopping to look at her, being prepped for her flight to Moscow.
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Some JL engineers are busy in what seems a wheel change, while this gentleman
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is lost in the contemplation of the front bumper of this Mitsubishi van.

A little further another 787 is being readied, this time for the long flight, codenamed JL8, that will bring her to Boston.
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vaguely racist sign at NRT
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But the treats aren’t quite finished yet as, moments later, I spot the proof that some Russian top brass are in town: this is the Ilyushin 96-300 command post operated by State-owned carrier Rossiya to carry Russian leaders, notably Vladimir Putin and his long-term successor Dmitri Medvedev, wherever they might need.
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BA Turnround manager sumo wrestling his invisible friend…
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A familiar Union Jack tail lands in the distance between many Japanese airplanes and comes to stand later on. G-STBD, fourth 77W in the fleet, is a tad late and will leave equally off schedule, but that doesn’t seem to bother too much the people already piling at the holding pen.
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Boarding starts late, as expected, but takes place in an atmosphere of joyful relaxation. Today’s crew seems to be more “on the ball” than yesterday’s, a suggestion confirmed as soon as we level up above the Japanese Alps and service starts.
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The hardware on this flight is identical to –TBC, with the possible exception of the moving map, similar to the one I’ve already seen on Alitalia.
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This time I’m sat at 50A, at the very back of a packed Y class cabin. The configuration here is limited to 2-3-2 seats and, obviously, I have a seatmate. He’s a nice Japanese gentleman, with whom I exchange some words, but who generally opts for silence.

The drink run is followed by yet another meal and today I decide to break a taboo that has been lasting for year, written on the stone on top of my flying habits: “Thou shalt not eat pasta on a plane”. The offer, penne with meatballs, is simply better than the usual Japanese chicken and, I’d say, it was a wise choice. So far, therefore, I’ve only had good outcomes with BA plane food. Even the crew are in a chatty mood and spend considerable time bantering with other fellow passengers, Japanese and Brits alike.

However, something is not quite right, and that’s the view. The main reason why I’ve chosen a window over an aisle seat is the chance to see Siberia. It’s a region that penetrated under my skin over the years, fuelling a growing desire to expire it, and I really want to seize the chance to see as much as possible of this land today. Unfortunately, despite the skies being clear, but the haze on ground level allows me only to distinguish the twisty Amur river, some wildfires and the highest peaks of the Khabarovsk region.
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I’m already bracing for a disappointing sightseeing session when, long after lunch and quite well into a mildly disappointing film called “Man on a ledge” (which, guess what?! Stars a man on a ledge and some hotties thrown in for good measure), I open up my window and… look at that.
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This is one of the least visited regions in the world, unmapped until the Soviets diverted some satellites in the 1970s. It’s the Putorana plateau, some kilometers east of the foreigners-forbidden city of Noril’sk. The name might trigger a giggle or two from any Neo Latin language speakers but, irony aside, it’s a hell of a place. Check out the few pictures available on the Net and look at the sheer dimensions of those canyons. It’s an eerie sight. Valley after valley after valley, it’s just nature: ice and stone, grass and boulders. It seems so remote from up here, and so beautiful. I spend a moment imaging how it’d be like to be down there and immediately decide to put a visit into my ever-increasing “to-do” list. It’s a fantastic place.
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The beauty of the views hasn’t struck only the nutter in 50A: I hear the rattling of shutters once again and, in row 49, the two Japanese ladies who are seating in front of us are literally piled one on top of the other like toasts, heads glued to the window. At a certain point one of the duo, winning the traditional shyness of the Japanese, climbs on her seatback and, leaning over my IFE, points towards the window and asks:

“Siberia?”

I’m ashamed to admit that, for a second, I toyed with the idea of telling her that, no, these are the suburbs of Scarborough. Instead I confirm that, yes, that’s really Siberia.

The spectacle lasts for another ten minutes, enough to clear the Plateau and to pass over the flat, lake-ridden territory where the Yenisei river floats, ready to get soaked in pollutants from the giant nickel processing plants in Noril’sk. Then, it’s cloudy and so it will remain but for a few moments, enough for me to catch a glimpse of an ice-free Arctic Ocean

And of Novaya Zemla, another Godforsaken territory that has struck my imagination as a teenager and still exerts an irresistible attraction.
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The flight goes on smoothly and I keep on drifting in and out of sleep. By the time we reach Scandinavia, though, I’m fully awake and also terribly hungry. From the galley a delicious smell of food has been trickling for the past hour or so and, once I decided to dig out my Viking battle axe and ransack the provisions here the good BA pals and gals coming with their food trays. They’ve consistently done drink runs, offering juices, water and some weird Japanese drink that looks like apple juice but is far from juicy, but I’m nonetheless delighted to see them serving food.

The meal is a light, quick bite, nothing too substantial yet enough for the short time still remaining. Before I know it we’re circling above a dull, gray London and soon land at a Heathrow airport soaked in rain, “Another gorgeous English summer day”, chirps our Captain, “Distinguishable from autumn because of the warmth of the raindrops” he adds.
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An on such a bright note ends my TR. I won’t bother you with the details of my arrival, the queuing at the UK Border Agency tills or the long, dull run home on the Tube. I bet you know the feeling of exhaustion and of sadness that come once you finish a trip and there’s no need for me to describe them any longer.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it as much as I liked writing and living it.

May you have pleasant flights and interesting tales to share on these pages!

13900 (as my nickname would’ve been if only A.net allowed number-only usernames).



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User currently offlinepesit4a From Ireland, joined Jul 2012, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 10832 times:

For one's first TR: that's pretty damn impressive!

Well done!



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1236 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 10702 times:
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Hi

Great first time report on here.

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
Italians have an old adage to describe this Tuesday at the office: “When the cat’s asleep, the mice dance”.

When the cat's away the mice will play (as well)...and was it really the Italians who said it. lol!

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
Some of them must still have some space on their SD cards and, apparently, have a particular interest in spotting, not just planes but everything airport-related: every appearance on the tarmac - let it be plane, pushback tractor, baggage tug, catering truck – is hailed by salutes of clicking shutters from our enthusiasts.

Looks like you had similar fun while at Tokyo  ... After all you were the tourist there, were you not? lol

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
TBC sports the new interiors, BA’s vision of the future for the non-premium cabins, fitted on every 77W, most of the old GMIS 772s and, soon enough, the A380s and 787s.

Those seats do look quite nice.

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
3-3-3 configuration, not cramped at all.

Let's hope it stays that way!

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
This 77W, with her mighty GE90-115s, thunders through the agitated atmosphere with brute force, a neo-Conservative playing “Shock and awe” on the clouds and thermals. A 747 feels gentle, barely vibrating where a smaller plane would be bouncing up and down; this 77W, instead, simply goes through whatever Mother Nature throws at her and good luck to everyone unlucky enough to cross her path. It’s a fun ride and, until we settle at a more civilized cruised altitude, a boyish smile and a “Yuhuu!” uttered in soft voice don’t leave me for a second.

Nicely described! Yeah nothing like the take off on a Boeing 777-300ER!!

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
I mean, look at my tray today (well, when I say look I don’t really mean it…I haven’t snapped any photos of it). I’ve got a generous foil tray filled with chicken, sauce, rice and shiitake mushrooms as if they were going out of fashion. Some fruit salad, a side salad, a rocket-shaped bottle of water that screams “

Now why would you not take a pic of your meal. A bit embarressed about your seat mates looking wierdly at you lol

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
Today’s crew seems to be more “on the ball” than yesterday’s, a suggestion confirmed as soon as we level up above the Japanese Alps and service starts.

Nice that you had a better crew this time.

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
This is one of the least visited regions in the world, unmapped until the Soviets diverted some satellites in the 1970s. It’s the Putorana plateau, some kilometers east of the foreigners-forbidden city of Noril’sk. The name might trigger a giggle or two from any Neo Latin language speakers but, irony aside, it’s a hell of a place. Check out the few pictures available on the Net and look at the sheer dimensions of those canyons. It’s an eerie sight. Valley after valley after valley, it’s just nature: ice and stone, grass and boulders. It seems so remote from up here, and so beautiful. I spend a moment imaging how it’d be like to be down there and immediately decide to put a visit into my ever-increasing “to-do” list. It’s a fantastic place.

Nice pics from "the man on the ledge in the sky" !!

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
I’m ashamed to admit that, for a second, I toyed with the idea of telling her that, no, these are the suburbs of Scarborough. Instead I confirm that, yes, that’s really Siberia.

Now really why would you even have got a thought to do that. It would not have been very nice.

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
I bet you know the feeling of exhaustion and of sadness that come once you finish a trip and there’s no need for me to describe them any longer.

Yes that feeling is well known to most of us here!!


User currently offlinedirktraveller From Singapore, joined Jan 2011, 566 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 10332 times:

Hi 13900

Very impressive first trip report. Welcome aboard the TR forum!
BA New economy product looks comfortable for the long haul journey.
Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
Dirktraveller


User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 10194 times:

Hola 13900!

Great TR on the new BA B777.

The seats look great and the idea of having 3-3-3 seems quite reasonable, I hope it stays this way for a long time.

Having the opportunity of flying these almost turnaround flights is something that has always attracted me as a concept, I know the feeling of tiredness once you get off the plane and sure your two days off were well deserved.

I enjoyed looking at the pictures of Siberia, a really mysterious region that really deserves some exploration, let's say à la Salgari   I am sure your feel of adventure would make this possible in the future.

Salut,

Roger



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9793 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Looks like BA has a decent Y product on their 777W's.
And those views of Siberia are amazing!


User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2597 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9670 times:
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Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
This is my first TR on these pages and, as with all beginnings, one doesn’t quite know what he’s signed up to. I feel therefore compelled to inform you, dear reader, about what you are going to read, so that you can make up your mind. Should you keep on reading, thanks a lot; should you not, no offense taken.

Welcome to airliners.net.

Notwithstanding the fact that this is your first trip report on airliners.net, it is highly impressive and one of the best I've read on this forum. You mentioned that you love travel and literature. I can tell by your writing style - it's addictive!

Quoting I39OO (Reply 1):
This 77W, with her mighty GE90-115s, thunders through the agitated atmosphere with brute force, a neo-Conservative playing “Shock and awe” on the clouds and thermals. A 747 feels gentle, barely vibrating where a smaller plane would be bouncing up and down; this 77W, instead, simply goes through whatever Mother Nature throws at her and good luck to everyone unlucky enough to cross her path. It’s a fun ride and, until we settle at a more civilized cruised altitude, a boyish smile and a “Yuhuu!” uttered in soft voice don’t leave me for a second.

As someone who is quite (read very) fond of the mighty 777, I have experienced a couple of take offs in the 777-300ER and I absolutely agree with your description.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 1):
Now, people often complain about meals in cattle class and I tend to think that 90% of these complains are bollocks. First, because they’re usually made by guys who would willingly pay money for a BLT sandwich sold by a chemist, made at an industrial estate in Slough and filled with synthetic materials in numbers sufficient to fill an A4 sheet. Secondly, because they’re wrong. I mean, look at my tray today (well, when I say look I don’t really mean it…I haven’t snapped any photos of it). I’ve got a generous foil tray filled with chicken, sauce, rice and shiitake mushrooms as if they were going out of fashion. Some fruit salad, a side salad, a rocket-shaped bottle of water that screams “Come on! Throw me across the cabin! I can fly, I swear!”, a Rachel’s organic yoghurt tub, bread and butter. Everything is served in good quantities and the only thing I’d like to have more is a little bit of friendliness from the crew. They are quite detached, today, and not scoring well on the “to serve” part of their catchphrase. I mean, they tick every box but, you know, they’re not going that extra mile with smiles or personal touches.

I guess this is one of the variables and will differ from flight to flight, let alone airline to airline. So while I wouldn't say I've had too many bad experiences with cattle class meals, they do exist and in some cases, I think that the complaints are legitimate. I agree, however, that there are times when "airplane food" is nothing but a stigma created by other people's bad experiences. Most of the meals I have had when travelling in economy class have been acceptable at worst.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 1):
I’m back in Japan, the country that takes a special pride in polishing every polishable surface, and into cleaning everything else that can’t be polished. And it’s a good feeling.

I would love to visit Japan one day. Pity my Japanese skills are only elementary.

Quoting I39OO (Reply 2):
I decide to break a taboo that has been lasting for year, written on the stone on top of my flying habits: “Thou shalt not eat pasta on a plane”.

I'm curious: would you eat pasta if you weren't on a plane? If so, what makes pasta served on a plane so different that you avoid it?

Quoting I39OO (Reply 2):
I open up my window and… look at that.

One of the things on my to-do list is to take QF's annual Antarctica sightseeing flight. Hopefully I can afford to do so in the not too distant future. I love the scenery from the polar regions. Thank you for the photographs, they show the natural beauty of the region quite well.



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User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9002 times:

What an awesome first trip report! I agree with you about BA there on the flight to NRT. My crew to/from BOS did everything fine and by the book except they weren't so personal/a bit cold if you get what I mean.

I hope you find time to post more of these reports! I notice you mentioned flying to Iceland, I went there on a college trip this time last year and it is an amazing country!

Also, wonderful shots of Siberia - you got lucky with a nice clean window there!

Keep up these reports - Jamie  


User currently online817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2201 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 8942 times:

Great report!

Was really an interesting read! Great job! Ive been on the 777 a few times but yet to fly on the 77W. 777 takeoffs while being a pax are always impressive to me and hearing the GE90s throttle up always brings a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing your report and hope to see more from you.



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User currently offlineOsprey88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8312 times:

I39OO,

Excellent trip report, interesting and engaging narrative style. Welcome to A.net and I hope to read more trip reports.

--Andrew



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 7911 times:

13900, thanks for a great first report! Next time remember the food pictures though!

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
As promised, breakfast comes in fast, waking up the sleeping beauty next to me. Usually, one would expect two choices from BA, a full English and something else, but that’s not for us in 47HJK. The FA arrives, tosses out three trays with the aforementioned full English, gets our orders for drinks and, without further comment, proceeds to the following row. I don’t mind this choice, as I had a sudden craving for bacon, but this is a far cry from the “treating everyone as an individual” boasted by BA.

Doesn't sound very gracious. I hope it tasted good

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
is lost in the contemplation of the front bumper of this Mitsubishi van.

Ha, I think he's doing a Mr.Bean and sleeping standing up!

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
This is one of the least visited regions in the world, unmapped until the Soviets diverted some satellites in the 1970s. It’s the Putorana plateau, some kilometers east of the foreigners-forbidden city of Noril’sk. The name might trigger a giggle or two from any Neo Latin language speakers but, irony aside, it’s a hell of a place. Check out the few pictures available on the Net and look at the sheer dimensions of those canyons. It’s an eerie sight. Valley after valley after valley, it’s just nature: ice and stone, grass and boulders. It seems so remote from up here, and so beautiful. I spend a moment imaging how it’d be like to be down there and immediately decide to put a visit into my ever-increasing “to-do” list. It’s a fantastic place.

Ooh, looks good, it's been added to my list

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
“Another gorgeous English summer day”, chirps our Captain, “Distinguishable from autumn because of the warmth of the raindrops” he adds.

Ha, did he actually say that? Brilliant!



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1256 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 7584 times:

Very good first attempt! And the pictures look fine to me!!

Quoting I39OO (Reply 1):
A departure on a 77W needs to be described, even if I know very well that most of you have already experienced it plenty of times.

Thanks for the description - the 777 is one type thats missing from my log completely. Although thats due to change early next year - on a BA bird!

Looking forward to reading more of your reports!



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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7410 times:

Hello everyone, thanks for your kind replies and sorry for the delay with which I get back to you, but I've been sent here and there by my job and, on top of that, I've broken my laptop. Now, on more serious matters.

Quoting pesit4a (Reply 3):
For one's first TR: that's pretty damn impressive!

Well done!

Thanks a lot pesit4a (that's a curious nickname!), I'm glad you enjoyed the read.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):

When the cat's away the mice will play (as well)...and was it really the Italians who said it. lol!

Hello Flightsimboy, thanks for reading. Did we really start this old saying? That's interesting!

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Looks like you had similar fun while at Tokyo  ... After all you were the tourist there, were you not? lol

Yes, I'm a complete nerd when at an airport, I've got to admit it. Today, for example, I've been granted lounge entrance at BCN: I've been there just for the time needed to gulp down two tonic water cans and then I was off again, exploring the airport.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Let's hope it stays that way!

I believe it will. After all, the Ying-Yang configuration - which is BA patented, I believe - allows them to cram loads of J class seats without stealing too much space and still giving a decent product...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Now why would you not take a pic of your meal. A bit embarressed about your seat mates looking wierdly at you lol

I know, the photo of the meal is a must on A.net as well as the knee shot. Unfortunately I'm a little bit uncomfortable doing it, I've never quite understood the purpose. But I'll happily oblige next time.

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 4):
Now really why would you even have got a thought to do that. It would not have been very nice.

Probably I'm too used to the British humour I guess! But it wouldn't have quite worked with them and I wouldn't have said it to the ladies.

Quoting dirktraveller (Reply 5):
Hi 13900

Very impressive first trip report. Welcome aboard the TR forum!
BA New economy product looks comfortable for the long haul journey.
Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
Dirktraveller

Hi Dirktraveller, thanks a lot for your reply. It surely is comfy, at least if you're not NBA tall or large as a bouncer.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Great TR on the new BA B777.

Hello Roger, thanks for replying. I was in your home turf of BCN today, quite an impressive place! And lovely weather, even though I didn't see much of the city.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
The seats look great and the idea of having 3-3-3 seems quite reasonable, I hope it stays this way for a long time.

I do hope as well, but it seems it'll stay like that for the foreseeable future.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Having the opportunity of flying these almost turnaround flights is something that has always attracted me as a concept, I know the feeling of tiredness once you get off the plane and sure your two days off were well deserved.

I'll be quite honest with you, I'm feeling more knackered today, after two short-haul flights in the relative comfort of BA's Club Europe cabin. Perhaps it's because I've had to actually work throughout the entire day while, in comparison, my "daytrip" to Japan has been a, basically, leisure rest interrupted by some hours of light working activity.

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 6):
I enjoyed looking at the pictures of Siberia, a really mysterious region that really deserves some exploration, let's say à la Salgari   I am sure your feel of adventure would make this possible in the future.

Definitely. If only my desire could grant me a tour there! Unfortunately prices seem to be pretty hefty, we'll see sooner or later.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 7):
Great report, thanks for sharing!
Looks like BA has a decent Y product on their 777W's.
And those views of Siberia are amazing!

Thank you roberts87, much appreciated!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 8):
Notwithstanding the fact that this is your first trip report on airliners.net, it is highly impressive and one of the best I've read on this forum. You mentioned that you love travel and literature. I can tell by your writing style - it's addictive!

Thanks CXB77L, very kind of you. As I said, this is my only chance to pretend to be Micheal Palin - better seize it!

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 8):
I guess this is one of the variables and will differ from flight to flight, let alone airline to airline. So while I wouldn't say I've had too many bad experiences with cattle class meals, they do exist and in some cases, I think that the complaints are legitimate. I agree, however, that there are times when "airplane food" is nothing but a stigma created by other people's bad experiences. Most of the meals I have had when travelling in economy class have been acceptable at worst.

I absolutely agree with you. Yet, I'm surprised by how much flak plane food gets and how little complains are targeted at truly bad quality food, such as the infamous sandwiches you can buy at most UK retail outlets.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 8):
I would love to visit Japan one day. Pity my Japanese skills are only elementary.

Oh well, my Japanese skills are nonexistant and, yet, we managed to get along with the locals for two weeks back in 2009. Sure enough, we've had some problems - like finding our ryokan in Kyoto, or getting a policeman to understand that being born abroad and not having an Italian name doesn't imply that you can't get an Italian passport, but it was part of the fun.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 8):
I'm curious: would you eat pasta if you weren't on a plane? If so, what makes pasta served on a plane so different that you avoid it?

I am a weirdo, I admit. Personally I don't eat Italian dishes abroad because I know the quality won't be the same, even if 90% of mainstream Italian cuisine is absolutely easy to make. I'd rather taste what the local offers are - which can be hard in the UK after you've had shepherd's pies and sunday roasts aplenty. Moreover, pasta in a plane is almost guaranteed to be overcooked. In this case it was actually quite yummy, though.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 8):
One of the things on my to-do list is to take QF's annual Antarctica sightseeing flight. Hopefully I can afford to do so in the not too distant future. I love the scenery from the polar regions. Thank you for the photographs, they show the natural beauty of the region quite well.

That's one big point in my wishlist as well, but unfortunately I won't be able to do it, living as I do in the wrong hemisphere. But please do a trip report once you fly it!

Quoting planejamie (Reply 9):
What an awesome first trip report! I agree with you about BA there on the flight to NRT. My crew to/from BOS did everything fine and by the book except they weren't so personal/a bit cold if you get what I mean.

I hope you find time to post more of these reports! I notice you mentioned flying to Iceland, I went there on a college trip this time last year and it is an amazing country!

Also, wonderful shots of Siberia - you got lucky with a nice clean window there!

Keep up these reports - Jamie  

Thanks a lot Jamie, I really appreciate. I've got half an idea to fly to Seattle via Keflavik, thus overflying Greenland and most of the Nunavut, but it's a very long term plan, we'll see.

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 10):
Great report!

Was really an interesting read! Great job! Ive been on the 777 a few times but yet to fly on the 77W. 777 takeoffs while being a pax are always impressive to me and hearing the GE90s throttle up always brings a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing your report and hope to see more from you.

Thanks 817Dreamliner, glad you liked it. It seems the world is full with 777 lovers, isn't it?

Quoting Osprey88 (Reply 11):
I39OO,

Excellent trip report, interesting and engaging narrative style. Welcome to A.net and I hope to read more trip reports.

--Andrew

Hello Andrew, thanks a lot for your answer. I'd love to write another TR, I might actually pen down another one in the next days, on verra!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
13900, thanks for a great first report! Next time remember the food pictures though!

Hi Gabriel, thanks for reading. As I said, I'm a little bit at loss when it comes to food pictures. But I'll do my best next time!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Doesn't sound very gracious. I hope it tasted good

Well, it was the standard BA Full English, which I like - mushrooms aside.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Ooh, looks good, it's been added to my list

Do not go without me. Do not!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):
Ha, did he actually say that? Brilliant!

Yeah, he did! I've been having quite good-spirited flight deck crews lately, including a Scottish duo on a Paris flight this June: half of the plane (the ones who could understand them, obviously!) was just crying out of laughter.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Very good first attempt! And the pictures look fine to me!!

thanks jwhite9185, very kind.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Thanks for the description - the 777 is one type thats missing from my log completely. Although thats due to change early next year - on a BA bird!

Looking forward to reading more of your reports!

Good, looking forward to read your impressions on the 777!



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User currently offlinepesit4a From Ireland, joined Jul 2012, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 7338 times:

Quoting I39OO (Reply 14):

Lol! Pesit4a is one of the SID's or standart instrument departures used by departing aircraft from Dublin.



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User currently offlinefjiii From Japan, joined Mar 2009, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6720 times:

What an exceptional well-written TR !! I really enjoyed reading it. The narrative style is already quite refreshing, and to see a report complimenting Y hard and soft products is even more so. Thank you for the report.

PS. The sign would be better translated as "Please do not push on / lean on here". So the translation was almost all there; it's pretty good for Japlish already :p

[Edited 2012-10-17 23:12:14]


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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6245 times:

Quoting fjiii (Reply 16):
What an exceptional well-written TR !! I really enjoyed reading it. The narrative style is already quite refreshing, and to see a report complimenting Y hard and soft products is even more so. Thank you for the report.

Hi Fjii (I confess I almost wrote "Fiji"!), thanks for reading and leaving a comment. I'm glad you liked the TR and the fact that I praised a standard coach product. At the end of the day, you don't need a full flat bed to enjoy a flight.

Quoting fjiii (Reply 16):
PS. The sign would be better translated as "Please do not push on / lean on here". So the translation was almost all there; it's pretty good for Japlish already :p

Yeah, I meant no offence with that picture, it was just to have a laugh. I've seen another couple of examples of Japlish around NRT in the two days I spent there, one of which left me quite, well.. have a look for yourself:



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It was hanging from the wall in my hotel room, of all the places!



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2996 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6185 times:

Hi 13900,

Excellent report, especially for a first one! Keep them coming  
I wish my work had "tasks" like that, the most I've had to do is an evening in March (town in Cambridgeshire)!
I tend to agree about the pasta, all long life pasta is too soft and slimy, though I was pleasantly surprised by the "noodles" on ET last year.

Looking forward to many more reports if you can find the time.

signol



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5850 times:

Hello

Great first report, thanks for sharing! It's very nice and detailed.
Good to read something about BA Yankee class as well. The new 77Ws look quite nice.
Not to be rude or anything of that sort   but maybe it would not be a bad idea to include meal pics as well.

Keep op the good work  

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 5713 times:
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Hi 13900,

Great first report. Fantastic pictures and very entertaining! Thanks for sharing  
BA still looks to have a solid LH product, very nice!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinethegivenone From Austria, joined Jan 2008, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 5594 times:

Awesome report! I'm glad to be seeing more info about the new BA cabin product (or, should I say the non-First new cabin products as the former has been reviewed a number of times). Glad you had a good flight and a good time in Japan.

User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5472 times:

Welcome to A.net and becoming a tripreporter. What a nice idea to visit Tokyo for the weekend. And flying the magnificent 777-300ER's, what else you need. I love these machines! BA's service and seating look quite ok, no problem for me to fly them.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Hi everyone, thanks for the comments!

Quoting signol (Reply 18):
Hi 13900,

Excellent report, especially for a first one! Keep them coming  
I wish my work had "tasks" like that, the most I've had to do is an evening in March (town in Cambridgeshire)!
I tend to agree about the pasta, all long life pasta is too soft and slimy, though I was pleasantly surprised by the "noodles" on ET last year.

Looking forward to many more reports if you can find the time.

signol

Signol,

glad you liked the reading. Well, I have to say similar tasks don't happen too often, at least not on this scale. I'm flying a lot on LHR-MAD routes these days, mostly daytrips which are, frankly, knackering. Luckily I'm being given Club Europe so I can avoid having to cook breakfast and dinner, but my hours of rest are decreasing dangerously.

I'll most definitely write another TR soon enough, nothing of this caliber or length but I hope it'll be appreciated nonetheless.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 19):
Hello

Great first report, thanks for sharing! It's very nice and detailed.
Good to read something about BA Yankee class as well. The new 77Ws look quite nice.
Not to be rude or anything of that sort   but maybe it would not be a bad idea to include meal pics as well.

Keep op the good work  

Greetings
Marc

Bonjour Marc,

thanks for your kind comments. I know, it seems that meal pictures are a must 'round here, but... I don't know, I've always found this habit odd! Will try and do them soon.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 20):
Hi 13900,

Great first report. Fantastic pictures and very entertaining! Thanks for sharing  
BA still looks to have a solid LH product, very nice!

cheers,

Brendan

Thanks Brendan, glad you liked it.

Quoting thegivenone (Reply 21):

Awesome report! I'm glad to be seeing more info about the new BA cabin product (or, should I say the non-First new cabin products as the former has been reviewed a number of times). Glad you had a good flight and a good time in Japan.

Hi Thegivenone (brilliant nickname!). I know, I've seen that there's a massive amount of BA premium TRs and very few from down at the back, God knows why!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 22):
Welcome to A.net and becoming a tripreporter. What a nice idea to visit Tokyo for the weekend. And flying the magnificent 777-300ER's, what else you need. I love these machines! BA's service and seating look quite ok, no problem for me to fly them.

Regards
Eric

Hi Eric, thanks for reading. Technically speaking, my Japanese stay was quite short, not more than 10 hours, so it wasn't quite a long weekend! I agree with you on the 77W and the BA offers, even though my dream plane, right here right now, is the Airbus A340-500. Probably the best looking flying thingy around these days, in my humble opinion1



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4418 times:

Hello 13900!

Very nice report and it was a really enjoyable read!
Glad to see you got the opportunity to do a quick Japan visit. Your flights on BA seems great.

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
A departure on a 77W needs to be described, even if I know very well that most of you have already experienced it plenty of times. The noise is markedly higher than on an Airbus and, one would say, even the angle of ascent seems steeper than on the Toulouse birds. But there’s a lot more than that, it’s the feeling that’s different. Let me explain better.

Thank you for including a description of the 77W takeoff, as I have yet to fly a 777 of any kind.

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
Now, people often complain about meals in cattle class and I tend to think that 90% of these complains are bollocks.

I agree with you on this one.

Quoting I39OO (Thread starter):
This is one of the least visited regions in the world, unmapped until the Soviets diverted some satellites in the 1970s. It’s the Putorana plateau

Very nice pictures! It looks very impressive, even from that height.

Martin


User currently offlineI39OO From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 9 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4043 times:

Hi Martin,

thanks for reading! Much appreciated.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
Very nice report and it was a really enjoyable read!
Glad to see you got the opportunity to do a quick Japan visit. Your flights on BA seems great.

Yes, it was a good ride, would do it any day.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 24):
Thank you for including a description of the 77W takeoff, as I have yet to fly a 777 of any kind.

Well, these planes are getting increasingly common and won't go away soon, so you'll have plenty of chances. Just make sure you'll fly one of them on a breezy day, makes a lot more fun!

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