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A Star Alliance RTW: VI. HND-CTS On Pikachu Jumbo  
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7440 times:

Part 1 of this Trip Report can be found here.
Part 2 of this Trip Report can be found here.
Part 3 of this Trip Report can be found here.
Part 4 of this Trip Report can be found here.
Part 5 of this Trip Report can be found here.

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Japan does not disappoint as far as traveling and exploration are concerned. There’s always something to be had at every turn. We bought the all-mighty (well, nearly) Japan Railpass for ourselves and went on countless local train or Shinkansen rides. We went to the Westernmost train station of the entire JR network, we went to an onsen in Kyushu that had a super scenic view of a towering mountain, we went to train museums and many more. But for now, it’s time to head back up to Tokyo to ‘settle a score’.

5th January 2013, Saturday
Route: Tokyo International Airport (HND) – New Chitose Airport (CTS)
Terminal: 2
Gate: 58
Airline: All Nippon Airways
Flight: NH 55
Aircraft: Boeing 747-481D
Registration: JA8957 “Pikachu Jumbo”
Class: Economy
Seat: 86K
Flight Duration: 1 hour 21 minutes
Scheduled Timings: 0900h – 1035h
Actual Timings: 0900h – 1021h

We discovered that we could request for a change to a later flight that is operated by the 744D, the only requirement is that we’d be on standby. With this in mind, we left our accommodation located near Kamata Station relatively early, walked to Keikyukamata Station to board a train service to Haneda Airport.

 photo 2013-01-05054613.jpgOur train has arrived

 photo 2013-01-05055237.jpgThe Keikyu Airport Line ran mostly in tunnels

It didn’t take long for us to reach Haneda Airport as our accommodation was about four stations away.

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 photo 2013-01-05060115-1.jpgFamiliar signs

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 photo 2013-01-05063405-1.jpgDomestic Terminal of HND

The first order of the day was to locate the ANA counters so that we can find out whether our flight, NH55, was still operated by a 744D. The last time we attempted to fly in a 744D, in February 2012, our equipment was swapped to a 773 instead. We arrived at the counter, manned by the ever-smiling ANA girls. We nudged Aaron to the front, as he was the most fluent Japanese-speaking one out of the three of us. Not that I really knew how to speak Japanese, that is.

Aaron initiated a conversation with the ANA girl, asking whether our flight was still operated by a 744D. She gave polite bow, followed by a "はい" as she typed away at her computer. After a few moments, she turned back to look at us and said that NH55 was still operated by a 744. That's a relief! With that information, we thanked her and proceeded with checking in. Time to explore HND and for some spotting.

 photo 2013-01-05064229-1.jpgThe driveway of the Domestic Terminal

Spotting opportunities and locations are some of the things that the Japanese airports wins hands down over my home airport. Many of us would be familiar with the absolutely awful double glass and externally shaded panels of the T2 & T3 Viewing Malls of SIN. This is a far cry from the Observation Decks the likes of AND OLD: Hong Kong - Kai Tak International (HKG / VHHH) (closed), China - Hong Kong">HKG, HND or CTS, who prepares paid binoculars and open-air settings for the enjoyment of both travellers or casual airport visitors alike.

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 photo 2013-01-05065058.jpgA 767 decked out in retro ANA livery

 photo 2013-01-05065219-4.jpgANA Boeing 777-381 JA754A “Pokemon Peace Jet”

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 photo 2013-01-05065537-2.jpgANA Land

 photo 2013-01-05065902-1.jpgAnd then this BA bird rotated right in front of us

 photo 2013-01-05065946.jpgThe sun rising over Tokyo

 photo 2013-01-05071300-2.jpgThis tiny one launched itself into the air

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 photo 2013-01-05073338-1.jpgMore ANA Dreamliners

 photo 2013-01-05073044.jpgParting shot before we left the Observation Deck

Although it was a real pleasure to be spotting at HND’s Observation Deck, the time had come for us to go airside. Security was a fast process, no surprises there, given the Japanese and their reputation with precision and efficiency. We emerged the other side unscathed and headed for our gate, hoping to catch sight of our 744D which must have been towed to the gate while we were busy with screening and everything.

 photo 2013-01-05075111-1.jpgPassport and boarding pass

 photo 2013-01-05080145.jpgGoing on these to our gate

 photo 2013-01-05080619.jpgOne of the many gates

And then, we were surprised when we reached our gate. We saw something big AND yellow parked at our gate.

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With a blue tail that has a yellow rodent on it.

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And giant Pokeballs on its engines!

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What luck! Not only did we finally secured a flight on a 744D, but we also had the privilege of flying in the famed Pikachu Jumbo up to Sapporo. This is definitely going down well in our record books! Things are definitely getting interesting.

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 photo 2013-01-05081309-1.jpgOur flight’s status TV screen

 photo 2013-01-05081531.jpgMore Pikachu Jumbo

 photo 2013-01-05082007.jpgMore ANA 767s as well

 photo 2013-01-05082140.jpgEven more Pikachu Jumbo

 photo 2013-01-05082826.jpgAaron’s 747 doll posing with a real life-sized 747 behind it

We explored the terminal enough and went back to our gate. Though it was a 744D, I don’t think that it’ll be filled to the brim for this flight, looking around at our area. Soon, announcements were made (in Japanese, no less) that boarding has commenced. Here we go!

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 photo 2013-01-05084247.jpgQueueing up in neat fashion is the way to go

 photo 2013-01-05084333.jpgWalking through the aerobridge

 photo 2013-01-05084401.jpgThank goodness for the glass walls of this aerobridge

 photo 2013-01-05084425.jpgLeft or right

We reached the end of the aerobridge and was greeted warmly and enthusiastically by an ANA girl stationed at the door. The flight of stairs leading to the Upper Deck was located conveniently located in front of us the second be stepped on the plane. Up the stairs, we go!

 photo 2013-01-05084643.jpgOur seats! Check out those cute headrest covers!

 photo 2013-01-05084655-1.jpgThe Upper Deck cabin in its entirety

 photo 2013-01-05084815.jpgThe other side, our row

 photo 2013-01-05084818.jpgThe staircase leading down to the Main Deck

 photo 2013-01-05084827.jpgThe last two rows of seats in the Upper Deck

Having taken enough photographs for now, we settled into our seats. This would be my second Upper Deck flight, which means side storage bins for our use! I really love those storage bins, which saves the trouble of hauling our stuff up to the overhead bins.

 photo 2013-01-05084933.jpgSaid side storage bins

 photo 2013-01-05085114.jpgThe view from my seat

 photo 2013-01-05085125-1.jpgStill boarding

I was having a conversation with Aaron and our other friend. I forgot exactly what was said between us, but it resulted in my saying “YES!” quite audibly. At the exact same moment, a group of burly Japanese men emerged from the stairs. One of them enthusiastically mimicked me with a loud “YES!”. I turned to look at him, and this absolute stranger just gave me and toothy grin and chuckled as he walked to his seat in the front with his friends.

Oh, I just love these zany Japanese   photo 2013-01-05085134.jpg

Boarding had completed, and the ANA girls prepared the cabin and every passenger for departure. Right on the dot, we began pushing back and taxiied to the active runway almost immediately.

 photo 2013-01-05085335.jpgThe safety video was playing from those ceiling TV screens

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 photo 2013-01-05090822.jpgScenes during our taxi

 photo 2013-01-05090836.jpgEven this old 744D has a nose gear camera. Sit down and take notes, Singapore Airlines!

We finally reached the end of the runway after a leisurely taxi. A final turn was made and here we go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQJSz0k2W24

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 photo 2013-01-05091123.jpgLeaving HND behind us

 photo 2013-01-05091128.jpgWork it, Pokeball engines!

 photo 2013-01-05091337.jpgWe emerged from the grey cloud layer

Soon enough, the seatbelt signs were switched off. We immediately launched into action with our cameras! To our left, Mount Fuji came into view.

 photo 2013-01-05091714-1.jpgAnother aerial Mount Fuji shot to add to my collection

 photo 2013-01-05091725-1.jpgJapanese landscapes down below

 photo 2013-01-05091933.jpgWe wandered downstairs to the Main Deck

 photo 2013-01-05092109.jpgMore PokeEngines

Okay, enough roaming around. Back to our seats!

 photo 2013-01-05092216-1.jpgKnee shot

 photo 2013-01-05092305-1.jpgFeet shot

 photo 2013-01-05092351.jpgTray table still stowed

 photo 2013-01-05092357.jpgSeat pocket

 photo 2013-01-05092412.jpgThe mad cute headrest cover!

 photo 2013-01-05092500-1.jpgTray table unfolded

 photo 2013-01-05092717-1.jpgSeat pocket contents

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 photo 2013-01-05092832-1.jpgThe further we flew north, snow appeared

By now, the ANA girls in the galley behind us emerged with their trolley of goods. I was in a spending mood, so I browsed through the menu card and decided on this box of stuff. Aaron had taught me enough basic Japanese for me to order what I want entirely in Japanese, although the ANA girl was smiling away at my accent. Apologies, ANA girl! She was more than willing to oblige to our requests and did so with a bright and wide smile. She ended off the order with her telling us to please enjoy the snacks and drinks. Awesome hospitality right off the bat, ANA!

 photo 2013-01-05093056.jpgThe box of stuff that I bought from the trolley

I also had purchased some raw fish items when were still at HND. Time to unpack those! I just have a soft spot for raw salmon.

 photo 2013-01-05093506-1.jpgSalmon!

It appears that the entire group of ANA girls serving the Upper Deck has been studying the three of us from the start. Two of them suddenly appeared beside us and offered us Pokemon postcards and ANA candies to go along with it. We were really surprised at this, as they didn’t seem to offer these to the rest of the passengers in the Upper Deck.

 photo 2013-01-05094626-1.jpgThe Pokemon postcards. We got four each! Thank you, ANA!

Aaron and the ANA girls were engaged in a lively conversation. Apparently, they said that they were proud to be working for ANA and also proud that ANA was part of Star Alliance. They were doubly excited when we told them that this trip so far has entirely been on Star Alliance Airlines. Triply so when I told Aaron to tell them that so far, ANA is the best performer so far out of all the Star Alliance flights we have taken so far during the trip.

They continued to ask us questions about where we came from, what do we do back home in Singapore, how often do we travel and such with enthusiasm. Aaron mentioned that the 747 is his favorite plane, and they replied that it is theirs too. I think that the ANA girls were really interested in what we had to say. I swear, this is the friendliest set of crew I have ever encountered. Even though they can’t really speak English, and I don’t speak Japanese at all, the service provided by them transcends that obvious language barrier between us and still felt very sincere and personal. Absolute top marks to you, ANA!

 photo 2013-01-05094739-1.jpgMore snowy landscapes

 photo 2013-01-05094747.jpgThe rest of the passengers had dozed off

The ANA girls bowed before taking their leave, to continue with their cabin duties.

 photo 2013-01-05095817.jpgCrossing the Tsugaru Strait

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 photo 2013-01-05100229-2.jpgHakodate, Hokkaido has been sighted

Cabin announcements was soon made that we would be descending very soon. Time to do the last thing on the agenda - lavatory visit!

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 photo 2013-01-05100535.jpgUpper Deck lavatory

 photo 2013-01-05101108.jpgPassport, boarding pass and boarding receipt

We drifted lower and lower, until we flew over the coast.

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 photo 2013-01-05102027.jpgAnd lower and lower and lower

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DzeM24QTb4

And so, our one and only flight on the Pikachu Jumbo ends with a taxi to the gate.

 photo 2013-01-05102500.jpgWinter wonderland CTS

 photo 2013-01-05103047-1.jpgMore ANA planes parked at the gates

 photo 2013-01-05103602-1.jpgMaximum thumbs up to this flight!

 photo 2013-01-05103639-1.jpgUpper Deck shot from the front

 photo 2013-01-05103700-1.jpgStaircase again

 photo 2013-01-05103737-1.jpgThe rear section of the Main Deck

 photo 2013-01-05103742-1.jpgThe front section of the Main Deck

Two ANA girls were stationed at the door. By now, the plane was largely empty and we were the last passengers left on board. The ANA girls bowed to us and thanked us for flying with ANA. In response, we bowed back to them, thanking them for the top notch service even though it was a relatively short flight.

 photo 2013-01-05103802.jpgThis JAL bird was parked next to us

 photo 2013-01-05103813.jpgLarger than life Plusle and Minun

 photo 2013-01-05103912-1.jpgParked among its sister Boeings

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 photo 2013-01-05104812-1.jpgMore spotting

And then I forgot that I had left my NEW YORK hoodie in the side storage bin back at my seat. Fortunately, a pair of ANA ground staff were walking past us. Aaron told them that I had left my jacket in the plane and asked if it was possible for us to retrieve it. They smiled and obliged, saying not to worry and that they’ll see to it. They talked on their radio communication device while walking away. About five minutes later, they were seen walking towards us, with my jacket in hand. I bowed and thanked them profusely for their kind assistance. Seriously, from air to ground, ANA is top class!

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 photo 2013-01-05105116-1.jpgMy dream of sitting on the luggage carousel and going around in circles still has not been achieved

 photo 2013-01-05105952-1.jpgThe busy crowd at the Arrival Hall

 photo 2013-01-05110005-1.jpgStatus screen of flights for the morning

We decided to head up to the Observation Deck. Might as well, right? A new airport to log in some spotting.

 photo 2013-01-05111007.jpgThe equally busy Departure Hall

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 photo 2013-01-05111200.jpgWhat seemed like a flagship Calbee store

 photo 2013-01-05112326-4.jpgANA Star Alliance jet!

 photo 2013-01-05112906-1.jpgPreparing for its flight back to Tokyo

 photo 2013-01-05113207.jpgThree ANA planes, three liveries

 photo 2013-01-05113800.jpgPikachu Jumbo finally pushed back, ready for departure

 photo 2013-01-05115439.jpgHi there, little one

 photo 2013-01-05115556-3.jpgA red crane appeared

 photo 2013-01-05115915-1.jpgFollowed by a purple flying Peach

 photo 2013-01-05120127-1.jpgMore ANA

 photo 2013-01-05120354-1.jpgMore JAL


TO BE CONTINUED!

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My other trip reports:
Retroactive! New Zealand 2007 On QF & NZ Part 1
Retroactive! New Zealand 2007 On QF & NZ Part 2
New Year '09: Northwest Airlines A330 SIN-NRT-SIN
Yokoso! Japan 2012: 3K/D7/NH/SQ & Shinkansens
A Weekend Trip: SIN-KUL-SIN On Jetstar Asia (3K)
SQ A380/77W SIN-HKG With Singapore Girls & Boys
Of LCCs & Lufthansas: SIN-CGK-SIN In VF Y & LH J
A Star Alliance RTW: I. SIN-BKK-CAI With TG/MS
A Star Alliance RTW: II. CAI-JFK With MS
A Star Alliance RTW: III. Road Trip With US & Ford
A Star Alliance RTW: IV. Go West, UA LGA-IAH-SFO
A Star Alliance RTW: V. A Great Way To Fly LAX-NRT

[Edited 2013-10-08 20:09:40]

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3331 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6902 times:

Nice report, and bizarre timing....later today (hopefully) i'll be publishing my NH 744D HND-CTS report! Looks like you had a good flight.

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
What luck! Not only did we finally secured a flight on a 744D, but we also had the privilege of flying in the famed Pikachu Jumbo up to Sapporo. This is definitely going down well in our record books! Things are definitely getting interesting.

Very lucky, I ended up flying a plain blue one.



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User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6573 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):

Nice report, and bizarre timing....later today (hopefully) i'll be publishing my NH 744D HND-CTS report! Looks like you had a good flight.

Thanks! And I really look forward to your 744D HND-CTS TR. Yes, this flight with NH55 is definitely staying at the top of my list for a long time to come! I think HND-CTS might just be my go-to route if I ever fly domestic Japan again~

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Very lucky, I ended up flying a plain blue one.

Ahh, well it's still a 744D, at least! I mean, not many of those still flying around on a regular basis, isn't it?

Regards,
Hafiz


User currently offlineRyanairGuru From Australia, joined Oct 2006, 5903 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

Hello Airbusmango, how are you?

What a wonderful continuation to your trip!

ANA look great here, much more memorable than my flights on JAL (being a Qantas FF I go into bat for the other team, as it were). The crew sound like a fantastic bunch from start to finish, and its nice of them to have noticed that you were enthusiasts and giving you some goodies to take away. While I think that aircraft might be tad to much Pokemon for my taste, it's nice to see that they keep the theme going on the inside as well.

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
ANA Star Alliance jet!

Great photo!

Did you have a good time in Hokkaido? It is a place that I would love to go to next time that I'm in Japan.

Cheers,
Alex



Worked Hard, Flew Right
User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5497 times:

Hi Alex!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
Hello Airbusmango, how are you?

What a wonderful continuation to your trip!

I'm good. I trust that you are too! Well, this TR was way way way way overdue, it's only right to finish it!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
ANA look great here, much more memorable than my flights on JAL (being a Qantas FF I go into bat for the other team, as it were). The crew sound like a fantastic bunch from start to finish, and its nice of them to have noticed that you were enthusiasts and giving you some goodies to take away. While I think that aircraft might be tad to much Pokemon for my taste, it's nice to see that they keep the theme going on the inside as well.

As I mentioned, what's even more fantastic that the ANA Girls managed to make their service feel superbly personal and attentive even though we did not understand each other's language. The goodies were a real treat, of course! But leave it to the Japanese to pull out all the stops in putting a fantastic show, there's never a dull moment  
Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
Great photo!

Thanks!

Quoting RyanairGuru (Reply 3):
Did you have a good time in Hokkaido? It is a place that I would love to go to next time that I'm in Japan.

Hokkaido is a wonderful winter wonderland! Yes, all you see is snow snow snow during winter and there's no glitzy and glamorous Shinkansens speeding along the countryside like back in Honshu and Kyushu. But that's exactly what I like about it! Take the slower trains to the middle of nowhere and just enjoy the view in places which are otherwise inaccessible by cars. You might just be lucky enough to spot deer or Japanese red foxes scampering in the snowy forest  

Regards,
Hafiz


User currently offlineCdnCactus From Canada, joined Mar 2013, 196 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5414 times:

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
With a blue tail that has a yellow rodent on it.

I don't know...something about the character design doesn't quite work on plane fuselage in terms of making the characters easily identifiable (yes I know we're talking about Pokemon   )

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
Work it, Pokeball engines!

It's like I'm getting eyeballed by those balls for the entire flight...


Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
I also had purchased some raw fish items when were still at HND. Time to unpack those! I just have a soft spot for raw salmon.

Raw salmon rules.

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
More ANA planes parked at the gates

Look! No HSBC on the jet bridges! Did you had the chance to try those Royce' chocolate though?

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
They talked on their radio communication device while walking away. About five minutes later, they were seen walking towards us, with my jacket in hand. I bowed and thanked them profusely for their kind assistance. Seriously, from air to ground, ANA is top class!

One time my colleague left something admittedly minor on his seat and only realized it when we were at baggage claim. He wasn't able to interest anyone in assisting him to retrieve the item. It's a North American airlines who shall remain nameless, and we weren't expecting much anyway. Ultimately my colleague replaced the item on his own, but yes, great service by ANA.

Great report and epic RTW trip. I envy you for being able to do that.


User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4924 times:

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 5):
I don't know...something about the character design doesn't quite work on plane fuselage in terms of making the characters easily identifiable (yes I know we're talking about Pokemon)

Ahh, if they had giant Dragonites or Eevees on them instead, I'm sure you can identify them easily!

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 5):

It's like I'm getting eyeballed by those balls for the entire flight...

Those eyeballs eyeballing you.

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 5):

Raw salmon rules.

Word!

Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 5):
Look! No HSBC on the jet bridges! Did you had the chance to try those Royce' chocolate though?

Trust the Japanese to promote chocolates instead of banks! Nah, I did not have any Royce chocolates. Why have that when you can have the famous Shiroi Koibito? 
Quoting CdnCactus (Reply 5):
One time my colleague left something admittedly minor on his seat and only realized it when we were at baggage claim. He wasn't able to interest anyone in assisting him to retrieve the item. It's a North American airlines who shall remain nameless, and we weren't expecting much anyway. Ultimately my colleague replaced the item on his own, but yes, great service by ANA.

Ouch, that's awful of them. Not even a single soul working for the Airline was able to assist? I'll be extra sure to not leave anything behind when I'm traveling in the States this December then.

Regards,
Hafiz


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 3965 times:

Dear Hafiz,

What an amazing report! This was truly the star report of your RTW Star Alliance series (though i thoroughly enjoyed all reports in this series!).

What nice timing to have this report up around the time the Pikachu jumbo was being celebrated before its retirement!

I am due to fly ANA for the first time in about 5 months from now, and i am really looking forward to it! From your TR, and from almost all other TRs on ANA, they appear to be an excellent airline so i am looking forward to it!  

Many thanks for sharing this (and the others in the series) great report with us!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineairbusmango From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3668 times:

Hi Roni!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
What an amazing report! This was truly the star report of your RTW Star Alliance series (though i thoroughly enjoyed all reports in this series!).

And a star experience, it was! Thanks for enjoying this RTW series!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
What nice timing to have this report up around the time the Pikachu jumbo was being celebrated before its retirement!

And why not? It's a nice plane to both fly in and look at. It's such a shame that its time was up, but nevertheless we enthusiasts shall NEVER forget it  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
I am due to fly ANA for the first time in about 5 months from now, and i am really looking forward to it! From your TR, and from almost all other TRs on ANA, they appear to be an excellent airline so i am looking forward to it!

Oh is it, now? I hope you'll have a fantastic first time on ANA! Can we expect a TR on that? :P Perhaps it's just a Japanese hospitality thing in general. I'm sure that JAL provides an equally top-notch service! Hope to try them out some day.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Many thanks for sharing this (and the others in the series) great report with us!

You're welcomed! Stick around, another huge TR is coming up after 2013 ends!

Regards,
Hafiz


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6902 posts, RR: 77
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3398 times:

Hi Hafiz,

great report with many nice pictures! Congratulations on getting on that beautiful special bird! Unfortunately, it has now been retired and will be scrapped.

Flying in Japan is always a pleasure, I need to go there again soon.


PH



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3148 times:
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Hello Hafiz!

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
What luck! Not only did we finally secured a flight on a 744D, but we also had the privilege of flying in the famed Pikachu Jumbo up to Sapporo. This is definitely going down well in our record books! Things are definitely getting interesting.

How nice you could fly on board this colorful jet!!

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
It appears that the entire group of ANA girls serving the Upper Deck has been studying the three of us from the start. Two of them suddenly appeared beside us and offered us Pokemon postcards and ANA candies to go along with it. We were really surprised at this, as they didn’t seem to offer these to the rest of the passengers in the Upper Deck.

It's nice they could study you three, and then reward you accordingly. It must make them feel good too, knowing that for most passengers it's just a matter of getting onto the plane and off at their destination.

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
Aaron and the ANA girls were engaged in a lively conversation. Apparently, they said that they were proud to be working for ANA and also proud that ANA was part of Star Alliance. They were doubly excited when we told them that this trip so far has entirely been on Star Alliance Airlines

Good service begins with a sense of pride in your job, I guess, and these ANA girls definitely loved their jobs. And they for sure was glad to be part of Star Alliance.

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
Triply so when I told Aaron to tell them that so far, ANA is the best performer so far out of all the Star Alliance flights we have taken so far during the trip.

How nice of you to highlight that fact. Though I think one short haul would be enough for give them this status?

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
The ANA girls bowed before taking their leave, to continue with their cabin duties.

What a cultured nation. Would love to go to Japan someday and definitely go there with a Japanese airline. Though I did stop at NRT on my way from LAX to SIN in 2000.

Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
Two ANA girls were stationed at the door. By now, the plane was largely empty and we were the last passengers left on board. The ANA girls bowed to us and thanked us for flying with ANA. In response, we bowed back to them, thanking them for the top notch service even though it was a relatively short flight.
Quoting airbusmango (Thread starter):
Aaron initiated a conversation with the ANA girl, asking whether our flight was still operated by a 744D. She gave polite bow, followed by a "はい" as she typed away at her computer.

From the time you check into the counter you get a bow, till the time one leaves you get a bow.


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