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#3: JAL Osaka-Shanghai, & The Chinese Bullet Train  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Posted (6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11972 times:

#3: JAL Osaka-Shanghai, & the Chinese bullet train



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Intro



Welcome to Part 3 of my 2013 Autumn Asia reports, covering my JAL flight from Osaka to Shanghai, some photos from both, plus the new(ish) bullet trains between Shanghai and Nanjing.

In case you missed them, here are my previous reports from Asia:
#1: The Reindeer Route to Tokyo. AY 320 & JL 787
#2: ANA & Peach. B747-400D HND-CTS-KIX + Hokkaido trains

My flight for this report


JL897 KIX-PVG B737-800

My route, courtesy of GC Mapper, of this report


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My complete list of Asian flights


LHR-HEL AY A320
HEL-NRT JL B787
HND-CTS NH B744D
CTS-KIX MM A320
KIX-PVG JL B738
SHA-CGO FM B738
LYA-PEK MU A320
PEK-FNJ JS Tu204 (Tupolev 204)
FNJ-YJS JS IL18 (Ilyushin 18)
YJS-FNJ JS IL18
FNJ-FNJ JS An148 (Antonov 148)
FNJ-DSO JS Tu134 (Tupolev 134)
DSO-FNJ JS An24 (Antonov 24)
FNJ-FNJ JS IL62 (Ilyushin 62)
FNJ-FNJ JS IL76 (Ilyushin 76)
FNJ-DSO JS Tu154 (Tupolev 154)
DSO-FNJ JS Tu154
FNJ-PEK JS Tu204
PEK-HEL AY A330
HEL-LHR AY A321

And my map including all flights


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And my map including all flights, and without airport codes…might be a bit easier to see where I’m flying


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And finally just zoomed in on the Asian sectors


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Onto the Report



After my fairly mundane flight down from Sapporo with Peach, and a ride on that on-steroid train from KIX, I now had 2 nights to spend in Osaka, Japan’s second city. A friend from school had recently moved to town, and was keen to meet up, which was great.

So, firstly some photos from Osaka:

The Castle (and the constant stream of aircraft inbound of ITM)
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Impressive walls
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Please don’t have fun here, especially with dangerous yo-yos
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From the top of the castle
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Next door is the very interesting Peace International Peace Center. Osaka was bombed flat during the war
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Next it was over to the harbour area for a ride on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel
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And some tasty tempura
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Out on the town, Osaka style
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Some tasty bar snacks
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A visit to a proper (posh) tempura restaurant - delicious
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The Japanese have pioneered the “frozen head”….they poured the (headless) pint, then dribbled the head on from a slushie machine. To be honest, I was a bit weird tasting so I wouldn’t have it again, but they get points for ingenuity, especially on a baking hot summers day.


And of course, we went to a KTV place



This was, without a doubt, the coolest sushi restaurant ever. You could order stuff a la carte on the screen (if you didn’t like what was whizzing past you, and it would be delivered by another (upper fast) conveyer belt (the orange thing)…awesome, especially as it was a Y100 yen sushi place.
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My type of Corporation!
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Sadly, after two very interesting days, it was time to say goodbye to Osaka (and Japan), and head over the water to China.

If you’ve been following my travel over the years, you’ll know I’ve been to China a lot. The purpose of this visit was mainly to reposition myself for the start of my North Korean tour, which would begin in Beijing. I choose Shanghai as I have a good friend living there. As I wanted to be there for a weekend, and the NK tour would start on a Saturday, it meant spending just over a week in China. Not ideal (when I’d rather be in Japan), but I was sure I could rustle up some interesting travel after my weekend in Shanghai.

I was using my BA Avios on JAL between KIX and PVG. The morning flight is operated by the 767, but the times weren’t great. The afternoon flight had a much better schedule, but was operated by the 738…oh well, we can’t have everything!

After my sushi lunch, I hopped on a non-express train back to Kansai.
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Kansai, along with just about every airport in japan, has excellent spotting facilities. KIX I believe, however, has gone further than most other airports, and built a little spotting village at the end of the runway. As such, I got to KIX nearly 3 hours early.

FIDS. As you can see, KIX is not a busy airport
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The Fairbanks flight is an interesting one
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FIDS in Korean


First stop was check in.
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The JAL counters were understandably deserted of passengers, but as one would expect, had a full complement of impeccably attired and super polite staff. After checking I was eligible for the Priority desks by a friendly bouncer, I was directed to one of the many empty desks.

My bag was tagged with a priority tag (which was mysteriously missing upon arrival in Shanghai), and my boarding pass and lounge map issued. I now had plenty of time to find the viewing area.

I was quite impressed with the interior architecture of the terminal. When I was much younger, I fancied myself as an architect, and this was an inspirational building for me way back when it was built. It reminds me of PVG a bit.
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The Viewing area (aka SkyView) is a free bus ride away.
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It was pretty hot waiting outside, so I went in to the arrivals area to wait. Despite the dearth of flights, this area seemed horribly cluttered and crowded, even with just one flights worth of passengers…now this bit definitely needs a sort out.

Before long, the bus arrived, and I got off with a few other people (none of which were your typical av geeks…young family, elderly couple, tourists).

The SkyView was obviously set up for slightly busier times as a lot of it was empty. There are a couple of aviation themed restaurants (both deserted), some cool shops (didn’t buy anything though), some other bits and bobs, and then finally, plenty of space to sit and watch the planes.

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Jetstar
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EVA
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And compatriot China Airlines
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Inside there was a FIDS, along with a cool cartoon plane showing the relevant data
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The bridge to the mainland
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Not too busy today
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Peach
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And a Fed Ex MD 11
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Toilets…playing to gender stereotypes a bit, but cute nevertheless
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Back in the main terminal, I headed for secueity. I didn’t see a priority lane, but there was no queue anyway in the normal bit. I was only person at immigration (and there was only 1 desk open). Now this is how all airports should be!

Airside was a bit odd. Unlike in many places, it seemed like only passengers from certain gates could easily access large parts of the terminal. I had thought of doing a walk down the length of the pier, but wasn’t sure if I took the monorail (which seemed to be the only way to get out of the central bit), if I could get back or not.

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In the end, I decided to just head to the lounge (I mean, there were hardly any flights leaving anyway, so probably not much to miss).

Onto the monorail


Not much happening down at the gate

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My plane waiting patiently

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There was not much else to do but hit the lounge
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I was welcomed at the door, and directed inside. Well, compared to the NH domestic lounge, there was plenty of offer. However, the place had clearly not been updated in quite a few years and was showing her 90’s (?) heritage fairly well.

The was a reasonable choice of food and drink
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And row upon row of armchairs facing the window (sadly, with nothing on the tarmac outside). There were a handful of other passengers in the lounge, but it was quite quiet and peaceful
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Sandwiches, crudité, and some drinks
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The onigri was warm and very tasty


Another back room was deserted….
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…maybe because they were showing this on the TV screens….
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I had a go on the massage chair, but it was fairly uncomfortable


It got boring in the lounge quite quickly, so I headed to the gate fairly early, where a rowdy crowd of Chinese tourists were comparing their bargains from the duty free.
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Nearly ready for boarding
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The airport is so quiet!
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Finally, 25 minutes before our STD priority boarding was called. I ended up being the only person to take advantage though, and was first on-board. Note the ID of the aircraft maintenance manager who wishes everyone a pleasant flight.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (6 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 11972 times:

September 2013
Osaka Kansai (KIX) – Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
Japan Airlines JL 897
Scheduled: 1535-1705 (2h30m)
Actual: 1537-1648 (2h11m)
Boeing 737-800 JA303J
Economy

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Much like my 787 flight from HEL, all the shutters were down making the interior very dark. Still, the welcome was warm and friendly. Nearly as soon as I sat down, I was asked if I could like a blanket. Why yes, yes I would.
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Some other JALs on the tarmac
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The plane gradually filled up, although thankfully we ended up with only around a 50% load in economy (and I think business was empty). There was initially someone on the aisle, but the crew invited him into the bulkhead row (one row in front) before pushback. Excellent!

Safety demo
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Moving Map
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Pushback
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And off we go. Obviously, there was no queue for take off!
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China Eastern Yunnan
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The two buildings comprise of SkyView, linked by that little bridge
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I think the Peach terminal is the structure on the other island
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Over the inland sea
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Thankfully even the 738s have AVOD, although like the 787s, the content is a bit limited.
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After checking the options, I went with The Internship as it seemed like I could fit it in before arrival

Cabin

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Twenty minutes after wheels up, the trolleys are rolled to the front. I was handed a tray without any choice being offered.
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And underneath the covers
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Beef with egg donburi (which was a bit eggy, but otherwise ok)
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And assorted appetisers.
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And a menu was attached to the lid
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Drinks. I asked for my usual, but was told they don’t do gin on shorthual (but they had whiskey). Time for a beer
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Overall lunch was ok. Given the demographic on the route (i.e. mostly Chinese) I think it is probably a winner.

Cloudy out
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And then clearer
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Then cloudy again
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Continuing our journey
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The call button was answered quickly, and my second beer delivered promptly. They even apologised that they had run out of Yebisu (my first beer)…I hadn’t even realised!
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Safety card


The weather got worse again as we approached Shanghai. Annoyingly, despite the IFE being activated from boarding, it was switched off a good 20 minutes before arrival meaning I didn’t get to finish the end of my film
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A bridge to/from nowhere
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And nearly down…here’s Delta
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A French whale
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The Tokyo flight
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We were at the terminal at 1655, ten minutes early. Perfect.

J class on the way out


Sadly the queues at immigration were the longest I’d ever seen in China. Groan. It took a good 45 minutes to get though. Thankfully by this time my bag was already on the carousel, and I was *just* able to catch the next Maglev into the city.
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On the Maglev
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Report Bonus Material! Chinese Bullet Trains!



After quite a few drinks that evening with my friend we decided to head off to Nanjing for Saturday night. We both studied in Nanjing back in 2004/5 so were looking forward to checking ou the city once again. I’d been back a few times (including on the direct Lufthansa Frankfurt-Nanjing flight), but my friend (despite living in Shanghai) hadn’t been back since 2005. We booked our ticket for one of the many afternoon trains from the new Hongqiao transport hub (massive new Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 and the train terminal are right next to each other – finally some joined up thinking).

Our train was scheduled at just 1 hour 14 minutes. Back in 2004 the fastest train was nearly 4 hours, with some scheduled at 8! And as you can see, they leave every few minutes, rather than the 4 daily “express” trains back in the day.

TIDS
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The massive concourse at Hongqiao
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It’s normally a bit of a push to get through the ticket gates, but at least all the seats are reserved.
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Just 2x3 economy (aka hard seat) for us today…fairly comfortable
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The journey whizzed by….soon we were at Nanjing South
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A few photos from Nanjing:

The chair lift up Purple Mountain (probably my favourite thing to do in Nanjing…so peaceful on the chairlift!)
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And Fuzimiao
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Before long, it was back to Shanghai by way of the imposing new Nanjing South
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I have never seen so many escalators all going in the same direction next to each other before…5 up, 2 down
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Down to the train
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On the way back to Shanghai we both slept, so no photos, sorry.

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So, what did I think?



JAL was pretty good on this short regional hop. The catering was definitely geared to local tastes, but I guess there’s no problem with that. The cabin was clean and comfortable, and the staff amenable.

Kansai was a bit of a mix. The SkyView area was great, but I didn’t like the airside set up at all…it was rather confusing. And of course, there wasn’t much to see!

It was great to have finally had my long awaited Japanese Holiday. I’ve eaten my weight in sushi and rice, and should be able to stave off the urges to go back for another few years!

As always, all comments and questions welcome, and thanks for reading about my latest trip! The next parts will be out soon



In addition to the other parts of this series, I’ve got three further trips planned:

A weekend in Jersey on BA in Y and J


Catching the LAN 787 between Madrid and Frankfurt in Business, along with some BA and AB feeder flights


And my winter getaway to Burma on a combination of BA, Saudia and Malaysia Airlines in a mix of Business and Economy
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Some of my other TRs:



#2: ANA & Peach. B747-400D HND-CTS-KIX + Hokkaido trains
#1: The Reindeer Route to Tokyo. AY 320 & JL 787
Jetstreaming to Anglesey with Citywing CWL-VLY-CWL
The Norwegian 787 Dreamtour – LGW-OSL-LGW
East Meets West with Cityjet. Inaugural LCY-DRS, NUE-LCY
Auf Wiedersehen FTL! LH/LO/OS LHR-DUS-WAW-VIE-LHR
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 3: Etihad JNB-AUH-LHR
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 2. BA/Comair, JNB-HRE, LVI-JNB
Off to Zimbabwe, Part 1. EI & EY, BHX-DUB-MAN-AUH-JNB
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 3, BDS-LIN-LHR
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 2. MXP-NRT-FCO-BRI
La Dolce Vita with Alitalia, Part 1. LHR-FCO-GOA
Dubrovnik with British Airways. Club on the B734
Autumn Asia Part 10: Take me home Saudia! DEL-RUH-LHR B777
Autumn Asia Part 9: Air India 787. Calcutta - Delhi
Autumn Asia Part 8: United Airways DAC-ZYL, Jet Airways DAC-CCU
Autumn Asia Part 7: Going Beyond Expectations. MH KUL-DAC on the A330
Autumn Asia Part 6: Silk Air and Firefly around the Malay Peninsula. SIN-LGK-SZB
Autumn Asia Part 5: Fine Dining on Scoot. TPE-SIN on the 777
Autumn Asia Part 4: First with Cathay Pacific: HKG-TPE F on the B744
Autumn Asia Part 3: Around China with KN, MU & CN
Autumn Asia Part 2: JALing it to Beijing. JL HND-PEK 772 Business
Autumn 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
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlinewroord From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 916 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 10810 times:

Hi Gabreilchew,
Thank you for another fascinating trip report. I especially like the extra pics from the city as they seem to complete the report. Osaka looks like a fun place and hopefully I will be there in April. The shots of KIX from the plane look amazing

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was handed a tray without any choice being offered.

It happened to me a lot in Asia, especially in China. I think this is due to the fact that their language skills are very limited to repeating the same welcome formula and otherwise they do not understand if you ask them something.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
and I was *just* able to catch the next Maglev into the city

When I took Maglev we did close to 400 km/h. I'd say that if you want to try it once it is ok, but if you are to switch to subway with your bags and go multiple time through the x-ray machine and countless stairs it is not worth it. It saves about 25 min compared to line 2.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
It’s normally a bit of a push to get through the ticket gates, but at least all the seats are reserved

The train station at Hongqiao looks amazing. I could never understand why people are pushing through the gates as all the seats are reserved, but in China they always push everywhere. Those trains are very nice and comfy. I took it to Hangzhou.


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9958 times:

Great report Gabriel. Some very nice destination pictures too, thanks for sharing those. Looking forward to reading more about your trip, especially the North Korea part!

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (6 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 9941 times:

Thanks for the comments so far!

Quoting wroord (Reply 2):

Thank you for another fascinating trip report.

Thanks!

Quoting wroord (Reply 2):
I especially like the extra pics from the city as they seem to complete the report. Osaka looks like a fun place and hopefully I will be there in April.

Yeah, Osaka is quite nice, less frentic than Tokyo.

Quoting wroord (Reply 2):
When I took Maglev we did close to 400 km/h. I'd say that if you want to try it once it is ok, but if you are to switch to subway with your bags and go multiple time through the x-ray machine and countless stairs it is not worth it. It saves about 25 min compared to line 2.

Only some morning trains get up to 400kmph. I've done it a few times. It's fast, but then the whole xray thing is very frustrating.

Quoting wroord (Reply 2):
The train station at Hongqiao looks amazing. I could never understand why people are pushing through the gates as all the seats are reserved, but in China they always push everywhere. Those trains are very nice and comfy. I took it to Hangzhou.

The Chinese just love a good push!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 3):
Great report Gabriel

Thanks Robert

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 3):
Some very nice destination pictures too, thanks for sharing those. Looking forward to reading more about your trip, especially the North Korea part!

Thanks! I'm getting there slowly!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (6 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 9696 times:

Hey Gabriel  

Another great report. Nothing else expected   Loved all the pics.

Looking forward to the NK report too .

Regards

Philip  



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (6 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 9578 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):

Another great report. Nothing else expected

Thanks Phil!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Loved all the pics.

Yeah, I took a lot...hard to filter them down to just a handful!



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6412 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (6 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8644 times:

Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

Great to see that you tried out the observation deck at Kansai, something I didn't have enough time for when I was there.

Flight looks nice and food looks great too.

Too bad they stopped the IFE so early. I remember flights on TWA when they movie was continued during taxi after landing at LAX so people could watch the ending of a movie.....

China looks interesting as always and the trains look impressive.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1581 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (6 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 8595 times:
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Hello gabrielchew,

Thanks for another fine piece. The JAL plane interior looks really nice and contemporary and the PTV’s on the narrowbody are certainly and added bonus. Good to see an impression of the Osaka and Shanghai region as well and that bullet train really looks like a... bullet  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Please don’t have fun here, especially with dangerous yo-yos

Of course you were disobedient and kept on playing yours?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
along with a cool cartoon plane showing the relevant data

That A330 is well out of proportion ha ha ha!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And a menu was attached to the lid

A nice touch. Did you all know before that what was on the tray?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Catching the LAN 787 between Madrid and Frankfurt in Business

I’m planning on that one as well, although in Y it is not really cheap at € 124 (cheapest ticket!). We’ll see...

Sultanils



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1155 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 months 4 days ago) and read 8496 times:

Hi Gabriel good to catch up with the next installment. Good pics of Osaka - after getting a good taster of Japan, it's definitely a place I'd like to visit again and Osaka is on the list. I've been fascinated with Kansai since I was a lot younger - I got a free add on of the airport for MS flight simulator back in the day, so pretty familiar with the story of it. Never realised it was so quiet though!

The JAL lounge looks pretty similar to the ones I visited in NRT, so good to see a bit of consistency!

Nice pics from China too.

Looking forward to reading part 4!



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2652 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8210 times:

Hello Gabriel.

Nice follow up to the other 2 installments.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My type of Corporation!

HAHA! I´d buy shares.

I never thought KIX would be so quiet, but it is cool to have spotting facilities, I wished more airports did the same thing. Big brownie points to Japan for that.

JAL looks OK, love the PTV´s on the 738 always a bonus. and the pics of China are nice too.

Looking forward to the other parts, specially the NK part.

MIAspotter.



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Reply 11, posted (6 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 8189 times:
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Hi Gabriel!

Thanks for the parts #2 and #3! Can't wait for the rest of them. Man those pictures from Japan makes me wanting to go there now.  

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8149 times:

Thanks for all the comments guys!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Thanks for another great report with great pictures !

Thanks Lars

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Great to see that you tried out the observation deck at Kansai, something I didn't have enough time for when I was there.

A reason to go back, i'm sure.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Too bad they stopped the IFE so early. I remember flights on TWA when they movie was continued during taxi after landing at LAX so people could watch the ending of a movie.....

Thats very customer friendly

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
China looks interesting as always and the trains look impressive.

Yup, they have super trains now on key routes

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):

Thanks for another fine piece.

Thanks Nils

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
Of course you were disobedient and kept on playing yours?

Ha, sadly i've never owned a yoyo!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
That A330 is well out of proportion ha ha ha!

Yes, another cute Japanese cartoon

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
A nice touch. Did you all know before that what was on the tray?

Not really!

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 8):
I’m planning on that one as well, although in Y it is not really cheap at € 124 (cheapest ticket!). We’ll see...

Well, it's not too bad! Have you got any Avios to spend?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 9):
Good pics of Osaka - after getting a good taster of Japan, it's definitely a place I'd like to visit again and Osaka is on the list. I've been fascinated with Kansai since I was a lot younger - I got a free add on of the airport for MS flight simulator back in the day, so pretty familiar with the story of it. Never realised it was so quiet though!

I guess you know where to go on your next longhual!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 9):
The JAL lounge looks pretty similar to the ones I visited in NRT, so good to see a bit of consistency!

Same designers I guess. Not very interesting

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 10):
I never thought KIX would be so quiet, but it is cool to have spotting facilities, I wished more airports did the same thing. Big brownie points to Japan for that.

Yes, it was a bit odd how quiet it was. And yes, great viewing facilites

Quoting teme82 (Reply 11):
Thanks for the parts #2 and #3! Can't wait for the rest of them. Man those pictures from Japan makes me wanting to go there now.

Have you been before? If not, go!



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Reply 13, posted (6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8139 times:
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Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 12):

Have you been before? If not, go!

No but it is in the #1 spot on my list now on!  



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6657 posts, RR: 78
Reply 14, posted (5 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6946 times:

Hi Gabriel,

very nice review once again, cannot remember having a seen a report about JAL's 738 before. Very nice too find PTVs on these birds. I'm wondering if that's a standard feature on the airline's 738s.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Japanese have pioneered the “frozen head”….they poured the (headless) pint, then dribbled the head on from a slushie machine. To be honest, I was a bit weird tasting so I wouldn’t have it again, but they get points for ingenuity, especially on a baking hot summers day.

No thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Thankfully even the 738s have AVOD, although like the 787s, the content is a bit limited.

Better than having no AVOD at all - and the 738s don't fly on long routes anyway.


PH



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (5 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 6544 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):

very nice review once again

Thanks Udo

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Very nice too find PTVs on these birds. I'm wondering if that's a standard feature on the airline's 738s.

Yes, I think so, for the International birds at least

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Better than having no AVOD at all - and the 738s don't fly on long routes anyway.

Very true



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5818 times:
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Hello Gabriel,

Very nice third part of your series here with many nice pictures! JALs 738 looks very nice, good to see some PTVs installed as well. The meal isn't too my liking, but still pretty good considering the local tastes.
The observation deck at Kansai looks very nice, shame it isn't very busy though..
Beautiful pictures of Osaka and Nanjing as well  
Those bullet trains sure are something special..

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (4 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 4866 times:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):

Very nice third part of your series here with many nice pictures!

Thanks Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
JALs 738 looks very nice, good to see some PTVs installed as well.

Yup, was a nice plane, a good flight!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
The observation deck at Kansai looks very nice, shame it isn't very busy though..

Yeah, they could do with a lot more traffic

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 16):
Beautiful pictures of Osaka and Nanjing as well
Those bullet trains sure are something special..

Thanks! you should head over and check them out!



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Reply 18, posted (2 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
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Nice read and pictures Gabriel, yes, still playing catch-up!

The JAL catering is not really to my liking, the main looks fine fine but the 'stuff' in the box looks pretty yuck, at least for my palate.

The Maglev is great, the speed is something quite impressive, must find an excuse to do it again one day.

The spotting facility @ KIX is great, spent a day there a few years back,such a shame the traffic levels are so low.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (2 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1874 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 18):
Nice read and pictures Gabriel, yes, still playing catch-up!

Thanks Mark, good to see some new comments on old posts!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 18):
The JAL catering is not really to my liking, the main looks fine fine but the 'stuff' in the box looks pretty yuck, at least for my palate.

Indeed, it's a local offering that I imagine would not be to the taste of Westerners

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 18):
The Maglev is great, the speed is something quite impressive, must find an excuse to do it again one day.

It's a cool little train, and a bit of a bargain at £4 or so

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 18):
The spotting facility @ KIX is great, spent a day there a few years back,such a shame the traffic levels are so low.

Yeah, if KIX was busier, it'd be super



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