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London -> Tokyo - A346 - VS900 - W Class [Photos]  
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12167 times:

Well, firstly, before i delve into this enormous trip report, let me start by thanking Dale Coleman, James Rowson and Christopher Sharps for one of the most memorable trips of my life.
Secondly, i'd like to reccomend tokyo to EVERYONE!!!! I for one absolutley love this city to pieces and it will remain in my mind for many years to come. A special note also has to go to the few ladies that me and chris met on our night out. I was absolutly WASTED, and I thourghly enjoyed our walk home afterwards as we caused quite alot of mischeif... haha... anyways on with the report!

ps, sorry for the long length

Well, it all started on wednesday night. I met dale and james at gatwick after I finished work and chris met us at my house. We made our way into my local town centre for drinks and dinner to kick start our Tokyo Trip 2005 officially!
Dinner was at my favourite resturaunt "si" where we all ate various delights all for a bargin price! our waitress was rather hot and so we obviously charmed our way through dinner  Wink


After dinner we made our way back to my house where I had some more beers waiting for us... ASAHI! Very nice beer... We downed some more serious whiskey and then after being pretty much wasted we made our way to bed... Rising some time around 8am, getting ready and then leaving for heathrow was quite a challenge for me and all the others I think as hangovers were to be had all round :P... We dragged ourselves to gatwick airport for the coach to heathrow.



And whilst waiting i decided to entertain myself a little with james' sun glasses...



The journey up to heathrow took about an hour and was reasonably boring... However we soon arrived and made it to the VS Check In. I'd already checked us in the night before so we all knew where we were sitting (Premium Economy) and it was a simple point of dropping the bags at the Quick Bag Drop. We werent late so it was nice to make our way slowly through the terminal for once as when i normally travel virgin i'm rushing around as is common when flying standby.

Always time for shopping, Eh chris?


As this is a trip report here are the vital statistics  Wink

Aircraft Registration: G-VSHY
Aircraft Type: A340-642
Flight Number: VS900
Destination: Tokyo Narita, Japan
Estimated Flight Time: 11hrs 40mins


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I was sat in seat 18A, the bulkhead seat on the port side of the aircraft. an excellent seat as it has more leg room than the rest of the cabin (which has 28 seats in W class). Only 8 people booked into W on todays flight, four of them JP.Net Photographers  Wink...



But it wasnt long before flight nine hundred to narita was airborne on its enormously long journey to tokyo. we taxied out to the active which was runway 27R. Heathrow is busy at the time we were departing (13:00) and so we were waiting for our slot for quite some time.
Anyways, after an Aer Lingus A321 we were cleared for a straight out departure infront of a UA T7... Myself and James covered the departure quite well  Wink


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After departure we made a hard bank to the right as we turned back on ourselves to fly towards amsterdam out over the north sea, we passed over luton before I crashed out from exhaustion from the caffuffle of getting out of bed hung over. When we hit our cruising altitude, the drinks started to flow, i helped myself to a few vodka and apple juice's before settling down next to chris on the opposite side of the cabin in preperation of dinner. Today this was chicken korma which tasted EXCELLENT even for economy food.

A heineken washed my dinner down quite well. After dinner, i chatted with chris about this and that when we spotted an airport, so a quick grab for the camera produced this...



I drifted into unconciousness sat in 18E which is the middle seat of the bulkhead row. I really did sit in a crap load of seats on this flight... LoL!


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I woke a little more into the flight, it had all gone dark and everyone else was asleep. I slipped back into economy to talk to some of the hosties on the flight who really do make a difference on a flight like this. I got lost in conversation with one girl who appeared to be in trouble as we were talking for so long when she should have been working. I grabbed a handful of Pretzels and a coke and made for my seat.
Funnily enough, I met back up with this girl one evening when I was out clubbing one night. I was dancing away when someone started tugging at my shirt... I turned around and there she was... Made my evening that did  Wink
I watched The Incredibles which was HILLARIOUSLY funny and i would thorougly reccomend it to everyone! then of course I had to watch little britain. **Yeh I Kno'**

Chris Asleep... LoL!


**No, But, Yeh, But, Yeh, But SHAT UP cos I ain't eva' done nuffink about nuffink**

three episodes later, **Dust... Anybody... No?** i was all Little Britain'ed out and got some more alchomahol. Checking the time we were only 7hrs into the flight. Just under 5hrs remaining on the clock! The sun started to rise the smallest amount over the sky, yet it was still pitch black. I woke dale and chris, ready for the sunrise. I love sunrises at the high lattitudes as they have such amazing color and offer a crisp light that you can not find anywhere else in the world. I wandered to the back and JACKPOT, seat 64A was empty the last row of Y on the left side, I slipped in, opened the blind and readied my camera. This sunrise was just as good as all the others i'd watched as I stared in amazement. My camera rolled off about 50 pictures as each increment of light increased the amazement of the happening sunrise.



At this point in the flight I checked the iMap on v:port. for anyone who has used v:port before I'm sure they'll appreciate the fantastic features it offers!




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I again dropped into unconsciousness at this point in the flight untill we started our descent over the sea of japan. We dropped out of the sky into cloud and a reasonably chilly day in japan, our routing took us out over the sea, over japan then south to narita landing towards the east. a very wobbly approach due to rather intense winds, however the captain still managed to kiss the runway...

We then still had to mission it from NRT to tokyo itself and have four days of intense fun whilst certainly being "Lost In translation"...  Smile

I'll post up part II VERY soon


Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
29 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12068 times:

Hey,

Nice report biggrin . Funny thing, I have met all of you, but I have also met that waitress, and used to know her quite well silly ,

Sam



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineWheelsatc From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 111 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 12040 times:

Good trip report,

Been to Tokyo many times myself with friends etc and I know what good times can be had on a night out there  Wink

On your return post you are going to tell us that you returned on 20th March??? How do I know? Well I was flying from NRT to CDG that very same day and I saw you lot up on the observation deck of Terminal 1 whilst I was waiting for my AF flight.

Looking forward to the next installment.

Regards

James.


User currently offlineAirWales From UK - Wales, joined Oct 2004, 453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11985 times:

Fab report - cant wait for the return leg and more photos!

User currently offlineBRAVO7E7 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1840 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 11916 times:

AWESOME REPORT AND GREAT PICS!

User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 11879 times:

Excellent Report kev! You summed up the trip pretty well.

Now lets just wait for the report that will include the days in Tokyo themselves!  Silly It involved, extreme free running(to face plant on the floor for me), flag stealing, nearly getting hit by a truck at 6am, meeting random nigerian dudes who took us to a small club and beat kev at darts to Haneda and the shadiest guest house in the world! Big grin

Hands down one of my best trips with a GREAT bunch of guys! I look forward to the next one, Shanghai anyone...............  Silly

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11839 times:

For Show

Quoting Wheelsatc (Reply 2):
On your return post you are going to tell us that you returned on 20th March??? How do I know? Well I was flying from NRT to CDG that very same day and I saw you lot up on the observation deck of Terminal 1 whilst I was waiting for my AF flight.

Of course  Wink

Hehe! I hope you had chance to get a picture of our departure... :P

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 5):
ow lets just wait for the report that will include the days in Tokyo themselves! Silly It involved, extreme free running(to face plant on the floor for me), flag stealing, nearly getting hit by a truck at 6am, meeting random nigerian dudes who took us to a small club and beat kev at darts to Haneda and the shadiest guest house in the world! Big grin

Free Running Tokyo! F**king Rules!!!

I hope you still have that flag LoL

I wont be posting the video, its too embarrassing but yes... i nearly got wiped out by a truck at 5 in the morning

I let the nigerians beat me at darts  Wink and then I let them let me buy them drinks haha... And Excuse me if I hadn't played darts we wouldnt have started to speak to those japanese birds  Wink :P

The guest house was NOT my fault  Wink



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11823 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 6):
Free Running Tokyo! F**king Rules!!!

I hope you still have that flag LoL

I wont be posting the video, its too embarrassing but yes... i nearly got wiped out by a truck at 5 in the morning

I let the nigerians beat me at darts and then I let them let me buy them drinks haha... And Excuse me if I hadn't played darts we wouldnt have started to speak to those japanese birds :P

The guest house was NOT my fault

Yes Free Running Tokyo does rule, but it bloody hurts!

I do still have that flag, it is on my wall and it is 10foot long and 3 foot wide! Big grin I really want to know what it says!

THat video is SOOOOO FUNNNY! I can post it if you like!  Silly

Let them beat you.......... hehe! Full props, playing darts did get us in with those two fit birds! I still have no idea what her name was! :S Great girl tho. Oooppps about fag burning her shirt tho! :S She didnt know it was me! LOL

The guest house WAS your fault! BUT it was the funniest thing ever so i forgive you! Besides you got me some nice Prem upgrades so ill forgive ya!  Silly Big grin

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11793 times:

I don't know if you are aware, but I think that airport is HEL (sinki)


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User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 11784 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 8):
I don't know if you are aware, but I think that airport is HEL (sinki)

Yeah we knew that ta! I think he just forgot to write it down.

Being on a plane with two huge little britain fans and then flying over Helsinki ensured for LOTS of "I wannnnaaaa go to HELLLSIIIINNNKIIII" Big grin

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11708 times:

Excellent report! Big grin

Great to see the VS 346's!

Can't wait for part 2!

Rob!


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11694 times:

I don' like it'

**Heelllsinkee!!!**

Yeh I kno'



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineJambo From Tanzania, joined Dec 2004, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 11596 times:

Nice pictures, and enjoyed reading your trip report. Would love to see photos of Tokyo City if you have them.

Waiting for part II .


User currently offlineKaran69 From India, joined Oct 2004, 2891 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 11524 times:

Amazing report, whats the basic difference between VS premium economy and Economy

How is the A346 as an aircraft?

Cant wait to read the second part


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11504 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 13):
Amazing report, whats the basic difference between VS premium economy and Economy

How is the A346 as an aircraft?

Cant wait to read the second part

Bigger seat pitch, private cabin, free pre take off drinks, more cabin crew per head, foot rests, more recline. Its a nice service that fits in great between eco and upper.

The 346 is a great aircraft to fly. I've flown VS's 346's 5 times now and in all three classes and i have to say they are nice to fly. I prefer to fly them in premium or upper but economy isnt bad. The routes that they are used on i would preference the 346 over the 744 as it is more comfortable i find. However on routes where there is a T7 i would choose them. If i am in Upper or Premium i dont really care as they are all pretty much the same.

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 11365 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 14):
If i am in Upper or Premium i dont really care as they are all pretty much the same.

In that case the next time we get a J class upgrade, i'll downgrade your ass to W class "If they are pretty much the same"  Wink

[i'm yanking your chain and I understand what you actually meant to say]  Wink



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 11037 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 14):
I prefer to fly them in premium or upper

Who wouldn't?  Silly



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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 17, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 11019 times:

Quoting Karan69 (Reply 13):
How is the A346 as an aircraft?

Surprisingly i prefer to fly on the A346 over any other aircraft LoL!

In premium its very nice because its forward of the engines and so its really quiet. Down the back I have seats that I always get to sit in when flying Y class  Smile (Row 64 is an excellent choice of seat because its the very last row of economy and has an inch or two more leg room).

I'd fly any aircraft in the Virgin UCS... but I like the bar more on the 744... it feels more roomy...

The A346 is a very smooth and very quiet ride (if you are forward of the engines)... Its no where near as quiet as the A343 which sometimes when I fly the -300 i wonder if the engines are turned on **grin**

If you get chance to fly the A346, take it...! You wont regret it!



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2820 posts, RR: 50
Reply 18, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 10783 times:

Quoting Kaddyuk (Reply 15):
Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 14):
If i am in Upper or Premium i dont really care as they are all pretty much the same.

In that case the next time we get a J class upgrade, i'll downgrade your ass to W class "If they are pretty much the same"

[i'm yanking your chain and I understand what you actually meant to say]

You know what i meant!  Silly Big grin Lol

I think some more living it up in J on crazy NYC weekends are in order! hehe

Chris



5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 19, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 10534 times:

Shamone Muther F*cker!!!

I think we shall... anyways I better get on with the second part  Wink



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10490 times:

I've now posted the second part so y'all feel free to read that as well  Wink


Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 10462 times:

Great Report  Smile


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineCougarAviator From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9990 times:

You guys are awesome!!! Love the pics and the narrative!!


Failure is not an option.....
User currently offlineBAe146TOM From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 228 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 9974 times:

WICKED! I AM SOOOOO JELOUS! Would love to fly an f-ing SmileD) 346 esp to NRT! lol anyways i think it was a great read and loving the pics how did you rate the power of 346 anyway?
Tom:D


User currently offlineVS747SPUR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 9907 times:

Hi, fantastic trip report, loved the pictures and the factual information. I would really like to try out one of those VS 346's they look great.

VS747SPUR



Fly DL
25 Post contains images MichaelJP : One hell of a TR....the A346 is awesome...never flown on it in airline config only airbus config That waitress was HOT! Cant wait to read Part Deux! M
26 Kaddyuk : I fly the A346 quite alot (about 8 times so far) And it really does have alot of power... 56,000lbs of thrust per engine doesnt seem alot, but it rea
27 Airlinerfreak : Great report, that just makes me want to fly the A346 even more.
28 Post contains images Chris78cpr : You dont fly it enough!!! Hence i think we should fly it again! SOOOOON! lol I also agree, 744 has a lot more power, as long as your not on a bloody
29 FRAspotter : WOW, great report. I've never flown VS before, but from what I hear their A346's are some of the nicest around... Cheers...
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