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HNL-NRT-PEK On Japan Airlines  
User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6603 times:
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HNL-NRT-PEK on Japan Airlines





Honolulu—Tokyo-Narita
Japan Airlines (JAL)
JL75
Seat 15C
Boeing 747-246 (JA8131)
10:30-14:00
Flight time: Approx 6 hours 30 minutes

19 June 2004



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I arrived at Honolulu International Airport at around 08:00, checked in, and walked through security. Didn’t have much time to spot any aircraft (well there wasn’t much to spot either, other than 2 UA B772s, a NW B744, a PR A343, and a handful of other JL aircraft), so I ended up walking to gate 29 for boarding. I waited for about half an hour or so before the boarding announcements were made, and when it was, many people (mainly Japanese tourists) reluctantly walked toward the aircraft—I guess they wanted to stay in paradise for just a little longer. I was lucky that I got the upper deck since it was an all economy class flight (many flights from Japan to Hawaii operate all economy). I ended up staring outside the window to spot some planes. Saw the usual HNL traffic, just a few AQ and HA aircraft depart 08L. A few minutes after, the plane was pushed back. As soon as all 4 engines were started, we began our rather long toward runway 08R for departure. It started to drizzle a bit, even though the day was fairly clear (the strong tradewinds blow the rainy clouds south from the mountains up north), so I couldn’t really take any photos from the window at that point. As we taxied on taxiway A, an all-white B757-200 lifted off from 08L right in front of us—would’ve been a nice photo op, but the windows had raindrops, unfortunately. We soon crossed runway 08L and taxied toward runway 08R on taxiway RB. Behind in line for 08R departure was a USAF KC-135. Minutes later, the mighty classic B742 spooled the engines and we were on our way. The takeoff roll was long—we rotated pretty late, and instead of making an almost 180° right turn toward Asia, we turned less than 45° right, passed Waikiki, and finally turned off Diamond head toward Asia. Not too long after the seatbelt sign was turned off, and we reached cruising altitude.

About half an hour or so later, a flight attendant came out with a notebook and asked each and every one of us (on the upper deck, not too sure about the lower deck) what we would like for lunch—there were two options, which I can’t quite remember what they were—both had Japanese delicacies, salad, and dessert/fruit. The meals were delivered minutes later. The food I can say was excellent. Meals were collected about an hour or so after.

There were two movies played during this flight; Along Came Polly, and Peter Pan. I decided to watch both movies. Staring at small screens for hours was quite hard. I ended up walking around the aircraft a few times during the movie (especially during Peter Pan), so I collected some JAL aircraft postcards, which were actually the first JAL postcards I have with the new livery. There are many options (flight deck shot, B742, B744, B762, B772, and a DC-10), so I just grabbed one of each. They don’t have the MD-11 postcards anymore (loved flying those J Bird MD-11s), instead now a B742 (surprisingly, since they are due to be retired soon) and B772.


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I also ended up walking around the aircraft and shot some photos.



After both movies ended, I reclined back and shut my eyes for a bit.

The flight attendants often came by offering drinks to all, instead of ignoring us after meal service. That’s a plus!

Around the mid part of the flight, JAL would always play a circulation video, good idea to get your blood circulating after hours in your seat.

About 2 hours prior to arrival, the flight attendants handed out Bingo cards to everyone—JAL always hands out this Bingo game (in the past called “Bingo in the Skies”, now simply called “Reso’cha Bingo”) on all flights from Hawaii to Japan, if I’m not mistaken. Won a couple times in the past and received some small prizes from the flight attendant—a Reso’cha beach ball, a Reso’cha beach bag, plastic model aircraft (B747), Reso’cha slippers, etc. No luck in winning this time, but still something fun to do after a long flight.

After the Bingo game ended, the crew started to prepare for descent.

We soon reached the coast of Japan, and after several turns over the countryside, made our way to NRT’s runway 16R. Touchdown was smooth and the aircraft slowed down gently. We then taxied out of the runway and began the long taxi to terminal 2 at NRT. I spotted several aircraft including an EVA Air A332, a China Airlines B744, a China Eastern A343, and loads of Japan Airlines and ANA aircraft.


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We soon docked at our gate, ending the flight. Overall a very good flight!

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Here are some shots during my wait at NRT.

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Tokyo-Narita—Beijing
Japan Airlines (JAL)
JL789
Seat 63K
Boeing 767-346 (JA609J)
17:50-20:25
Flight time: Approx 3 hours

20 June 2004


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Boarding commenced at 17:20, but the time it took to get all passengers on board took a while. At the time, JA609J was one of JL’s newest B763 delivered, so the cabin had a nice “new” smell to it. Pushback commenced around 17:45, and both engines started seconds later. We taxied to runway 16L, my first time being on the newer runway. A NW B752 followed behind. We waited for an ANA B763 to land before holding in position. Pretty soon we were on our way. The takeoff was incredible—the pilots spooled up the powerful engines up to almost full takeoff power with the brakes still on. Seconds later, brakes were released, and with a lunge back toward my seat, the aircraft plowed forward at full thrust. Seconds later, we lifted off, and once airborne for a couple seconds, the pilot aimed high for the sky with full power, making us glued to our seat and backrest. There were a couple of screams, but the overview of NRT was too fantastic for me to even think about the “blast off”. About a minute after, the pilot made a hard 270° left turn towards Beijing. I bet some first-time flyers must have felt a bit queasy at the time . . . and there was more to follow.


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We leveled off with a path direct to Beijing. Mount Fuji was seen on the port side but unfortunately I was sitting on the starboard side. We climbed higher and soon dinner was served. I unfortunately cannot remember the menu for dinner that night.

Anyway as soon as we were about to fly over South Korea, JAL played the in flight exercise video. This time I managed to get a photo.


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Minutes later, we flew into a storm (around Seoul). The aircraft was tossed in all directions, and those nervous flyers again let out some screams. I have to admit gripping onto the arm rest at some point as we plunged down a few times. Not a very nice feeling. About 20 minutes later, we cleared the storm, but there was still a view of the storm on the starboard side, with lighting flashing in the distance. Managed to get a photo of that, would’ve been nicer with some brighter flashes.


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That lightning show continued all the way to PEK.



The plane started its descent at around 20:00 I believe. We flew over some Chinese city near the coast before heading to PEK. At the time, there was still light in the evening sky. I observed an Airbus A320 aircraft (thanks to the familiar Airbus double strobe on the wings) making a contrail fly above us. It was out of sight in a matter of seconds. We soon made our way to PEK.

The touchdown was rough, and the pilots applied almost full reverse thrust. We quickly got off the runway. Saw countless Chinese airliners, including Shenzhen Airlines B737s, Shandong Airlines regional jets, Air China B737s, B747s, A343, Shanghai Airlines B737s, Hainan Airlines B737s, and much much more. I tell you, China has so many airlines flying around, it makes spotting quite interesting.

We soon docked at the gate thus ending a long journey from HNL. We cleared customs and were out about half an hour to 45 minutes later. The smog was incredible at the time, it was as bad as new years in Honolulu, where a building about a quarter of a mile away could not be seen. Taxi drivers desperately shoved cards and papers into my hands, and others literally threw them into my face as I entered a smoggy Beijing.


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Overall, Japan Airlines has really impressed me again, thanks to those amazing flight attendants who paid attention to you rather than ignoring you after meal/drink service. The food was great. I would, without hesitation, pick JAL again on my future journeys. Good job!



Thanks for reading!

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User currently offline9V-SVC From Singapore, joined Oct 2001, 1797 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6495 times:

Great report, buddy.

I had just return from my trip on JL's flights SIN-NRT-AMS and back and had a great flight with them. Flew 772, 773ER and 2 747-400s on this trip, will have a trip report on this later .



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User currently offlineZRHnerd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6433 times:

superb report and nice pics, quite impressive for a 13-15 years old  Wink

User currently offlineN949WP From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2000, 1437 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 6236 times:

Nice report. Reminds me of my HKG-NRT-HNL-NRT-HKG trip just over a month ago. Even flew on the same plane as you did (JA8131 on NRT-HNL) and almost the same seat (okay, 12A). Pretty much the same experience as yours on the HNL-NRT leg, with the Bingo game and all !!

Are you heading for SIN again for the summer?

'949
HKG


User currently offlineJe89_w From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 2360 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5743 times:
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Thanks for the comments!

9V-SVC, waiting for that trip report!

Will be in SIN around late July.


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