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ICN-NRT-ORD Part 1 (Pictures)  
User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 670 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9249 times:

Ahh, after 7 months in Korea, my mid-tour leave came up on 21 Dec. The following is the first part of my trip, to ORD. The second part will be flown and completed sometime mid. Jan. Be forewarned, some of the pictures got a little blurred, so I do apologize.

21 Dec. 0430 - I'm up and waiting for my ride to sign out from my Battalion. At 0530, I'm at my posts Activity center getting on a bus for the 2 hour ride up to ICN. 0600 the bus promptly departs and I can finally forget I'm in the Army for a few weeks. As we're leaving, I notice a light snow falling. What was a light snow at the beginning of the trip, turned into a blizzard an hour in. When all was said and done, it only took us an hour longer, and I arrived at the airport at 0900. The first thing that struck me about ICN was the beauty of the building. Being used to the utilitarian designs of US airports, I was intrigued by the flowing and sweeping design of the large terminal. Upon check-in at the United counter, I learned I was actually riding Biz. Class. Along with my confirmed upgraded ticket, I was given an invitation to the Singapore Airlines Silver Kris Lounge.

I was impressed at how large the entire space was and at the service. Gourmet breakfast foods were replaced regularly, beverages and alcohol as well were provided free of charge. I especially enjoyed the free internet access on the computers spread throughout the lounge. The computers had a plethora of instant message software, so I was able to talk to friends and family before boarding. The view was especially nice. As I sat, more than a few heavies came and went. An Air France T7, a couple Korean Air 747's

Flight time was 1145, so I was at the gate around 1100. Boarding got delayed a little, so I went looking for other interesting aircraft, and boy was I in for a treat. Perhaps not all that rare, but I don't do a lot of International travel so I thought this sighting was cool. An Aeroflot IL-96 I got to watch taxi in.

I snapped this shot before I got in line to board. If I remember correctly, this was N332UA as UA884

Here's my Biz seat, 12A, definitly a comfy way to fly.

With about 20 minutes to pushback, I ask the flight attended Jennifer if I could possibly visit the flightdeck for a few moments. She checked with the pilots and they didn't have a problem with it, so here are a few snapped photos,



The pilots were very friendly, and we chatted about their military careers and mine. They were interested to learn about my future plans to go to a regional airline academy, so they were able to delve into a little pilot talk with me and discuss my private pilot school progress. I could tell they need to finish preflight checklists, so I left them to their duties and returned to my seat to enjoy a little channel 9. We pushed at 1205, finished deicing at 1220, and were rolling down Rwy 33L. With a quick left turn away from the North Korean border, we crossed over the airport past 12000 feet, and were on our way. I was impressed by the service on United Buisiness, and the "snack" that was served was amazing, for only a 2 hour flight, it was pretty big. At cruise though, we had a 140 knot tailwind, reducing flight time to about an hour and a half or a little more. Here's a shot of the tasty meal at FL370 over the Sea of Japan.

All too quickly, we began our descent into Narita, landing at around 1345-1400 on Rwy 16L. Here's the reverser's deployed slowing on 16L

I thanked the crew once more and deplaned to go to the American ticket counter on the other side of the terminal, a good 15-20 minute walk. I checked in and 1500 for my 1900 flight. Why? Because this was a standby flight. I was basically non-revving on AA with the help of a friend who works the airline. I killed time in Tokyo, buying souvenir's for the family. Around 6 pm, I checked in at the gate to confirm my standby status in First Class, and when 10 minutes later I was called to the gate to get my ticket, I was actually going home! Here's the AA T7 bringing me to Chicago arriving from ORD. Due to nighttime glare, I was never able to get the reg. She will soon become AA154, with your's truly on board.

Walking down the jetway, I was anxious to see the first class seating, old style 2-2-2, or Flagship Pod? As I fought the urge to turn right at the entrance to the aircraft, I quickly saw it was the old stly seating. Oh well. I made my way to my temporary home for the next 12 hours, 4J.

Once I stowed my gear, I gave the Flight Attendants the box of Godiva Chocolates I had bought in the terminal as a small thank you to the crew for the holiday season. Throughout the rest of the flight, every FA made a point to shake my hand and say thanks. Even all 4 pilots came back to say thank you during their rest periods. ("Came Back" is misleading, as the crew rest seats were right next to mine)
The view of the rest of the First Class cabin.

The personal TV with VCR below. I enjoyed The Dukes Of Hazzard on this flight.

Of the 16 available First Class seats, only 7 inlcuding me were taken, so I was all by my lonesome.
We rotated off of 16L around 1910, and once we were facing east, I snapped a blurry picture of our distance to go...
0415 in Chicago, and our gear down time was set for 1530, quite a hike ahead of us.

A couple hours into the flight, the first of three meals was served, a pre dinner snack, salmon, which was quite tasty, later, a beef filet for dinner, and an omelette.


I must say I appreciated the 180 degree lie flight bed, as I was able to get a good 5 or 6 hours of sleep throught the night. Waking up now and than to glance out the window at the North Pacific and the bright stars. Truly a humbling experience to see that, I felt like a small speck in the world in view of this beautiful scene.

Just after breakfast, our progress is plotted.

View outside back towards Iowa and Western Illinois on the Janesville 4 arrival into ORD.

Swinging around the North side of the field, we gently touched down on Rwy 22L at 1545 on 21 December, actually arriving before we left Tokyo. Here's a tired me just before touchdown, sorry for the glare.

I breezed through customs and baggage claim, about 10 minutes each, and was giving my fiance a kiss after 7 months and 7,000 miles of distance at 1630. A long day made for a nice nap on US soil once we got to her house. Until next time, on AA153 and UA883 back to Korea later this month. Thanks for reading my trip report!

Ok, wait for the RJ to pass, cleared to push tail south Mike, and you're cleared to spin #2 in the push.
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User currently offlineYoungFlyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9210 times:

Excellent report and good pics. Great to have you back at home, hope you enjoy it.

"An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind" -Gandhi
User currently offlineGSPITNL From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 374 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9209 times:

Very Very Nice Job CRJ. Very well done and nice pictures to go along with it. And a special nice thing you did for the Crew with the Godivia.

Thanks for everything you and your battalion do!!


Fly Delta - The Only Way To Fly! Silver Medallion Baby :)
User currently offlineSalvation From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8963 times:

Great report, and great to see you travelled Business and First Class all the way. You deserve it.


User currently offlineTsaord From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8889 times:

Well this world is just too small! I work in AA recheck in T5 at ORD. I re-screen bags off of AA154 everyday! Glad you made it home safely! I cant wait to go to Japan, I would have to learn japanese though

User currently offlineCharlesMD From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 67 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8801 times:

What a great report! Are you in the military? If so thank you for our service to our country. My brother is in Iraq right now and I send the amenity kits to him. If you want to see the Flagship Suite, check out my Guide to the AA Flagship Suite.

The Godiva Chocolates were a nice touch! I will have to try that on my next flight!

User currently offlineClrd2go From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8788 times:

Great report, welcome home and enjoy your well deserved time home


What a long strange trip it's been
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3203 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8094 times:

Noticed a couple wierd things - your flight went straight across the pacific according to that map instead of a great circle route, and if youre on a search for rare aircraft, youve actually got a picture of one. In your head-on shot of the AA 777, in the background there is an Aeroflot DC-10. That is Aeroflot's one and only DC-10, Cargo version, and theres way less of them than there are IL-96s.


life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 710 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 8091 times:

Oh, that Business seat looks SO inviting! I enjoyed your report.

My soul is in the sky...
User currently offlineAirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7855 times:

Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 7):
Noticed a couple wierd things - your flight went straight across the pacific according to that map instead of a great circle route

The flights going West go through the great circle to avoid the countering jet stream. When going East the point is to go with the jet stream so that's why it's more of a straight line. A NRT to LAX flight I took flew about 500 miles North of Hawaii so it was mostly a straight flight.

User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7660 times:

I enjoyed this, and await part 2... hopefully with more pictures!

The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7523 times:

Nice report, and pictures. I love UA Biz class Big grin

Looking forward to part 2  Smile


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7235 times:
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Good trip report. I'm glad an AA employee allowed you to travel on his pass. First class on the 777 is the only way to fly for a long pacific flight.
Where in Korea are you stationed? I once served in Korea as a missionary. I'm an AA retiree now serving in Japan as a missionary and I travel back to the states several times a year..in first class on the 777

Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3067 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7106 times:

I enjoyed reading your trip report and the photos. And looking foward to reading your return trip.

User currently offlineCrjflyer35 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 670 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6747 times:

Quoting Triple7man (Reply 12):
Where in Korea are you stationed?

I'm at Camp Humphreys south of Osan AB.

As for the return trip, My camera was acting up on me, so I didn't get too many decent pictures, however I will try and remember all the details, as my return was almost a month ago.

Thanks for all your kind words!

Ok, wait for the RJ to pass, cleared to push tail south Mike, and you're cleared to spin #2 in the push.
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