Since ATH-BKK and BKK-ATH can be seen later, I will ommit them for now.
The phone rang in our hotel room. It was the wake-up call. My dad was sleeping all day and we had just come back from dinner and a whole day in the hotel's pool. We packed our things and went for a shower. The FAX from Greece was delivered to my dad.We were flying SX-OAD to Narita, Tokyo, a route that no longer exists. I should consider myself lucky that I flew OA to Tokyo.
My dad checked the pax numbers. Few seats were open, mostly in business. Our bags were picked up and we soon went down to the lobby. We marged our suitcases and we boarded the crew bus that would take us to the airport. I always felt sad when leaving a hotel, even though I was there three days later on the return leg! The motorways in Bangkok took us to the airport in 45'.
So here we are in Don Muang Intl. Airport after 3 days in the hotel's swimming pool. I loved this airport but the smell of the Thai atmosphere was like shit when out of the air conditioner. We checked in late at night in the Olympian Executive class counter (yes, again!). The sutcases went through check and were sealed before check in. My dad and the rest of the crew left earlier from the counters. Once we checked in and went through the passport control, we found them again in the duty free shops area. I bought some M&Ms and MALTESERS for the flight. We were also carrying a pizza from Pizza Hut for my brother. He doesn't like airplane food and they warmed it up during flight. We went towards the gate. I dont know why but OA always had a gate that was very far away. We went through security for backpacks and metallic items. I went down to the gate's waiting area to wait with my father. Most crew members stayed outside to smoke. We waited for a long time. 25 minutes later, we saw the 747 landing and she was at the gate 2' later. The crew disembaked and some came up to say hello.
We boarded the plane 30' later after it had been cleaned and catered. I went to the upper deck and I found 4 empty seats. I sat at 2A and I listened to my walkman. The usual shampagne or orange juice were served from Mary, the youngest and most beautiful FA that swam and sunbathed in the pool with all the kids. But afterwards she went to E-section to work. I saw the jetway being pulled and the aircraft started to move backwards. The glasses were collected and the announcements started to sound (not going to repeat them again!) Announcements were made in Greek, English and Japanese. OA had Asian FAs to serve the Japanese passengers. Earlier, OA also employed Thai FAs.
It was complete darkness outside, maybe 10:30-11:30pm local. All I could see were other aircraft, the terminal with all the lights, the 'blue' taxiways and finally the yellow runway. We started accelerating before we even completed our turn. I dont know why but I am always nervous while taking off at night. The glasses, meal disks and galley doors were doing funny noises. What to expect from such an old aircraft...
We turned immediately after takeoff. I loved all those lights, highways and cars moving on the ground. We passes through some clouds and the light were getting further and further away until they disappeared. Dinner was served quite early this time and with the standard choice between meat or fish. I ate fish. Those Thai caterers shure knew how to cook fish! I also had a piece from my brother's pizza.
I enjoyed the entertainment program and the film, but I soon felt sleepy. Before 'going to bed', I visited the cockpit for a while. In the complete darkness, all those lights were fascinating. I went to the emergency exit to take a look outside. Nothing but the small amount of light from the strobes. I took the middle armrest away and took a very nice sleep. I had to wake up because there was turbulence and I had to fasten one of my seatbelts.
I was woken up bu the smell of hot croissants and bread! It was breakfast time. The plate had a great omellete with meat inside (!), milk or coffee or orange juice, croissants and bread with butter, honey or 4 dofferent marmalades. It also had a fruit salad and a cheesecake. I ate most of these.
Since I had missed most of the flight while sleeping, I was amazed to hear that we were only two hours away from Tokyo. The sun was up. I read the MOTION inflight magazine and I listened to my walkman (yes, again). We started our decend and the announcements started.blah blah blah. This time, my mother had already filled the customs reports so I didn't bother. The landing was smooth. I don't remebmer much from the airport. Once we disembarked, We went through the passport control, where a green and blue stamp was put in my passport. Behind the desks, there were a lot of doors with queues in front of them. It seemed strange but when they opened, I found out it was a train. It took us to the main terminal (?) and I could see our airplane from that height. We collected our luggage, passed through customs and took the crew bus to the Sheraton hotel. There was a briefing for the departure two days later before we left the airport, in the bus.
I managed to visit Tokyo's Disneyland and see the parrade and the giant Mickey balloon. Yes, we were accidentally there for the 25th (I Think) birthday of the park. I also took a tour of the city. Too bad we only had 2 days.
We left Tokyo two days after our arrival. Most things about the flight were the same. Same movie, same everything and again, announcements in Japanese. I slept most of the way. The food was very different, more Asian than the one from Thailand. Everything had rice and the soy sauce was in a cute, small plastic container that had the shape of a fish. We were flying SX-OAB, the only -284B series that Olympic has. It was bought directly from Boeing and it was different. It featured two lavatories on the upper deck (for only 12 passengers), 10 windows, no oriental back wall and different decoration. I think that in the main deck, it had painted figures of Ancient greeks on the window covers, but I cannot be completely possitive.
I dont remember much of that flight but I remember it was my first and my last time that I flew to Tokyo with OA.