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
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
Aircraft Registration: G-VSHY
Aircraft Type: A340-642
Flight Number: VS900
Destination: Tokyo Narita, Japan
Estimated Flight Time: 11hrs 40mins
Photo © Alex Pan
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 ...
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
Photo © Kevin Cadd
Photo © James Rowson
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!
Photo © James Rowson
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
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!
Photo © Dale Coleman
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"...
I'll post up part II VERY soon