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Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:18 pm

The purpose of this trip was to use up a portion of my 3 weeks off for vacation, and to visit a place I had wanted to visit for a long time, Dubai. My friend and fellow contrails website member Youri Thonon and I also wanted to catch an Emirates A340-500 flight somewhere in the itinerary. We decided to fly westbound, around the world, and catch the EK A345 in Osaka.

Routing/Flight No: Winnipeg-Toronto AC254 Seat 20A
Aircraft: Air Canada A319 C-FYJB
Load Factor: 60 Percent
Cruise Level: FL390
Flight Duration: 2hours 14mins
Pushback/Rotation/Touchdown: 07:38/07:48/11:02

We planned on meeting up in Toronto, to connect to Air Canada flight 1, leaving Toronto around 1pm, so I caught an early morning A319 flight to Toronto. An A319 that I have flown quite frequently, C-FYJB was scheduled to make the trip. We departed off RWY 13 at Winnipeg, and landed on RWY 24R at Toronto. Flying time was about 15-20 minutes more than usual due to unusual upper level winds. Service was your typical buy-on-board.

Routing/Flight No: Toronto-Tokyo AC1 Seat 5A
Aircraft: Air Canada A340-300 C-FYLG
Load Factor: 45 Percent
Cruise Level: FL320 to 380
Flight Duration: 12hours 16mins
Pushback/Rotation/Touchdown: 13:27/13:45/15:01

We had purchased priority Business Class (staff) tickets for the flight because we knew that Executive First was booked only about 1/3 full. The ticket was about $100usd, and well worth it. With all the upgrades, the cabin was only about 1/2 full in the end. We had 2 seats to ourselves on the left side window.

When we took our seats, the incharge flight attendant came around with a menu of the after takeoff lunch, and meal options for the prior to arrival dinner. There were different food options available, you just checked off which items you wanted prior to arrival, and they arranged to serve them to you at the time of your choice. It was similar to Virgin Atlantic's Freedom dining service. Meal service began shortly after departure, and the food was fantastic. The PTVs on this A343 were kind of outdated though. The video games were ones I were addicted to as a young child about 15 years ago. They actually brought back memories.... Super Mario World, F-Zero, Vegas Stakes... stuff like that. The resolution on the screen wasn't that great either... photos are attached.



















I ended up sleeping for about 7-8 hours. It was a really comfortable flight. Departure from Toronto was off RWY 23, and we arrived on 34L at Narita, and taxied all the way around to the east side of the airport for parking. Videos are attached.









After landing at Narita, we went to the spotting decks where I took a few videos, but the weather was crap... low overcast and light rain, so we called it a day, and went to the hotel nearby.





The next morning the weather cleared up perfectly, so we took the bus over to Haneda, and spotted there for the whole day. Our hotel was in downtown Tokyo close to the Prime Minister's residence. The next day we went back to Haneda... did a little bit of spotting, then flew JAL's super-high domestic 777-300 to Osaka Itami.










































Routing/Flight No: Tokyo Haneda-Osaka Itami JL1511 Seat 59A
Aircraft: JAL 777-300 Domestic JA752J
Load Factor: 25 Percent
Cruise Level: unknown
Flight Duration: 42mins
Pushback/Rotation/Touchdown: 10:32/10:42/11:24

We had planned to fly Haneda-Sapporo-Haneda on a few 747-400 domestics (both ANA and JAL), but all flights up to Sapporo were packed because it was Golden Week... a holiday week in Japan. But for some reason, the JAL 773 flight we picked to Itami was completely empty. It was a nice treat. Most window seats were taken up front though, so I sat way in the back, while Youri sat up front somewhere.









We departed off RWY 16R and landed on a runway number I'm not familiar with, at Itami. Service was basic... just beverage service. It was a quick flight.













When we landed, we were gonna spend some time on the Observation Deck at Itami, but it didn't seem busy and exciting (at least compared to Haneda), so we just took a few photos of the airplane that brought us in, and high-tailed it over to Kansai for an afternoon of spotting.



The bus trip over there took about 50 minutes. We had to catch another bus from the Kansai terminal, over to the observation area, which costs about 100 yen each way. The obs deck at Kansai was crazy busy... tonnes of spotters up there. I'm surprised there aren't more photos from that day up on a.net, cause as each plane landed there was like collectively 500 shots taken from all the photogs. As the day progressed the sunlight only became better. We had all afternoon to spot there, as our A345 flight to Dubai was around a 23:15 departure. So we took photos all afternoon... and after the 345 landed, we went to the terminal, checked in, and left for Dubai.

















Routing/Flight No: Osaka-Dubai EK317 Seat 34G
Aircraft: Emirates A340-500 A6-ERF
Load Factor: 95 Percent
Cruise Level: FL280 initially
Flight Duration: 10hours 15mins
Pushback/Rotation/Touchdown: 23:14/23:25/04:40

This flight was really full, and as we checked in, they gave us like the last seats in Economy, as we were flying staff as always. The boarding gate was quiet, cause it was so late. We boarded ontime, and pushed 1 min early. The Emirates A340-500 seemed like a fantastic aircraft. The entertainment offerings via the PTV were incredible... 500 channels of audio and video on demand. Very impressive. The mood lighting in the cabin with the fake stars is really a great idea. And as we were approaching Dubai, instead of turning the lights on to wake everyone up, they have this tweeting bird (soundbyte) recording that goes over the P/A system that slowly wakes people up. It was really interesting.















As nice as the aircraft is, I did not find the seats comfortable at all. In fact, they were among the worst I have experienced flying long-haul Y-class. First of all, the seat recline is fairly decent on Emirates, but that only means the passenger in front of you is pretty much right in your face when they fully recline. Seat pitch was minimal too. Hardly much legroom to contend with. The seat itself, the base of it was horribly uncomfortable. You could feel sort of a frame around the seat, kind of like the frame of a bed. The front and sides felt like a wooden frame or something. It's very hard to describe. But it was almost like sleeping on a bed frame without the mattress. I was really shocked to feel such discomfort on what is claimed to be such a reputable aircraft.

In any case, the flight was purely a night flight, so everyone just ate the food, and went to sleep. I ate, watched an episode or two of Family Guy that I've seen probably 1000 times before, but it was just interesting to be watching it on a PTV somewhere over India or something.

We landed early and taxied to a remote stand where we deplaned onto buses and took a long drive to customs. For some reason it seemed like about 90 percent of the other passengers got off at the stop for onward connections, and only a handful of us were actually terminating in Dubai.









We spent the morning driving around Dubai, then overnighted in Bur Dubai, where the next morning, we went back to DXB to catch Emirates again, this time to London.





Routing/Flight No: Dubai-London Heathrow EK29 Seat 17K
Aircraft: Emirates A330-200 A6-EKX
Load Factor: 90 Percent
Cruise Level: FL380 - 400
Flight Duration: 6hours 49mins
Pushback/Rotation/Touchdown: 09:52/10:11/14:00

This flight was booked quite full. We were directed to a staff checkin counter, and were asked to come back to the counter 45 mins prior to departure for our seat assignments. We ended up getting prime Y-class seats... windows behind each other in the forward cabin, on the right side of the aircraft.



We departed from RWY 30R, and headed north-northwest over Iran. It was very interesting to see the cities/land we were flying over... as we were far/far from home and had never been to this area of the globe before. The A330-200 seats were a lot more comfortable than the A340-500, but entertainment options weren't quite as plentiful. But they were still good. Seat pitch was horrible, and again, with the pax in front of you fully reclined, you could hardly get out of your seat.











We landed on RWY 27R at Heathrow. The nose cam and belly cam were really interesting. The A345 had this too, but because it was a night flight you really couldn't see what they had to offer. On this flight, I took a video of the arrival, as seen from my PTV with the belly and nose cam on. Video is attached. In London it was raining, and we had to wait for the company B773/ER to vacate the gate before we could proceed towards it. We taxied all the way around the terminal to the new A380 gates at T3, and deplaned.





After clearing customs we didn't do any spotting really cause the weather was such crap. The next morning Youri decided to take the 8:30am Air Canada B763 flight to Toronto, while I said good-bye and went to Hatton Cross, Myrtle Ave as I thought that was the arrival RWY. Turns out, only Speedbird and T4-carriers were landing there for convenience, when all the action was over at 27R. So I went over to the appch to 27R, took some videos, and decided I didn't want to continue spotting if 27R was the designated arrival RWY. So I caught a bus back to the Central Bus Station, and ran as fast as I could to try to get on the same 08:30 flight to Toronto. It was wide open, and I managed to get from 27R to my B763 seat in like 40 minutes.





Routing/Flight No: London-Toronto AC869 Seat 13K (moved back after takeoff)
Aircraft: Air Canada 767-300 C-FMXC (freshly painted into full new colours)
Load Factor: 30 Percent
Cruise Level: FL340 initially
Flight Duration: 7hours 8mins
Pushback/Rotation/Touchdown: 08:19/08:32/10:40

We pushed back extremely early, and taxied to 27R for an early departure. I took video of the departure. Shortly after takeoff breakfast was served. I tried to sleep throughout the flight but wasn't very successful in doing so. So I just read a few newspapers. Our arrival into Toronto was like 50 mins early. I was surprised they actually had a crew to park and unload us. Customs was a breeze, as I clear customs back into Canada using an automated kiosk via a registered frequent traveller card. Best 50 bucks I've spent in a long time. I said good-bye to Youri and caught a flight back up to Winnipeg.

















Routing/Flight No: Toronto-Winnipeg AC257 Seat 3F
Aircraft: Air Canada A319 C-GBHM
Load Factor: 99 Percent
Cruise Level: unknown
Flight Duration: 2hours 18mins
Pushback/Rotation/Touchdown: 12:39/12:52/14:10

It was nice to finally be back in Business Class after practically encompassing the globe in Y-class. I read the Gulf Newspaper I had grabbed from Dubai, and then listened to my ipod for the rest of the flight. Departure was off RWY 23, and we landed in Winnipeg on RWY 18.



Another great trip, and my 3rd round-the-world trip... and easily the best of the 3. Emirates was nice to experience. Economy Class has good food and entertainment, but seat pitch is ludicrous. That really surprised me. The uncomfortable A345 seat was a surprise too. The J-class service on AC1 Toronto-Tokyo was incredible, and definitely the best portion of the flying.

Thanks for reading.

Again, I've got hundreds more videos on this website here:
http://www.contrailsphotography.com

Enjoy!
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:51 pm

This is def a rocking trip report! Great photo captioning too!
 
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:54 pm

Great report - you're really lucky to be able to jet around the world on employee tickets! The photos are superb - I'm kind of surprised to see such a huge aviation photography scene in Japan.
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 5:34 pm

Once again MEL another great trip report. I really enjoyed the videos. Keep it up and Well done.
 
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 5:57 pm

Treat to see QR1 landing in Osaka. Great report. Can you tell me, what camera you used, as the picture quality was amazing. Thanks.

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Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:16 pm

I second the comment above... this is amongst the best photography and video I have ever seen on this forum. What equipment did you use? The routing was great also, as was your description of the surroundings. Nice to see some Haneda and Itami mention as well - I always enjoy being at a domestic Japanese airport for the stuff you wouldn't get to see otherwise. Best regards.
 
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:17 pm

great report too! there have been many great reports this week. thanks for sharing.
 
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:51 pm

Mel, what a tremendous report!!! The photos are excellent!!!

THoroughly enjoyed this report!
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:52 pm

I can't seem to see the picture.  Sad
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:18 pm

Splendid trip report! You guys are the lucky ones, getting to travel through out the world on staff travel, it would've cost you around $500, where as it would cost us mere mortals, upwards of $2500.
 
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Tue Jun 27, 2006 11:27 pm

Great report. I definitely enjoyed it. Just curious, it seems that your landing in Narita with the AC A340-300 was quite hard or so. At least, it feels like that on the video.
 
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Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:46 am

Congratulations.Very good trip report!!!
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Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:32 am

Wonderful. I thought the Emirates legroom was 32"?
 
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Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:53 am

Great report. Like videos and love the noosewheel camera one, just wish you'd left it there right intil the end

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Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:55 am

What can I say?!

You are the Godfather of trip reports.

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Wed Jun 28, 2006 2:10 am

One of the best reports I have read in a long time, thanks for sharing.
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Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:22 am

One of the best trip report I've ever read on a.net ! Very interesting routing, that A345 is a dream, beautiful pictures, excelent videos, nice reading and very inspiring report !

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Wed Jun 28, 2006 3:27 am

AMAZING job MEL

In case you forgot my question- what is the name of the font you used?

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Wed Jun 28, 2006 4:14 am

Amazing report and excellent quality pics! AC Executive First doesn't look too bad on your A343 flight to NRT. Great pics from Kansai! I'm surprised your flight to Toronto wasn't more crowded. It looks like there are a lot of empty seats.
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Wed Jun 28, 2006 5:24 am

Matt,

Really enjoyed readig this and looking at the pic's & video's. Some great quailty here  Smile

Great stuff, look forward to more.

Regards

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Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:21 am

Great report. Thanks for sharing. Great pictures also. Looks like a fun time.
 
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Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:27 pm

The photography is quite amazing. Won't you please share some details about equipment, lighting and technique? I wouldn't mind comments on each of the pictures you took, but maybe that's asking too much!
 
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Wed Jun 28, 2006 12:34 pm

awesome report! nice CLEAR pictures - how'd you make it so perfectly clear? and the videos are amazing. did anyone get susp of you videotaping? i get strange looks at times when just taking a quick photo! lol. great report

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Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:32 pm

Great report and pics, as always  biggrin . I look forward to your next!
 
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:05 am

Fantastic!!

I have to visit Dubai, and Tokyo, soon Big grin



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Thu Jun 29, 2006 8:14 am

I read this report like 3 times over it was so good! Thank you very much!
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 9:00 am

Breathtaking! Stunning imagery. Phenomenal.
 
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:48 am

Quoting MEL (Thread starter):
had wanted to visit for a long time, Dubai.

Me too!

Great TR but kind of a short trip. Loved all the videos and photos, truely proffessional
 
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 1:24 pm

Hey Everyone! Thanks for the great comments. They make posting the trip report well worth it.

I think that flight from London to Toronto was so empty because it was an early departure, at 08:30, and it was just before the summer rush started.

The camera I use is a Canon 20D, with both a 100-400L lens and 17-40L lens. The 17-40 is perfect for cabin/wing/meal shots, but I wish I had some reach between 40 and 100. But what can ya do.

I generally only take photos when sunlight is ideal... when it is overcast and/or raining, I generally take out the Videocamera (Sony Handcam, (not digital), circa 2000). Hence, the videos from London. The videocamera is gonna be replaced soon, as I know I can get something with higher quality. I've also contemplated selling spotting videos on the website, a la justplanes or something. We'll see. Maybe a project for the future.

The Emirates seat pitch may be 32 inches, but I think the seat reclines more than with most other airlines I've travelled with, thus making it feel like less personal space.

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A few more photos:















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Thu Jun 29, 2006 2:04 pm

Thank you for your excellent trip report along with the pics and videos. I especially liked the AA 777 at KIX
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:24 pm

Many thanks for posting a great report.

Also many thanks for unveiling your photographic equipment.

Thank you.
 
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 4:11 pm

holly Smokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats website of video's is.., is .... is .. ... there's so many !! im in heaven! Big grin many thanks ...!
 
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Thu Jun 29, 2006 6:29 pm

One of the best trip reports I have read so far (If not the best). Thanks for sharing with us  bigthumbsup 
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Fri Jun 30, 2006 11:46 am

Thanks for the camera tips, but it took composition, lighting and talent to get those great in-cabin shots!
 
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Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:20 pm

Excellent report - thanks for sharing!
 
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Tue Jul 04, 2006 7:17 am

Some pretty crappy load factors on the AC flights, and the JAL. I wonder if this was just a one off thing. All the LHR-YYZ flights I've been on have been packed. And a 25% load factor on a 777-300. Why not operated an A320 on the route then?? Perhaps someone can explain why they have such huge aircraft on there inter japan routes, when all the trip reports seem to indicate below 50% load factors are a common thing??

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Tue Jul 04, 2006 8:45 am

Great report. Thanks.

Quoting MEL (Thread starter):
JAL's super-high domestic 777-300



Quoting MEL (Thread starter):
747-400 domestics

I have heard these types mentioned before. Are you able to give me some more info on them? Are the special models for the Japanese market? How do they differ to "normal" versions of each type?
 
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Tue Jul 04, 2006 12:31 pm

Great Report and SUPERB Pictures! I had a problem watching the video's as only a new window appeared and nothing happened!

Besides that, you're very lucky! Wish I could do something like that soon!
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Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:59 am

That has to be one of the best TR's I've ever seen. I'm curious how you did the captioning in the photos? (photoshop?) Great job overall, and I especially like the last pic of the NW744 rotating w/ the AA T7 in the foreground at Osaka, saweet.
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Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:39 am

Great report and thanks for sharing it with us especially with such brilliant pictures


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Wed Jul 05, 2006 1:54 am

I don't think I've EVER read a better trip report. No...let me correct that: I Know I've never read a better one. The pictures...the video. That was, in a word, amazing.

Two questions: When your Toronto-Tokyo flight was landing at Narita, why were the first announcements spoken in Japanese? I would have thought English, followed by the Japanese version of same.

Second question. $100 for your flight? Are you yanking my chain? Yes, I know you're 'staff' and all that...but $100???

Again, spectacular job on your report.

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Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:47 pm

Matt -

Really great pictures and video. Really great.

Quoting MEL (Reply 28):
I generally only take photos when sunlight is ideal

Okay, ideal sunlight makes sense for external shots, but please explain how you got such crisp shots in low light situations like the cabin and your early AM arrival in DBX. These were the type of pictures that the rest of us aspire to.
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Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:16 am

Hi

Just to say, a great report, perfect high-quality pictures.
The observation deck at HND is fantastic indeed, although every time I am there myself, I wish to see more 'smaller' Japanese aircraft (737's, MD80's, Dash 8 etc.), but it's mainly visited by the widebodies.
The KE 744 there is just a normal service, flight KE6708 from GMP.
KE operates twice daily B744 service between GMP-HND during summer.
Additional also OZ operates twice daily A333 on the same route.

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Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:37 pm

Great trip report! I enjoyed the videos (and the pictures), keep 'em coming! I had to say, AC's flight benefits like most NA carriers are amazing. Although having done it before, I can say that I truly get stressed out when on standby. I don't think I'll ever get used to staff travel.


Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 40):
Two questions: When your Toronto-Tokyo flight was landing at Narita, why were the first announcements spoken in Japanese? I would have thought English, followed by the Japanese version of same.

It seems to be AC's policy... perhaps MEL can confirm it, but I took AC 92 last November to EZE and 836 to MAD when they still flew there back in 2003, and the annoncements on those flights were made in Spanish first (basically, English, French then Spanish out of Toronto but upon arriving to both MAD and EZE, Spanish, English and then French). Perhaps to welcome you to the country and it's culture? I really don't know.

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Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:35 pm

Hey everyone, to answer a few more questions:

The landing at Tokyo was a little harsh because of gusty winds. But it wasn't all that bad. I like being able to hear all the landing gear touching down "on queue" on the 340s. Back wheels, front wheels, center [all of the main gear], then the front gear, all in sequence.

The interior cabin shots are mainly done at ISO 400, and often 800, with low apetures of near 4.0 and low shutter speeds, if required. The 17-40L lens is perfect for cabin/wing and food offering photos.

The photos of the A345 in Dubai were taken hand-held, and quickly, as they were rushing us off the aircraft, and into the buses to customs. I was amazed they actually turned out without any blur, as they were probably 1/2 second exposures.

I'm not sure about Air Canada's policy on language announcements. My only guess is that this Toronto-Tokyo flight carried mostly Japanese passengers, so they probably just wanted to welcome the majority of the pax in their native language.

It's nice to hear that both Asiana and Korean Air are regulars into Haneda. After about 10 hours of spotting, you start to get sick of seeing nothing but ANA JAL Air Do and Skymark. Those Asiana A333s are slick machines!

That NW B744 was actually landing from Detroit in the NW B744/ AA B772 photo. We really lucked out by having such a clear day at Kansai, and the "favourable" runway configuration.

The 747-400 Domestics are basically your regular Boeing 747-400 without winglets, and a few other modifications I'm not fully aware of. The 777-300s might have some mods also, but the airframe is the same as a typical non-Extended Range 777-300. They just like to shove lots of seats in there to meet the demand. That's why I call them super-high-density.

I'm not sure why our 777-300 flight from Haneda to Itami was so empty, I think that is uncommon. Like I said earlier in the trip report, we were gonna do a quick Haneda-Sapporo turn, but *all* the flights were full, and if you actually looked at how many avail seats there are in that market it would shock you. These Japanese domestic markets typically are served by high-density widebodies offering *very* frequent schedules.

Here are a few more photos, and a scan of the menu for AC001 Toronto-Tokyo.

I should have another trip report up in the next week. Hoping to go to London tomorrow.


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RE: Around The World Air Canada Emirates JAL Pics+vids

Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:26 am

Fantastic trip report - crisp photos and great videos!  Smile
 
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RE: Around The World Air Canada Emirates JAL Pics+vids

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Thank you for the photo tips! If you have a chance, can you tell us if the food pics were handheld, since the pictures are so sharp?

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