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World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sat Jul 22, 2006 6:26 am

Well here's part II of my WBC experience to the Philippines report. Enjoy.  Smile

After a week of enjoying time with relatives, getting more bang for my buck, and getting away from the burdens of school, it was time for me to return back to Sapporo. Since NW flights out of MNL leaves early in the morning, I would have to fly there the day before and spend the night which gave me ample time to explore for a bit. I was definitely looking forward for this especially since we never bothered staying overnight in Manila ever since we flew PRBig grin

Philippine Airlines
PR142, ILO-MNL
18 March 2006
Economy Class
Airbus A320-200


After my cousin and I checked in, we went across the street to meet with my relatives as well as enjoying some of Iloilo's famous La Paz Batchoy before going back to the world of equally delicious Sapporo Ramen. Big grin

Iloilo Mandurriao Airport's terminal
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It was time for us to go through security came and I gave my final hugs to my aunts, uncles, and cousins before we went into the terminal. I promised that I would see some of them in June (something I unfortunately did not uphold) and the rest of them in my vacation in December.

The departure hall was packed with little or no seats avaliable.
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Check out the vintage PR sticker still hanging Big grin
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I really can't wait until they finish with that new international airport!

A brand-spanking new Cebu Pacific Airbus A319
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Like in my flight to ILO, both the forward and rear exits were used for boarding/deplaning which meant fast boarding for us. The PR A320 we were on still had the seats of the airline that previously used this aircraft sans the Mabuhay Class seats.

Condensation coming out of the vents
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Take-off went smoothly and soon we were in the skies above Panay Island. Unfortunately I took some Benadryl before the flight since I had some serious swelling due to allergies from mosquito bites so I was pretty drowsy until snacks came around and requested a coffee.

Snack pack
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My cousin noticed that there was a locally famous singer sitting in the row in front of us (the name escapes me, I'll try to ask again the next time I chat with her). The best shot I ever got of her was just the seat she was in...so much for that.  Silly

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After hitting some minor turbulence, we descended into a cloudy Metro Manila. Landing was smooth and the A320 quicky taxied to the domestic wing of Terminal 2. Deplaning was another breeze and within a few minutes, I grabbed my luggage and went off to the upper level to catch a taxi.

A view of the A320 from the jetway
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Baggage claim
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One of various English-Japanese plaques throughout the terminal
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A view of Terminal 2
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Layover in Manila

Once again, we were staying in the Hyatt Regency at Roxas Boulevard. Definitely a very nice hotel though I wish that I gave my WorldPerks number to the staff so I could get some miles off this stay. :

A view of Roxas Blvd. The Japanese embassy is to the right
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After taking a quick rest, we went off to the acclaimed Greenbelt Mall at the business district of Makati where we had dinner at (out of all places) Bubba Gump's.

Some shots of Greenbelt and Makati

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Ran into this CI ad showcasing the new First Class seat
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Afterwards, we headed out to the Shoemart (SM) Megamall in Mandaluyong. This was probably the first time where I litterally shopped till I dropped. Big grin Taking advantage of cheap prices before heading back to the much more expensive life in Japan, I was buying instant mami (noodles), cans of Ligo sardines (add rice and you have a meal fit for kings  Wink ), shirts, cheap toiletries, Filipino movies, and gifts for my classmates back in Sapporo.

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After spending a fast-paced afternoon and evening, my cousin and I spent the night packing the stuff I bought into a balikbayan box for me to take back home in Japan. Exhausted to even bother doing anything else, we just hit the sack until 4 in the morning.

Northwest Airlines
NW72, MNL-NGO
19 March 2006
World Business Class
Boeing 747-451


We arrived at around 5AM to an already busy NAIA Terminal 1. I gave my farewell and hug to my cousin and parted off into the first security checkpoint.

Outside Terminal 1
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A view of the check-in area
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I seriously love these older flight displays!
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NW counters
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Check-in was fast though the agent was curious on why I chose NW72 when I could've taken the more direct NW20. He gave me an even more confused look when my reason was that I wanted to experience the new Nagoya Chubu Int'l Airport.  Silly That aside, he gave me my boarding pass as well as the World Club lounge invitiation and I was soon off to paying the airport fee.

After going through security once more and buying one last gift to my closest friend in Japan, I went into the NW's World Club. It was definitely smaller than the NRT lounge but seemed to offer more in terms of snacks. It also looked like QR passengers were using this lounge as well as there were boarding calls for the QR flight made in the lounge.

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Boarding for NW72 was finally called and I then proceeded to the airport security's final line of defense

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A view of the 744 that would take me to NGO and the rest of the pax to DTW
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We were welcomed by an energetic pursuer who's name I really wished I jotted down. I proceeded to the upper deck and to the same seat that I requested in my flight from NRT to MNL.

Upper deck
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Seats 78J and K
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After settling in, F/A came up and offered pre-flight drinks. As usual, I got OJ.
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A CX A343 and 772 along with some PR tails in the distance
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The NAIA and "Mabuhay" signage
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Another NW744 and it's EG counterpart (JA8185) w/ the Yokoso! Japan livery (not seen)...I'll be seeing you guys in NRTBig grin
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Doors closed and that energetic pursuer was making arounds in the upper deck and somehow we got into a discussion on the Boeing 787. Unfortunately it was cut short since we were taxing towards the runway and takeoff. Takeoff itself went smoothly and seriously felt great, esp. being in the upper deck. Big grin

A view of Laguna de Bay
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Once we leveled off, I decided to take advantage of the adequate lighting and got a couple shots of my seat.

Fully reclined
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Unfortunately, the IFE seemed to be on the fritz and had to be rebooted. After a few minutes of waiting and playing around with the remote, the PTV was back to normal. Soon, breakfast was served and I vouched for the Canadian Bacon. Unfortuantely my menu has been MIA ever since I returned to the states so I don't recall what was the other choice.

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Airshow
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One interesting feature in AVOD was the Nickelodeon shows...one of them being the network gameshow Figure It Out back from the 90s. Talk about nostalgia.

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Just a few months after the Xbox 360 came out, THIS showed up.  Silly
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The pursuer came up and showed me his 787 lapel pin and we continued chatting about the aircraft along with NW's plans for it. He regularly did JFK-NRT but was placed in other flights once that route was axed. He's most definitely the best NW F/A I've had on a flight so far and I really hope to run into him again in one of my future trans-Pacific flights!

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Approach and landing NGO seemed rough and the sea below definitely seemed to show it
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A view of the terminal
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A NH 73G in the special golden livery
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KE 737 taxing off
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The NW 757 that would take me to NRT

Thank you for another memorable flight
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Unfortunately my transit in NGO was short but nevertheless, at least I got to try it out for a bit Big grin

A couple of interior shots

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Northwest Airlines
NW 78, NGO-NRT
19 March 2006
World Business Class
Boeing 757-251


Once I boarded, it seemed that I was the last F passenger to arrive. We were still waiting for other passengers also connecting from NW72. Another pre-flight drink of orange juice was taken up and I begant to settle in for the rather short jump to NRT. One of the major reasons why I decided to take this flight was to experience what it's like to fly on an American airline on an intra-Japan flight. Passengers on this flight are either those that started off in SPN (the origin of this flight), connecting to another NW international flight, or, in my case, connecting from an international flight to NRT. The flight itself is boarded on the international side of the terminal which meant that I didn't need to go through customs and immigration at NGO but instead at my destination (NRT).

A bunch of ground personnel ready to charge into the 744 I just took
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A shot from my seat
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A CS 738 fresh from GUM
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One last shot of the terminal
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I spent the majority of the flight catching up on sleep and before I knew it, we were on approach to NRT.

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Since the aircraft was just a 757, we landed in the airport's shorter northern runway where we were welcomed with a "Down with Narita" billboard in Japanese and English. We taxied around Terminal 2 where I caught a glimpse of a KA A333 (first time I ever seen a KA a/c)

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A PR A333 heading back to MNL
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One last view of the 752

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Claiming baggage was interesting...other than me, there was just one other passenger claiming luggage.
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Going through immigration was smooth as there was barely anyone on the Japanese citizens/Foreigners w/ Alien Registration lanes. Thankfully the shuttle to Terminal 2 was much emptier than what I experienced a week ago...

All Nippon Airways
NH 2155, NRT-CTS
19 March 2006
Airbus A320-211

(unfortunately I couldn't find all but one of my shots on this leg)

Upon check-in, I unfortuantely found out that my luggage was overweight which meant that I had to pay around an extra 6000 yen which pretty much left me with ¥1000, just enough for me to get onboard the shuttle to my dormitory in Sapporo. Afterwards I headed up to check out the observation deck and have dinner.

Looks like we meet again, JA8185. Big grin
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Waiting in the domestic side of Terminal 2 was pretty tedious until I ran into a couple of representatives from the Nat'l 4H Council in which I chatted with them for a bit. I also noticed that the teacher I originally was staying with in my first couple months in Japan was also in this flight. We were bused to a remote stand where were boarded the A320 that would take us to CTS. Taxing and takeoff was amazingly quick and we were soon in the evening skies over Honshu. F/As came up and around with beverage service where I went back to my normal Japan domestic flight request of apple juice. The load on this flight seemed light as I pretty much had an entire row to myself. Big grin We descended into CTS and experienced yet another smooth landing. Once we deplaned, I gave my farewells to the 4H representatives and headed off to the shuttle

Upon arrival to my stop at Sumikawa station, it began to lightly snow again. I looked up into the sky and was amazed how just earlier that day, I was in the warm and humid climate of the Philippines and now I returned back to the cooler climes of Hokkaido. I began my trek from the station to the international school, strugging with the balikbayan box in the process, realizing that my vacation was over...

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Well, another memorable experience with WBC! A couple interesting things for myself was the intra-Japan 757 flight as well as my first flight with NH (as well as a narrowbody w/ a Japanese airline). My only gripe was the fact that I had to pay an additonal ¥6000 to assure that my overweight luggage would be with me once I returned to Sapporo (couldn't fit anything more in my carryons as they were as packed as can be).

Well, thanks once again for reading my report!  Smile
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piercey
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:03 am

Quoting N751PR (Thread starter):
Just a few months after the Xbox 360 came out, THIS showed up.

lol, but honestly, have u heard how badly the sales for the 360 in Japan?
Well I believe it all is coming to an end. Oh well, I guess we are gonna pretend.
 
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR

Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:19 am

Quoting Piercey (Reply 1):
lol, but honestly, have u heard how badly the sales for the 360 in Japan?

I've noticed esp. after a seriously aggresive they advertised the 360. I still remember walking around a subway station with alot of Xbox 360 advertisements and Japanese 7Elevens toting preorders for them...
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:32 am

hia-
great pictures!
what did you think of the new WBC seat?
I don't think it looks as posh as some overseas airlines, but really it comes down to comfort, which is why I was wondering if it had any?
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:44 am

Great pics. Love the report! NRT is a cool place to watch planes. One of my favorites.
 
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sat Jul 22, 2006 4:23 pm

Thank you for sharing! Your report answered a number of questions I had up until reading your report including what NW's 744's are like on the top, and the new airport in NGO. I was in Iloilo back in 2002 for a missions trip and will never forget it. We stayed at the Days Inn.
 
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Mon Jul 24, 2006 10:15 am

Great report

How was the service on the 757? Was it mainly American NW F/A's or were they the Japanese F/A's.
 
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Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:01 pm

Very good report! The food looks pretty good on the NWA WBC flight from MNL-NGO. How long a flight is it from NGO to NRT?
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Mon Jul 24, 2006 2:37 pm

About your 752 interior shot: I wasn't aware those TVs could be retracted up like that. On all of my NW 752 flights (the 7500 series with the older TVs) the TVs hang down into the aisle and you have to duck under each one to not hit your head.
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Wed Aug 02, 2006 8:56 am

Quoting Twolz2rn (Reply 6):
How was the service on the 757? Was it mainly American NW F/A's or were they the Japanese F/A's.

Service on the 757 was pretty minimal but it is pretty much a 90 minute flight so I wasn't expecting anything beyond a in-flight drink. The F/As were American whom I found were pretty cute when they welcomed each passenger by saying "Konnichiwa". Big grin

Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
How long a flight is it from NGO to NRT?

As mentioned, around 90 minutes.
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Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:08 pm

I fly NGO-DTW-NGO and always wondered what it was like to start out at MNL.

Happy to hear you liked NGO. You should come back and explore the skydeck, shopping and onsen on the 5th floor.

That MNL-NGO flight usually arrives at a dead time in the day, but at least you got to see the Golden 737. Right before your flight arrives, LH takes off. After your flight left, UA arrives. If you take NGO-MNL you can see EK and QF.
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Mon Aug 07, 2006 4:17 pm

Thanks guys for your comments.  Smile

Quoting Centrair (Reply 10):
Happy to hear you liked NGO. You should come back and explore the skydeck, shopping and onsen on the 5th floor.

Thanks Centrair! They actually have an onsen in NGO? My goodness, how good can this get? Big grin
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:51 pm

Nice report ans great photo's.

NW WBC looks pretty good and the food looks well presented, I was actually impressed.

I love seeing pictures of NRT, reminds me of a couple of spotting in the past  Smile

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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sun Oct 26, 2008 1:07 am

Are those headphones that you get in WBC noise cancelling?
 
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Sun Oct 26, 2008 7:30 am



Quoting Centrair (Reply 10):
Happy to hear you liked NGO. You should come back and explore the skydeck, shopping and onsen on the 5th floor.

I just transited through NGO on Thursday andhad 5 hours to kill because the UA flight was late.. and man, what an airport  Smile Airside it is quite unremarkable, but pre-security is where you can find all the good stuff.

Was coming in from Incheon so the bar had been set high, but I found NGO to be quite competitive, nice selection of shops and restaurants, I had the best Tonkatsu meal -ever-  Smile

The onsen is awesome too, nice relaxing hot tubs, but the view of the tarmac is even better, I don't think you've done plane spotting until you've done naked outdoor plane spotting from an onsen Big grin

The observation deck is pretty neat as well, great views of all the action on the tarmac, as well as a nice view of the runway.

Last but not least, going through immigration and security is quite a breeze, much nicer than the drab and depressing immigration hall at Kansai.. the immigration hall there feels like a sardine processing plant !

Centrair is such a nice airport, it's too bad that it doesn't have more long haul flights.
 
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RE: World Business Class Back To Japan (+JL And PR)

Sun Oct 26, 2008 2:01 pm

Whoa, talk about a blast from the past. I haven't seen this report in *ages*! Big grin

Quoting Phileet92 (Reply 13):
Are those headphones that you get in WBC noise cancelling?

Unfortunately not. They're better than what's given in Y but it's not those high quality noise canceling pairs. :/

Quoting SR117 (Reply 14):

I just transited through NGO on Thursday andhad 5 hours to kill because the UA flight was late.. and man, what an airport Smile Airside it is quite unremarkable, but pre-security is where you can find all the good stuff.

Was coming in from Incheon so the bar had been set high, but I found NGO to be quite competitive, nice selection of shops and restaurants, I had the best Tonkatsu meal -ever- Smile

The onsen is awesome too, nice relaxing hot tubs, but the view of the tarmac is even better, I don't think you've done plane spotting until you've done naked outdoor plane spotting from an onsen Big grin

The observation deck is pretty neat as well, great views of all the action on the tarmac, as well as a nice view of the runway.

Last but not least, going through immigration and security is quite a breeze, much nicer than the drab and depressing immigration hall at Kansai.. the immigration hall there feels like a sardine processing plant !

Centrair is such a nice airport, it's too bad that it doesn't have more long haul flights.

I totally hear you on NGO! I paid a visit to the airport again later that year in an unintentional stay in Nagoya where I was able to visit the Skydeck myself for the first time. I *still* have yet to visit the onsen but I'm sure I'll be able to get the chance soon. Big grin
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Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos