My wife was already in Japan visiting her family and on Thursday March 5 and we were heading to Bangkok for 10 days of R an R in Thailand. My wife's parents got up bright and early and, with the nav system loaded on the Subaru for the trip from Obukuro to Narita, we began our drive to the airport at 0700.
We arrived at terminal 2 at 0830 and checked in, we had already reserved our seats a few days before so the check in process went quite quickly. We headed up stairs to enjoy breakfast with the in-laws and I snook out on to the south observation deck to check out the action and snap a few photos.
JAL 747-400 JA8082
JAL 747-400 JA8921
JAL 767-300 JA615J
We said our goodbyes and went through security at about 0950, one hour before departure time, there was not much of a line up at security or immigration so we were at the gate, 63, in no time. Our aircraft, 747-400 JA8076 was being loaded and fueled.
At the next gate, 64, was 777-300ER JA731J bound for London.
Boarding commenced at 1020, we left the gate on time at 1050 and taxied to runway 16 Right for departure.
ANA A320 JA8997
We were first in line for departure although we had to wait a minute or two for this NWA 747-200F, which I couldn't get the registration of, to land.
After NWA exited the runway we were cleared for take off.
After takeoff we made a right hand turn to head southwest over the Chiba peninsula, across Tokyo Bay and skirted along Japan's south coast past Okinawa, Taiwan, across the South China Sea and made landfall near Da Nang Vietnam.
The service on Japan Airlines was second to none. The flight attendants bent over backwards to get anything you requested, and even went beyond and did it all with a smile. What a stark contrast to the service I have received on North American based airlines like Air Canada!
The only thing I didn't like about JAL was that all the aircraft I flew on didn't have individual gasper fan outlets above your seat, so I always found my self a bit too warm.
We landed at Bangkok a few minutes early at about 1550 local time.
THY 777-300ER VT-JEE being lease from Jet Airways.
After clearing immigration and customs we hopped on a bus to Pattaya.
After spending time in Pattaya, Koh Samet and Bangkok we woke up early Saturday morning and headed out to Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport by taxi for our 08:15 departure time on JAL flight 708 to Tokyo. The flight was being operated by 777-200 JA703J and departing from gate G3. This would be my first time flying on a Boeing 777 so I was quite excited.
Parked at the gate next to us was China Airlines 747-400, B-18207.
We departed on runway 01 Left and made a right turn for Da Nang Vietnam. Then across the South China sea to Taiwan and up the western coast of Japan which I had a good view of from my window seat 58A. After passing Taiwan there were a lot of southwest bound flights visible on a parrallel airway to our left, but even with my binoculars I could only make out a UPS 747 and an ANA 777.
|Cabin of JA703J at BKK airport|
Again the flight was excellent especially the service. We landed on Narita's runway 16 left so it was a long taxi to our gate at terminal 2, but we still arrived about 10 minutes early at 15:50 local.
|Asiana A330 taxiing to 16 Right as we park on the gate.|
I wanted to see if I could get a photo of the flight deck, so we waited until most of the passengers had deplaned and then made our way to the front of the aircraft. The cockpit door still wasn't open, but I asked the in charge flight attendant if it would be possible to get a quick photo of the flightdeck anyway. "Impossible!" she replied. The last time I tried this on a NWA A330 from SFO to NRT the Captain even let me sit in the FO seat and he took my picture.
I deplaned with my tail between my legs,and we made our way to the transit lounge. We had just over two hours to kill until our flight to Vancouver.