boeing764
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Narita To Bangkok Return On JAL

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:06 pm

I had arrived in Tokyo one week earlier having left Vancouver on Feb. 25 and flown to Narita on JAL 747-400 JA8088.
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.

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JAL 747-400 JA8082

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JAL 747-400 JA8921

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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.
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At the next gate, 64, was 777-300ER JA731J bound for London.
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Boarding commenced at 1020, we left the gate on time at 1050 and taxied to runway 16 Right for departure.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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THY 777-300ER VT-JEE being lease from Jet Airways.

After clearing immigration and customs we hopped on a bus to Pattaya.
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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.
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Parked at the gate next to us was China Airlines 747-400, B-18207.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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RE: Narita To Bangkok Return On JAL

Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:59 pm

Hi,
great report on JAL's Y class and excellent service wise. Good to hear!

Quoting Boeing764 (Thread starter):
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

Landing on 16L at NRT means for T2 (JAL's terminal) the shortest possible taxi-routes. Just vacate the runway at the end and enter the apron around T2 to reach the final spot. When I see your picture on blockin, you arrived around gate 90 (?), so taxi must have been short.

Quoting Boeing764 (Thread starter):
"Impossible!" she replied.

She's handles the case as she learned from the books indeed. It's forbidden as per Japanese aviation laws and companies regulations. But, I would've been more flexible, and then, we remember once again that Japanese people are not so flexible at all  Silly

Thanks for the read and great pics!

Regards,
Eric
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RE: Narita To Bangkok Return On JAL

Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:01 pm



Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1):
Landing on 16L at NRT means for T2 (JAL's terminal) the shortest possible taxi-routes.

Sorry that should have been 34 Left.
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RE: Narita To Bangkok Return On JAL

Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:09 pm

I've flown Japan Airlines NRT-BKK-NRT twice. Actually those flights are Jalways, operated by Japan Airlines. Their service is wonderful, like you said. I also tried to get a visit to the cockpit on my flights. On one flight, I showed the f/a my American Airlines retiree ID and she went up to ask the captain, but they said it was not allowed because of security. She was very nice about it. I had asked if I could do it after we arrived at the gate but she said it was not possible. I talked to the pilots later...one of them was Canadian, the other Japanese. They told me it is prohibited because of security. After 11 September, I think cockpit visits are pretty much a thing of the past.
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RE: Narita To Bangkok Return On JAL

Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:08 am

Any photos of meals served on your flights?
 
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RE: Narita To Bangkok Return On JAL

Wed Mar 18, 2009 6:24 pm

Nice report & pictures, thanks.

A little more info on the meals or pix would have been nice, how was the food?

Regards

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RE: Narita To Bangkok Return On JAL

Wed Mar 18, 2009 7:01 pm



Quoting Triple7man (Reply 3):
Actually those flights are Jalways, operated by Japan Airlines.

You're right Triple7man, The cockpit crew and aircraft were JAL but the cabin crew were JALWays and predominantly Thai nationality. I was quite impressed by their ability to speak 3 languages, Japanese, English and Thai.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 5):
A little more info on the meals or pix would have been nice, how was the food?

Sorry Mr. BA319-131. The food was pretty good, and next time I submit a report I'll be sure to include photos of the meals.
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