Flight/Route: UA879 (Business)/HNL
Aircraft/Seat: 747-400 (N121UA)/16K
Departure Time/Duration: 12:10 p.m./7:45
After a quick visit to the RCC and even a breath of fresh air outside,
I was excited to board our 744 to NRT
, looking sharp in its Star Alliance livery.
Water, sparkling wine (more on that later) and OJ were offered pre-takeoff. I was politely asked for a seat swap (from 16A), so I obliged. We were full, but the mixed HNL
crew were in fine spirits and treated us very well. I had some sparkling wine with my nuts:
This turned out to be a bit of a faux pas as I noticed that the prosecco I was served was actually the boarding wine.
I pointed this out and was served the Domain Chandon after that.
TERIYAKI SALMON WITH SESAME SEEDS, LAYER EGG SHIITAKE ROLL, JAPANESE POTATO SALAD, EDAMAME AND PICKLED VEGETABLES
FRESH SEASONAL GREENS
Creamy Garlic or Balsamic Vinaigrette
WASABI-CRUSTED FILET MIGNON WITH THYME JUS
Macadamia-nut mashed potatoes and wok fried baby carrots
MONGOLIAN SHREDDED CHICKEN AND ASIAN NOODLES WITH SESAME OIL
And grilled vegetables
The above entrée selections were specially designed for United Airlines by TRADER VIC’S
WASHOUKU ZEN SELECTION
Appetizers of crabmeat in layered eggs, salmon tamari, burdock wrapped in glazed beef, shrimp with fish eggs, seared tuna with wasabi dressing, somen noodles and simmered shiitake mushroom
A main course of broiled sea bass saikyo yaki, shimeji mushroom, ginkgo nut, simmered bamboo root, carrot flower served with steamed rice and Japanese pickled vegetables
Served with green tea
Items in this meal may contain traces of MSG
When making reservations on future flights to and from Japan, you may secure the Japanese meal by pre-ordering.
I knew I'd be getting more Trader Vic's food on the NRT
leg so I went with the Japanese lunch. It was quite good, one of the best I've had on UA
. The Firestone Chardonnay (I'm a Santa Barbara County kid so I'm very loyal) went nicely with the light food.
The sea bass looked like this, and tasted quite mild and delicious:
INTERNATIONAL CHEESE SELECTION
San Joaquin Gold, Le Cabrie
The cheese looked nice, and it was. I had some port as well.
and then dozed and read for a while, sipping some chamomile tea I'd brought with me. My German seatmate was out like a plank so the new C seat felt nice and private.
Our ocean crossing was mostly smooth.
The other choice for dessert didn't look great:
ELI’S KEY LIME CHEESECAKE
but the flight attendant generously offered some extra chocolates, which were quite good.
prior to arrival
PORK TONKATSU WITH CURRY SAUCE
I heard a good report on this, and it was quite delicious in a comfort-food kind of way. I saw it for sale in Narita, as well.
FRESH SEASONAL FRUIT PLATE
With creamy yogurt
Soon we were landing in Narita:
IRON HORSE BRUT 2003 GREEN VALLEY
DOMAIN CHANDON ÉTOILE BRUT NV NAPA
GEYSER PEAK WINERY SAUVIGNON BLANC 2007 CALIFORNIA
FIRESTONE VINEYARD SELECT CHARDONNAY 2007 CENTRAL COAST
HAYMAN & HILL RESERVE CHARDONNAY 2006 RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
ANDEAN VINEYARDS MALBEC 2007 MENDOZA
LUCAS & LEWELLEN VINEYARDS “QUEEN OF HEARTS” PINOT NOIR 2007 SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
JINDALEE CIRCLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007 SOUTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA
GEKKEIKAN SAKE IS AVAILABLE ON FLIGHTS TO AND FROM JAPAN
Sandeman Founders Reserve porto will be offered during the main meal’s dessert
coffee will be available throughout the flight
I got another nice view of the Star Alliance 744:
The crew even gave me a liter bottle of Hawaii Water that made it through security for me to drink in the stuffy-as-usual shower room in the RCC.
Another nice flight.
[Edited 2009-09-14 14:57:44]
[Edited 2009-09-14 15:03:45]