As promised, here is leg 2 of my tour throughout Asia. This leg would be from NRT-MNL on JAL 741.
The time went way to fast in Japan and before I knew it, I was heading into my 2nd of 3 parts of the trip. my purpose for going to the Philippines was to visit my dad who was in the middle of his month long business trip in Manila.
Check in went smoothly except for trying to get an upgrade on a ZED fare. I thought that the upper deck would be Biz class, so I asked if I could get a seat on the upper deck. The agent quickly said yes and gave me a whole row. I figured there had to be something too perfect about this and then figured, "It's probably economy". Yup, but that's ok! I had three seats to myself and the crew were outstanding!
I had checked in 2-3 hours early so I spent some time exploring NRT and this airport is amazing! Definitely a place to go if you are a plane-spotter! (I'll be @ NRT on June 30/ July 15th!!)
Boarding was done based off airline status, then class with Economy kind of just boarding all at once. But, unlike in the US, there was plenty of common sense and within no time, everyone was seated and we left! Incredible!!
Prior to taxiing away from the gate
The pilot came onto the PA prior to push back and went over the usual route of travel etc... I was immediately shocked to hear one of THE STRONGEST Texan accents I have EVER heard. When he came out during mid-flight he had on his cowboy boots and I guess you really can't take the "country outta the boy".
My first time seeing an A380 in person!!!!
Defintely an excellent feature all airlines should have!
Shortly after departing NRT:
meal service had several options and I chose the sea food. I was definitely pleased with the meal. I topped it off with a San Miguel, which is a fantastic Phillipean beer!
Definitely good information to know!!
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(On final for MNL)
Arrival into MNL was quick and bumpy. There was an incoming thunderstorm and that was the only reason I could give for our insanely fast and low approach. ( I tried looking for MNL approach plates to see if this is standard by any chance).
The hotel where he was staying is connected to the Glorieta 1,2,3,4 mall and for those who know this mall. It's incredible!! But, is nothing compared to the mall of Asia just a short drive away. I spent most of my time exploring Manila including one day I took a tour and it was literally just me, and the driver. Quite awkward, but, he gave an excellent tour and it was clear he is very proud of his country!
Mall of Asia: defintely something to check out!
before I knew it, the 5 days were over and I was on my way to Bangkok, Thailand for 3 days.