Japan Airlines domestic Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami
Date: June 21, 2010
Flight #: JL 119
Aircraft: 777-200 Sky Eco plane
Scheduled Departure: 1:30pm
Scheduled Arrival: 2:35pm
Seat: 13H – Class J
This was part of my first trip to Japan. Since I only needed to get from Tokyo to Osaka for this trip, I didn’t bother with the bullet train. Besides if I could fly on a 777 for a short one-hour trip then why not? JAL was having a special Class J fare in April for my June flight. The fare was about $110USD or 9900Yen, I think. It was much cheaper than taking the train.
I was excited to be flying out of Haneda and I ended up buying all kinds of JAL memorabilia from the gift shop at the airport.
Here are some shots taken from the airport limo bus.
This is the feature between Terminals 1 and 2.
This is where we checked-in for the flight. The check-in process was incredibly easy and efficient. I wish airports in the US would be like this.
These were taken from the observation on the top of the terminal. It was incredibly windy so I didn’t stay long.
This is the new terminal that hasn’t opened yet.
At security, they scanned our computer printouts and printed out another small boarding pass thing. It seems that they use that two-dimensional barcode system. We had lots of time to wait and the flight didn’t even board until 15 minutes before departure time. I think there were about 19 flight attendants on our flight and it was not that full, maybe around 75% in coach, and 100% full in Class J. I didn’t see how many were in First Class.
These were taken from our gate, which was gate 16, I think.
Here comes our plane. I was so happy that it was a special livery and it is the exact plane as the model I bought in the gift shop.
When boarding commenced it was so orderly and by cabin. In the jetway a flight attendant was holding a basket of white envelopes that had the same green paper airplane pictures that is on the side of the plane. They contained seeds to plant a tree or bush or something. I can’t read Japanese so I have no idea what it is. Since there were so many flight attendants on this flight, the service was great. The plane had a front-facing camera and we could watch it on the main screens. The Class J seats are really comfortable and are slightly smaller than domestic first class seats in the States. The legroom was pretty good too. The neat thing is that the seat sinks when reclined, which enhances the reclining sensation. There was no food or snacks, but there was a choice of beverages. I had the iced green tea.
The flight time was only about 50 minutes, so food isn’t necessary. I got up to use the lavatory and a flight attendant escorted me to one that was not occupied and even opened the door for me. I couldn’t believe it. I have only ever experienced that on a Malaysian Airlines business class flight. I picked our seats on the right side of the plane thinking that we would pass Mt. Fuji and I was right.
The flight was too short and we were landing before I knew it. Itami airport is right in the middle of the city and it feels like you are landing right on top of houses. The terminal was empty and there were no other JAL planes there. There might have been 1 ANA plane but it was leaving as we pulled up. Here is the gate area.
I loved everything about our flight, JAL, and Japan. I can’t wait to return