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ANA 787 Dreamliner HND-FRA Inaugural - Part 2

Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:16 pm

Part 1 ended as it was time to board my ANA815 flight to Yonago from Gate 67A in the domestic terminal, a single aisle B-737-800. The date was January 12.

I caught my return flight about 10 days later. Flight ANA820, an Airbus A320, left Yonago airport on time at 8.40 PM and arrived at Haneda domestic Terminal 2 at 21.59 one minute before the scheduled landing time.



I will come back on my visit with pictures in Part 3 of my trip report. This was a visit to rural Japan with beautiful rice fields, cattle farms, the most amazing sea scapes and wonderful healthy regional food not counting a couple of ferry trips.

I was back in the busy Tokyo airport the night of 20 January after spending time in a part of Japan very few Western tourists know about in Shimane Prefecture.



Welcome back to the second part of my trip report: ANA 787 Dreamliner HND-FRA 1st Long Haul Inaugural.

     

My suitcase was checked all the way to Nice. I had one travel bag and my laptop with me. I had to exit the domestic terminal and catch an airport shuttle bus that would take me to the International terminal.
Route: International Terminal → Domestic Terminal No. 2 → Domestic Terminal No. 1 → International Terminal

The night was cold. The bus trip between the two terminals took about 10 minutes. Haneda Tokyo International is a big airport with all kinds of ground transport facilities and zillions of people. I was happy to be in the International Terminal.

I already had my boarding pass for the NH204 flight to Frankfurt so I took the elevator to Floor 3 and went directly to security inspection and passport control. I was allowed to use the priority lanes so all went relatively quickly.

The check-in counters one floor down.



Flight departures monitors.



I had a chat with a Hawaiian Airlines flight deck crew and greeted them telling them how lucky they were to work in Hawaii. They asked me where I was going and I told them I was on the first long haul 787 flight. HAL Captain said he envied me for flying on the brand new B- 787. We all parted with big smiles on our faces and wished safe flights to all.

  

There was still plenty of time so I went to the gate to spy on the newest star of ANA's fleet JA805A the first international configured B-787 Dreamliner to fly a long haul flight. It was dark and dreary outside and there was so muh light in the terminal that seeing the new airplane wasn't really easy. With the reflexion in the gate window what I could see was a mix and match of everything.

Boarding for NH204 was scheduled at 00.35 from Gate 108A.



There was not much action at the gate so I went to the ANA lounge further down the hall for coffee and food.



After checking in at the reception desk and making my way inside the lounge, the place was a zoo. There were flights going in all directions and the place was packed. It was difficult to find a place to sit. After I found a chair I got me some nibbles and coffee.

Time was passing fast. I left the lounge as soon as I was done. I noticed the really nice Dreamliner scale model on the desk. This one was JA802A.



I did not want to spend any more time in the zoo. The boarding gate was much more exciting and certainly more promising. I left the lounge and made my way back to the gate and I was out to some surprise. There was quite a bit of action with VIP looking people preparing for a welcome ceremony. I presented my boarding pass and went inside the gate hold. This is when things started to happen.

  

There was a line-up of VIPs sitting on chairs. These were executives of Tokyo and Frankfurt airports, all fitted with red and white ribbons, the colours of Japan all ready and waiting for the gate ceremony to begin.



Then came the speeches. The Western VIPs trying their best at delivering their message in Japanese and the Japanese VIPs doing the same in English and German.



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Two ANA ladies had set up a long red and white ribbon for the ribbon cutting ceremony before they started with the welcome and congratulations speeches.



Hostesses representing the airline were listening to the speeches. These ladies were not on-duty on the flight. They were there for the gate ceremony, probably chosen among the cream of the crop.



After the VIP speeches had ended, everybody the ribbon cutting ceremony began.



  



followed by rounds of applause and a picture taking session with the VIPs, hostesses and a off-duty Dreamliner flight deck crew.



Boarding was called by frequent flyer status order and cabin sections, Business Staggered and Economy. Before we boarded the aircraft all passengers were handed souvenir bags with ANA B-787 Dreamliner first flight memoriabilia and some happy smiles.



The time had come. There was as much excitement on the apron as there was in the gate room! The blue and white winged Princess was waiting to receive her passengers for her very first long haul commercial flight.



  

Sleepless over Siberia.

I was one of the first passengers to board the brand new airplane. A festival of cabin colours was expecting us along with more surprises and novelties and more smiling faces welcoming us at the door. All the hostesses on duty were ladies.



This flight was not going to be an ordinary flight so I decided to take my time going through the different cabins looking at everything around me and getting a few pictures.



My very first impression for an airplane this size is that there was a lot of space. You did not feel cramped walking through the airplane. The overhead bins are huge and so are the windows and the windows have no window shades. These are the first things I noticed.

The Business Staggered seats looked comfy. I liked the fact that they have nothing flashy to them. No gold a la Emirates. All is very sober and yet very comfortable at the same time.



All the seats are facing in the same direction toward the front of the aircraft. There are two Business cabins and two Economy cabins. One mini Business cabin and a larger one, one mini Economy cabin and a larger one.



My seat number was 23A a window seat in the last row of the mini Economy cabin (3 rows of seats 2-3-2) left side of the aircraft.



I placed my belongings in the giant overhead bin and my souvenir bag under my seat and wondered about to take more pictures before the cabin attendants would start making the announcements.



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Economy seats - some of the best. They are very comfortable on a long haul flight, they don't feel cramped and there is ample leg room. ANA did a really good job with their cabin arrangement. The seats have a hard shell that does not move. You can recline your seat without disturbing the passenger in the back or in front of you. This is a really great point. Kudos to ANA!

Economy cabin and seating views. Notice the very large PTVs in the Economy sections.



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The Business Staggered seating with even bigger PTV screens



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The safety card - and no... I did not take a safety card off the aircraft when I deplaned.



The flight was completely full. The last few passengers were settling in and it was time to prepare for take off. I went back to my seat in the third --and last-- row of the mini Economy cabin. This is what it looked like behind me. The cabin lighting was all in shades of white and blue, assorted to the seat colours.



Seat back with PTV.



The huge windows! The tinted effect can be controlled by the cabin crew which means they can blacken the window during the night flight and there is no control on them from the individual seats if they do that.



My view on the wing with the wing tip light.



The tray table and cup holder



The PTV screen during the safety demo showing a map of the new aircraft and the slide rafts



A view on the Business cabin



Cabin lighting in shades of blue and white



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The cabin lights were dimmed as we got on our way for taxi and take off.



The Trent engines spooled and very soon we were up in the air and going our way.



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Different cabin lighting effects. Dark blue for the Business sections and more pastel colours in Economy.



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The windows were blackened by the cabin crew during the night flight almost to landing in Frankfurt so there was no way to see the stars or the Moon, not even the wing tip light. No Space Stations sighting or constellations.



Row 24 had the most leg room of all, an exit row. Notice the green lighting around the aircraft door window. All was so perfectly clean and new. I love flying in brand new equipment! This one, first of its kind to fly long haul, was a real treat.



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The Air Hostesses came by with drinks and snacks so I returned to my seat. They brought sandwiches with varied drinks including beer, wines and spirits. My choice was apple juice with sandwiches. The sandwiches were fresh and delicious.



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Flying over Hokkaido and the unfortunate Fukushima 43 minutes after we took off from HND



Blackened window under cabin crew control. I had no chance to play with the self-tint system.



Flight map. The routing would fly us over Northern Siberia. Estimated arrival time: 4.46 AM local time.



The 'Blue Room' equipped with high tech self-cleaning toilets and all sorts of other neat little things.



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I had another new name for JA805A: "Rhapsody in Blue".

  

The time came to go to the galleys in the back of the plane to see what was about. One of the air hostesses, whom I named the "Artist in Residence" was making up special postcards on request. I asked her if I could have one and she obliged. She noted my request and asked me to be patient. My artsy 787 postcard would come in due time.



There was a Japanese version for Japanese passengers and the Engrish version. Most Western passengers were in Business Class. A number of them were from the Media. There was one American reporter I already knew from the Singapore Airlines A380 Sydney inaugural flights. He was also part of the ANA 787 Hong Kong special package tour which served as the first passenger flight with JA801A.



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Sleepers in the night



The galley in the back of the plane - all shiny and new!



ANA 787 Artist in Residence at work



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oops! I clicked on the wrong box!

Trip report to be continued below....


 

I will kindly ask you to wait until I am done to post your comments!

Thank you very much!!!

[Edited 2012-01-27 09:20:36]
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RE: ANA 787 Dreamliner HND-FRA Inaugural - Part 2

Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:20 pm

great report! The 787 looks so fresh and new to what is currently on offer. Can't wait to fly it
 
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Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:43 pm

In between helping passengers with drinks or other things, the Artist in Residence kept filling in her ANA 787 postcards with little stars and airplanes and flight details.



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The place I named the 'Red Light District' was the free space between the Blue Room and the Economy cabin. The red light would show when the Blue Room was occupied.



The flight was advancing nicely and without any problems. Not a sign of turbulence on our way to Frankfurt.



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Cabin information monitor



Artist in Residence book with stickers



More flight information on our way to Frankfurt



My seat neighbour hiding under his coat while sleeping



The masked trio



At this point we had almost reached Finland



Breakfast was served. Not in large quantity but the food quality was very good. There was two choices. Omelet with sausage and a Japanese breakfast with chicken and Teryaki sauce. I asked for the Japanese breakfast. On the breakfast tray there was a First Long Haul 787 flight HND-FRA souvenir sticker.



There is ample leg room between the seats.



After breakfast, inaugural flight certificates were distributed to all passengers signed by the cockpit crew and chief air hostess.



At that point we had started our descent into Frankfurt from 40,000 ft down. We were more than 30 minutes ahead of schedule.



The flight was put on hold for a little while so we did a few rounds before we aligned with the runway and landed. The weather in Frankfurt was really cold and icey. We did not get a water cannon salute. Parking was going to be at a remote stand.



I made a little video clip of the taxiing at Frankfurt airport
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhMg9YotU9w&blend=1&lr=1&ob=0

This was the end of the flight. I wanted to be the last passenger to leave the aircraft.



The window was put back to normal visibility so I looked at the wing and saw all the busses waiting for us down below as we had parked at the remote stand.



It was time to thank the wonderful ANA cabin crew and say goodbye with the last few pictures inside the beautiful new ANA B-787 Dreamliner.



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I had a last look at the interiors and made my way to the front door as indicated.



The time had come for a last goodbye.



Down below the stairs it was cold and wet but what a wonderful opportunity to take pictures of the aircraft. Most people had hurried to the bus. There was only a few of us getting our last pictures of the aircraft.



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We were taken on the busses to the B terminal and into the airport building from where the ANA B-787 Dreamliner could not be seen.

I was going to be in the airport several more hours the time for me to see the plane off to Haneda again. Some surprises were awaiting me.

I rushed to the brand new B pier Senator lounge for a good shower and a hearty breakfast.



I did not have any sleep on the flight, or maybe one hour at the most but I did not feel tired. I knew I would have time to catch up on sleep as this was the weekend. Thinking back, participating to the ANA B-787 first long haul inaugural was a wonderful experience and what better airline than ANA to inaugurate the new long awaited aircraft!

I can predict that this airplane will sell like hot cakes.



The party had not finished yet. Another party was just about to start. I had no idea it would turn like this again!

After plenty of food and coffee (thank you Lufthansa) I went to the lounge desk to find out if they had the gate number for the ANA flight from Frankfurt to Haneda. The lady was happy to inform me that the flight would depart form Gate 42 which was right across the hall from the lounge.

I started to hear some drumming sounds in the distance and wondered what was going about. I asked for a key to the locker so I could leave my bags in the lounge and go check out what was going on. I was given a key to one of the larger lockers and I set off outside with my camera and my large 787 flight special boarding tag with the lanyard around my neck.

Walking across the hall, this is what I saw. They had set up a stage where they had Japanese drummers and dancers and a huge scele model of the ANA B-787 Dreamliner.



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I did not care so much for the drummers and dancers. I wanted to see the aircraft again. They had brought her to gate B-42 for boarding and departure and for the special ceremony that was going to take place before boarding. This one wss going to prove as being quite spectacular comparing to the sober ceremony they had at Haneda airport. Not talking about the huge food feast they had prepared for all the guests and passengers of the outgoing flight, the incoming passengers being also welcome to the ceremony and festivities.

The Dreamliner was parked outside the gate surrounded by heaps of happy ramp workers and other airport staff. It was cold and wet but she looked beautiful in the rain.



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I wanted to board the plane again and go back to Haneda!



A gigantic food fest was prepared for all to enjoy. I did not food fest as I had a huge breakfast in the lounge, although not nearly as luxurious as what was offered to the 787 passengers and FRAport invited guests.



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Contrary to most people in the gate room, my focus was the airplane... not the food!



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Frankfurt airport had done a superb job on the gate ceremony. Here again they had speeches and special presentations of the aircrafts and press folders distributed to the FRAport guests along with food and drinks to no end.



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Boarding was called and all departing passengers had to leave the gate room and go on the plane. This was to be an on-time departure with pushback at 11.15 for a water cannon salute before taxiing to the runway for take off.

A Lufthansa A380 went by but no one really paid attention. The brand new ANA 787 Dreamliner had stolen the show.



The tug was prepared for push back.



When all was ready and in proper place we saw the ANA B-787 Dreamliner being towed into position and leaving the gate for the water cannon salute. For me it was a happy and sad moment to see her going away in the distance.



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This is the last I saw of JA805A before she went away in the distance for taxi and take off. I sent them my wishes for a good flight to Haneda with a lot of fun on board their return flight. Some Japanese passengers had made the round trip from Haneda to Frankfurt and back to Haneda. They had big smiles on their faces in the Frankfurt gate room.



        

I will end the trip report here. I will post pictures of the little souvenirs we received from ANA on the occasion of this first historical long haul flight of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner a new aircraft type made mostly with carbon fiber domposite materials.

I posted all my pictures. I did not leave one that you could not see.

There will be a Part 3 of this trip report with some pictures of Japan and some places virtually unknown to Western tourists, along with my other flights on this trip.

Thank you ANA for being First to Fly the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Thank you Boeing for creating such a wonderful new airplane.

Thank you Haneda and Frankfurt airports for your welcome and making this flight a great success.

I hope you all enjoyed sharing my experience with this trip report.

        
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Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:01 pm

Great report! And great pics as well, im glad you got to experience the 787, im still waiting for my first flight
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Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:07 pm

I am not sure if there is a B-787 Dreamliner miracle but I wasn't tired after the long haul flight as usual for such a distance and the all night flight.

I had a long way to go before getting to Haneda. I took a ferry to Matsue (Shimane Prefecture) with almost 3 hours of rough seas then had to get to Yonago airport and fly to Haneda. It may have been the excitement of flying on the new airplane but I am sure the new technology and cabin comfort helped out a lot.

Thank you again ANA!

  
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Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:17 pm

Hi Marie,

Thanks for a great read, I really enjoyed it, also thanks for the pictures. And what a treat to fly on the first commercial long haul flight of the 787! Glad you flew on it! It sure looks good, and it sure performs so. 

I thank you very much for sharing your experience.

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Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:18 pm

Good evening MadameConcorde ,

It was very interesting for me to read this part of your TR series . I enjoyed reading it very much . Good to see another TR of yours .

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
I had a chat with a Hawaiian Airlines flight deck crew

It is always nice talking with airline staff , very enjoyable .

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The boarding gate was much more exciting and certainly more promising.

I can only agree with you . Lounges are sometimes very boring and crowded so it is better to go somewhere else .

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Before we boarded the aircraft all passengers were handed souvenir bags with ANA B-787 Dreamliner first flight memoriabilia

Always nice to get somethins to remember a special flight .

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Boarding was called by frequent flyer status

Did they do it in a strict and polite way ?

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The Business Staggered seating with even bigger PTV screens

The seats look quite nice .

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):

I had another new name for JA805A: "Rhapsody in Blue".

Very nice second name .

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
I asked for the Japanese breakfast.

Good choice , Madame .


I have enjoyed reading your TR . Your TR were very nice to view .


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Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:45 pm

What a great report! Can't wait to see your pictures from Japan in your next one too!

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Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:18 pm

Well done!

Excellent report and thoroughly detailed photos. Really enjoyed that account. I have no idea which carrier I will first fly the 787 with, but can't wait for when it comes about.

So now you have three aircraft to idolise.

Crew looked excellent and meals tasty too.

Rgds

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:56 am

I was waiting for your second instalment, and it was great reading... Thanks for posting the inaugural LONG HAUL B787 trip report!

I was home in Australia tracking this flight, and I got the following screen shots, which I'd like to share given YOU were on the flight!!

Descending into FRA
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7152/6773464801_64db36efd4_b.jpg
NH204 on decent into FRA by AussiePomm, on Flickr

Arrival into FRA
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7156/6773467353_1735dd3a8a_b.jpg
NH204 arrival FRA by AussiePomm, on Flickr
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:58 am

Excelent TR MadameConcorde!!!

I really enjoyed it!! Thank you sooooooooo much for sharing!!! It made my day!!!
Can´t wait for LAN to have a 787 of their own, maybe I get a chance of flying it too!!!

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:29 am

Madame Concorde thank you for sharing the events and images of your exciting trip on the 787. What a unique and exciting experience - I do not think I would've slept much either enroute to FRA. I hope those economy seats your described become more common, it looks like they provide a little more comfort all around. Reading your words, I can almost feel your energy and enthusiasm throughout your journey!
 
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 5:20 am

Madame,

Thank you very much for sharing with us your experience aboard the new 787 Dreamliner !!

I loved all of the pics on both Part 1 and 2 of your trip report series. ANA def did a great job with the configuration of their long-haul 787 and I hope that other airlines will follow suit.

Like my friend Checo77 said, we can't wait for LAN Perú to receive its first Boeing 787 this year !!

Encore une fois, un grand merci pour ce compte rendu magique à bord du 787 d'ANA.  

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:12 am

Madame Concorde, enjoyable read and good selection of pictures, thanks for sharing with us.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The tinted effect can be controlled by the cabin crew which means they can blacken the window during the night flight and there is no control on them from the individual seats if they do that.

- Not keen on this idea to be honest.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The windows were blackened by the cabin crew during the night flight almost to landing in Frankfurt so there was no way to see the stars or the Moon, not even the wing tip light. No Space Stations sighting or constellations

- The point of a window is being able to see outside, even in darkness the lights from towns and cities far far below are a joy to see from such a height, such a shame simple pleasures are taken away.

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:21 am

Thanks for a fascinating trip report!

Given the limited space at Haneda, the ANA lounge situation is not surprising and with minimal meal service on all these flights, the lounge situation will not improve as everyone will make sure they get food prior to departure.

I am really surprised at the lack of food on these flights. I know it is a late night flight but the length should guarantee two hot meals. Sandwiches are nice, but it should be a proper hot meal. JAL does a nice soup/potage meal on its redeye Paris flight, which is a good idea. A more substantial snack should be provided.

ANA F/As seem more relaxed on this inaugural long haul flights and I am happy you had a great experience.

Thanks for sharing!

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:13 am

Thank you very much for an excellent trip report! It was most definitely worth the wait.

It's a shame that the windows were darkened for the entire flight. Given that the flight wouldn't encounter any sunlight on the way, I would've thought that they would've left the windows as they were. I understand from other people here that during the day, if the windows were darkened, it would still be possible to see outside. I guess at night it's a different story ...
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 9:20 am

Great trip report, however I fail to see how this is a "revolution" in flying that Boeing claims it to be. As you flew both A380 and 787 inaugurals, would you have said the A380 or the 787 was more of a "revolution"?
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:03 am

Hi MC, thanks for sharing pt 2! A very cool report! Great to see some actual flight impressions.

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:24 am

Bonjour Madame,

wow, what a report! Excellent photos, descriptions, and info from the flight crew. They seemed to enjoy being part of the party on board as well! The aircraft looks excellent from a Y perspective, it's only a shame it was a night flight so you didn't get the chance to look out of the huge windows.

BTW, what was in the goody bag?

Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with us!

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:51 am

Bonjour, M.,

merci beaucoup! Domo arigato gozaimasu!

Wonderful to read your 787 flight in all detail. You greatly describe the flight, fantastic pics to show the ins and outs of this beautiful aircraft!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The tinted effect can be controlled by the cabin crew which means they can blacken the window during the night flight and there is no control on them from the individual seats if they do that.

Dislike this feature. I understand why they do it, especially in night flight open window shades can be annoying to other passengers. But on the other side, some freedom is taken away from the passenger. And I know, ANA crew won't be flexible with this feature. During flight, the manual says 'black out the windows' so they will oblige, so for window pictures during the flights, it doesn't seem the best aicraft to fly  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
and the Engrish version.

LOL  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Parking was going to be at a remote stand.

Such a shame actually... FRA airport do this so often. Why not arriving at a normal gate. And push away the aicraft during 'rest' for cleaning purposes. The bus is nice for this occassion maybe, since you were able to make some more pictures up close, but for many passengers, arriving bus gates are a big inconvenience.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
A Lufthansa A380 went by but no one really paid attention. The brand new ANA 787 Dreamliner had stolen the show.

Of course! The 787 does look so much better! Can't wait to fly on her later this year.

Regards
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btw - interesting choice to spend quite a long time in the Tottori Prefecture, definitely not widely known to tourist but also attracting me.
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:38 am

Thank you for posting! A very nice read on this lazy Saturday morning. The 787 experience looks great!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
I will come back on my visit with pictures in Part 3 of my trip report. This was a visit to rural Japan with beautiful rice fields, cattle farms, the most amazing sea scapes and wonderful healthy regional food not counting a couple of ferry trips.

Sounds good, already looking forward to it!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Then came the speeches. The Western VIPs trying their best at delivering their message in Japanese and the Japanese VIPs doing the same in English and German.

At least they tried! When I stumbled upon the inaugural ceremony for CZ's AMS-CAN flight the CZ execs did their speeches in Chinese.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
Boarding was called by frequent flyer status order and cabin sections, Business Staggered and Economy. Before we boarded the aircraft all passengers were handed souvenir bags with ANA B-787 Dreamliner first flight memoriabilia and some happy smiles.

What kind of gifts were in the souvenir bags?

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
I placed my belongings in the giant overhead bin and my souvenir bag under my seat and wondered about to take more pictures before the cabin attendants would start making the announcements.

Large binds indeed.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The huge windows! The tinted effect can be controlled by the cabin crew which means they can blacken the window during the night flight and there is no control on them from the individual seats if they do that.

So you can't control the window shades if the crew puts them in 'night mode' ? I'm not sure I would like that, I like to peek out the window every now and then. You can control them yourself in 'day mode', yes?

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
Breakfast was served. Not in large quantity but the food quality was very good. There was two choices. Omelet with sausage and a Japanese breakfast with chicken and Teryaki sauce. I asked for the Japanese breakfast. On the breakfast tray there was a First Long Haul 787 flight HND-FRA souvenir sticker.

So the sandwich was the only meal served after departure? Doesn't seem that substantial for such a long flight.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
Down below the stairs it was cold and wet but what a wonderful opportunity to take pictures of the aircraft. Most people had hurried to the bus. There was only a few of us getting our last pictures of the aircraft.

A nice bonus, to get up and close with the 787.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
This is the last I saw of JA805A before she went away in the distance for taxi and take off. I sent them my wishes for a good flight to Haneda with a lot of fun on board their return flight.

A great ceremony there at FRA. Nice that you could see her depart as well!
 
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Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:01 pm

Wow, what an experience! Thanks for taking us with you. I find odd that the windows are darkened on a night flight. Being trapped without any possibility to look at the sky or the cities below, well, I don't fancy it that much. However, the levels of comfort look above industry standards.
The Dreamliner is claimed to have a better in-flight cabin altitude management. Boeing says passengers feel better on board. Did you notice any change compared to other aircraft? How noisy or silent was the cabin compared to competitors (A330/340, A380 or other Boeing 767/777)?

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:10 pm

What a wonderful aircraft. Thank you very much for sharing this with us.

It really looks very fresh. I wonder how well this aircraft will age.

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 15):
It's a shame that the windows were darkened for the entire flight. Given that the flight wouldn't encounter any sunlight on the way, I would've thought that they would've left the windows as they were. I understand from other people here that during the day, if the windows were darkened, it would still be possible to see outside. I guess at night it's a different story ...

Indeed, a real shame.

Plus, did I read wrong or the crew lighted up the windows when the plane was already in the ground at FRA? Darkened windows during landing?

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:23 pm

Hello MC  

What a wonderful TR indeed..

I'm glad that you had an awesome experience with Ana & The Boeing 787  
(well except the one where the windows were darken by the crew) its kinda... Odd that they do that.. I wonder why.. Lol  

Hope to see you here soon MC   haha

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Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:27 pm

Excellent report and pictures too! I cannot wait for my first flight on this type, but regrettably it will probably be a few years down the line on a different carrier.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us.
 
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Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:11 am

Bonjour Madame,

What a magnificent report! Thank you so much for sharing us the 787 inaugural flight experience.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The Western VIPs trying their best at delivering their message in Japanese and the Japanese VIPs doing the same in English and German.

What a nice gesture of both parts.   


Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
probably chosen among the cream of the crop.

No doubt about that.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
some happy smiles.

Their enthousiastic and genuine smiles make me melt right away.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The seats have a hard shell that does not move. You can recline your seat without disturbing the passenger in the back or in front of you. This is a really great point. Kudos to ANA!

Wonderful! Could the seat design be better padded and more ergonomical than Cathay's hard shell seats?

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
I did not take a safety card off the aircraft when I deplaned.

Bravo!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
and there is no control on them from the individual seats if they do that

Ouch! Is there any possibility to get a window view like nose or tail camera?

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The 'Blue Room' equipped with high tech self-cleaning toilets and all sorts of other neat little things

Are these standard 787 lavatories? They look sophisticated.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
I had another new name for JA805A: "Rhapsody in Blue".

Did you submit your suggestion to ANA? I love the name.  


Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
My artsy 787 postcard would come in due time.

True artwork. Beautiful!  Wow!


Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
The place I named the 'Red Light District' was the free space between the Blue Room and the Economy cabin. The red light would show when the Blue Room was occupied.

What a pretentious name. 


Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
My seat neighbour hiding under his coat while sleeping

I wonder if your neighbor could breath normally that way while asleep.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
I asked for the Japanese breakfast

Good choice. I am craving for such healthy and fresh breakfast.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
but what a wonderful opportunity to take pictures of the aircraft

Great shots. Oh wow, what a gorgeous plane!

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 2):
A Lufthansa A380 went by but no one really paid attention.

C’est la vie.


Thanks again and have a nice Sunday.

Best wishes,
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Sun Jan 29, 2012 8:36 am

Hola Madame Concorde!

I have read both of your latest TRs to catch the inaugural B787 HND-FRA. As usual a great report and congratulations once more to catch the inaugural flight of this plane... I guess you should be nominated Inaugural A.netter as you seem to concentrate in those trips which is always a great asset to this forum.

Like the layout of the ANA plane, it seems they are offering a great product on this magnificent aircraft; legroom which is something we all afraid of when flying Y seems to be more than enough for what we are used to seeing in these forums.

The only minus point I would give them is on the no-control of the shades... I would like to be able to control it myself rather than by the crew, as if the system crashes it will be dark or lit by all the same.

Looking forward to reading your next trip, which will probably be in the new 747-8 by LH, won't it?

Salut!

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:28 pm

Merci Madame.

Thanks for the report, fun reading.

Do you think the lower altitudes cabin pressurization really made a difference for your experience and jet lag? I know it's hard to say because you had a flight on either sitde of the 787 but I'm curious. You seem to allude to it but curious if you felt a definate benefit?

Glad you had a good flight.

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Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:03 pm

I have seen NH 787 in HKG on it's inaugural flight to NRT and in HND on it's domestic flight. There was also an exhibition with a cabin cross section on the 787. HND, as well as other Japan airports are always great for plane spotting.

I wonder if you could have visited the cockpit after landing in FRA. I certainly would want to see it after an inaugural flight on a new airplane. But I also know the Japanese are very strict about it (I have tried several times on Japan Airlines and ANA), so they probably would not have allowed it.

I lived in Japan for 4 years so I will look forward to your Japan pics in part 3.
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Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:42 pm

Quoting triple7man (Reply 29):
I wonder if you could have visited the cockpit after landing in FRA.

Let me answer your question right away.

Two things happened. I had brought nice French chocolates for the cockpit crew. I notified the chief Hostess on board that I wanted to present the chocolates for the flight deck crew. She apologized and said they do not accept food gifts for the pilots for security reasons. I did not make any remarks. I kept the chocolate box with me and took it back home. I am still eating the nice chocolates. They missed out.

About visiting the flight deck on the ground. I had also asked the chief ANA lady in the gate room. She was the highest female exec in the room taking care of the flight. She would not be on the fliight. She was a high manager watching over the gate party. The flight deck crew had gone on board very early before the flight. The woman said it would not be possible to visit the flight deck after landing. There was no need to ask on the flight. They don't have this procedure of having passengers looking at the flight deck before or after their flights again for security reasons.

ANA are extremely strict and so are other airlines - although... the one media man who I had met on the Sydney A380 inaugurals with Singapore Airliines sitting in the Business section had told me in the gate room that he had flown back from Hong Kong to Narita in the flight deck on the return inaugural package tour. This is quite possible. I think I remember this man being a "high flyer" from one of the famous aviation sites I can't remember which one. Anything is possible. You just need to be the right person or have Mr So and So recommend you and give your name out then the Pearly Gates will open for you.

It is not that they don't let people in. They just let in who they want - a classic.

     

I am still working on Part 3. It takes a long time putting these trip reports together. I will answer your questions after I am all finished with the trip report and all is out and done. Thank you all for your appreciation and your patience

  

[Edited 2012-01-29 07:48:45]
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Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:48 pm

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 20):
So you can't control the window shades if the crew puts them in 'night mode' ? I'm not sure I would like that, I like to peek out the window every now and then. You can control them yourself in 'day mode', yes?

Since a lot of people are interested in this issue, a little technical background: the shades don't have a "day mode" or "night mode". Each window has 5 levels of tinting from "1" (full clear) to "5" (fully tinted). As others mentioned, even at 5 there is no opacity problem, you can see out if there is light outside. However, at night, being at 5 blocks so much light that you effectively can't see (like sitting in a limousine at night).

If you don't touch anything, each passenger can command their windows individually through the full range. The cabin crew controls two functions...command a window and lock the range of a window. The command function lets them set all windows (or any subset) to go to a particular tint level but doesn't take passenger control away. For example, the flight crew might command all the windows to 5 as night falls but those passengers who want to look out could set their windows back to 1 if they wanted to.

The range restriction function does what it says..the flight crew can restrict the range of tints available to the windows (or any subset of windows). What MadameConcorde is describing as "night mode" is really the cabin crew setting the allowable range on the windows to "5" only. They could set it to "3 to 5" or "4 to 5" or "1 to 2" or anything they'd like but, if you set the upper and lower limits to the same, the window effectively is locked at that tint level until the cabin crew restores the full range.

How all these functions are actually used is purely an airline procedural thing.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 26):
Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The 'Blue Room' equipped with high tech self-cleaning toilets and all sorts of other neat little things

Are these standard 787 lavatories? They look sophisticated.

There are several different basic 787 lavatory options but they're all fairly similar. This noticeable features like the touchless flush, closing the lid to flush, mood lighting, etc. are all common. The bidet is optional.

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Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:57 am

Great report and lovely photos . Looks like a lovely aircraft .

Thanks for putting together.

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Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:09 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 30):
About visiting the flight deck on the ground. I had also asked the chief ANA lady in the gate room. She was the highest female exec in the room taking care of the flight. She would not be on the fliight. She was a high manager watching over the gate party. The flight deck crew had gone on board very early before the flight. The woman said it would not be possible to visit the flight deck after landing. There was no need to ask on the flight. They don't have this procedure of having passengers looking at the flight deck before or after their flights again for security reasons.

Good that you tried and the pilots missed out on some good chocolate.
The airlines have been much stricter since 11 September. I've gone in the cockpit many times on foreign airlines (FAA rules do not permit it in the US, although it's usually ok at the gate). I've even rode cockpit jumpseat on CX several times for takeoff and landing. CX will usually allow you in the cockpit at the gate. And I was also able to do it on an EK A380. One captain told me next time I'm on his flight to let him know and he would let me watch them do their pre flight.

I was on a JAL 747-400 and I gave my AA retiree card to the flight attendant, asking if I could visit the cockpit after we landed in NRT but it was not possible. I talked to the pilots later...one of them was Canadian and he was telling me he could not even bring his father up on the flight deck.

It's unfortunate this is no longer permitted, because there are people who are interested in this. Fortunately Just Planes has put out over 200 DVD's on flights in the cockpit, and for anyone who is interested, I highly recommend them.

Looking forward to part 3
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:07 am

Great report. How did you find the interior noise in flight on the B787 vs the A380? I haven't had a chance to fly either, but I see from many TRs that people report the A380 is very quiet. I'm wondering how the B787 compares.
 
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:10 am

http://www.ana.co.jp/promotion/b787/en/]ANA We Fly 1st 787 Dreamliner

Oh... Goodies!
I am posting these pictures on popular demand.

     

The goodies came from three different times.

The first time was when I came face to face with JA801A the first delivered B-787 Dreamliner to an airline in the domestic terminal. See Part 1 of my trip report.
The two charming ANA ladies brought me these nice little gifts - totally unexpected.

Pilot stickers



Launch stickers



Two postcards



Two pens



*


I was really happy with these especially the pens. I think the little airplanes are so cute!

     

The other goodies came in the bags we received when we boarded the flight to Frankfurt.

ANA goodie bag



  

What was inside the bag. It seems that the Business Class passengers received a different bag, slightly larger, along with flight kits and slippers. I did not see any pyjamas.

Frankfurt inaugural flight lanyard with the little souvenir ceramic - this one was offered by FRAport to all passengers on both flights. I like the little ceramic.



The ANA lanyard with the inaugural flight boarding certificate. I like this one very much.



*


ANA 787 Friend Cup with flight date



A pouch that can hold a small laptop or iPad wrapped in ANA paper and a Japanese gift paper.



These flight gifts are all high quality items.

The other bits of memorabilia came from the Frankfurt gate party

A sake box - beautiful wood - with little plastic holder



*


Frankfurt-Haneda flight gate party card with food feast menu



Press folder - I was given a spare one without the contents. Never mind. I was quite happy with the empty one.



     

From the flight, the flight certificate hand signed by the chief captain - the flight deck had 3 captains on the flight from Haneda to Frankfurt.



a spare Business Class menu. The menu was the Inspiration of Japan Busines menu available on all long haul ANA flights for Dec. Jan. and February.



There was no specially created menu for this first long haul inaugural flight like on the Singapore Airlines A380 inaugural fights.

The Haneda to Frankfurt flight was the World's First Long Haul B-787 Dreamliner Flight.

It could not have been more perfect than it was. Thank you ANA.

        

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Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:06 pm

Great report about this special flight! I cannot wait to fly on this beautiful bird. NH's layout looks nice, and I'm impressed by the catering.


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RE: ANA 787 Dreamliner HND-FRA Inaugural - Part 2

Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:46 pm

Thanks for the report, been looking forward to it! Seems like the 787 is a pleasure to fly on. A shame it was overnight and you couldn't see out of the windows. Does it really dim the windows that much so you can't see anything outside?

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):

The masked trio


The guy on the right has just dropped one.
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:37 pm

What a wonderful report and a wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, William
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Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:31 pm

Hi Madame Concorde !

Thanks for a very special report on a special aircraft ! You were very fortunate to be a part of this historic flight.

Nice to get a bag with all the special gifts including first flight certificates.

Looking forward to your report from rural Japan!

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Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:50 am

Quoting MadameConcorde (Thread starter):
The windows were blackened by the cabin crew during the night flight almost to landing in Frankfurt so there was no way to see the stars or the Moon, not even the wing tip light. No Space Stations sighting or constellations.

Is this SOP? I'll never fly a 787 if every airline does this. It doesn't even make sense at night! Are pax really bothered by starlight from a neighbors window?!

If you pay for a window seat and you get a window you can't see out of you should absolutely get your money back. What a crock.
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Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:11 pm

Bonsoir Marie,

such a special experience and story, really well done.
I also like you´re pictures and for sure I also like to be on that plane for myself.
That party both in Japan and also in Frankfurt looks like really good.
Looking for the next part right now.

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