Hello again, A.netters! This is another TR about my past travels, way before I got an A.net account. It is only right to dig up and plant it here, no? So anyway, my brother worked for the then-Northwest Airlines and managed to snag us standby tickets to Tokyo. After years of watching Japan Hour travel documentaries on television, I would finally have my own Japan Hour (or rather, week) travel documentary! What made it doubly special was the departure date – we’re going on New Year’s Day. I might have forgotten some details regarding the trip as it was more than three years ago, so my apologies if there are ‘gaps’ in the report!
1st JANUARY 2009
Changi International Airport (SIN/WSSS)
Carrier: Northwest Airlines
Flight: NW 20
Aircraft: Airbus Industrie A330-223 (N853NW)
Estimated Departure: 0600
Actual Departure: 06??
Narita International Airport (NRT/RJAA)
Estimated Arrival: 1340
Actual Arrival: 1300
Huge signs used to hang from Terminal 1’s ceiling
At such an hour, Terminal 1 is quite deserted
The compulsory Passport + Boarding Pass shot
NW 20 would continue on to MSP afterwards
For those who have just arrived!
More deserted parts of Terminal 1
After having a quick and light breakfast at Delifrance, it was time to head over to the Gate and wait for boarding to commence.
The very first American-registered metal for me.. N853NW!
The flight was somewhat full, as I recall. Not long after settling down, my seatmate sauntered over and sat down without a word. Ah well, so much for planning to have meaningful conversations with my neighbors!
SV plane next to DL
Tiny, compared to the likes of SQ’s current offerings
Doors soon closed, the plane was proceeded to its pushback phase and taxied out to the active runway.
Pulling out of the active runway and into the black sky
Seat pocket contents
The sky outside decide to turn on the lights during the climb in the clouds
I think this was hot.. tissue?
The safety information card
Finally above the clouds
I wasn’t particularly interested with the IFE offered. Thankfully, I brought along my own, in the form of a MacBook late-2006 model.
The wonders of iTunes
Meanwhile, at the Krusty Krab..
Spongebob and Squidward
At this point, the FAs were already wheeling their trolley down the aisle, asking what drinks would we like. No surprises for guessing what I chose!
Good ol’ OJ!
More information on our whereabouts
The FAs then return with their trolleys, distributing out the meal for the flight.
NW girls doing their thing
Tower of clouds
More wing views
Passing by Taiwan
I THINK it was a sandwich.. with more OJ
Not long now!
My first sighting of Japan
Laying eyes on Mount Fuji for the first time
The final turn
Spoilers in action
More JAL Cargo
Korean Air, Alitalia and Northwest widebodies in the distance
We pulled in to a sistership.. a Boeing 757-251 N535US
Nice to meet you!
One of NRT’s many signage
NRT’s arrivals information board
NRT’s arrival hall
After getting some information at some counter in the arrival hall, we took the escalator down to the train platforms. We were to take one of the local trains out to the city of Narita.
The train platform
I just love Japanese trains
Thank you for the train to Narita!
Must be the town center