I thought that pilots had to write into their log book after a flight, and wait for every pax to deboard the plane, and finally deboard. But a strange case occured on Jan 9th (Monday) with the pilots onboard on JL12 on the NRT-YVR sector. It was captain Hino and Abe F/O.
I was sitting in 5K (business class) and as soon as the plane arrived in YVR, I stood near the L1 door and was one of the very first ones to get off the plane. I then dashed through the walkways and easily went through Canada customs as JL12 which arrived at 8:33 was one of the first int'l flights to arrive that morning.
Yet, when I was at the baggage claim carousel, I saw two Japanese pilots outside waiting for their bags to come out of another seperate carousel. Can this really have been the JL pilots?
The only Japanese flights that come into YVR are flown by Japan Airlines, unless there were NH pilots onboard another AC flight with their complete uniforms, but can pilots deboard the plane so quick?
And the interesting factor to see was that on flights from NRT-YVR, it is always flown by two pilots, but on the return sector YVR-NRT, the cockpit crew is always three. I saw one veteran looking captain sitting in the A compartment near my seat on that day.
But, it still puzzles me.... Who were those pilots?
Photo © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt
This was on JL12 (Monday) flown by a/c reg: JA8917
Thanks for any help in advance!!!