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Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern

Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:18 am

Video Reports of this leg of the trip
JAL JL209 - Tokyo Haneda to Nagoya - Boeing 737-800

Hello a'netters.
This is the second part of the trip, from Tokyo to Nagoya. It has taken a while since I got busy with work, but here it is. JAL seemed the best option in terms of price and timing, and moreover I wanted a flight from Haneda. The main reason to choose this option rather than the famous shinkansen was due to price and timing. Moreover with luggage, the shinkansen may always not be the best option.

Thanks to GCMaps for the map illustrations below:


Japan Airlines – JL 209
Route: HND - NGO
Flight Reg:JA316J; Delivered to JAL Express on Dec 2008.
Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-800
Seat: 19A
Flight time: 18:45 - 19:45 (19:04 - 19:45)
Actual flight time: 41 min
Distance: 175 Miles
Load: 75% load
30h August 2016
My Log book: 1st Flight on JAL / 22nd flight on Boeing 737-800/ 116th Total overall flight

Flight Stats

Haneda airport very easy to reach from the city. Took us around 30 minutes to get to from our hotel. Door to door.

Please note. Suica cards are only refunded at the international terminal. I had to make a quick trek there and back. Was a seamless journey but nevertheless I still had to make it. Even though the ic cards can be used anywhere in japan, if you want to get the initial deposit returned to you, it can only be done from the region where the card was bought from (suica/pasmo from tokyo, manaca from nagoya, etc.)

Bus ride to International terminal


We were at domestic terminal 1. Busy domestic terminal but very systematic and orderly.

Check in was slightly confusing. The lady took our passports and the confirmation number somewhere behind few other desks to print the boarding pass. Quick process nevertheless. I later realised that I already had a boarding pass printed and all I needed to do was to baggage drop. The staff at the domestic airport are not proficient with speaking English. And there was are lot of sign language involved.

Security was extremely quick and the security person even had the courtesy to lift my bag and place it on the table. A stark contrast to the security personal across the pond in china.

Had dinner once we had passed through security. Quite a few options airside for having a meal.

I like haneda airside. It's a place of calm and good spots for plane spotting. Got some great shots of the tarmac with the sun setting.

Boarding began on time and like everything else Japanese, was super organised.

Our ride to Nagoya

Boarding procedures




On board the Japanese theme continued - spotlessly clean, looks brand new, smiling crew, warm welcome. Blankets and headphones available near the door.

The seats were very comfortable and Great leg space. I also have to comment on the cleanliness of the aircraft, needless to say, since this is Japan!

Lovely interiors

Reading material on-board

Cheery and smiley cabin crew. As everything Japanese, polite and just right.

WiFi on board free for 15 minutes. Paid henceforth. Worked well for those 15 minutes.

Wi-Fi options on-board


Short Hop



Slick route map - avaialble on your handheld device

Landed on time and away we went.

You're welcome


A very good short hop. It was very comfortable and given that it was only a 35 minute flight, could not experience JAL at its best. From what I was able to experience it was a great little product and would most certainly like to be on their longer haul aircrafts.

Third part of this trip report coming soon (Hopefully!). Until then safe and happy flying, let the Trip reports keep coming. Adios!

Like everything else in Japan - everything has its right place, even the luggage tag disposer!

Snapshots of Tokyo/ Few highlights from Tokyo

Outside/near Imperial Palace

Faster than a speeding bullet - Shinkansen N700 Series

Meiji Shrine



You say Arri, I say Gato - Arrigato!

Spotless taxis

Calmness personified

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Re: Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern

Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:24 pm

Hello Newbieflyer - A good read as always. I do enjoy reading your reports. As regards Tokyo-Nagoya I thought you would have done that sector by Shinkansen. It's not very far and it would make a change from a humdrum B737 domestic flight.
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Re: Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern

Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:31 pm

Thanks LondonCity
Yes, we could've, but was concerned about lugging around the luggage along in the train and in the stations. In hindsight it would have been doable. We did have 2 large suitcases, 1 small roller and one backpack.
But never to miss an opportunity to fly a new airlines :)
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Re: Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern

Sat Sep 17, 2016 3:16 am

Nice report! I would love to Japan sometime soon. It's on my short list of places I'd like to visit!
I love to fly!
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Re: Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern

Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:23 am

Thanks 767747.
Highly recommend Japan -> Great food, people, temples, landscapes, technology, queues, roads, hospitality, 'weird and wonderful' vending machines.
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Re: Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern

Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:10 pm

That was a great report. Rail travel in Japan is easy, and I loved the JR rail pass for moving between Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima. Much better than internal flights!
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Re: Journey to the East (Part 2) - BA, JAL, Etihad, China Eastern

Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:26 pm

Thanks markman.
yeah travelling, and doing anything in Japan is easy for tourists. Everything so well organised. :)

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