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Transpac787
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NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 3:15 pm

Well, here's my first trip report on a.net!! I flew this back in May, but it's definitely still fresh enough in my mind to recall most/all of the details!!! Please note, I know I'm a horrible photographer, so no need to comment about it!!

The entire itinerary for my trip ended up being SFO-NRT-GUM-NRT-LAX. The point of the trip?? To some people who ask me, I'll come up with an excuse...."wanted to see Asia", or something like that. But, on here, I'll be honest and say...the entire point of the trip was to get on one of the last NWA 747-200's!! Planning the trip took quite awhile though, since I nonrev'ed the whole trip. So, without any further delay, here it is!!


20 May 2007
NW27, SFO-NRT
A330-223, N860NW, Fleet# 3360
Seat: 5G, World Business Class

Load Factor-
World Business Class: 90% (3 seats open)
Economy: 95%

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I arrived into SFO from DEN at about 800am, for the 145pm flight to NRT on NW27. So, with nearly 6 hours to kill, I aimlessly walked around the SFO terminals for awhile. Although I didn't see much, I really liked SFO, especially the international terminal.

After what seemed like an eternity, the flight finally began boarding about 45 minutes prior to departure. The gate agents then called the few standbys for seats, and I was given 5G in World Business Class. The NWA A332's have two seperate C cabins, the main one between doors 1 and 2, and a smaller "mini-cabin" just aft of door 2, which is where I was seated. The "mini-cabin" only had two rows, which made for a nice and more private feel to the cabin. Once seated, the FA's immediately came by with menus, amenity kits, drinks, and snacks. I almost always travel in economy, so this was a pretty impressive experience for me!! A menu, was not something I thought I'd ever see on an airplane!!

Departure was right on time, and so began my first ever trip to Asia. Takeoff was actually pretty slow. Then again, considering the payload and fuel on board, I suppose it would have been considered "normal". Once we got in the air, the FA's immediately began the dinner service, which started with several rounds of drinks and appetizers:


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Appetizers served before dinner



After dinner (sorry, no pics of the meal), I enjoyed some songs and a movie off of NWA's pretty cool AVOD system.


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NWA's AVOD system "World Entertainment Network"


After watching a movie, I fell asleep for nearly the rest of the flight. For as much grief as some people on A.net give NWA, their World Business Class seats are still really nice!!! The lumbar supports can be automatically and continuously cycled, which really helped to avoid getting the back and muscle cramps.

Upon arriving in NRT, I asked the FA's if I could have a couple "souvenirs" from the flight, to which they very generously responded giving me a menu, playing cards, and a couple safety cards. Thanks!!


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N860NW at the gate in NRT.




21 May 2007
NW82, NRT-GUM
757-251 (Extended Overwater), unknown tail number
Seat: 6B, World Business Class

Load Factor-
World Business Class: 75% (5 seats open)
Economy: 50%

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Even though I had a relatively short layover, NRT was a very nice airport. Since I was connecting internationally, I didn't have to go through customs, only a very short security line and checkpoint. After playing a good few pages in my Sudoku book, the agents began boarding the flight to GUM.


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The 757 pulling into the gate at NRT. Sorry about the blur....


On the small sub-fleet of 757's operating out of NRT, NWA markets the first class as World Business Class, even though it's near identical to the domestic first class on all their other 757's. I wasn't complaining in the least though, because I was dead-tired and there was no one in the seat next to me, so I had some space to spread out and go to sleep. I was able to keep my eyes open long enough to make it through dinner, but as soon as I finished I was out cold for the rest of the flight.

The GUM airport is very nice, although very simple. Customs went incredibly fast, and I was able to get to my hotel in no time.


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GUM, after arriving at 100am




22 May 2007
NW73, GUM-NRT
747-251B, N623US, Fleet# 6623
Seat: 87A, Top Deck World Business Class

Load Factor-
World Business Class: 25% (22 seats open)
Economy: 33%

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This was the big day....the point of the entire trip!!! After walking around Guam for awhile, I went to the airport nearly three hours early.


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I think I was the only person there, haha.


Check-in was, of course, very quick!!! Since the flight was so incredibly wide-open, the CSA's gave me a seat at check-in, instead of at the gate. I requested the top deck, and was given 87A. Little did I know though, that there would only be one other person besides myself on the top deck!! The rest of the C class pax were on the main deck.


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And there it sat....... the old Pacific workhorse!! Sorry about the horrible glare, it was unavoidable


Boarding went incredibly quickly, as there were barely over 100 people booked on the flight, for a plane configured to hold 430. Walking up the spiral staircase of the 747-200 for my first, and I'm sure only time....was incredibly cool.


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Top deck World Business Class on board one of the last NWA 747-200's.


Even though I slept near the entire flight on the 752 to GUM, I made sure to stay awake for every moment of the 742 flight back to NRT. The service was fantastic, as there were only two of us on the top deck. The old 742's still have PTV's in C class, just not AVOD. I watched "The Good Shephard", which I thought was very good despite being somewhat confusing in parts.


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View from my seat 87A, enroute to NRT.


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On descent into NRT. I will forever miss that view out the window!!


Landing in NRT was perfect, a fitting end to an amazing flight. After taxiing back to the gate, we actually had to hold short of the gate for a few minutes...which was very nice, giving me some time to absorb the last few moments of the flight into memory. Upon arrival, I again asked the FA's for any souvenirs off the flight. I explained how far I'd gone, to be there for this plane, and they seemed to understand, giving me a menu and 5 safety cards.


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Even though they are just machines, it is still difficult to say 'goodbye'!!




23 May 2007
NW2, NRT-LAX
747-451, N676NW, Fleet# 6316
Seat: 12A, Main Deck World Business Class

Load Factor-
World Business Class: 100%
Economy: 100%

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Tokyo was an incredibly cool city, for what little I saw of it. As quickly as the trip started, it was begining to wind down....time to head home. I arrived relatively early to NRT, as I didn't know what to expect for security lines and such. The lines went very quickly, and I had quite a few hours to burn in the airport. Soon enough though, the CSA's began boarding for the flight 1 hour ahead. The flight was expected to be totally full, as economy was boooked to capacity, and there was a very long list of standbys for World Business Class. There were only 5 seats open in WBC, and I was number 4 on the standby list, which was about 25 names long. I got seat 12A though, which actually turned out to be quite a good seat on the main deck. Excellent view of the wing and engines, and a very private feel as it was all the way in the rear of the business class cabin. Takeoff on this flight was incredibly cool, although very long!!!


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Just about to takeoff. Those PW4056's have the coolest sound!!


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The coast of Japan below


For having 41 pax on the main deck C-cabin, the FA's were very fast and efficient with the dinner service. I listened to some of the on-demand music for awhile, then promptly fell asleep. I intended to wakeup in time for the breakfast service, but instead woke up to the captain giving a PA: "Ladies and gentleman, we are now on our initial descent into Los Angeles......"

So, I slept through the ENTIRE flight, including breakfast!! Bravo, to whoever did the landing....incredibly smooth!!


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My seat, 12A...and B.


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Arrival in LAX


Even though I'd really like to go back to GUM and NRT, and spend quite a few more days, the trip was WELL worth it to get on the old 742. Thanks to all for reading, I hope you enjoyed it!!!! Look for another one in late September, for LAX-SYD-LAX in United Business.
 
salvation
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:11 pm

It really does amaze me what people will do to ride on a particular plane...  Smile

Thank you for sharing...I'm from Guam. Hope you enjoyed your short stay there? What hotel were you in?
 
sandrozrh
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Wed Aug 08, 2007 10:49 pm

Cool trip and report! Nice pics to go along with it.

I envy you for having flown the 742, something i'll most likely never be able to do.
 
Transpac787
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:32 am

Quoting Salvation (Reply 1):
It really does amaze me what people will do to ride on a particular plane...

Trust me, I don't normally do trips like that!!! The only other time I did a trip like that, was to get on the NWA DC10, where I flew out to HNL last November, then took it back to MSP.

Quoting Salvation (Reply 1):
Hope you enjoyed your short stay there? What hotel were you in?

Yes, its was a great place!!! Only thing, it was ridiculously hot, haha. I'd definitely like to go back sometime though, and stay quite a bit longer. My hotel?? One of the Days Inns (Tammuning, IIRC?)....I got a deal for it on Travelocity for like $70/night, so nowhere too special.

But, like I said though...definitely have to go back to GUM, that place was too cool.

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 2):
Cool trip and report! Nice pics to go along with it.

Thank you, and thanks for reading!!
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:06 am

Very nice, well done to catch one of the last chances to fly a pax B747-200. I really liked the air-to-ground pics with the view over the wing.
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:14 am

excellent trip report... Looks you this trip was totally worth the effort to fly that airplane  Smile
thanks for sharing...
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:16 am

Good trip report! You were lucky with the upper deck World Business Class seats - these used to be First Class seats (as did the seats in the nose cabin), and have a much better seat pitch (70" I believe) compared to the business class seats on the main deck.
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:25 am

More pictures of the product would ahve been nice
 
Transpac787
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:52 am

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 4):
Very nice, well done to catch one of the last chances to fly a pax B747-200. I really liked the air-to-ground pics with the view over the wing.

Thanks!!! I was very lucky, on the 744 flight to get the window seat as it was totally full in C.

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 5):
excellent trip report... Looks you this trip was totally worth the effort to fly that airplane  
thanks for sharing...

Thank you sir. It was totally worth it until I got nailed with the nonrev charges on payroll deduct, haha.

Quoting Genius12 (Reply 6):
Good trip report! You were lucky with the upper deck World Business Class seats - these used to be First Class seats (as did the seats in the nose cabin), and have a much better seat pitch (70" I believe) compared to the business class seats on the main deck.

You are correct, and it was definitely noticeable. Although the new WBC seats on the 744 and 330 are a lot nicer, the room on the top-deck was amazing.

Quoting EXAAUADL (Reply 7):
More pictures of the product would ahve been nice

Ask, and ye shall receive...


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NW27 appetizer, SFO-NRT A330-200. Sorry, forgot pics of dinner!!


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NW27 dessert. "Fresh fruit, brie and spanish campos de guadamur, peach and blackberry tart with Ben & Jerry's vanilla ice cream."


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NW27 breakfast. "Fresh fruit and warmed breads, cheddar bacon omelet with roasted red skin potatoes and pork sausage links."


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NW82 dinner, NRT-GUM 757-200. "Marinated shrimp and asparagus, salad of mixed greens, assorted breads or rice, chicken in port wine sauce with potatoes au gratin."


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NW73 lunch, GUM-NRT 747-200. "Marinated vegetable salad, assorted breads or rice, baked salmon in lobster sauce with saffron potatoes and sauteed green beans."


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NW2 dinner, NRT-LAX 747-400. Only the appetizer again, forgot pics of dinner.
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:26 am

What do you do? Its so amazing how one can fly business class at your age. I like the TR and pics. I lookforward to the LAX-SYD-LAX tr.

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Transpac787
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:09 am

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 9):
What do you do? Its so amazing how one can fly business class at your age. I like the TR and pics. I lookforward to the LAX-SYD-LAX tr.

I work the ramp at DEN on the weekends. Pay kinda sucks, but the flight benefits are the best, especially while going college. Whenever you get stressed out, just pack up and head out for the horizon. I reccomend it to anyone!!

Thanks to everyone for the replies!!
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:04 am

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 10):
Pay kinda sucks, but the flight benefits are the best,

Copy that. Do it while your young man! I ramped at FX for four years and got to some amazing places around the world for pennies on the dollar! Often times, I'd be awake 24-36 hours just bumming around in places like SIN SYD or SVO with no hotel.  yes 

Fantastic report, quit giving yourself a hard time about the photos, they are excellent! I would have loved to flown a NW 742. Got to be on a NW DC10 to Hawaii about a year before they retired the last one. Keep the reports coming, it brings back a lot of memories of my own trips.

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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:02 pm

hi,
amazing that you did it all from the 20th to th 23rd. How long did u take to recover? What size and ocmposition is NWs fleet stationed at Narita?
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:03 pm

hi,
amazing that you did it all from the 20th to th 23rd. How long did u take to recover? What size and composition is NWs fleet stationed at Narita?
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 3:06 pm

Great report Matt! I remember you telling me all about it. I'm sure jealous of you getting on the 742. Nice pics, too!

Cheers,
Cameron
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:34 pm

Quoting FXramper (Reply 11):
Got to be on a NW DC10 to Hawaii about a year before they retired the last one.[/quote
That's awesome. Did you go to AMS, HNL, or where?
[quote=5YKQW,reply=13]amazing that you did it all from the 20th to th 23rd. How long did u take to recover? What size and composition is NWs fleet stationed at Narita?

It actually didn't take too long....I slept the entire flight on NW2, and arrived at 900am into LAX, so it made it seem almost like a normal night's sleep.

There would be other users much better able to answer your question about fleet utilization, but how it works is, when NWA sends an aircraft from the US, it will stop over in NRT for a few hours, then head to one of the "south" destinations. MNL, BKK, SIN, HKG, etc etc. At the same time though, the aircraft that spent the night in the south stations, will take out the morning flights to NRT, stop in NRT for a few hours, then head back to the US. So, the flight schedules for the planes look something like:

SEA-NRT-SIN
PDX-NRT-PEK
SFO-NRT-BKK
LAX-NRT-HKG

And then vice-versa for the planes that already were in HKG, BKK, etc As for the half-dozen or so 757's over in NRT, those are dedicated Pacific-configured planes, and remain in NRT....they are never flown back to the US and traded out with other airframes.

Quoting Longhornmaniac (Reply 14):
Great report Matt! I remember you telling me all about it. I'm sure jealous of you getting on the 742. Nice pics, too!

Thanks man. I still have to send you one of the 742 cards, don't I?!? Haha. You totally owe me some other stuff first though  Smile
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:07 am

Quoting Transpac787 (Reply 15):

Thanks man. I still have to send you one of the 742 cards, don't I?!? Haha. You totally owe me some other stuff first though Smile

Here's an idea, you ship me the safety card, and in it, send a self addressed, self payed FX envelope, and I'll send it to you! Or Drew, you must be able to ship stuff for free, right??

Cheers,
Cameron
 
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RE: NRT/GUM On NWA WBC - 747-200 (pics)

Fri Aug 10, 2007 4:38 am

Great report...I envy the 742 trip!

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