Being retired from AA
and living near Tokyo I wanted to try Japan Airlines 777's. Most of my trips are on AA
777's to and from the United States and I wrote a report on one of those trips, DFW
777 First Class (pics To Come Later) I love flying on the 777 (or nana nana nana in Japanese) and while this would be a short flight, I still wanted to fly a 777.
DFW-NRT AA 777 First Class (pics To Come Later) (by Triple7man Jan 4 2007 in Trip Reports)
I wanted to see how a short haul flight compares and with Japan Airlines recently becoming a member of the Oneworld Alliance I wanted to try them as well.
I will start by saying that Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways domestic flights for the most part fly out of Haneda Airport which originally served all of Tokyo. It is fairly close to downtown Tokyo and you can get there by train and monorail (JR Yamanote Line or JR
Keihin Tohoku Line and Tokyo Monorail) in less than 45 minutes from downtown Tokyo. Narita, by comparison is about 40 miles from Tokyo and handles international flights. Although Korean Air and Asiana both fly from HND
to Seoul Kimpo.
JAL operates out of Terminal 1, which opened in 1993 replacing the old terminal. ANA flies out of Terminal 2 which was opened in 2004.
Incidentally while waiting at Terminal 1 I saw the 747-400 used by the government and parked at the VIP terminal.
Even though I was travelling on a Oneworld pass the flights were available and I at check in I was given a boarding pass with an aisle seat, which I asked the agent if it could be changed to a window seat. She did.
Both terminals at HND
have many restaurants and shops and so there is enough to keep you not from being bored.
I passed through security and took a walk through Terminal 1 as I had only been through there when returning from KIX
. On those flights I had flown into KIX
so by then I was very tired and just wanted to get my suitcases and go home.
As you can expect the JAL terminal was filled with many JAL airplanes and I will include some pics for you now.
Here is a JAL 777-300. All of these airplanes you see are headed for domestic destinations.
When you think of 747-400's what do you think of? Airplanes headed off on ultra long haul flights. Not so at HND
. JAL and ANA were the only airlines to order the 747-400D which is the same airplane minus the winglets used exclusively on short haul flights.
Here is a 777 with a conglomeration of other JAL aircraft in the background.
Here's my 777. Notice the painting on it. Not sure what it stood for, although there was a website I could go to.
When watching 777's and 747's headed off on long haul flights, you can tell by the slight bending of the wings they are heavy laden with fuel. Not so on the domestic 777's and 747's.
time to go. My seat was 44K which was about 3 rows from the back. JAL has 2 different configurations for their 777-200's. I got to fly on both. For the outbound flight it was configured for 3 classes of services. Seats were comfortable with a 2-5-2 configuration and each seat had a video monitor on it.
Plus being seated where I was, we were just above the aft bulk cargo door. The Japanese like to take their pets with them and I saw 3 dogs in kennels being loaded on the flight. It made me think of a 777 in which 2 cats were loaded into the aft bulk cargo compartment. See my trip report DFW
with 2 cats for more info on travelling with pets.
DFW-LAX-NRT With 2 Cats (by Triple7man Jun 3 2005 in Trip Reports)
We pushed back and taxied out for takeoff. One thing I like about JAL and ANA 777's is that there is a nosewheel camera in which you can watch all this and get pilots eye view. Probably about the closest you can come to riding in the cockpit now.
We took off to the east and turned north over Tokyo Bay. I had a good view of Chiba and other surrounding cities. One thing that stands out to me whenever flying in Japan is that I notice how green the countryside is. Here are a few pics as we were on decent for landing at CTS
Who's 777 is that?
Soon we landed at Sapporo's New Chitose Airport. Here are some shots deplaning.
Most of the airports in Japan have open air observation decks which I always enjoy going to. There are vending machines and some of them even have restaurants overlooking the planes. I remember when I was little how much I always enjoyed going to airports like DCA
. And these were in the days of the pistons, turboprops and early jets. Sadly you don't see this at airports in the US. Here are some pics of ANA and JAL 777's and 747's I took at CTS
And here is my 777 which brought me to CTS
on it's way, probably back to HND
Time to fly back to HND
. Here is my 777. Notice it is in the old colors. That's OK
, it's still a 777
This 777 was a different configuration than the outbound flight. This one was used only for domestic flights. It's configuration was 3-4-3, and it had 2 classes of service. Despite the dense seating I still found the seats very comfortable. I had been assigned to 45A which was by the door just behind the wing. It had lot's of legroom but because there is no window directly by the seat, it is not very good for viewing. I asked a flight attendant if I could move to an empty window seat and she let me move to 27A, which was over the wing but better for viewing. I took a picture, but she told me I could not take any pictures until after take off. What's the difference between taking pics on the ground or after takeoff? I don't get it. I did get to snap this picture before she told me not to take any more.
We pushed back and had a short taxi out for takeoff. Soon we were on our way. Notice that even with a light fuel load, you can still see some flex in the wing.
The service on both flights was very good. Nothing remarkable for a short flight, but I think the oriental carriers have the best service. There were drinks offered, and there was programming on the overhead monitors. Unlike the 777 on the outbound flight, there were no personal videos at each seat.
I didn't take any more pics as it was hazy and soon it was starting to get dark. On our way into HND
we flew over Tokyo Bay and I could see the top of Fuji San. The approach into HND
is interesting, especially if you land on 16L. The planes make a low turn to line up on final approach and it reminds me of Hong Kong Kai Tak's runway 13 IGS.
My overall experience on JAL was very good. I've never flown them on a long haul flight, but for these flights, the planes had nice interiors with comfortable seating, both ground and inflight personnel were very pleasant, and it was a nice way to spend the day.