Friday, January 30, 2015

A Quick Trip Around Asia Part 5 : EVA Air 'Royal Laurel Class' - Osaka Kansai to Taipei on the Boeing 777-300ER


FLIGHT
BR177
AIRLINE
EVA Air
ROUTE
Osaka Kansai to Taipei Taoyuan
GATE DEPARTURE
15.00 (Scheduled) / 15.18 (Actual)
GATE ARRIVAL
17.10 (Scheduled) / 17.35 (Actual)
FLIGHT TIME
2 hours 55 minutes airborne
AIRCRAFT
Boeing 777-300ER (B-16709)

New Instagram Account

These days everybody seems to be on Instagram, so I thought I would join the party and create an account for my blog. I've been quite enjoying posting live updates whilst I travel this week, it seems more fun and interactive than Facebook. So if you would like to follow me then my account name is "aussie.flyer" (without the quotes). Or you can follow this LINK . Would love to see you there!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Quick Trip Around Asia Part 4 : Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami on Japan Airlines 'Class J'


FLIGHT
JL113
AIRLINE
Japan Airlines
ROUTE
Tokyo Haneda to Osaka Itami
GATE DEPARTURE
10.30 (Scheduled) / 10.29 (Actual)
GATE ARRIVAL
11.40 (Scheduled) / 11.35 (Actual)
FLIGHT TIME
44 mins airborne
AIRCRAFT
Boeing 767-300 JA8975

After a short and enjoyable stay in Tokyo I headed to Shinjuku station to take the airport limousine bus. Around 40 minutes later I was dropped off at Haneda terminal 1. The terminal can be a little confusing, it is separated into different wings depending on where you are going within Japan. I was perhaps looking a little bewildered when a very polite JAL staff member approached me and asked if I needed any assistance. After I told her I was flying to Osaka she pointed me in the direction of the other wing.

I found the premium counters for check-in and met another polite and friendly JAL employee. I inquired as to the availability of a 'Class J' upgrade as I was only booked in economy. She told me she was able to offer me a seat for 1000 Yen. It's a bargain in my opinion and I snapped it up immediately. I paid by credit card and my bags were checked with priority tags and a boarding pass for seat 2K offered. The whole process was so simple and handled just perfectly, it never ceases to amaze me how efficient and polite Japanese customer service staff are.

Terminal 1 Dropoff Area

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Quick Trip Around Asia Part 3 : Thai Airways First Class Bangkok to Tokyo Haneda Boeing 747-400

Having recently arrived from Sydney I found myself in the wonderful surrounds of the Thai Airways First Class lounge at Bangkok's Survanabhumi airport. One of the ground services available to First Class passengers is the spa facility. On this occasion I decided not to have the full body massage and instead I had a 30 minute foot massage which was very enjoyable. Once that was over I headed back to the lounge for some food and beverage:

Cocktail in the lounge