Old Feb 16, 09, 5:07 pm
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JA8096 (096) 747-400 (287 seats)
Seat 19K C class
9:50am departure 1/24/09

This is probably my last ride in this NH 744, as you see, on the side, it still have the old NH markings. Instead of ANA, it is written in Japanese/Chinese characters and All Nippon Airways. NH is going to retired at least one 744 this year, maybe even more, given the sister ship JA8094 and JA8095 had gone, with NRT-FRA and NRT-CDG switching from 744 to 77W soon, this may probably be the next one. NH for some reason like to use the 744 for the last run on NRT-HKG-NRT, just like the previous 744, JA403A, JA404A, and JA405A. Therefore I took my photos just on this plane.

By the time I finish all my photos taken, it had already started boarding for Y.

Here is my seat 19K, for the whole time boarding, I did not hear the signature NH boarding music, usually I like to sing along with that, in fact, no music was playing at all the whole time like in the past NH flights. And as usual, no pre flight beverage.

Seat control, as I was taking this photo while on the ground, FA came by and remind me I can't take any photo until the seat belt sign turn off ! This is my first time ever heard about that on NH and any airline. I guess my camera consider electronic items like cell phone ? She did however comment she would give me some NH memorbilla later on, guessing I am in love of NH or planes. ^

Seat in front and the PTV from my seat, it is slightly larger than the old UA C seat PTV screen. Flight level today is 40,000ft from the beginning til almost at HKG, which is quite rare for a 744, usually it only go as high as FL380 or FL390.

Seat belt sign turn off shortly and purser came by show me the menus and also taking meal order.

Wine menus

Also putting a blue nylon paper on the table, no table cloth, then a small packet, which looks like a small face cloth.

I opened up that packet, in the back, it was written "souvenior for you", there was a packet of nuts wraping in that face cloth.

I did know in advance NH had made a change for the meals in intra-asia flight. They called that as "the pleasant taste of home-style cooking", which in terms the C meal look really alike of a Y meal. It is a one tray service. However, I didnot expect that I actually has to open the plastic tray like when the Y meal comes.

This is like a combination of Japanese and Western. Both choices serve with the Japanese appetizers in the black box on the right, also the salad and miso soup, and the tiny red bean bun as desert. I do suggest NH should really make it a straight western and a straight Japanese meal. No salad in the Japanese meal, should replace by cold noodles. Western meal should not have the sushi in the black box.

After the meal, the FA became unseen, a Japanese lady in 18K had finished her meal long time ago, but no one walk by to pick it up, she decided just go to the galley to drop it off, not a good sign. I decided to watch the Japanese movie just came out "Happy Flight", it is a comedy about FA and pilots who worked for ANA, and it also filmed mostly on the plane I was on JA8096, nice movie, not as good as the previous ANA drama "Good Luck" though. The purser did came in a little bit passing glasses of apple juice, orange juice and water.

With still time to spare, I took some time to stroll around the cabin, there were a total of 14 pax between row 16 - 19, with 3 pax upper deck, and none in rows 24-27.

I took this photo airbourne, not on the ground, as you see the curtains to Y are closed.

The clock on the wall separating C from Y.

Here are more photos of the plane.

View from my seat 19K

I also take some photos in the bathroom, it was stocked with face and body sheets, mouthwash packets, and toothbrush/paste sets.

An empty bar corner, this place will be stocked when flying NRT-FRA/CDG.

Me and C purser Ms.Ozawa, she spoke very good English surprisingly, we chit chat for quite a bit. I asked her if this is normal for such an empty flight, she said going into HKG usually less than half full, but the return NH 910 always 100% filles. She was very friendly and kind, would honor any request as much as possible. She also took a photo of me in the C seat.

Somehow when I came back from the washroom break, I saw this amenity basket on the long haul C flights, FA never walk with the basket between the aisle pre-flight, but now suddenly appear in the bar counter. It is the usual hand creme, comb, shoe polish, toothbrush/paste set, earplugs, eyemask, and face mask (it only cover your mouth and nose) I saw most people get the hand creme, indeed it was good, it was non scented made by Shiseido, I took several for myself too.

An hour and a half before landing, FA came by and gave everyone in C little cup of Haagen-Dazs vanila ice-cream, also walk by with a tray of candies, then another round of apple juice and green tea. I was wondering why they wouldn't serve ice-cream along the meal ?

My flight came to an end after the record breaking 5 hours trip between NRT-HKG. It is never heard of requiring 5 hours, later it explain due to strong head wind.

During taxi to the gate, saw various planes include a SA 340-300 ZS-SXF await to JNB in the evening, SA used to use 340-600 to HKG, I guess the loads are not that good

A VS 340-600 G-VWIN

What is this Air Macau 321 doing in HKG ? I guess maybe lease out for a charter ?

NH 175 767-300ER JA8358 from KIX arrived right after out plane landed. However, their luggages was loaded onto the belt before ours did.

End of of outbound trip, will post Conrad HK shortly.

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