This report will cover the dreaded domestic hop from Nagoya to Narita.
I took the first train to the airport in the morning since I had an early flight. Technically, it’s a domestic flight so I only needed to be there by 7:30am, but I played it safe and got there at 6:40am. Arriving at Centrair by train.
On the domestic side of the airport, there are two check-in areas for domestic flights. I had to use the area designated for people with international connections. There were three lines: first class, business class, and economy class. As an EY Gold, I get reciprocal benefits on NH so I used the business class line. I was helped by the first class agent immediately since both business class agents were already occupied. She confirmed my routing, handed me my boarding passes, and tagged my bag with a priority sticker letting my know it is checked all the way through to ORD.
Domestic boarding pass.
Having dumped my bag by 6:50am, I decided to mix things up a bit and show a new part of NGO: the garden. This part of the airport is underneath the sky deck. It is adorned with trees and artwork and has some seating areas.
There was also a display containing some historical aircraft models, such as an AA B707 and a TW B747-100.
The early morning VN flight must have just arrived, I spotted the VN crew heading to immigration through the glass. When did the VN FAs switch to teal?
Domestic FIDS. My flight isn’t on the board yet.
Stepping out onto the observation deck. You can see the sea of domestic aircraft sitting out at remote stands getting ready for the morning departures.
KE A332 getting prepped for the morning flight to ICN.
NU B737-400 in the “Sakura Jinbei Jet” special livery getting ready to head down to OKA.
EH Dash8s and B737-500s getting ready for the short-haul domestic routes.
My flight was scheduled to be on an EH B737-500, but there is this NH B737-700 sitting at my gate so I’m not sure if we are doing paxbus or are getting an aircraft swap.
JL B777-300 getting ready for service up to NRT.
A new carrier to NGO, 9C operates two A320s from mainland China at off-peak times. A nice looking 9C A320 with winglets.
International tail line-up. Mainly narrow-bodies right now since the heavies haven’t arrived yet.
I head back inside to go to security. The lines are long, but move quickly. I decide to skip the domestic lounge since it is useless, unless you just want a cup of coffee or juice for free. Heading to my gate, another view of the JL B777-300.
Dimly lit NGO terminal.
Arriving at my gate, the NH B737-700 is still sitting there so it looks like we are getting an aircraft swap. B737 for B735 might not seem like a big deal, but the NH B737-700s are used on regional international routes so they will have better pitch than the all-economy EH B737-500s.
The NU B737-400 is getting pushed back at the gate next to mine.
All Nippon Airways, NH 338 Equipment: Boeing B737-700 [JA16AN, delivered January 2008] Departure: 07:55 (ATD: 08:11) Arrival: 09:05 (ATA: 08:59) Flight time: 0:48
Boarding is called on-time. I was distracted by the NU B737-400 and missed priority boarding, so I joined the regular queue.
Down the jetbridge.
Rainy fuselage shot.
I got an “ohayou gozaimasu” boarding from the FA in the front galley. There were blankets and a tray with NH candies in it as you boarded the plane. There was a J-cabin (same as the Premium class cabin in my previous reports), which would remain empty since the original flight is sold as all-Y. Heading to the back of the plane.
My seat (picture taken on arrival so the seatbelts aren’t neatly folded).
The NH candy I took on boarding. This would be the entire service aspect of the flight apparently… so I’m glad I took it boarding.
Settling in, the seat pitch is good. Much better than the knee-crunching B737-500s.
View from my seat during boarding.
This flight was 100% full (minus the empty J-cabin), view of the arm rests. The outer arm rest has the audio controls and the recline lever. Like a considerate passenger, I let the lady in the middle seat have the arm rest.
Seat back is full and contains a pre-placed headset.
The tray table has the funky cup cut-out, which I wouldn’t get to test out.
The FAs quickly get everyone seated and get the front door closed. The safety video comes on as we fire up the engines and start push back.
Through the rain covered windows, I can do a little bit of spotting since we are near the runway as we start our taxi. JL B737-800 taking off.
BC 737-800 taxing by.
9C A320 with sharklets lifting off.
Reaching the threshold of the runway, the BC 737-800 storms down the tarmac.
Behind us, is a FW CRJ-700.
We hold up short of the runway to let the LH A343 land from FRA.
We then make a rolling start down the runway. Smooth lift off as we head north into the rainclouds.
Heavy turbulence as we cross through the dark clouds outside.
Seatback contents. Barf bag, BOB menu, NH magazine, and NH SkyShop.
The safety card for this NH B737-700.
Specs for the NH B737-700 in the NH magazine.
Free drink menu for NH on domestic flights.
BOB Menu is only available on the following routes. The menu is reasonably priced, but doesn’t really contain practical items.
We finally reached clear air up above the clouds.
I sit and wait for service to start.
The TVs come down and start playing car commercials and travel programming.
The FAs pass through with the SkyShop order forms. Still no sign of the carts. I just enjoy the pretty wing and clouds.
Ten minutes later, still no drink carts, but the FAs make a second pass through the cabin with the SkyShop order forms. My sleeping neighbors.
Kumamon made a cameo on the TV.
And with that, the seat belt signs come on and the FAs announce that we are beginning our final descent into NRT. No drink service, an absolute disgraceful performance by NH. They have time to make two passes for SkyShop orders, but not to offer drinks? We make a sharp left turn to head back towards the coast.
Entering Chiba Prefecture.
Rainy descent into NRT.
We have a squeamish touchdown on the wet tarmac.
A little peak under the flaps.
As always at NRT, the taxi is really long. We make our way past the JL operations at Terminal 2.
No clue who Captain Park is, but he has a special livery on this D7 A333.
As soon as land, the FA announces we will park at a remote stand, but then as we get closer to Terminal 1, they change things up and say we are pulling into Gate 56. Here is the NQ B767-300 at the gate next to us.
I let the masses deplane to get some cabin shots. Here is the cross-row view.
I get a “thank you” from the FAs deplaning. I follow the signage to international transfers.
NQ B767-300ER with winglets.
I didn’t have time to pose, but here is the “Welcome to Narita” photo shoot mat right before the international security and immigration line.
I will leave off this series here as I head through immigration and into Terminal 1. Thanks for reading this report and please stop by the rest of this series!
Nagoya - NGO
Tokyo - NRT
Another crappy NH domestic flight. The only positive is that we had an aircraft swap from an EH B737-500 to a NH B737-700. Same impersonal crews and non-existent in-flight service. But we landed on time, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
Cabin comfort: Aircraft swap meant a couple extra inches of legroom. It was a comfortable flight, but these are the new ironing board seats so anything longer than 1.5-hours would be uncomfortable.
Crew: They said hello and goodbye and that’s about it. They made two passes through the cabin for SkyShop orders, but were nowhere to be seen otherwise.
Meal and catering: I got a candy boarding (which was optional provided you noticed the little basket boarding). Other than that, nothing. Disgraceful performance. I have done the NGO-NRT route many times and there is always a drink service. NH is entering US domestic flight standards.
Entertainment: Newspapers offered and standard seatback literature. Headphones and TV programs played, but I just looked out the window.
On-time performance: Slow boarding so we left late, but landed early. No harm, no foul.
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