Digging around, I found another series I haven't posted. This trip was a daytrip down to Miyazaki (宮崎) down on the island of Kyushu (九州). This was another one of those funky trips I was doing that took advantage of a loophole in the UA MileagePlus system to book a one-way award ticket from NGO to ITM allowing for a long layover in KMI for only 5k miles. I took the first flight of the day from NGO to KMI then took the last flight of the day from KMI to ITM. This gives me about 12 hours to explore Miyazaki and Aoshima. Thus, the routing is:
Part 1 – NGO-KMI [NH 341, Bombardier DHC-8-400, Economy] – You are here Part 2 – KMI-ITM [NH 512, Boeing B737-800, Premium] – Here
This report will cover the flight from NGO to KMI including a stop at the Centrair Global Lounge. There will be a Miyazaki tourism bonus at the end of this report and an Aoshima tourism bonus at the end of Part 2.
After a quick breakfast at home, I took the Meitetsu train to Centrair and arrived around 6:45am. It was a torrential downpour when I was on the train with a large storm system moving across Honshu. Reaching the airport, I quickly swung by the NH counters to pick up my two boarding passes (they issue both to me since this was technically a one-way trip to ITM). Aside: I have no idea why I sat in 18A, but have boarding pass for 18D.
Reaching the observation deck, the rain has let up a little, but dark clouds are still looming ominously.
Domestic operations at NGO.
My plane is the Dash8 on the far left in the background. I don’t know if they do it intentionally, but they always seem to alternate NH and JL planes at the gates.
Squeegeeing the windows on the JL B738 in the foreground :)
The international side of the airport is quiet this morning. A bunch of narrowbodies in addition to the CX A333 and KE B772.
The FIDS gives a hint at the weather. All the flights north to Tokyo were being delayed and the flight to HND threatened to return to NGO.
The security for domestic departures is usually empty and I am airside instantly.
I quickly stopped by the lounge for a beer and a cup of coffee before heading to my gate. The domestic lounge has been showcased in many of my reports; it’s essentially just a small room with free drinks.
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