Review of Vanilla Air flight Tokyo Hakodate in Economy

Airline Vanilla Air
Flight JW 953
Class Economy
Seat 22F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:20
Take-off 22 Jun 17, 13:15
Arrival at 22 Jun 17, 14:35
JW 6 reviews
By 679
Published on 2nd July 2017
As my next flight is departing from Narita's Terminal 3, it was a 10min walk along the designated footpath from Terminal 2 to the LCC terminal. The LCCs must have been doing a roaring business at Narita as T3 seemed much more busier than T2. Looks like expansion of the current makeshift LCC terminal is needed sooner than later.

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Vanilla Air's very basic self-check-in machines and baggage drop counters. The international counters are much busier than the domestic ones.

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Receipt-styled boarding pass.

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FIDS showing the domestic departures. Vanilla Air and Jetstar Japan flights form the bulk of the traffic.

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Security was painless for domestic flights and we were shortly at the departure gate.

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Territory of Vanilla Air and Jetstar A320s.

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Boarding was called right on schedule and we were bussed to the aircraft.

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22 June 2017
Vanilla Air
JW 953
Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Hakodate (HKD)
Economy Class
Flight Time: 1H20M

Vanilla Air, a wholely owned subsidiary of ANA, was formed when the AirAsia group pulled out of the joint investment with ANA on AirAsia Japan. This LCC is currently based at Narita, ans operated 12 A320s to a number of domestic and regional internation destinations.

Boarding JW's A320.

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Aircraft is fitted in the standard LCC configuration of 180 seats.

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Boarding in progress. Flight attendants were professional and polite, but not as well-groomed as compared to the legacy Japanese carriers.

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Seatback advertisements.

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Seat cushioning was thin, but for some reason, the legroom was very tight as compared to similar A320 configuration.

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Korea's Jeju Air just arrived beside.

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Inflight magazines and Buy-on-board menu. Prices are rather reasonable.

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After passengers boarded and doors closed, safety demo was shown manually. An interesting way to grab the attention of passengers for the demo!

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Pushed back.

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Starting the very long taxi to the other end of the airport for departure from Rwy16R. Passed Terminal 2, Terminal 1 and the cargo terminal. It felt almost like we were taxiing to Hakodate!

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Holding for an Etihad B789 to land.

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Finally departed from Rwy16R after almost 20min of taxi.

Climb and turning back over Narita.

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BOB service started, with few takers that I observed.

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With fatigue setting in, the rest of the flight was spent catching short winks and viewing the scenery out there.

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We soon started the descend.

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Some nice scenery during the final approach to touchdown on Rwy30.

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Video of the approach and smooth landing.

A very short taxi to the terminal, so short that the crew did not have time to make the arrival announcement in English.

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A look at our A320.

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JAL B763 also at Hakodate.

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Scenes of Hakodate along the walkway to baggage claim.

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Bags were out fast. No Vanilla Air logo on the signage yet, even though this daily flight was launched four months back.

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Bonus : Click here display
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Vanilla Air

Cabin crew7.0

Tokyo - NRT


Hakodate - HKD



It was a standard LCC experience on Vanilla Air, just getting you from Point A to B punctually and nothing more. Service is nothing more than the necessary but seat comfort was lacking with the tight legroom. However, still an acceptable experience on short hops.



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