This report would cover my last vacation in Guam. Guam is one of the most popular beach resort, located in the middle of the Pacific ocean. At the same time, This small island is the nearest US territory from Japan, just 1500miles away, so where was popular among Japanese tourist. My itinerary is as follows.
GK108 Jetstar CTS → NRT A320 You are Here. UA874 United Airlines NRT → GUM B777-200 UA828 United Airlines GUM → NRT B777-200 GK113 Jetstar NRT → CTS A320
In this trip, I experienced both United business class & economy class, which were exceeded my expectation. I would post them in a few days In this post, I would report the first leg of my trip, Jetstar domestic flight.
Jetstar Japan GK113
I arrived at the airport at 2 am. Before I went to an airport parking lot, I snapped few pictures from famous spotting place.
At the airport, I visited a credit card lounge, located next to an observation deck. As This lounge was crowded and not relaxed atmosphere, I left this lounge within 30 minutes. As you know, There is no food option in this lounge, but soft drinks were available.
As Jetstar has introduced great mobile check-in app, I could go to the security area directly. Jetstar is the only budget airline which allows passenger board with a mobile boarding pass in Japan. When I arrived at the gate, Boarding was already started. A gate agent scanned my mobile phone and passed me a tiny boarding pass.
Nice view of Jetstar A320
As usual, Seat was cramped and uncomfortable. There is no pocket in front of my knee, as it barely increased a legroom.
After pushback, A ground staff was waving his hand despite the cold weather. This scenery is common in Japan and Taiwan( I have seen in Taoyuan Airport, Taipei ) Have you ever see such a farewell in your country?
We took off at 3:30 pm and reached cruising altitude after 15 minutes. Cabin crew started food sales, though, many passengers already fell asleep and the others didn't care about it.
Nice view of the terminal
On this aircraft, There was no wifi or IFE, instead, I enjoy the recorded documentary"A Very British Airline" on my table. This is my favorite aviation documentary.
I made the IFE system by myself in my seat・・・
40 minutes before landing, A seatbelt sign was turned on again. I have no idea why they turned on seatbelt sign so early.
A beautiful sun seat ・・・
As it was peak hour, Many aircraft were preparing for next flight.
We touched down in Narita airport at 5:00 am and within 10 minutes We were in the parking spot in Terminal3.
View of the cockpit.
There is no boarding bridge in Terminal 3 to reduce the operation cost. As well, Terminal building was very simple and no lounge available. Personally, I don't like this cheap terminal. However, I guess" low-cost concept " is working well in Japan because airfare of the previous Japanese domestic market was too high.There was no competition until the first LCC, AirAsia Japan started its operation in mid-2013. 2 big full-service-carrier (ANA and JAL) are trying to cut a price to compete with LCC now. I could not help but think that "LCCs changed Japanese closed aviation market".
I got on a shuttle bus to Terminal 1 to transit. You can check the current bus location and ETA on this information board, though not accurate.
After 15 minutes, I arrived at Terminal 1. Next flight is United Business class, so stay tuned!!
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Nice view of A320
This flight is almost 80% full. It was common in this route.
View of left Sharklet.Sharklet is specialized wingtip on the Airbus A320.
Chitose - CTS
Tokyo - NRT
Seat pitch was cramped and On-board experience was uneventful. However, Jetstar has introduced great mobile check-in App, so I didn't feel any stress on the ground. I guess that most annoying part of LCC flight is ground experience(For example, Crowed check-in area, no priority lane, unfriendly ground staff, etc...), so it is best to avoid these process by mobile boarding pass. This flight was not memorable, though, I arrived on time. I'm satisfied with their on-time performance as well.
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