Taipei Songshan Airport Taiwan has 3 major airports: Taoyuan Airport (TPE), Taipei Songshan Airport (TSA), and Kaoshiung Airport (KHH). If you are coming from North America or Europe nonstop, most likely you are going through Taoyuan Airport. Taipei Songshan Airport is a really small airport, located very close to downtown Taipei. Noise and air pollution is a big issue, so the furthest this airport could take you nonstop is Japan or China. Of course being in downtown Taipei, it is really convenient, and since it's small, immigration and security is really quick, as well as getting your baggage.
Today's Departure (As you can see, not a lot of planes)
I am getting really conflicting answers about paid upgrades… Tell me in the comments if you think upgrading to business class is worth it for only 3 hours. There were no lines for check in. I personally online checked in, but there was really no need to. Also, the staff wasn't strict on bag weight or carry on, or anything. Make sure you look to see if your bag passes x-ray. The check happens right after your bag leaves the counter.
Some nice shops in the airport, but overall pretty boring cause I go here so often, and there are limited shops. Also, the restaurants here are overpriced. Best take the MRT to Taipei and find something to eat.
EVA Air A330-300 to Tokyo Haneda
This was an ANA 787-8 I took 2 years ago with the special livery. Any ANA flights involving Tokyo Haneda or Taipei Songshan are usually guaranteed to be on time, and arrive early at the arriving airport.
I love the windows on the 787-8, it's so big. However, it gets pretty hot especially during the summer and long distance.
Leg Room was really good, which ANA boasts 34 inches. However, as all major carriers except Japan Airlines do, it's a 3-3-3 seating abreast. In the back it is a 2-3-2 seating abreast, which was where I was sitting. There is sort of a footrest, which is pretty much a net under the seat. I don't really like it, it's not comfortable for me. Also the seats seam sort of short for me. It's a slim-type seat. Doesn't exactly have the best table out there. However the IFE system was pretty new and responsive. Since it was the new year, there wasn't really any good movies on there. There was a Japanese animation movie I ended up watching.
Magazine, Duty Free, etc.
Menu, Barf Bag, Headphone, etc. (I'll probably post this on every post just for the audience)
Takeoff (Terrible weather, turns out the whole flight was practically turbulence)
Japanese Meal: Simmered Pork and Daikon Radish in Soy-Based Sauce Yes, I forgot to take a picture of my meal… Anyway it looks like that, and it was tasty as always. No ice cream nor bottled water. Don't expect any on short haul flights. Also get the Aromatic Kabosu as the drink, it's really good.
Landing Landing was smooth, and the weather was nice in Tokyo. Too bad I was only transiting. At the same time, I do go through this airport pretty often.
Star Wars Jet ^-^ We ended up at the gate 10 minutes early. After, we went through Japanese security screening through transit. There was no one transiting, so it was really empty. For those wondering about clearing immigration, you can clear it within 10 minutes, it's really fast. Onto my next connecting flight (And more food to binge, it's Japan!)
Taipei City - TSA
Tokyo - HND
I enjoyed ANA, and I usually take this route, so I know what to expect, and it never fails me. For those wondering about the high rating for both airports, I like smaller airports, they're more efficient. As for Haneda Airport, it's a 5 star Airport, what do you expect? As always, please leave a comment on any questions I did not cover (I'm pretty sure there is a lot). Also, if you are going from Tokyo to Taipei, sit on the right side of the plane, you can see Mt. Fuji.
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