Hello everyone, welcome to the 4th part of the Asia trip. This report will cover the domestic flight from Nagoya Chubu International Airport to Oita airport. This flight is operated by IBEX Airlines and all of its flights are codeshare with ANA. Currently, IBEX Airlines operates a fleet of 10 CRJ700NG. All CRJ100LR and CRJ200ER are already retired.
ANA has a special fare (ANA Experience Japan Fare) which provide a much cheaper options for domestic travel especially for foreigners. People who are not living in Japan, holding a passport issued by any country other than Japan and possess an international ticket which originates from foreign countries are eligible to purchase this ticket. This time I had a very good deal for this trip from Nagoya to Kyushu.
Early in the morning, we took the first train departing from Nagoya Meitetsu station at 5:23am and arrived at Nagoya Chubu International Airport at 6:06am.
Once arrived at the airport, we headed to the ANA checkin counters. It was quite empty and we finished the checkin process smoothly.
The domestic checkin counters.
Boarding pass were given to us. For domestic flight in Japan, boarding time normally starts about 15 minutes before the schedule departure time.
After that I went to the observation deck but it was not opened until 7:00am
Then we headed back to the domestic departure.
Passing through the security check, a security certificate was issue.
My flight was departing from gate 102 which implied that a bus connection was required to board the plane.
The waiting area.
Boarding was commenced at 7:15am, after I scanned the ticket, a boarding information sheet was issued.
The bus sent us to our plane, JA11RJ which was delivered to IBEX Airlines in June 2015.
On the fuselage you can see the "ANA Connection" sticker which clearly shows their relationship with ANA.
This is the seatmap for IBEX Airlines CRJ700NG, there is a total of 70 seats. Cabin is divided into 6 zones and my seat will be in zone E.
My seat 16A, which is one row behind the emergency exit door.
Cabin during boarding.
View from my seat.
There are no PTV nor overhead TV on this aircraft but it is fine for domestic flight within Japan. On the headrest cover, the name of the parent company of IBEX airlines is printed on it. (Japan Digital Laboratory Co., Ltd.).
Pushback started at 7:34am. The ground staff was waving goodbye to us.
Taxing to runway.
Passing a ANA B767-300 with 2020 Olympic sticker.
Entering the runway.
At 7:40am, we took off from RWY36. Comparing with Fokker100, the engine of CRJ700NG was very quite.
Minutes after takeoff, we banked to the left and headed towards the west.
There was a pamphlet in the seat pocket introducing the onboard drink service. coffee, green tea and beef consommé a total 3 options for the complementary drink service.
The inner side of the pamphlet shows the routes served by IBEX Airlines. IBEX Airlines has 17 routes.
As the seatbelt sign went off, I visited the toilet at the back. This is also the only toilet on the plane.
The overhead panel of CRJ700NG
For the complimentary drink, I opted for the soup. I also took this chance to pass the logbook to the flight attendant.
We were flying mostly over the cloud for the first half of the flight so I was not able to see the ground below.
Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge (来島海峡大橋). A bridge that connects Hiroshima Prefecture in Honshū to Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku.
The Seto Inland Sea (瀬戸内海). At 8:19am, an announcement from the cockpit informing that we had commenced the descend.
Our plane touched the ground again at 8:34am.
Reached parking position.
Before I disembarked the plane, the cabin attendant returned the logbook to me which included a IBEX sticker as souvenir.
The baggage claim area. The huge sushi on the conveyer belt are one of the special decoration in Oita airport.
The arrived hall of Oita airport.
Thanks for reading!
Nagoya - NGO
Oita - OIT
This is the second time for me to fly the same route with IBEX Airlines. Passengers were mostly business man and the service is on par with ANA, the entire flight was very comfortable.
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