[>talkflying] Tour of the New Haneda Airport International Terminal Extension (Tokyo Haneda (HND) – Taipei Songshan (TSA) Trip Report Part I)

BY Kai-Chin Shih / 12 JUNE 2014/ TOKYOJAPAN/ talkairlines.wordpress.com

This is the first part of a 2-part trip report. To read the second part, click here.

Today I will be flying the national carrier of Taiwan, China Airlines (中華航空), from Tokyo Haneda International Airport (東京羽田國際空港) to Taipei Songshan (Matsuyama) International Airport (台北松山國際機場). The airline along with EVA Air and the two biggest carriers of Japan, JAL & ANA, offer a total of 8 round trips daily between the two cities. In 2013, 1.4 million people traveled between the two city airports.

China-Airlines-Skyteam-Logo

One day prior to the flight, I got information from China Airlines that B-18355, the “Welcome to Taiwan” Taiwan Tourism Special Livery Airbus A330-300, would be operating the morning flight (CI223) from Haneda to Songshan. However, since I was going to fly the afternoon flight (CI221), I couldn’t experience the special interior of the “Welcome to Taiwan” jet. Nevertheless, I still decided to contact China Airlines to get the boarding pass for my afternoon flight in the early morning and go into the restricted zone to take a close look at the aircraft I’ve always dreamt of flying on.

I arrived at Haneda Airport at around 6:30AM. The ticket counters were already closed. However, there were still 2 staff that were waiting for me. I told them my name and they immediately handed me my boarding pass. Since the flight doesn’t depart until 7:10AM, I decided to first go to the observation deck just in case it’s difficult to take pictures in the terminal. The spotting experience was horrible. Horrible weather consisting of strong winds & pouring rain made plane-spotting a nightmare. I still managed to get pictures of the special livery, but when I went back inside the terminal, I was already soaking wet.

View from observation deck (China Airlines A330-300 B-18355 + 2 JAL 777 + ANA 777)

View from observation deck (China Airlines A330-300 B-18355 + 2 JAL Boeing 777-200ER (JA704J + JA709J) + ANA Boeing 777-200ER(JA717A))

View from observation deck (Singapore Airlines A330 + 3 ANA 787 (Tomo Dachi livery + JA802A)

View from observation deck (Singapore Airlines A330-300 (9V-STZ) + 3 ANA Boeing 787-8 (Tomo Dachi livery (JA813A) + JA802A + JA828A)

The moment I stepped back into the terminal, fearing that I may not have enough time to take more pictures of B-18355, I immediately started running towards security. I was in such a rush that I forgot to take out the bottle of water in my backpack and the laptop in my carry-on, resulting in the security personnels taking my carry-ons through X-ray two times before I realised how uncareful I was. After passing through security & customs, I sprinted towards the gate B-18355 was parked at and found out something devastating…Haneda Airport, just like Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, is not a planespotter-friendly airport. Take a look at the pictures I took inside the terminal…

B-18355 Left Side

B-18355 Left Side

B-18355 Right Side

B-18355 Right Side

CLICK HERE TO SEE B-18355 IN DETAIL (link to a 3D model of the colourful jet)

China Airlines "Welcome to Taiwan" Special Livery B-18355 Airbus A330-300

B-18355 Without “Water Effect” (Screenshot of the 3D Sketchup file)

After taking photos of B-18355 at the gate it was parking at, I rushed towards gate 141, the northern end of the Haneda extension, to take photos of B-18355 pushing back and leaving for runway D.

Air France 777-200ER F-GSPQ  Operating AF279

Air France 777-200ER F-GSPQ Operating AF279 to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG)

China Airlines B-18355 CI223 Pushback

China Airlines B-18355 CI223 Pushback

China Airlines B-18355 CI223 Pushback

China Airlines B-18355 CI223 Pushback

China Airlines B-18355 CI223 Leaving for runway

China Airlines B-18355 CI223 Leaving for runway

After B-18355 left, I continued to stay at the gate 141 waiting area to take pictures of other planes. Gate 141 is a rather decent place for people waiting for their flights. Not a lot of planes use the particular gate (excluding planes that simply park at the gate without loading/unloading passengers), therefore one can stay there for a long time. Furthermore, it is extremely quite. Rarely does anyone (except for security personnels occasionally passing by for safety reasons) walk to the particular gate. Also, it is the northern-most gate of the Haneda extension and is extremely close to the taxiway. Many planes pass by gate 141 to go to the runway or to go to gates at the main wing. Not interested in planespotting? No worries! There is free Wi-Fi service throughout the terminal. At gate 141, the signals are extremely strong and the roaming speed is rather fast. One can easily access the internet to get their work done or to watch a video. Even better, each gate has its own restrooms & vending machines!

Northern End of Haneda Airport Extension

Northern End of Haneda Airport Extension Panorama Picture

Gate 141

Gate 141 Panorama Picture

gate 141 waiting area

gate 141 waiting area

JAL/Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200

JAL/Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200ER (JA704J)

Korean Air Skyteam Boeing 777-200ER HL7733 Arrival

Korean Air Skyteam Boeing 777-200ER HL7733 Arrival

ANA Boeing 787-8 JA702A Special Livery + Asiana Airbus A330-300

ANA Boeing 787-8 JA702A Special Livery + Asiana Airbus A330-300

Thai Airbus A330-300 Arrival

Thai Airbus A330-300 Arrival

Air France 777-200ER Leaving Haneda

Air France 777-200ER (F-GSPQ) Leaving Haneda

JAL/Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER Parking at Gate 141

JAL/Japan Airlines Boeing 777-300ER (JA739J) Parking at Gate 141

British Airways BA007 Boeing 777-200ERArriving from London Heathrow

British Airways BA007 Boeing 777-200ER (G-YMML) Arriving from London Heathrow

Main Wing +ANA 767

Main Wing +ANA 767

ANA Boeing 787-8 JA702A Special Livery + JAL/ Japan Airlines 777-200ER waiting for next operation

ANA Boeing 787-8 JA702A Special Livery + JAL/ Japan Airlines 777-200ER JA704J waiting for next operation

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER Passing by JAL 777-300ER

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER (G-YMML) Passing by JAL 777-300ER (JA739J)

ANA 787-8 Departing Haneda for Okayama

ANA 787-8 Departing Haneda for Okayama

JAL Boeing 777-300ER

JAL Boeing 777-300ER (JA739J)

After an hour of planespotting, I left gate 141 for the main wing to eat breakfast.

Busy Morning at Haneda Airport...all gates st main wing occupied!

Busy Morning at Haneda Airport…all gates at main wing occupied!

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER Waiting To Operate BA008 Back to London

British Airways Boeing 777-200ER (G-YMML) Waiting To Operate BA008 Back to London

Gate 143...BA008 delayed

Main Wing

Gate 143...BA008 slightly delayed

Gate 143…BA008 slightly delayed

Korean Air Skyteam Boeing 777-200ER HL7733 To Fly Back to Seoul

Korean Air Skyteam Boeing 777-200ER HL7733 To Fly Back to Seoul

Passengers waiting to board Korean Air HL7733

Passengers waiting to board Korean Air HL7733

Main Wing & Extension border

Main Wing & Extension border

Tokyo Sky Kitchen (Restaurant Area)

Tokyo Sky Kitchen (Restaurant Area) Panorama Picture

Souvenir Shop

Souvenir Shop

Terminal Map

Terminal Map

After finishing breakfast at a Korean place, I decided to walk to the eastern end of the main wing then return to gate 141. I really love the Haneda Airport International Terminal. Great stores, great architecture & interior design. Also, the signs & directions in the terminal are all extremely clear. The only downside of the terminal, as mentioned earlier, is that it is not planespotter-friendly. Taking pictures inside the terminal is like taking pictures of birds being trapped inside cages.

Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300

Singapore Airlines Airbus A330-300

Asiana Airbus A330-300

Asiana Airbus A330-300

Duty Free Shops

Duty Free Shops

Duty Free Shops

Duty Free Shops

Customs Area

Customs Area

Duty Free Area Panorama Picture (Note the Carla Bruni Bulgari Advertisement)

Duty Free Area Panorama Picture (Note the Carla Bruni Bulgari Advertisement)

Double 787-8! One with a special livery & one with the new "Inspiration of Japan" livery!

Double 787-8! One with a special livery (JA802A) & one with the new “Inspiration of Japan” livery (JA828A)!

JAL Contrail JA707J Boeing 777-200ER

JAL Contrail (JA705J) Boeing 777-200ER

Main Wing as seen from the extension

Main Wing as seen from the extension

EVA Air Hello Kitty Apple Jet B-16332 Airbus A330-300 + Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400

EVA Air Hello Kitty Apple Jet (B-16332) Airbus A330-300 + Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HOP)

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HOP)

JAL Boeing 777-300ER

JAL Boeing 777-300ER (JA743J)

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 Push Back...to leave for Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HOP) Push Back…to leave for Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 to leave for Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 (B-HOP) to leave for Hong Kong

At approximately 10:42AM, 4 firetrucks rushed towards a Japan Airlines Boeing 777-200 parked at the domestic Terminal 1. There was no visible smoke nor fire. I assumed that there was a false signal or smoke within the cabin. There is no media coverage on the particular incident.

Fire Trucks rushing towards JAL 772 at T1

Fire Trucks rushing towards JAL 772 at T1

Fire Trucks next to an JAL 772 at T1

Fire Trucks next to a JAL 772 at T1

EVA Air B-16332 Hello Kitty Apple Airbus A330-300 Push Back - To leave for Taipei as BR189

EVA Air B-16332 Hello Kitty Apple Airbus A330-300 Push Back – To leave for Taipei as BR189

EVA Air B-16332 Hello Kitty Apple Airbus A330-300 leaving for Taipei as BR189

EVA Air B-16332 Hello Kitty Apple Airbus A330-300 leaving for Taipei as BR189

Starflyer Airbus A320 sharklets arriving

Starflyer Airbus A320 sharklets arriving

Asiana Airbus A330-300 Arrived

Asiana Airbus A330-300 (HL7793) Arrived

ANA JA802A Special Livery Boeing 787-8

ANA JA802A Special Livery Boeing 787-8

JAL Old Livery Boeing 767-300

JAL Old Livery Boeing 767-300 (JA651J)

EVA Air B-16333 Hello Kitty Around The World Livery Arriving from Taipei Songshan as BR192

EVA Air B-16333 Hello Kitty Around The World Livery Arriving from Taipei Songshan as BR192 (With JAL 767 JA651J)

EVA Air B-16333 Hello Kitty Around The World Livery Arriving from Taipei Songshan as BR192

EVA Air B-16333 Hello Kitty Around The World Livery Arriving from Taipei Songshan as BR192

ANA Boeing 787-8

ANA Boeing 787-8 (JA822A)

JAL Sky Suite 767 JA617J with winglets

JAL Sky Suite 767 JA617J with winglets

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 Arriving from Frankfurt as LH 716. LH714 (Airbus A340-600) from Munich was cancelled that day due to "Aircraft Maintenance".

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 (D-ABVX) Arriving from Frankfurt as LH 716. LH714 (Airbus A340-600) from Munich was cancelled that day due to “Aircraft Maintenance”.

ANA Star Alliance Boeing 767-300 JA614A To operate NH1187 to Taipei Songshan

ANA Star Alliance Boeing 767-300 (JA614A) To operate NH1187 to Taipei Songshan. The plane later suffered technical difficulties and the passengers flying NH1187 wouldn’t be able to use their personal entertainment systems. (With Lufthansa 747-400 D-ABVX)

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 Arriving from Frankfurt as LH 716

Lufthansa Boeing 747-400 (D-ABVX) Arriving from Frankfurt as LH 716

China Airlines B-18306 Airbus A330-300 arriving from Taipei Songshan as CI220...B-18306 will later operate CI221 and fly me back to Taipei

China Airlines B-18306 Airbus A330-300 arriving from Taipei Songshan as CI220…B-18306 will later operate CI221 and fly me back to Taipei

China Airlines B-18306 Airbus A330-300 arriving from Taipei Songshan as CI220

China Airlines B-18306 Airbus A330-300 arriving from Taipei Songshan as CI220

Shanghai Airlines Airbus A330-300 (Leased from China Eastern) Arriving From Shanghai Hongqiao

Shanghai Airlines Airbus A330-300 (B-6096) (Leased from China Eastern) Arriving From Shanghai Hongqiao

Air China Airbus A330-200 Arriving from Beijing

Air China Airbus A330-200 Arriving from Beijing

The moment the queen arrives, the A330 decides to back off

The moment the queen arrives (Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 B-HUF), the A330 (Shanghai Airlines B-6096) decides to back off

This trip report continues on to the second part. Please click here to keep reading.

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2 thoughts on “[>talkflying] Tour of the New Haneda Airport International Terminal Extension (Tokyo Haneda (HND) – Taipei Songshan (TSA) Trip Report Part I)

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