[>talkflying] ANA (All Nippon Airways) Boeing 777-200ER Premium Economy Class NH1005 LAX – HND (Bentonville (XNA) – Tokyo Haneda (HND) Trip Report Part III)

By Kai-Chin Shih/ 13 AUG 2014/ TOKYOJAPANtalkairlines.wordpress.com

This is the third and final part of a three-part trip report. For the report on the new Star Alliance Business Class Lounge (by Air New Zealand) at Los Angeles Airport (ロサンゼルスのスターアライアンスビジネスクラスラウンジ), please click here; for the report on my flight from XNA (Bentonville/ Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport) to LAX, please click here.

Airlines: ANA (All Nippon Airways/ 全日本空輸/ 全日空)

Flight: NH1005

Aircraft: JA717A Boeing 777-281/ER (ボーイング 777-200ER) (223-seat long-haul configuration)

Class Type: Premium Economy Class (プレミアムエコノミー)

Seat: 15F (First row in the class type)

Origin: Los Angeles International Airport – Tom Bradley International Terminal (LAX/ TBIT) (ロサンゼルス国際空港/ トム・ブラッドレー国際線ターミナル)

Destination: Tokyo Haneda International Airport (東京羽田国際空港)

Date: 26 July, 2014

ATD: 01:35 AM PST

ATA: 04:20 AM JST (+1)

After leaving the gorgeous Star Alliance Lounge at around 11PM, I took the elevator located inside the also beautifully designed Time Tower and made my way to the Great Hall. Almost all Asia-Pacific flights, including three flights back to the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, would be departing around that time. All I could hear while walking around was Taiwanese Mandarin, giving me an illusion that I was at Taoyuan Airport instead of LAX.

One last look at the Star Alliance Lounge

One last look at the Star Alliance Lounge (The Balcony Area)

The Great Hall

The Great Hall

The Story Board

The Story Board

Looking at the lounge area from below

Looking at the lounge area from below

A Qantas Boeing 747-400ER, operating as flight QF16 back to Brisbane, was ready to push back when I arrived at the hall. The plane was not any ordinary Qantas 747. It was VH-OEJ, the FIFA World Cup 2014 Socceroos special livery jet and the former Wunala Dreaming livery jet.

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VH-OEJ at the gate

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A look at the rear end of VH-OEJ

Parked next to VH-OEJ was VH-OQE, an Airbus A380 from the same company. Named ‘Lawrence Hargrave’, VH-OQE was the 5th A380 delivered to Qantas. The flight would later operate QF94 to Brisbane.

VH-OQE at the gate

VH-OQE at the gate

Walking further down the South Concourse of the new TBIT complex, I finally got a chance to admire the ten columns that attracted every traveler’s attention. The columns, just like any other multimedia installations in the complex, were eye-catching, interesting and unique works of art. They were installed to showcase the art traditions and city views of different LAX destinations. When I was there, artworks featuring scenes of Tokyo were being displayed on the LED screens of the columns.

The columns showcasing Tokyo-themed art.

The columns showcasing Tokyo-themed art.

Looking back at the Great Hall

Looking back at the Great Hall

Looking down in to the Southern Wing

Looking down in to the South Concourse

Korean Air A380-800 HL7611 operating KL12 back to Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)

Korean Air A380-800 HL7611 operating KL12 back to Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN)

China Southern Airlines A380-800 B-6138 operating CZ328 back to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN).

China Southern Airlines A380-800 B-6138 operating CZ328 back to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN).

China Southern Airlines A380-800 B-6138 operating CZ328 back to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN).

China Southern Airlines A380-800 B-6138 operating CZ328 back to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN).

The new TBIT’s design was grandiose, impressive, and suited the city of Los Angeles perfectly. While walking down the concourse, I couldn’t help being stopped in my track to admire the architecture. The large amount of international flights parked at the terminal was also rather amazing, especially when a majority of them were the so-called VLA, Very Large Aircraft.

Panoramic picture of the South Concourse from the tip of the terminal.

Panoramic picture of the South Concourse from the tip of the terminal.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER B-KPF, former Asia's World City jet, operating CX883 back to Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport.

Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300ER B-KPF, former Asia’s World City jet, operating CX883 back to Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok Airport.

Being welcomed by another set of columns, showcasing  scenes of Singapore, while entering the North Concourse.

Being welcomed by another set of columns, showcasing scenes of Singapore, while entering the North Concourse.

Korean Air Boeing 777-200ER HL7714 operating KL62 back to Seoul Incheon International Airport.

Korean Air Boeing 777-200ER HL7714 operating KL62 back to Seoul Incheon International Airport.

Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER VH-VPH operating VA8 back to Brisbane.

Virgin Australia Boeing 777-300ER VH-VPH operating VA8 back to Brisbane.

Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER HL7732 operating OZ203 back to Seoul Incheon International Airport.

Asiana Airlines Boeing 777-200ER HL7732 operating OZ203 back to Seoul Incheon International Airport.

EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER B-16701, Star Alliance livery jet, operating BR1 back to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

EVA Air Boeing 777-300ER B-16701, Star Alliance livery jet, operating BR1 back to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

China Airlines Boeing 747-400 B-18215, the last passenger 747-400 built, operating CI7 to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

China Airlines Boeing 747-400 B-18215, the last passenger 747-400 built, operating CI7 to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport

One last look at the Great Hall before boarding.

One last look at the Great Hall before boarding.

At around 12:30AM, I returned to gate 150 for boarding. Something noteworthy was that ANA counted Premium Economy Class passengers as Economy Class ones during boarding process. I didn’t remember this rule being enforced on my flight to Tokyo-Nartia from New York-JFK, during which Premium Economy Class passengers were boarded separately.

Gate 150

Gate 150

JA717A, a long-haul configuration Boeing 777-200ER.

JA717A, a long-haul configuration Boeing 777-200ER, with the new ‘Inspiration of Japan’ livery.

The boarding process was rather speedy and I was able to settle in my seat without hurrying. My seat, 15F, was located in the middle of the aircraft. I rarely flew non-window seats, and when I had to, I chose aisle seats. This was the first time I had a lack of both aisle and window access. Yet, since it was the first row of Premium Economy, the legroom was extremely spacious and I was able to get to the aisles easily or look out the window without making eye contact with other passengers.

Seat 15H

Seat 15H. The seat was an older version Premium Economy and was different from the ones on the 777-300ER and the 787 Dreamliner.

Plenty of legroom

Plenty of legroom

Looking at the China Airlines 747 from inside the ANA plane.

Looking at the China Airlines 747 from inside the ANA plane.

After pushing back, the cabin crew started performing safety demonstrations. It was rather surprising how no safety videos were being played as every seat had PTV installed. Yet, it was amusing looking at real-life safety demos. At around 1:30AM, the plane took to the skies.

Curtains separating Business Class and Premium Economy Class.

Curtains separating Business Class and Premium Economy Class.

Due to the timing, ANA chose to provide passengers with light meal, which consisted of a banana, a sandwich, cookies and beverages, all in a paper box. It was a sharp contrast from my LAX-TPE experiences on China Airlines (CI), as CI offered two full-course meals on that route. Yet, I appreciated having little amount of food, as it was rather late and eating too much would’ve been rather uncomfortable.

The meal box along with Sprite and water.

The meal box along with Sprite and water.

The ANA water from Kurobe (Toyama), a place famous for its water.

The ANA water from Kurobe (Toyama), a place famous for its water.

After finishing eating, I took out the PTV, located in the armrest for the first row seats, and started watching movies. As mentioned in a previous trip report (NH9 JFK-NRT), ANA didn’t have a lot of movie offerings. Yet, most of the choices were rather decent and made my trip a lot more interesting.

A view of the cabin after the meal boxes were taken away

A view of the cabin after the meal boxes were taken away

The leg and foot rest along with my pair of slippers (and my backpack)

The leg and foot rest along with my pair of slippers (and my backpack)

The PTV controller

The PTV controller and seat reclining/ leg rest controller

The PTV and the earphones.

The PTV and the earphones.

The PTV, an older version of the ANA PTVs, language selection page

The PTV, an older version of the ANA PTVs, language selection page

The homepage

The homepage

Our flight path/ route from LAX to HND

Flight path/ route from LAX to HND

ANA had 3 magazines in the seat pockets: Wingspan, ANA Sky Channel (Entertainment Guide), and ANA Sky Shop (Duty Free Catalouge).

ANA had 3 magazines in the seat pockets: Wingspan, ANA Sky Channel (Entertainment Guide), and ANA Sky Shop (Duty Free Catalouge).

The safety card, Economy Class menu, and duty free order card.

The safety card, Economy Class menu, and duty free order card.

Premium Economy Class passengers had the privilege of enjoying hot snacks between meals. There were choices of mini soba (instant) and porridge. A few hours into the flight, I ordered a bowl of mini soba. I always enjoyed having noodle soup during in-flight. A year ago, while flying China Airlines Business Class from Taipei-Taoyuan to Shanghai-Pudong, I had a bowl of Tainan-style Danzai Noodles for lunch. It was one of the best meals I had in the air. The ANA mini soba, though pretty much instant noodles, was tasty and comforting to the stomach. I regretted not also ordering porridge, as the passenger sitting next to me seemed to be really enjoying it.

The mini soba

The mini soba

About two hours before landing, breakfast was served. Instead of a meal box, breakfast featured a full course meal on a tray. The Japanese option, chosen by me, consisted of fresh soba noodles (different from the instant ones I had earlier), rice with salmon and vegetable stew, fruits, soup and tea. It was great having Japanese-style meal for breakfast as it was light, healthy and comforting.

The appetising breakfast.

The appetising breakfast.

A close-up of the main course.

A close-up of the main course.

About an hour after I finished the meal, the plane started descending into Haneda Airport. The arrival time was an extremely early 4:20AM. When the plane touched down, the sky was only half-bright. The advantage of the arrival time was that there weren’t any lines at the customs area and passengers were able to leave the airport quickly.

Approaching Japan

Approaching Japan

Final descend into Haneda

Final descend into Haneda

In conclusion, I had yet another great flight on this latest Skytrax 5-star carrier. The food choices and services offered by the flight crew were all exceptional as always. The Premium Economy seat, especially since it was in the first row, was spacious, comfortable, and allowed me to sleep very well while flying back to Tokyo. Thanks to ANA for this excellent journey! Really looking forward to my next flight on ANA!

There are two trip reports that leads up to this post. For the first part (American Eagle (Envoy) AA2913 XNA-LAX), please click HERE; for the second part (Star Alliance LAX Business Class Lounge), please click HERE.

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