ANA Shower Room – Haneda Airport

Following my long layover in which I was able to explore Kamakura a little, I was looking forward to taking a shower before my flight.

I have previously reviewed the ANA Business Lounge at Haneda Airport, so this review will just focus on the shower room.

After providing my Star Alliance Gold card, I inquired about the shower rooms. I was given a pager and told that the wait was about 45 minutes. This was a lot longer than I was expecting, and since I didn’t have that much time in the lounge was wondering if I would even have time to take a shower if called before my flight started boarding.

Luckily the pager went off with about 20 minutes to spare before my flight started boarding.

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Corridor

I was led to my shower room by an attendant who was very nice and helpful. The corridor is neat and well maintained with sleek black walls.

The shower room itself is perhaps a little larger than most business class lounges, but not as big or opulent as some lounges out there, such as the Lufthansa First Class Terminal or the Cathay Pacific First Class lounge.

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Shower & Toilet

The shower itself is on the larger side, and thankfully bigger than a phone booth. There is a Japanese style toilet.

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Counter Space

The sink has a decent amount of counter space.

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Amenities

There are amenities by Shiesedo, and come with just about everything you can imagine.

The shower rooms are impeccably clean, and are the perfect way to freshen up before a long flight.

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Premier Lounge – Jakarta

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Premier Lounge

The Premier Lounge at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) seems to be the catch all lounge for many airlines.

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Everybody Welcome

Airlines from all 3 alliances, as Priority Pass, Diners Club, Lounge Club, and Lounge Key members can be admitted.

I had planned on spending a fair amount of time in the lounge to get a better sense of the lounge, but with the usual horrible traffic in Jakarta, and intermittent light sprinkling, it took nearly 2 ½ hours to get to the airport from the Grand Hyatt Jakarta.

By the time I got through immigration, I barely had enough time to get to the lounge and snap a few pictures before heading to the gate.

The lounge is on the dark and dingy side, and was fairly crowded.

Food offerings include soup, potatoes, chicken sausage, rice, and noodles were offered, but did not look too appealing.

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Juice Dispenser

There was a juice dispenser.

There were a couple of display cases of different types of desserts.

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Drinks

There was a refrigerator drinks as well.

The Premier Lounge is certainly not a “destination lounge”, but could be a decent place to kill some time before a flight. I did not even have a chance to see how the internet connection was.

Singapore Airlines A350 Business Class – Singapore to Jakarta

Singapore Airlines
Flight: SQ 956
Singapore to Jakarta
Departs: 9:30 AM, Arrives: 10:15 AM

 

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Flight SQ 956

After a very long layover, somewhat by choice, after leaving the Singapore Airlines SliverKris Lounge, I headed towards the gate.

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A350

I specifically chose this flight as it is operated by a brand new A350 which had been in service for about 7 months. I found it somewhat strange that Singapore would choose to operate this plane on such a short flight, but I was not one to complain.

I redeemed Singapore Airlines miles for this flight, which was under 15K Singapore Kris Flyer miles, and about $75 in taxes. Tickets in business class were selling for nearly $1,000 on this short flight. Surprisingly, the business class cabin was nearly full.

Once aboard, I was welcomed and directed to my seat.

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Business Class Cabin

I was the first to board, and the business class cabin was empty. The business class cabin is set up in a 1-2-1 configuration, so every seat has direct aisle access.

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Row 11

The two middle seats do have a privacy shield between them.

I chose seat 11K, the front row seat on the right side of the plane.

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Seat 11K

The seats are a nice rich brown. There was a colorful yellow pillow also waiting at my seat.  The seats are very wide, so feeling cramped will not be a problem.

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Leg Room

There is plenty of legroom, with a “cubby” in the corner when sleeping. The cubby had a decent amount of space so your feet wouldn’t get squished while trying to sleep.

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Mirror

Above the foot cubby, there is a sliding door which contains a mirror, although it is somewhat awkwardly placed if really wanting to utilize it.

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Armrest, Storage, IFE Control

The armrests are a textured bronze color, which included the table and storage compartment. The IFE control was also located on the right side.

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Monitor

The TV screen is very large, and had a nice clear picture.

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Seat Controls

The seat controls were located on the left side, and were easy to use.

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Light Controls

To the left of your head were the light controls.

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Outlets

Up in the right corner, behind your head were USB outlets, an HDMI outlet, and electrical outlet.

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Water

For the pre-departure beverage, I chose water, and was given a bottle of mineral water.

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Warm Towel

I was also given a warm towel that was wonderfully scented.

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Singapore to Jakarta Menu

There was a menu in the seat pocket, which was double sided. One side had the menu from Singapore to Jakarta.

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Jakarta to Singapore Menu

The other side had the Jakarta to Singapore meal options.

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Bathroom Sink

The business class bathroom was not too large. It contained a formica sink.

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Amenities

Amenities included mouthwash, cologne, lotion, and face spray.

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Bathroom Flower

There was a flower on the wall to add a splash of color.

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Nasi Lemak

For the meal, I chose the Nasi Lemak. The entrée didn’t look too appealing, but it tasted better than it looked. It came with a small ramekin of salted fish, a couple pieces of melon, and a mocha type flan with fruit.

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Multi-Grain Roll

I chose a multi-grain roll.

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Bent Fork

I did have a problem with my fork as it was obviously bent. I am not sure why this wasn’t picked up by the catering company, as it would be easy to replace any damaged silverware and reflects badly on the airlines.

Service on the flight was friendly and professional, as you would expect on Singapore Airlines. All in all, I really enjoyed this flight, and just wish it would have been longer than an hour and 20 minutes.

Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge – Singapore Changi Airport

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SilverKris Lounge

After finally checking in for my flight, I took a quick tour of Terminal 2 before heading to the lounge. It should be noted that check-in for Singapore Airlines opens at 4:30 AM, however on the TV screen in front of their customer service desk indicated that check-in began at 5:30 AM.

I headed to the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge, which was actually a mistake since I was flying business class on Singapore Airlines, I could have gone to the SiliverKris Gold Lounge, however, the signage for that lounge is rather poor.

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Signage

I actually passed the lounge on the way to the lounge but the sign was not clear. When going up the escalator the SilverKris Gold Lounge is right to the left once getting off of the elevator.

Once presenting my ticket at the front desk, I was admitted to the lounge and directed to the left.

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Business Center

There is a business center with cubicles, some of which had Mac computers.

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Seating
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Seating

To the right is the main seating area of the lounge, with several different seat arrangements.

The food offerings are located to the left.

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Countertop Seating

There is countertop seating.

There are several refrigerators full of drinks.

Alcohol was being offered at 6 AM.

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Coffee Maker/Hot Chocolate

There are two coffee makers and a hot chocolate machine.

Hot dishes included fried rice with salted fish and chicken, something that resembled fried cheese, chicken curry, fried carrot cake, congee, spaghetti, vegetable curry, sausage, omelets, steamed buns, dim sum, chwee kuay, French toast, pancakes, baked egg Florentine, and noodles.

Cold options included museli, yogurt, fresh fruit, salad fixings, cheese, bread, pastries, cereal, pre-made sandwiches, and desserts.

As I had been on the road for over 24 hours, I was able to take a shower before boarding the flight.

There are two shower rooms, and they are very small. After putting down my carry-on luggage, I was barely able to close the door.

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Shower Room Sink

There is a sink with amenities. A packaged towel is also provided.

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Shower

The shower had two showerheads with dispensed shampoo/conditioner and body wash.

Although small, the shower room was very functional.

The food offerings are pretty diverse and large. The food isn’t that bad either. The lounge did get very packed at times. I think if you had the option, the SilverKris Gold Lounge might be a better option since its likely to be less crowded. I can’t say for sure however, as I did not visit that lounge.

ANA Airlines – Los Angeles to Narita, Tokyo – Economy

ANA Airlines
Flight NH 5
Los Angeles to Narita, Tokyo
Departs 11:25 AM, Arrives 4:25 PM
Seat 18D

On a recent trip to Jakarta, I flew ANA airlines. I will only cover the LAX-Tokyo Narita segment.

Like many airlines, you are able to pick your seat prior to departure. Even when doing an online check-in 24 hours prior to departure, you can change seats.

When doing my online check-in, I noted that the entire front row was suddenly open. In hoping to get an entire row to myself, I chose seat 18D.

Much to my surprise, once boarding had been complete, my once empty row was completely full.

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Seat 18D

Waiting at my seat was a pillow, blanket, and a pair of headphones.

Once seated, I noted that the seat was extremely narrow. This is due to the entertainment system, and tray table are both incorporated into the seat, thus making the actual seat narrow.

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Roasted Chicken

For the lunch meal, I chose the Western option, which was roasted chicken. The chicken was good, but the skin rubbery. The mashed potatoes and vegetables were okay, and reminded me of what you would find in a TV dinner. There was a potato salad with some lettuce, along with a piece of ham. A small serving of soba noodles was also included. Dessert was a sponge cake with a non-descript flavor frosting.

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Mayonnaise Senbei Cracker

After meal service, a small snack service is set-up in the galley. It consisted of chips and crackers. The most curious thing I found in the snack basket was a mayonnaise flavored cracker. I did not try it, so I can’t comment on it.

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Lasagna

For the pre-landing meal, I again went with the Western option, which was lasagna. It was pretty dry, and the pool of marinara it was sitting in did not add much moisture to the dish. It was served with a side of vegetables, that did not pair great with lasagna. A cup of strawberry yogurt and some cut fruit completed the meal.

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R2-D2 Plane

Upon landing, we were fortunate enough to be parked next to the ANA R2-D2 plane, one of the commemorative Star Wars planes.

On the return flight home, I was lucky enough to fly the Star Wars BB-8 jet, which I will cover later.

Asiana Economy Meals – Seoul to Los Angeles

The meals in economy class on Asiana are much better than what you would find on US domestic carriers.

That being said, they are not gourmet by any means. There is an Asian and Western option.

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First Meal

For the first meal, I chose the chicken entrée. It was sitting atop a small puddle of Velveeta cheese like sauce. There were a few vegetables thrown in, along with potatoes that would have gone a long way with a crunchy texture. It was served with a shrimp salad that had way too much mayonnaise for my taste. Dessert came in the form of a chocolate pudding cake. Like most Asian desserts, cakes in particular, it was not overly sweet. I did not eat the roll.

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Pre-Landing Meal

The pre-landing meal consisted of chicken in marinara sauce, paired with penne pasta in a thick cream sauce. A couple pieces of broccoli was also thrown into the mix. A small salad was also served that was heavy on the mayonnaise, therefore I did not eat it. A plain cake was served, which was somewhat moist. Again, I did not eat the roll.

The meals in economy class on Asiana airlines is more than passable. There is no comparison between what you would find on a US domestic carrier. Portion sizes were also considerably larger than what you would find on US domestic carriers.

Asiana Airlines Business Class: Hong Kong to Seoul

Asiana Airlines
Flight OZ 722
Hong Kong to Seoul
Departs: 1:15PM, Arrives 5:30PM
Seat 8J

Upon having my boarding passed checked-in at the gate, I was informed that I had been upgraded to business class. While looking around at the gate, I noted a group of at least 100 students waiting to board the plane. I’m guessing that had something to do with the upgrade.

This flight is operated on a 747, and has Asiana’s old business class seat which are angled flat. Although the Smartium business class seat has much more privacy and is more comfortable, this flight only last a little over 3 hours. Nobody was seated next to me, so I had some semblance of privacy.

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Business Class

Business class is located on the upper deck. Business class is set up in a 2-2-2 configuration.

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Seat 8J

The seat is on the narrower side. Although there is a small divider between the seat, there does not seem to be very private.

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TV Screen, Leg Room

There is a decent sized TV screen. There is an ample amount of leg room as well.

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Slippers

Waiting at my seat were a thin pair or slippers.

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Seat Controls

The seat controls look outdated, but were easy to use.

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Air Vents

Air vents were a welcome sight, and something rarely seen on internationally configured planes. These were also welcome as Asiana tend to keep their planes very warm.

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Storage Area

There is a huge storage area next to the window seat.

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Seat Divider Control

There is also a control button for the divider between the seats.

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Outlets

A pair of outlets is also located between the seats.

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Pre-Departure Beverage

I was offered a pre-departure beverage and chose a glass of water.

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Hot Towel

A hot towel was also offered.

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Phiaton Headphones

Phiaton headphones were offered.

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Menu
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Menu
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Menu
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List
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Wine List

Once settled in, menus were offered.

For lunch, I chose the Western option.

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Smoked Duck

An appetizer of smoked duck breast was served with a red pepper relish and some greens. The duck was tender, but did not have a strong smoke flavor. IT was served with a side salad with greens and frisee but was a little overdressed.

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Beef Stew

The entrée was beef stew with noodles and green beans. The tray looked like part of a TV dinner. The stew was fairly tasty, although it looked somewhat messy.

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Fruit Plate

A fruit plate consisting of watermelon, grapes, melon, and dragon fruit was served next.

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Ice Cream

Lastly, a small container of vanilla Haagen-Dazs ice cream was served.

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Bathroom Sink

The business class bathroom was fairly spacious. The sink was fairly wide and had a decent amount of space.

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L’Occitane Products

L’Occitane amenities were offered, which I generally like.

Service was friendly and professional. Asiana’s service is not overly pro-active, but if ringing the service bell, an attendant will be at your seat in a matter of moments.

It was a pleasant surprise to upgraded on this sector.