Trip to Sydney and Flying with the Princess of Thailand in THAI First Class
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A few months before United Mileage Plus' devaluation took effect last year, I was able to book the North Asia to Australia & New Zealand First Class redemption for just 50K miles. From November 1, 2017, this same award costs 75K miles. I knew Mike would be traveling with the Singelresor group to Australia and would spend the last four nights in Sydney before going back to Scandinavia so I thought I might as well book a one way award from North Asia to Australia on that same period and join the group in Sydney. After some searching, I ended up booking a business class flight on ANA from Beijing to Tokyo, then first class on THAI from Tokyo to Sydney via Bangkok. When all was booked, I then searched for an economy class ticket from Stockholm to Beijing with a return trip starting from Sydney. The cheapest I found was with SAS for the outbound and Singapore Air for the inbound for just about 7000 SEK. All in all, I was glad with how I was able to book these flights although the coolest part happened when I flew in THAI first class from Tokyo to Bangkok and among the passengers was the Princess of Thailand 😍 It was definitely a flight I'd never forget 😉
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Flight: NH 964
Departure time in Beijing (PEK): 8:25
Arrival time in Tokyo (HND): 12:40
Aircraft: Boeing 787
Duration: 3h 15m
Date of flight: February 28, 2018
*Revenue Ticket, Business Class flight #151
Beijing International Airport Terminal 3
the Conrad Beijing where I stayed the night before, I arrived at Beijing International Airport Terminal 3 around 6:45am.
Check-in, Counter D26-32
Beijing International Airport Concourse E
Air China International Business Lounge located near Gate E19.
Air China International Business Lounge
Boarding, Gate E23
Aircraft, Boeing 787
*This version of Boeing 787 has 42 seats in business class and 198 in economy class.
Moments later, a friendly flight attendant came to my seat to introduce herself and to offer some newspapers.
Moments later, the flight attendant came to take my choice for breakfast. They had Japanese and International and I chose the former. Around 8:20am, the chief purser came on the PA to welcome us onboard.
At 8:45am, an announcement was made on the PA that we were ready for take off and in a few moments, we were airborne 😉 More announcement were made including the expected arrival time in Tokyo which is 12:35pm and the current time in Tokyo which is 9:50am (which was later corrected to 10:50 as Japan is one an hour ahead)
To start the meal service, hot towels were offered. Below is the menu and wine list:
The Japanese choice read as follows:
Simmered tokobushi abalone, salt grilled salmon, bacon and cheese fishcake, sweetened egg and fishcake
Braised beef and deep-fried tofu
Landing at Tokyo Haneda Airport
My last flight with ANA was in February 2014 when I flew in first class from Tokyo to Frankfurt so I was happy to have flown with them again this time. ANA is one of few airlines who have five star rating from Skytrax and I couldn't agree more. The crew on this flight were friendly and always smiling everytime they passed by my seat. The seats, although not fully flat were wide and comfortable. The food was fantastic and the TOTO washlet is a luxury in the sky 😉 The souvenirs and card I got from the crew was just so special. This will definitely be one of the short-haul flights that I'll never forget. To all the crew on this flight, "Arigato" 😍