CX SFO: Night and Day

Finally getting a more clear picture of what’s up with CX873 (SFO/HKG) and CX872 (HKG/SFO.) Beginning July 2012, here is what’s going to happen:

CX873/CX872 are going to convert to a HKG-based crew from the SFO-based one. While they will retain the current operating hours (midnight flights,) they will also discontinue using the B747 and start operating on B777. The conversion to the more fuel efficient B777 will ensure a direct flight to HKG, especially during the winter when they Continue reading

HKG: Qantas and British Airways Lounges: Hi and Bye

Say Hi to the New: At the sixth level of the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) Gate 15 is the new Qantas Airways (QF) and British Airways (BA) Joint Business Class Lounge. The Lounge, which originally was combined with the First Class lounge just a floor above it, opened in December 2009 was designed by Marc Newson, Australia’s premier interior and product designer.

Self-Service Beverages and Snack BarMain CorridorChaise-Longue AreaPeeking into the Main Lounge AreaiMac-Equipped Office AreaCommon Washroom Area
Common Washroom AreaPrivate Washroom AreaPrivate Shower AreaPrivate Washroom Area

And Say Bye to the Old: The former joint First/Business Class Lounge on the 7th floor, refurbished in 2009 and is currently a First Class lounge only, will soon be closed for a Continue reading

HKG: Third Runway at HKIA


Hong Kong Airport is about to get busier with the planned third runway that had just gotten government conditional approval, pending environmental review. The one matter at hand: The safety of the Chinese white dolphins, which are protected under the social territory’s law. A recent study by the World Wildlife Fund presented findings that land reclamation for the purpose of the building of the third runway would have a negative impact not only on the dolphins but also to the ecosystem and the region’s fishing industry.

Read all about it HERE.

AA: The Next New Premium Class Seats

Back in late January 2012 American Airlines announced that it had ordered and would roll out the new Premium Class design for both the First Class and the Business Class. At first glance of the new business class seats, I told one American Airlines Senior Analyst at DFW of how the design looked eerily similar to the upcoming Cathay Pacific’s new business class seat design, known in the industry as the Cirrus Seats. I asked if the same designer had been used to design the seats for all oneWorld partners’ fleet. He responded by saying that indeed American Airlines had tried to minimize differences across the brands, including the seat design.

See for yourself if you agree with me. With the exception of the color scheme, the Cathay Continue reading

JFK: AA Flagship Lounge

American Airlines Admirals Club Flagship Lounge at Terminal 8, New York JFK International Airport. The Flagship Lounge is for First Class Passengers, as well as AA Executive Platinum and oneWorld Emerald members traveling internationally. It is located near the TSA Security Check Point, before the walkway to the satellite terminal. (The regular Admirals Club is located at the satellite terminal.)

Flagship Lounge Reception DeskLounge Seating by the WindowSeats Overlooking the TarmacWorking Desk with a ViewSemi Private Work BoothsTables at the Dining Area
Self Service Dining AreaSelf Service Dining AreaSeating at the Dining AreaCorridor in the Shower AreaToilet and Vanity Mirror in the Shower RoomVanity and Shower Stall
Shower StallShower RoomCorridor in the Shower Area

JFK: AA Flagship Lounge, a set on Flickr.

HND: Hello Haneda!

Seating Area at the Sakura Business Class LoungeSakura Lounge EntranceFirst Class LoungeBusiness Class Desk by the WindowBusiness Class Lounge

HND: JAL Sakura Lounge, a set on Flickr.

During the six years that I lived in Tokyo, I have gone through the Haneda Airport only three times, on regional flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong. The experiences then were mostly positive, with the exception of boarding and disembarkation not through jetways but by bus; although two of those flights were with Japan Airlines. (I would understand a foreign airline like Cathay Pacific not getting a preferential treatment; but this was JAL, one of the nation’s main two airlines.)

The rest of my trips originated and ended at Narita. You can blindfold me, and I can still find my way to and from and around the airport: Any trips from home to the Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Tokyo stations, and then with the N’ex (Narita Express) to T1 or T2; Continue reading

HND: Dreamliner at Haneda

Soon enough Bloompy will try the New York-Haneda (JFK-HND) route, a roundabout way for someone who resides in California; but after years of landing at Narita (NRT), it will be great to land inside the city of Tokyo.

Below is a recent late-night testing of Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Haneda: Between 23:00 – 04:00 when the airport is not open commercially, Boeing and Haneda conduct a “dress rehearsal” for the eventual landing, taxiing, and parking of Dreamliners in the near future. This one belongs to All Nippon Airways (ANA).

And below is ANA’s Dreamliner Interior Shot. Minute 01:50 is what matters to Bloompy: Washlet (Smart Toilet: Bidet function built into the commode)! How I wish all airlines in the world would install this. (There is no audio for this video; don’t adjust your volume.)

NRT: Narita Express vs. Airport Limousine

You’ve made it through the long dash to the immigration, and then through the long queue there; customs are behind you, and now you are at the Narita Arrival Hall, and given the options of how to reach the city. There are actually at least 5 ways of which I can think: Private limousine or taxi; pick-up by a friend or company car; take the slow train; take the fast train; or take the airport-city bus.

I have experienced three of these methods, but one of them, the taxi ride, can cost upward Continue reading