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Flying All Nippon Airways’ Inaugural Flight from YVR to HND

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  1. vegli

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    Climbing out from Vancouver-YVR on ANA’s inaugural flight to Tokyo-Haneda

    In Part 1 of our story, you joined me for the arrival of ANA-All Nippon Airways‘ first flight to Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the celebrations at the gate, and Flight NH 115’s departure for Tokyo-Haneda (HND).

    Soon after takeoff, our 767-300ER made a wide right turn, climbing across the Strait of Georgia before turning on course northwest-bound along the center of Vancouver Island. I didn’t notice exactly when it happened, but after the landing gear retracted, the forward-view camera rotated to look straight down. As I looked up at the monitors, we flew right over the challenging little Duncan Airport, where the winds can make it interesting to land even a Cessna 172.

    I watched the view for a while, and unstowed my In-Flight Entertainment System (IFE) monitor as we drifted up to our initial cruising altitude.

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    ANA’s SkyMaster1 In-Flight Entertainment system guide

    Business Class seats in this older 767 have a 9” display, with content controlled by a wired remote that stows in the armrest. This was ANA’s “SkyMaster 1” IFE, and newer aircraft have a more advanced “SkyMaster 3” system. I took a bit of time to explore the movies and videos after I figured out how to use the remote. I actually had to refer to the written instructions in the IFE’s guide, which might be a first for me.

    There was a mix of Japanese, English, and other language programming. Rather than making a selection for the desired language after choosing a movie, the guide had multiple listings for each title, each with a different language. Making a list of English-language titles, I found 12 Hollywood movies, including a couple as recent as “American Hustle”, plus six individual episodes of U.S. network television and a few short documentaries. The audio selection was similarly diverse, with both playlist programs and albums in the system.

    I tried out the Sony Active Noise-Reduction (ANR) headset that was in the seatback pouch, but found that my Bose ANRs did a better job of cutting out the ambient background noise. As usual, I kept them on for much of the flight.
    While I was pushing buttons on the IFE remote, the four Business Class Flight Attendants were starting their service, getting the first drink requests from their passengers and handing out menus.


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    Chocolate mousse for dessert – yum!

    The food service is branded as “The Connoisseurs – ANA Fine Dining & Bar.” Passengers have the option of either a Japanese or International Cuisine, accompanied by a nice selection of wine, sake, shochu, plum wine, and assorted spirits and mixed drinks. I had the International menu, which started with an amuse bouche assortment, followed by an appetizer of bouillabaisse terrine and prosciutto with melon.

    My main plate was a filet mignon, and the service finished up with chocolate mousse. Although I normally don’t drink much anything but water on flights, I had a great glass of an ANA-exclusive white wine from Catalunya, Spain with my enjoyable dinner. There was also a selection of light dishes and snacks available on request.

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    http://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/04/flying-all-nippon-airways-inaugural-flight-from-yvr-to-hnd/
     

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