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Flying All Nippon Airways’ Inaugural Flight from YVR to HND

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  1. vegli

    vegli Hangar Gold Member I

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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.

    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.

    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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