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The Flying Diaries : BOM - NRT - BOM ( ANA Business )

The Flying Diaries series on the Blog have always featured flying experiences onboard Emirates. I was really eager to attend the Abu Dhabi GP but unfortunately guest passes couldn't be arranged. Thankfully the Japanese GP came through and I had to draw up plans for travel and stays fairly quickly. ANA, also known as All Nippon Airways was the airline of choice. I chose to fly into Tokyo even though it was a bit farther from Nagoya ( the city closest to the town of Suzuka ). Tokyo has 2 airports - Narita International Airport & Haneda International Airport; both airports are connected with the Centre of Tokyo by Road and Rail. The best way to travel from either is by Rail - Narita Express / Haneda Express.

ANA operates a solitary service to and fro from Mumbai. The Outbound journey was on 9th October and the Return on the 18th.

So how was the experience in Business Class on ANA? Lets have a quick look!


Mumbai - Tokyo ( ANA Business ) ( 9th October 2019 ) :

Bags are packed and ready!


Shots of the GVK Business Class Lounge, East Wing Section. The East Wing is as good as its Western Counterpart and less populated.


The Spread, as good as ever!


The ANA Business Class seat on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, roomier and more comfortable than it looks!


The Amenities on offer, they even Loan Pyjamas in the Business Class :


Pushback and taxiing to the Runway :


Lets Fly!!


Video Link for Takeoff :



The Elaborate Menu on offer, dominated by Japanese Cuisine. Would have been nice to have a more International menu. I opted to go for an Indian Non-Veg Meal ( better known as Hindu Non-Veg Meal ).


Opted for the Aromatic Kabosu, a signature drink ( Citrus ) on ANA with some little eats followed by a Chicken Tart, Chicken Tikka Starter, Jeera Rice, Lentils and Chicken Makhanwala. The Royal Chocolate Cake with some Green tea was the perfect ending to a good meal.


The Bed is ready, time for a nap before landing into Tokyo :


Enroute to Tokyo, the Interactive Map offering great info on the Flight path :


Nearing Touchdown at Narita International Airport, early in the morning the next day :


Landing at Tokyo Narita International Airport ( Video Link ) :



Here we are in Japan!


Tokyo Narita Express, the most economical, fastest & comfortable way to get from Narita International Airport to the heart of Tokyo. I opted for Business Class Seats on these too, they offer reclining and better cushioning.


I was in the heart of Tokyo 90 minutes later and then continued my journey to Nagoya with the JR Shinkansen ( Bullet Train ), the Nozomi Express.


Tokyo - Mumbai ( ANA Business ) ( 18th October 2019 ) :

The journey began early in the morning from Shinjuku in Tokyo to Tokyo Central to catch the Narita Express to Narita International Airport. I just made it in time for my ride to the airport.

I decided to walk around the terminal for a bit post security check.

Some shots of the Narita International Airport :


ANA has 2 separate lounges for Business and First Class. It is nowhere near as good as the ones in Dubai and the spread majorly features regional dishes.

The ANA Business Class Lounge :


I decided to head to the gate after a bite.

The wait begins :


The Chariot for the return journey awaits!


Business Class for the return journey, the same aircraft that flew us in but this time a different seat :


Commencing Pushback and Taxi to the Runway :


A busy morning at Narita International Airport :


Takeoff from Tokyo Narita International Airport ( Video Link ) :



Aerial views of Tokyo :


Views from 38000 feet, so beautiful!


The Menu for the evening :


Commencing meal service with the Kabosu ( I developed a liking for it ) followed by some savouries, a Vegetable salad, Chicken Masala, Steamed Rice and some Dry lentils. Frankly, the meal service on the return journey was an utter disappointment. I did enjoy the Light eats ( Chips and Ice cream ) though but ANA need to have a serious relook at their menu options.


Another meal, another letdown :


Some more views of the dusk approaching :


Our Flying Route on the Interactive Map, a major part of flying over China :


Home beckons :


Landing at Mumbai International Airport ( Video Link ) :



The Staff are excellent on ANA in Business Class, warm, welcoming and hospitableThe 787 Dreamliner by Boeing offered very comfortable seats. The biggest disappointment was the meal service, I do hope they improve over time. The Airline is rated 5 start and its a good product by itself but I feel Emirates has an edge with their award winning Entertainment System ( I found the Entertainment options onboard to be very limited with mediocre headphones ), a really elaborate menu onboard, Chauffeur services, wider seats and a more comfortable and elegant looking lounge. However in terms of connectivity and timings, this still is the best airline to fly with to the land of the Far East.


The Flying Diaries series comes to an end..hopefully there will be more in 2020.

The Flying Diaries : BOM - DXB - BOM ( Emirates Business ) ( Nov 2018 )

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2018 Abu Dhabi GP was the last race of the season and I had the opportunity of attending the same. 2013 was the last time I flew to the UAE for F1. It also was my last journey of the Old Terminal of Mumbai International Airport.

The Outbound Journey was on 22nd November 2018 and the Return Journey on 27th November 2018.

 

Mumbai - Dubai ( Emirates Business ) ( 22nd November 2018 ) :

Packed and ready!


Emirates have revamped their Chauffeur services with the introduction of the BMW 520d Luxury Edition for ferrying its guests to the airport :


Shots of the Lounge :


The View of the Airport..mesmerizing :


The Business Class onboard Boeing 777-300ER, not the upgraded version this time :


The Menu onboard :


Preparing for Takeoff :


Takeoff Video Link :



Lunch, Paneer Makhani and Chocolate Mousse Cake :


The Descent into Dubai :


Touchdown Dubai International Airport :


Landing at Dubai ( Video Link ) :



Another BMW 520d Luxury Edition for pickup at Dubai Airport :


Dubai - Mumbai ( Emirates Business ) ( 27th November 2018 ) :


The Chauffeur Service to the airport :


The Business Class Lounge, Classy as ever :


A lipsmacking spread in the Lounge :


The New Business Class onboard the Boeing 777-200LR. This is a 2 class Boeing which has Business and Economy Class only.


Time for Pushback :


Taxiing to the Runway :


The Onboard Cameras :


Prepare for Takeoff :


Takeoff from Dubai ( Video Link ) :



Bye Bye Dubai, see you next time :


The Dinner Menu :


A spread of small bites in the Boeing 777-200LR


Dinner Service, Paneer Butter Masala, Chocolate and fig Mousse Cake :  


Landing at Mumbai in the evening :


Touchdown in Mumbai ( Video Link ) :



Another BMW to ferry me home :


It was a great experience flying with Emirates in 2018. A Big Thank you for their Hospitality! Looking forward to many more memories and Journeys in 2019!

The Flying Diaries : BOM - BRU - BOM ( Emirates First & Business ) - Encore!

My annual trip to the Belgian GP was a little different from the earlier trips. My college friends decided to accompany me to Europe for a 3 nation tour, their first to the Schengen States of Belgium, Switzerland and France. One of my friends accompanied me while a couple left for Europe a few days earlier than us.

This trip also gave me the opportunity to try the New Boeing 777-300ER with a revamped First and Business Class.


We flew out on 18th August 2018 and left Brussels on 29th August 2018.


Mumbai - Brussels ( First Class ) ( 18th August 2018 ) :

The Bags ready for the journey :


The Check-in formalities done and it was time to enjoy the lounge. Since I am a Gold Member of Emirates, my friend was allowed to accompany me.


Some shots of the Lounge at Mumbai International Airport :


Enjoying the Services of our lounge. Mumbai International Airport offers complimentary massage service for the guests :


Food, food and more food!


It was 3 am and time for boarding for our flight to Dubai.


The First Class Suite onboard the A380, top notch and prepped as always :


Preparing for takeoff, the onboard cameras doing a fine job :


Takeoff Video Link :




The Breakfast menu :


Green Pea Poha and Cappuccino for Breakfast :


Touching down at Dubai International Airport :


Landing Video Link :




Inter Terminal Transfers and Security Checks done, we made our way to the nearest First Class Lounge at Dubai to relax and grab a bite.


A time of Relaxation and refreshing ourselves in the lounge.


It was then time to board our flight to Brussels!

The latest edition of the First Class Suite onboard the New Boeing 777-300ER is a class apart and a winner! Emirates currently flies the new configuration to Brussels and Geneva and will slowly expand to other routes as well. The updated First Class boasts of a lot of new features - Fully enclosed First Class suite with full height privacy screens, seats designed by Mercedes Benz, Virtual Windows, Bigger LCD Screens, Bowers and Wilkins headsets, Binoculars and Dine on Demand service with Video Calling facility. Video calling is quite a cool feature, you can make a call to the Flight Steward and interact, taking the definition of "Room Service" to a whole new level. In-flight showers aren't available though.


The view of the Suites from the front of the aircraft. Quite artistic I must say :


Preparing for takeoff :


Bound for Brussels :


Video Link :




The Breakfast and Lunch menu onboard :


The Flight Map :


You simply can't stop taking pics of this beautiful suite :


Chicken and Lemongrass Consomme, Prawns with Garlic and Coriander and Chocolate Ricotta Pudding for Dessert!


The First Class also has Virtual Windows for aisle seats, the cameras relay live feed onto the Screens to give the aisles a window seat feel.


The bed is made. Time to rest!


Afternoon siesta done and it was time to land into Brussels International Airport :


Video Link :




Mercedes S500 to pick us up at the airport!


Brussels - Mumbai ( Business Class ) ( 29th August 2018 ) :

A Mercedes E250 to ferry us back to the airport :


The Atomium, one of the highlights of Brussels made in Chocolate by Neuhaus :


Not much on offer in the lounge. Passable. Its a common lounge catering to a number of airlines. Hope to Emirates have one of their own soon.


The Seats in Business Class, designed by Mercedes Benz, a bit narrower but equally comfortable :


Takeoff Video :




Whats for dinner?


The Flight Map with Satellite Views :


Live TV, a feature on Emirates Flights :


Crisps and Ginger Ale, Broccoli Soup, Roast Chicken with Pistachio Stuffing and Chocolate Delice for Dessert :


Nearing touchdown at Dubai :