ANA Boeing 787 Dreamliner Tokyo Haneda to Okayama – My First Flight and Review

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IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AND TECHNOLOGY

All seats had a USB port, a power port and an individual seatback monitor with a miniature keyboard and controller.  Passengers could send messages to other seats but there was no guarantee of an answer because the incoming message might have gone unnoticed.

The in-flight entertainment system (see IFE slide show below) featured a small variety of videos, including information about the 787 Dreamliner, and a Tom and Jerry cartoon.  Presumably, the airline will add more options down the line.

The maps (see Map slide show below) went far beyond the moving arrow and groundspeed, arrival, and departure information.  The system reported on heading, tail winds, head winds, and distances between cities, among other interesting details.

THE FLIGHT

Service during the short flight was excellent, and flight attendants were very attentive.  Flight attendants offered passengers blankets shortly after departure and a beverage service began about 15 minutes into the flight, offering a choice of tea, coffee, and juices.

There was only one small problem. Throughout the flight to Okayama, I heard a high-pitched whine, which would have become annoying had the flight time been longer than an hour.  Others, including Optience’s Tjoa, commented on the noise as well.  The noise was not present on the return flight to Tokyo, however, so it appears just to have been an anomaly.

In 52 minutes, we covered 563 km (350 miles) and were soon on the ground in Okayama.  The landing was smooth, and soon we were at the gate.

RETURN FLIGHT

My return flight, the following day, departed promptly at 10:15.  Boarding was quick and we were soon underway.  As with the outbound flight, blankets were cheerily offered (there were few takers) and beverages were served.

For this flight, I had a window seat, which allowed me to experiment with the electrochromic window shades.  At the darkest setting, I found that they effectively blocked light although they remained translucent and I was able to see outside.  I used the USB port to charge my MiFi  device as I had run out of power shortly before the flight.

We had a strong tailwind on the return flight, at times reaching 124 km/h (77 mph) and we arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport early.  Upon disembarking, I headed to the top floor of the airport, where there is an open air deck from which one can view aircraft parked at the gate as well as one active runway.

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VIRTUAL TOURS OF THE ANA BOEING 787 DREAMLINER

THE ANA BOEING 787 DREAMLINER – FIRST 787

 

THE ANA BOEING 787 DREAMLINER: INTERIOR

 

THE ANA BOEING 787 DREAMLINER: COCKPIT

 

THE ANA BOEING 787 DREAMLINER: IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AND CHAT

 

THE ANA BOEING 787 DREAMLINER: MAPS/AIRSHOW

TOKYO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT 東京国際空港 / HANEDA 羽田空港

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