We logged 340 Japanese airliners during the week, possibly slightly
less than I had hoped for. It's obvious that if you want to get
more, you must travel around more, visiting Sapporo, Nagasaki and the
like. It might have also been worthwile visiting Haneda at the
beginning of the week, to possibly get a little variation in the
based aeroplanes there.
Things really dried up at the end of the week ... I copped twice as
much (12) at Gatwick on Tuesday morning than I did at the two Tokyo
airports on Sunday !!.
I ended up getting 291 new (of which 247 were JA's) including 54
747's, 61 767's, 15 777's, 38 A.300's, 20 A.320's and another 3
A.330's and 5 A.340's.
Overall, Japan, the country itself, was less different and not as
much hard work as I was expecting. It's easy to get around by
public transport with no grasp of the language, at least in the
cities. It was also not as expensive as we had been lead to believe.
Sure it's pricey, although the current financial crash helps
visitors somewhat, but I'm sure there's numerous European countries
that's more expensive.
Highlights of the week ? ...... just being there !, 'The Boeing
Inspection Team' at work again ..... the excitement on the taxi-in at
Nagoya, with Japanese Hercs out one side of the aeroplane, and our
first domestic JA's out the other ...... the wonderful JAS MD.90's,
each one in a different colour-scheme ....... Kansai Airport, an
amazing place, and very pretty too, also a magnificent observation
facility ...... the lovely Nikko-Kansai Airport Hotel, and
conversely, the smallest hotel room we'd ever stayed in at Tokyo (I'm
sure there's smaller though) ..... the sight of wide-bodies flying
the visual approach to runway 16L at Haneda, just like 747's doing
run-and-breaks !! ....... flying on a very full 777 ....... hopefully
some lovely sunny-side-up shots at just about everywhere ........
doing everything as per the plan ..... my first 'Pig' sandwiches for
a couple of months ...... the Japanese people, who are so polite and
friendly ...... the pink and green uniformed girls in the Kansai
Observation Tower ! ....... the weather, and only needing to wear my
specially-purchased-for-cold-weather-Japan thermal vest on one day !
..... the looks of wonder on the faces of two young (Japanese)
spotters at Nagoya when I gave them an Air NORTH Special Issue !!
..... the quite mesmerising Japanese girls ! .... every
bus/train/aeroplane we were to travel on, leaving bang on time .....
not doing my back in this time !.
Acknowledgements/Thanks .... It was the most pre-planned trip we had
ever been on, and I would like to thank the following who helped us
with the planning ...... CMR (for a whole load of gen), Bill
Blanchard, Conor Downes, Shingo Kawase, Rob Morris (all for schedule
info), TAS, the JNTO, Paul & Ray (WoTT), Chris Taylor, Eddie Swift,
Andy Thomson, Jun Shidara ... and anybody else I've forgotten ....
thanks guys. Must also say thanks to Mr Psion for designing the
Psion 3a, without which the above wouldn't have been written, and to
Dave Gregg's WWW Airline Fleets (http://www.intercpt.demon.co.uk/)
for all the types and c/n's.
Where to next ? ...... China ?, Brazil ?, Australia ? ..... look out
for future REQ: INFO: 's !