Remarks: An overview of the F cabin aboard NH6, which is preparing to head from Tokyo to LAX. Most of ANA's 777-300ERs have now been retrofitted with this new product, which ANA calls "First Square." There are 8 private first class suites in a 1x2x1 configuration featuring 2.2m fully flat beds, 23" HD monitors with over 400 hours of on-demand programming, universal power ports, USB ports allowing integration of an iPhone/iPad with the in-seat video monitor, and a plethora of storage compartments so that staying organized is never an issue.
Remarks: [1600px] A panoramic vista of McCarran Airport is provided courtesy of seat 2F aboard an Alaska Airlines 737 as we prepare to join the downwind to runway 7R. Of note in this photo: construction of Terminal 3, which is now home to all international carriers serving LAS, as well as several domestic airlines, has yet to even begin. Also, it's interesting to note the 30+ US Airways aircraft parked at the A/B concourses. US shuttered its former America West hub here in the wake of the 2008 fuel crisis, but at this point in the summer of 2007, it was still nearly at its peak, offering over 200 daily flights to 70+ international and domestic markets.
Remarks: ANA's new "First Square" product offers a private enclosed suite featuring a 7ft fully flat bed, a 23 inch HD screen with 400+ hours of on demand programming, and all of the bells and whistles one would expect in one of today's premiere international F cabins. Coupled with ANA's renowned dining/beverage service (widely considered to be amongst the top 3 in the world) and a fantastic crew, it was certainly a pleasure to spend 10 hours in seat 2K (pictured) aboard NH7 from San Francisco to Narita.
Remarks: Grounded 787 Dreamliners glisten in the last minutes of sunlight as a rainy afternoon has given way to clear skies just in time for sunset. Thankfully a fix for the 787's battery problem has now been approved and these birds should be back in the air shortly. Photo shot from JA736A, operating NH6 to LAX, as we were climbing away from runway 16R.
Remarks: KLM 785 from Amsterdam, operated today by the City of Hong Kong, glides over a (very) overcrowded Maho Beach, catching a burst of sunlight on an otherwise fairly cloudy afternoon. Six cruise ships called at the port of St. Maarten on this Tuesday, and watching the action at "The Princess" is one of the most popular activities for ship passengers on the island; in fact, a bus delivering another load of "spotters for the day" can be seen arriving in the background.
Remarks: Seat 2K in the first class cabin of OZ201 from LAX to Seoul is shown with the dining table arranged with the airline's signature Iranian caviar service. This flight was booked to 2/10 in F class, which led to a very private jet-like experience. Top notch service, food, IFE, and seat will definitely bring me back to Asiana again in the future!