Tuesday, December 15, 2015

2015 Christmas Special: End-of-Year Christmas Winter Vacation to Japan in December 2015 ~ Section 5

Welcome to the fifth section of my 2015 Christmas special trip report about my end-of-year winter vacation to Japan in December 2015. This will be the final segment of this year's Christmas special trip report for my blog. There will be two focus topics, not counting the closing sequences, that will be covered up in this section of the report. They will mainly be the long return road trip from the InterContinental Hotel Yokohama Grand back to Narita International Airport, and the evening return flight back home to Singapore.

Part 1 ~ The Long Journey Back To Narita International Airport

After spending eight enjoyable days of shopping, sightseeing, dining and railways in Japan for the end of the year, it was finally time to head back home to Singapore. On the relatively cloudy morning of Sunday (13 December), everyone woke up at around nine o' clock after having a well-earned good night's rest. Getting out of bed, we had a hot bath and changed into our attire before preparing the remainder of belongings in preparation for the return trip back home to Singapore, having prepared part of them the night before.

For the late night return flight back to Singapore, we would be flying with Singapore Airlines on flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore directly, which would be scheduled to depart from Narita International Airport at 8.50 p.m. that night, and then arrive back at Singapore Changi Airport at 3.30 a.m. early the next morning. This flight would also be a continuing flight from Los Angeles in California, United States, and was to have a stopover at Narita International Airport for a brief re-fueling process.

Part 2 ~ The Flight Back Home To Singapore

Airline: Singapore Airlines
Flight No.: SQ 011
From: Tokyo, Narita International Airport (NRT / RJAA), Narita, Chiba, Japan
To: Singapore Changi Airport (SIN / WSSS), Singapore
Aircraft: Airbus A380-841
Registration No.: 9V-SKT
Class: Business Class
Seat No.: 94A
Date: Sunday, 13 December 2015

After spending approximately 1 hour 40 minutes of relaxing and charging up our electronic devices inside the All Nippon Airways (ANA) Business Class Lounge, the clock was finally showing 7.45 p.m.. Knowing that boarding for Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore would commence in half an hour's time, I promptly packed my belongings and departed the lounge at 7.50 p.m. for Gate No. 46, with my family promising to meet up with me 10 minutes later. The entire walk linking from the All Nippon Airways (ANA) Business Class Lounge to Gate No. 46 took approximately not more than five minutes.

Soon enough, I ultimately arrived at the passenger waiting area at Gate No. 46 by 7.55 p.m.. Observing the number of waiting passengers in the passenger waiting area at Gate No. 46, I could see that Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore would be close to being filled to the brim tonight, with some passengers originating from Los Angeles. Given that the aircraft had initially arrived from Los Angeles, it was making a stop in Narita International Airport for a re-fueling process before continuing its long transpacific journey back home to the Republic of Singapore.

Just as promised, my family finally met me at the passenger waiting area at Gate No. 46 at eight o' clock. However, an announcement was made that due to the aircraft's late arrival from Los Angeles and ground technical issues, the flight would be delayed by approximately 10 minutes to nine o' clock. Boarding would also commence at 8.35 p.m., 25 minutes before the new scheduled departure time. While waiting for boarding for Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore commence, I spotted some aircraft near Gates No. 46 and 47.

Tonight, Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore would be operated using an Airbus A380-800 aircraft, registered 9V-SKT and powered using four Rolls-Royce Trent 970 engines. 9V-SKT was delivered new to Singapore Airlines on 6 September 2012 as the 19th Airbus A380 for the entire airline. The overall delivery would make the aircraft approximately 3.2 years old today, and is the seventh aircraft from the second batch of seven Airbus A380s for Singapore Airlines to have its entire upper deck fitted with a Business Class cabin, unlike the older batch of Airbus A380s.

The interior of the All Nippon Airways (ANA) Business Class Lounge located at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) shortly before I departed for Gate No. 46

The main entrance to the All Nippon Airways (ANA) Business Class Lounge located at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) as I begin to make my way to Gate No. 46

Finally arriving at the passenger waiting area at Gate No. 46 at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing)

Our aircraft for tonight, 9V-SKT, being serviced at Gate No. 46 at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) in preparation for her long late evening return trip back home to the Republic of Singapore from the United States as Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore from Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita)

The departure flight information screens at Gate No. 46 at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) detailing important information for Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore from Los Angeles

The view of the damp airport tarmac near Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) from Gate No. 46

The departure flight information screens located near Gates No. 41 to 47 in Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing)

The overall view of the relatively damp airport tarmac overlooking the terminal building at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing)

An All Nippon Airways Boeing 767-381/ER, registered JA619A, resting at Gate No. 36 at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) after arriving back from her regional evening return flight from the People's Republic of China (Mainland China) as All Nippon Airways flight NH 928 from Qingdao

Another view of 9V-SKT being serviced at Gate No. 46 at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) in preparation for her long continuing evening return flight back home to the Republic of Singapore from the United States as Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore from Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita)

The departure flight information screens at Gate No. 46 at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) detailing important information for Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore from Los Angeles shortly before boarding commenced

The passenger waiting area at Gate No. 46 at Narita International Airport Terminal 1 (South Wing) shortly before the first boarding announcements for Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore from Los Angeles were made

After spending approximately 40 minutes of anticipated waiting near the passenger waiting area at Gate No. 46, the first boarding announcements for Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 bound for Singapore were ultimately made at 8.35 p.m.. The Singapore Airlines Suites and Business Class passengers, together with the KrisFlyer club members and special needs passengers, were called to board the aircraft first. Given that we were among the first ones being called to board the aircraft, we rolled up at the front in order for the boarding process to commence smoothly.

Walking across the jet bridge leading to the aircraft's upper deck, we were finally on board 9V-SKT by 8.40 p.m., which was just in good time for a nine o' clock departure. Arriving at the upper deck entrance, two cheery flight attendants warmly welcomed us on board and showed the direction to our seats in the Business Class cabin. Stowing our belongings into their storage spaces, we settled into our assigned Seats No. 92A, 93A, 94A and 95A for the late evening return flight of 7 hours 40 minutes back to the Republic of Singapore.

Stir-fried beef with black bean sauce with assorted Chinese vegetables and fried rice.

3.05 a.m., approximately 25 minutes ahead of schedule.

After taxiing across the airport tarmac to Concourse A at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3 for approximately five minutes, we finally docked onto our assigned arrival gate, Gate No. A4, at 3.10 a.m..

Singapore Airlines Flight 011 Score Report

Seat: 19 / 20
Food: 20 / 20
Service: 17 / 20
Aircraft cleanliness: 18 / 20
Legroom space: 16 / 20
Total: 90 / 100

Part 3 ~ The Closing Sequences

Shortly after disembarking from Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 from Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita) at Gate No. A4 in Concourse A, we walked through the passageway leading to the arrivals and immigration checkpoints in Terminal 3 near Concourse A, with the entire walk taking approximately five minutes. Arriving at the arrivals and immigration checkpoints by 3.20 a.m., we headed to the automated thumb fingerprint checkpoint, where we cleared the immigrations checkpoints in less than a few minutes.

Upon clearing the immigrations checkpoints successfully by 3.25 a.m., I promptly went to check which baggage belt our check-in baggage would be arriving at. According to the baggage belt information screens, all check-in baggage from Singapore Airlines flight SQ 011 from Los Angeles via Tokyo (Narita) would be scheduled to arrive at Belt No. 42. With that, while my mum headed to a nearby duty-free shop to purchase some duty-free items, I followed both my dad and younger brother to Belt No. 42 with two baggage trolleys to claim our bulkier check-in baggage.

3.50 a.m..

4.15 a.m..

This now officially brings this year's 2015 Christmas special vacation trip report to a formal conclusion. I sincerely hope you have enjoyed looking through this trip report, and I would like to thank you for taking the time to read it! Now, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas 2015 and a Happy New Year 2016! May the upcoming fiscal year 2016 be a very fruitful and pleasant year for everyone, especially to bloggers! Lastly, but certainly not least, do have a safe, fun and pleasant blogging experience!

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