Check-in for this American Airlines flight at Narita, one of the busiest airports in Asia, was quick, easy, and friendly. Thanks to the lack of waiting at check-in and Immigration, there was, happily, some extra time to enjoy American Airline’s Admirals Club.
American’s Admirals Club at Narita airport is an impressive facility, seeming to be more of a private club for lucky members or a swish hotel lobby than an airport lounge. Across the expansive spaces are a large sitting area, a reading room, a food and drinks bar with eating area, stand-up work stations with computers provided, sit-down work areas for those with their own electronic devices, and up-close views of the busy comings and goings of the planes in a classic observation-deck style relaxation room, complete with massage chairs. Showers and conference rooms are available as well. Amidst it all are some very tasteful and valuable artworks that would not be out of place in a major museum. It set the tone for a pleasant travel experience and was almost too good to leave.
The inflight experience, though, matched the Admirals Club’s comprehensive offerings. After an efficient, stressless boarding process, the flight attendants immediately began their work in welcoming and making comfortable the passengers. Though Economy Class was not crowded, every seat except one was occupied in Business Class; First Class was also almost full. Menus were passed out for Business Class passengers to select from no less than four main courses and a considerable range of premium wines and spirits, including high-quality Japanese sake and plum wine along with the fine bubbles of Pommery champagne. The menu provided a detailed explanation of each of the featured wines.
Given the scheduled departure time, most passengers travelled horizontally for the duration of the flight after dinner, enjoying the comfort of the American’s Business Class seat in its extended position for rest and sleep, but those who stayed awake were able to enjoy a selection of films and other programming on the entertainment screens operated both by touchscreen technology and the more traditional corded remote control. It’s always nice to travel on an airline that provides suitable entertainment for adults in the form of interesting and diverse films with unedited content rather than one gearing the entire video selection toward less cerebral action flicks and children’s programs. There were multiple language-teaching options for those travellers looking to learn while flying.
As on American’s flight last week JFK-NRT, the flight attendants today were friendly and helpful, conveying a relaxing professionalism toward the passengers who knew they were in good hands.Conditions were ideal for flying and we landed ahead of schedule on a beautiful autumn evening in New York just as the sun disappeared below the horizon to give the sky a red-orange glow.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: R.L.B