02. United Club San Diego
03. United Airlines first class San Diego to San Francisco
04. United Club San Francisco
05. ANA business class San Francisco to Tokyo
06. ANA arrivals lounge Tokyo
07. ANA economy class Tokyo to Hiroshima
08. ANA economy class Hiroshima to Tokyo
09. ANA business lounge Tokyo Narita
10. ANA business class Tokyo to San Francisco
11. United Airlines first class San Francisco to San Diego
After a really nice week visiting my wife’s family and friends in Hiroshima, it was time to go back to San Diego. We couldn’t have asked for better weather – the calendar said September, but it felt more like August instead. It was beautiful and warm every day!
NH 3144 (operated by Ibex airlines)
Hiroshima, Japan (HIJ) – Tokyo, Japan (NRT)
Friday September 27 2013
Seat: 2A (Economy)
Hiroshima airport is a “right sized” air terminal IMHO. It’s large and spacious, yet not so overly complicated and confusing. There is only one main concourse and all airlines are located together in one convenient linear layout. The benefit of this simplicity is that it always seems to take less than 5 minutes to get through the security checkpoint.
Our short flight up to Narita was on a CRJ-700 operated by ANA’s regional parter Ibex. Unfortunately, there are only two ANA/Ibex flights out of HIJ every day to NRT, with this one at 13:35, and the other at 07:45. Since our connecting flight to SFO wasn’t leaving until 15:45, we thought that this later flight would be a much better alternative than arriving into NRT very early and waiting all day for the connecting flight. Which, by the way, we’ve done in the past. The airplane geek in me doesn’t mind, but it’s torture for anyone (like my wife) who doesn’t find airplanes and airports as interesting as I do.
The load factor was probably 85% on this flight, and we departed right on schedule. It was a completely uneventful flight, other than the fact that the skies were completely clear which provided incredible views of Osaka along the way. The only other thing worth noting here was that I wan’t feeling particularly well (some sort of stomach bug) so I passed on the in-flight snack.
Our arrival into NRT was right on time.