Upon boarding the plane, my first reaction was pretty much this:
Moments after taking my seat, a very outgoing and polite male FA came over to offer me some Dom. It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere…
With my drink poured and another Rimowa amenity safely stored away, I was ready to enjoy the tailcam show! Honestly, I can’t believe they never thought of doing this before. The concept is awesome. Getting a third person view of the plane, as it taxis and takes off, is just great.
The FA returned to top my glass up quickly and within 10 minutes we were getting ready to take off.
Upon opening the drinks menu, I got a mild shock. There was nothing inside. “Are you trying to tell me something?” I asked the FA. “I thought 2 glasses of champagne with breakfast was pretty standard”. She immediately went bright red and said, “I’m so embarrassed”. She ran off to get the drinks pages for me and immediately offered to get me a drink. Well, who am I to turn down such a lovely offer…
After breakfast I decided to try and catch up on some sleep. The suite behind me was unoccupied, so I asked an FA to make the bed up for me.
I decided to download one album before my trip and make that the soundtrack. I listened to it for the first time on this flight and now every time I listen to it, the memories of the whole trip (and this flight in particular) come flooding back.
Good thing I absolutely loved it. I guess the bottle of Dom I’d already drunk at this stage helped to make me more suggestible. The album is The Bones of What You Believe by CHVRCHES.
Here is the first track. Lying in my luxurious bed, boozed up in the early morning, I managed a couple of tracks before drifting off.
This is a huge achievement for me. I’ve never in my life slept for more than 40 minutes on a plane. A lot of this is to do with the fact that the air is nowhere near as dry on the A380 as on other planes. I really think this is a big factor in jet lag too. Sometimes I’ll get a kind of hazy jet lag feeling, even on a shorthaul, and I’m convinced that the dry air is the cause.
I woke up after a good 3 hours of sleep.
After making my way through another 5 or so glasses of Dom, I decided to photograph the lavs and lounge, in great depth. Including a panoramic super-shot of the mega-lav.
You lucky people.
After all that exploring, my glass of Dom was in sore need of a refill. As was my stomach.
I managed to polish off a third bottle of Dom just before landing. By this time I’d struck up quite a rapport with the FAs, who were very interested in all the flying I was doing on this trip.
They were also keen to tell me all about the 388, including the routes it flies, how the cabin compares to other in the fleet, etc.
Around 20 minutes later, we touched down at NRT. The landing was outrageously smooth. I know everybody mentions how smooth and quiet the takeoff and landing is on the whalejet. They really aren’t exaggerating. It is astonishing that a vehicle of this size can move in such a way.
All in all, this was one of my favourite ever flights. The FAs on TG can make or break a flight and once again this crew was a cut above. The hard product is very nice, the white trim does show some signs of wear and tear but really, that is to be expected. Ultimately though, the hard product is well above average and the crews are too. I highly recommend flying TG F if you haven’t done so already.