I was fortunate enough to have the chance to teach a workshop at a conference in Bangkok. This trip was full of many travel firsts for me. To start with, I flew on ANA (All Nippon Airways) for the first time, which was a treat. Asian airlines do it right. When I checked in at the international terminal at the nightmare known as LAX the agent apologized for the inconvenience that the flight was 20 minutes delayed. Japanese are so polite. That was the least of my worries. I headed to the Star Alliance Lounge and had some coffee and toast. My flight left a little late because the previous flight landed a little late, so we left about an hour late but boarded only about 30 minutes late. This is a shot of my 777-300ER.
I was the first person on board in the very last section of the plane. The cabin was spotless and the seating is a 2x4x3 in coach. I had the aisle in the middle section. The plane was completely packed but it was very comfortable. There is a lot of legroom including a foot rest which actually does help your legs feel better. The one thing I do not like about the seats is that instead of reclining, they slide forward to give you the illusion of reclining. It was a good thing that I didn't need to sleep because it was a daytime flight. The service consisted of a main meal soon after take off and then a light meal about 2 hours before we landed. There were always snacks and drinks available in the galley during the flight. This flight probably had some of the worst turbulence I had experienced in a really long time. I think that comes with the territory when crossing the Pacific in the winter months. It was so bad about 4 or 5 different time that the flight attendants were ordered to sit. It was less than pleasant.
We had a really strange routing this flight. Usually flights to Japan fly up towards Alaska as that is closest to the great circle route. This flight had us fly straight out across the Pacific. I've only ever seen this routing on the return flight with the tailwinds. Our flight was just under 12 hours long and we landed about an hour late.