American Airlines Flight AA153 – Chicago (ORD) to Tokyo (NRT)
Aircraft: B777-223ER Miles: 6,283 Scheduled Time: 12hrs50mins
We have just boarded one of the 47 Boeing 777-200’s that American Airlines operates on international and longer Domestic US routes. This is an internationally-configured aircraft, with 247 seats (16 suites in First Class, 37 seats in Business Class, and 194 in the Main Cabin). This will be our home for the next thirteen hours, as we fly more than 6,000 miles over the Arctic to Japan. The 777-200ER is one of the backbones of the AA fleet, operating services to Asia, South America and Europe. It is very popular with the airline, the crew and the passengers.
American have recently announced the introduction (from December 2012) of brand new Boeing 777-300ER’s into the fleet, which is the latest production model from the Everett, WA Boeing factory. The new aircraft will be in a three-class configuration and will showcase a number of special features, including:
· Fully lie-flat First and Business Class seating with aisle access from every seat
· Specially designed Main Cabin seating offering more knee room and more comfort (with up to six extra inches of legroom)
· International Wi-Fi capability
· Universal AC power outlets and USB jacks available at every seat
· Up to 120 movies, and over 150 TV programs and 350 audio selections to choose from
· Unique mood lighting and a dramatic archway and ceiling treatment to create a feeling of spaciousness
It will certainly add to the American Airlines fleet, and will undoubtedly be a winner with crew and customers.
Our flight today takes us to Tokyo Narita, although American Airlines also operate flights to Tokyo’s more central Haneda Airport. Alas, for this challenge, the timings worked out best for us to connect onwards from Narita. For those visiting Japan, it is worthwhile looking into services to both airports, depending upon your final destination.
More from Tokyo in 13 hours or so…after we cross 11 time zones including the International Date Line, the amazing scenery of Arctic Canada, Alaska and the Russian coastline before touchdown in Japan.