Delta airlines Manila to Atlanta via Tokyo 5/20/13
*Note entry was wrttien on an ipad. Please forgive any grammar or spelling words*
Any blog entry that deals with travel leaving Manila has to start with the hideous facility that they call NAIA terminal 1. I understand that construction is ongoing and the Philippines is trying to get the terminal on par. BUT when international travelers pass by terminal 2 and 3 and see how much of a better shape they are, international travelers feel as if we are unwanted. Please fix this soon!
It took us 25 minuets just to enter the terminal. As we approached the front entrance we were greeted by the first of 3 metal detectors. Checking in with delta would have been a nightmare if it wasn’t for the sky priority lane. Delta certainly does an excellent job taking care of its medallion members. I am grateful for that. Fast forward the “exit fee” counter where the name speaks for itself and the second metal detector and we are now at the delta sky club.
MANILA DELTA SKY CLUB
The club itself was decent and adequate. Furniture was a little dated but was comfortable and functional. The choices of food was as expected at any sky club; the local snacks and finger foods of the country you are in. Free food, drinks, and wifi make for a relaxing 45 minute stay before heading to our gate.
MANILA TO NARITA
Total flight time 3:40
Boarding and storing of bags was an ease being a gold medallion member. The boarding process in manila is always hectic as you always have a bunch of people surrounding the boarding gate just waiting to get in. Being a sky priority traveller allows you to board right after the business elite passengers.
A note to international flyers; Economy comfort makes all the difference when your on a coach flight. The added space really makes a difference.
Movies watched on board:
Songs listened to:
French Montana – Freaks (edited)
Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie
Meal on board:
NARITA DELTA SKY CLUB
Compared to Manila, NARITA international airport is heaven. It is a different aura here. It’s more inviting and comforting. The delta sky club is modern and has Mac workstations that are free for all to use. Again, the food is the cuisine of the country that you are in…so sushi it is! Wash it down with a glass of jack and I’m ready for the upcoming 12 hour flight to Atlanta
Before i forget, i want to start this entry by saying that the delta staff here in Narita is wonderful! everyone in the travel industry regardless of what company you work for should use the Delta crew here as an example on how to deliver excellence service.
NARITA to ATLANTA
Total flying time 11:52
Wow they certainly know how to pack a plane! I’ve never realized it until I started writing to blog; BEING A MEDALLION MEMBER MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Boarding the plane first and having your bags situated is a huge deal. I feel terrible for the people trying to board the plane now and are struggling to find a place for their bags.
With about 9:25 left in the flight, it has been a fairly bumpy ride with tail winds as high as 115 mph. At about 8:12 left in the flight, the tailwinds have decreased to 78 mph. Praying it will be smooth sailing from here on out.
Flight route was weird in that instead of flying over the Seattle or Vancouver area, we flew a more southern route and entered the continental US thru the San Francisco area. In case your wondering how I can possibly remember the routes taken, I have flown this exact route 14 times since July 2011.
Movies watched on the plane:
Songs listened to on the plane:
Miguel – Adorn (Bad Boy Remix), Mya – Case of the Ex, TI – Bring em out, Janet Jackson – Someone to call my lover remix, Swizz Beats – It’s me bi7c435, French Montana – Pop that,
Food served on this plane: