I was in the ANA Suites Lounge at Haneda once before (on a UA GlobalFirst ticket, RIP). I was impressed by the sit down dining service. However, the Suites Lounge in Narita doesn’t offer that. Furthermore, the Suites Lounge in Haneda only offers the dining service around the time of evening departures to accommodate an abbreviated onboard service. ANA has two suites lounge locations in Narita. Satellite 5 has a Business Class and Suites Lounge on the fourth floor. Satellite 4 has a Business Class on lounge on the second floor and the Suites Lounge on the fourth floor. I was at the Satellite 4 location. However, both locations are pretty much identical.
I was pretty excited for this flight. I read amazing things about ANA (and JAL) first class. I booked this round trip first class flight using Virgin Atlantic miles which was an excellent deal (especially since there was a transfer bonus using American Express Membership Rewards at the time). I left the United Polaris Lounge and arrived at the gate to get a print out of my boarding pass.
This. Is. It. The world’s longest scheduled commercial flight. Singapore to Newark clocks in at 9,534 miles. The flight block time depends on the direction and season. However, the flight takes between 17 and 18.5 hours. Today’s flight is blocked at 17 hours and 50 minutes. This ticket was purchased for 1,300 USD originating in Amedabad India.
The day has finally come to start the journey back to the US. We booked AND-SIN-EWR in business class one way for ~1300. If booking this flight just from SIN-EWR would it would of been ~6800. While this wasn’t the specific flight I was excited for, it was getting me one flight closer to taking the world’s longest commercial passenger flight.
I was pretty excited for this flight. After researching options for domestic flights in India it seems Vistara was the best. Their marketing materials advertise how they are more premium and upscale than their competitors. One of the things the marketing materials called out was better boarding music (it was more rock-n-roll-ish with some pop).
Originally we were set to fly SIN-DEL-AMD on an Air India award ticket in business class. However, Air India canceled the DEL-AMD leg and I looked for other options. Enter Vistara. This is an airline that currently only flies domestic in India from their hub in New Delhi. The airline is a JV between Tata and Singapore Airlines.
I wasn’t to excited for this flight. Air India isn’t know for being a great airline and is perpetually on the verge of collapse (but so is Jet Airways). We headed to the gate at 8:30 AM to clear security and boarded a few minutes after that.
We arrived in domestic terminal 1 from Phu Quoc and walked over to terminal 2. We were quickly checked in and issued our boarding pass and lounge pass. There is no SilverKris lounge in SGN or any Star Alliance airline lounge. However, we were provided passes to a contract lounge which had a nice look but the food wasn’t anything special. About 30 minutes prior to boarding we made our way to the gate.
Our flight landed in Phu Quoc on time and we quickly made our way to the terminal exit. We saw a representative with the JW Marriott sign and were off to our car. Not knowing the taxi situation I decided to book a car through the hotel. The total cost was 40 USD which isn’t terrible. However, I’m sure there are much cheaper ways to arrive. The car transfer turned out to be very nice. Cold towels, water, and snacks were provided. There was also a WiFi hotspot to use.
We left the lounge 30 minutes before boarding and headed to the gate. Terminal 2 is really something. Very bright and airy with tall ceilings.