Wednesday, January 1, 2014

ANA and JAL's First Sunrise Flights.

Happy New Year to all of our readers! I would like to give warm regards and best wishes for a healthy and happy year ahead.

Both domestic majors operated so-called First Sunrise Flight charters, or special early-morning flights on January 1st, which place passengers in the vicinity of Mt. Fuji just as the sun is starting to come up. These sightseeing flights return to the same respective departure airports.

All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) operated two flights from Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT); NH2001 with Boeing 747-481/D JA8961 and NH2014 with Boeing 777-281/ER JA715A, and two flights from Nagoya/Chubu Centrair (NGO/RJGG); NH2611 with Boeing 767-381 JA8569 and NH2020 with Boeing 737-881 JA57AN. Japan Airlines (JL/JAL) operated two from Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA); JL4901 with Boeing 767-346/ER JA612J and JL4903 with Boeing 737-846 JA304J, and one from Haneda; JL2611 with Boeing 767-346 JA8988. JAL Group's other flights were J-Air's (XM/JLJ) XM3955 from Osaka/Kansai (KIX/RJBB) with Embraer ERJ170-100STD JA221J and Japan Transocean Air's (NU/JTA) NU2014 from Chubu Centrair with Boeing 737-4Q3 JA8939.

This would be the last time the Boeing 747-400D is used for the occasion, as the remaining three examples with ANA are slated for retirement by March. JA8966 is the next to be phased out at the end of January, and JA8960 and JA8961 will be the last two. The 565-seat aircraft currently only serves the Haneda - Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) and Haneda - Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) routes.

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