FLYING ALL NIPPON AIRWAY
My husband said it was worth it when I hesitated for us to pay $100 more to get the ticket from All Nippon Airway to fly home to visit my country Vietnam.
I have been a United Airlines Mileage Plus member since 1999. So every time I fly home to Vietnam it adds more miles. The number is great now and I am a loyal member.
But now it is time for a change. More than that, it is a pleasant one. Now I fly ANA directly to Tokyo instead of flying to Chicago by UA and waiting four hours for connecting flights to Tokyo, then to Hochiminh City.
In-flight experience is also something new. I love the hot towel to refresh my face. The stewardesses brought hot green tea, coffee and beverages all the time. Everyone has his own screen in front for entertainments of choice: Movies, Music, Games and News.
I burnt three movies: “Some Like It Hot”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “Pretty Woman” and slept on and off between meals.
Speaking of meals, I am so glad I could choose Japanese food over the Western option. I like the hot rice and a piece of moist salmon, some soba noodles with dashi sauce. I can see how Anthony Bourdain devoured hand- rolled and cut and cooked and served noodles in front of him in his show “No reservation”. I mixed in a little wasabi to make it a perfect one, not much to blow my top off.
The other meal I had was hot steamed rice with seafood. I ate round cod fish pieces but could not say what they were. Luckily, the stewardess was so helpful. Her name is Junko. She told me the name of the fish and the name of the mushroom, the one with tiny caps.
One new thing about ANA is now they are serving wine in their flights. So it catches up with UA, but the food is definitely more favorable. It is great for me and a lot of other Vietnamese travelers. They happen to travel home to visit more and more.
The stewardesses were tall and slender, with the scarves fold into a flower on their necks and smiles always on their faces. They were right there for you whenever you needed them.
One thing that ANA can improve on is the language. It is mostly in Japanese everywhere.
Other than that I know I will use more ANA in the future.