Lounge Review: ANA Lounge at Sapporo New Chitose

Lounge Review: ANA Lounge at Sapporo New Chitose

(Posted on October 31, 2018) Both JAL Sakura Lounge and ANA Lounge at Sapporo New Chitose airport went through a renewal process in the last couple of years. While the JAL Lounge reopened in 2016, the ANA Lounge reopened in September 2017…

Yakushima: The Island of Princess Mononoke and 1000-Year-Old Cedars

Yakushima: The Island of Princess Mononoke and 1000-Year-Old Cedars

(Posted on October 29, 2018) While I don’t write about destinations on this blog too often, every now and then, I visit a place that I absolutely think deserves an article. Yakushima, an island off the coast of mainland Kyushu in Japan, is certainly one of those places…

NASA 747, Cleared for Take-Off: Observing a SOFIA Mission

NASA 747, Cleared for Take-Off: Observing a SOFIA Mission

(Posted on October 27, 2018) Every summer, NASA’s airborne observatory SOFIA leaves its base in Palmdale, California, and heads to Christchurch, New Zealand to observe the Southern Sky. Being in the southern hemisphere for a couple of months not only…

Flight Review: JAC Q400 Economy Class from Kagoshima to Yakushima

Flight Review: JAC Q400 Economy Class from Kagoshima to Yakushima

(Posted on October 23, 2018) Japan Air Commuter is a Japan Airlines’ subsidiary based in Kagoshima that mainly operates short commuter flights within Kyushu. To do so, the airline uses a fleet of ATRs, Dash 8 Q400s, and Saab 340s. I used JAC’s services back in July when…

What Should You Do If You Misspelled Your Name on an Airline Ticket?

What Should You Do If You Misspelled Your Name on an Airline Ticket?

(Posted on October 21, 2018) You book the flights for your vacation or to visit your family abroad, a couple of days later decide to look at the confirmation email, and it hits you – you misspelled your name. Or, you entered your first and last name in the wrong order. Situations like that are not common, but they do…

Spin-Yourself Body Scanners, Closed Hotel, Robots, and More

Spin-Yourself Body Scanners, Closed Hotel, Robots, and More

(Posted on October 19, 2018) As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the Asiana Airlines Business Class Lounge at Seoul Incheon airport, waiting for my British Airways flight to London (and then on to Vienna). While I’ll be sharing the usual reviews once I’m done…

Lounge Review: JAL Sakura Lounge at Kagoshima

Lounge Review: JAL Sakura Lounge at Kagoshima

(Posted on October 19, 2018) Kagoshima airport is one of the ten busiest airports in Japan, and with about fifty domestic Japan Airlines group flights departing the airport every day, it is no surprise that JAL operates a Sakura Lounge there. While the lounge has been at…