Flight Review: ANA Wings Dash 8 Q400 Economy Class from Sapporo CTS to Sendai

ANA Wings Dash 8 Q400 Economy Class Sapporo CTS to Sendai Flight Review

Flight Information
Date
: July 23, 2017
Flight No.: NH1230
Route: Sapporo New Chitose to Sendai
Airline: ANA Wings
Type: Bombardier Dash 8 Q400
Registration: JA843A

Since I had to be in Minami-Sanriku in the Tohoku region of Japan the day after the Chitose Air Festival back in July, I flew from Sapporo to Sendai instead of flying back to Tokyo. The short hop was operated by an ANA Wings Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

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An Early Check-In for the Flight

While the flight was not scheduled to depart until 5:55PM, the first thing in the morning of, I headed to check-in and drop my bag off. That way, I could avoid the stress of having to hurry back from the airshow into the terminal in order to catch my flight.

Since there were plenty automated check-in machines, I had a boarding pass in no time, and the baggage drop off didn’t take much longer either.

ANA Sapporo Self Check-In

ANA self check-in.
ANA Sapporo Check-In Counters

Baggage drop-off counters.

With the formalities done, I headed to the airshow for the day.

Boarding the ANA Wings Flight

With the airshow over, I headed back to the airport. Since I had some time to spare, I visited the observation deck quickly to take a photo of a Hawaiian Airlines 767. Then, around one hour before the departure time, I headed through the security.

Sapporo Security Check

It took about ten minutes to clear the security.

I got a “bento” for dinner in one of the airside stores, and headed to Gate 0. Thinking back, in the hundreds of flights I’ve taken, that must’ve been the first time my flight was departing from “0.”

Sapporo Gate 0 Area

Gate 0 and 1 area.

Shortly after I finished my dinner, an announcement was made that boarding would start around 5:40PM. And, indeed, at 5:44PM, passengers were called to board.

ANA Flight 1230 from Sapporo to Sendai

Flight NH1230 to Sendai.
Boarding in Progress

Boarding in progress.

Once my boarding pass was scanned, I walked down the long hallway. Then, I headed through the jetway and through a special attachment into the ANA Dash 8. Similarly to boarding through Gate 0, it was my first time boarding an aircraft that small through a jetway.

Sapporo Gate 0

Entrance into the jetway…
Walking to the Jetway

…or the hallway leading into it.
ANA Wings Bombardier Dash 8 Q400

It was a relatively long walk from the terminal to the aircraft.
Boarding Dash 8

First time boarding a Q400 directly through a jet bridge.

Departing Sapporo Onboard the ANA Wings Dash 8

Onboard, I settled in my seat – 12A – and waited for departure.

At 5:59PM, a couple of minutes behind schedule, the jetway was pulled away from the aircraft and the crew closed the door. Simultaneously, the other flight attendant passed through the aircraft offering blankets. …on a one hour flight in a turboprop

A manual safety demonstration and pushback followed at 6:01PM, and the engines were started just a minute or two later.

ANA Wings Dash 8 Q400 Cabin

ANA Wings Dash 8 Q400 cabin.
Wingview

Ready to go.

We started taxiing at 6:06PM, and at 6:13PM we took off from runway 01L at its A7 intersection. A 180-degree right turn followed before we set our course towards Sendai.

Entering Runway 01L

Entering runway (19R/)01L.
Take-Off

Shortly after lifting off.
Sapporo New Chitose Airport at Sunset

View of the round New Chitose domestic terminal.
Climbing

Climbing.
Hokkaido

Hokkaido scenery.

Cruising from Sapporo to Sendai

Within a couple of minutes from take-off, we reached the coastline. The seatbelt sign was switched off a bit more than 10 minutes after take-off, and a welcome announcement by the crew followed.

Among other things, our estimated arrival time of 7:20PM was mentioned, together with the weather in Sendai – 25 degrees and rain.

Dash 8 Engine View

Above the clouds.

Next up was the service. Since it was just a short domestic hop, only drinks were provided. I asked for apple juice. Since I was using my laptop, I was offered a lid and a straw so that I wouldn’t spill the drink on it – a nice little touch as usual with ANA and JAL.

ANA Wings Menu

Drink menu.
ANA Wings Service

Drink service in progress.
ANA Wings Drink

Juice in a cup with a lid (and one of my favorite photos from the Chitose airshow).

Around 6:50PM, the Captain addressed us over the PA. Among other things, he confirmed the ETA of 7:25PM. He also mentioned that we were flying over Morioka at that point, and that we could expect a bit of a bumpy descent.

At the same time, the person sitting next to me woke up – and noticing that, the crew immediately approached him asking if he wanted any drink.

I had a quick look into the seat pocket, and soon, it was time to descend.

ANA Wings Seat Pocket

Contents of the seat pocket.
Sunset

Cruising towards Sendai.

Arriving at Sendai Airport

The descent started at 6:58PM, and a couple of minutes later, the seatbelt signs were switched back on.

Once again, this time by the cabin crew, passengers were reminded of the possible turbulences. They were also reminded to, in case they felt unwell, “use the bags in the seat pocket sooner rather than later.” I had never heard such an explicit announcement before, but I guess it was a nice reminder for the people that did not know about the waste bags in the seat pockets.

Descending

Starting the descent.
Cabin

Cabin after sunset.

After about fifteen minutes of descending, at 19:12, the landing gear was lowered. At that point, photos were impossible to take due to the darkness outside. And due to the reflections of the lights inside the aircraft. Interestingly, ANA never switches off its lights on descend.

We landed on runway 27 of Sendai airport at 7:14PM, and – following a very hard braking – we taxied to our arrival spot which we reached at 7:18PM.

ANA Wings Q400 at Sendai Airport

Our aircraft after arrival.

I got off the aircraft, got on the bus that was waiting, and a couple of minutes later was dropped off at the terminal. After getting my bag, I left the luggage claim area and caught the train that connects the airport with Sendai station in the city.

Sendai Airport

Empty Sendai airport terminal.

 

 

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