Flight Review: Starflyer A320 Economy Class from Osaka KIX to Tokyo HND

Starflyer A320 Economy Class Osaka KIX to Tokyo HND Flight Review

Flight Information
Date
: July 2, 2017
Flight No.: 7G20
Route: Osaka Kansai to Tokyo Haneda
Airline: Starflyer
Type: Airbus A320-200
Registration: JA23MC

After arriving from Honolulu, I spent the night inside Kansai airport’s terminal as I had an early morning flight to Tokyo to catch. For my ride back, I opted for a flight on a Starflyer A320 to Haneda airport.

Are you interested in trying business or first class for the price of economy?

If so, you might want to check out Four Ways to Try Business Class Without Breaking the Bank - a free guide that I put together detailing some of the ways I was able to do so - and experiment with some of the methods mentioned in it.

Click here to get the FREE guide

Checking-In for Starflyer Flight 20

I woke up around 5:30AM, and interestingly, the night inside the terminal was more comfortable than my previous nights at the Pacific Marina Inn in Honolulu. I headed to Starflyer’s check-in desks which were elegant, but deserted.

Star Flyer Kansai Airport Check-In Desk

Starflyer check-in desks.

It turned out that the morning flight was handled at ANA’s check-in counters nearby. When I got to those counters, there was already a group of passengers waiting, but the check-in was still closed with a sign saying that it would open at 5:45AM.

And indeed, at exactly 5:45AM, the check-in staff bowed to the waiting customers, and the passengers were checked-in one after another.

Starflyer Kansai Check-In

Sign instructing Starflyer passengers to go to ANA’s desks.
ANA Check-In Desk Kansai Airport

ANA check-in desks opening in the morning.
ANA Check-In Desk Kansai Airport

Queue in front of ANA check-in desks.

After waiting for about five minutes, it was my turn to check in. I handed my passport to the staff and was in turn asked for my credit card. After giving her my credit card, I was in turn asked for my phone number. And then, I was asked what my name was about three different times throughout the check-in process. Well, I guess security above everything else!

When I finally received my boarding pass, I headed straight through the deserted security check. The departure gate, 20, was located just past it – and JA23MC, a Starflyer A320 was already waiting there.

Kansai Airport Security Check

Kansai airport domestic security.
Kansai Airport Gate 20

Gate 20.
Starflyer A320 at Osaka Kansai

Starflyer A320 waiting for its flight to Tokyo.

Getting Onboard the Starflyer A320

Boarding for the flight started at 6:12AM – first with priority passengers, followed by the rest of us. At the same time, an announcement was made apologizing for the fact that at Haneda we would be disembarking via stairs and then bussed to the terminal rather than using a jetway. A nice touch – and, as an aviation enthusiast, I certainly did not mind the remote spot arrival!

Boarding Starflyer Osaka Tokyo

Boarding in progress.

During boarding, passengers were handed earphones to use with the IFE. Politely declining them, I headed down to my seat, 16A.

Starflyer Seats

Excellent seats for such a short flight.
Starflyer Welcome Screen

Welcome screen.
Wingview at Kansai Airport

Almost ready to push back.

Here I stop briefly, as I believe Starflyer’s seat is excellent – especially given that it mostly operates domestic flights that are less than 2 hours long. Besides the decent legroom, the seat featured a screen, a leg rest, a USB port, a standard power port, as well as a coat hanger.

Starflyer Legroom

Legroom.
Starflyer Legrest

Legrest.
Starflyer In-Seat Power

In-seat power.
Starflyer Personal TV Screen

Personal screen and a coat hook.

Once everyone was settled in, the crew passed through the aisle offering blankets. The aircraft doors were armed shortly after, at 6:25AM. Another two minutes later, we were pushed back and got on our way to the active runway.

In the meantime, the cabin crew announced that the expected flight time was 55 minutes and introduced the crew. After that, the safety video was played. And, while on Air France, one is supposed to fasten a seat belt as it “elegantly highlights one’s waistline,” Starflyer “understands that you want to dance,” but asks you to please sit down and fasten the seat belt.

Starflyer Staff Bow

Cabin crew bowing after the welcome announcement.
Taxiing at Kansai Airport

Taxiing for take-off.
Starflyer Safety Demonstration

Starflyer check-in desks.

Onboard Starflyer Flight from Osaka Kansai to Tokyo Haneda

After ten minutes of taxiing, we took off from Kansai’s runway 06R at 6:37AM, and made almost a full 360 degree left turn as we climbed, flying by the airport that we took off from before setting our course towards Tokyo.

Take-Off From Kansai Airport

Take-off.
Kansai Airport Overview

Kansai airport overview.
Turning Around Kansai Airport

Turning around the airport to set heading bound for Tokyo.

Five minutes after take off, the seat belt signs were switched off, and the crew made an announcement that drink service would start. Besides the usual apple juice, coffee, and soup, there was also a special seasonal drink – pineapple soda – which I decided to try.

Starflyer In-Flight Menu

Menu.
Starflyer Service

Service in progress.
Pineapple Soda

Pineapple soda.

Once I was finished with the drink, I checked the seat pocket which contained the usual things – a safety card (resembling more a luxury restaurant menu than a safety card), a waste bag, and a magazine that also served as the IFE guide.

Starflyer In-Flight Magazine

In-flight magazine, safety card, waste bag – all properly branded.

Then, I browsed through the in-flight entertainment system a bit. While it contained some Western music and English video, most of the programming was – understandably – Japanese. However, it’s hard to complain about that given that this aircraft mostly operates flights around or under 2 hours.

Starflyer In-Flight Entertainment System

Main menu of Starflyer’s IFE – even that was elegantly designed.
Music

Music.
Movies

Video.
Map

In-flight map.

Arriving at a Remote Spot at Tokyo Haneda

At 6:58AM, the Captain thanked the passengers for flying Starflyer over the PA. He also added that we were flying at FL290, and that we were expecting to land 5 to 10 minutes early in cloudy Tokyo.

Ten minutes after that, the seat belt signs were switched back on as we started descending towards Haneda.

Descending

Descending.
Descending

Minutes before landing at Haneda.

During approach, we were offered a view of Mt. Fuji, and at 7:19AM, the landing gear was lowered. Just two minutes later – at 7:21AM – we landed on Haneda’s runway 34L.

Mt. Fuji Scenery

Mt. Fuji.
Descending into Haneda

Industrial zone next to Haneda airport.
Braking

Braking with the international terminal in the background.

This was followed by a taxi to the Terminal 2 side of the airport where we parked at a remote spot at 7:28AM.

Taxiing

Taxiing from the Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 side.
Parking

In blocks.

Before disembarking, I took a couple of cabin shots. Then, a quick bus ride to the terminal that marked the end of the short but enjoyable flight, as well as of the Hawaii trip, followed.

Starflyer Cabin

Starflyer’s elegant black cabin…
Starflyer Cabin

…and from the front.
Starflyer A320 at Tokyo Haneda

Starflyer A320 after the flight from Osaka to Tokyo.
 

Travel Products to Consider

Disclosure: KN Aviation is, among others, a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As such, if you purchase products or services through some of the above links, I might earn a commission.
 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.