We had hoped to get the Santa Claus MD-11 (OH-LGG), but OH-LGC was used for the KIX roundtrip again, just like on the day before:
Cabin Comfort & IFE
Boarding was started early - we had just finished spending our last remaining coins. Friendly F/As welcomed us at the door and offered bottles of water. The seat cushion was a bit hard...
...and pitch wasn't very generous.
It felt very cramped in our row and we weren't pleased about the idea of spending ten hours in that plane. It must be even worse in the 3-4-3 section! After boarding was completed we noticed that two seats were empty just behind us and Satchmo decided to move to that other window seat. Then the traveller in the aisle seat also decided to move and I had the whole row for myself - not bad considering the plane's 80-90 percent load. Cabin shot (taken later in the flight):
Picture by Satchmo
As expected, the IFE wasn't a delight. At least there was a monitor not far from my row. I watched the airshow when possible but didn't watch any movies or TV features and didn't check the audio programming. Interestingly - as we learned - there weren't enough headphones on the plane...
Boarding was completed quickly and we left the gate ten minutes early at 11:50:
Passing the multi-story Observation Hall buildings:
Turning onto runway 06R:
Comfort was limited on this bird but at least we could enjoy a powerful trijet takeoff:
Land reclamation work around the new runway:
We turned left for a 360 degrees "screwdriver climb"...
Note the airstream over the wing:
The JAL 763 which took off just behind of us:
Passing the city of Kobe and Kobe Airport...
...as well as the city of Osaka...
...and Osaka Itami Airport: