Monday, September 16, 2013

The Inadequate Narita United Club

Our flight from Singapore to Narita was just fine, even though we were stuck in the middle section of Business. After trying out the business class products on a few other airlines - Air Canada, Air New Zealand, Singapore, South African, and the old Continental configuration for that matter - we realize how close the eight-across quarters are on UA in comparison to six or even four across.

Still, if UA hadn't introduced such a large business section, we wouldn't have cleared as many upgrades as we have over the past few years, so we can't complain too much.

The Narita United Club, which we were so excited to visit the first time, is showing its age and is also crammed to the rafters today. Brian did manage a shower, more in anticipation of the next 12 hours of flying rather than revitalizing after the previous seven, and we finally managed to find two seats with a power outlet between them.

It's way too warm, the Internet is so painfully slow that we'll keep our fingers crossed as we try to post this entry, but the beer machine, thank goodness, is still working, with a total of four "stations" and two different kinds of Asahi beer.

We've been here since 3:30 p.m. local time, and our delayed flight to Newark is scheduled to depart at 6:50 p.m., so we can imagine the crowd will thin out at some point.

We could seek out another lounge, as we did on our last transit here in company with some other members of FlyerTalk, but we've had plenty to eat on the plane, we're settled here, and there's no great incentive to move on, even if the pastures are greener elsewhere.

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