JAL Business Class from NRT to DFW

I started this blog a couple of months ago for the benefit of folks like me– married people with respectable lives and jobs and kids and spouses and mortgages– who just need to get out there and do something. There is also quite a bit on here (and will be more in the future) useful to business travelers, which it turns out I frequently am. I have traveled quite a bit over the last decade and a half, and things like taking a cruise in a suite, or flying long haul first class, or going to the spa in Bali or whatever will certainly spoil a person. I get physically uncomfortable when I fly in economy class for long periods of time, so I work real hard to avoid that. I recently had an experience which was absolutely comfortable–flying business class from Narita (NRT) to Dallas (DFW) in Japan Airlines (JAL) long haul business class in their Boeing 787-800 (788) Sky Suite configuration. At the same time, this wasn’t the sort of premium experience in some of the links above. I’m writing about it here for the benefit of those of you who need to go long distances (trans-Pacific, specifically) and need to be comfortable but who, like me, don’t normally have the money for super premium experiences. Continue reading “JAL Business Class from NRT to DFW”

AA 175 DFW NRT in new business class

I starting writing this as I was on AA 175, a 14ish hour flight from DFW to NRT (Narita, Japan) in business class. This plane is a Boeing 772 equipped with the new business class seats (all forward facing), which are fantastic. Before I review and specifics of the flight, however, know this: 14 hours is a long time in an airplane. Have you ever seen the Lewis Black video about flying to New Zealand? Look it up sometime when you aren’t at work and there aren’t any small children around to hear the language. It has always been funny, and this particular journey makes it all the funnier. Continue reading “AA 175 DFW NRT in new business class”

Grand Hyatt DFW runway view king room

Sometimes it is worth it to spend extra money to get a better product. While it isn’t perfect, the Grand Hyatt DFW is easily the best place to stay if you have to overnight at DFW airport. I made videos for several sections of this trip which I will link below, and there are of course lots of still photos. Let’s walk through what my stay looked like. Continue reading “Grand Hyatt DFW runway view king room”

Sky Canyon restaurant at Dallas Love Field DAL

I have mentioned a time or two that I am not the biggest fan of Southwest Airlines. They do fine, but it turns out that I like my assigned seats. Who knew?However, connecting through Dallas Love Field (DAL) does have its advantages. One of those is the ability to enjoy a plate of shrimp and grits with bacon at Sky Canyon. The martini I ordered didn’t hurt either, of course, but that meal was fantastic. Continue reading “Sky Canyon restaurant at Dallas Love Field DAL”

Midland Odessa International Airport MAF

My home airport is the Midland Odessa International Airport. The “International” part has always confused me, although I suppose they might receive some private traffic from Mexico or Canada. The airport also wishes to be a spaceport, which is not immediately relevant to my travel needs. However, it is a fantastic regional airport and a great place to start or end a flight. See this short video if you want a walk through of the available facilities. Continue reading “Midland Odessa International Airport MAF”