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Monday, January 24, 2011

2010-12-14 JL027 Trip Report Part I: Hello Haneda! Time to Check In

Japan Airlines (JAL) check-in counters at Haneda (HND) International Terminal
JAL check-in counters at Haneda (HND) International Terminal

Yea yea yea I still haven't finished up reports from two years ago but what the heck. Let me write up this trip back in December 2010 first because this time I was flying out of the newly opened Haneda (HND) International Terminal and of course it is on Japan Airlines (JAL) :p A lot of people probably have questions regarding this new terminal and lounges (yes I know you have questions :p). So in Part I, I will talk about the check in (You will have to wait for Part III for lounge report :))

As you can see in the picture above, JAL's check-in counters are located at zones F and G. Check-in counters for business class passengers and oneworld elites are located at zone G while those for economy class passengers are located at zone F. I arrived at the airport at 7:30am and there were decent amount of people (Good business for JAL :D).

Luckily, as a valuable JGC member, I went straight to the JAL Global Club (JGC) check-in counters. There were a total of 5 JGC counters for eligible elites. There was only one person in front of me. Before I could take out my passport, it's already my turn :o


Japan Airlines (JAL) JGC check-in counters at Haneda (HND) International Terminal
JAL JGC check-in counters at Haneda International Terminal

View of Haneda (HND) JAL JGC check-in counters from above
JAL JGC check-in counters at Haneda International Terminal

Right next to the JGC counters are the business class check-in counters and the new dedicated baggage drop off counters for passengers already checked in using QuiC service. There were 4 business class check-in counters and 2 QuiC baggage drop off counters.


View of Haneda (HND) JAL Business Class check-in counters from above
JAL Business Class check-in counters at Haneda International Terminal

And of course, there were the self check-in machines too. A total of 8 machines for business class passengers and elites.


Japan Airlines (JAL) self-check-in machines for business class passengers and elites at Haneda (HND) International Terminal
JAL self-check-in machines for business class passengers and elites at Haneda International Terminal

And of course there were plenty of check-in counters for the rest of the passengers (which are the majority of them, hey this is not AA LOL). But there were also only 2 bags drop off counters for QuiC passengers and 3 (could be 4) self-check-in counters for economy passengers.


Japan Airlines (JAL) economy class check-in counters at Haneda (HND) international terminal
JAL Economy Class check-in counters at Haneda international terminal

Because HND drops its facility charge, so if you have issued your ticket from Japan before a certain date, you can get a refund at the travelers' insurance counter. The counters happens to be right across the JGC check-in counters. The desk with two printers on it is where you need to go. Unfortunately my ticket was issued in NYC and therefore they couldn't refund me the difference. I lost JPY40 LOL


Haneda (HND) International terminal travelers' insurance counter
Haneda International terminal travelers' insurance counter. Please ignore the blue logos in the background :P

The domestic connecting check-in counters are on the second level, which is also the arrival lobby. There's an escalator right next to JAL's counters which will bring you directly to the second floor. Once you get off the escalator, you will see the check-in counters for domestic connections (again, please kindly ignore the blue logo in the picture below)


Escalator to arrival lobby at Haneda (HND) international terminal
Escalator to arrival lobby at Haneda international terminal

Domestic connection check-in counters at Haneda (HND) international terminal
Domestic connection check-in counters at Haneda international terminal

Enough for check in. Let's go shopping and go to the observation deck next :)

Other part of the trip report:
Part II: Time to Shop like a Shopaholic...If You Can

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