After a relaxing start, five of the group gathered on Saturday 19 October 2019 at the Schiphol meeting point for their flights to Sapporo Chitose Airport, via Helsinki and Fukuoka. Each connection went very smoothly, as did the actual flights, and accompanied by a little light spotting at each interim destination, Chitose was soon reached, even if it was now the next day.
After meeting three more team members who had arrived via a different route from Germany, the car rental pick up went well and the group were soon on their way to deprive the local DIY store of some step ladders. These were immediately put to good use in capturing images of our first aircraft in Japan, a Kuwait State Airbus A340 no less.
In between times, and adding to the variety of the day, a rapid visit to a local model shop had meant extra weight in one of the team’s suitcases. The day ended with a smooth check-in at the hotel, a delicious meal and beer at a local eatery and a very welcome bed for the night.