26th December 2012.
By the late afternoon, we left Osaka for Kansai International Airport on the Haruka once again. We saw a pretty sunset as the train approaches the airport.
Peach Aviation operates from the airport’s newly constructed Terminal 2. It wasn’t anything like the modern Terminal 1, resembling more of Singapore’s former Budget Terminal or an IKEA warehouse than an airport terminal.
We had dinner at one of few eateries at the departure hall before immigration at Terminal 2. It is a restaurant with an air travel theme named Restaurant and Café Ginza Lion Departure (weird name eh?). I had the Hamburger Steak with Demiglace Sauce(900 JPY) which came with some potatoes and two pieces of sprigs of broccoli. Disappointment sums up my feelings towards this dish. I could barely taste the beef.
My friends had the Carbonara Spaghetti (950 JPY) and Canton-style Noodles (900 JPY).
Checking-in was dreadfully long due to linguistic problems between the airline staff and a Korean passenger.
In the departure area, there is a nice souvenir shop that sells all the Japanese snack food that your friends and family would surely want you to get it for them. You could find the famed Tokyo Banana here and not to forget Ishiyama’s Shiroi no Koibito from Hokkaido (yeap not Hida no Koibito or Kanazawa no Koibito, the real thing) as well as Royce Chocolates. They even have a full set of the different flavours of Kit Kat you could find in Japan for 2200 Yen.
FLYING WITH PEACH
We missed Peach the last time and fortunately we didn’t miss our flight back to Seoul this time round. Just like the budget airlines we know, Peach as a food and drinks menu in case you are feeling peckish.
I ordered their signature Peach Danish, which has a nice crust but the filling was just some sweet peach-flavored jelly-like filling. I was expecting a piece of peach or something.
The Peach Tea is specially blended for Peach Aviation by the Japanese tea company, Lupicia. If you love peach, you will really enjoy this fruity and extremely fragrant peach tea.To my surprise, my order came with a complimentary bag of cocktail nuts and crackers as well which I shared with a Korean sitting next to me.
Overall, it was rather smooth flight, service was okay and the seats weren’t as bad as I thought. The aircraft used is an A320-200 and looks rather new to me. Besides, among the airlines we have checked, Peach has the cheapest fares between Osaka and Incheon. They also offer flights to Sendai, Sapporo, Naha from Osaka.
Kansai International Airport (関西国際空港)
Currently Terminal 2 only has Peach Aviation flights, remember that you have to take a bus to the terminal from the Aerodrome Plaza of Kansai International Airport and it takes a while. On top of that, Peach Aviation is very strict on checking-in timings.
Peach Aviation (樂桃航空)
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