As was the case with the last international trip Jon and I took, the destinations were only part of the story. Somehow, Jon managed to collect enough miles to allow us to fly to Asia in style once again. We flew Singapore Airlines First Class from San Francisco to Singapore via Hong Kong; ANA Business Class on the shorter 4-hour flights from Hong Kong to Tokyo; and Cathay Pacific First Class on the 14-hour flight home. After flying Lufthansa and Thai Airways in 2011, being able to ride in the first class cabins of two more award-winning airlines was a pleasure. The service, seats, food, and beds on both were exceptional. We certainly felt like royalty.
These photos represent a glimpse of what our experience was like. The insides of airplanes can be dark and even the best food can be rendered unappealing in the wrong light. I was totally ecstatic as a photographer that our Cathay Pacific flight took place during daylight hours and our meals were bathed with the most gorgeous light. Jon and I were able to sit across from each other during meals—we had three windows between us, which provided me with better light than had I set up giant softboxes outside the plane on my own. Sometimes you get lucky.
All photos here were taken with my D300s, the majority with either my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 or Nikon 24mm f/1.4 lenses.