‘Konnichi Wa’ from Japan!

Thanks to a comfortable seat and some excellent in-flight service from a terrific American Airlines crew (Eloise, Francine and Gwen)we’ve landed at Tokyo’s Narita Airport Terminal 2 this Sunday afternoon (yes, we crossed a date-line along the way), ready to speed our way onwards towards Hong Kong and our next travel experience with Japan Airlines. We leapt from our seats and made our way through the very efficient transit security and up to the Japan Airlines Lounge complex.

Japan Airlines operate three lounge types at Narita – a First Class Lounge, a Sakura Business Class Lounge, and a lounge for those customers purely on JAL domestic routes. JAL have lounges both in the main building as well as the satellite building. The lounges are a true haven of tranquillity, and offer an amazing selection of food and drink, newspapers, internet (via free wifi), and even Maison Keyser freshly baked bread. A high-quality sake service is offered, along with an international wine offering selected from JAL’s cellars. All this can be enjoyed whilst relaxing in one of the very comfortable massage chairs located in all lounges. In the main Sakura and First lounges, in the evening, the bar heats up with a mixologist offering the latest cocktails made to order. The floor to ceiling glass looks out at the airport apron, where a vast array of JAL flights are arriving and departing to all corners of the world. It is truly an impressive sight.

We managed to grab a quick shower (so welcoming after a long journey) and revive with some delicious nibbles, and we’re just about to head for our evening flight from Narita on one of JAL’s Boeing 767 aircraft heading to Hong Kong. Iroiro arigatou gozaimashita, Japan Airlines – what a great experience!

JAL currently have 119 aircraft in their fleet, with a further 28 on order. They have recently had quite a fleet change, having retired their impressive 747 fleet in favour of newer, more efficient 777s and 787s. They are the only Asian carrier to operate non-stop services from Asia to Boston, which they are doing with the increasingly popular 787. Today, we are travelling on one of their 49 Boeing 767-300 aircraft, which are extensively used in the region and are configured with 30 Executive Class seats, and 197 economy class seats. JAL have already received four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and have a further 28 on order. They will be used to start service to new destinations including San Diego, CA.


About rtow2012

Richard and Andrew, aka modern day Phileas Fogg and Passepartout, have accepted a charity challenge to raise at least £20,000 GBP for the Flying Start charity, a part of Comic Relief. Together, we will fly just over 30,000 miles on all of the oneworld airlines, circumnavigating the globe.

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