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JAL Vs ANA: Which One Is Considered More "pre  
User currently offlineSankaps From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 2255 posts, RR: 2
Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 28348 times:

Question for all of you frequent travelers to / in Japan. Between JAL and ANA, which airline do you consider to be more "premium"? Any specific reasons for how you perceive them relative to each other?

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User currently offlineLHR380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 28364 times:

Just from cabin shots of the 2 airlines, I would say JAL would be the more Premium airline of the 2.

User currently offlineGlareskin From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 1308 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 28340 times:

As far as I know ANA is under the Japanese considered to be the more premium of the two.


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User currently offlineMotorHussy From New Zealand, joined Mar 2000, 3332 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 28294 times:

I'd say they're pretty much on a par in almost every way.

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User currently offlineBjornstrom From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 329 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 28213 times:

Haha, what a typical forum thread. One says "A" - another says "B" and a third says "Both"  Smile


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User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3437 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 28090 times:

I have never flown either, but purely based on perception (rightly or wrongly) I'd have answered JAL.

After looking at both their products, they appear to be pretty much on par.

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User currently offlineNaritaflyer From Japan, joined Apr 2006, 549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 27860 times:

It's ANA and the reason is that JAL was always the international airline of Japan. ANA went international in a big way 15 years ago I believe and when they did they had to top JAL's service to make an impression. I always fly ANA. JAL is the number one choice for anyone wanting to work in the airline business in Japan and so its flight attendents are very nice and many speak English. The drawback with ANA is that not all FAs speak English. Cabin comfort, meals, cleanliness, overall service, I think ANA comes out on top.

User currently offlineKtachiya From Japan, joined Sep 2004, 1803 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 27860 times:

Premium is a hard statement. What do you base premium on? When it comes to products, they are on par.

But for a long time in Japan, NH has been perceived as the primary domestic airline, while JL has been pereceived as the int'l carrier serving Japan. Of course that has been changing dramatically over the years, but post 1986, it always used to be that way.

Also, JAL remained a national corporation until 1985 I think.

I always fly JAL for your info so my info could be baised.



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31382 posts, RR: 85
Reply 8, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 27734 times:
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Having flown both up front, I prefer NH, but JL is no slouch.

User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5093 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 27640 times:

I would think that Japan Airlines is more upscale of the 2 Japanese Airlines.


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User currently offlineQantas744ER From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1295 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 27584 times:



Quoting JAL (Reply 9):
I would think that Japan Airlines is more upscale of the 2 Japanese Airlines.

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User currently onlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8275 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 27584 times:

I would say JAL's mileage and member services programs are more premium. ANA has far superior lounges, food, and first/business class amenities. Service delivery is pretty much on par in premium classes at both airlines. ANA has a reputation for being somewhat more expensive in some instances, especially for marquee international service.


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User currently offlineLondonCity From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2008, 1523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 27525 times:

I think the interesting thing is how alike JL and NH are.

For example, if you look at the UK's two biggest carriers BA or VS or big US carriers like AA and UA there are a lot of differences in their products and the way they treat passengers.

For example, BA and VS have different business class seating. BA offers first class but VS does not. It's the same with UA and AA. UA is installing proper flat bed seating in business class whereas AA's angled lie-flat product (which is still being installed) is considered outdated. UA has a quasi "premium economy" product whereas AA has no premium economy.

But if you look at JL and NH they (to the outsider, at least) appear to be the same. The only difference being the livery, crew uniforms and so on.

If you look at the products offered by JL/NH in the air and onh the ground I find that each airline carrier follows the other with something similar.

Compared with the likes of CX and SQ both Japan's leading carriers are somewhat conservative.


User currently onlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8275 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 27505 times:



Quoting LondonCity (Reply 12):
Compared with the likes of CX and SQ both Japan's leading carriers are somewhat conservative.

Japanese service culture in general, with the notable exception of sex-related businesses, is very conservative.



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User currently offlineLDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 27496 times:

I have flown both JAL and ANA and I would consider ANA to offer a slightly better product than JAL. Still, both are pretty good and I would not hesitate to fly either one.

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