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JAL Seasons Executive Class: JL735 NRT-HKG B747  
User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 18659 times:

Here’s finally another report from my Oneworld First Class monster… CX had no F availability on their evening flight when I booked, and AA doesn’t let you switch carriers once ticketed even though CX F became available. So, JL735 in business it was for this segment. When I reserved seats, this flight was scheduled with the K51/K61 config, meaning C/Y only. I was lucky enough to reserve 1A, and when they later changed it to K13 (F/C/Y), my seat assignment still held, meaning a First Class seat.

20 March 2009
Tokyo Narita (NRT/RJAA) – Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok (HKG/VHHH)
Japan Airlines JL/JAL 735
Boeing 747-446
JA8078
1825-2230 – On Time
First Class, Seat 1A


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I arrived on JL408 from Frankfurt in F, and had to go through transfer security before heading to the lounge. They wanted me to remove all liquids from the JL F amenity kit – that has never happened to me anywhere before; not even at NRT on my various transits. I then headed to the lounge.

JAL Sakura Lounge in the satellite building
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Pretty nice seating areas
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Good drink selection but appalling food – just some snack mixes
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I’m not sure if they’d have let me into the F lounge given my FRA-NRT F boarding pass, but it was not worth the trek for the rather short layover. This Sakura lounge was very nice overall apart from the awful food selection.

My boarding pass
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Flight 735 departing from gate 91 today
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Note the pic and name – telling you who’s responsible for boarding
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Once again at the pointy end of a Jumbo- the best place to be
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Enormous legroom at row 1
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The flight was showing completely zeroed out in business, but surprisingly there were only about 5 of us in the First Class cabin. I’m glad my seat assignment stayed when the config was changed – I suspect one would need some status otherwise to grab one of the F seats. While on the ground, menus, newspapers and slippers were handed out by the superb crew. If possible, these F/As were even more attentive than the already excellent crew on FRA-NRT. Also no issues with English, we actually had a chat later about my weird routing for the trip.

Safety demo on the ancient projector
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Seconds before takeoff – love the nose cams
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After takeoff – time to check out the IFE. JA8078 has Magic II, it’s AVOD but with a very limited selection and small screens. Adequate for the short hop to HKG.
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I seem to have misplaced the menu for this flight – that’s what happens when you type these reports way after the actual flight… Anyway, service started with drinks and snacks.

A Bombay Tonic and some nice Japanese snacks.
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The western menu looked excellent with steak as the main course, but since I just had steak on FRA-NRT, I decided to give the Japanese option a try.
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Certainly very interesting, and I have no idea what half of the stuff actually was. The crew was extremely attentive- always topping up drinks and asking me how I like the Japanese food. Absolutely top notch.

Dessert was some Haagen Dazs ice cream – pretty much exactly the same I had on NH HKG-NRT. Note the cute cognac glass.
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After the meal, it was time to explore the F cabin. The seats go fully flat and are comfortable, but I found them a bit narrow and many times accidentally hit the seat adjustment buttons. With the small closet and no seats in the middle, it’s certainly very spacious. But I felt more like being on a 747-200 from the 1970s – always found the older JL cabins to be very conservative and old looking.

JAL Skysleeper First Class
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Seat controls
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No idea what’s that – it was INOP
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And the classic JAL signs
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While I took these pictures, it was interesting to see how they had e trolleys out in the old business class cabin – just starting dessert service. It was very much Y class style service from the cart while those of us in the F cabin got the royal treatment despite being officially only in business as well.

Getting closer to Hong Kong
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Nose cam on, final approach for Chek Lap Kok
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We arrived on time, and I headed to the CX transfer desk for my connection to Dubai. Overall a great flight with JL, without a doubt made nicer by the surprise F class seating. The crew was absolutely superb as well.

Next part HKG-DXB in CX First.


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User currently offlineHenkybaby From Netherlands, joined May 2008, 593 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 18244 times:

Didn't you just love those seats? I thought they were one of the most comfortable I ever experienced. I also loved the roomy layout.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
while those of us in the F cabin got the royal treatment despite being officially only in business as well.

:D That happened to me to. I found it to be a great experience with JALways

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
had to go through transfer security before heading to the lounge. They wanted me to remove all liquids from the JL F amenity kit -- that has never happened to me anywhere before; not even at NRT on my various transits.

Glad to hear I am not the only one who found the security at NRT to overzealous. Weird bunch...



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8536 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 18156 times:
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Hi Lari,

Great report & pictures, thanks, really enjoyed the read.

It's amazing how old those seats look, it's a real 80's look - though they say the 80's are comming back!

Glad you enjoyed the flight.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineIDISA From Italy, joined Jun 2004, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 17163 times:



Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
And the classic JAL signs

Wow, very nice touch, sometimes details really matters!! Nice TR, by the way, very comfortable cabin and superb service  thumbsup 


User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15050 times:

Thanks for the replies!

Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 1):
Didn't you just love those seats? I thought they were one of the most comfortable I ever experienced. I also loved the roomy layout.

It certainly was very roomy without the center seats like TG and others have in the last row of olf F config. Good old plush seats for sure, however I found them a bit narrow, kept hitting the control buttons unintentionally.

Quoting Henkybaby (Reply 1):
Glad to hear I am not the only one who found the security at NRT to overzealous.

They're weird... I've passed through with some SQ amenity kits (incl bottle of cologne), NH lounge L'Occitane shower kits etc without problems. But now they wanted to empty my JL amenity kit...

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 2):

It's amazing how old those seats look, it's a real 80's look -

Indeed. I think even the 77W Y class looks dated as far as seat covers go. And the 1986 vintage 747SR looked like something from the early 1970s when I flew on it.

Regards,

Lufthansa747



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User currently offlineN178UA From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1680 posts, RR: 65
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14138 times:
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Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Once again at the pointy end of a Jumbo- the best place to be

:D the place we are love, great quote Lari , my favourite all time Big grin

Your ability to turn 2 class A/C and sit in F class is beyond anyone else! Big grin

Looking forward to read more of usual excellent TR!

Sam


User currently offlineWouwout From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 13586 times:

excellent report too bad I couldn't see any pictures (bandwith exceeded)

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6780 posts, RR: 77
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 13278 times:

Excellent report with many details, Lari. Finally found the time to have a look at your latest reviews.

Quoting Lufthansa747 (Thread starter):
Certainly very interesting, and I have no idea what half of the stuff actually was.

That's what I thought, too. But it looks good.


PH



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User currently offlineLufthansa747 From Philippines, joined May 1999, 3201 posts, RR: 42
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 13201 times:



Quoting N178UA (Reply 5):
:D the place we are love

Indeed... The QF A380 forward J cabin was pretty nice and private as well, haven't flown F yet on any A380.

Quoting Wouwout (Reply 6):
too bad I couldn't see any pictures (bandwith exceeded)

Sorry about that, my subscription expired while I was away for the weekend, should be up and running again by now.

Regards,

Lari



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User currently offlineDirectorguy From Egypt, joined Jul 2008, 1676 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 12977 times:

Great TR and pics, thanks for sharing!

Looking forward to HKG-DXB with relish!


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