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JAL_F_SUITE: Tokyo - Chicago  
User currently offlineAndrewE From Canada, joined Sep 2011, 28 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 13097 times:

Route: NRT-ORD
Flight # : JL010
Depart: 11:00
Arrive: 08:40
Equipment: B773
Seat: 1K

Welcome to another trip report,

Here are a few teaser pics; but please see the video (no ads)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-kmlhemrew


I arrived around 08:30 for my 11:00 flight. Check in went smoothly with no one in line in front of me. I was directed to the priority screening area which also went quickly. With all the extra time I decided to split it between JAL’s two F class lounges (one in the main building and the other in the satellite terminal where my gate was located). The main one was pretty empty when I arrived but started to noticeably fill up later when I left around 10:00 for the satellite terminal. I had some runny eggs which were o.k. (as was the rest of the food - but nothing really special), maybe the offerings are a little better in the afternoon or evening. The satellite terminal F lounge is smaller and seemed to have identical food offerings.

At the appointed time I headed to the gate area. Boarding was done with priority with a full 8/8 load in F. As per regulations, no champagne before take off so you basically just sit there, so there is no advantage to early boarding (you might as well stay in the lounge). Once cruising altitude was reached, the meal service began. My selections were from the western menu. The pear dressing for the salad had a nice taste to it but the beef entrée could have used a bit more flavour. However, the champagne and red wine made up for it. The cabin lights were dimmed after the meal service but not completely turned off. One of the friendly FA’s prepared my seat for sleeping (which was very comfortable). The second meal service started about 90 minutes out of ORD. I decided to go with the curry dish but I didn’t think it was anything special - I just wasn’t wowed by the food.

Summary
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The meals were good but nothing extraordinary (especially the curry). However the service and hard product made up for that. Overall, a very enjoyable experience.


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User currently offlinestipica From Croatia, joined Feb 2011, 426 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 12317 times:

Hi AndrewE !
nice video selection you have ... I just watched all hehehe ...thanks stipica  



Open your eyes and think
User currently offlinetrent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 567 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 8355 times:

Thanks for the great video accompanying your report. It looks like you had thickly cut bacon in the JAL lounge. How was it? I alsways amazes me how airlines claim that lounges offer an oasis of comfort to unwind away from the crowds in a nice atmosphere, when the reality is hard surfaces that echo the clinking of cutlery and crockery, glasses and cups. Some lounges have the ambience of a family restaurant salad bar - if they offer food.
Did the F lounge also have large, soft chairs and quiet spaces?

The menu was odd to read, with a strange mix of Japanese, English and French. I've never really considered a "Marriage of shrimp & mayonnaise"... which one wore the dress(ing)?
I cannot imagine what a "cascade of potage" looks like either. A soupy waterfall perhaps?
I expect a lot of people would not know that pacific saury is a type of fish.
For me at least, an "artisanal" bread does not help to 'paint the picture' of the product. What ever happened to good old overused-in-Japan "gourmet"?
I suspect that 'rice powder' bread actually refers to rice flour, so perhaps something lost in translation there.
And only one dessert choice in F?? While I'm at it, could you order more than one Hors d'Oeuvre? Were you satisfied with the serving size?
As for the second serving, that Japanese curry looks like something you can buy very cheaply. I do not consider that to be an F quality meal. It is certainly not a breakfast type meal and you were served prior to early morning arrival. I would have expected something better from JL F catering.

Interesting you say that 'company policy' means no champagne before take off. I've had two glasses of Dom before take of on TG in F a number of times.
How was the "Salon" champagne? For me, it couldn't compare to Dom Perignon, which I personally think is the best.
Was the seat comfortable for sleeping?
Did you use the IFE system?
Did they give you pyjamas?
How spacious did the F cabin feel for you?

Thanks again for sharing your F experience!

Trent1000


User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 956 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6344 times:

Nice video. Did you drink all that wine? The FA's must have thought you were some wine critic filming the bottles.

User currently offlineAndrewE From Canada, joined Sep 2011, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4688 times:

It looks like you had thickly cut bacon in the JAL lounge. How was it?

I thought it was bland – overall the food was nothing special. Regarding F class lounge food, the best I’ve had was @ the LH FCT in FRA.

Did the F lounge also have large, soft chairs and quiet spaces?

Yes it did (at the other end of the lounge) and it was initially quiet, but later the place filled up and was noisier. I wonder if all the JL flights that have F class leave around the same time? I remember having the entire UA F lounge @ NRT to myself and one other person.

And only one dessert choice in F?? While I'm at it, could you order more than one Hors d'Oeuvre? Were you satisfied with the serving size?

Yes you could order another but I was saving my appetite for the entrée. The serving size was adequate.

As for the second serving, that Japanese curry looks like something you can buy very cheaply. I do not consider that to be an F quality meal. It is certainly not a breakfast type meal and you were served prior to early morning arrival. I would have expected something better from JL F catering.

Yes, it was on par with something you could get at a food court, such as

http://www.princehotels.com/en/shinagawa/food-court-shinagawa-kitchen

Interesting you say that 'company policy' means no champagne before take off. I've had two glasses of Dom before take of on TG in F a number of times.

I believe this a regulation that is specific to Japanese carriers only?

How was the "Salon" champagne? For me, it couldn't compare to Dom Perignon, which I personally think is the best.

Both were excellent.

Was the seat comfortable for sleeping?

Extremely comfortable for sleeping - In fact I would rate the hard product higher than LX, LH, or NH (my only other F experiences).

Did you use the IFE system?

Yes, I watched Prometheus (silly story - another disappointing Ridley Scott offering). But I didn’t really explore all of the IFE’s features (I like to leave it on the airshow most of the time)

Did they give you pyjamas?

Yes

How spacious did the F cabin feel for you?

It didn’t feel particularly spacious, it seemed a bit cramped. You would have to go with 3-across seating to get more space. The old LX F is more spacious, imo.


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