is considered by JL
as a "leisure" route, as such you won't find the same services you can expect on NRT
, especially on J Class. Still, it is a better product than AC
. In my opinion, it falls between the "very leisure" NRT
services and the "somewhat leisure" NRT
flights. I flew YVR
return on JL
in November 2002, and J Class is the "Seasons" Executive Class that features the Skyluxe seats, which I think is one of the most underrated J Class products flying today. The seat itself is very comfortable, and the curves make it look very pleasing aesthetically. Part of the problem with JL
though is that they tend to vary their services according to the route history, demand and passenger profile so there is no consistency among the different routes from NRT
. Seat pitch is 47 inches; you will only find the 62 inch pitch on the NRT
routes, which are also on the way to being replaced by the Shell Seat.
is one of their last few long-haul destinations with 747 Classics, along with HNL
(not really long haul at 6-7 hours) and BNE
. They have never upgraded this service to a 744 before, and I'm glad they don't plan to anytime soon as I love the 747 Classics. It is the only carrier serving YVR
with this aircraft as LH
has now upgraded to the 744, so I make it a point to fly JL
everytime I go to HKG
. As far as IFE is concerend, the 747 Classics do not feature the latest MAGIC version, but what they have is more than enough for a 9 hour transpacific crossing.
offers the fastest option (as far as flying time is concerned) from SE
Asian airports that do not have nonstop flights to YVR
because of NRT
's location on NE Asia. I've flown NRT
several times before when tailwinds caused the flight to last just a little under 8 hours! Overall, JL
is an excellent airline and you should expect to be pampered with legendary Japanese service and efficiency!