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JAL To Europe - Experiences/aircraft Types

Wed Feb 15, 2006 3:02 pm

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anybody could share with me their experiences flying Japan Airlines to Europe or v.v.
Also, could someone please tell me about the fleet utilisation to Europe for April - like where do they fly there 773ER's to?

Any information would be very appreciated,

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RE: JAL To Europe - Experiences/aircraft Types

Wed Feb 15, 2006 5:50 pm

Dec01/Jan02 we (me, wife, 2 teenagers) flew JAL SYD-KIX-MXP and CDG-NRT-SYD.

25/12/01 B743 - this was great! Up stairs Y class! Much better than downstairs. JL FAs were the greatest. Good lookers, attentative, efficient and very compasinate when youngest teenager was suddenly air sick about 7 hours into the flight, Food was good. IFe was cabin screen only.

KIX Overnight stopover
This was required by timetable and the cost covered in fare. Hotel Nikko (owned by JL) was across the road/railway from terminal. Cross on overhead bridge right into hotel. Hotel very good, but went to sleep. Breakfast included.

26/12/01 B763 Operated by AZ. JAL checkin counter was confuised by our JL flight number, after phone call sent us to AZ counter. Would have been nice if it was mentioned in docunmentation.

Jan02 B744. Lucked out with this one! Ended up in rear downstairs Biz class section. It was sold as Y, so it had Y service, the food was not good, but their cateriers at CDG were on strike and the food was from SNCF!(French Railways). Biz cabin was worn, not the best seats, only about a 70 degree recline, but did have PTVs but not AVOD. FAs excellent again.

NRT transit about 8 hours.
Jan02 B743, seated on main deck. Aircraft was full. Food was good, FA excellent, again. Flight got really hot towards the end. So did SYD-KIX & CDG-NRT but not to this extent.

Both KIX & NRT are very good airport to transit, even without lounge access. The transit hotel inside the customs area at NRT is too small, but we did get a room for my wife for about 6 hours which was satisfactory. The teenagers and I made do with the shower rooms and lounge which were very acceptable.

I would not hesitate to use JL again to Europe, although on our last trip we flew QF (Y)/SK (Biz) via NRT.

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RE: JAL To Europe - Experiences/aircraft Types

Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:25 pm

My flights on JL to LHR have all been excellent. Most memorable ones were Y seats upstairs on a 744 - so much quieter and comfortable - window storage bins are a big bonus! Another great flight was a very oddly configured 744 where all of the downstairs cabin, except the very last section behind the galley/toielts (I can't remember which) had biz class seats. That meant most Y pax flew the 12+ hours from LHR to NRT in Biz seats. Food and service were Y, but still very good. A lot of JL staff don't have wonderful English, but they make up for it with kindness and elegance.
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RE: JAL To Europe - Experiences/aircraft Types

Fri Feb 17, 2006 11:39 pm

Flew several times JL domestic and regional within Asia. In AUG05 I flew NRT-ZRH on a 744. Got a Y Class seat in the upper deck and service is always excellent on Japan Airlines (Domestic, Shorthaul, Longhaul etc.)
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