Flight # : JL010
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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.
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.