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Photo TR Japan Airlines F ORD-NRT

Old Sep 17, 11, 4:01 pm
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Photo TR Japan Airlines F ORD-NRT

This is the second part of a three part RTW that I am doing composed of joining several award programs. The first part is here.

I redeemed 62,500 miles through AAdvantge for a one way ATL-ORD-NRT in F on Japan Airlines. It takes a little work, but I had a flexibility so I knew I could wait out the award allotment. It seems on North American routes in the short term, i. e. one month, awards are generally released about 4 weeks out, with some sort of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday availability released. Other days might come up closer in. Chicago had by far the best selection, Los Angeles less and JFK maybe one seat ever. Also, I think I had seen up to 4 F seats on a single flight released.
I used the JAL award engine which shows availability 7 days from the current date. Within 7 days you can use the BA search engine if you play with it a bit.

At ORD, JL is well posted outside and inside.

There was no wait at checkin and you use the F line for security.


As you walk to the gate there are signs pointing you to the J class Lounge at the Admirals Club and the F Class Flagship Lounge which is directly across from the gate.



The lounge is standard with no hot food offerings at that hour (10am) unless you want to make toast.




The JAL staff standing at attention for their passengers.


At the door the FA saw my seat and escorted me to the F cabin. The seat is very comfortable with a" tempur" pillow. For sleeping they add a tempur matress with additional down pillows on request.



There is lots of room with convenient storage compartments, a shallow one for glasses and smartphone, camera and a deep one big enough for a laptop and newspapers. There is a small mirror on the flap over the remote control.

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I was immediately offered lounge wear and reading material which I had some difficulty understanding at first. I got settled in, but was never offered a pre departure drink, which was ok for me. I thought though that procedure now allowed this service for Japanese airlines.
There were 3 FA's in the F Cabin for 3 passengers. One in the galley, one senoir FA and one junior who I think helped out in another cabin when there was less to do.
After take off I was offered champagnes and snacks. Two champagnes were on offer and I tried them both. I preferrred the Salon over Josephine. The other had a more impressive bottle and I was told it was real gold in the decoration.




It was no problem for me to combine the western and japanese offerings.
Caviar:


Lobster claw, Crabmeat and Avocado Gateau , Fois Gras and Fig Terrine


I tried the Japanese White wine which I quite enjoyed.
Chuo Budoshu Cuvee Misawa Koshu Private Reserve 2009


Zatusuki


Simmered Shrimp, Scallop & Mushroom in Soy Sauce


Japanese Appetizer


Mukouzuke, seared Fillet of Salmon and Squid "Sashimi" Style
Tsubo, Braised sweet pepper and Whitebait
Shiizakana, Rolled "Matsutake" Mushroom with Beef/Fluke in Japanese Jelly
Baked Chestnut
Kobachi, Deep-simmered Pumpkin with Minced Meat Sauce,
Vinegared Crabmeat, Braised Eggplant with Sesame Cream Sauce


Dainomono, Grilled Fillet of Orange Roughy, Matsutake Mushroom Rice
Pickles, Clear Soup


Assorted cheese, Chateau Leonville Poyferre 2007, St. Julien


Chocolate Cup, Passion Fruit Cake, Vanilla ice Cream


Japanese Sweet


Remy Martin XO and Royal Blue Tea "Queen of Blue"
I asked about this tea and the FA said that it was a tea from Taiwan bottled especially for the airline. My take: Iced Tea from a wine bottle.

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Old Sep 17, 11, 4:02 pm
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I wasn't offered an amenity kit so I asked for one after lunch.
The FA brought me the large bag and offered additional items which I later saw were already inside.


Nap. I found the in-flight entertainment dire. I only found one movie interesting and there were zero television shows on offer.


Antibacterial Protected Lavatory. How do they do this?


Is it this lighting?




The little changing bench and the foot step so you don't touch the floor. Notice the Marble tile floor.

Galley Buffet: Remy Martin XO and Chocolate. What else would the passengers want?


FA's offered this walking through the cabin: Fruit salad and Perrier


Mid-Flight Snack. Japanese Delicacies
Steamed Angler-fish Liver in Sweet Vinegar Dressing
Salt-Cured Squid
Mixed Jellyfish with Sea Urchin Sauce


Chicken Yakitori


Prepared Fresh Fruits


Arrival Meal. Fresh Salad


Veal Ribeye Steak with Saffron Morel Sauce. Quiche.


Sabayon and Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce and "Iced Tea"


Coffee of the Month: El Salvador Selva Negra Farm
I loved the 3 minute hour glass so I knew when to press my french press!


The food in general was very good. The little dishes were superb, but the mains, Grilled fish and veal steak were disappointing.

I loved this flight. The Flight Attendants knew that I was excited about it and interested in what they had to offer. The service was spectacular with much enthusiasm from both sides. The great Japanese quality of doing everything as well as possible was a joy and a great lesson!

View this morning from my room at the Park Hyatt:

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Old Sep 17, 11, 4:12 pm
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Wow the F product on JL look great maybe I'll have to try them out when going to Asia again but It will be hard as I regularly fly CX

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Old Sep 17, 11, 4:34 pm
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wow! years ago i flew JL, and didn't remember being treated like this. Congrats!
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Old Sep 17, 11, 8:28 pm
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What's the secret of finishing all of those food?
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Old Sep 17, 11, 8:46 pm
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JL F looks great - thanks for sharing!
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Old Sep 17, 11, 10:17 pm
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Does anyone else agree with me that the use if Tempur here makes you hotter? I sweat with it personally
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Old Sep 17, 11, 10:42 pm
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It makes one wonder why anyone on a paid ticket would fly AA F on this route.
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Old Sep 17, 11, 11:18 pm
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Originally Posted by luv_flying View Post
What's the secret of finishing all of those food?
I was waiting for someone the say something!


Choose 1:
1. I am a professional.
2. I was concentrating.
3. I try to eat every 4 hours.
4. I try to eat for 4 hours.
5. I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
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Old Sep 18, 11, 1:22 am
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Nice TR and great photos! For an airline that was not so long ago bankrupt, their F product looks really good! The food also looks delicious (like the Blinis they serve with Caviar) and to be honest with you, a bottle of Remy XO and chocolate truffles are all I need for a long flight!
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Old Sep 18, 11, 1:23 am
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JAL first looks solid. Almost better than All Nippon in my opinion. Thanks for sharing!
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Old Sep 18, 11, 5:56 pm
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I have taken both NH and JL in first class and I much prefer JL.. IMHO.. their first class is truly great.. especially if you like champagne and get the choice of SALON
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Old Sep 18, 11, 9:16 pm
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Originally Posted by elitetraveler View Post
It makes one wonder why anyone on a paid ticket would fly AA F on this route.
ignorance is a bliss?
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Old Sep 18, 11, 10:10 pm
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Thanks for sharing! Would like to know if the main dishes will be better originate from NRT.
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