Review: Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt

Introduction
OneWorld First Class Lounge Los Angeles
OneWorld Business Class Lounge Los Angeles
New Tom Bradley International Terminal Los Angeles Airport
Air France A380 First Class Los Angeles to Paris
Air France First Class Lounge Paris
Air France Business Class Paris to Frankfurt
Hilton Frankfurt
Frankfurt Christmas Markets
Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge Frankfurt
British Airways Club Europe Frankfurt to London Heathrow
British Airways Concorde Room London Heathrow
British Airways A380 First Class London Heathrow to Los Angeles
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills
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My flight from Frankfurt to London was departing at 10:55AM, so I made it to Frankfurt Airport at around 9AM.

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Frankfurt Airport exterior

British Airways departs from terminal two, and I quickly found their check-in desks, where the queue was fairly short.

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Frankfurt Airport departures hall

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Frankfurt Airport departures hall

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Frankfurt Airport British Airways check-in

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Frankfurt Airport British Airways check-in

I was quickly issued my boarding passes all the way to Los Angeles, and proceeded through immigration.

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Frankfurt Airport departures hall

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Frankfurt Airport departures hall

I headed for the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge, which is the lounge that most OneWorld airlines use in Frankfurt (always seemed a bit odd to me, but…). While the lounge is located after immigration it’s actually also before security, so you always have to leave a bit of extra time on departure. Right near the Japan Airlines lounge is the American Airlines transfer desk, and as I walked by I spotted the American station manager that I had met in Helsinki earlier in the year, so we chatted for a bit — small world!

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge entrance

I had used the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge back in 2010 when flying Delta BusinessElite out of Frankfurt, and not a whole lot has changed since then. The lounge is okay, with a good amount of seating, even during the morning “rush” before American’s flight to Dallas. There’s one large room with plenty of seating, and then a couple of smaller rooms with more seating.

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge seating

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge seating

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge seating

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge seating

There’s also a small business center, where I decided to sit during my hour in the lounge. On the plus side the wifi in the lounge was fast, so I had no trouble passing time.

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge business center

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge seating

The food spread was what you’d expect for a lounge in Europe. I get most excited about the noodles and curry offered by Japanese airlines in their lounges in Japan, though unfortunately the offerings aren’t as good abroad. For that matter I don’t think they had a single Japanese item on the menu.

The food spread consisted of cereal, croissants, pastries, yogurt, and some meat/cheese. Nothing overly impressive.

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge food spread

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge food spread

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge food spread

Then there was an open bar with booze and bottled beer.

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge food spread

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge open bar

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge open bar

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge drinks

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Frankfurt Airport Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge drinks

At around 10AM I left the lounge for the gate. While there was a priority security lane there wasn’t actually anyone enforcing who used the lane, so it was just as long as the general one, since people would simply use whichever lane was shortest.

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Frankfurt Airport priority security lane

The Japan Airlines lounge in Frankfurt is a fine partner lounge, though certainly not as exciting as my preferred Frankfurt “lounge,” the Lufthansa First Class Terminal. ;)

Comments

  1. Jackson says

    There is also the Cathay Business lounge that is available to OneWorld elites, located on the E gate side. I flew Malaysian Airlines out of Frankfurt a few weeks back and this was the lounge I was instructed to use.

  2. Susan says

    The JAL lounge sticks in my mind only because of the restrooms, which are outfitted with Japanese-style toilets. Obviously I am an unsophisticated creature but I still can’t get over a piece of plumbing that requires a full page of instructions (posted in three languages, thank goodness).

  3. says

    We’re going to Europe in June First class via British Airways. We will be going on to CDG that same day. Can we use the first class lounge even though we will be on business to CDG?

  4. says

    @ arnette lindeen — Yep, you can use the Concorde Room if you’re arriving same day in British Airways first class and connecting.

  5. Waribai says

    Hi. Flying JAL F from Frankfurt. Are the Sakura Lounge and First Lounge next to each other? Is there much difference?

  6. lucky says

    @ Waribai — I haven’t been to the first class section so am not sure. I doubt it’s much of a difference, unfortunately.

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