Hello from back in the US! Over the past few days I’ve flown China Airlines 777 business class from Los Angeles to Taipei, China Airlines A330 business class from Taipei to Singapore, Japan Airlines 767 business class from Singapore to Tokyo Haneda, and then finally Japan Airlines 777 business class from Tokyo Haneda to San Francisco.
In this post I’ll be sharing my initial thoughts on the last flight, along with 10 pictures. A full trip report will follow.
Japan Airlines’ 777s feature Apex Suites. I love the window seats in this configuration, as they’re ridiculously private, almost as private as industry leading first class suites. I’ll take a window seat in an Apex Suite over a reverse herringbone seat any day, though if I were in a non-window seat I’d choose a reverse herringbone seat instead, as I explained in a previous post about my favorite business class hard products.
The service was Japanese perfection, as I’ve come to expect from JAL. The crew was friendly, professional, attentive, and so precise. Japanese precision just makes me smile every time. For example, boarding was supposed to start at 11:35PM. At 11:34PM the following announcement was made:
“Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize for the inconvenience. Boarding will be delayed due to cabin preparation. The new boarding time is 11:37. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”
The whole 777 was boarded in 15 minutes, and we left five minutes early. Only in Japan!
As far as the food goes, I’d note that before I took this flight many people warned me this is the worst flight on which to try JAL’s longhaul business class product. The flight leaves after midnight, so there’s no full meal after takeoff, but rather just a snack menu, and then breakfast before landing. Even so, I was incredibly pleased by the meal service.
After takeoff I had beef curry and udon noodles, and then I had breakfast before landing (I went with the western option this time, since on the last flight I had the Japanese breakfast). Everything was exceptional.
I give JAL’s longhaul business class two big thumbs up. I really can’t think of a business class product which I like more than a window seat in an Apex configuration with reasonably priced wifi. It’s such a great product.