Flight Review: Japan Airlines Business Class NRT-ICN

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Flight Review: Japan Airlines Business Class NRT-ICN

After a full day in Tokyo and a nice relaxing stay and dinner in the JAL First Class lounge it was finally time to board our last flight to our final destination of Seoul, South Korea.  This was on a regionally configured JAL 767 and not nearly as over the top as our last flight but it was perfect for the state we were in – tired.  This will be one of my shorter flight reviews as Joe and I passed out before the plane even took off!

Our Trip so far!

Airline: Japan Airlines
Route: JL959 NRT-ICN
Cabin: J
Plane: 767-300ER
Seats: 3A and 3C
Flight time: 2.5 hours

As this was a regional flight with only two cabins, we were two of the first to board through the door near 1C.  We found the cabin to be in a 2-2-2 lay out with 5 rows.  This gives it the potential to have 30 people in business class, however, on this flight there were 6 including the two of us!

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The Business Class Cabin

These large recliner seats included a leg elevator (kind of like a recliner at home) and a foot rest.  It also had some very old seat controls that I had never seen before that consisted of different levers which controlled the seat.  I will say that it was not easy to use and it’s probably a good thing that I don’t know of other planes with these controls.

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One of the 6 business class passengers and lot of leg room!

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Our Seats – Yes, our sweet JAL First Class mugs are in that bag!

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Weird seat controls that didn’t work well

Our seats also had a pillow, blanket, headphones, slippers and a customs’ card waiting for us when we took our seats as well as a menu which listed the beverages we could have during our flight (had we stayed awake).

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Blanket, pillow, headphones, slippers and customs card

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Menu…love that brand of beer, so simple

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Menu

The cabin contained overhead screens and there were also fold out screens and controls in the seat.  However, I am not sure the screens in the seat are actually functional as the only ones that ever seemed to turn on were the overhead screens.

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Overhead Screens

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Fold out in-seat screen

Although the controls were difficult, the seats were very comfortable.  There was a very large amount of leg room and really it must have been pretty darn comfy if Joe and I fell asleep before take off and only awoke upon landing.

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Tons of leg room

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Seat-back pocket

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Controls on center armrests

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767-300

This was a really comfortable 2.5 hour flight although we can’t speak about the service as we were asleep the whole time.  Would I pay significantly more to fly in this seat for 2.5 hours over economy? No.  However, for a small price difference it is worth it. And, if the rest of your award trip is in Business or First class anyway, you can add it for no extra cost. That’s a no-brainer.  We also had a debate whether it would be worth it to pay 20K miles compared to 10K for this flight alone.  We both felt that 10K more miles was not worth a 2.5 hour flight in these seats, but someone who has a ton of miles, a longer flight, or just needs to be comfortable, may disagree.

Next up Park Hyatt Seoul, our Seoul Trip Report and more!  Stay Tuned!

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