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Flight Experience: Japan Airlines First Class Boeing 777-300ER


I flew from Chicago to Tokyo Narita with Japan Airlines in first class on their Boeing 777-300ER. This was my first time flying Japan Airlines, and it left quite an impression.

The whole experience was world class, from start to finish. First-class passengers were greeted with a warm towel and drink of their choice (I picked a refreshing orange juice over champagne). For the rest of the flight, I barely slept because I was either eating endlessly or just watching a movie.

The total flight time took roughly 13 hours. But the whole experience from checking-in to landing felt like the trans-pacific flight took only ten minutes.


Here’s the breakdown:



The whole process from closing the aircraft doors to taxing to the runway was fairly quick. After the first-class passengers were greeted with their drink of choice, it wasn’t long until the flight attendants announced that boarding was complete.


japan airlines pre departure drink

Pre-departure drink


japan airlines safety demonstration video

Japan Airlines safety demonstration video



Even though the “suite” wasn’t fully enclosed, there was still very much a sense of privacy during the flight.

The seat was big and wide and transforms into a bed. I think my favorite part of all this is the full-size memory foam pillow that was placed when I got to my seat. I was sort of wondering how I could possibly fit that in my carry-on bag because I need that in my life.

Just like any other seat, the seat comes with a massage feature and other controls to best adapt the comfort to your liking.


japan airlines first class cabin

Japan Airlines First Class cabin


Japan airlines first class

Japan Airlines


The seat also converts to a fully-lie flat bed. The flight attendants will prepare the bed and ask your preference for a soft or hard mattress.

I chose soft!


japan airlines lie flat beds first class

Time to catch some zzzz’s.


japan airlines lie flat bed first class



The food and beverage service started shortly after take-off, which was perfect timing considering we departed just before lunch time started.

Japan Airlines’ first-class cabin offers world class menu – with a choice of western or traditional Japanese menu. Considering I was flying to Japan on their national airline, it only seemed appropriate that my cuisine of choice throughout the flight was Japanese. Anything else would have been inappropriate!

And then I realized: my favorite cuisine , Japanese food,  was on demand for 13 hours at 35.000 feet. That took a while for it to sink in.



japan airlines first class menu

JAL Menu




japan airlines first class

Time to feast!



Japan Airlines’ first-class cabin features a 23″ LCD screen, with a wide selection of Western and Japanese movies and music.




JAL first-class passengers are treated to a Shiseido Amenity kit for men. I became fan of the moisturizer that was included in this kit, which I still use to this day.


japan airlines first class amenity kit

Amenity kit


Time to get comfy with the pajamas!


japan airlines first class pajamas

JAL pajamas!


And that quirky toilet seat in the lavatory…


japan airlines seat lavatory first class

Toilet seat lavatory