Besides an extensive flight network to major cities in the world, Japan Airlines (JAL) also ranks high when it comes to travelling in style and comfort. After all, it has been awarded the prestigious 5-Star rating under the World Airline Star Rating by the UK-based international air transport rating organization SKYTRAX, and was one of the world’s top airlines in 2018, just to name a few.
If you’re still not convinced why JAL should be on your preferred list of airlines, here are 5 reasons that could change your mind.
Japan Airlines (JAL) takes its Japanese hospitality (or omotenashi) very seriously. The unparalleled level of service and attention to detail is evident the moment you step foot into the aircraft. With its highly trained staff as well as superior standard of service, passengers are assured of a stress-free and comfortable flight every time.
Enjoy meals prepared by world-renowned chefs in Japan
From 1 March this year, passengers get to savour grand meals prepared by award-winning chefs onboard all its Business Class flights. If you’re leaving from Tokyo, Chef Shinobu Namae, owner of Michelin-starred L’Effervescence, has specially created a menu that’s European-inspired, featuring sirloin steak with port wine sauce/peppered butter or seafood with anchoïade sauce, as well as a side of horse mackerel escabeche, asparagus with mustard, ratatouille with conger, and burdock salad.
For passengers leaving Paris for Tokyo, Chef Sota Atsumi, owner of Maison (he was awarded the Best Bistro in France by Le Foding, the most popular restaurant guide in France), will blow your mind with his beef cheek with simmered chile-anchovy sauce, celeriac puree or scallops and squid ink risotto.
That’s not all. You also get to have a taste of Japan through its various other Japanese offerings from chefs such as Jun Kurogi, owner and chef of Kurogi, Daisuke Hayashi Deputy Chairman of Japanese Cuisine Academy UK.
World-class selection of wine
Just like its exquisite food menu, every bottle of wine and champagne onboard JAL is specially hand-picked by JAL Wine Advisor Kenichi Ohashi, Master of Wine and Motohiro Okoshi, who is a renowned wine taster and director. One example of the fine selection include Delamotte Blanc de Blancs N.V. The Delamotte brand was established in 1760, and is part of the Salon maison, the most sought-after champagne in the world. In the years when a Salon vintage — made from 100 per cent Grand CruChardonnay grapes that constitute a mere five percent of the entire production — is not produced, the grapes are then used for this Blanc de Blancs. Another great wine on the list is the Coco Farm & Winery Coco Rose 2015. Already a familiar name among Japanese wine producers, Coco Farm & Winery from Ashikaga, Tochgi, is best known for its dedication to natural wine making. This rosé is made from Muscat Bailey A Grapes, that has a delightful umami and sweetness that will awake your palate.
Sake in the sky
Besides a fine selection of wine, JAL’s fine sake selection is why we would fly with the carrier any time. The menu includes famous seasonal varieties such as Zaku and Touyoubizin, as well as popular sweet potato shochu (distilled liquor) choices such as Tomino Hozan and Naka Naka.
Luxurious amenity pack
In collaboration with Italian fashion house Etro, the amenity pack onboard JAL’s Business Class is just another reason why you’ll love flying with the Japanese carrier. Consisting of a toothbrush set, mouth wash, earplugs, eye mask, steam eye mask (on flights to Japan), hand and body cream, perfume, lip balm, brush, moisture back and pocket tissue. That’s not all. Passengers also get a special outfit to change into while on flight. Made from 100 per cent organic cotton, the garment will make your flight that much more comfortable and pleasant.