Onboard Japan Airways’ thrilling A350-1000 inaugural from New York to Tokyo

Editor’s word: Japan Airways offered TPG with a complimentary round-trip ticket between New York and Tokyo so we may very well be aboard the airline’s inaugural A350-1000 flight, however all opinions expressed are completely these of the writer and weren’t topic to assessment by the airline or every other exterior entity.

It is not day by day that an airline welcomes a brand new plane to its fleet, not to mention one sporting all-new seats and cabins. However that is what makes the debut of Japan Airways’ Airbus A350-1000 maiden route between Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) and New York John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport (JFK) so thrilling.

The primary JAL A350-1000 flights between these two airports took Wednesday (Jan. 24, 2024). Though this A350 variant has been flying for a number of years now and is a fleet mainstay for different airways together with British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic, Japan Airways solely took supply of its first A350-1000 in December. It now has a pair of the jets and can put them into every day use on the route between Tokyo Haneda and JFK beginning Feb. 1, 2024.


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It is a new plane variant for JAL, though the airline has a rising fleet of A350-900s, which it deploys domestically. A type of A350-900s was concerned in a crash earlier this month at Haneda, although all passengers and crew aboard the JAL plane escaped.

For its half, the A350-1000 can also be the launch plane for the airline’s latest long-haul first, enterprise and premium financial system lessons, every of which holds some intriguing surprises and options for passengers.

We had been on board to expertise all of the fanfare with the inaugural leg from New York to Tokyo in enterprise class. This is a rundown of all the pieces that occurred and simply how the brand new business-class suites measure up.

The place does Japan Airways’ A350-1000 fly?

To date, Japan Airways has simply two Airbus A350-1000s, so the plane is simply deployed on the route between Tokyo Haneda and New York JFK. As of Feb. 1, 2024, these jets will function certainly one of two every day providers Japan Airways flies in both course on this route.

If you wish to expertise JAL’s A350-1000 for your self, guide the next flights in the meanwhile.

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  • JL 5 departs New York JFK at 12:40 p.m. and arrives at Tokyo Haneda the next day at 5:15 p.m.
  • JL 6 departs Tokyo Haneda at 11:05 a.m. and arrives at New York JFK the identical day at 10:00 a.m.

Because of the Worldwide Date Line, it is like time journey!

The airline’s different two every day flights on this route are JL 3 and JL 4, however they’re operated with a Boeing 777-300ER. So make sure to take note of the flight numbers earlier than reserving tickets.

As soon as the airline takes supply of extra A350-1000s, it should deploy them between Tokyo Haneda and Dallas-Fort Value Worldwide Airport (DFW).

Japan Airways’ A350-1000: New airplane, new lessons of service

Japan Airways has 13 A350-1000s on order and acquired the primary two of those plane from Airbus in mid-December. Since then, the airline has been placing the ending touches on the jet and coaching crew members, which is essential as a result of the plane additionally comprises JAL’s latest worldwide long-haul seats.

This is what passengers will discover on board these jets.


Japan Airways A350-1000 firstclass

Maybe most fun of all, Japan Airways partnered with seat producer Safran to plot modern self-contained suites with privateness doorways for its new firstclass. These are a far cry from the chocolate-hued leather-based recliner-style seats aboard the airline’s 777-300ERs. Whereas the latter are nonetheless spacious and comfy, reclining to lie-flat beds, they’ve began to indicate their age and are in want of an replace.

Japan Airways’ new first-class cabins include simply six suites in two rows of three, every specified by a 1-1-1 sample.


As you’ll be able to inform from that configuration, every of those suites appears like an extra-wide fixture and is as much as 48 inches throughout with a whopping 83 inches of pitch. They recline to lie-flat beds which are as much as 80 inches lengthy.

The shells surrounding the seat in addition to their closing doorways are 62 inches tall, so whereas not absolutely enclosed, they’re nonetheless ultra-private. The doorways themselves are manufactured from a frosted glass-like materials impressed by conventional Japanese shoji display screen doorways with bamboo-like patterns on them.

Paying homage to a luxurious prepare compartment, the first-class suites comprise an extended, banquette-like seat on one aspect that may be transformed into three distinct seating configurations: a settee, an upright seat and single mattress, or a double mattress, although this final is extra like a double mattress on the shoulders, whereas passengers will nonetheless need to lie considerably diagonally to wedge their toes onto the ottoman.

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Throughout from the seating space are a faux-marble countertop and huge ottoman in addition to a jaw-droppingly massive 43-inch 4K leisure display screen. Talking of leisure, the seat’s headrest has built-in audio system for headphone-free stereo sound. That approach, passengers do not want headphones to take heed to the leisure system, although Bang & Olufsen ones will nonetheless be available.


In an effort to retain an ethereal really feel, JAL didn’t set up overhead bins within the cabin. Somewhat, passengers can retailer their belongings in wardrobe-like areas embedded into the seat shells and small carry-on luggage can match beneath the ottomans.

Talking of the ottoman, it doubles as a leap seat full with a seatbelt so you’ll be able to invite a fellow passenger in firstclass to dine with you, or simply to pop by for a drink and a few dialog to move the time.

The seats even have small compartments that double as so-called minibars for bottles of water and different little objects.

Further high-design touches embrace gold chrome sconce lighting, wi-fi charging surfaces and digital tablets passengers can use to speak with the flight attendants.

Tickets in JAL’s new first-class suites begin round $14,000-$15,400 one-way or $20,200-$25,500 round-trip, relying on the course from Tokyo to New York, or vice versa. However you would possibly have the ability to rating one-way tickets in them utilizing simply 70,000-100,000 JAL Mileage Financial institution miles (plus round $735 in taxes and costs), 80,000 American AAdvantage miles plus round $19-$57 in taxes and costs, or 110,000 Alaska Airways Mileage Plan miles (as soon as Alaska’s new award charts go into impact) plus $19-$57 in taxes and costs.

Japan Airways A350-1000 enterprise class

Though Japan Airways’ enterprise class has lengthy been a frequent-flyer favourite due to the semi-private Apex Suites aboard its Boeing 777-300ERs and on a few of its 787-8s and 787-9s, the seats flyers will discover on its A350-1000s really feel like a complete new class of service.


Every JAL A350-1000 has 54 business-class suites in a 1-2-1 sample cut up up into two sections. The primary, immediately behind firstclass, has 5 rows of 4 seats every. The aft part homes the remaining 36 seats in a considerably staggered configuration with eight rows of single seats working alongside the perimeters of the cabin and 9 rows of two seats working by means of the middle with massive adjustable privateness dividers between them.


Identical to the first-class seats, these new business-class ones are manufactured by Safran and upholstered in a wine-like burgundy. Every is 22 inches huge with 51 inches of pitch, although they convert into 78-inch lie-flat beds. Their high-end finishes embrace brushed-metal and faux-stone and woodgrain surfaces in addition to discreet sconce lighting fixtures.


Like firstclass, these seats even have doorways that shut, although they’re solely 52 inches tall. So whereas not absolutely enclosed, they do provide a good diploma of privateness from the noise and exercise on the aisle. Electronically operated partitions between the middle seats lend them an air of seclusion for people touring alone. Passengers can retailer small objects and coats in compartments constructed into the doorways and stow carry-on luggage beneath the ottoman.


The leisure programs are 24 inches throughout diagonally and passengers will discover different technological novelties like the identical headphone-less speaker know-how within the seats’ headrests and wi-fi charging pads on the dual-level aspect consoles, the place you will additionally discover a uinversal energy plug and USB-A and USB-C ports together with the touch-screen distant for the leisure system.


Tickets in JAL’s new business-class suites begin round $5,000 to $5,200 one-way or $5,100 to $7,900 round-trip. However you may also redeem 50,000 JAL Mileage Financial institution miles (plus round $735 in taxes and costs), 60,000 American AAdvantage miles, or 75,000 Alaska Airways Mileage Plan miles (as soon as the airline’s new award charts go into impact) every approach.

Japan Airways A350-1000 premium financial system

Though most folk may be taken with JAL’s new first- or business-class expertise, premium financial system is effectively value a glance, too, due to some industry-leading options.


Aboard the A350-1000, JAL’s 24 premium financial system seats are positioned in a small part simply behind enterprise class comprised of three rows of eight seats every in a 2-4-2 configuration. The black and burgundy patterning of their upholstery is impressed by conventional kimono designs.


Every premium-economy seat is about 19 inches huge with roughly 42 inches of pitch, which is among the many most beneficiant of any airline. The aisle seats have small privateness wings close to the headrest, and all seats have adjustable semi-transparent partitions between them for extra privateness.


They’ve mounted backs, which means they don’t recline (so no smashing your rear neighbor’s laptop computer). As a substitute, the cushions slide ahead. Moreover, these seats have motorized transferring components together with leg rests that rise to a 90-degree angle. Additionally they have footrests that deploy from the previous seatback for extra ergonomic consolation.


Their 4K leisure screens signify an enormous enchancment, too, clocking in at 16 inches throughout and that includes Bluetooth functionality so passengers can pair their very own headphones with the system.


The seats even have little pop-out trays for drinks, small cabinets that may maintain tablets, and each USB-A and USB-C charging ports together with common energy ports positioned in small aspect cubbies by the armrests.


Tickets in JAL’s new premium financial system begin round $1,500 to $3,750 one-way or $2,640 to $2,950 round-trip. One-way, you’ll be able to redeem 32,500 JAL Mileage Financial institution miles, 50,000 American AAdvantage miles, or 50,000 Alaska Airways Mileage Plan miles (as soon as the brand new airline’s award charts go into impact).

Japan Airways A350-1000 financial system

Lastly, Japan Airways’ A350-1000 has 155 financial system seats in a single massive cabin behind the airplane with 17 rows of 9 seats every in a 3-3-3 sample plus a lonely pair of seats within the final row on the left aspect close to a galley and the toilets (i.e. keep away from these seats if potential).


Though compact, these seats are 18 inches huge and have 33-34 inches of pitch, which is fairly comfy for long-haul flights in comparison with most financial system merchandise. They’ve headrests that modify up and down and space-saving options like flip-down cupholders so you do not have to make use of the entire tray desk to carry a beverage.

Every has a 13-inch 4K leisure monitor you could pair your private headphones to through Bluetooth, a common energy plug and each USB-A and USB-C ports embedded beneath the leisure monitor.


Tickets in JAL financial system begin round $740 one-way or $1,407 to $1,949 round-trip. One-way, you may also redeem 25,000 JAL Mileage Financial institution miles, 35,000 American AAdvantage miles, or 37,500 Alaska Airways Mileage Plan miles every approach (as soon as the airline’s new award charts go into impact).

Japan Airways A350-1000 pricing

This is a have a look at what round-trip airfares and mileage costs between New York and Tokyo begin at over the following 12 months.

Class Financial system Premium financial system Enterprise class First-class
Airfare $1,407-$1,949 $2,640-$2,950 $5,100-$7,900 $20,200-$25,500
JAL Mileage Financial institution 50,000 + $735 taxes/charges 65,000 + $735 taxes/charges 100,000 + $735 taxes/charges 140,000-200,000 + $735 taxes/charges
American Airways AAdvantage miles 70,000 + $76 taxes/charges 100,000 + $76 taxes/charges 120,000 + $76 taxes/charges 160,000 + $76 taxes/charges
Alaska Airways Mileage Plan miles 75,000 + $76 taxes/charges 100,000 + $76 taxes/charges 150,000 + $76 taxes/charges 220,000 + $76 taxes/charges

As you’ll be able to see, your finest bets shall be to redeem both American AAdvantage or Alaska Mileage Plan miles given the excessive taxes and costs on JAL Mileage Financial institution redemptions.

What’s included in Japan Airways A350-1000 tickets

Relying on which class of ticket you reserve, you’ll be able to anticipate the next providers included in your airfare, versus these you may need to buy.

Class Seat choice (value) Cabin baggage allowance/value Checked baggage allowance/value
Financial system Varies 1 carry-on, 1 private merchandise, as much as 22 kilos whole 2 luggage of as much as 50 kilos every totally free
Premium financial system Free 1 carry-on, 1 private merchandise, as much as 22 kilos whole 2 luggage of as much as 50 kilos every totally free
Enterprise class Free 1 carry-on, 1 private merchandise, as much as 22 kilos whole 2 luggage of as much as 70 kilos every totally free
First-class Free 1 carry-on, 1 private merchandise, as much as 22 kilos whole 2 luggage of as much as 70 kilos every totally free

Checking into and boarding Japan Airways A350-1000 enterprise class

Japan Airways business-class passengers can benefit from the next precedence providers on the airport.

Precedence check-in Sure
Lounge entry Sure, Japan Airways and Oneworld associate lounges
Does the airline take part in TSA PreCheck? Sure
Precedence boarding Sure, after preboarding and firstclass

Japan Airways departs from Terminal 8 at New York JFK, together with its Oneworld companions, American Airways and British Airways.

My business-class ticket enabled me to make use of the airline’s precedence check-in counters, the place there was no line, and I had my bag checked and my boarding move in hand inside two minutes of coming into the terminal.

Lots of the different worldwide long-haul flights depart later within the afternoon or early night, so due to TSA PreCheck, I used to be by means of safety inside 5 minutes.


My business-class boarding move additionally gave me entry to the American Airways and British Airways joint Greenwich Lounge, which is the previous American Airways Flagship Lounge close to Gate 12.


Little or no has modified concerning the lounge since its rebranding – you will nonetheless discover loads of seating areas, a self-serve buffet and bar, bathe suites and a few quiet areas. These within the know will stake out a desk within the former Flagship First Eating space, now known as the Tasting Room, for prime tarmac views.

As a substitute of lingering, although, I headed right down to the gate for the inaugural festivities.

How comfy was Japan Airways A350-1000 enterprise class?

There was a small step-and-repeat arrange on the gate, the place executives from Japan Airways and American Airways made some transient statements about their three way partnership, JAL’s new plane, and the way excited New York JFK was to be the inaugural vacation spot for the jet.

Then there was a ceremonial ribbon reducing and boarding commenced shortly after, at 12:30 p.m. That put us not on time by about 20 minutes, however people had been fast to board and got commemorative luggage with objects like stickers, tote luggage and keychains.

Passengers entered the jet between the 2 business-class cabins, so I instantly turned left to attempt to get some movies and pictures of firstclass and a part of enterprise earlier than the remainder of the passengers boarded. Then I hopped again to premium financial system for some pictures of these seats, which look fairly smooth with their fixed-shell design.

This is a fast snapshot of the scale and format of the Japan Airways A350-1000 business-class cabin.

Variety of seats 54
Cabin format 1-2-1
Seat recline 78 inches, absolutely flat
Seat width 22 inches
Display screen dimension 24 inches

I settled into my very own window seat, 13A, towards the again of the aft business-class cabin.

Japan Airways’ new business-class suites look very sharp, with considerate area allocation and design thrives. Like many comparable merchandise, the seats alongside the perimeters are both nearer to or farther from the aisle relying on which aspect their bigger armrests are and people within the center may be nearer or farther from the aisle relying on the row.

There’s additionally a 3-inch-wide pop-down armrest from the opposite aspect of every seat in case you need to lean in that course.


The seat itself was upholstered in reddish burgundy cloth with a leather-based headrest that you could possibly modify up and down in addition to cradling your head with the wings.

I used to be instantly struck by how huge and open the seat felt. The closest comparability is to Delta One suites, which have the identical kind of format in addition to closing doorways. However due to bigger footwells, a good quantity of pitch and better doorways, these seats handle to really feel each enclosed however spacious. Like Qatar’s Qsuites, these additionally taper barely from the ground to their tops, however in a a lot smaller diploma that does not really feel constrictive.


I measured the seatback to the display screen to be 40 inches, with round 25 inches between armrests, so there was loads of area to maneuver round. Additionally lending an expansive really feel, the footwell was 18 inches huge, 27.5 inches deep and 11 inches tall at its narrowest, however bigger towards the opening. Whereas some big-footed folks may need a tough time maneuvering, it felt a lot massive to me.

Beneath that, there was a baggage stowage space measuring 18 inches huge and 10 inches tall – massive sufficient to accommodate little carry-on luggage and backpacks, however not any oversize carry-ons. For that, there are overhead bins working alongside the perimeters of the cabin, and loads of room given the ratio of passengers to overhead area.


Subsequent to the leisure monitor, there was a small hanging closet space that was 17 inches huge and some inches deep so you could possibly stow your winter coat or different clothes articles in there, which was helpful.


Beneath that was a small cubby for sneakers, which was handy in case you needed to make use of the offered slippers.

The big aspect console (which measured 13 inches by 13 inches) held all of the controls for the seat in addition to the tray desk and a small, shallow cubby for storing small objects like glasses or a telephone.

Alongside the again of the suite was an influence panel with a common energy plug, the USB-A and USB-C ports and a jack for the offered headphones. Above these was a small cubby with a pop-out door and a classy sconce fixture for ambient lighting in addition to a little bit pinpoint studying mild.

Under, in the meantime, was a wi-fi charging pad. Whereas my iPhone 15 Professional had hassle charging with a mag-safe case on, as quickly as I eliminated that, it started charging at a fee of about 1% each three minutes. It may need been one other considerate contact to place a hook for the offered headphones someplace round right here, maybe within the cubby, simply to maintain them out of the way in which whenever you weren’t utilizing them.

That was the extent of the stowage capability for the seat, so if you wish to maintain different luggage with you or have your laptop computer available, it’s going to need to go in a bin. Nevertheless it did not really feel limiting to me since I may maintain my backpack in my seat space with out impinging upon my legroom and easily seize something I wanted from my bag at my comfort.


The tray desk pulled out towards the entrance of the seat after which you could possibly swivel it over to the chair. It was additionally adjustable ahead and again, which was helpful for getting out and in of the seat, although the actions weren’t completely clean. It measured 21 inches huge by 12 deep, so it was massive sufficient to accommodate most laptops with out taking over an extreme quantity of area.


On the upper portion of the console, there was a touchscreen distant management that you could possibly use to regulate not simply the leisure, but additionally the lighting and positioning of the seat.

Lastly, towards the underside of the console, embedded within the quasi-armrest was a set of controls for the suite’s lighting and seat positioning. The rounded form of that armrest and the truth that the flip-up one was flush in opposition to the wall made the seat really feel even roomier in lie-flat mode and meant that I did not rack my elbow or shoulder on any protruding components when turning from one aspect to a different. It is an excellent, ergonomic design that I want extra airways would undertake with their business-class seats.


You can maneuver the seat into preset positions for takeoff and touchdown, lounging and lie-flat, in addition to adjusting the seatback and headrest for ergonomic assist, however the one factor lacking was the flexibility to boost or decrease a legrest. As a substitute, you had been left to perch your toes on the ottoman. That is not an enormous problem, however for shorter vacationers, it won’t be as comfy. Gentle-sensitive sleepers may additionally discover the brightness of those buttons a trouble, however there’s all the time the attention masks within the amenity package.


Talking of sunshine, this Airbus A350-1000 had digital window shades, kind of like a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, relatively than the old style ones you manually increase and decrease. Lots of people favor the latter since they block out all mild, however these ones functioned terribly effectively, going from full brightness to whole darkish in about 45 seconds. The picture beneath does not do them justice as a result of my iPhone’s colour correction.

About an hour after the meal service concluded, I made a decision to attempt to get some relaxation. I used the seat controls to recline the chair right into a lie-flat mattress. What’s extra, you simply needed to contact the button for every place as soon as relatively than holding it down for the seat to navigate into its ultimate alignment.


The airline gives busines-class passengers with Airweave mattress toppers, that are thick and comfy however designed to breathe in order that you do not get too sizzling whereas sleeping. I made up the mattress with the pad after which put a light-weight cowl over that earlier than laying the blaket on prime with the pillow as the ultimate contact. General, it was a really comfy airline mattress, and I want extra carriers included not less than seat covers to supply some padding (and separation from probably germy seatbacks).

I closed the door to my suite, which the flight attendants unlocked shortly after takeoff. Because of an unobtrusive steel deal with, it opened and closed very easily, and I want different airways with suite doorways on their seats considered including these. When open, there was just below 19 inches of area to slip by means of to the aisle, making it straightforward to get out and in.


Then I illuminated the don’t disturb indicator utilizing the leisure display screen and drifted off for a stable six hours of snoozing.


Japan Airways’ A350-1000 has three toilets devoted to the business-class cabin, all of that are positioned in the principle galley space between the 2 sections of seats, two on the proper aspect of the plane and one on the left.

These had been stored clear all through the flight with common tidying, and had Toto bathrooms (full with bidet capabilities) and no-touch sinks and flushing. There have been Miller Harris pores and skin tonique and lotion obtainable, too.


Facilities in Japan Airways A350-1000  enterprise class

Along with the bedding offered, I discovered a pair of slippers and a set of Audio Technica noise-canceling headphones ready at my seat, which labored fairly effectively.

The airline can also be utilizing amenity kits with six completely different designs by neurodivergent artists contracted by the Tohoku-based artwork and way of life model, Heralbony. Those on my flight had been designed by Sanae Sasaki and known as “No title,” with whorling patterns primarily based on conventional weaving and paper-cutting crafts.


I assumed the colourful package I acquired was fairly eye-catching and I appreciated the inclusions of ear plugs, an eye fixed masks, tissues, a USB-A charging cable and a smartphone cradle. Every thing was packaged with paper relatively than plastic to scale back the kits’ environmental impression, although that most likely does not make a dent in comparison with the plastic packaging that each one the bedding is available in. It could be good to see JAL add a high-end skincare product or two to their amenity kits, simply to present the package a little bit bit extra of a sublime really feel.

There was a particular version Misoka toothbrush being provided for a restricted time, which is made with out petroleum-derived plastic and which can be utilized with out toothpaste – solely water is required. I used mine later within the flight and whereas my mouth felt clear afterwards. It wasn’t fairly the identical as sudsing up with good old style toothpaste. If you wish to attempt one for your self, they’re going to be obtainable by means of February 2024.


Enterprise-class passengers may also “borrow” new loungewear tops from Uchino’s 100% cotton Ethereal Contact line. These appeared like fleece nightshirts and I discovered mine to be breathable and tender, however I most popular to vary into athletic garments to sleep.

Maybe probably the most thrilling amenity of all, nonetheless, are the brand new leisure programs aboard JAL’s A350-1000. Those in enterprise class are among the many largest within the airline {industry}, at 24 inches throughout with super-crisp 4K decision.

You may management the system both through the principle touchscreen or with a touchscreen distant that is cradled within the seat’s aspect console. Beginning later this 12 months, it is possible for you to to create a personalised content material library along with your favourite motion pictures, music and extra within the airline’s cellular app after which sync it with the system in your flights so you’ll be able to decide up wherever you left off in your viewing or listening.


There weren’t tons of film and TV selections, although there have been some huge new releases like “Barbie” and “The Haunted Mansion” in addition to loads of albums.

The map perform didn’t observe the flight correctly, however was nonetheless enjoyable to observe, and there was alway the tail and floor digicam to have a look at in case you simply needed some surroundings. You can additionally take a look at a few of the meals and beverage choices on the flight, although they didn’t appear very particular. Ultimately, it seems to be such as you would possibly have the ability to order meals through the service on demand.


Though I do not journey with Bluetooth headphones, in case you do, you’ll be able to pair your set to the leisure system for a greater listening expertise. Maybe extra curiously, although, the brand new business-class seats (in addition to the brand new first-class ones) have built-in audio system within the headrests so you’ll be able to take heed to the leisure without having headphones.


The system labored surprisingly effectively, with first rate quantity and sound-focusing, although some dialogue was exhausting to listen to.


Even proper outdoors the suite, the noise from this was negligible, so the sound focusing should be fairly good. That mentioned, given the opposite passenger noise and galley site visitors, you will most likely need noise-cancelling headphones for true quiet throughout your flight.

Japan Airways provides inflight Wi-Fi, however sadly, it did not work on both my Macbook Professional or my iPhone for a lot of the flight. Within the final hour or so, I attempted logging on once more on my iPhone and it labored on there with obtain speeds of about 9 Mbps.


I am undecided if a few of the safety software program on my laptop prevented it from connecting, however I am hoping to resolve it for my return flight.


JAL costs the next for in-flight Wi-Fi:

  • 1 hour: $10.15
  • 3 hours: $14.10
  • Full flight: $18.80

There are slight reductions for JAL Mileage Financial institution members.


Lastly, JAL’s A350-1000 doesn’t have particular person air nozzles, which suggests the cabin temperature won’t fit your preferences. On this flight, although, the crew stored the ambient temperature cool, at across the 68-degree mark, so it remained comfy all through.


How was the meals in Japan Airways A350-1000  enterprise class?

Though not but obtainable on the inaugural A350-1000 flight, Japan Airways plans to introduce dine-on-demand service in first and enterprise class in order that passengers can time their meals to their liking. This new service ought to be obtainable beginning someday within the spring.

New menus, together with four-course vegan and vegetarian choices obtainable when departing both Tokyo Haneda or Tokyo Narita Worldwide Airport (NRT), shall be created by a few of the airline’s associate cooks together with Fumio Yonezawa of the restaurant No Code in Tokyo’s Nishi-Azabu district.


Enterprise and first-class passengers are in a position to pre-select their meals on long-haul worldwide flights. For my specific journey from New York to Tokyo, I used to be given the next choices:

  • Washoko Japanese meal presentation
  • Worldwide Delicacies: Beef
  • Worldwide Delicacies: Non-beef

That wasn’t a lot to go on, however I knew I needed to benefit from the airline’s well-known Japanese meal service, which generally consists of a “gozen” course of many small dishes together with a cup of miso soup, a bigger most important course that is normally a reduce of fish with some pickles, greens and rice, and a collection of desserts.

The meal I acquired didn’t disappoint, although it did take longer than standard – unsurprisingly for an inaugural flight the place the crew remains to be getting used to the plane. General, nonetheless, the service on this flight was glorious and one other reminder of JAL’s excessive requirements. The flight attendants working in enterprise class had been unfailingly cheerful and environment friendly, greeting every passenger by identify, proactively passing by means of the cabin a number of occasions to see if anybody wanted something and making suggestions on the menu objects (on a aspect word, passengers weren’t given particular person menus however had been lent them by flight attendants to make their choices earlier than being eliminated). They had been additionally available inside 30 seconds of anybody hitting a name button with a number of exceptions in the course of the busiest meal service occasions. It was a virtually excellent welcome to Japan earlier than we might even arrived.

Throughout boarding, flight attendants handed by means of the cabin with a predeparture beverage of fresh-pressed lemon, apple, ginger and pineapple juice, which was candy and refreshing.


Meal service began about 45 minutes after takeoff with beverage service and a snack of spiced nuts and olives.


About half-hour later, I used to be served a collection of small bites that included scallop marinated in candy vinegar sauce, deep-fried tofu with crab and Chinese language cabbage and salt-grilled yellowtail with pickeled radish, amongst different choices.

That was adopted one other half-hour later by a most important of braised beef brief ribs with tofu and yuzu-flavored salmon wiht bok choy plus steamed rice and a bowl of miso soup plus a small plate of pickled greens. Lastly, there was a dollop of strawberry panna cotta for dessert plus commemorative cookies with A350-1000 and the New York Metropolis skyline emblazoned on them.

The Western menu on my flight included a roasted hen and prosciutto ham salad, USDA beef tenderloin with Bordelaise sauce and pumpkin conchiglioni or seared Chilean sea bass with black truffle potage and the identical panna cotta for dessert.

Meal service concluded about three hours into the flight, which ought to get shorter as crews get extra apply on the airline.

All through the following few hours of the flight, most passengers rested, although some ordered from the a la carte menu, which included a pork cutlet sandwich, Kyushu-style vegetable ramen, vegetable lasagna and a beef curry dish, which the airline recreated from a recipe by former New York Yankees participant Hideki Matsui’s mom..


About two hours minutes touchdown, the crew brightened the cabin and got here by means of taking orders for the second meal. The Japanese possibility was Japanese grass-fed beef with tamari soy sauce and wasabi, mushrooms and crimson onions accompanied by candy pickled daikon radish, salted kelp and radish with a aspect of steamed rice and miso soup. The worldwide possibility was shrimp with chili sauce and rice adopted by yogurt with strawberry sauce.


I ordered the pork sandwich and ramen, which was a hearty, tasty technique to prepare for arrival in Japan.

The airline’s wines are chosen by sommelier Okoshi Motohiro and at the moment embrace:

  • Champagne Delamotte N.V.
  • Albert Bichot Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvee Origines 2020
  • Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier
  • Stepp Pinot Noir
  • Domaine Virginie Thunevin Bordeaux

And, in fact, a collection of sake and shochu similar to:

  • Mimurosugi Junmai Daiginjo Yamadanishiki
  • Senkin Issei Junmai Daiginjo
  • Imo Shochu “Tsurusora”
  • Mugi Shochu “Nakanaka”

The airline additionally serves quite a lot of tender drinks, juices, espresso, inexperienced, black and natural tea and mineral water.

Last ideas on Japan Airways A350-1000 enterprise class

Japan Airways’ new A350-1000 enterprise class is game-changing for the airline. Do not get me flawed; the older Apex suites you will discover on its different long-haul plane are very comfy and personal, too. However the airline has made an excellent leap ahead putting in these spacious, personal suites aboard its newest jet.

Among the many drawbacks are an absence of in-seat stowage compartments and (hopefully short-term) Wi-Fi points and repair move that may very well be extra environment friendly. That mentioned, the spacious footprints, fashionable design finishes and comfy tender facilities, to not point out the first rate award availability yow will discover utilizing American AAdvantage and Alaska Mileage Plan miles ought to make this a best choice for traversing the Pacific as extra of those planes go into service.


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