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On a recent work trip in June, I took Japan Airlines Business Class from Hong Kong to Narita International Airport at Tokyo. The short 4 hour 30 minute flight took place in the late afternoon, and Japan Airlines used a Boeing 777-200ER for the flight.

The seat for this flight featured the Sky Suites III product for Japan Airlines, which is their reverse herringbone seat. Japan Airlines is a bit unique in this sense that they have 5 different business class seats for international flights, and 2 for domestic. The Sky Suites III seats are probably my favourite type amongst their choices.

I was seated in 9D for this flight, which was in the middle of the row. There are a total of 42 Business class seats spread across 11 rows on this plane, which also had premium economy. The seats were 20 inches wide, and had a 77 inches pitch. The seats could be reclined into a fully flat bed, which I didn’t need as the flight was in the afternoon.

On the seat waiting for me were a large pillow, a pair of slippers and large headphones. The large TV featuring Japan Airlines MAGIC entertainment system was loaded with a good selection of new western movies and various other entertainment options. The seat control panel was on the right side, underneath the small faux wood table. Next to the controls were the in-flight magazines and safety literature. On the small table, there was also a small storage space. The reading light and remote control for the entertainment system was located on a panel next to this.

Shortly after the plane took off, we were served peanuts and a drink. The dining table was a pull down from the left side wall panel. I had sparkling water as I still had work to do. Japan Airlines provides Western and Asian option for meals, and I went with the Western one this time.

The meal featured some salad, steak with vegetables and potatoes, bread, onion soup and fruits. It was generally hearty and decent, although I didn’t actually finish the meal as I was a bit stuffed from the food I had in the Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge in Hong Kong Airport.

After the main course, Japan Airlines served Haagen Dazs ice cream for dessert. The flavour I was given was Macadamia nut, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I spent the rest of the time watching TV and caught a little bit of rest.

Overall, Japan Airlines is a solid option, but do keep an eye for what kind of seats that they are operating! I would happily fly their Skysuites anytime.

You can read my other Business Class reviews on Japan Airlines.

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Review by our friend Lenard Lim.