Japan Airlines Business Class Experience BKK to KIX and NRT to SIN

Dining on JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN

Dining on JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN

Japan Airlines (JAL) Business Class Experience Bangkok (BKK) to Osaka (KIX) and Tokyo (NRT) to Singapore (SIN)

In my previous post, I shared how flying Inter-Asia on JAL Business Class could be very affordable. This post shared my experience on BKK-KIX and NRT-SIN.

JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

Pullman Bangkok Hotel G

I spent two nights in Pullman Bangkok Hotel G. I thought it was a great choice as my flight was departing at 11pm and the executive room which I booked allow me to check out at 5pm.

Point to take note: As it is peak hour, travel time will also be longer so do give yourself enough time to get to the airport.

Check-In, JAL Business Class, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
Check-In, JAL Business Class, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Checking-In, JAL Business Class, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Check-In was very fast as there was no one in the Business Class lane. I was presented a lounge access invitation and fast immigration clearance pass. The Check-In counter officer told me that the Sakura Lounge was crowded at this hour and asked me to go to Miracle Lounge first.

Miracle Lounge Pass, JAL Business Class, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Miracle Lounge Pass, JAL Business Class, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport

Just to see what was on offer, I went to Miracle Lounge. It is the lounge that Priority Pass member has access to. I had a bite and took a shower there too.

After spending around 40 minutes in Miracle Lounge, I proceeded to Sakura Lounge. Although still crowded, I could see that the crowd was getting lesser.

  • Selection of Cold and Hot Food, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Selection of Cold and Hot Food, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Green Soybeans (EDAMAME), Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Green Soybeans (EDAMAME), Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Cheese Cake, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Cheese Cake, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Sweet Potato, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Sweet Potato, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • More Pastries, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    More Pastries, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Snacks & Cup Noodles, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Snacks & Cup Noodles, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Cooked Yellowtail with Radish, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Cooked Yellowtail with Radish, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Cooked Leaf Mustard with Zasai, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Leaf Mustard with Zasai, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Cooked Clam meat with Kimchi sauce, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Cooked Clam meat with Kimchi sauce, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Sausage and Fried Chicken, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Sausage and Fried Chicken, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Chicken Curry & Beef Curry, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Chicken Curry & Beef Curry, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Japanese Kelp simmered in soy sauce, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Japanese Kelp simmered in soy sauce, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Selection of Drink, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Selection of Drink, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Hot Beverages, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Hot Beverages, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport


These were the foods served in Sakura Lounge, which were mostly presented in small portion and mostly Japanese food. Drinks and beverages were also in abundance. I took a few glasses of sake and plum wine.

There were shower rooms in the lounge too. I took a peep at the shower rooms just to compare to the ones in Miracle Lounge. The shower rooms in Sakura Lounge are very small and basic compare to the ones at Miracle Lounge.

  • Sitting Area, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Sitting Area, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • More sitting area in Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    More sitting area in Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Shower facilities, Washrooms, Telephone Room & Smoking Room in Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Shower facilities, Washrooms, Telephone Room & Smoking Room in Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Room where you can make call, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Room where you can make call, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Newspaper & Magazines, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport
    Newspaper & Magazines, Sakura Lounge, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport


I spent more than an hour in Sakura Lounge before making my way to the gate.

On Board JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

I selected 1A in Japan Airlines website, knowing that this flight operated on 2-2-2 configuration, I figured that the seats should be very similar to SQ A330 regional Business Class. I knew that the Business Class seat would not be able fully flat; it would only be angle flat.

TV set not directly in front of the seat, JAL Business Class, BKK to KIX

TV set not directly in front of the seat, JAL Business Class, BKK to KIX

One difference between JAL Business Class seat and SQ A330 Business Class seat is the TV, which is not in front of the seat. It is hidden in the slot and has to be stowed away during taking off and landing, thus cutting down your viewing time a little. The leg room wise is very much similar to SQ A330 Business Class.

Sweater issued to passengers, JAL Business Class, BKK to KIX

Sweater issued to passengers, JAL Business Class, BKK to KIX

Due to some monitor issues, the flight was delayed for half an hour. The crew came to apologize for the delay but half an hour did not matter at all to me.

Headphone in plastic bag, JAL Business Class, BKK to KIX

Headphone in plastic bag, JAL Business Class, BKK to KIX

Noise cancellation headphone was provided in this “cheap looking” plastic bag. I really wondered why JAL did not bother to package it nicer given that Japanese is very particular about packaging.

Dining on Board, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

Here was the menu for this sleeper service flight:

  • Meal Menu, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX
    Meal Menu, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX
  • Alcoholic Drinks Menu, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX
    Alcoholic Drinks Menu, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX
  • More Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks Menu, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX
    More Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Drinks Menu, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX


Breakfast would be served for this flight and choosing Japanese breakfast should be a no brainer.

UDON de SKY, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

UDON de SKY, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

The crew was very good to come and ask me if I wanted to have Soba or Udon; perhaps I was not asleep like the rest of the passengers or perhaps I looked hungry. LOL! Even without her asking, I would have order one just to try also. The Udon de Sky was served in a small cup; one just like the cup-size mineral water.

Breakfast, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

Breakfast, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

Lavatory, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX
Toilet amenity, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

Toilet amenity, JAL Business Class BKK to KIX

The toilet is very small like the ones in Economy Class. I did not manage to take photo as I was not able to find a good angle to take a good shot.

Overall, it was not an exceptional Business Class given that the seat could not be set to full flat and that it was a red eye flight.

JAL Business Class NRT to SIN

Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport

I arrived in the airport two hours before the departure time, thanks to the last minute shopping in town and for underestimating the time needed to travel from Kinsincho to Narita Airport. I had planned to arrive 3 hours before departure time to have sufficient time for shower in the lounge and for more shopping.

Crowded Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN

Crowded Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN

The Sakura Lounge in Narita Airport was very crowded at that hour. I went on to get a Q number for shower and was informed that there were 13 people in ahead of me. I was told that waiting time should be around 1 hour and was given a device to inform me once shower room was ready. While waiting, I settled for some foods and drinks.

  • Selection of Bread, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Selection of Bread, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Chicken Meatball with Glass Noodle, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Chicken Meatball with Glass Noodle, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Chilled Corn Soup, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Chilled Corn Soup, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Cold Pasta & Salad Wrap, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Cold Pasta & Salad Wrap, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Salad Bar, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Salad Bar, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Dumplings, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Dumplings, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Muffins, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Muffins, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Udon Noodle, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Udon Noodle, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Beer Machine, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Beer Machine, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Juices, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Juices, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Sake, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Sake, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Selection of Tea, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Selection of Tea, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Selection of Cold Beverages, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN
    Selection of Cold Beverages, Sakura Lounge, Narita Airport, JAL Business Class NRT to SIN


After I was done filling my stomach, I went out for some shopping in the airport. The Duty-Free shop was filled with many tourists buying snacks in the airport. There was a very long queue at the cashier.

When I was done with shopping, I headed back to the Sakura Lounge. I had hoped that it would be my turn to shower soon, but was told that there were still seven passengers ahead of me and waiting time would again be an hour. I told her by then it would pass the boarding time already!

Boarding JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN
Queue at Boarding Gate, Narita Airport, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN

Queue at Boarding Gate, Narita Airport, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN

The queue had already formed when I reached the boarding gate.

JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class 1-2-1 configuration in reverse herringbone

JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class 1-2-1 configuration in reverse herringbone

I was looking forward to this flight actually as I knew that it has the 1-2-1 configuration in reverse herringbone. It is divided into two cabins. I was not able to get the front cabin seats during seat selection. My seat was 9K, which was a smaller cabin at the back.

  • Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN
    Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN
  • TV and Side Table, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    TV and Side Table, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Storage and Remote, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Storage and Remote, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Mirror inside the compartment, Seat 9K JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Mirror inside the compartment, Seat 9K JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Seat control at 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN
    Seat control at 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Power Connection, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN
    Power Connection, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN
  • Foot Rest, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Foot Rest, Seat 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Headphone and Amenity Kit, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Headphone and Amenity Kit, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Overhead Compartments, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Overhead Compartments, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class


The layout is indeed saving space; it has the slanted layout which makes it possible to have more rows. The seat wise is small, just like Economy Class seat. The clear difference is the added privacy and that it is possible to set the seat fully flat. I would say that SQ A350 clearly stood out compared to JAL Sky Suites.

Dining on board JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN

  • Your exclusive restaurant in the sky, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Your exclusive restaurant in the sky, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • BEDD Chefs and JAL Wine Advisors, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    BEDD Chefs and JAL Wine Advisors, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Sake, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Sake, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Champagne & Wine, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Champagne & Wine, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • More Wine, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    More Wine, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Japanese Menu, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Japanese Menu, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • More on Japanese Menu, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    More on Japanese Menu, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Western Menu, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Western Menu, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Anytime, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Anytime, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Prior to Arrival, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Prior to Arrival, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class


Here was the menu for the flight and of course I chose the Japanese menu. Overall the meals was delectable! My only question was and still is: Do we have a correct sequence on which to eat first since we have so many different dishes on the bento box.

  • Plum Wine & Snack, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Plum Wine & Snack, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Could not wait to open up my Summer Breeze, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Could not wait to open up my Summer Breeze, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Summer Breeze, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Summer Breeze, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Main Course, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Main Course, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
  • Matcha Green Tea Swiss Roll & Green Tea, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class
    Matcha Green Tea Swiss Roll & Green Tea, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class


I have lost count on the number of glass of Plum Wine I have throughout the flight.

Seat in fully flat position, 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

Seat in fully flat position, 9K, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

After meal, I put the seat fully flat with the seat controller button. It joined nicely with the foot rest area and at a very low level. It will feel as if you are sleeping on the floor. This also means that the TV will now be further way from the sitting eye-level. I would think if you want to sleep, don’t watch the TV and vice versa.

Time for a nap, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

Time for a nap, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

Prior to landing
Chinese Rice Dumpling, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

Chinese Rice Dumpling, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

The crew came with a cart to distribute either ice cream or rice dumpling just before landing. I opted for the more unique rice dumpling. And I requested for Soba de Sky also.

SOBA de SKY, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

SOBA de SKY, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class

In conclusion…

Selfie time, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN

Selfie time, JAL SKY SUITE 777 Business Class NRT to SIN

Overall, both the sectors were not exceptional for both the hard products and the soft products. In-flight entertainment was not impressive also; there were limited movies to choose from and I ended up watching movies which I have already watched. Crew service was only marginal; there was no personal touch so to speak. In fact, the crew that served my row on the flight from Narita to Singapore sector did not smile at all.

However, given that these two sectors were at a very good price, I would not mind flying with JAL Business Class again in the future. Perhaps I will vary the first departure Asia cities and coupled with Haneda back to Singapore next.

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