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Japan Airlines #0093
Haneda Tokyo (HND) – Seoul Gimpo (GMP)
Wednesday, October 14th, 2014
3:35 PM – 5:55 PM (+1) : 2 hours, 20 minutes
Boeing 767-300ER: Seat 3K (Business Class)
After spending a few days in Tokyo, we were headed to Seoul. Honestly, I wasn't incredibly excited about the idea of going to Seoul, but it worked out that we could get business class seats using 15,000 British Airways Avios and $55.55 each, so we went for it.
After flying into Narita, we flew out of Haneda, which is much closer to the heart of Tokyo and is actually quite a nice airport. Due to Chris' One World Emerald status, we killed time before our flight in the Japan Airlines First Class lounge and were not far from our gate once boarding began.
This particular Japan Airlines flight doesn't have a first class, so as business class passengers, we boarded first. JAL's business class is configured in a 2-2-2 pattern with 30 total seats. The seats recline but are not fully lie-flat. That was really no problem for us on such a short daytime flight, but would be something to think about if taking a long haul flight.
The seats were in good condition and featured a small divider between each set of two seats for a small bit of privacy. Admittedly, there wasn't a ton of privacy, but again, it was a short flight and Chris and I were seated next to each other, so we were fine with the configuration. The television, on the other hand, was a bit difficult for me to find and after some searching, I found that you pull it out from under the arm rest. It's an average sized screen that kind of hangs on this ugly metal arm. In all honesty, I absolutely hated it. Definitely not the best way to configure the in-flight entertainment, in my opinion, but again, it was a short flight, so I didn't even use it.
Despite the short flight duration and awkward timing (being late afternoon), we were served quite an extensive feast for our in-flight meal. I honestly have no idea what most of the food was, and unlike our Singapore Suites flight, we weren't given a menu to choose from. The meal consisted of some fruit, a soup, some sushi-looking items, several types of meat in different settings, including the main course, which was, I believe, beef served over rice and rice noodles, and a cup of green tea. Really, it was quite extensive, but I wasn't very excited about it personally, so I spent the meal pushing things around my plate while eating the fruit and some rice.
What I was excited about, was the miniature bottle of soy sauce that was provided with the meal. I thought it was so cute and really wanted to take it home, but was afraid it would leak all over my suitcase (not to mention, Chris thinks I'm a hoarder), so I didn't.
The dessert was undoubtedly the best part of the meal - a small cup of chocolate Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
Throughout the flight, the service was friendly and attentive and I appreciated the fact that the flight attendants recognized the fact that we didn't speak Japanese and addressed us in English. Although, to be honest, I really don't know what about me says "I don't speak Japanese", but I digress.
Japan Airlines is a solid choice if you're flying out of Japan and I would honestly highly recommend flying out of or into Haneda rather than Narita due to the proximity to Tokyo if you can manage it. Overall, the flight was easy and enjoyable and we made it to Seoul in one piece.
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