Just wondering has anyone recently flown Japan Airlines from Sydney and how was it ??
I haven't been with JAL before but I heard it's pretty good from a friend who recently went for her honeymoon from Melb to Tokyo.
They are personable, typical Japanese hospitality. But of course, best to ask others who have had experience! :)
Had read Skytrax but thought some one on TA would have flown recently. There is a recent post on Skytrax since I last looked and its better than the previous posts who complained about leg room, food and movies.
If you are flying economy, you shouldn't really expect anything too radically different from other airlines.
Starting Dec 2, JAL will start using the new 787 between Sydney and Tokyo so that should be brand new equipment with the latest amenities.
Just looked at the post on cabin temperature and I think my son will welcome the warmth since his going to Niseko to snow ski.
Yes they are flying economy..... Seems they are OK to fly with.
Thank you everyone for our input. He wasn't sure whether to pay the extra and fly Qantas which was around $400-500 difference.
I found it like trying to sleep in a sauna (take shorts and a singlet for overnight).
I will get him to pack maybe some shorts in his carry on .... Just in case.
I flew JAL earler this year. Their standard of service is slightly better than Qantas because the staff have a higher level of politeness (the Japanese standards are much higher when it comes to customer service.) eg. They were very polite to passengers & quick to offer drinks all through the flight. But really that's about it. The food is much the same as any airline food. Economy class is much the same as for any full service airline. I didn't notice any variation in cabin temperature compared to any other airline.
I don't get the Aussie Qantas loyalty myself - it's undeserving these days. The last time I flew Qantas - cost cutting was evident - the cabin crew hid for most of the duration of the long flight & didn't serve refreshments/ coffee & tea in the afternoon as promised on the menu card - it became an 'on demand' thing but this meant disgruntled passengers had to hunt down staff for a drink of water - I felt they took advantage of the Japanese passengers because they are typically undemanding during flights. I prefer JAL out of Sydney. Also Qantas has only red eye (night) flights.