Trip Report: Japan 2015 (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare


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Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
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Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare

We waited just a few moments before they announced boarding for First Class passengers.  We entered through door 2L and turned left to enter the first class cabin (also passing a few business class seats along the way which looked stellar).

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Waiting to board at gate 71

My wife and I had the exact same seats again on this trip as we did on our prior flight. I had 2D and my wife had 2G.  The cabin was full again if I recall correctly.  This flight was a Sunday flight (April 19th) which are typically full or close to full.

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Japan Airlines First Class cabin

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Japan Airlines First Class cabin

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Wife and I in Japan Airlines First Class

I was still sick but went ahead with some champagne for my preflight beverage.  I am not going to go into the details of the cabin and suite/seat in this post for that detail please see part two of this trip report hereContinue reading

Trip Report: Japan 2015 (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge


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Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge 
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
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Japan Airlines First Class Lounge Narita Airport

Sad to say goodbye to Japan but happy to go home and sleep in my own bed, we made our way to Narita airport which is a long train ride from Tokyo.  It took about 40 minutes to arrive at the terminal.

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Japan Airlines First Class Checkin

We found the JAL checkin desks and made our way over to the first class counter where we received our boarding passes. Checkin was very smooth and professional. The counter person asked if we would like an escort to the first class lounge and we hesitated a bit and decided “why not?”.

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Japan Airlines First Class checkin counter at Narita Airport

We followed our JAL rep to the JAL fast track security lane where our bags were checked and we went through the the checkpoint super easy.  Our JAL rep asked to take our carryon bags while we waited in the immigration line.  After about 15 minutes in immigration we made it through and our lovely JAL rep was waiting on the other side with our bags. I asked to take my bag back as I feel like a real chump having a lady toting my bag for me but she refused and said “its no problem, its OK”. Continue reading

Trip Report: Japan 2015 (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita


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Japan (Part 1) Introduction- A Babymoon…….Sakura Style!?
Japan (Part 2) Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita
Japan (Part 3) St. Regis Osaka
Japan (Part 4) Around Kyoto
Japan (Part 5) Around Nara
Japan (Part 6) Andaz Tokyo
Japan (Part 7) Around Tokyo
Japan (Part 8) Conrad Tokyo
Japan (Part 9) Fujigoko Sakura viewing (Beautiful full bloom cherry blossoms)
Japan (Part 10) Westin Tokyo
Japan (Part 11) Japan Airlines First Class Lounge
Japan (Part 12) Japan Airlines First Class Tokyo Narita to Chicago O’Hare
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Japan Airlines First Class Chicago O’Hare to Tokyo Narita

We arrived at O’Hare thinking JAL checkin was at terminal five but we would be mistaken. After looking around and realizing the JAL counter was nowhere to be found.  I asked at  the information counter what terminal is Japan Airlines located in and the counter rep replied terminal three.  We quickly boarded the tram to hop over to T3.

Checkin was a bit strange as we ended up checking in at the economy class counter.  There was just one general line feeding to the different counter agents but not corresponding to the class of service it seems.  We were given our boarding passes after handing over our passports for inspection. We were invited to use AA’s Flagship Lounge prior to boarding by the checkin agent.  We then walked over to security, waited 2-3 minutes in the first class security line and were in and out with no problems.

Towards the end of the terminal is the AA Flagship lounge which was nice enough and helped pass the time for our JAL F flight. The lounge was too crowded for my liking and thus I did not snap pictures and will not review the lounge.

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Bag tags locked and loaded

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All set for boarding

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Our bird to Tokyo

I wanted to be first to board so Continue reading