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Saturday, October 29, 2011

JAL Kaibutsu-kun (Mr Monster) Jet

JAL Kaibutsu-kun (Mr Monster) Jet
JAL Kaibutsu-kun (Mr Monster) Jet (Source: JAL website)

Japan Airlines (JAL) has once again cooperate with an animate to promote an upcoming animate movie, Kaibutsu-kun (Mr Monster). JAL has printed the main character Kaibutsu-kun (Mr Monster) played by no one other than Satishi Ohno from our favorite Japanese boy band Arashi (yea obviously right :p) on one of its Boeing 777-200 body (registration JA8985). The giant 17m x 5.7m decal is located at the aft section of the fuselage just like the one on the 2011 Arashi Jets.

Hilton Premium Club Japan campaign for JAL Global Club and FLY ON status members

JAL Hilton Premium Club Japan campaign for JAL Global Club (JGC) and elite members


Japan Airlines (JAL) has launched a Hilton Premium Club Japan campaign for the JAL Global Club (JGC) members and the JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) FLY ON status members, aka elites. The first year annual fee of 25,000 JPY will be waived if you join the Hilton Premium Club during the campaign period. You will be able to enjoy the club benefits at the 9 participating hotels in Japan. Below are the campaign details.

Monday, October 24, 2011

2010-12-14 JL027 Trip Report Part III: Facilities of JAL Sakura Lounge at Haneda


Japan Airlines (JAL) lounge at Tokyo Haneda International Terminal
Entrance of JAL lounges at Tokyo Haneda International Terminal

Oosp can't believe how lazy I got...it has been 7 months since I posted Part II of this trip report :o Now it's part III, which is the new (or not so new now :p) JAL Sakura lounge at the Haneda International Terminal. The departure lounge is located on the 4th floor near gate 112. After you went through security, just turn left and you will see the sign for Airport Lounge. Take the escalator or elevator to the 4th floor to get to JAL First Class Lounge and JAL Sakura Lounge.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Inflight meal in 1954

Inflight meal served on JAL flight to San Francisco in 1954
Inflight meal served on JAL flight to San Francisco in 1954. Image from Japan Airlines Facebook page

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Tokyo International Airport, aka Haneda. Japan Airlines (JAL) has recreated the inflight meal on served on their first international flight to San Francisco during the Sky Day Festival 2011 on October 21 2011.

JAL provides First Class service and changes the schedule on Honolulu flights on selected dates in November

Japan Airlines (JAL) has made some changes to its Honolulu (HNL) flights between November 18 and 14 2011. JL073/074 (NRT-HNL) are no longer shown on the schedule on certain dates and the other two Narita flights are upgraded to 777-200ER and 777-300ER service while the Haneda flight sees a downgrade from 777-200ER to 767-300ER. Also, JAL is offering First Class service on JL071/072 on selected dates and the F cabin is quite full on those dates too! Below is the schedule between November 8 and 14.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Extra Tokyo Narita - Honolulu flights during peak season [Updated]

[Update: Flights are now on sale. Configuration info added]


Japan Airlines (JAL) just sent out an advance notice of their extra Honolulu (HNL)-Tokyo Narita (NRT) flight schedules during year end holiday and other peak travel days. These flights will be available for sale and award redemption. JAL FLY ON members (aka elites) are given advanced noticed of this and exactly when the awards will be opened up. Below is the schedule of the extra flights.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Double Miles Campaign for Asian Routes [American Region Members Only]

Looks like Japan Airlines (JAL) is also having the double miles campaign on its Japan-Asia flights just like American Airlines (AA) does. You will earn 2 times the flight miles if you travel on eligible classes on JAL and AA flights between Japan and Asia. Registration prior to your flight is required.

JAL to start codeshare with LAN from October 20 2011

Japan Airlines (JAL) and LAN Airlines (LAN) will start codesharing from October 20 2011. JAL will be placing its JL code on LAN's flights between Santiago, Los Angeles and New York. Below are the codeshare flight schedules operated by LAN.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Super Discounted Award Campaign to San Francisco and Vancouver

Good day to live in Vancouver today, Japan Airlines (JAL) has yet another campaign targeted for the Vancouver route (well probably because it is under performing even after downsizing it from 777 to 767 earlier in March). JAL is running a Super Discount Award Ticket Campaign for its Tokyo Haneda (HND) - San Francisco (SFO) and Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Vancouver (YVR) routes between November 1 2011 and February 29 2012. You can save up to 30,000 JMB miles if you redeem an award ticket on these routes and fly during the campaign period. Below are more details.

Double Miles Campaign on Tokyo - Vancouver Route

Japan Airlines (JAL) is running a double miles promotion on its Tokyo - Vancouver route. You are eligible for double miles as long as you register for the campaign before your flight and are booked in eligible booking classes. This campaign runs from November 1 2011 till February 29 2012. Below are the details

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

No change in fuel surcharge for Dec 2011 - Jan 2012

As expected, Japan Airlines (JAL) is maintaining its current level of fuel surcharge as the 2 month jet fuel average is still in the USD120-130 range. Therefore, the oneway surcharge on a long-haul flight will remain at USD288. But thanks to the standardization of fuel surcharge calculation JAL rolled out in October 2011, the surcharge could be quite a bit lower compared to the previous peak. JAL will announce the next fuel surcharge revision in December 2011 for the Feb-Mar 2012 period. For more details of this surcharge revision, you can refer to JAL press release (Japanese, English)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

JAL rolls out new Eco Jet "Nature" livery

Japan Airlines (JAL) Eco Jet Nature
JAL Eco Jet "Nature" livery (Source: JAL Press Release)


As some of you might already know this, Japan Airlines (JAL) is in the progress of repainting its fleet with the new livery after the logo change. There were speculations and ideas throwing around on how JAL will repaint its original JAL Eco Jet which features a green Arc of The Sun livery. JAL finally officially reveals the new JAL Eco Jet livery and they called it JAL Eco Jet "Nature" and unfortunately there's no green crane logo on the tail as some of you might have hoped for :p

Bonus miles on select Cathay Pacific flights for Japan region JAL Mileage Bank members

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced yet another campaign target specifically for the Japan region members. JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) members registered in Japan are eligible for bonus miles when they travel on selected Cathay Pacific Airways (CX) flights between November 1 2011 and December 15 2011. 3,000 and 1,500 bonus JMB miles will be awarded to registered premium and economy class passengers respectively. Below are the details.

Monday, October 3, 2011

[Update 2] JAL Updates 787 Seat Map on NRT-BOS Route

[Update 2: JAL has yet made another slight modification to the seat map. For the latest version of the economy class seat map, please refer to this post]
[Update: JAL has updated the booking engine to show the type of business class product used on 787. Details can be found on the latest post] Japan Airlines (JAL) has updated their 787 longhaul seat map. Until recently, JAL has been using the A43 configuration on 767-300ER as the place holder (well A43 minus the lavatories and galleys). The newly updated seat map reflects a bigger business class cabin and a 2-4-2 configuration in economy class instead of 2-3-2. Below are the detail seat map.