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Friday, September 14, 2012

JAL to open new international lounges at Tokyo Narita and to refurbish a handful of existing lounges

The new JAL First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita
The new JAL First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita (Source: JAL Press Release)

According to Japan Airlines' (JAL) mid term management plan, JAL is planning to refurbish some of its lounges in Japan and overseas. They have just announced the list of lounges they plan to refurbish during the current fiscal year. Also due to lounge congestion at Tokyo Narita (NRT) during the busy morning departure hours, JAL will also be opening a brand new JAL First Class Lounge and Sakura Lounge at terminal 2 for international passengers.


New JAL First Class Lounge and Sakura Lounge at Tokyo Narita

The new JAL First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita
The new JAL First Class Lounge at Tokyo Narita (Source: JAL Press Release)

Opening Date: September 29 2012 (Sat)
Opening Hours: 7:30 - 12:30
Location: 4th Floor of Terminal 2 Main Building Capacity: 154 for JAL First Class Lounge and 63 for Sakura Lounge

As you can see from the pictures, it looks like the design will be quite similar to the current JAL First Class Lounges at NRT. The sad part about the new lounges is once again it is only open in the morning, just like the First Class Lounge at the satellite building. So I guess they really don't need the extra capacity in the afternoon? This means most likely I won't be able to check out these new lounges myself.

Refurbishment of Other Lounges
JAL will refurbishment of quite a few of their lounges in Japan and overseas during the current fiscal year ending March 2013. The first lounge to be refurbished is the one at Osaka Kansai (KIX). Work will begin in September and scheduled to be completed in December. JAL plans to replace the furnitures and carpets, and to upgrade the facilities.

Other lounges scheduled to be refurbished during the current fiscal year are:

International Lounges
Tokyo Narita (NRT)*, Fukuoka (FUK), Honolulu (HNL), Frankfurt (FRA), Manila (MNL)

*Including the existing lounges

Domestic Lounges
Sapporo Chitose (CTS), Osaka Itami (ITM), Osaka Kansai (KIX), Komatsu (KMQ), Hiroshima (HIJ), Matsuyama (MYJ), Kumamoto (KMJ)

The refurbishment schedule will be announced later. For more details about this announcement, you can refer to JAL Press Release (Japanese, English)

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