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Friday, June 7, 2013

Sampling oneworld Premium Services: Japan Airlines New York JFK to Tokyo Narita First Class Lavatory

JAL 777-300ER First Class lavatory
JAL First Class lavatory on 777-300ER

When you fly in First Class, other than the private and spacious seat, it also comes with other perks such as amenities. Even the lavatory is different than those in the back on the plane. In the W82 configuration, there are a total of 2 lavatories in First Class for 8 passengers - one behind the cockpit on the left hand side (captain side) of the plane and the other side in front of seat 1K on the right hand side.


JAL F lavatory - You can pull down the board to cover the floor when you change your clothes
You can pull down the board to cover the floor when you change your clothes.

But these two lavatories aren't the same. The one on the left is actually bigger and is equipped with extra features for passengers to change their clothes. There's a board that you could pull down to cover the floor. This way, you don't have to touch the lavatory floor with your bare foot (or with just socks). Although the excellent JAL cabin attendants (CA) have always managed to keep it clean throughout the flight. You could also lower the board on top to put your clothes there, although I believe it's intended for diaper changing too.

That's why during boarding, the cabin attendant  would asked if you would want to change into sleepwear and lead you to the one on the left. If that's taken, they would apologize and ask you to wait until it is available. I did try to change in the right-hand-size lavatory but ended up giving up and went to the left-hand-side one :P It is just too tight!

JAL went with a very basic approach when designing the First Class lavatory. It is definitely not as fancy as some other airlines. Unlike the lavatories in JAL SKY SUITE 777 (SS7) and 787, there is no washlets on this plane. However, the First Class lavatory is still nicer than those in the back of the plane.

JAL Business Class lavatory on 777-300ER
JAL Business Class lavatory on 777-300ER

JAL Economy Class lavatory on 777-300ER
JAL Economy Class lavatory on 777-300ER

As you can see from the pictures above, the lavatories in Business Class and Economy Class are that much different (I am actually not sure which version of the lavatory Premium Economy has). The main different is automatic faucet is installed in Business Class (In SS7, Business Class lavatory will be a step up with washlet though). When compared to the one in First Class, both of them have a relative small countertop and the trash opening on the countertop took up quite a bit of space. The countertop in First Class is at least twice the size (at least for the left-hand-side one) and it came with a bigger sink too. The trash openings are actually on the edge instead of the top, and thus giving you more countertop space.

JAL First Class lavatory comes with a large shaving mirror.
JAL First Class lavatory comes with a large shaving mirror.

Other than that, you also get a large shaving mirror and some lights coming out of the large mirror. With all these extra lightings, the First Class lavatory is actually considerably brighter :D

Toothbrushes and mouthwash are provided in the lavatory.
Toothbrushes and mouthwash are provided in the lavatory.

Although the amenity kits already include toothbrushes, JAL still would provide toothbrushes and mouthwash in the First Class lavatory. They are presented in a wooden tray (Don't worry, I don't think the CAs use this tray to serve passengers :P) I believe now JAL provides toothbrushes in Economy Class on long-haul flights too, so it is just the presentation that's different.

A thank you note from the cabin attendant in JAL First Class lavatory.
A thank you note from the cabin attendant in JAL First Class lavatory.

Also, there's a hand-written thank you note on the wall. It's interesting that although 4 out of 5 passengers are non-Japanese, the thank you note is still written in Japanese only. Not really a big deal, the CAs are probably more comfortable writing this in Japanese. But later I found out their English is pretty good too (How? You would have to wait to find out :P) Would be nice if there is an English version of this thank you note in the lavatory as well. And for the record, I didn't take this note with me as some might expect me would do so :P

JAL provides linen towel in its First Class lavatory.
JAL provides linen towel in its First Class lavatory.
One thing I really like about the JAL First Class lavatory is the linen towels. There's endless supply of them but please make sure you throw them away in the trash can closer to the wall (your right hand side when facing the mirror). That one is used for linen towels only, as it is marked on the cover.

Next up will be the rest of the amenities minus the amenity kits. I would have to write about the kits much later because the photos I had taken would give out what the CAs did to surprise me :)

To read other parts of this "Sampling oneworld Premium Services Trip Report", you can find the complete index from the Introduction post. There's also a Trip Report Index page which contains indices to all of my trip reports.


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