November 2009 Trip Report Part V - Sky Gallery


Japan Airlines (JAL) Business class Sky Gallery 777-300ER (773) on JL061
JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER
Other than the new JAL Shell Flat Neo seats, the Sky Gallery is one of the new features that I have been looking forward to most before my trip. You probably have heard it by now, the Sky Gallery is last year's Good Design Award winner. Basically it's a self-service bar with a photo exhibition panel in Japan Airlines' latest business class cabin.

Self-service Bar

Japan Airlines (JAL) Business Class self service bar 777-300ER (773) on JL061
JAL Business Class self service bar on 777-300ER

Above is the almost fully stocked self-service bar. Sorry I can't resist the chocolate and complete forgot I haven't taken the picture yet LOL. I really like that cartoon route map, which I think probably is gone now as part of the cost saving as I didn't see that map anymore on my other flights. And too bad they took it away before I had a chance to ask if I can keep that :( And how the bar area is decorated depends on your crew. On my return flight the crew used yellow leaves instead of paper crane to decorate the area as it is Autumn in Japan. Overall It's a nice area that you can really relax and spend some time when you are bored, especially it is located right next to the lavatories. It's a good way to make your waiting time more "relaxing" LOL. And there are times you can see passenger(s) really helping themselves out with the wine (I could smell it when I walked passed him and I am pretty sure he loves this Sky Gallery LOL).

Photo Exhibition Panel

As you may have guessed, the theme of the exhibition in November is JAL fleet history. Pictures of 8 different JAL aircraft were displayed. Some of them are really old ones from the 50's and 60's. How many have you been on? Sorry for the picture qualities. The pictures below are actually from my December outbound flight which I took them right before they turned on the seatbelt sign. I forgot to take them on my return flight and the December outbound was my last chance to do it as JAL has announced a different theme for my return flight :)

DC-6B, introduced in 1954

Japan Airlines (JAL) Sky Gallery 777-300ER (773) on JL061, DC-6B
JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, DC-6B

DC-7C, introduced in 1958

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, DC-7C

DC-8-32, introduced in 1960

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, DC-8-32

Convair880, introduced in 1961

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, Convair880

Boeing 747SR, introduced in 1973

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, Boeing 747SR

Boeing 747-400, introduced in 1990

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, Boeing 747-400

Boeing 767-300ER, introduced in 2002

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, Boeing 767-300ER

Boeing 777-200ER, introduced in 2002

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200ER

Boeing 777-300ER, introduced in 2004

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, Boeing 777-300ER

Boeing 737-800, introduced in 2007

JAL Sky Gallery on 777-300ER, Boeing 737-800

Previous parts of the November Trip Report:
I: Snacks
II: Amenities
III: LAX Oneworld Lounge
November Trip Report Part IV - Meals on JL061

Related Posts:
Sky Gallery wins Good Design Award
JL062 on July 28 2009
JL061 on July 2 2009



  1. About the Route Map
    They didn't put up the map is because it's for security on USA Routes. Not suppose to share information about where they are currently at in case of terrorism. It's not because of cost saving. Hope you all could understand :)

    I think they still load it on board if I am not wrong.
    If I am able to get a copy I will email to you :)

    Anyway Thanks for the Wonderful blog :)

  2. Well they loaded the interactive map on the IFE which contains way more accurate information on where about the aircraft is at on my Dec 31 2009 flight. I don't think that's because of security reason at all. But it would be great if you can get a copy then maybe I can ask for it on my next flight :P