Another fantastic flight on JL First Class🇯🇵. Very cool to run into one of my followers in the F lounge (@praisechallah) as well a true flyertalk OG (The Banking Scot) onboard!✈️ JL may not have the most modern hard product but sitting here three courses into an 8 course lunch, paired with Cristal champagne 🍾 and a bottle of Royal Blue Tea, I wasn't overly concerned about the lack of closing doors😉. It also helped that there were only 4pax on board (3 of us having redeemed miles), so we all got a dining seat and a separate bed each 😁. The Etro amenity kit is technically a downgrade over the Loewe ones and the Cristal is a far cheaper bottle than the Salon that JAL used to serve but even after these cuts there are few airlines that can compare when it comes to the soft product.
A quick power nap after my multi course kaiseki tasting menu🍱 and Cristal🍾. JAL has airweave mattress toppers which for a comfortable sleeping surface, even if the topper doesn't quite fit the dimensions of the bed. I like how the topper can be set to either firm or soft depending on your preference (a lot of Japanese hotels come with firm beds as standard). The sleepwear is ill fitting, overly thick and low quality though. The airweave pillows are also quite lumpy and have a towel like texture, definitely not on a par with the top business class pillows out there, let alone the likes of QF F. The food, drink and service makes this one of the top tier First Class products in the sky but in terms of hard product I'd have to rank it nearer the middle of the table.
✈️UPGRADE GIVEAWAY: I have 2 American Airlines🇺🇸 systemwide upgrades expiring on January 31st and have decided to give them away to one lucky follower. These can be applied to any American Airlines flight operated by AA, which has a cabin above Coach, although I cannot guarantee that upgrade space will be available on your particular flight. Also only cash fares issued by AA can be upgraded, not award tickets. To enter, all you have to do is follow my account and tag a friend in this post. Every person you tag counts as one entry. The winner will be picked at random on Sunday 20th. If you win I will message you for your booking details so that I can apply the upgrade. You can choose to either apply both upgrades to a single return ticket or use two to upgrade a pair of tickets one way. This contest is not affiliated with or endorsed by American Airlines or Instagram. Good luck! ✈️