Hello! Welcome to the next report in this series of flights between the U.S. and Oceania. After a good experience in British Airways Club World on the 5th freedom Sydney - Singapore flight, we had a good sleep on our overnight layover at the newly renovated T1 Transit hotel.
For this next flight, we'll be flying from Changi to Narita to catch an AA Transpacific flight back to the US. This flight is the only long-haul flight in Economy of the routing.
Because our flight to Narita was early in the morning, neither of the two oneworld lounges in T1 (QF and BA) was open. We were therefore invited to the SATS Premier Lounge, which is located between the two aforementioned oneworld lounges on the mezzanine level.
As much as I had enjoyed both the Qantas and British Airways lounges, I was really not impressed with this contract lounge. The orange tones were unpleasant to the eye, especially at an early hour, and I found the food offering to be lackluster by Asian standards. But, let's look on the bright side…by U.S. lounge standards, it was great! Haha
Food was meh, but it is always nice to have hot food options–something you don't always get in the U.S.
Because the security screening is done at the gate in SIN, we left the lounge about 10 minutes prior to scheduled boarding time. I love how quick and efficient security is in Singapore; it's never a hassle and the agents are always genuinely friendly and helpful. So basically, like the opposite of the TSA :-P
Here is our bird at the gate. I'm not a big fan of JL's rebranding–just too much white. I do like that they went back to the iconic Crane logo, though.
Boarding began with Business class, then oneworld Emerald and Sapphire. We were among the first in the Economy cabin, which allowed for some clean cabin shots.
I liked the warm toned of the cabin–it was a nice change from generic blues and grays.
My seat for the next 6 hours or so, looks comfortable
View of the cabin from my seat
Each seat is equipped with a PTV that can be displayed in 5 languages.
The seat felt nice and roomy for Economy, and I love the 767 for its 2-3-2 configuration. The seat pitch was very generous; definitely above average for Economy.
I estimated that it felt like 34" and seatguru confirms this (though seatguru is not always accurate).
Let's take a look at the IFE
There is a decent choice of movies, including new releases.
The headphones are decent for Economy.
Seatback pocket contents
The airshow is nice and modern…the moving map is always important to an AvGeek :-)
Boarding was quick and efficient and pushback was a few minutes early. The notorious Singapore humidity always makes airplane windows foggy when sitting at the gate.
As we taxied, the safety video played. What's up with the 90's computer animation? Maybe NGO85 can tell us. What a weird looking video for an airline from the most technologically advanced country in the world.
Nice view of a local A380
We're next in line after this MH 738 lands
Shortly after takeoff, the purser came back from Business to introduce herself and welcome me onboard. She told me not to hesitate to ask if I needed anything. How lovely! I didn't see her to this with anyone else so I'm assuming this may be protocol for oneworld Emeralds. Either way, it was a very pleasant surprise and brought a smile to my face.
There was a hot towel service before lunch.
The drink menu from the seat-back pocket. Quite extensive
Japanese beer for the aperitif
Nice view as I sip my beer :-)
The meals are delivered shortly after.
That is one good looking tray for Economy! Nice presentation.
The choices of mains were chicken (Western) or Fish (Asian). I chose the Asian fish curry dish. It was really good for airplane food in Economy class.
Haagen-Dazs Ice cream for dessert.
View of the full cabin mid-flight
Amenities in Economy class lavs–classy.
I watched Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation mid-flight
About an hour and a half before landing, a pre-arrival snack was served.
Service started with an oshibori again.
Nothing terribly exciting, but a nice gesture on a short flight.
Coffee in a crane branded cup
A little over an hour left before landing
Cool little volcanic island with a small town
Then we make a left turn to head back towards land and Narita airport
We landed ahead of schedule
We taxied past the AA 788 that would be taking me to Chicago
We parked next to this beautiful Air Tahiti Nui A343
Thanks for reading and see you soon for the next segment onboard the AA 787!
SATS Premier Lounge
Singapore - SIN
Tokyo - NRT
A very good flight on the JAL 767. Although this segment was booked in Economy, I had reasonably high expectations for Japan Airlines and they did not disappoint. The newer generation JAL "Sky Wider" Economy seats are comfortable--the seats do actually feel wider than normal 767 seats, and the seat pitch at 34" is quite generous. The Main meal was among the best meals I've ever had in Economy. Flight attendants were great! From the purser's personalized greeting, to the attentive service from the rest of the crew throughout the flight, the JAL cabin crew more than lived up to my expectations.
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