Redefining business class flights

Whether a first timer or frequent business class traveler, one would probably wonder how to get the most out of a business class flight experience.

Every traveler has varying priorities or default must-haves when choosing to fly business class. These can be comfort, convenience, food choices for food enthusiasts, or even how fast one gets from one destination to another for those with connecting flights.


For some, choices boil down to the airline, fleet type, seating types—lie flat, angled or cradled, service quality, in-flight meal choices (for those with dietary restrictions or considerations), legroom, or even cost of tickets and probably even frequent flyer miles. Whatever it may be, it is all about getting the most out of one’s trip and value for money.

It is quite rare that airlines can meet these discriminating requirements of the true-blue first-class traveler. But there is one that lives up to the challenge: Japan Airlines (JAL).

Japan Airlines Co. Ltd. is no stranger when it comes to providing best-in-class service and efficiency in the global airline industry, whether through improved airport lounge service, more exciting destinations, delectable in-flight meals, and environment friendliness for its fleet.  Throughout its more than six decades of service, JAL continues to challenge itself to create better value through technology and innovation in order to provide an excellent overall travel experience for customers.

As a testament to its global outlook, the Japanese flag carrier launched its “More Japan” campaign, coinciding with the launch of a direct flight from Manila to Haneda. What’s good about JAL’s newest route from Manila to Tokyo via Haneda Airport is that it leaves Manila in the evening and lands in Japan in the morning as early as 4:55 a.m., the only airline that offers this flight schedule.

With JAL’s newest flight/ route, travelers can make the most of their stay by ensuring they don’t lose a day when traveling so they can enjoy their trip more. With JAL’s “More Japan” that means more selfies, more sights, more adventures, more discoveries, more ramen, more Izakaya, more Onsen, more Yanesen, more Odaiba, more Tokyo, more Sakura, more of everything else.

The “More Japan” offering also lets JAL showcase how it provides business class — or even economy — passengers with desirable convenience, access to more connections, the freedom to make more choices and provide them with more comfort.

For the business and leisure travelers, JAL provides the much-desired convenience passengers need in consideration of their busy schedule, as the Japanese are known for their punctuality. JAL has been named by Flightstats, a real-time flight status tracking application, as Asia Pacific’s Most On-Time airline 84.73 percent of the time, an accolade it has kept for five straight years already.

When going to Japan, JAL allows travelers to discover more connections with its network of more than 143 routes and 59 destinations in Japan, so travelers get to major metropolitan areas, regions or even island destinations faster. Travelers can now see more sights in Japan conveniently, and with more savings. This quality service merited JAL the “Traveler’s Choice” for 2018 recognition by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.

For short or long-haul flights, don’t worry about how — or what — you’ll eat. When you fly JAL, you can look forward to its in-flight gastronomic delights, carefully developed by some of Japan's top chefs to cater to passengers’ stringent dietary demands and give them more choices on what they can eat.

The JAL Kitchen Gallery offers a variety of food like meals for babies and children, vegetarian (Oriental and raw), minimal allergen meals for babies or adults, health-conscious meals (easily digestible, low calcium, low sodium, low fat, diabetic, gluten free, seafood, fruit or lactose free), or even for the religious such as Hindu, Jain, Muslim or Kosher meals. When it comes to food, trust JAL to have it. For special meal arrangements, simply contact the airline at least 72 hours before flight departure.

For more comfort and space, JAL’s “Sky Wider” Economy Class seats are truly in a class all its own. The Sky Wider seats provide increased seat pitch (space between a point on one seat and the same point on the seat in front of it) of about 84 to 86 cm for greater legroom and a relaxing feeling, wider seat width of approximately 48 cm for more spacious seating, a slimmed seatback, more space under the seats, a bottle holder and accessories pouch, 10.6-inch touch-panel monitor, and an AC power outlet. The seats have been recognized as the World's Best Economy Class seat for international routes by Skytrax, the leading global air travel guide.

For passengers who wish to experience the JAL Sky Wider, it is available on the Manila to Narita afternoon flight.

Japan Airlines flies from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila to Haneda International Airport daily at 11:50 p.m. For more about Japan Airlines, visit