4 reasons why you must fly Japan Airlines out of Delhi
A few weeks ago, I flew Japan Airlines for the first time ever. This trip involved a series of International and domestic flights within Japan. JAL offers the best connections not just into Japan but also within the country. We pick 5 reasons why JAL merits consideration:
On-time performance: Punctuality; it’s the one thing we take for granted. Whether you’re a frequent flier on a business trip or on a holiday with tight connections, on-time flights are vital. Our itinerary involved quite a few connecting flights within Japan in the middle of a harsh winter in Hokkaido, Japan’s northern most corner. It didn’t impact the on-time arrivals of all our flights. It’s unsurprising that JAL was recognised as having the best on-time arrival performance among major airline companies on both domestic and international routes in 2015 & 2017 Awards (Flightstats).
Japanese cuisine: a few years ago, I was evaluating the world’s best in-flight meals for a feature on a leading men’s lifestyle publication. I hadn’t experienced JAL’s in-flight service by that point. JAL would have walked into that list if I had. How many airlines can offer you a scrumptious Japanese meal with a smile at an altitude of 30,000-odd feet? From sushi rolls to soba noodles to Japanese spirits like Umeshu (Plum wine) and Yuzushu (Yuzu wine), JAL pulls all stops even on its economy and premium economy cabins that we experienced. It only gets better on JAL’s Business and First class cabins. Among JAL’s panel of consultant chefs is Seiji Yamamoto, the owner and head chef at three-Michelin star restaurant “RyuGin” in Roppongi, Tokyo.
Internal connections: with one of the world’s most efficient railway networks that include the legendary high-speed Shinkansen (Bullet train), you may never need to depend on air connections for your travel within Japan. But if you’re on a tight schedule or need to access one of the country’s exotic destinations like Hokkaido, you’re more than covered with JAL’s intensive network of domestic flights.
Value for money: it’s not just Business and first class cabins that get that extra attention on JAL. The airline’s economy class seat was named the best in the world in the SKYTRAX 2015 & 2017 World Airline Awards. JAL is one of the few premier Asian Airlines to offer a Premium Economy class. We tried this on the Tokyo-Delhi sector and were impressed with some of the thoughtful touches like extra leg room, dividers between seats (for extra privacy), a plastic bottle holder (if you’re one of those passengers who likes to stay hydrated and carries a personal bottle) and a large 12.1-inch touchscreen for in-flight entertainment.