NRT-LAX AA business class
LAX AA Flagship Lounge
LAX-NRT AA business class
NRT JAL domestic Sakura lounge
After a short stay in California, it was time to head back to Japan on American Airlines 777 business class. This segment was the most crucial since it's a 12-hour flight, which is an absolute misery in economy class particularly for a U.S. carrier. My flight departed on 12/31 and arrived on 1/1, so I was forced to celebrate New Years in the sky. I chose this flight because AA was offering double miles through 12/31, and this would be the last flight to qualify for the promo, which would result in a whooping 35,000 award miles for a roundtrip flight. It also didn't hurt that my systemwide upgrade to business class cleared instantly at the time of booking.
The hard product, including AVOD, was synonymous with my NRT-LAX segment, which sucked because that means all the movies would be the same. Fortunately, AA has several dozen movies to choose from, so I settled for second best.
Lunch was served an hour after takeoff. I opted for the Japanese meal set, which needs to be requested over the phone with AA at least 24 hours in advance. Because the Japanese meal was decent for my NRT-LAX segment, I expected nothing less for this transpacific flight. At first sight of the starter sushi, I knew that I was doomed for disappointment.
|Half the size and half the taste of the NRT-LAX sushi|
|The Western/Japanese fusion lunch menu: I probably should have picked from this instead of the Japanese meal set|
|Light meal options. The mini bento box was not bad.|
Don't expect much out of the food from a U.S. carrier transpacific flight departing from the U.S. This meal was substantially worse than the NRT-LAX segment's and night and day compared to Japan Airlines' transpacific business class food from SFO-HND. However, possibly due to the empty plane, service was great and the flight attendant was definitely worthy of an AA employee recognition certificate, which I gladly wrote up.