The Routes Flown: LAX-Narita, Hong Kong -Haneda, Narita-LAX
Cabin: Premium Economy
The Equipment- 777-300 ER 4 cabin layout and 777-200 3 cabin system
Check In- Separate Fast and Efficient Check in for premium economy passengers at LAX and Hong Kong and Narita. Bags get priority. GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!!!
Lounge Access LAX- As a premium passenger you get lounge access at LAX but JAL does contract with a basic lounge provider at Tom Bradley. Not as good as Norwegian Premium Economy passengers getting the One World Business lounge. But the JAL Lounge at LAX is in my opinion way better than most Plaza Premium and Priority Pass Lounges I have been too around the world. Also Virgin Atlantic PE passengers dont get a lounge and neither do AIR New Zealand passengers. THE Los Angeles Lounge has some sandwiches, cup of noodles, snacks, a small outside seating area, good wife and BOOOOOOOOOOOZE. Enjoy. GOOD
The Lounge JAL contracts with at Hong Kong is Qantas Business and this lounge is the BOMB.COM. It is a very very very big, comfortable lounge. Way better than any business lounge at LAX or SFO or JFK or Newark. PE passengers on JAL get to use this lounge. Amazing! Food is good, alcohol selection is good (not as varied as One World lounge LAX) but the FOOD is way better than what they serve at LAX One World Business Lounge.
The Flagship Sakura Lounge NARITA-GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD better than most US airlines international lounge and AA Admiral Club lounges. AS PE you Get access. Food is good, booze is good.
The Seats- 42 inches of pitch Gooooooood. Better than United PE, American, Virgin, all of ANA, some of Air New Zealand, most of cathay pacific fleet but not as generous as Norwegian (Norwegian offers 43 or 46 depending on the equipment flying) but the seat is very functional and spacious and you will have enough legroom. The controversial thing about the seat is that it slides forward to recline rather than slides back. Frankly for a premium economy product, nothing beats the recline on Norwegian PE seats and their pitch is good too. So I was not a fan of the JAL recline but they make up for it in so many ways.
JAL FA's: They are the best in the world besides the gulf carriers. They are prompt friendly and kind and willing to serve.
The Food: You will NOT starve on a JAL PE Flight. Snack after snack, Udon De Sky, Probably the best economy food offered in the sky (not enhanced food like Virgin or Air New Zeleand) but when you have lounge access you tend to have your meals at the lounge instead of eating on the flight unless your flying a solid business class like Qatar Airways or Turkish Airlines business catering. Again for economy food it is pretty good.. Also you get Hagen Daz icecream and snack after snack after snack. GOOOOOOOOOOOD. My advice is EAT AT THE LOUNGE and if the food is good eat the airline meal. But enjoy all the yummy snacks and Udon de Sky and the Hagen Daz
Overall: I will fly JAL again. I normally fly business class when going overseas but when I am paying for 5 people and not traveling alone PE is the Way to go with JAL.