Flight review: JAL business class Tokyo to Busan B737-800

This flight review is about the 2 hour business class flight with JAL between Tokyo Haneda and Busan. The flight was during the summer 2018, and it was booked via British Airways for only 9000 avios + 13€ surcharges.

Aircraft

We flew a B737-800 with 12 business class seats in a 2-2 configuration

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Boarding

Boarding was done fast, they had one lane for their top-tier status members, one lane for mid-tier status members & business class as well as an economy lane.

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Seats

The seats were really good for a domestic aircraft as you can see in the pictures. The recline was fair, leg room more than sufficient, you had a foldable table in one armrest as well as an entertainment screen in the other one. The entertainment system needs some improvement but was okay for a short flight. Each seat also had an international power socket.

WiFi was available free of charge and surprisingly the speed was really good.

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Economy Cabin  (Photo Boeing 757), same seats are in the 737.

Food

The food really surprised us in a very positive way. As you can see in the pictures, the food looked great and it also tasted the way it looked, good and fresh. Rarely did I enjoy my meal on a short-haul flight that much. In terms of drinks, the basic choice was available.

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Staff

Staff was very friendly and effective. We were fully satisfied on that side. Even hot towels were provided immediately after departure which was a nice touch.

Amenities

For this short flight, slippers, a blanket and even a decent pillow were provided. Furthermore some very basic headphones were available as well as some tooth brushes in the lavatory.

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Review: JAL business class Tokyo - Busan B737-800

Conclusion

We enjoyed every aspect of this short flight except from maybe the entertainment system. From the seats, to the food over the amenities, this is how a short-haul flight should be. All european carriers are miles away from giving their customers such a great experience on a short-haul flight. Considering that you can book these flights on JAL with only 9000 avios and negligible surcharges, you can consider it a bargain.

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