In This Series:
- Japan Airlines Business Class 787-8 Seattle to Tokyo-Narita
- Japan Airlines Business Class 767-300 Tokyo-Narita to Jakarta
- AirAsia Economy Class A320-200 Jakarta to Denpasar, Denpasar to Jakarta, Jakarta to Singapore
- Beaches and Temples: What we did in Bali
- Hyatt Regency Bali
- Andaz Singapore
- 48 hours in Singapore
- Cathay Pacific Business Class A330-300 Singapore to Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific Business Class A350-900 Hong Kong to Seattle
We had approximately two hours to connect onward to Jakarta. After spending the day flying, my first inclination was to shower. However, our 2-hour connection time was shortened considerably because of the time it took for us to get bussed to the terminal from a remote stand. Additionally, the early evening bank of flights arriving from the United States as well as those departing to other Asian destinations resulted in the JAL First Class Lounge being packed to the brim. We ended up utilizing the showers at the American Airlines’ Admirals Club and grabbing a quick bite of snacks at the Cathay Pacific Lounge en route to the gate.
Flight Number: JL729
Route: Tokyo-Narita (NRT) – Jakarta (CGK)
Schedule: 18:00 – 23:50
Duration: 7h 8m
Aircraft Type: Boeing 767-300ER (Registration: JA619J)
Cabin: Business Class
Date: August 24, 2019
The flight to Jakarta also boarded from a bus gate, and we were quickly shuffled to the hard stand. Boarding was done from door 1L, which took place quickly and orderly. I made my way to seat 4K, a “true” window seat.
A menu, a small amenity kit and a pair of slippers were already placed at the seat. Shortly after, a flight attendant came around the cabin offering cardigans as well as Indonesian custom declaration forms. Pre-departure beverage was subsequently served along with an oshibori, and we pushed back on time with over half seats in Business Class being empty.
Once the flight reached a cruising altitude, dinner was served. I chose the Japanese meal once again, and the menu read as follows:
Summer Breeze ~Selection of seasonal colorful delicacies~
- Japanese “Soba” Noodles with Spicy Cod Roe
- Japanese Omelette Sweet-simmered Sweet Potato Apricot in Syrup
- Summer Vegetables with Sesame Cream
- Broiled Eel & Cucumber with Mustard Vinegar Miso
- Tuna “Sashimi”
- Boiled Octopus with Citrus Soy Jelly Sweet Vinegared Turnip
Seared Sliced “Wagyu” Beef with Grated Radish Citrus Soy Sauce Grilled Black Cod “Saikyo Miso” Flavor
- Matcha Green Tea Flavored “Ukishima” ~Ukishima is Japanese style steamed cake made with sweet bean paste~
- Green Tea
Once my table was cleared, I tried to rest up a bit, knowing that we would have a long evening ahead of us in Jakarta. Prior to landing, a small snack consisting of a choice of either Chinese Rice Dumpling or a Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream was served.
Descent into Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta airport was swift, probably due to the relatively quiet air traffic approaching midnight Jakarta time. We touched down 30 minutes ahead of schedule and had a brief taxi to Terminal 3. It is worth noting that all international flights, with the exception of low cost carriers, have relocated from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. The new terminal is huge; it took us nearly 20 minutes to walk from the gate toward passport control. We cleared immigration in no time and headed toward the city center for a quick bite during our long layover en route to Bali.
JAL operates one of the youngest fleet of Boeing 767 aircrafts. Our bird, JA619J, for instance, had its maiden flight in July of 2008. JAL offers two daily flights in this market — with the other flight being operated by a Boeing 787 (previously by Boeing 777). This flight was comfortable and I will not hesitate to choose JAL again on my next flights to Jakarta.