Best Airline to Japan

Nov 2nd, 2005, 01:53 PM
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Best Airline to Japan

Hi, I've never flown to Japan and I'm wondering what the best airline is to use from New York. I'm looking for a non-stop flights only as it is a quick business trip. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Either Japan Air or ANA. Both are very good and fly nonstop from JFK. At all cost avoid US carriers.
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Nov 2nd, 2005, 04:11 PM
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What class?
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Nov 3rd, 2005, 02:04 PM
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Hi, thanks for the responses. I'm looking into either business or economy class, business is preferable but extremely expensive (obviously), I'll do it if I can find something for $2,000 approx. Looking into Japan Air and ANA right now, thanks for the suggestions.
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Nov 3rd, 2005, 07:45 PM
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For $2,000, you can't get business class. However, what you can get is ANA's premium economy service on their JFK-NRT 777-300 service. Seating is 2-4-2, with more legroom and a legrest.
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Nov 4th, 2005, 12:47 PM
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I have had great luck traveling with American Airlines. I'm in Japan at least 2 times a year for the past 3 years. They use 777's and I have to say, there really is more room in coach if your going that route. They have non-stops from Chicago, and Dallas that I know of, I'm sure they have a couple from New York as well.

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RS_TECH - AA has removed "More Room Throughout Coach" on its 777. It's now back to standard industry pitch. So no advantage over other coach products.

They do fly from JFK.
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Nov 5th, 2005, 07:55 AM
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I flew ANA business class "Club ANA" to Tokyo last fall and it was fabulous. Great, comfortable 170 degree seats with down pillows, comforters and a knit kimono jacket to sleep in. Food was great and I slept for seven hours (a first in history for me). It cost 90,000 miles round trip--used AmEx points. Can't say enough about this airline. Everything was terrific.
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Nov 5th, 2005, 09:29 AM
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AFAIK, there are 4 airlines flying non-stops between the 2 cities, JAL, ANA, AA and UA.

If you choose business class and it will be expensive, choose either JAL or ANA.

If you decide on economy, then all 4 are about the same. My decision would be based on which one is the least expensive.

ANA and UA also have economy+ cabin. If you decide on that cabin, go with ANA. You have about 20% room between rows, the sitting is 2-4-2, as opposed to their regular economy 3-4-3, so the seats are wider. The service is still regular economy, but you do have more room and a better, more comfortable seat with footrest.
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Nov 5th, 2005, 09:57 AM
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Adding to what AAFF is saying:

Continental also flies this "market" but from EWR.

UA's Economy + is nothing but extra legroom. No difference in the seat or seat width, or service.

What is why I suggest ANA's premium economy. It's the only airline that has a true PE product.

[NW stopped flying JFK-NRT earlier this year, after flying that route for like gazillon years.]
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