Review: Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex) Business Class Tokyo (Haneda) to New Delhi

Flight no.JL 39
AircraftBoeing 787-9
Seat no.2K
Cost25k Alaska miles + US$32
(incl. MNL-HND segment)
Date of flightNovember 2022
Flight duration9 hrs

I flew in Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex) Business Class from Tokyo (Haneda) to New Delhi, after arriving from Manila a few hours prior.

Redeem just 25k Alaska miles for a one-way Business Class flight on Japan Airlines within Asia

How to fly Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex) Business Class

Travellers can redeem miles/points to fly in Japan Airlines Sky Suite Business Class, which is also known as Apex Suite.

Miles from Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan, which can be purchased or earned through flying, can also be redeemed for Japan Airlines Business Class at very low rates!

If you are based in Singapore, you can also redeem Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, that can be transferred from most Singapore credit cards.

Sky Suites can be found on all of JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts and some Boeing 787-9 aircrafts. Check the seat maps to be sure.

Boeing 787-9 seat map with JAL Sky Suite seats

Here’s a quick look at the number of miles and cash required for a one-way Japan Airlines Business Class award booking:

Route
(to/from
SouthEast Asia)
Alaska
Mileage Plan
Asia
Miles
Japan,
S. Korea,
China
25k miles
(+~US$60)
61k miles
(+~US$220)
India25k miles
(+~US$60)
70k miles
(+~US$440)
North
America
65k miles
(+~US$90)
85k miles
(+~US$110)

How to find Japan Airlines award space

The easiest and quickest way to search for oneworld award availability is on American Airlines’ website, aa.com.

This is because, you will be able to set filters like “Non-stop flights only”, “Business/First class only” and no. of passengers, and have a lovely calendar view of the award availability (as shown below).

Note: Use aa.com only as a reference and ignore the miles indicated on the website.

When you see availability on aa.com, replicate the search on your preferred frequent flyer program (e.g. Asia Miles) to complete the booking.

Calendar view on aa.com
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Pre-flight

Prior to take-off, I was offered a beverage of choice and I just requested for a bottle of water.

Bottled water before take-off

Unfortunately, hot towel service was still missing and I was offered a wet towel in a plastic packaging before take-off.

Wet towel

Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex) Business Class

The Sky Suite seats are laid out in a 2-2-2 configuration and can be transformed into fully-flat beds. Because of the ingenious design of Apex Suites, all seats have direct aisle access!

Seats on Boeing 787-9 aircrafts are equipped with the latest MAGIC-VI in-flight entertainment system. Note: Sky Suites found in Boeing 777-300ER aircrafts are equipped with the older MAGIC-V in-flight entertainment system, similar to those found in Boeing 767-300ER aircrafts.

Other airlines offering Apex Suites in Business Class include Korean Air and Oman Air (review coming soon!)

Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex Suite)
Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex Suite)

Privacy is fantastic for the window seats, however, the entrance to access the seat is a little narrow.

Entry to the window seat

Apex Suites are really spacious and have fantastic knee room, especially in bed mode.

Japan Airlines Sky Suite (Apex Suite)
View from the seat
Foot rest
View of the neighbouring seat
Great overall privacy in the cabin
Window seats
Universal power port
Seat controls
Headphone jack
Outer window seat

All that space comes at a price. The window seats do not have proper storage area within reach, when you are seated down.

The off-window seats have better storage compartments right next to the seat.

Storage area behind the head rest of the window seats
Additional storage area of the outer window seat
Amenity kit

Bed mode

Bed mode
Bed mode

Dining

It’s no surprise that the food quality onboard this Japan Airlines Business Class flight is phenomenal. This is consistent with my previous experiences with the airline.

Food from the Japanese Menu
Food from the Japanese Menu
Food from the Japanese Menu
Soybean mousse topped with red bean confiture and chestnut
Plum wine
Layered eggplant & potato bake

However, in terms of presentation, the cheese plate was a let-down.

Assorted cheese
Food menu
Beverage menu

Airport lounge access

Flying in Japan Airlines Business Class from Tokyo (Haneda) gets you entry into Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge (Sky View) Tokyo Haneda Airport.

It is a beautiful lounge with plenty of natural light and a panoramic view of the apron.

Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge (Sky View) Tokyo Haneda Airport (read my review)

My ratings

This is how I am rating my Business Class experience (vs other airlines):

Seat9/10
Bed10/10
Dining10/10
Privacy9/10
Storage3/10
Service9/10
Cleanliness10/10
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Bottom line

The Apex Suite, also referred to as Sky Suite, provides an excellent amount of room and privacy for passengers travelling in Business Class.

In exchange for the generous amount of space and privacy, the downside is the limited accessible storage compartments. But personally, I would accept that trade-off any day!

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