Revamped JAL Narita Lounges Open with Improved Services

Travel News Asia Friday, 20 July 2007

JAL has opened two completely revamped lounges at Narita International Terminal 2, the airlines main international hub. The airline has created a more spacious and more comfortable environment in the JAL First Class Lounge and JAL Sakura Lounge located in the main building of the terminal. This has been achieved by almost tripling the total lounge area; totally redesigning and refurbishing their interiors; and improving the range of services available.

The two lounges have a combined space of nearly 4,000m2 and total seating for almost 700 people. They have been completely transformed by using warm timber such as walnut combined with soothing lighting, elements of glass and stone, and furnished with stylish leather and suede upholstered furniture to create a contemporary Japanese interior design that has a calm, welcoming atmosphere with a subtle sense of drama.

Both lounges feature a self-service dining area open from 7:30am to 10:00 pm in which JAL offers a new buffet-style hot meal service. Every morning, JAL serves a fine selection of hot food items for breakfast ranging from bacon, sausage and scrabbled eggs to tofu, wakame (seaweed) miso soup and freshly cooked Uonuma Koshihikari rice from Niigata. For lunch and dinner, passengers can enjoy eating, for example, spicy Thai chicken and vegetable curry with rice, or Sanuki udon - soft noodles served in a soup seasoned with bonito and kelp.

Throughout the day, passengers can also enjoy a selection of healthy gourmet soups made by Soup Stock Tokyo, such as lobster and crab soup, and Tokyo clam chowder. Soup Stock Tokyo is a popular chain of eateries specializing in soups made only from natural ingredients free of artificial flavorings or preservatives.

Menus will be adjusted to reflect the changing flavors of the seasons, so that passengers can enjoy the freshest of ingredients.

Stylish bar-counters with views of the airport are staffed by bartenders from 3pm until 10pm in both lounges. The bartenders are there to serve a wide range of drinks including champagne, single-malt whiskeys, cognac, wine, draft beer, and a choice of 11 cocktails including JALs own original sake-based martini cocktail, called Sakura.

Furthermore, well-stocked beverage counters and salad bars are available in both lounges.

Prior to departure, customers are able to freshen up in one of the new shower rooms, or enjoy a free-of-charge soothing massage offered by a resident professional masseuse. Customers can also rest in relaxation rooms furnished with curve-shaped loungers, or unwind in one of the latest hi-tech massage chairs.

This business environment of the two lounges has been improved as they come fitted with such standard conveniences as electrical outlets for PC power, as well as high-speed wireless LAN connection for Internet access.

Furthermore, the JAL Sakura Lounge features a Childrens Room for families traveling with children. The room has a fun play area, and is stocked with childrens games, toys, books and a wide-screen television.

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