I’m Blogging from Japan

executive business class air canada to japan

executive business class air canada to japan

I am writing this post comfortably sitting on the plane on my way to 3 weeks of vacation in Japan. Except for my husband, all my closed-by neighbors are Japanese. It is my first time that I had the chance to sit in the Executive First Suite where the seat transforms in a flat bed. It is awesome! My husband and I decided many years ago that will go to Japan once we accumulated enough points to get the best seats. This is it!

On a long flight like this, it takes 13 hours from Toronto to Tokyo, you appreciate the extra space. The only drawback of the cocoon is that you are more or less alone. The seats in the middle, which are side by side are the best option for people that travel together. But honestly, it is hard to communicate; especially since you have to overcome the noise of the engine. On the positive side, the room is quiet, which is great for sleeping.

What about the food?

I drank a glass of Champagne Drappier for the apero while the Yali Sauvignon Blanc from Chili was a nice choice with the black cod.

Our first meal service was:

  • Smoked salmon with capers, finely diced red onions and pumpernickel bread
  • Organic Field Greens and Grape Tomated served with a Balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The dressing was in an individual bottle. Like French, I ate the salad after the main course
  • We have 4 choices for the main course. I selected a tasty braised black cod with fennel served over a tomato, saffron and potato broth. I really enjoyed the cubes of tomato and potatoes. I would love to get my hand on this recipe.
  • Then, we had a selection of cheese: camembert, yellow cheddar and Oka with crackers.
  • For dessert, I opted for fresh fruit, I still can believe that I resisted the tempting warm chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream.

There was also a Japanese menu that was available on pre-request. They served snackย  in between, if you like.

I did not leave the plane with an empty stomach. The pre-arrival breakfast includes juice, sliced seasonal fruits, yogurt, croissants and pains au chocolat. We have a choice between a chive omelette or a blueberry pancakes. The egg dish delivers a weird combination of flavors.

The Japanese breakfast was okayu, a rice porridge served warm with pickles. Okayu is often served to sick people. It is basically rice cooked in a lot of water. You add the pickles to give flavor to a tasteless porridge.

The sleep cocoon tops my air travel experience. I guess that we will start to accumulate points to fly executive class to go to Australia next.
April17th, 2010 Update: I flew Air Canada. They upgraded their seats on the planes they use for services to Asia. This is the exact plane, the B777 in the 200 configuration.

More about Japan

I will post short videos of cool things I see in Japan during my stay. Several bloggers or friends agreed to write guest posts. This way, you will not only hear about Japan for 3 weeks.

  • Line Atallah
    April 15, 2010 at 10:41

    Yay!!! Can’t wait to read you from Japan. My dream trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenn Lee
    April 15, 2010 at 11:15

    Hi Kim! Those seats look super cool… very Japan’ish of the airline. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t wait to hear and read about your trip, I would love to go to Japan one of these days. ENJOY!!

    Jenn Lee

  • Lynne Faubert
    April 15, 2010 at 11:15

    My, you look comfy and very hi-end in that seat. Enjoy and look forward to reading you. (I guess you can take the blogger out of Montreal, but you can’t take the woman away from Internet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fiona Richards
    April 15, 2010 at 11:35

    I love this post. I am very excited to read your posts from Japan – so now the pressure is on! I’ve never even flown in business class so seeing you sitting there looking so comfortable in your spacious pod is just a dream for me. Have a great time Kim – you deserve it!

  • cate
    April 15, 2010 at 11:47

    This is so exciting, your pod looks amazing and huge TV screens! Can’t wait to hear all about your experiences in Japan, have fun!

  • Jen
    April 15, 2010 at 11:47

    It’s like a spa. The menu is amazing. Can’t believe you passed on the chocolate lava cake!

  • Marie @ M2JL STUDIO
    April 15, 2010 at 12:26

    Lucky you ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to see Japan from your point of view. It seems like such an interesting country to visit. Enjoy your vacations!

  • Andre
    April 15, 2010 at 14:11

    It’s funny to read this from the VYR lounge as we are about to fly to Tokyo as well…also in Executive-First. One problem with these seats is that the “laptop sleeve” is invisible when the seat is in an upright position. I once left my laptop in the plane at Frankfurt on my way to Bangalore.

    Once I realized this and came back, my MacBook Pro was gone forever.

    I’m also a bit tall for these seats.

    See you soon. I guess we’ll have a lots of suggestions for your days in Tokyo.

  • Sabina
    April 15, 2010 at 15:10

    Kim that is fantastic!!! I love that shot of you!! So chic and futuristic!! Have a wonderful time!! xoxo!!

  • Poudrette
    April 15, 2010 at 20:23

    Wow le voyage de mes rรชves!!! Anjoye!!!;-)

  • Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz
    April 15, 2010 at 21:57

    Wow, it is just all too cool!

  • Michelle Sullivan
    April 16, 2010 at 03:06

    I love flying first class .. it’s always a challenge to get back to the reality of coach ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You haven’t mentioned the airline – is it safe to presume this is JAL?

    • At Home with Kim Vallee
      April 16, 2010 at 17:40

      In my happiness, I forgot to indicate the airline. I flew Air Canada. They upgraded their seats on the planes they use for services to Asia.

  • jan
    April 16, 2010 at 12:24

    lucky you flying exec! looks like the best way to take such a long flight. have fun and we look forwrd to your posts. i don’t remember the umbrella checks – but clever.

  • Margarida
    April 16, 2010 at 13:40

    Great, Kim! Enjoy it!

  • Maria Botelho
    July 22, 2010 at 05:20

    Lucky YOU! There are lives less expensive, but they are worse! Enjoy Japan! Bring lots of ideias, I am your fan!!!
    Maria from Porto Portugal