What is better option to Japan/Narita.

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Opto80

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Member since 25 Aug 2014

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What is better option to Japan/Narita. QF PE on 747 from SYDNEY or JQ 'business class' on 787 from Gold Coast/Cairns? Thanks.

am

Member since 15 Apr 2011

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Assuming you aren't running on a tight schedule, the JQ flights are generally significantly cheaper and far better value. They also fly nonstop to Tokyo from Melbourne if that's where you're based. 

LJS

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I would agree. The JQ Business flight is excellant value.  The food and beverage service is good and the service cheerful and friendly. The only advice I would give its to be careful about your seat selection.  The front row is great, however the middle row can feel a bit cramped if the person in front reclines (no worse than PE on QF).

Opto80

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Schedule is not really important. Although would possibly be connecting to a GK flight - Jetstar japan - in Narita to fly to Sapporo.  More about comfort/service/food etc  in QF PE vs JQ Business. But yes am I better to fly on QF or JQ if I intend to fly NRT to CTS on arrival with GK or JL etc? Thanks. 

watson374

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I should point out the last NRT-CTS flights leave at six-something, around the time the OOL-NRT and CNS-NRT flights arrive, so your only options are MEL-NRT (JQ) or SYD-NRT (JL, QF).

V1213

Member since 19 Jun 2012

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It depends on when you're travelling. If you're thinking peak ski season I'd take a punt on QF PE. Everytime I've flown the SYD-NRT flight in January I've been upgraded for free because Economy was chockers and Business was empty.

Opto80

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Yes I was thinking the overnight flight from Syd which arrives into NRT around 7.30am and then change to GK around 9.00am or so. Yes will be late Jan. peak ski season but at end of  Oz school holidays. Was thinking QF PE for extra baggage allowance and slightly more leg room than economy. I know the OOL -NRT flight arrives too late to fly into CTS that night so have to overnight near Narita. Not keen on that idea. Brisbane based but happy to fly  via Syd on QF21. 

V1213

Member since 19 Jun 2012

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Have you had a look at booking the entire way to CTS with QF?

My bookings for this season included the tag up to CTS on JL for no extra cost than just flying to NRT, which means through-checked bags and generally a more streamlined experience compared to flying GK.

Opto80

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Member since 25 Aug 2014

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Thanks. Booked via QF website or travel agent? Can't seem to get the JL flights to show up on QF website - seems to want to direct me to GK I think. Cheers. 

V1213

Member since 19 Jun 2012

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When I booked GK only had their skeleton schedule published so there were no decent connections and I was offered JL through the QF website.

I see now that the full GK winter schedule is published those connections are on offer. I guess the plus is that GK flies in and out of NRT, whereas JL requires a cross-town transfer to/from HND. As long as your flights are all ticketed together on the one booking, theoretically your bags will be through-checked on GK. Not sure how this works in practice, though.

moa999

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Mind you on JL you can often pay a little extra (1000/8000 yen) for J Class or First...

Serg

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IMHO JQ biz offer better seats than QF PE for less money. Food could be dreadful, though.

GM

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Member since 12 Mar 2014

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If getting to CTS quickly is the priority, have you looked at changing in SIN/HKK/ICN? Each seem to have flights from BNE.

Haven't looked at the schedules so no iea how good the connections are, but there might be an option there...

watson374

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There aren't any SIN-CTS nonstops, so the OP cannot transit in SIN. ICN is possible on KE, however a straight-through connection is only possible two days a week, Sunday and Tuesday, and the layover is a mere 55m (which may or may not be valid).

The only non-NRT one-stop I can confidently come up with is BNE-HKG-CTS, which can be done on the overnight BNE-HKG, connecting to the late-morning HKG-CTS flight (Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday).

GM

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Member since 12 Mar 2014

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Thanks for doing the legwork watson! :)

HKG sounds like a goer then. Much as I love Tokyo (lived in greater Tokyo for nine+ years) the NRT connections sound iffy, and staying in a Narita hotel is a depressing thought... I'd personally do the NRT to HND change with a day in between (time to hit my favourite downmarket izakaya and a recovery brekkie at Tsukiji...), but it sounds like the OP just wants a smooth trip, I reckon he would be better off transiting in HKG :)

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