American Airlines Business Class Chicago – Tokyo

My apologies once again, I’ve been slackin’. After returning for my most recent trip, I was hit with jet lag pretty bag along with a nasty stomach flu that side lined me for a few days. I’ve quite the list of updates so let’s get crackin’!

This flight had quite the interesting turn of events leading up to my departure. I was originally supposed to make this flight out of DFW (Dallas, Texas) but was rerouted to ORD (Chicago, Illinois) after yet another cancelled flight. I can’t believe the stream of bad luck that I have this year on delayed and cancelled flights. Every trip that I have taken so far has consisted of one of the two. At first I didn’t really mind since I was granted access to the AMAZING American Airlines Flagship Lounge (For more on this, checkout my previous post). But this feeling was over soon, because as you could probably guess by now, my flight from Chicago was delayed as well due to some mechanical failures! Yay! I can’t even begin to explain how much I have been enjoying these interruptions……. 🙄 After about a 4 hour delay, we were finally on our way!

Once boarding was announced, I was ecstatic to finally get going. I left the lounge in a rush and proceeded right to the priority boarding lane which already had a queue of people waiting to board. I didn’t mind too much, I just wanted to finally leave and what better way to do so by flying on an American Airlines 787-8 Dreamliner Business Class flight to Tokyo? Once inside I was directed to my seat which was located towards the center of the plane.

And of course, what’s a pre-departure without a glass of bub?


The seat itself was pretty standard in regards to business class seats. Multiple USB and charging ports, digital seat adjustment pad, digital remote control and flat screen TV.

And of course, an area for my belongings. A hanger for my jacket and a storage area for my shoes so that I could slide right into my comfy provided slippers. Don’t mind the hairy legs.

I was also provided with a fantastic pair of Bose noise cancelling headphones, it was great to see these at my seat. It seems to be an ongoing trend with airlines that have premium seats to offer horrible headphones which is very surprising to me. You would think that a business/first class seat would have high-end headphones but most U.S. airlines don’t. These made the flight twice as great.

The amenity kit was nice too, but the packaging in my opinion seemed pretty worthless since it was just a bag instead of an actual case. But the items inside were pretty nice: A toothbrush and toothpaste, socks, night-mask, earplugs, lotion, lip balm, mouthwash, tissues, and a pen.

This flight also had something that was pretty interesting, the position that my seat was facing which was reverse. Half of the seats were facing the opposite direction which was something new to me, felt like I was flying backwards.

After takeoff the flight attendant came around with the drink menus. Nothing exotic this time around, I think I deserve a beer after all the delays and canceled flights I had to endure.

About 30 minutes into the flight dinner service began. I had a selection choice of either a Japanese meal or western meal in which I chose western, I figured I would have plenty of time for authentic Japanese. The first plate to arrive was some smoked salmon rolls with quail egg, cream cheese, squash and a side salad which was pretty good.

The following plate was braised short rib, charred lemon and dill quinoa, currants, and horseradish gremolata. The beef was as good as it looked, well cooked and juicy as well as the quinoa being flavorful as well. I didn’t care too much for anything else however, way to bitter for my taste.

For dessert I had the option of an ice-cream sundae but opted out of all the toppings and just had plain vanilla Haagen-Dazs instead.

After after the dinner service I was so tired that I decided to just crash which ended up being the rest of the flight. between the flights being delayed/cancelled I was just too exhausted and called it a day. Overall it was quite the pleasant flight with minimal to no noise during the flight, just like it should be.

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