Sky-High Shopping

February 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Japan Airlines recently filed for bankruptcy protection to save itself from a whopping $8 billion debt. It’s my favorite carrier to Tokyo, so I’m sad they’ll be scaling back service.

In the realm of commercial goods, JAL has done well in extending its efforts beyond in-flight peanuts. At major airports in Japan, you’ll find JAL-operated Blue Sky shops that sell a hot bowl of ramen alongside cool gizmos and souvenirs.

And online at JAL shop, you’ll find even more cool stuff. Here are some of my favorites:

Don’t underestimate a girl’s need for handy pouch This one can be used as an amenities case, a lunch bag, and a “heading to the powder room to freshen up” tote. Believe me, I’m drooling just looking at this picture. With its baby blue stripes and blue trim, it’s too cute. ($48)

It’s Sky Time! JAL serves this complimentary citrus beverage on domestic flights. Sweetened with yuzu fruit – the love child of a lime and an orange – you’ll want to take a bottle home after your first gulp. Luckily, JAL sells it online and every now and then you’ll see it at a Japanese market, too. ($30 / 24-bottle case)

Japan is crazy about their hi-tech toilet seats, not just because they heat your loins on a wintry morn, but because they come with a bidet. The same brand name toilet, TOTO, produces a portable version of the ‘washlet,’ so now you can go anywhere and feel springtime fresh! ($125)

I’m probably not the only one shocked by JAL’s sudden announcement. It’ll be a sad day for most people in Japan should JAL actually disappear. Why? Because it’s a much classier airline than anything you will find in the U.S. Friendly service, great amenities – it’s what makes their brand so strong.
Hang in there, JAL!

Himawari

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