Monday, August 26, 2013

A healthy Japanese breakfast at the American Airlines' Admiral Club lounge at Tokyo's Narita Airport

The Admiral Club of American Airlines
at Tokyo's Narita Airport

Today, while waiting for my flight out of Tokyo, and living a never-ending Travelife, I had breakfast at the Admiral Club business class lounge of American Airlines at Narita Airport.

I haven't been through this lounge in a while, even if I go through Narita Airport a lot.

But usually I'm at the lounge of another airline, which is bigger but also busier and definitely way more crowded.

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NARITA IS ONE OF THE BUSIEST AIRPORTS
IN THE WORLD

I'd gotten used to this crowded situation at Narita Airport's business class lounges, especially at breakfast.

This is one of the busiest airports in the world, after all.

There are probably thousands of people trying to catch a morning flight somewhere on any given day.

So at the lounge I more often use, there's always a line at the breakfast buffet and I'm lucky if I can get a table quickly.

PEACE AND QUIET AT THE ADMIRAL CLUB
OF AMERICAN AIRLINES

The dining area of the Admiral Club.
The reading and working areas are to the right of this.


What a contrast to the Admiral Club lounge of American Airlines.

This lounge is spacious and well-designed.

On the two mornings I've been through here this year, the Admiral Club lounge in Narita has been orderly, quiet and not at all crammed with people.

It has art work and decorative items strategically placed throughout the lounge, and the bathroom facilities are ample and nice.

Tasteful decor everywhere


THE BEST THING ABOUT THE ADMIRAL CLUB

And here's what I really like best: almost every seat in the main section has its own dedicated electric socket.

How intelligent is that?

It's perfect for business travelers, and no need to "fight" over a single power source with a dozen other passengers.

Flower arrangement on the way to the bathroom


WHY I LIKE BUSINESS CLASS

I'm forever looking for electric sockets for my computer and gadgets as I'm usually working while waiting for my flight somewhere.

And in airport lounges I use all the time, I know exactly where the electric sockets are.

This access to a quiet and business-like waiting area is perhaps one of the two biggest reasons why I like to fly business all the time -- that and more spacious inflight seating.

This was the first course on my flight today...


I don't need better inflight food, although of course this is nice.

But I really need a place to work before the flight, and decent space and a flat bed are essential for me on flights over three hours.

Otherwise I get completely claustrophobic, unless I'm sitting with someone I'm very comfortable with.

And that narrows the choices down to about three or four people.

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A NICE WAY TO START ANY FLIGHT

"What a nice way to start my flight," I said to myself this morning.

Breakfast wasn't bad either.

There was a Japanese selection and a continental selection, as well as the usual peanuts, biscuits, candy and fruit.

A HEALTHY BREAKFAST



I'd been trying to eat healthy and moderately in Tokyo, so for breakfast at the Admiral Club lounge, I had a small bowl of rice topped with okra and a bowl of miso soup.

Plus a big glass of tomato juice.

I figured I would get all my nutrition "colors" covered for today this way.

And then I settled back to read my copy of the latest FT Weekend until my flight was finally called.




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