Japan Airlines is known for being on time and for having an expansive network of partners so that flyers can travel the world with ease. The airline is not, however, known for having a superior lounge. The Japan Airlines lounge is very good, but nothing quite sets it apart from other lounges.

That is, until now.

Starting immediately, the Japan Airlines First Class Lounge at the Tokyo Narita airport will have a sushi chef preparing fresh sushi for clients. The sushi menu will change weekly, keeping things exciting for travelers who frequent the lounge area. The sushi will be offered as a standard menu item in the JAL First Class Lounge.

The JAL First Class Lounge is not only for members who fly First Class. Anyone with top-tier frequent flyer status regardless of how they fly, as well as OneWorld top tier flyers, can enter the lounge. At this time, Japan Airlines has not announced if anyone can pay for admission to the lounge.

The focus on improving the lounge has come at a time when Japan Airlines is still trying to form partnerships and expand its services. The airline has just announced that it will begin partnering with Hawaiian Airlines in the Spring in a new codeshare and frequent flyer program agreement.

Japan Airlines understands that part of the flying experience includes access to lounges that provide travelers with special amenities and unique touches. Many of the leading airlines around the world are focusing their attention on recreating or building new airport lounges as a way to attract new clients or to keep the ones they already have.

Pedro Pla is co-founder of GET.com. He has been around the globe several times and considers collecting air miles and points from credit cards to be a hobby, if not, an obsession. Email: p@get.com.