MIAMI — Japan Airlines—the world’s second largest Boeing 787 operator—has formalized an order for four more 787-8 Dreamliners valued at more than $900 million. With this order, the Japanese carrier will expand its Dreamliner fleet to 48 aircraft.
According to Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines, these aircraft will increase capacity for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“This order for additional 787 Dreamliners, is a key part of our strategy as we look to bolster our existing route network and strengthen our position ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo,” he said.
Japan Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in March 2012 (JA825J), powered by General Electric GEnx engines.
The most spacious cabin in the skies
Even though this order is for Boeing 787-8s, JAL boasts the most spacious cabin configuration in the sky on their larger 787-9s. As reported by our partner website The Design Air, new 787-9s will feature 52 business class seats, 35 premium economy seats and just 116 economy seats.
While other Boeing 787 operators continue to set their economy class cabins on a 9-abreast layout, JAL has chosen to adopt an 8-abreast configuration with an increased seat width of 1.97 inches more on the -9s.
The JAL Sky Wider seats are set up in a 2-4-2 layout with 33″ of leg space and a width of 18.9″ between armrests. The Dreamliners boast standard 10.6″ inflight entertainment screens, universal PC power outlets, and USB port on all seats.
In Premium Economy, dubbed JAL Sky Premium, seats are configured in a 7 abreast layout (2-3-2), with a generous leg pitch of 42″ and 19.3″ of width. Entertainment screens are 12.1 inches in this section of the aircraft.
Lastly, the JAL Sky Suite Ⅲ business class seat is configured in a 1-2-1 layout. The seat transforms into a 78-inch bed, 21 inches wide. The entertainment suite features a 17″ screen, PC power outlets, and USB ports.
With this, the Dreamliner product grows stronger in Asia, trying to catch the Airbus A330 program which currently is leader in the Asia-Pacific region, most noticeably in China.