MIAMI — Japan Airlines will introduce its ever popular JAL Sky Suite onto select 787-8 aircraft under the name JAL Sky Suite 787. The new signature interiors will enter service in December 2014 with once-daily flights from Tokyo Narita to Frankfurt and will continue to expand in January 2015 with once daily service from Tokyo Narita to JFK Airport.
Business class onboard Japan Airlines Sky Suite 787 aircraft will feature 38 private full lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. Japan Airlines has decided to use the same design as the SS7 business class seats onboard their 777 family. Each business class seat offers aisle access and standard luxuries such as 23-inch personal televisions and retractable privacy screens. All business class seats will feature the comfortable S-Line mattress and pillow setup.
JAL Sky Premium onboard Japan Airlines Sky Suite 787 will offer 35 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration for a total of 35 premium economy seats. JAL Sky Premium seats offer 42 inches of seat pitch at a width of 19 inches. Features include 12.1 inch inflight entertainment systems featuring a new touch panel monitor along with cup holders and a center divider. Once again, Japan Airlines will use the same design as onboard their 777s with the Sky Suite interior.
JAL Sky Wider II class onboard Japan Airlines Sky Suite 787 will feature 88 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration. Seat width increases to 48 cm in the new Sky Suite setup with an additional 5 cm compared to current Japan Airlines 787-8 aircraft in the old 3-3-3 economy configuration. Seat pitch will also expand to 84 cm from 79 cm in previous 787-8 aircraft.
All economy seats will feature 10.6-inch inflight entertainment screens with a touch panel monitor. USB outlets and AC power outlets will be available within each seat. The JAL Sky Wider II is the only seat redesigned from Japan Airlines SS7 interior. The new economy seats promise to deliver what Japan Airlines calls “The worlds top-scale seating space in economy class on Boeing 787s.”
Japan Airlines will also unveil its new inflight entertainment system “MAGIC-VI” to replace the current “MAGIC-V” system. The new system will offer simple upgrades to the current system such as updates to the in flight meal ordering system and Sky Manga. Other updates include a swipe feature for passengers personal screens.
Japan Airlines currently has 15 787 aircraft and is the fourth largest operator of the 787 in the world. They trail only behind rival All Nippon Airways (33), Air India (17), and Qatar Airways (17). Japan Airlines 787 fleet currently is comprised of only 787-8 aircraft (15). 10 additional 787-8 aircraft are on order and will grow the 787-8 fleet to 25 aircraft. This is in addition to the 20 larger 787-9 aircraft also entering the fleet in 2015.