Posted on: 22 March 2016 by Mark Howells
After introducing SKY SUITE onboard its various different aircraft types, Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced plans to upgrade one of its Boeing 777-200ERs with a new interior before it begins operating on the carrier’s Tokyo Haneda–Bangkok route from July 2016.The 777-200ER will feature JAL SKY SUITE III fully lie-flat business class seats, which provide each passenger with unobstructed aisle access in a 1-2-1 configuration. There will be 42 business class seats in total, 14 less than the 56 business class seats currently featured on the aircraft. The seats will also benefit from a 17” personal TV screen, which is far larger than the 9-10.4” screen on the existing model. JAL’s SKY SUITE III business class seats also have an AC power outlet, USB port and adjustable LED light.The airline is also bringing in JAL SKY PREMIUM seats in the airline’s premium economy class. Set in a 2-4-2 configuration, the number of seats (40) will remain the same as on the current aircraft. The monitors in premium economy will now measure 12.1” (10.6” for front-row seats).JAL’s 777-200ER economy seating will be replaced by JAL SKY WIDER, which offers an increased seat pitch of a maximum 10cm more than the current seat due to a slim-style seatback design. The seating configuration in economy will become 3-4-2 (instead of the current 3-3-3) and will feature 154 seats in comparison to the current interior’s 149. Economy seats will also have AC power outlets and USB ports.Overall, the aircraft will have 236 seats in total, in comparison to the 777-200ERs current 245. From winter 2016, the revamped aircraft will also be used on JAL’s Tokyo Haneda–Singapore route and Japan-Honolulu route.“Our aim is to deliver enhanced services and products to more customers. We have developed this new Business Class seat with highly in-flight habitability and provision of appropriate capacity as well,” explained Yoshiharu Ueki, president of Japan Airlines. “JAL will be continuing to embrace new challenges, and striving to become the most preferred airline in the world.”All passengers will benefit from JAL’s Magic-VI in-flight entertainment system. The carrier says in-flight connectivity services will be progressively introduced to its Boeing 777-200ERs.