Posted on: 05 September 2014 by Mark Howells
Japan Airlines (JAL) has revealed the brand new interior cabin design of its Boeing 787-8 aircraft, which features the airline’s custom JAL SKY SUITE 787 (SS8) design.
SS8 introduces JAL’s newly upgraded in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, MAGIC-VI, which sees improvements on the airline’s MAGIC-V solution. Whilst all IFE systems will still feature JAL’s ‘SKY MANGA’ channel, the IFE specs change depending on what class passengers are travelling in.
In Business Class passengers will have access to a 23” monitor, a vast increase in size compared to the 15.4-inch personal TV screen available on the existing Boeing 787-8. They’ll be able to navigate the monitor using an advanced liquid crystal display (LCD) touch-panel hand-held controller, whether it’s for ordering in-flight meals and sales or for entertainment purposes.
In Premium Economy, which is an entirely new cabin class for JAL’s B787-8 aircraft, passengers will use 12.1” screens with touch-surface capabilities. Economy customers have slightly smaller monitors measuring 10.6”, but they will also have access to an AC power outlet and USB Port from every seat.
JAL’s 787-8 Boeing with SS8 design also benefits from “JAL SKY Wi-Fi,” which runs using Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect service. In-flight Wi-Fi is being rolled out on the rest of the airline’s B787-8 jets by the end of 2014, so passengers can use their own wireless LAN devices during the flight.
SS8 is scheduled to be fitted on JAL’s Boeing 787-9 jets too which, along with the 787-8, will be used on international medium and long-haul services.
The SS8-configured B787-8 will fly on JAL’s routes between Tokyo and Frankfurt from December 2014 and Tokyo and New York from January 2015.