Last May, Japan AIrlines announced the airline was renovating the airline’s 767 cabin for its international routes. The first route will be first introduced on flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Vancouver from December 09, 2013 and following this, flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Kuala Lumpur from January 2014. The airline also plans to expand this new service onto other long-distance Southeast Asia and Honolulu routes.
According to Japan Airline’s press release, “Based on a theme of “Designed to evoke a ‘one-class higher’ feel”, the revamped aircraft boasts increased comfort and functionality. The fully-flat seats in Business Class (JAL SKY SUITE II) provide unobstructed aisle access for an undisturbed flight allowing maximum personal enjoyment and a soothing rest. Additionally, JAL SKY WIDER in Economy Class offers increased pitch and a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 10 cm (max.) more legroom than the present seat pitch.”
We take a closer look at the Sky Suite II to see what is on offer to compliment the 777 offering we looked at back in May.
Business Class “Sky Suite II”
The seats may look familiar, and so they should, the British firm Zodiac have created seats for many of the leading international airlines. The 24 new JAL SKY SUITE II seats will feature on the updated Boeing 767, each designed to recline 180 degrees into 2m long fully flat beds. In addition, each seat in the 1-2-1 configuration provides unobstructed aisle access, something that is now becoming the standard requirement for business class seating.
Also featured with the new seats are flexible side table and exclusive storage space, providing passengers with an ideal in-flight space. A 15.4-inch touch-panel TV screen that is almost 1.5 times larger than the former and naturally each seat is now equipped with a USB port and a universal AC power outlet
We love these seats, and whilst a little cocoon like, the seats offer privacy, and convenience, and the seating configuration allows for passengers who want to travel by themselves, or with a partner.
Economy Class “Sky Wider”
As we covered in our 777 report, the remarkable 34 inch seat pitch seat in a 2 x 3 x 2 seating configuration means an extra few inches in front, although doesn’t have the 2cms extra in width found in the 777 cabin. All 175 seats in the cabin have been created with space and comfort in mind. Pouches for your iPod or iPhone are in every seat, along with bottle holders. Then there are the 10.5 inch touchscreen monitors to keep you entertained, and ‘taste treats from the countryside’ which is the concept underlying JAL’s approach to serving Japan’s regional foods.