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JAL confirms Dreamliner layout

Published: 10/10/2011 - Filed under: News »

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Japan Airlines will launch its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a layout featuring 144 seats in economy and 42 in business class. The aircraft will operate on its new Tokyo-Boston route from next April.

The new route will commence on April 22, 2012, initially operating as a four-times weekly service, increasing to daily from June 1. Transpacific joint venture partner and fellow Oneworld member American Airlines will codeshare on the route.

The route will be served by JAL’s Boeing Dreamliner, around six months after the launch of rival ANA’s B787 aircraft (click here for more information).

Japan Airlines has yet to officially confirm details of the layout of the aircraft, but with reservations now available for the Tokyo-Boston route, customers can now see seatmaps during the booking process.

The carrier will configure the aircraft for 144 economy seats in a 2-4-2 layout, with 42 in business class configured 2-2-2. This compares to ANA’s long-haul Dreamliner configuration, which offers 46 fully flat business class seats, and 112 economy seats. It’s not yet clear what type of economy and business class seating product JAL will provide on its Dreamliner aircraft.

Readers will note there is a full row of economy class seats at the back of the aircraft which appear to offer extra legroom due to the emergency exit.

The new Tokyo-Boston route will see flight JL008 depart Tokyo Narita at 1130 (initially on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), landing in Boston at 1120. The return leg JL007 will leave Boston at 1320, landing back in Tokyo at 1600 the following day.

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Report by Mark Caswell

JAL's B787 business class layout

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shirokuma66 - 15/12/2011 11:43

Sounds like JAL will do as they always do, make the economy seats as cramped as possible (as well as make their aircraft as hot as possible). 144 vs. 112 is quite a shoe horn job, don't you think? On ANA, they have a seat pitch of 34" in economy. I imagine this will be more like 31".


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