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JAL unveils new business and first class

10 Jun 2008 by Mark Caswell

Japan Airlines is
to introduce redesigned business and first class products on its new 777-300ER
aircraft, with the Tokyo-New York route the first to see the new seating.

The JAL Suite
(first) and JAL Shell Flat Neo Seat (business) seating will debut on August 1
on the New York route, initially operating every other day on flights JL005 and
JL006, before going daily on August 11. Tokyo-San Francisco will follow on
September 13, with Chicago and Los Angeles getting the new seating in 2009.

The new JAL Suite
will be “20 per cent more spacious” than the carrier’s current first-class
offering, and will be configured in two rows of 1-2-1. It will feature a 78.5-inch
fully-flat bed, with mattresses by Tempur made from “a visco-elastic
temperature sensitive material that moulds to your body”.

Other features
include an ottoman for companion dining, 19-inch TV screen with AVOD
entertainment system, side shelf and several stowage spaces, and a laptop power
point.

The new
business-class seating is an improved version of the carrier’s current JAL
Shell Flat Seat, with increased seat width and pitch, and a 75.6-inch lie-flat
bed at nine degrees from horizontal. The seat upholstery has also been given a “slip-proof
cover”, and the centre console of the seat has been expanded to include more
stowage space.

Another change to
JAL’s business class (refered to by the airline as Executive Class Seasons)
will be the addition of a “Sky Gallery”, with a wall of photographic
exhibitions located opposite a self-service bar area. The first exhibition will
feature photographs of Japanese forests, and is being run in conjunction with
Fuji Film.

JAL’s recently
introduced premium economy seating (click here for a review on the London-Tokyo
route) will also appear on the new 777-300ERs.

The new first
class suite has been created by JPA Design, the company responsible for the business
class seating on Singapore Airlines’ A380 superjumbo, as well as the carrier’s
business and first prodcuts on its 777-300ER aircraft. JPA has also been chosen
to carry out Gulf Air’s forthcoming revamp, to include aircraft interiors,
livery, uniform and lounges (see online news April 11).

For more
information visit jal.co.jp, jpadesign.com.

Report by Mark
Caswell

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