Japan Airlines (JAL) is installing new seats throughout the airline’s two-class international Boeing 767-300ER fleet.
According to Japan Airlines, the latest improvements are in addition to the carrier’s previously announced interior revamp of its four-class international Boeing 777-300ERs.
The JAL Business Class cabin in each refurbished Boeing 767-300ER will be fitted with 24 new JAL Sky Suite II seats, each designed to recline 180 degrees into a fully flat bed.
In addition, each seat in the 1-2-1 business-class row configuration provides unobstructed aisle access for an undisturbed flight.
Business-class bed length will be approximately 200 centimeters (6 feet 6.75 inches) and seat width will be 52 centimeters (20.47 inches).
Each business-class seat will have a flexible side table and exclusive storage space, as well as 15.4-inch touch-panel TV screen that is almost 1.5 times larger than JAL’s former 767 business-class screen. Each seat is also equipped with a USB port and a universal AC power outlet
In the JAL Economy Class cabins in the refurbished 767s, the airline will install its newest economy class seat, JAL Sky Wider. Each 767 will have a total of 175 economy-class seats, arranged in a 2-3-2 configuration.
Seat highlights include increased pitch and a slim-style seatback design resulting in approximately 10 centimeters (4 inches) more legroom than the present seat pitch.
Economy seat pitch will be from 84 to 86 centimeters (33 to 33.9 inches) depending on the seat (these figures not including the claimed 10-centimeter extra legroom resulting from the fact the seats are slimmer), while seat width between the armrests will be approximately 45 centimeters (17.7 inches).
The individual seatback in-flight entertainment screens for most economy-class seats will be 10.6 inches in diameter, though the seats in the first row 8.9-inch screens in the first row of economy will only have 8.9-inch screens. As in business class, each economy-class seat is equipped with a USB port and a universal AC power outlet.
JAL plans to introduce the revamped Boeing 767-300ERs initially on its service between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (IATA code NRT) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) from December 2013.
The airline will also introduce the revamped 767-300ERs on select long-haul Southeast Asia routes and Honolulu routes by JAL’s 2014 fiscal year.
As a result of the airline’s latest cabin improvements, all of JAL’s routes operating to and from North America and Europe as well as the airline’s long-haul Southeast Asia routes will offer flat-bed seats in JAL Business Class.