Japan Airlines is installing brand-new seats throughout every cabin class on its international fleet of Boeing 777-300ERs.
The newly designed seats will debut on JAL’s daily service between Tokyo’s Narita International Airport and London Heathrow Airport in January 2013.
Boeing 777-300ER flights offering the new seats will progressively be expanded to Japan Airlines’ services to New York JFK and to other long-haul Europe and North America routes in JAL’s network.
According to JAL, every new seat will be significantly superior to the preceding mode and will offer customers in all four cabin classes adavances in comfort level, functionality, and the overall onboard experience.
JAL will start refitting 13 of its flagship Boeing 777-300ER widebodies with the new seats; eight new seats in First, 49 in Business, 40 in Premium Economy and 135 in Economy Class.
Subsequently, JAL will introduce the latest Business Class flat-bed seats on its fleet of Boeing 767-300ER jets, followed by a complete renewal of seats in every other class of travel, beginning in the second half of 2013.
Japan Airlines says a highlight of the seat renewal is having the lie-flat beds in Business Class arranged in a lay-out that offers every customer unobstructed access to the aisles. The airline reckons the improved seat will offer greater privacy, enhanced functionality and a personal TV screen almost twice the size of that in the previous seat, providing customers with a personal space and ambience akin to a first class experience.
Similarly, JAL says that in the latest JAL Premium Economy and Economy Class, customers can expect seats that are better than the standards of previous models.
Japan Airlines plans to announce more details of its newest seats in mid-September, as well as details of upgrades it is planning for in-flight services and meals.
In First Class, JAL’s latest seats have been redesigned to raise the functionality and sense of prestige befitting First Class, while retaining the qualities of the current JAL SUITE seat. Personal TV screens are enlarged 20 per cent from 19 inches to 23 inches.
JAL’s new Business Class seats are fully lie-flat seats with expanded seat width, offering unobstructed access to the aisle from every seat. each seat will offer greater privacy and luxury. Each seat’s personal TV screen is enlarged from 15.4 inches to 23 inches, which the carrier reckons will be one of the largest screens available among all airlines’ Business Class cabins.
Premium Economy seats retain the fixed-backrest feature for an undisturbed space even when the passenger in front reclines. Seat pitch is widened by approximately 4 inches (10 centimeters) for more legroom. Personal TV screen size is enlarged from 9 inches to 12.1 inches.
Economy seat pitch is widened by 2 inches to 3 inches (5cm to 7cm), owing to a slimmer seatback design. Seat width between the arm-rests is broadened by up to 0.8 inches (2cm).