Japan Airlines will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25 and the aircraft (registered JA822J) will be flown from Everett to...

Japan Airlines (JAL) will take delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 on March 25 and the aircraft (registered JA822J) will be flown from Everett to Tokyo Narita by JAL pilots the following day.

JAL will be only the second customer to receive a Boeing 787. The carrier’s first commercial Boeing 787 flight will be the first ever non-stop flight to connect Boston with Asia when Japan Airlines uses it to launch the new service between Tokyo Narita and Boston on April 22.


Later this year, JAL will also use its new aircraft type to start another new non-stop service between a U.S. city and Asia with the launch of direct flights between Narita International Airport and San Diego.

This is a montage of photos of Japan Airlines' first Boeing 787 in the paint shop and after roll-out

The 787 is scheduled to be deployed on routes between Tokyo and Beijing, Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore as soon as subsequent aircraft are delivered and all necessary preparations are completed.

JAL’s first Boeing 787-8 will depart Paine Field in Everett on its delivery flight at 4:00 p.m. on March 26 and will touch down at Tokyo Narita at 6:30 p.m. the following day, local time.

The airline’s 787-8 Dreamliners are to be configured in two classes with 42 seats in business and 144 seats in economy.

Japan Airlines will fit its newest JAL Shell Flat Neo seats in Executive Class. These seats are 5 centimeters (2 inches) wider than the seats now fitted on JAL’s Boeing 777s, and will be installed in a 2-2-2 configuration so that customers are either seated by the window or along the aisle.

This photograph shows how the Executive Class cabin will look in Japan Airlines' Boeing 787-8s

Seat pitch in JAL’s 787 Executive Class cabins will be approximately 153cm (60.2in) and seat width in the upright position is approximately 54cm (21.3in) between the armrests. The seats recline to an angle of approximately 171 degrees, so the seat is not quite a full flat-bed seat.

The in-flight entertainment (IFE) screen for each Executive Class seat is 15.4 inches in diameter and features a touch panel.

Each JAL 787 Executive Class seat also features a universal PC power outlet, a USB port and RCA sockets.

Lavatories in Executive Class in JAL’s 787s will also feature a special warm-water Toto Washlet jointly developed by companies Toto, JAMCO and Boeing. The Toto Washlet is an electronic toilet seat featuring a water-jet function for washing, developed by Toto, a Japanese manufacturer of plumbing fixtures.

This photograph shows how the Economy Class cabin will look in JAL's Boeing 787-8s

The 144 Economy Class seats in each JAL 787-8 have 2cm (0.8in) wider space than JAL’s current economy seats and are arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration.

Economy Class seat pitch is approximately 79cm (31.1in) and seat width is approximately 47cm (18.5in) between the armrests. IFE screen size is 10.6in and again each screen features a touch panel. Each Economy Class seat has a universal PC power outlet, a USB port and RCA sockets.

JAL will introduce a new type of in-flight entertainment, called Sky Manga, on its 787s to reflect a distinctive part of the Japanese culture. Initially there will be electronic versions of more than 30 Japanese comic titles available in on Sky Manga, with expansion to English versions planned for the near future.