JAL Installs New Business-Class Seat, Updated IFE System in Latest 767s

by Staff on October 15, 2010

Japan Airlines (JAL) will put into service a new international executive-class seat, the JAL Sky Recliner, when it takes delivery of four new Boeing 767-300ERs from this month.

The new 767s are also equipped with MAGIC V, the newly updated, most advanced version of Japan Airlines’ in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. The updated system now offers a touch-screen function and enhanced compatibility with personal electronic devices.


Modeled after the JAL First Class seat on domestic routes, the JAL Sky Recliner is shaped like a plush sofa with removable armrests and made with fine upholstery to enhance the sense of being pampered. The seats have a pitch of 129.5cm (51 inches), recline to 132 degrees and are arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration, ensuring ample leg room and comfort throughout the flight.

The Boeing 767-300ER is growing in importance in Japan Airlines' long-haul fleet as the airline downsizes its international operations to smaller aircraft types, particularly from Tokyo Narita, Osaka Kansai and Nagoya Chubu Centrair airports

Features of the new design include an optional large partition that separates both seats to provide passengers with heightened privacy, as well as expanded seat pockets for better storage of personal belongings. Incorporating the concept of universal design, the buttons of the seat control are large and ergonomic.

To complement the MAGIC V updated in-flight entertainment system, the JAL Sky Recliner comes with a personal 10.6-inch TV monitor, new video input capability, a USB port and an electrical power outlet.

The most current MAGIC V IFE control unit is installed in every seat and customers in every cabin class will be able to control their in-flight entertainment options with a touch of the screen, as well as from a handset. They also will be able to view their own videos or photographs by connecting a personal gadget such as an iPod, digital camera or video camera to the system.

Another highlight of MAGIC V is its Picture In Picture (PIP) feature, which enables customers to display a small flight map simultaneously with any other program. Passengers can use the Interactive Map function to select how they wish to view the flight map.

The medium-sized Boeing 767-300ER is one of the main models in JAL’s international fleet. The aircraft equipped with the JAL Sky Recliner executive-class seat will be scheduled on routes to destinations such as Singapore and Beijing from October onwards.

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