Japan Airlines unveils new-look 787 SKY SUITE

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Japan Airlines sky suite
The JAL SKY SUITE Business Class on the new 787-8 includes 38 lie-flat seats, configured in a 2-2-2 formation.

Japan Airlines has debuted its new 787-8 Dreamliner, which includes the JAL SKY SUITE business product with lie-flat seats, a Premium Economy offer and a more spacious Economy class. The aircraft will initially be deployed on the Narita-Frankfurt and Narita-New York routes.

In Business Class, the JAL SKY SUITE seats will be configured in a 2-2-2 formation and each passenger will have a 23-inch in-flight entertainment (IFE) screen, compared to the 15.4-inch screens on the carrier’s existing 787-8. Premium passengers will also have extra storage space, a large swivel table for more flexibility and luxurious bedding. Business Class passengers can also order in-flight meals via the IFE system.

Japan Airlines’ ‘MAGIC VI’ in-flight entertainment system
Japan Airlines’ ‘MAGIC VI’ in-flight entertainment system on its new 787-8 is complemented by an LCD touch-panel control in Business Class.

In Premium Economy, configured 2-3-2, the seats are pitched at 42 inches and are 19 inches wide, and include a central divider at head level for added privacy. All 35 of the Premium Economy seats offer a 12.1-inch embedded, touch-screen IFE monitor.

Japan Airlines Dreamliner
Japan Airlines’ new 787-8 Dreamliner includes a Premium Economy class for the first time, while Economy class seats are pitched 5cm further apart than on the carrier’s existing 787s.

In Economy class, the 88 seats – labelled JAL SKY WIDER II seats by the carrier – are configured 2-4-2, pitched at 33 inches and offer a 19-inch width. The personal IFE monitors in this class are 10.6 inches. The carrier says the 2-4-2 configuration allows for seat pitch to be increased by 5cm compared to a 3-3-3 configuration. Every passenger in Economy also has access to an AC power outlet and USB port.

From the end of 2014, Japan Airlines will also start the rollout of its JAL SKY Wi-Fi in-flight connectivity product across all classes of the 787.