Japan Airlines Unveils New Luxury Cabins for A350-1000s

Japan Airlines (JAL) has announced its new First and Business Class cabins for its upcoming Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, which will debut on the Tokyo-New York route from November 2023. The new cabins feature spacious suites, large 4K screens, and innovative seat modes.

JAL’s new First Class cabin will have only six suites, arranged in a 1-1-1 configuration. Each suite will have a closing privacy door that stands 157 cm (62 in) tall, creating a personal sanctuary for the passengers. The seat width is an impressive 123 cm (48 in), making it one of the largest in the industry.

Japan Airlines Unveils New Luxury Cabins for A350-1000s
Japan Airlines Unveils New Luxury Cabins for A350-1000s

The suites are designed by Safran Seats GB, a UK-based company that specializes in premium aircraft seats. The suites will have three seating modes: sofa, seat & single bed, and double bed. The sofa mode allows passengers to relax and enjoy the entertainment system, which features a high-resolution 4K screen spanning 43 in. The seat & single bed mode offers the flexibility of switching between a seated position and a sleeping position, while the double bed mode provides ample room to stretch out, with a maximum 123 cm x 203 cm surface.

The new First Class suites are 30% larger than the existing First Class seats on JAL’s Boeing 777-300ER fleet, which have not been updated for 19 years. JAL claims that the new suites will provide “even greater comfort and privacy” for its customers.

New Business Class Seats with Direct Aisle Access

JAL’s new Business Class cabin will have 56 seats, arranged in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration. Each seat will have direct aisle access and a sliding privacy partition. The seat width is 53 cm (21 in), and the seat pitch is 111 cm (44 in).

The seats are designed by JAMCO Corporation, a Japanese company that provides aircraft interior products and services. The seats will have four seating modes: upright, relax, bed, and dining. The upright mode is suitable for take-off and landing, while the relax mode allows passengers to recline and enjoy the entertainment system, which features a high-resolution 4K screen spanning 24 in. The bed mode converts the seat into a fully flat bed that measures 198 cm (78 in) in length. The dining mode adjusts the seat height and angle to create an optimal position for eating.

The new Business Class seats are similar to the ones on JAL’s Boeing 787-9 fleet, but with some improvements such as larger screens, more storage space, and better privacy.

New Premium Economy and Economy Class Seats

JAL’s new Premium Economy cabin will have 40 seats, arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration. Each seat will have a width of 48 cm (19 in) and a pitch of 97 cm (38 in). The seats will feature adjustable headrests, footrests, and legrests, as well as personal reading lights and power outlets. The entertainment system will feature a high-resolution screen spanning 15.6 in.

JAL’s new Economy Class cabin will have 263 seats, arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration. Each seat will have a width of 45 cm (18 in) and a pitch of 81 cm (32 in). The seats will feature slim-back designs that provide more legroom, as well as adjustable headrests and power outlets. The entertainment system will feature a high-resolution screen spanning 11.6 in.

Both Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins will offer JAL’s signature Sky Wider seats, which are designed to provide more comfort and space for passengers.

Bottom Line

JAL’s new A350-1000 aircraft will set a new standard for the airline’s long-haul flights, with upgraded cabins that offer more luxury, privacy, and comfort. The airline has ordered 13 A350-1000s, which will replace its aging Boeing 777-300ER fleet by 2028. The first A350-1000 route will be Tokyo-New York, starting from November 2023.

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