“Welcome! JAL New Sky” – JAL has released more details about their New Sky product as they airlines revamps domestic flying in Japan and tries to remain the preferred full service airline for travelers. The new airline is doing everything from introducing new seats, enhancing inflight entertainment, and equipping their planes withGoGo wireless internet.
New Seats & Interior:
JAL is installing new seats across their domestic fleet and will attempt to make the flying experience better for all. From the carpet to the lights, the entire cabin experience will be refreshed. New LED lights will provide lighting similar to Boeing’s Sky interior and will provide mood lighting based on the cabins atmosphere which can be easily be changed according to the flight hours, the season, and the natural rhythm of time to create a relaxing ambience and a feeling of Japan.
New leather seats in economy class will be made from the same high-quality genuine leather used for seats installed in luxury vehicles. The airline’s plan is to revamp all the cabin seats in both classes on the domestic routes and install redesigned carpet throughout the cabin to match the new designed.
Economy class seats will include the new and less cushioned slim line seats that most frequent flyers are complaining about in the blogasphere. The slimmer seats proved an extra 2 inches of leg room, but also provide less cushion for the bum and back but compromises additional comfort by adding additional leg room.
In Business class, JAL will offer a slightly wider seat for passengers to stretch out in. The seats will also be made fromnew genuine leather that are supposed to evoke a feeling of luxury. The seat pitch in Class J is 38 inches which is 7 inches more legroom than Economy Class. Business class seats on the 777 are 2x4x2 and 2x2x2 on the 767 and 2×3 on the 737 aircrafts.
Finally, the popular first class product that is currently on domestic 777 aircrafts will be expanded to nine 767-300ERs. First class on the 777 are in a 2×2 configuration and I would expect a 1 x2x1 configuration on the 767 in the Autumn of 2014.
In addition to new carpets, seats, and lightening JAL is equipping their planes with GOGO wireless inflight internet. The new wireless option for Japan will launch in July 2014 and will allow for customers to access the internet while above 10,000 feet. JAL will offer free inflight entertainment options via their portal for those customer who choose not to pay for internet but have their own personal wireless devices. For customers who choose to purchase internet will enjoy inflight wireless for as low as 500 yen ($4.88) on their smart phone or between 500 and 1200 yen on tablets and laptops.
The New Sky will be launched later this year and planes will be refurbished one by one, over the period of two years. A mix of domestic configured Boeing 777-200/300, 767-300/300ER, and 737- 800 will be refurbished in the process to offer the new interior and seats for a total of 77 planes total.
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