Japan Airlines to Offer Fully-flat Seats on Osaka-Los Angeles Route

 The route will be served by the carrier’s revamped Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which has been outfitted with new JAL Sky Suite II seats.

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Starting March 31 next year, Japan Airlines (JAL) will begin using its revamped Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for its flights between Osaka (Kansai) and Los Angeles.

Business-class travelers on these flights can expect to enjoy fully-flat seating on the aircraft, which has been outfitted with the carrier’s new JAL Sky Suite II seats.

The same seat product on the airline’s B777-200ER aircraft, the JAL Sky Suite III notably reclines to offer a 198-centimeters-long fully-flat bed, with the 787-9 having 52 seats in total.

These seats are laid out in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone configuration, which provides all passengers with direct access to the aisle without having to climb over their neighbor.

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This is an improvement, compared to the older JAL Shell Flat Neo business class seats on the airline’s 787-8 aircraft that currently flies the Osaka-Los Angeles route, which only reclines to an inclined lie-flat position. These forward-facing seats are laid out in a 2-2-2 pattern, restricting aisle access to those seated next to the windows.

Aside from new business-class seats, passengers on the route will now be able to book premium economy seating. Economy-class travelers will also enjoy more space as the retrofitted 787-9 comes with just eight seats compared to the industry standard of nine-across.

Travelers will be able to book flights operated by the 787-9 from September 10 onwards. Meanwhile, JAL will also be temporarily increasing frequency on its Tokyo-Chicago service from its currently daily schedule to 11 per week come next summer.

More information here.

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