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.
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.
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.
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