Japan Airlines has unveiled the cabin of its Airbus A350-1000 in preparation for first delivery.
The Japanese carrier was initially expected to launch the A350-1000 on service between Tokyo Haneda and New York JFK in November 2023. However, this has been delayed till the end of 2023.
Delays in aircraft deliveries aren’t uncommon, becoming the new industry norm of late. Japan Airlines cites that the ongoing supply chain disruption has affected the delivery of critical components for the aircraft.
Japan Airlines says that the cabin has been carefully designed to immerse customers in the elegance of Japanese aesthetics, providing tranquillity and a sense of ambience.
The seats in all classes have been completely redesigned as JAL attempts to offer the most comfortable experience in their fleet to date.
Notably, the First Class will see an arrangement of six suites to create a unique environment. For the first time, JAL has added individual doors to the suites, which increases privacy, a 43-inch monitor for inflight entertainment and more storage compartments. There are three seating modes: a sofa seat, single bed, or double bed.
Japan Airlines has also noted that it introduced the world’s first headphone-free stereo with built-in speakers, allowing customers to enjoy inflight entertainment without being forced to wear headphones.
Business class will see 54 seats, an increase on other aircraft and aided thanks to the A350-1000’s larger capacity. JAL, however, assures that they’ve still included ample spacing and prioritised the overall comfort. Business class will also have doors alongside overhead storage compartments positioned only on the window side to create a more open atmosphere.
The bed mode in business class has a length of 198cm. The electric privacy portion also provides accessible communication opportunities for those seated in the middle. There’s a stress-free environment created with a wardrobe for personal belongings. JAL Notes could even include a suit.
Premium Economy features more significant privacy portions, an electric leg rest that can be adjusted to the passenger’s preferred position, and a 16-inch 4K widescreen monitor, 1.3x larger than the previous model.
Lastly, Economy Class has been enhanced with further legroom and improved seating. The seat pitch is approximately 84-86cm, and the width is 46cm. However, JAL notes this excludes some seats too.