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Japan Airlines Shares Details of New Airbus A350 Cabins

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Japan Airlines is poised to introduce its first Airbus A350-1000 aircraft into service by the end of the year. The aircraft will become the airline’s flagship jet when it debuts on the route between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) and New York (JFK).

Now, the airline has revealed what customers can expect when they step on board these all-new airplanes — and there’s plenty to get excited about.

Let’s take a look at what the interiors of JAL’s newest planes will look like!

JAL Shows Off Renderings of A350 Interiors

Japan Airlines‘ Airbus A350s will be outfitted with 4 cabin classes: first class, business class, premium economy, and economy.

All 4 cabins will feature the latest in onboard technology, including 4K monitors at every seat, Bluetooth connectivity with more seamless integration with JAL’s mobile app, inflight Wi-Fi, and more.

What has us really excited, however, is the refreshed hard product that will be found throughout these aircraft — especially in first and business class.

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First Class

JAL A350 First Class
Image Credit: Japan Airlines

With just 6 suites, JAL’s new A350 first class will be an exclusive and opulent way to spend several hours in the sky. A first for the airline, the suites will each have fully closing doors, creating a private environment for passengers.

The seats themselves are incredibly wide, and are divided into different portions, allowing for a number of configurations:

  • Sofa: Both portions in the upright position:
  • Seat and Single Bed: The larger portion reclined into a lie-flat bed, the smaller portion in the upright position)
  • Double Bed: Both portions reclined to the fully flat position, creating a spacious bed surface for sleeping

Each suite will employ a new technology, what JAL is calling “the world’s first headphone-free stereo.” It uses built-in speakers in the headrest so passengers can listen to movies, TV shows, or music without the need for headphones. The headrests themselves will also be adjustable such that passengers can watch the IFE screen comfortably while fully reclined.

Suites will also come with built-in storage spaces — including one for hanging items of clothing.

Business Class

JAL A350 Business Class
Image Credit: Japan Airlines

JAL will debut closing doors in business class with its new A350s. For those sitting in middle seats, there’s a privacy partition that can be raised if you’re traveling solo. Similar to first class, all 54 business class passengers will have an adjustable headrest, the headphone-free stereo feature, and plenty of storage including wardrobe space.

Premium Economy

JAL A350 Premium Economy 1
Image Credit: Japan Airlines

JAL’s new premium economy seats on the A350-1000 will feature, according to the airline, the industry’s first electronic recline controls. Each of the 24 premium economy seats will measure 19 inches wide and offer 42 inches of pitch and will feature large privacy partitions that will be a welcome addition for solo travelers. IFE screens will measure 16 inches and will provide 4K picture.


JAL A350 Economy
Image Credit: Japan Airlines

Lightly refreshed economy seats on the A350-1000 will boast 18 inches of width and 33 to 34 inches of pitch, depending on seat location. Each of the 155 economy seats will feature a 13-inch 4K display, which the airline says is the largest in its class.

Final Thoughts

Japan Airlines has been known to provide a stellar inflight experience across all cabin classes, but its hard product has gotten a little long in the tooth.

Now, with the introduction of the A350-1000 into the airline’s long-haul fleet, it’s introducing a whole new generation of cabin interiors. The new seats look great in all cabin classes, but, of course, we’re especially keen to try the new first and business class seats for ourselves — and we hope the airline will begin rolling these new cabins out to its existing fleet of long-haul aircraft!

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