JAL unveils interior of new Airbus A350 jets

Japan Airlines (JAL) unveiled the cabin interiors for its 13 Airbus A350-1000 planes on order. 

The carrier plans to put its first A350-1000 into service by the end of the year on its Tokyo Haneda-New York route. The plane is the largest of the A350 variants.

The interiors will set a new standard for the carrier’s international offering, JAL said, with seating redesigns in all four cabin classes. The planes will feature six first-class suites, 54 business-class suites, 24 seats in premium economy and 147 in economy. 

The A350-1000s will be JAL’s first aircraft with privacy doors in first class and business class. First and business class seats will also offer what JAL is calling a world-first — headphone-free speakers on an airline. The speakers are built into the headrest, and flyers will use them by adjusting headrest flaps to conform to their ears. 

The first-class suites will have a wall height of 62 inches and sofas that can convert into a single bed with a seat or a double bed. The suites will have 43-inch entertainment screens. 

In business class, JAL’s A350-1000s will have 52-inch-high walls and 24-inch screens. The seats will lie flat to 6.5-feet in length. 

The beds and monitors in both cabins will be larger than they are in the Boeing 777-300ER cabins that JAL’s A350-1000 will replace for Haneda-New York flights.

In first and business classes, speakers will be built into the headrest.

The carrier’s new premium economy seats will offer 42 inches of space between rows with seats up to 19 inches wide, similar to JAL’s Boeing 777-300, according to Aerolopa.com. The seats will have enlarged privacy petitions and 16-inch monitors — approximately a third larger than those in JAL’s Boeing 777-300 premium economy cabins.  

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JAL’s A350-1000 economy seats will have 33 to 34 inches between rows and a width of up to 18 inches. The width is slightly smaller than the carrier’s Boeing 777-300 offering of 18.5 inches, while the space between rows will be similar. 

Most economy seats will have a 13-inch monitor, an increase over 10.6-inch monitors in the Boeing 777-300. Monitors in all cabin classes will be high-resolution. 

JAL was this year’s winner of the best economy class in Skytrax’s World Airline Awards.

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