[Planes] October 2, 2023, 6:13 am ET. By Ryan Ewing.
The airline’s new flagship aircraft is now expected to debut in late 2023 following supply chain woes.
Japan Airlines showed off its much-anticipated A350-1000 interiors on Monday, featuring 239 seats in a four-class configuration. Both First and Business class cabins will feature fully enclosed suites.
According to data available on Planespotter.net, JAL’s A350-1000 will be far less dense than some fellow operators of the type. For instance, Qatar Airways’ A350-1000s has a whopping 327 seats. By comparison, Qantas’ yet-to-be-delivered A350s will have 238 seats, one fewer than JAL.
‘Completely redesigned’ seats have been installed in all classes, according to the airline. While First and Business class cabins will have private suites, Premium Economy and Economy classes will also see a revamp.
Throughout the new flagship aircraft, JAL says it will use Panasonic’s latest inflight entertainment system (IFE) and inflight Wi-Fi service will debut on the new aircraft. All classes will feature 4K screens with Bluetooth connectivity. The airline says that passengers will be able to integrate the IFE with its mobile app to save favorites.
The new First Class cabins have just six suites, each featuring a door that creates a fully enclosed space.
In a press release, JAL adds that the new suites will be 48 inches wide while the accompanying IFE screens will be 43 inches. There will be three seating modes: a sofa, regular seat, single bed, or even a double bed option, which is presumably similar to Qatar Airways’ center-aisle QSuites.
JAL’s First Class on its A350-1000 (Photo: JAL)
Perhaps a unique feature of this suite is the use of the ‘world’s first headphone-free stereo.’ JAL states that there will be built-in headrest…