Japan Airlines Receives New B787 Dreamliners

Japan Airlines welcomed its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners home earlier this evening, when the state-of-the-art jets landed at Tokyo (Narita). The airline had taken delivery of the aircraft on Monday in a simple ceremony featuring the customary ribbon-cutting by company President Yoshiharu Ueki and Boeing’s Jim Albaugh, as well as traditional Japanese taiko drummers before both jets took off for their nonstop flight across the Pacific Ocean.


Configured with 186 seats in a 2-class layout, Japan Airlines’ B787s offer 42 of the airline’s latest JAL Shell Flat Neo seats in Executive Class fitted 2-2-2 across the cabin and 144 Economy Class seats in a 2-4-2 layout. Taking advantage of the B787’s more spacious cabin, the new-generation seating are wider than Japan Airline’s existing cabin products and complement the kaleidoscope of colours from the mood lighting, while the new Sky Manga content showcases more than 30 titles of Japanese comics. The aircraft’s lavatories will also feature a special warm-water Toto Washlet with a water-jet function.


Japan Airlines’ first B787 commercial flight will take place on 22 April 2012, when the aircraft departs Tokyo (Narita) for Boston to connect Asia with the New England city for the first time. The airline will also progressively introduce the aircraft between its Tokyo base and San Diego later this year, with Beijing, Helsinki, Moscow, New Delhi and Singapore scheduled to be served as it receives more jets.


With 45 Boeing 787s on order, Japan Airlines is amongst the largest operators of the type and joins rival All Nippon Airways in flying the revolutionary, composite aircraft. The Tokyo-based carrier is building its long-range strategy around the jets, using it to launch new intercontinental routes.


For more information, visit www.jap.co.jp.


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