BA, JAL To Introduce Improved Cabins

Oneworld members British Airways and Japan Airlines have revealed plans for changes to cabin products onboard its aircraft. The former is set to upgrade 18 Boeing 747-400 jets while its Japanese counterpart will introduce a new layout for its Boeing 787s.


Cabin Refresh, New Inflight Entertainment for BA 747s

London-based British Airways’ make-over will bring the interiors of the older Boeing 747-400 in-line with those of its latest Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliners.


While First and Club World will largely remain the same, all seats in World Traveller Plus and World Traveller will receive new foam inserts dressed in new seat covers. Each passenger in World Traveller Plus will also have individual electrical and USB sockets.


The airline will also fit new carpets and curtains from nose to tail, as well as debut a new inflight entertainment system. Powered by Panasonic’s state-of-the-art eX3 package, passengers will benefit from a larger touchscreen monitor with higher resolution and offering more than 130 movies and 400 television programmes.


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Premium Focus with JAL Sky Suite 787

Japan Airlines has unveiled a new cabin interior for its Boeing 787 aircraft, the JAL Sky Suite 787, to be configured on all subsequent deliveries of the B787-8 and the B787-9. The new layout reduces overall seat capacity from 186 to 161 seats, but places greater focus on premium cabins.


38 of the airline’s full-flat JAL Sky Suite (currently found on its long-haul Boeing 777s) will be installed in a 2-2-2 layout, offering direct-aisle access, improved storage and privacy, 23-inch personal screen and large swivel table over the existing JAL Shell Flat Neo angled lie-flat seats installed on earlier Dreamliners.


The airline is also adding a Premium Economy cabin, fitting 35 JAL Sky Premium seats in a 2-3-2 configuration. The fixed-shell seat allows passengers to recline their seat without reducing legroom for the row behind, while the center divider at head level offers added privacy and a 12.1-inch touchscreen monitor delivers inflight entertainment content.


Economy Class will see the number of seats reduced from 144 to 88, but benefits from the new JAL Sky Wider seat configured in a more comfortable 2-4-2 layout. The slimline seat provides better seat pitch at 34 inches with seat width improved to 18.5 inches.


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