Saturday, 24 March 2012

Discover Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Coming 25 March, Japan Airlines, Japan’s national carrier will receive the the brand new, highly-efficient Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner from the hands of Boeing at Paine Field, Everett, Washington. JAL will be the second carrier in the world after All Nippon Airways(ANA) to operate the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. We discover Japan Airlines brand new aircraft and see what JAL's plans for the new aircraft.

Despite being the second operator, Japan Airlines has created some number ones. It will be the first one to be delivered with GEnx engines, the first to be commercially fly a route to the US and the first to be used on a brand new route. The aircraft will debut on April 22 when Japan Airlines begins flying non-stop between Tokyo Narita and Boston 4 times weekly. The service will be a daily service starting 1 June. Of course, the flight is codeshare with JAL’s oneworld partner American Airlines. Japan Airlines will then deploy their new Boeing 787 Dreamliners on flights to Beijing, Dehli and Moscow from their Haneda hub. Another interesting part is that JAL will operate new flights to San Diego, US and Helsinki, Finland using their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner starting from December 2012 and March 2013 respectively. It seems that Japan Airlines have put more focus on international routes, linking up well with their partner airlines. This is because of 3 new low-cost carrier that are going to operate this year: Peach Aviation, Air Asia Japan and Jetstar Japan.
Tokyo (Narita) = Boston Flight Schedule from April 22, 2012
Flight Number
Dep. Time
Arr. Time
Days of Operation
Narita - Boston
Operating 4 times a week on Mo, We, Fr, Su until May 31, 2012
Boston - Narita
16:00 + 1
Source: Japan Airlines
The airlines first dreamliner is configured in a two class layout, with 42 seats in business class and 144 seats in economy. The new aircraft will carry the airlines new livery(pic) which sees the crane circle is back on the tail of the aircraft and the usual white colour as the background.

Source: Japan Airlines

JAL’s Boeing 787 has 44 “Executive Class” seats arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration. The seats are JAL's new 'Shell Flat Neo' seats, with a 60 inch pitch and 21 inches width. The seats will recline to about 171 degree recline. Every seat in the aircraft has a 15.4 inch touchscreen panel connects to an in-flight entertainment system running on Google's Android platform.

Source: Boeing
Source: Boeing
For economy class seats, the seats have a 31 inch pitch and are 18.5 inches wide. The new economy class seats is fitted with a 10.6 inch touchscreen video display. The seats is configured in a 2-4-2 layout. Every seats on the aircraft will have an AC power outlet and a USB socket. Japan Airlines will also debut their brand new in-flight entertainment system, called SKY MANGA. The new IFE will have digital editions of over 30 Japanese comic titles.

Source: Boeing

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