JAL to Upgrade Business Class Seat on Its International Boeing 777-200ER


Under the theme of raising the bar one class above in all cabin services, Japan Airlines (JAL) has been introducing onto select international routes the JAL SKY SUITE 777 (Boeing 777-300ER, called SS7), the JAL SKY SUITE 767 (Boeing 767-300ER, called SS6), and the JAL SKY SUITE 787 (Boeing 787-8 and -9, called SS8 and SS9). The airline today announced that it will introduce the Boeing 777-200ER with renewed cabin interior, called JAL SKY SUITE 777 (SS2), on the Tokyo (Haneda) = Bangkok route from July 2016. Additionally, this revamped aircraft plans to be introduced on the Tokyo (Haneda) = Singapore route, and will expand onto JAL’s Honolulu route from this winter in order to provide more customers with high quality products.

New fully flat seat, named JAL SKY SUITE III, which provides unobstructed aisle access for every seat in the Business Class. In addition to further expansion of fully flat seat service on JAL’s medium-haul international routes, well-received JAL SKY PREMIUM seat will be introduced in the Premium Economy Class., and the seat in the Economy Class will be replaced by awarded JAL SKY WIDER, which offers increased seat pitch of max. 10cm more than the current seat, resulting from the improved pitch and slim-style seatback design. Together with the expansion of „New Spacious Economy” service, seating configuration will become 3-4-2, which offers the qualified combination of seat capacity and accessible aisle in response to customers’ needs.

„Our aim is to deliver enhanced services and products to more customers. We have developed this new Business Class seat with highly in-flight habitability and provision of appropriate capacity as well,” said Yoshiharu Ueki, President of Japan Airlines. „JAL will be continuing to embrace new challenges, and striving to become the most preferred airline in the world.”

1.    Aircraft:                                  The Boeing 777-200ER (11 airplanes)

2.    The Start of Service:               July 2016 ~ („SS2” in flight timetable etc.)

3.    Available Route:                      Tokyo (Haneda) = Bangkok, Tokyo (Haneda) = Singapore

                                                        Japan = Honolulu route


1.     Schedule for launching the new service is subject to changes due to the delivery of aircraft, please visit JAL website for latest information.

2.     The detailed information will be announced as soon as the flight schedule has been decided.

4.    Classes and Seats:


Number of Seat


The existing Boeing 777-200ER

Business Class







Premium Economy Class





Economy Class









Features of seats in each class

1.      Business Class:    New Fully-flat seat

(1)Seat Name:                  JAL SKY SUITE III

(2)Configuration:               1-2-1

(3)Max. Bed Length:         Approx. 198 cm (78 inch) according the location of the seat

(4)Max. Bed Width:           Approx. 74 cm (29 inch) when removable armrest stowed

(5) Seat Width:                  Approx. 51-52 cm (20-20.5 inch) between the armrests

(6)TV Screen Size:           17 inch


  • Unobstructed aisle access for every seat with configuration of 1-2-1
  • Fully-flat seat with plenty of legroom to ensure a soothing rest
  • Newly designed storage for holding small articles near removable armrest at aisle side
  • Adopt the design of retractable privacy partition to meet the needs both for privacy and communication with the companion during air-travel
  • 17-inch personal TV screen (9.0 ~ 10.4-inch personal TV screen on the existing Boeing 777-200ER)
  • User-friendly storage in the seat and large swivel table for more flexibility in movement
  • AC power outlet, USB Port and adjustable LED light equipped with every seat

2.      Premium Economy:  With more comfortable space

(1)Seat Name:                  JAL SKY PREMIUM

(2)Configuration:               2-4-2

(3)Seat Pitch:                   Approx. 107 cm (42 inch) (*1)

(4)Seat Width:                  Approx. 48 cm (19inch) between the armrests (*1)

(5)TV Screen Size:           12.1 inch (10.6 inch for front-row seats)


  • Same design for Premium Economy Class on the SS7, SS8 and SS9
  • Premium Class service with more comfortable space
  • The fixed-back seat providing a relaxing space even when a passenger seated in front reclines and improved seat slide
  • Center divider between seats at head-level for added privacy
  • Plastic bottle holder, cup holder, spacious table
  • New touch-panel monitor

3.  Economy Class: Configuration at 3-4-2 in response to customers’ needs

(1)Seat Name:                 JAL SKY WIDER

(2)Configuration:               3-4-2

(3)Seat Pitch:                    Approx. 84 – 86cm (33-34 inch) (*1)

(4)Seat Width:                   Approx. 47 cm (18.5 inch) between the armrests (*1)

(5)TV screen size:                           10.6 inch


. Configuration at 3-4-2 which different with the common seating configuration at 3-3-3

. Same design for Economy Class on the SS7 and SS6

. The seat width increased approx. 2 cm to 47 cm compared to the current seat

. Seat pitch increased by approx. 10 cm from the existing approx. 79 cm (31 inch) to approx. 84 – 86 cm (33 – 34 inch)

. Convenient holders near monitor and fore net pocket

. AC power outlet and USB Port equipped with every seat

. New touch-panel monitor

  (*1) Excluding some seats

Features on the SS2

1.      Warm-water Toto Washlet (*2)

Warm-water Toto Washlet will be equipped in the lavatories in Business Class.

(*2) Toto Washlet: An electronic toilet seat featuring a water-jet function for washing, jointly developed by TOTO LTD., JAMCO Corporation and The Boeing Company. („Washlet” is the trademark of TOTO LTD.)

2.      New in-flight entertainment system (MAGIC-VI)

Latest in-flight entertainment system-„MAGIC-VI” will be introduced on the SS2. Passengers can use swipe function on personal touch-panel monitor installed with „MAGIC-VI”. The simple design creates beautiful screen interface to provide customers with more comfortable and insight entertainment services.

3.   LED lighting in cabin

The interior atmosphere can be changed to reflect the different season which delivers a relaxing ambience and a feeling of JAPAN. Additionally, the LED lighting can also be adjusted to create appetizing environment during in-flight meal service and provide a comfortable surroundings for sleeping and waking up during the flight

In-flight internet service on JAL international routes-

In-flight internet service (*3) will progressively introduced on Boeing 777-200ER. JAL customers in every cabin class can send and receive emails, update and navigate their social networking service (SNS) etc. by utilizing their own wireless LAN devices during the flight.

(*3) Connectivity solution: Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect

Source / Author: JAL

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