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Japan Airlines (JAL) New Airbus A350-1000: All The Opulent Details

Japan Airlines (JAL), a member of the oneworld alliance, has revealed the details of its latest addition to the international fleet. The opulent JAL Airbus A350-1000, delights enhancing passenger experience with a blend of Japanese aesthetics, top-tier technology, and unparalleled comfort.

Japan Airlines JAL Airbus A350-1000

However, the airline also warned of a schedule delay for the launch. Its inaugural journey from Tokyo (Haneda) to New York (JFK), originally scheduled for November 2023, is delayed to sometime before the end of the year. The airline attributes the delay to “a supply chain disruption affecting the delivery of components.”

Frankly, the aircraft interior does not match FlightChic’s original predictions—it far exceeds them. JAL selected Safran seating for premium cabins, with two exceptional new suite products: First and Business.

An Overview of What to Expect Inside the JAL Airbus A350-1000

Tailored Elegance in Every Seat

The cabin interior, inspired by the serenity and beauty of Japan, promises passengers a tranquil atmosphere. With newly redesigned seats across all classes, JAL goes beyond the ordinary, ensuring a cozy, private, and relaxing journey. The First and Business Classes boast enclosed private suites with doors. These are introduced for the first time, marking a milestone in JAL’s history of service excellence.

A New Dimension of Inflight Entertainment

Passengers will immerse themselves in top-notch entertainment in collaboration with Panasonic Avionics Corporation. All programming is displayed on 4K monitors. Enjoy a personalized inflight experience, connecting your journey with the JAL Mobile App. More diverse language support amplifies accessibility, promising a global-friendly environment aboard.

Satisfying Diverse Palates

JAL extends its commitment to sustainability through inflight meal services. Incorporating non-petroleum-derived plastics and offering a revamped vegetarian and vegan menu, the airline caters to a broad spectrum of dietary preferences while prioritizing eco-friendliness.

Redefining Comfort with Enhanced Features

Exclusive to the Airbus A350-1000, First Class and Business Class passengers will enjoy relaxing wear crafted from UCHINO’s Airy Touch material. An amenity kit featuring artwork from Heralbony’s talented artists encapsulates JAL’s continuous innovation and commitment to a sustainable future.

Inside Japan Airlines (JAL) Airbus A350-1000 Seat Map and details by class

Japan Airlines (JAL) Airbus A350-1000 seat map.

Aircraft Type: Airbus A350-1000 (Total of 13 aircraft planned)

Operating Route: Tokyo (Haneda) – New York (JFK) (Flights JL006/JL005, initially operating on alternate days). The launch of operations may be subject to change depending on the aircraft delivery status. Once confirmed, ore detailed information on the timing and routes will be provided on JAL’s dedicated A350-1000 booking website.

Class Configuration and Seat Capacity (compared to JAL Boeing 777-399 ER)

As predicted, the airline has reduced the number of First Class suites to accommodate more Business suites. Still, Japan Airlines is leaving a generous six First Class seats onboard. That is, compared to other carriers that have reduced First Class further. There are eight First Class seats on the JAL 777-300ER.

The higher number of Business class seats was as FlightChic expected. The decision to reduce Premium Economy by nearly half compared to the 777-300ER is a surprise. It is necessary because of the overall cabin space available. It also speaks to the airline’s perception that privacy is a more valuable priority for its passengers. In fact, the Premium Economy seats also feature a privacy screen, a unique feature in this cabin.

Cabin Interior and Seat Specifications:

JAL A350-1000 First Class Suites

The new seating arrangement features six (6) suites, creating a unique and exclusive cabin environment. Seats are designed to provide even greater comfort. Adding individual privacy doors. This is the first time JAL has introduced this feature. Meanwhile, the airline creates a more open individual atmosphere by eliminating overhead storage compartments.

  • Seat Type: Enclosed Private Suite with Door
  • Wall height: Approximately 157cm (62 in.)
  • Seat Pitch: Approximately 211cm (83 in.)
  • Seat Width: Maximum of approximately 123cm (48 in.)
  • Bed Length: Maximum of approximately 203cm (80 in.)
  • Individual Monitor Size: 43 in.
  • Seat Manufacturer: Safran Seats GB (UK)
Key Features

Choose three seating modes: Sofa, Seat and Single Bed, or Double Bed. Double Bed mode refers to having all seats transformed into a bed configuration.

・ Introducing the world’s first headphone-free stereo with built-in headrest speakers. It allows customers to enjoy the inflight entertainment system without using headphones. The headrest also has a reclining function for comfortable viewing of the inflight entertainment, even in bed mode.

・ Stress-free environment with wardrobe and storage space for personal belongings inside the suite.

JAL A350-1000 Business Class Suites

Despite the increase in seat capacity to 54 from the current international flagship configuration, ample spacing has been prioritized. This ensures a comfortable and individual inflight experience. In Business Class, doors are introduced for the first time to ensure privacy. Overhead storage compartments are exclusively positioned on the window side of the aircraft to create an open atmosphere.

  • Seat Type: Enclosed Private Suite with Door
  • Wall height: Approximately 132cm (52 in.)
  • Seat Pitch: Approximately 130cm (51 in.)
  • Seat Width: Maximum of approximately 56cm (22 in.)
  • Bed Length: Maximum of approximately 198cm (78 in.)
  • Individual Monitor Size: 24 in.
  • Seat Manufacturer: Safran Seats GB (UK)
Key Features

・ Bed mode with a length of approximately 198cm offers ample space in the foot area. Enjoy a comfortable sleeping experience with cushioning structures that evenly distribute body pressure. The headrest also has a reclining function, allowing comfortable viewing of the inflight entertainment while lying down.

・ Electric privacy partition provides easy communication with travel companions.

・ Introduction of the world’s first headphone-free stereo with built-in headrest speakers, allowing customers to enjoy the inflight entertainment system without using headphones.

・ Stress-free environment with wardrobe and storage space for personal belongings inside the suite.

JAL A350-1000 Premium Economy Class

In pursuit of the utmost comfort in its class, the cabin features large partitions to improve privacy significantly. It is also the first Premium Economy Class in the world to introduce electrically operated recline functionality.

  • Seat Type: Fixed-back mechanism
  • Seat Pitch: Approximately 107cm (42 in.)
  • Seat Width: Maximum of approximately 48cm (19 in.) *Excludes some seats
  • Individual Monitor Size: 16 in.
  • Seat Manufacturer: Safran Seats France (FR)
Key Features

・ Larger privacy partitions have been installed to enhance each individual space greatly.

・ The electric leg rest can be adjusted horizontally, allowing you to relax in your preferred position.

・ The 16-inch 4K widescreen monitor is approximately 1.3 times larger than the current model.

JAL A350-1000 Economy Class

JAL has further enhanced the spacious legroom in Economy class and the updated seating for enhanced comfort.

  • Seat Type: Reclining mechanism
  • Seat Pitch: Approximately 84-86cm (33-34 in.)
  • Seat Width: Approximately 46cm (18 in.) *Excludes some seats
  • Individual Monitor Size: 13 in. *Excludes some seats
  • Seat Manufacturer: RECARO (GE)
Key Features

・ A spacious and comfortable seating space with a wide seat pitch, inheriting the concept of the current model.

・ Featuring the largest 13-inch 4K monitor in its class.

Passenger Experience Upgrades Throughout the JAL A350-1000

Inflight Entertainment Service:

High-resolution 4K monitors feature in all classes, and customers can connect their wireless listening devices via Bluetooth. Starting in spring 2024, customers can create their favorite movie and music playlists in advance using the JAL Mobile App and easily enjoy them during the flight.

Language support now covers 15 languages, enabling a more comfortable environment for more customers to experience. Supported languages: Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Malay, Tagalog.

Additionally, visual support accessibility features include the ability to perform color correction.

Other New Products and Services:

Lounge Service

At the Haneda JAL First Class Lounge, JAL introduces a new exclusive hand-drip coffee service and resumes shoe polishing services that were temporarily paused during the pandemic. These services will be provided by a professional staff dedicated to creating a society where everyone can enjoy a fulfilling life through their work. Employees of JAL Sunlight work alongside individuals with disabilities, utilizing their diverse abilities in collaboration with able-bodied colleagues.

A350-1000 In-flight Menu

First Class and Business Class In-flight Menu

・ Vegan and vegetarian menus are updated under the supervision of Fumio Yonezawa. They offer delightful course-style menus. Fumio Yonezawa became the first Japanese sous chef at “Jean-Georges” in New York. After returning to Japan, he opened his own restaurant, “No Code” in 2022. He continues to contribute to society through volunteer activities centered around food at facilities for people with disabilities, among other endeavors.

Vegan and vegetarian menu supervised by Fumio Yonezawa

・ For long-haul Business Class, a new service allows customers to design their own preferred way of spending their time onboard, including meal service. It will be available from spring 2024.

JAL Business Class in-flight meal

Premium Economy Class and Economy Class In-Flight Menu

・ Introducing an optional menu (paid service) that enhances your travel experience with various vibrant culinary choices.

・ The vegan and vegetarian menu is updated, offering additional selections to delight more diverse customers. Available on flights from Japan to Europe, the United States, Australia, and Southeast Asia (excluding some routes). Requires advanced booking.

The design firm nendo will supervise the design of new tableware for inflight meals. This new design will be introduced gradually starting in spring 2024. Nendo is a design firm led by Oki Sato, based in Tokyo and Milan, specializing in architecture, interior, product, and graphic design.

The airline reduced the use of new petroleum-derived plastics. Instead, JAL transitioned from disposable containers and lids to materials such as paper or 100% recycled plastic. JAL will adopt 100% plant-derived materials for reusable dishes and the bags used to package cutlery to enhance these initiatives further.

・ The airline’s collaboration with the top-ranking chefs from the RED U-35 competition will continue. It incorporates environmentally friendly “The Future 50 Foods” ingredients and prioritizes nutritional value. The aim is to deliver a healthy inflight meal that satisfies both the body and mind.

The RED U-35 (RYORININ’s EMERGING DREAM U-35) is a competition organized by Gurunavi, Inc. The competition identifies and supports young and talented chefs with their dreams and ambitions, promoting new values. The “Future 50 Foods” uses sustainable ingredients advocated by Unilever and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the UK. It considers safety and nutritional value.

In-Flight Amenities

First Class and Business Class Loungewear

JAL is introducing a rental service for inflight relaxing wear in Business class. This service is jointly developed with UCHINO (UCHINO Co., Ltd.). The loungewear features their Airy Touch material. Made of 100% cotton, it is characterized by its thin, lightweight, soft texture, excellent water absorption, and insulation properties. This in-flight loungewear service will be available exclusively on JAL’s Airbus A350-1000-operated flights. In First Class, relaxing wear made from 100% organic cotton will remain free.

In-Flight Amenity Kit

An amenity kit will be provided featuring the artwork of contracted artists from the welfare experimental company, Heralbony, with a mission to “Unleash Your Exceptionality.” The amenity kits feature the artists’ artwork. The packaging of the amenity kit contents is paper, furthering the airline’s commitment to move away from new petroleum-derived plastics.

These amenity kits will first be available on A350-1000-operated flights. The airline plans to gradually expand these amenity kits to Europe, the United States (excluding Hawaii and Guam), Canada, and Australia routes operated by other aircraft types.

As part of celebrating the A350-1000 inaugural flight, a JAL exclusive “MISOKA” toothbrush. It can be used with just water and is made without petroleum-derived plastic. JAL offers this special toothbrush for a limited time. In First Class, the “MISOKA” toothbrush will be among the contents of the JAL amenity kit in collaboration with ZERO HALLIBURTON and Heralbony. It will be available through June 2024. In Business Class, the toothbrush will be exclusively available on A350-1000 flights through February 2024.

A Commitment to Sustainability

JAL’s unveiling of the Airbus A350-1000 is a testament to its unwavering dedication to sustainability. Introducing environmentally friendly materials and focusing on reducing petroleum-derived plastics underline the airline’s progressive steps towards a greener future.

Embark on a Perfectly-Tailored Journey on JAL Airbus A350-1000

Japan Airlines invites you to transcend the ordinary and embrace an exquisite, tailored journey aboard the new Airbus A350-1000. Revel in the unmatched comfort, state-of-the-art technology, and meticulous Japanese hospitality. The JAL A350-1000 passenger experience is designed to make every moment of your flight a cherished experience.

Discover more and reserve your seat to experience the epitome of air travel. Explore JAL’s official website for details on the airline’s commitment to excellence and sustainability.

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