Japan Airlines' New A350-1000 First Class and Business Class will debut on its New York JFK to Tokyo Haneda HND route starting late 2023 on alternate days, with the deliveries of the 13 A350 aircraft to continue through 2028, replacing the current JAL 777-300ER aircraft. The launch route flights will be:
- Depart New York JFK 12:45, Arrive Tokyo HND 17:15 the following day (JL5)
- Depart Tokyo HND 11:05am, Arrive New York JFK 10:00am (JL6)
JAL A350 New First Class
The new JAL First Class will have just six First Class Suites, instead of the eight suites in JAL 777-300ER First Class. With the reduction to six suites, each is incredibly wide, enough to accommodate three modes: a sofa; a seat and a single bed; or a “double bed”. We put double bed in quotes, because one part of the bed doesn't full extend to the full length of the single bed, due to a storage unit. The sofa is 48 inches (123 cm.) wide, while the single bed is 80 inches (203 cm.) in length.
The suite walls and doors are 62 inches high, so not the privacy of Emirates First Class Suites on the 777-300ER, but still a novel feature for Japan Airlines. There's also a wardrobe and personal storage space in the suite, a 43 inch wide screen for in-flight entertainment, and a headphone-free stereo with built-in headrest speakers. The headrest also has a recline function, enabling comfortable viewing of the screen while the seat is reclined into a bed.
JAL A350 New Business Class
Japan Airlines' 777-300ER Business Class window seats designed by Apex are our current favorite international business class, which we much prefer to JAL 787-9 Business Class (see JAL Sky Suite III 787-9 vs. JAL Sky Suite 777-300ER).
The new A350 seats are private suites designed by Safran, although the wall and suite door height is just 52 inches high, 10 inches lower than the First Class Suites, so not all that private given the ease of looking over the dividers when standing in the aisle.
The seat width is slightly wider, at 22 inches, compared to 20.5 inches on the 777-300ER, while the bed length of 78 inches is also longer than the 74 inches on the 777-300ER, although the same as the 78 inches on the 787-9. The IFE screen, which is 4K HD, is also an inch wider at 24 inches, compared to the 23 inch wide screen on the 777-300ER. There are 52 business class suites on the A350, compared to the 49 seats on the 777-300ER.
As with JAL A350 First Class, the A350 Business Class will offer headphone-free stereo with built-in headrest speakers; passengers can also use the onboard Bluetooth wireless to connect to their personal devices. Each Business Class suite also has its own wardrobe and storage space, as there won't be any overhead bins in the center of the cabin.
My main concern: will JAL keep its airweave memory foam mattress bedding? That, to me, is a huge differentiator of its current business class product, which makes the JAL Sky Suite Business Class on the 777-300ER more comfortable than other airline business class products.
What are your thoughts on the new JAL First Class and Business Class on the A350?
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