JAL adds new Dreamliner routes to LAX, Bangkok

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JAL will also roll-out its 'Sky Suite' products aboard its Boeing 787s
JAL will also roll-out its ‘Sky Suite’ products aboard its Boeing 787s

Japan Airlines has unveiled its international flight plans for the winter 2014-15 season, including the launch of two brand new routes using its Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

On 20 December 2014, JAL will launch a new service connecting Nagoya Chubu Airport with Bangkok. Initially this route will be operated using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft, before being upgraded to the B787 Dreamliner on 1 January 2015. Flights will operate daily.

Then on 20 March 2015, the Japanese carrier will commence a brand new trans-Pacific route between Osaka Kansai Airport and Los Angeles. These flights will also operate daily using a Dreamliner.

Other existing JAL routes will also welcome JAL’s B787s this winter, including the services from Tokyo Narita to Frankfurt, Delhi and Manila, although the aircraft will be withdrawn from the Tokyo Haneda-San Francisco route, and replaced by the larger B777-300.

And passengers onboard JAL’s B787s will soon be able to expect a new level of comfort, after the airline announced plans to roll-out its ‘Sky Suite’ cabin products on the Dreamliners. Launching on 1 December 2014, the revamped interiors will feature 42 flat-bed seats in business class and 88 wider seats in economy, plus a new cabin of 35 premium economy seats. This change will reduce the overall capacity of the aircraft from 186 to 161 seats.

The new cabins will initially be made available on the Narita-Frankfurt route before being extended to the Narita-New York route in January 2015.

Finally, JAL has announced plans to reduce the frequency of its Narita-Moscow service from four to three weekly flights from 26 October 2014, while three Chinese routes – Narita-Shanghai Pudong, Chubu-Pudong and Narita-Beijing – will be downgraded from a twin-aisle B767 to a single-aisle B737 aircraft.

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