Thursday, May 1, 2014

JAL to place Boeing 787-9 on New York route in FY2015.

Masaru Onishi, Chairman of Japan Airlines (JL/JAL), revealed that New York/John F. Kennedy (JFK/KJFK) would be the first destination to receive their Boeing 787-9, the 6.1-meter stretch of the original Dreamliner, from Tokyo (Haneda or Narita?) when it is delivered in fiscal year 2015.
Japan Airlines' Boeing 787-9 and 787-8. (Image: Boeing)

While JAL's current 787-8s seat 186 (42 business, 144 economy), a new Sky Suite-based configuration (JAL adding more Sky Suite destinations.) is to be introduced soon, and the stretched 787-9 is expected to have about 50 more seats than the 787-8 and boast their award-winning Sky Suite interior (JAL's fleet strategies for 'Rolling Plan 2014'.) from first delivery.

As of now, JAL serves New York's JFK twice daily from Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA), one with the 777-300ER and the other with the 787-8.

Source: Aviation Wire, April 30th. (in Japanese)

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