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Japan Airlines lauded for laptop-friendly seat design

23rd November 2008 - 18:22 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


Japan Airlines has won a Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organisation (JIDPO) award for its international premium economy seat, which includes a tray big enough for a fully opened A4-sized laptop.

Manufactured by B/E Aerospace and introduced just under a year ago, the Sky Shell Seat offers 20 per cent more legroom than is available in JAL’s economy class. It features a shell-shaped sliding seatback designed to ensure that the occupant’s available space is unaffected when the seat in front is reclined. Other amenities include a 9in widescreen monitor and in-seat power.

The seat was introduced on the airline’s daily Tokyo-London flight on December 1 last year. It is now also available on flights from Tokyo to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, New York, Paris and San Francisco, and on Osaka- London. It will be introduced on Tokyo-Moscow next Saturday, on Nagoya-Paris on December 6 and on Tokyo-Chicago and Los Angeles after next April.  

JAL has now won a total of four JIDPO awards. In 2002 it was recognised for its international first-class seat, the Sky Sleeper Solo. The following year laurels went to the JAL Shell Flat international business-class seat, followed in 2004 by an award for the Class J domestic business-class seat.  

In other JAL news, a first-class cabin will be offered from January in the Boeing 747-400s that the airline uses to operate its daily Tokyo-New Delhi service. The cabin will feature the Skysleeper lie-flat seat with 6.4in screens delivering IFE through a Rockwell Collins system, and Bose noise-cancelling headsets.

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