Browsing Tag: Cabin

A Japan Airlines 777 taking off from Haneda - Photo Wilco737

A Japan Airlines 777 taking off from Haneda – Photo Wilco737 | FlickrCC

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced last week that its newly-revamped Boeing 777-200ERs (772s) dubbed “JAL SKY SUITE 777” or “SS2” will debut on June 18 from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Bangkok (BKK). Designated for regional flying, the SS2 will feature now-industry standard lie-flat seating in business class, a roomy premium economy section, and best-in-class nine-abreast seating in economy, going against the grain during a time when virtually every new refurbishment of 777s calls for ten-abreast seating.

An illustration of the new economy seating configuration on JAL's

An illustration of the new economy seating configuration on JAL’s “SS2” Boeing 777-200ER – Image: Japan Airlines

What’s even more eye catching is JAL’s choice to go with an asymmetric 3-4-2 arrangement, while every other carrier uses 3-3-3 (well, when they do have nine across on their older planes). Where new premium seating is all the rage nowadays, JAL manages to remember the little people, and the economy cabin steals the spotlight…

A330neo Airspace by Airbus Economy class - Photo: Airbus

A330neo Airspace by Airbus economy class – Image: Airbus

Last Wednesday, I attended the London unveiling of “Airspace by Airbus“- the European aircraft maker’s bold strategy to create a distinctive cabin brand that it hopes will represent the pinnacle of passenger comfort and aircraft operational performance.

Grey London Sky by Gherkin - Photo: Alastair Long | AirlineReporter

Grey London Sky by Gherkin – Photo: Alastair Long | AirlineReporter

I must confess to being perplexed by what Airbus could possibly display in the tiny Searcys space on the top floor of the Gherkin building, especially on a cold and grey London morning. Luckily, Airbus had quite a bit of colorful things to show off and I was intrigued on what Airspace was all about and when we might start seeing it on actual Airbus aircraft. 

Hawaiian Airlines is streamlining their 717 Cabins. Photo - Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is streamlining their 717 cabins – Photo: Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Airlines is now the second-largest operator of Boeing 717s in the world — with a fleet of 18 (tied with QantasLink — Delta is number one). Even though it is a smaller fleet, the airline operates five different configurations of the aircraft type, which they use to fly inter-island.

To simplify, the airline has decided to standardize each aircraft with 128 new seats and also update some of the design elements of the cabin.

“These new, modern design elements rejuvenate the interiors of our Boeing 717s while allowing us to deliver a consistent onboard experience for our guests,’ said Peter Ingram, chief commercial officer for Hawaiian Airlines.