Japan Airlines to offer premium economy seats on Tokyo-Sydney route


Japan Airlines (JAL) will introduce premium economy service on the Tokyo (Narita)-Sydney route starting from December 1, 2009. The once-daily flight, also equipped with the airline’s JAL Shell Flat Seat in executive class is operated with a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.

The JAL Sky Shell Seat, which won the 2008 Good Design Award, is the world’s first shell-shaped seat in premium economy class. It boasts a 9-inch personal TV screen and provides 20 percent more legroom than regular economy class with its shell-shaped sliding seat-back design which ensures passengers’ private space is maintained throughout the flight, undisturbed even when the seat in front is reclined. Special meals are also served onboard with a variety of light snacks and beverages available.

At the airport, passengers can take advantage of the dedicated Premium Economy check-in service at both Sydney and Tokyo, along with access to the airport lounge. Baggage services offered include a 30kg baggage allowance – an extra 10kg per person above the usual economy class baggage allowance and priority baggage service.

The premium economy class is also available on routes between Tokyo (Narita) and JAL’s main gateways in Europe – London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, and Moscow, as well as the 4 destinations in mainland USA served by the airline: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.