JAL receives Good Design awards for cabin products with the ZIM FLUGSITZ Economy Class seat
Japan Airlines (JAL) has received two Good Design awards from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP) in recognition of factors such as appearance, quality, user-friendliness, functionality and innovation.
One award is for the JAL Sky Suite 777 project, which involved a sweeping change to the seat designs in every cabin class onboard 13 of the airline’s B777-300ER aircraft. In addition to raising the notches one class above for all four cabin services, through significant improvements in the spaciousness and functionality of the seats, JAL will also be extending extra amenities and comfort such as fitting Toto Washlets in the first and business-class lavatories, and providing airweave mattress pads and pillows on request in business class. An overhaul of the inflight catering has also been undertaken.
A second Good Design award was also presented to JAL for its newest economy seat – JAL Sky wider (pictured left). This new seat has been installed installed in one of the airline’s JAL Sky Suite 777-equipped aircraft so far, and it features increased pitch and a slim-style seatback design, giving approximately 10cm (max.) more legroom than the previous seat pitch. The headrest is also more comfortable, as is the seat fabric. The number of seats in the economy cabins has also been reduced.
JAL will begin installing JAL Sky Wider onto JAL Sky Suite 767 (revamped Boeing 767-300ERs) from December 2013.