Japan Airlines unveils new first and business-class cabins… with double-bed suites that ‘feel like luxury hotel rooms’ and headrest speakers

Japan Airlines has unveiled its new top-tier cabins – with first-class passengers soon to enjoy a double-bed in their ‘exclusive’ suite in the skies.

The unveiling of the suite comes as part of a wider reveal of the new interiors of the Japanese carrier’s new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft, soon to become the airline’s new flagship aircraft for international service. 

It’s expected to launch on the route between Tokyo (HND) and New York (JFK) before the end of the year.

Japan Airlines (JAL), which was voted the world’s fifth-best airline in this year’s ‘Oscars of Aviation’, says the A350-1000’s interior has been designed ‘to immerse customers in the elegance of Japanese aesthetics and envelop them in tranquillity, providing a serene ambience that encapsulates the beauty of Japan’. 

It says that the new first class and business class cabins are ‘spacious, yet fully-private environments’. 

Japan Airlines has unveiled its new top-tier cabins – with first-class passengers enjoying a double-bed in their ‘exclusive’ suite in the skies, as this rendering shows 

The airline has introduced a world-first built-in stereo system (pictured in first class) so passengers can enjoy the in-flight entertainment without the need for headphones

The airline has introduced a world-first built-in stereo system (pictured in first class) so passengers can enjoy the in-flight entertainment without the need for headphones 

Japan Airlines' new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft (shown in the rendering above) is expected to launch on the route between Tokyo (HND) and New York (JFK) before the end of the year

Japan Airlines’ new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft (shown in the rendering above) is expected to launch on the route between Tokyo (HND) and New York (JFK) before the end of the year

First-class passengers can enjoy a ‘stress-free’ environment inside one of six luxury suites, which feature privacy doors, as renderings reveal. ‘Upon closing your door, the large and fully private space will feel like you have entered a luxury hotel room,’ says JAL.  

The new seats can be reconfigured as a sofa, a single bed or a double bed, the airline notes, and jackets can be hung up in the suite’s private wardrobes.

There’s also a ‘headphone-free stereo with built-in headrest speakers’, so passengers can watch movies without headphones. 

These two pictures show the first-class storage spaces - jackets can be hung up in the suite's private wardrobes

These two pictures show the first-class storage spaces – jackets can be hung up in the suite’s private wardrobes

Business class seats (shown in the two images above) can be extended into 'bed mode' with a length of around 198cm (78in) and 'ample space at the foot area'

Business class seats (shown in the two images above) can be extended into ‘bed mode’ with a length of around 198cm (78in) and ‘ample space at the foot area’ 

The business class seats offer built-in headrest speakers for customers to enjoy

The business class seats offer built-in headrest speakers for customers to enjoy

As with first class, business class suites are equipped with doors for added privacy. And in the middle rows between seats, there are ‘electric privacy partitions’, which can be rolled up or down depending on whether travellers are seated next to travelling companions. 

Seats can be extended into ‘bed mode’ with a length of around 198cm (78in) and ‘ample space at the foot area’. It’s said to be a ‘comfortable sleeping experience with cushioning structures that evenly distribute body pressure’.  

Echoing first class, business class also features a wardrobe space for hanging up clothing and a headphone-free stereo.

Business class suites come with a wardrobe and 'electric privacy partitions'

Business class suites come with a wardrobe and ‘electric privacy partitions’

First and business-class passengers have access to complimentary loungewear (above)

New amenity kits for top-tier passengers have been designed by the Japanese lifestyle brand Heralbony

First and business-class passengers have access to complimentary loungewear (left). New amenity kits for top-tier passengers have been designed by the Japanese lifestyle brand Heralbony (right)

Premium economy cabins feature seats with electrically operated reclining functions and privacy partitions 'to greatly enhance each individual space'

Premium economy cabins feature seats with electrically operated reclining functions and privacy partitions ‘to greatly enhance each individual space’

The new economy seat (above) is said to offer 'enhanced' legroom and comfort

The new economy seat (above) is said to offer ‘enhanced’ legroom and comfort

First and business-class passengers have access to complimentary loungewear and new amenity kits that have been designed by the Japanese lifestyle brand Heralbony.  

JAL has also revealed what passengers can expect from its new premium economy and economy cabins. The former features seats with electrically operated reclining functions and privacy partitions ‘to greatly enhance each individual space’. 

JAL already offers an impressive economy seat – it scooped ‘best economy seat’ at this year’s Skytrax Awards – so the new one is likely to have plenty of fans too. It will offer ‘enhanced’ legroom and comfort and boast ‘the largest 13in 4K monitor in its class’, says JAL. 

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