Japan Airlines may well take the cake for having the most pathetic transpacific business class product of any airline on their 767s. They fly their 767s to Vancouver and Honolulu, and the planes are equipped with recliner seats with just 47 inches of pitch. So they’re basically regional business class seats in some cases serving longhaul routes.
The good news is that Japan Airlines has announced that they’ll be reconfiguring some of their 767s with fully flat beds. They’ll be debuting them on the Tokyo to Vancouver route in December 2013, and in 2014 will start operating them to Honolulu and select longhaul destinations in Southeast Asia.
The new product will be staggered in a 1-2-1 configuration, with a total of 24 seats in the cabin. That’s a capacity reduction of 20%, given that the current business class cabins have 30 seats. As you can see below the new product looks very nice, though, and should be a huge improvement over the old product.
While Japan Airlines hasn’t yet updated their seatmaps with the new product, they have generally excellent business class award availability between Tokyo and Vancouver next year, and seem to release two business class award seats per flight.
(Tip of the hat to Gary)