New Japan Airlines Osaka To Los Angeles Flight

Yesterday I posted about Japan Airlines’ upgraded service to Sydney later this year during peak season. They’re upgrading their daily Tokyo Narita to Sydney flight from a 777-200ER to a 777-300ER, which is exciting since that plane features fully flat beds in business class, plus eight first class suites.

Given the introduction of first class on the route, Japan Airlines is releasing eight first class seats per flight, which is amazing.

In addition to that, Japan Airlines actually announced some other exciting service changes. There are lots of minor equipment changes, though personally I think the most interesting changes are as follows:

Daily 787 flight between Osaka and Los Angeles

Japan Airlines announced that they will be introducing daily nonstop 787 service between Osaka and Los Angeles as of March 20, 2015. Presently all of Japan Airlines’ North American routes are out of Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita, so this is a nice extension of their network.

JL60 Osaka to Los Angeles departing 3:20PM arriving 9:20AM
JL69 Los Angeles to Osaka departing 11:20AM arriving 3:50PM (+1 day)

For what it’s worth Japan Airlines hasn’t yet loaded this flight into the GDS, so it’s not bookable yet.

Japan Airlines Refurbished 787s to New York and Frankfurt

It always amazes me when airlines take delivery of brand new aircraft with outdated hard products. That has been the case with Japan Airlines and their 787, on which they installed angled flat business class seats.

That’s something they’re slowly fixing, as later this year Japan Airlines will be reconfiguring their 787s with new interiors.

Japan-Airlines-787-Business-Class-2

We will see the following changes:

  • The business class cabin reduced from 42 angled flat seats to 38 fully flat seats
  • The introduction of a premium economy cabin, consisting of 35 seats
  • The economy cabin being reduced from 144 seats to 88 seats

The most exciting news is that the 787 will feature the same business class hard product that Japan Airlines has on their 777-300ERs, which is really great.

Japan-Airlines-787-Business-Class-1

These reconfigured 787s will be going into service on the following routes over the coming months:

  • Starting December 1, 2014, JL407/408 between Tokyo Narita and Frankfurt will be operated by a refurbished 787 (replacing the existing 777-300ER on the route)
  • Starting January 1, 2015, JL003/004 between Tokyo Narita and New York JFK will be operated by a refurbished 787 (replacing the existing 787 with the old hard product on the route)

Bottom line

Hopefully the new route between Osaka and Los Angeles has a good amount of award space, as Osaka is Japan’s second largest economy, and a great gateway to Kyoto and other areas of Japan. I’m also hoping that their 787 refurbishments are swift, as that will be great news for flyers in Japan Airlines 787 markets (Boston, San Diego, Vancouver, etc.).

Comments

  1. I think you have an error, ” Japan Airlines announced that they will be introducing daily nonstop 787 service between Osaka and Los Angeles as of March 20, 2014.” I think you mean March, 14 2015…

  2. This is AWESOME!!!! I’ve been wanting to fly JAL 787 for quite some time now. Will hopefully get to fly JFK-NRT-JFK next year.

  3. Flew JL HND-SFO J. Underwhelmed not only by hard product (obviously), but also soft. Service and food lacking. Amenity kit was a joke. It felt like E+, not J.

    So the retrofit will be welcome, of course. But (at least in my one time experience) they will have to work on improving service as well.

  4. @ Mike — I would assume the flight will be loaded into the schedule within a few days. I’ll post as soon as I see it.

  5. I already have a ticket on hold for me and my wife for next year. Its not been loaded into US AIRWAYS though.

  6. Actually, Lucky was right the first time and Leon was wrong to correct him. Technically speaking, Osaka is the second largest city and Yokohama is the largest. Tokyo doesn’t count because it is actually a prefecture-level entity composed of a bunch of smaller cities.

  7. Oh to be pedantic. Yokohama and Tokyo are really both parts of one huge conurbation, Kanto, with no clear delineation between the two, which is why inaccurately Tokyo can and is sometimes described as the world’s largest city. Whether Yokohama or Osaka is Japan’s second city really does depend on whom you ask! And as for Osaka, the ‘City of Osaka’ is not that large if you seperate it from its greater conurbation and exclude the likes of Sakai.

  8. As per the official release, JAL will deploy the new config with the upcoming 4 x 787s to be delivered starting next month. Remaining 788s and 789s to be delivered will also get the new config but JAL stopped short from saying if they will refurbish their existing 15 x 787s. Seems like the existing 787s will be gradually redeployed to short-mid haul Asian/leisure routes as new 788s/789s join the JL fleet.

  9. I’m on that route in July and have my fingers crossed — also hoping for CX space to open as I’m heading HKG to the east coast.

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