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But are they really going to give us a super fancy business class seat that will result in big capacity decrease in the business class cabin? Cathay Pacific (CX) can fit 53 business class seats from behind First Class to L3 on their new 77D. JAL currently has two more rows behind L3 with 77 NEO seats in W82 config. So With a similar design, JAL will be able to fit 61 business class seats, that is 16 less seats IF they decide not to reduce the Premium Economy (PY) cabin. I have the feeling that PY isn't working out for JAL and ANA (ANA originally planned to reduce their PY cabin size by half with the Inspiration of Japan product line). If they reduce the PY cabin size by 50%, they can probably fit in 2 more rows so business class cabin size would reduce by 8 seats only. So why do we need such a big elite program overhaul for this? We can deal with having 8 less seats to redeem per flight. And if you compare with W73 config used on European routes, they only have 63 Shell Flat seats onboard. That's hardly any reduction if they use similar config as CX even without the PY cabin reduction. Are they just making excuses to devalue the elite program? Or is the new business seats really that good!? We will find out soon.