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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

JAL announces JAL SKY SUITE 767 launch date

JAL will launch JAL SKY SUITE 767 on December 9 2013
JAL will launch JAL SKY SUITE 767 on December 9 2013. Image by Japan Airlines.

Japan Airlines (JAL) has finally announced the launch date of the new long-haul Boeing 767-300ER cabin dubbed JAL SKY SUITE 767 (SS6). As reported before, JAL will launch SS6 on December 9 2013. Initially it will be deployed on the Tokyo Narita - Vancouver route and will be progressively expanded to the Tokyo Narita - Kuala Lumpur route in January and other long-distance routes in Southeast Asia and Honolulu routes in fiscal year 2014.


JAL website mistakenly identifies SS6 flights with SS7 logo.
JAL website mistakenly identifies SS6 flights with SS7 logo. Image from JAL website.

Note that JAL does not say SS6 will be provided on the Vancouver route daily in the announcement. You will have to check the timetable or the booking engine to find out if your flight will be operated with the new SS6 cabin. Right now there's a problem on JAL website showing a "SS7" logo instead of "SS6" one on the SS6 flights. Even though JAL claims that advanced seat selection on SS6 starts today, we all know that's not true. The seat maps have been loaded for almost 2 weeks now. That's how I found out about the rollout schedule in advance!

According to the booking engine, initially only 6 weekly flights will be operated by SS6. The Vancouver flights will be operated with the older A43 configuration with JAL SKYRECLINER every Tuesday. This is probably due to a weekly maintenance schedule. The SS6 service will turn daily from January 29 2014. But as usual, due to operational reasons, the cabin and rollout date could change with or without notice.

As for the Kuala Lumpur route, the seat map still only shows SS6 on flights from February 1 2014 only. And initially it will be a 5 weekly service with A43 configuration deployed on every Wednesday and Thursday.

For more details, you can refer to JAL press release (Japanese, English)


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