Japan Airlines will switch out its Boeing 777-300ER for a sleek Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on daily flights between Sydney and Tokyo from March 26.
But while the advanced Dreamliner promises a smoother and quieter ride which also takes the edge off jetlag, the change sees an end to first class on the route as the four-class Boeing 777-300ER makes way for a Boeing 787-9 which tops out at business class.
Japan Airlines said the move to a Boeing 787-9 was one of several alterations to its 2017 flight and fleet plan "in order to improve profitability."
"Our fleet plan is adjusted in response to the change of expected demand on the route" a JAL spokesperson told Australian Business Traveller, while adding that as the airline would continue to monitor demand "we cannot say 787-9 is going to be full-time on this route... it might be returned to 777-300ER or another aircraft type."
JAL's Boeing 787-9 features 44 of its business class Sky Suites arranged in a 2-2-2 layout (albeit with direct aisle access for every passenger due to the offset seating) and a retractable privacy screen between the paired seats.
Each converts into a 1.88 metre fully-flat bed – handy for the overnight leg of JL771 from Tokyo's Narita airport to Sydney...
... with an oversized 23 inch video screen boasting over 300 channels of programming (useful to keep you entertained on the daytime JL772 service).
The business class cabin occupies almost half of JAL's Boeing 787-9, before you get to the 35 premium economy seats arranged 2-3-2, each with a generous 42 inches of pitch and 19.2 inch wide seat in a fixed shell design so the passenger in front of you can't recline into 'your' space.
Finally, 116 economy seats ranked 2-4-2 sport a pleasing 33 inches of pitch and are 19 inches wide.
The corridor between Australia and Japan has become increasingly crowded in recent years, with JAL's rival ANA restarted Sydney-Tokyo flights in December 2015 while Qantas has added both Brisbane-Tokyo and Melbourne-Tokyo to its network map alongside long-standing Sydney-Tokyo flights.