By David Flynn, October 24 2010

That ‘new car’ smell’s got nothing on the delightful scent of a new plane, and this month Japan Airlines is rolling our four of ‘em – all fitted with a new design Sky Recliner seat in JAL’s Executive Class business cabins.

The planes are Boeing 767-300ERs which will run medium-haul legs from Japan to Singapore and Beijing, so if you’re doing a few OneWorld partner hops around Asia you could find yourself settling back into this airborne version of a plush sofa chair.

The Sky Recliner is based on JAL’s luxurious leather First Class domestic seat, so it’s a bit more like the older-style international business class bench.

Happily the time warp stops there: modern twists includes a 10.6 inch screen which can play video straight from your laptop or iPod or iPhone; an AC socket, privacy screens and bigger pockets for storing your digital carry-on cargo.

The seats have a pitch of 129.5cm (51 inches) and recline to 132 degrees rather than lie-flat mode. Cabin fitout is a standard horizontal 2-2-2.


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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